Tag Archives | PS3

…It’s Website Wednesday: Popurls?


Popurls is “the dashboard for the latest web-buzz, a single page that encapsulates up-to-the-minute headlines from the most popular sites on the internet”.

Think of it as the best of the best, gathered up and laid out in a clean and easy to read format, with plenty of customization to make it your own.

If that’s not enough, you can also access popurls on your iPhone, via Twitter, through Jaiku, from Facebook, on the PS3 and PSP, and with the Wii.


…It’s Website Wednesday: Jellyfish Smack Shopping?

Jellyfish Smack Of The Day

Jellyfish Smack iPod

Jellyfish offers a unique way to buy products called Smack Shopping. Each day, a variety of items (usually tech related, but sometimes it’s anything goes) are sold in a type of Dutch auction where the price starts out at retail and continues to drop until the limited number of items for sale sell out. The drawback is that you pay the full amount, and then after 60 days Jellyfish cuts you a check for the amount of savings you bought in at, so it takes a while to receive your savings. The upside is that you can usually get some pretty good deals on items that usually don’t go on sale, such as iPods, PS3s, XBOX 360s, MacBooks, etc. I’ve actually used the service myself, and saved 37.31% ($130.21) on a brand new 80GB iPod, so I can definitely attest to the fact that the service worked. A brand new iPod arrived at my door shortly after the purchase, and I received a check for the cash back amount after waiting through the required wait period. If you don’t want to purchase that day’s Smacks, you can also try to guess the final amount of savings and earn points towards a Smack Piggyback where you can buy one product at the top discount after the Smack has finished. If you’re looking to score some great deals, or if you’re a fan of sites like Woot! And macZOT!, then definitely give Jellyfish a shot, you never know what you’re going to find.

[Jellyfish: Smack Shopping]

[Wikipedia – Winner’s Curse]

[Wikipedia – Dutch Auction]

…Woot Wiis the PS3?

PS3 Wii

Woot managed to sell 80 20gb PS3s in four and a half minutes by mocking the PS3 and admitting that they were selling the PS3s to pay for Wiis. If you clicked on the PS3, you were even treated to a not so subliminal message spelled out in boxes of PS3s. How bad was the mocking?

    So, hey, check it out: there’s this awesome new gaming system that we just can’t stop playing. Too bad it’s so hard to find in stores – we guess they just didn’t make enough of them. It’s called the Nintendo Wii, and holy mother of Zelda, is it ever a blast. If the Wii is cool with polygamy, we might ask it to marry us.

    The controller – so easy! No more intricate push-this-twice, pull-that-three-times trickery, just easy waves of the hand. The console – so cute! It actually makes our gaming room look better, unlike the bulky, ugly consoles we could mention. How does Nintendo keep the price so low on that thing, anyway? And the games, good Lord, the games! Not to mention those adorable avatars. We’ve already created virtual versions of the entire staff, so we can beat each other virtually-bloody instead of actually-bloody, like we usually do. The only problem is that none of the nose options are as big as Jason’s actual nose. But that’s a minor quibble.

    In fact, we love the Wii so much, we want to give a Wii to everybody on our payroll. To fund this Wii-for-the-People program, we’re selling this Sony PlayStation 3. The SIXAXIS wireless controller is basically the same complicated gazillion-button-style controller you know from past PS models, but at least you won’t be fighting Grandma for gaming time. Along with the usual roster of ho-hum games, the PS3 can play CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs, and the 20GB hard drive can store music, videos, and music videos. It’s certainly, er, rather full-figured, for those of you who want a lot of heft for your money. And its HDMI capabilities give you polygons and frames-per-second out the wazoo, if you prefer that stuff to having fun.

    Best of all, for every PS3 you buy, we can buy Wiis for two of our employees. So when you get frustrated by those intricate combo-button moves, or bored by the underwhelming game offerings for the PS3, keep the spirit of the season in mind. Remember all those happy Woot staffers whose lives have been changed by their super-fun Nintendo Wiis, paid for by you. Heartwarming, isn’t it?

I’d say it’s a pretty good explanation of the difference between the two systems, and why I think that Sony’s system is going to be about as long lasting as MiniDisks were unless they can figure out how to make it cheaper. Wii.


[Wikipedia – MiniDisc]

[VIa: Kotaku]

…PS3 and Wii are battling it out?

Still having trouble deciding between a PS3 and a Wii? Let The Onion’s comparison help you out:

Wii Vs PS3

[Via: The Onion]


…Mad World rode on Gears of War’s popularity?

Though I haven’t had a chance to play it (which saddens me because it looks awesome), Gears of War is supposedly the game that will transform the Xbox 360 from another next gen into the must have system (sorry PS3, keep trying). One interesting fallout of the Gears of War popularity is the rise in popularity of the song that takes center stage in the ominous commercial. Just like the original Bravia commercial put José González’s “Heartbeats” song on the map, Gears of War has propelled “Mad World” (a cover of Tears for Fears’ 1982 hit performed by Gary Jules in 2001 for the Donnie Darko soundtrack) to the top of the iTunes download charts. I must say that I was one of the masses that downloaded this song based solely on the minute you hear during the commercial, but it’s one of those songs that just oozes emotion, and I love it for that. So go get yourself a copy, you know you want to.

Michael Andrews - Donnie Darko - Mad World

[Gears Of War]

[Bravia – José González]