Posts Tagged ‘Xbox’

We all know both the new xbox & PlayStation are going to be annouced very soon.  In fact Sony is set to announce PlayStation 4 this week!  This is a very exciting time for the gaming industry, however, there is an equal amount of uncertainty.  I’m a HUGE 360 fan.  I had a PlayStation 3 but ended up selling it about 2 months later because I simply did not play it.  If a game came out for both consoles I always got it for 360 vs PS3.  All that to say, this current gen I have been a HUGE Microsoft fan.  However… as more and more rumors are starting to be revealed as very possible truths, I think it may be time for me to jump ship to the PS4.  Here are my reasons:

The New XBOX May REQUIRE Constant “Kinect” Signel to Operate The Console.
This may not seem like a big deal at first.  It won’t actually cost you any money because apparently the new Kinect will be bundled with the system.  Many 360 users are use to having a Kinect now sitting on top of their TV…. even though most never actually use it.  So at first glance it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but consider this horror:

A constant connection means Microsoft can monitor you not only while playing games, but listening to music, watching next flicks, surfing youtube, anything you do on their console could not be monitored for THEIR benefit.  Microsoft had also apparently submitted a patent request so that they could charge families based on how many people are consuming the media.  Think of it like a movie theater – the theater makes money based on how many people they sell tickets to.  But at home they have to just sell the content to the home for a flat rate.  This new patent could allow Microsoft to charge you based on how many people this “new” kinect sensor can see.
If you unplug it, or try to put a blanket over it, its very possible the console might pause until you’ve “fixed” the problem with your kinect not being able to see you.  It is very unsettling and I don’t want Microsoft staring at me in my living room.  As I mentioned before yes I have a Kinect, but it is always unplugged until I’m using it for a game (which has been well over a year at this point…)

XBOX LIVE is still going to be around.
Now, back when Xbox live first came out, there was no stable way to play multilayer games.  Live was primarily a paid way to ensure you could have a stable server to play halo, call of duty, etc.  Over the years they have vastly expanded the service to include many other things.  But 50 bucks a year for something that PlayStation has been offering for Free since the beginning seems like a bit much.  If they try to charge for LIVE with this new generation of consoles I def will not be buying it.

It’s good to be back blogging!  While I was going from my blog, over the holidays I discovered this FANTASTIC new hobby called “Perler Beading”  Basicly you buy these special kinds of beads and peg boards.  Line the beads up on the pegs and then iron them.  After about 30 seconds the plastic melts, fusing them together.

Theo, Isn’t this a Girls Hobby?92190120MUSH
…No it’s not a girls hobby!  Well… It just depends on what you decide to make.  Case in point:  Old school video game character sprites are some of the best things I love to make.  I started off by buying s starter pack from Joe Ann’s Fabric (not the manlyest store around but whatever…)  and making a few simple sprites.
Once I got the hang of it I began to make a few more complex sprites with shading and everything.  I realized that I was running out of colors quickly so I went online and ordered 40 more shades of colors so I had a more complete color selection to work from.  I wish I could say I made all of these from my head – but no.  I copied them from what i’ve seen others do.  But it is so relaxing!

123231I love just putting on some music, and relaxing while placing bead after bead.  I made so many over the Holidays that I’m taking a short break now.  But please check out what I’ve done so far.  Everything next to this text is a picture of some of the 8-bit sprites I have made that are hanging above my patio door.  Tried to make a small scene from “Super Mario World” If you have any suggestions on what to make next, please leave a comment in the window below!

Among my many hobbies (139 apparently) console gaming ranks at the top.  This past year we had some MAJOR block busters release.  Batman Arkham City, Skyrim, BattleField 3, Modern Warfare 3, Portal 2, Zelda, I mean the list goes on.  But this year… This year is slim pickings. And even the “Blockbuster” games coming out still seem to leave an empty hole in my heart.  Let’s take a look at Final Fantasy 13-2 for example.

 

Top 5 Reasons I’ll never play Final Fantasy 13-2

  1. I buy video games to play, not watch a movie.  FF13 had such massively long cut scenes!  I only got half way through the game before I had had enough and returned it.  Square Software…err…Enix, has really strayed from its roots of core game play.  13-2 is likely to have the same length cut scenes.
  2. The Original FF13 was the most linear game I’ve ever played.  Of course there is mainly one path to walk down, its a game.  But no towns to explore?  No mini games? no alternate paths?  No world map?  No freedom to just relax for a minute?  No thanks.
  3. FF-VII spoiled me.  It was the first FF game I’ve ever played and still holds onto the title of “All time fav game” in my books.
  4. Square has been losing public trust big time after they admitted FF13 could have been more polished and the utter failure of FF14
  5. Unless it gets amazing reviews (And it only got an 8.0 on IGN.  Gamespot.com review isn’t out yet but I’ll expect they’ll give a 7.5 ) I won’t have any motivation to finish the first one in order to play this sequel.  I don’t feel right playing a sequel to a game I didn’t finish the first one, you know?

There you have it.  My two cents before the game official comes out.  Maybe I’m being too hard on the franchise, got second opinion?  Leave a comment!