I’m not sure if it’s just part of my overzealous attempt to reevaluate life with all the “grown up” changes but, a lot of games in the last two years have not really interested me. I’ve been telling myself for a while now that it’s just because I’m so busy, I don’t have time to play as much as I used to. I constantly go back and forth in my head making up reasons as to why something that was as normal as breathing to me slowly became something that I didn’t acknowledge unless I felt like I sounded like a fraud to others.
My profession makes it all that much worse. People I know tend to come across me on the internet every now and then and start to ask questions. As douche-ish as it is to say, “Oh yeah, I’m a video game journalist on my down time…” I feel like it’s becoming a lie.
I’ve been neglected gaming quite a bit and I honestly don’t keep up with a lot the buzz that goes around in the industry. As of late, it just doesn’t interest me. One would assume that with new consoles and the VGAs (Oh Boy!) that I would have dove head first into all the next-gen madness and pushed everything else aside for it.
It seems like Microsoft is still pretty adamant on getting more consumers on board with the Xbox One. Along with all the rumors (which Microsoft vaguely discredited) that Microsoft would be hosting a “relaunch” event of sorts for the console at Gamescom, more have come about regarding changes to the setup of the Xbox One.
The previous online and sharing restrictions have caused some features to be revoked from launch of the system. This coupled with the lack of interest from the community has caused some interesting comments to surface.
Colin Sebastian, an analyst at financial firm Robert W. Baird & Co., claims that Microsoft is working diligently to lower the price of the Xbox One. Sebastian stated that Microsoft is “working with channel partners to lessen the gap” according to GamesIndustry International.
This along with small tidbits released on Twitter, one would assume the price will be dropping to match PS4′s more wallet friendly price tag. Despite that however, many consumers still find it hard to get on board with the console at launch. With memories of the catastrophe that was the Xbox 360′s launch filed with customer service issues and RROD, it’s difficult for many to see past that, me included.
So what do you guys think of the possibly price change? Still pinning for PS4 or will you give Xbox One a chance now?
via PS4 Vs. Xbox One: Microsoft May Drop Xbox One Price, But Polls Say Most Gamers Would Still Stick With Playstation 4.
I am an old geezer. As someone who is his late 20’s, in the ever evolving game industry, I’ve seen convoluted mazes become open worlds, local multiplayer expand into online tournaments, and a lowly space marine transformed into the iconic Master Chief. When I examine gaming forums and read posts from “entitled gamers” who complain about mechanics in games; I’m very close to creating an account and writing in all caps: “In my day we didn’t have the luxury of regenerative health and destructible cover; we just circle strafed to the nearest health pack. And we liked it, damnit!” I’ve seen this industry, which I have been a patron of for the last 23 years, transform from a niche hobby, enjoyed mostly by children, to a multimillion dollar industry that attracts everyone.
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I’m not sure why but, there has been a surplus of articles and discussions about the epidemic that is female prejudice in the gaming industry. I have come across a few people making their own personal stand on the topic and I hate to say I find it rather amusing and annoying. Most of said stands tend to be the same fanfare blaming the male side of nerd culture for minor and isolated social issues and not a real problem. The rest is real points that could be argued with game developers but, the argument needs some fine tuning before blaming a group so varied in gender.
As a female, I’m constantly asked about this topic and I very seldom go into detail as a result of being shunned by many of my fellow gals for my opinions. I feel I should add my part though. I will go into detail throughout this little chat about the “male privilege” as people call it and female double standard. In a nutshell, however, I don’t see the big deal. I really don’t get what everyone is always so pissed about. It’s just that simple. I DON’T GET IT.
Looks like everyone’s favorite next-gen console got a recent face lift. Despite reports from last month about the new Xbox One’s policies regarding used games, sharing, and 24-7 internet connections, they claimed something very different today.
Microsoft announced that the game sharing will not change from its current status today. There shall be no more only sharing with those who pay a certain amount of money and have traveled to Mordor in the past 6 months. You can simply hand a disk over and share the same way every other console shares.
The requirement of having an internet connection for 24 hour checkups is also gone out the window.
“After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again,” Microsoft wrote. “There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.”
It’s nice to hear Microsoft whistling to a different tune these days and deeply considering the communities feelings towards these things. Many, however, claim it only further shows Microsoft’s lack of integrity.
So, at the end of the day how do you feel about Microsoft and their changes? Good on them for listening to the negative feedback or curse them and their money-hunger-spineless ways? Let us know