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Ok,

I been switching back and forth on whether I should buy a X-Box 360 (or a PS3). I love playing video games but I get bored of video games after a couple of hours.

At the same time, I love playing video games!!! But I get bored after playing a round of something by myself. And playing by myself when I could be doing something more productive makes me feel...loser-ish. Even with the online community, I'm not sure how they feel about someone who is in the middle of casual and hardcore rage.

I don't know if I really want to invest. It's 300 for the system plus HD cables plus at least two video games - not to mention an extra 50 for online play if I get an xbox.

I'm really big video game nerd though...

So, thoughts?
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MMORPG's sound like your calling mate.... Final Fantasy online, World of warcraft...something along those lines?

I've done both PS3 and Xbox, sold both. I know what you mean, I get really bored.

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I have to agree with the above post. Normally I would recommend the Wii to people as it is an awesome console with awesome games. But no matter how you swing it (not even with x-box live) all 4 major consoles (Wii, DS, PS3, Xbox) are best enjoyed with single player content. And their multiplayer content on their games is poor to say the least.

I would also recommend an online game for your macintosh. World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2 are 2 that immediately come to mind. And both games cater to the both the casual and hardcore gamer and also have the community aspect you want from your games. You could also try other MMORPGs like Eve online or the Final fantasy one. Just hunt around for one you like. There also is first person shooters with the online content (basically shooting other people playing the game too) like Quake Ears Enemy Territory and the Half Life and Counterstrike series of games.

And the online community won't hate you. There will always be players better and players worse then you so no need to worry. So my recommendation to you = Some kind of online game you can play on your Macintosh.
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MMORPG? I'm not really sure I want to go down that road. I love the aspect of MMORPGs but it always weirded me out when there is a guy's voice behind some female character. It just ruins the story...even if it's pretend.

They have Half Life and Counterstrike online now? I mean, no need for a CD or large download?
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Install steam and see what you can find. Loads of good games on there But honestly, try wow, the trial version is only like 200mb. You might love it

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I got a PS3 whenever I graduated from college. I see myself kind of like you, I have no roommates so I usually play alone. I also only play for a couple of hours at a time because I feel so unproductive when playing alone, even if it is being online. However I do think the PS3 is nice for being able to watch blu-ray.

Now I'm building a gaming PC to fix my needs of certain games. I just can't play all the ones I want on the PS3.
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That's all up to you, I own a PS3. I haven't gotten bored with it, I usually find time to play, and I love playing online, especially MW2. It all depends if you do decide to pick up a game console, the Xbox 360 or the PS3.

Personally I think right now the PS3 has better exclusives(it has a better first-party development team than Microsoft) just look at some of their highly acclaimed first party hits such as inFamous, God of War 3, Uncharted 1 & 2, LittleBigPlanet, Resistance series, Heavy Rain etc, and of course MGS4(3rd party though).

However this generation has moved on to releasing multi-platform titles such as Call of Duty, Fallout 3, Tekken to name a few. I will however say I prefer multi-plat titles on the Xbox 360, even though you pay $50 for online play, Xbox Live is such a better online system than the PS3.

You just have to ask yourself what kind of exclusives you want if you ask me, my favorite video game site is GameSpot.com, go check both systems out, and pick the one that appeals to you.
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If you decide to spend the money and go with a console, I would definitely go with the PS3. You the the blu-ray, better exclusives (IMO), and you don't even have to pay for the online games like you do with Xbox Live.

If you don't think you'll play it enough, then follow the advice that others gave. Try getting games to play on your Macintosh. What kind of Mac is it? Is it capable of playing games at your preferred settings? With the addition of Steam on OSX, it's going to help more gamers make a switch to Mac.
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But no matter how you swing it (not even with x-box live) all 4 major consoles (Wii, DS, PS3, Xbox) are best enjoyed with single player content. And their multiplayer content on their games is poor to say the least.
That's pretty subjective, don't you think?? The only thing that brings me back to the same game over and over again is multi-player, and I believe others also agree with me...look at the online gaming world!

To me, the wii offers a COMPLETELY different gaming platform/way of playing. I owned a Wii for almost a year, and never played it much(same with the ps3) because I would constantly have this thought going through my mind, "Do I want to play alone, or with a bunch of friends on xbox live?" I always went to the 360. The Wii was only good when had people over and played an physical game, not just moving a stick and pressing buttons.

Off side note, you should get a console...the mighty 360!! even though I will always know that the PS3 destroys it in specs...and with SOCOM!

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That's pretty subjective, don't you think?? The only thing that brings me back to the same game over and over again is multi-player, and I believe others also agree with me...look at the online gaming world!

To me, the wii offers a COMPLETELY different gaming platform/way of playing. I owned a Wii for almost a year, and never played it much(same with the ps3) because I would constantly have this thought going through my mind, "Do I want to play alone, or with a bunch of friends on xbox live?" I always went to the 360. The Wii was only good when had people over and played an physical game, not just moving a stick and pressing buttons.

Off side note, you should get a console...the mighty 360!! even though I will always know that the PS3 destroys it in specs...and with SOCOM!
I totally agree with you. I love gaming via XBOX Live or the PSN. I have had hours and hours of fun playing online mutiplayer with games like Modern Warfare (1 & 2), Battlefield Bad Company 2, Red Dead Redemption, Street Fighter IV, Halo & I could go on and on.

I also agree with your assessment on the Wii. It's a fun console if you have a group of people over, but Nintendo has once again suffered from a lack of GREAT 3rd party support or games for hardcore gamers. My Wii has collected a lot of dust for this reason.

I have never been an MMORPG guy, but I am really looking forward to The Old Republic.
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I have to agree with the above post. Normally I would recommend the Wii to people as it is an awesome console with awesome games. But no matter how you swing it (not even with x-box live) all 4 major consoles (Wii, DS, PS3, Xbox) are best enjoyed with single player content. And their multiplayer content on their games is poor to say the least.

I would also recommend an online game for your macintosh. World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2 are 2 that immediately come to mind. And both games cater to the both the casual and hardcore gamer and also have the community aspect you want from your games. You could also try other MMORPGs like Eve online or the Final fantasy one. Just hunt around for one you like. There also is first person shooters with the online content (basically shooting other people playing the game too) like Quake Ears Enemy Territory and the Half Life and Counterstrike series of games.

And the online community won't hate you. There will always be players better and players worse then you so no need to worry. So my recommendation to you = Some kind of online game you can play on your Macintosh.
The wii sucks. The amount of quality content available for it is way over shadowed by the hundreds of crappy "Pretty Pretty Princess" titles out there. I'd rather have a system that has a lot of good & great content.

And with my PS3, most of the games I end up playing repeatedly are online games. COD 4: MW2, BF: BC2, LBP, etc... Saying consoles are best enjoyed with single player content is totally overlooking some of the amazing online play that they offer.

OP - PS3, hands down. I have a 360 that I've only bought maybe 2 exclusive titles for in the past two years or so that I've had a PS3. I use my PS3 to watch blu ray movies, stream movies and content from my server, stream Netflix movies over the internet, and play some amazing games.

You can get HDMI cables from a site called HDMI Cable, Home Theater Accessories, HDMI Products, Cables, Adapters, Video/Audio Switch, Networking, USB, Firewire, Printer Toner, and more!

Prices are very low, and they're just as good as the Monster cables a place like Best Buy wants you to spend $100 on.

I rarely buy games when they're launched unless they're must haves, like God of War 3 or Uncharted 2. If you want to find cheap games, check out Half.com: Textbooks , Books , Music , Movies , Games , Video Games . It's a site owned by e-bay, but all their games are sold at static prices and there's not bidding needed. I think I picked up 3 PS3 games and a PS2 game for about $70 on one of my spending sprees.

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The Wii does have a lot of crappy games out there. I think the new Donkey Kong Country Returns game will worth it just to buy a Wii though! Good thing I already have one.
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ps3 slims arent much dearer now than even the new xbox but offers bluray and i think better audio quality when hooked up to a sound system, i use mine mostly for streaming movies using ps3mediaserver, theres some great games coming soon and the motion controller, and if you get bored of it you can always sell it on ebay but its there under the telly for when you need a quick gaming fix and you wont feel the need to have more power on your computer to handle occasional gaming, i thought i had gotten bored of games until i got into online shooters and shooter rpgs than you can rank up with like borderlands and fallout
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The wii sucks. The amount of quality content available for it is way over shadowed by the hundreds of crappy "Pretty Pretty Princess" titles out there. I'd rather have a system that has a lot of good & great content.
Obviously you have not played too many Wii games. And you are very wrong there. There is a lot of good content for the Wii as there is for Xbox and PS3.

Some Random examples are:
Metroid Prime Trilogy
Metroid: Other M
Zelda Twilight Princess
Mario Galaxy 1 and 2
Smash Bros Brawl
All the Guitar/Band hero games (not my thing but some people love them)
Wii Ware + the old consoles games from the Wiishop

And the list goes on and on. Don't just dis the Wii cause you don't like it. Actually find a good reason and prove it's bad. And crappy content/games is not proof as the Wii has a lot of good games. And the PS3 and Xbox has "hundreds of crappy" titles too. But as you know you sort through them all to find the good ones. And luckily for us all the good titles for the big 3 consoles are easy to find.

And my point about consoles being there just for single player content I still stand by. Mind you if you were going to get a console just for multiplayer content I'd have to say go for the Xbox and it's Xbox live. That's alright I guess but it's the only half decent effort put into multiplayer by any of the big 3 (Nintendo, Sony or MS).

But if it was me I'd really look at the games of the big 3 consoles and choose which ones appeal to you more and buy that system.
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Obviously you have not played too many Wii games. And you are very wrong there. There is a lot of good content for the Wii as there is for Xbox and PS3.

Some Random examples are:
Metroid Prime Trilogy
Metroid: Other M
Zelda Twilight Princess
Mario Galaxy 1 and 2
Smash Bros Brawl
All the Guitar/Band hero games (not my thing but some people love them)
Wii Ware + the old consoles games from the Wiishop

And the list goes on and on. Don't just dis the Wii cause you don't like it. Actually find a good reason and prove it's bad. And crappy content/games is not proof as the Wii has a lot of good games. And the PS3 and Xbox has "hundreds of crappy" titles too. But as you know you sort through them all to find the good ones. And luckily for us all the good titles for the big 3 consoles are easy to find.

And my point about consoles being there just for single player content I still stand by. Mind you if you were going to get a console just for multiplayer content I'd have to say go for the Xbox and it's Xbox live. That's alright I guess but it's the only half decent effort put into multiplayer by any of the big 3 (Nintendo, Sony or MS).

But if it was me I'd really look at the games of the big 3 consoles and choose which ones appeal to you more and buy that system.
The quality title to crap title for the ratio is very skewed in the crap titles' favor. They don't have the third party support and the good games that they get are usually ports from other systems that end up looking like dog doo in the end.

Sure, there are some amazing games, but for every one you list, I can list ten for PS3 and 360.

Final Fantasy XII
Uncharted
Uncharted 2
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Battlefield Bad Company
Battlefield Bad Company 2
COD Modern Warfare
COD Modern Warfare 2
Forza 2
Forza 3
Heavy Rain
Bayonetta
The Madden franchise (which is horrible on Wii)
Transformers: War on Cybertron
Metal Gear Solid
Red Dead Redemption
Grand Theft Auto 4
Skate 2
Skate 3
Street Fighter 4
Soul Calibur 4
Just Cause 2
Resident Evil 5
God of War HD remake 1 & 2
God of Ware 3
Dante's Inferno
Borderlands
Assassins Creed
Assassins Creed 2
Bioshock
Bioshock 2
Darksiders

And the list can keep on going on.

Not to mention some of the downloadable games like Fat Princess are phenomenal.

There's a couple games I wouldn't mind playing that are Wii exclusives, but they are way too few for me to even consider shelling out the cash for one. There's just no way.

And it's been one of the big nitpicks of everyone in the industry about the Wii's lack of third party support and quality titles. It's just undeniable.

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Nice comment. Just quit the Wii bashing alright. It just makes you look like someone who knows nothing about videogames. - the8thark
Thanks for the underhanded positive rep. I'm a video game enthusiast. I do know a good bit about gaming and I know that Nintendo's Wii is like the game cube. Most quality games are first party and occasionally there's some good third party titles, but it's aimed at a wider audience than the hardcore gamer and that's a audience that's more likely to buy a crap game for a lower price or a kid's game that they know nothing about rather than a must own game like Red Dead Redemption or God of War III. In fact, some news outlets are sketchy about the 360's new motion sensing technology as E3 this year really had them pushing gaming towards a casual audience. They want the Wii's success in sales, but if they do that they could really be pushing away the hardcord enthusiast; the people who really dictate the industry.

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