…but damn if I hate having to use and borderline abuse that right.
Okay, first up, there is a new “Know Your Transformer” vid, but after four different attempts to record the damn thing and then trying to do a mad dash out the door after I thought it had properly converted over, I realized that the thing still hasn’t freaking encoded properly. So…there’s obviously a delay, but I’ll post it up later today after I’ve been able to violently flog the encoding process into playing nice.
Now then, here’s the main source of my post today…
The Xbox One live release video.
I will, with no real glee, admit that I was initially really excited after seeing the release. I think it was that whole “new game console” shiny sparkle sparkle glitz that got in my head. However, after reading some reports on questions that were answered and I had some time to sit down and think about the whole deal, the glitz faded pretty damn fast.
To keep myself from rambling, I’ll try to go point by point on where my opinion went from “WHEE!” to “Wha…?”
NOTE: This is all personal opinion, and you are free to politely disagree or agree with me.
I refer to KOTAKU articles quite frequently through this, so please check back with them as they’ll update faster than this blog will. However,
1.) Less game-oriented.
-Okay, granted, I know that there was a lot of toting of E3 and that at E3 it would be when we saw gameplay and games and more games and all the cool stuff that, well, I was looking forward to seeing during the review. Okay, cool…we’ve got a Halo series coming out. Yippee. I like Halo. I like watching television. So…woo. But the rest of the damn overview of all that voice-activated who-za-whatzit started to grate on my nerves. I am not so goddamn lazy that I can’t pick up a remote, push a single button and then push ONE MORE BUTTON (that’s two buttons total, folks!) so that my Xbox can boot up. I know that there are people out there that, for one reason or another, require four or five or I guess ten remotes to be able to get their television and Xbox to hook up and start playing nicey-nice with each other, but seriously, I couldn’t care less about voice activation. If anything, the thing would learn some new words as I cuss at it trying to get it to recognize my voice. Trust me, if you think that the voice activation is going to work as flawlessly as it did on the reveal, you had best have another think coming. I have yet to encounter a voice recognition system that works that sleek (that doesn’t cost you your legs, firstborn, and half your soul). Half of my job entails trying to get a fragging voice recognition system to work that has been out for years.
But the Xbox is a game console. I wanted to see more games. Okay, fine, so have a brief overview of the shiny new features, sure, I can understand that. But when that’s the core of your reveal for your game system, erm…we have a negative on that trajectory…
2.) Xbox has to be online once every 24 hours. KOTAKU ARTICLE
-So if you’ve got a crappy (or no) internet connection, you’re screwed. While I know it may not sound like such a big deal for some people, at one point I had an internet connection that WOULD DISCONNECT EVERY TIME IT RAINED. Fortunately, living out in the middle of a desert that sometimes gets hotter than the asshole of a dying sun (Quote from: The Oatmeal), that wasn’t such a big deal for me, but had I been living in a place that frequently gets hit with rain, I would have been climbing the walls and ceiling like some horrifying redux of “The Exorcist.”
3.) Fees for playing your friends’ games. KOTAKU ARTICLE
-This is a HUGE one for me. Long story short, if I decide I want to borrow a game from one of my friends so that I can see if I like it or not, I have to pay a fee. And as it’s looking right now, the fee is going to be the full price of the game. And what if I don’t like the game? What if I played it just to see if I wanted to go buy a copy for myself? Do I get the fee back for despising the game? I highly doubt I would. So I have to rely on reviewers who have taken the plunge and bought the game. And I’m going to need to rely on 3rd party reviewers, because we’ve already seen where the supposed “professional” reviewers can be basically bought out.
So…once the glitz had settled and I got a chance to think about it, this is what I’d come down to.
Also, here’s the vid that Angry Joe posted in response to the reveal. I don’t necessarily agree with everything that he says, it sums up a lot of what I do agree with.
Personally, I’m going to hope that stuff changes, but I won’t necessarily hold my breath…
In other news…I haven’t been playing video games that much. *sad face* Most of my time has been taken up by working overtime so that I can make it to BotCon. However, if anybody knows of tactics to stay awake and how to keep from laying down for a “15 minute nap” that turns into a “4 hour nap” without laying thumbtacks all over the bed, let me know. Coffee and energy drink mixes are welcome.
Finally, here’s the Steam deals of the week.
1.) Cities XL Platinum Edition for 66% Off! Price goes from $29.99 to $10.20.
2.) Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion for 66% Off! Price goes from $39.99 to $13.59.