By The_Laughing_Man 248 Comments
Sitting here eating Subway and listening to Anamanaguchi I had time to think over my decision on my next Gen console purchase and reflect on E3.
Let's start at E3
The highlights for me of course being Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom pain.
Long ago with Metal Gear Solid Kojima brought me into the strange world of Japanese games with his stealth action title. I was not until MGS2 that I fell fully involve with his batshit insane stories a mixture of technology and mystical crap that could more or less just be made into a feature film. So yes Metal Gear Solid 5. Sold on it.
Next up was Watch_Dogs. As I am sure you have all seen this trailer I will not clog up your screens with it. Watch_Dogs hits home with me. The idea of a fully technological run future has amazed me. Why? Because it is all ready here. Right now if the internet went down along with phone lines the entire world would fall into chaos. So the idea of a group of people who on a whim could cause a black out on a city wide scale with a button press amuses me greatly.
Up to bat next is Sunset Overdrive the X1 exclusive from Insomniac games.
Since we know so little about this game I wont spend time on it much. But again a fast paced open world shooter with a chaotic feel to it and not taking its self serious has my attention. I do not like to get to hype over a trailer because well...."Fuse" I just deeply hope it does not get the swam switch that OverStrike did.
Time to raise the black flag with Assassin's Creed IV: Black flag.
I want to start off that I had a TERRIBLE experience with AC:3. If you all recall the quicklook where the guys had to escort a certain someone. That certain someone had some kinda bug where he ran and jumped off a cliff EVERYTIME. No amount of reloading fixed it. However this does not deter my away from the next one. I am holding onto hope the Creed can win me back. Also...pirate booty.
Last but not least TITAN FALL! Something I am super excited about. Why? MECHS MECHS MECHS MECHS! I have all ways loved mechs. Respawns first FIRST game Titan Fall also promises dedicated servers and awesome battles. Again we have not seen much of this game but I am very excited. Also add to that the fact that AI will also be running about the battle field will hopefully add more chaos to the game.
Now it is time for the fun part.
Why did I pick a X1?
Why could I possibly want to bend to MS DRM and daily check in rules? Why let them spy on me with Kinect?
Because frankly....truthfully? I...do not know. That is right. I do not know.
Back when the PS3 first game out my mother bought me one for X-Mas. (Not X-Men) I enjoyed it deeply and played a lot of games.It was not until recently (when I was 20ish.....ok...like 4 years ago) That I picked up a 360. I quickly learned that the community online was all around the 360. Skip to today and MS has never scorned me. No extended drop in service. No loss of personal info. No hacked account (I know it has happened to others but not to me)
But this leap from 360 to X1 does bring in some stuff that makes people mad. Like REAL mad. Internet mad.
Let's list below
- DRM. You can only give it to one friend before it can no longer be given again. This friend must be on your friends list.
- Daily check in. The process taking only kilobytes of data alienates those over seas fighting in the war or people who do not have access to a internet connection.
- Kinect. Kinect is required to be plugged in for the X1 to work. Always watching....always.
- The full and utter ignorance of their customers complaints about above issues.
I know some of these issues are a BIG deal for people but to me. Only one really irks me. The way PR has handled it all. *Fuck you Mattrick*
But let's start from the top.
When I buy a game normally I buy it new. My last used purchase was Darksiders because well they no longer print new copies of a game. The only time I do get game pre-owned is when I was kinda interested in them at launch but not enough for the 60 dollar price tag *Or your equivalent* To be honest I do not "Lend" games. I do not let friends "borrow" games. I "GIVE" them. Once I have beaten a game I trade it in (Which is now in the hands of the publishers for both groups) Or GIVE it to a friend. Someone who maybe can not afford to get the game till its cheaper. I do not expect it back.
I see this new system the same as Steam. Once you buy a game it is yours. Steam does not even allow you to give it away when you are done with it. I know using Steam as the example is not the best but it is simple and easy to understand. True you can give extra copies to friends but that original game is YOURS. No trade ins, no giving away.
But! BUT!. Lets not forget the new "Family Library" MS is toting. Course again this is something they have been murky about the details with but having a library of games that any of my friends (10 friends) Can get into and play is great for me. That friend who can not get the game one release? He can nab it from my library wile I work or sleep. Sadly we do not have the full details about this system and well it could be some stupid paid for library group or the what not.
This is from what I have seen the biggest issue people have. What about the soldiers over seas? What about the people who do not have a constant internet connection? What if your power goes out?
To that I have a few things to say. In today's world *Like when I talked about Watch_Dogs* we are all connected. Some not as much as other but if this little "Check in" is as small as MS claims then the connection would barely need to be a few moments long. MS has also added you can tether your phone and get the check that way. (More on this below)
I have Verizion Fios quantum (Or what ever the hell they call it now) The only time I drop connection is during a massive storm and that is when we lose power. If that is the case well...I can play my Vita or read a book. In short I do not have this issue.
Ya that sounds selfish. "Na na na na" *Batman* I have internet and you do not" I understand that people who really do have issue with internet connections must be mad. I fully agree that MS is more or less screwing them but I can not help with that. There is nothing I can say to prove that I know how they feel so I will not. I will only hope that MS makes it so those people can play without the internet.
The Kinect thing seems to have died down in the last few days but before E3 it seemed to blow people's minds that it would need to be connected *No fuck you I am not gonna make a Kinect pun* for the system to work. My first thought was "O that's dumb. What if the stupid thing breaks" Never did I think " O god Hal is watching me play COD naked" Or listening to my conversations.
I am sorry. But a device that can be beaten by the same method I used to quiet my pet bird and make her go to sleep is not a device that worries me. Take a look at your Facebook or Twitter feeds. There is all ready a massive amount of information out there. Even more so if you have a store card that gives you discounts. Some even including your Phone number, address, spending habits, amount spent, items you buy, and times you shop.
All in all I am not worried about MS watching me. If they wanna spy on me playing Titan Fall and enjoying it more power to them and if I get creeped out I will just turn the camera to face the wall.
THIS is the biggest issue I have had with all the X1 and MS stuff. Microsoft must have the worst PR ever. Within a week A WEEK of E3 Mattrack has alienated the entire military and people with internet troubles. More or less saying " I feel for people on nuclear subs I really do" Or " If you do not have internet we have this other device called the 360" NO NO NO NO NO. That is not how you do it. These people are your customers. You do not just shrug and say " Well we have this other system thats out of date" Or " I know how you feel" But make not try to assure them they are no less important to the company.
This coupled with the mixed messages from Xbox Support Twitter. Makes me think that maybe 3 people really know what is going on with the X1. The lack of proper information is the biggest issue (I think) that MS has. We can only hope gamescon will allow this to be sorted out or Major Nelson to make another blog post *A less murky one* About all of this stuff.
Well all thanks for reading. I know I am not the best blogger out there but I just wanted to get this out there. I have been seen around the forums defending X1 but mostly because I do no feel the fire of anger should rain down until we have ALL the info. If we get it all and indeed MS is doing all this just to gather information on us or some other crazy thing then by all means burn down their headquarters.
See ya Space cowboys.
O ya. I am on Twitter.