I still don't see a problem with it. Microsoft saw an opportunity to make money and they took that opportunity. They're a business, and they have a responsibility to their shareholders to make money.
Now if the circumstance upsets me, I agree then I have a right to vote with my wallet. And that's all well and good. But I'm not going to get upset at Microsoft for taking advantage of a way to make money. They don't owe me anything.
I mean, we're not talking about Microsoft taking food away from my kids or polluting the environment. They're making me wait a year to play a particular game I want to play (among dozens of other games). Boo hoo. I'm sure the starving kids in Ethiopia or the Iraq kids getting slaughtered by ISIS are just in tears over my terrible first world predicament.
I'm a little biased since I have both consoles admittedly, but ultimately we as gamers don't have a "right" to play any game we want on any platform we want. It's just business.
Now in this case, Microsoft took a gamble. That gamble was that securing that exclusivity would net them console sales, and not lose them customer good will. Maybe they don't give a shit about customer good will. EA seems to be doing quite well despite ignoring that aspect of their business.
I listen to the coasterradio.com theme park podcast. My brother got me hooked on that one after he got a couple of his live trip reports on the air and told me about it.
I tried the Giant Bomb podcasts for awhile on a co-worker's recommendation, but like ATB I just got tired of them shitting on every game or idea that came along. It's like a gaming podcast for people who want to suck every ounce of fun out of gaming.
The bolded are note due out this year or this holiday.
The fact still remains that the XB1 has more AAA exclusives coming out this holiday than the PS4. I don't know why that's so hard to admit. It's not a fanboy opinion, it's a fact. The tables could certainly turn, and probably will, in 2015.
Even if you have a PS4 as your system there is plenty of stuff coming that's not first party exclusive that is exciting (IMO). I'll be getting Diablo 3, Far Cry 4 and Shadow of Mordor just for starters. Probably Destiny, GTAV, AC Unity and quite a few of the indie games.
Certainly - I'm not saying PS4 owners are sitting around with a paperweight. I'll be buying all my multi-platform titles on PS4 with the possible exception of Destiny (if I get it). Only reason I'd go XB1 with that one is because that's where my friends are.
List them, I want to see this several. I can think of two, three if you count the Halo remaster.
There were six mentioned/shown today, which I think qualifies as several:
Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizons 2, Halo 5, Fable Legends, and Halo Master Chief Collection.
Xbox showed several clear AAA exclusives, most of which are coming out before the end of the year.
Sony showed one AAA exclusive (Drive Club) and a bunch of indie stuff. (None of those new games they showed led me to believe they were AAA titles in any way, shape, or form).
No matter how you slice it, this holiday season belongs to Microsoft.
I love my PS4, and it's become my go-to console for cross-platform stuff. I would love nothing more than for Sony to come out with some great exclusives. But that indie shit ain't cutting it for new titles. I'm not interested in paying $20 to play a 6 hour game that was developed for PC. If I want to play that, I'll wait for a Steam sale, buy it for $5, and play it on its native platform. I think even Sony fans are getting frustrated with this constant stream of "indie indie indie indie indie, wait until next year!"
Yeah I played some more last night and it grows on me with every game session. The absolute best thing about this game so far is how utterly dangerous the combat feels. I never feel safe, I never feel like I have the upper hand, I never feel like I have enough ammo - it's super stressful in a good way.
I pulled the trigger and signed up for a month today.
For $5 I can play FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, and Battlefield 4, all games which I am interested in playing but don't want to pony up $60 for. That's a great deal.
If the pricing stays the same, I would definitely pay $30 a year for it. The only reason I didn't jump on that right away is that I want to see if the quality of the titles stays the same, or if they're just rolling out their heavy hitters for the beta to get people hooked.
Cats are great, but be warned - they are not the squeaky clean, low-maintenance creatures you may have been led to believe.
Litter pans have to be cleaned out daily or the room they're in will reek. We invested in a Litter Genie (it's a diaper genie for litter), and that has helped a great deal. Basically instead of having to throw out a bag daily, you can dump waste in the Litter Genie for a few days before taking the bag out.
Cats throw up often. Hairballs, sensitive stomachs, whatever. Prepare to clean up vomit.
Cats will destroy carpet and furniture. Yes, I know that you just need to give them plenty of scratching posts, etc. I've spent tons of money on scratching posts only to have the cats walk past them so they can shred the carpet.
I love my cats to pieces. They are sweet creatures and mine are not aloof or snobby at all. They love affection, they love hugs and petting. But like any pet they are a lot of work.
I'm still strangely unhyped on this game, even after playing the beta. I guess I'm just not in the mood for multiplayer stuff right now. Oh well, I should have plenty of other stuff to keep me busy in August/September between the big Steam backlog, The Last of Us, and probably Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil edition (still on the fence about that one).
Good for them? I don't get it. You're applauding their possible increased profits at the expense of gamers? Yay for corporations when they figure out how to get us to pay more money for the same things?
It's a free market. Either they will make money, in which there was a demand for the service and their decision was justified, or they won't.
And while everybody is fighting this battle tooth and nail, in the end gamers WILL lose the fight over physical media. Physical media will be extinct by next-gen, and the concept of used games will be as antiquated as VHS rentals.
Second to who you marry, I believe your job satisfaction is the most important contributor to your overall happiness and well-being. Most people spend more waking time at their job per day than they do at home. That's a big deal.
I don't advise quitting without a contingency plan or another job offer, but when you start asking yourself if it's time to quit, you probably already know the answer.
My wife excitedly brought home the book today (a co-worker let her borrow it). She keeps telling me I can read it after her. I keep telling her I don't want to read it after her because I'm not a horny middle-aged housewife who enjoys terrible writing.
I really wish Wildstar would get a price drop. I really want to give it a fair shake but damned if I want to spend $60 to do so. I did try a 7 day friend trial, but I didn't have enough back to back playtime to really get over the beginning hump.
I will say that the beta did a lot more to make the game appealing to me than the alpha did. Gets you into the basic structure much quicker and the combat felt better. I'm still not completely sold, however.
I think I'll say that I'm not getting it right up until release day, then cave like I always do.
I'd be all over this if the selection was a bit better. I spent quite some time browsing and I just didn't see enough there that I was personally interested in to justify the cost. However, I'll definitely keep my eye on it as it matures. The audiobook stuff alone would be worth the cost to me if they expand their library.
I finished Episode 1 of The Wolf Among Us, but made the mistake of starting Shadowrun Returns since I was itching for an RPG. Man, I'm totally hooked now. I used to play the old pencil/paper version back in high school and loved the Sega Genesis game.
I listened to the entire album today at work. Here's my track by track review. (Note - I was a huge Weird Al fan when I was younger. Older, not so much, but I still appreciate a good parody every now and again. I spoilered it since some people are sensitive about such things.
Spoiler for Hiden:
"Handy" - I was familiar with Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" due to it being our guilty pleasure at work song. We kind of hate-love it. I liked Weird Al's version since I'm decidedly NON-handy, and it has a few funny lines.
"Lame Claim to Fame" - I've always thought Weird Al was best when he was doing original songs or more obscure parodies, and this falls into that category. I can't remember whose style this was a parody of (though I read it somewhere), but this song lists all those desperate claims people come up with to explain brushes with celebrity. Really liked this one because I'm guilty as charged.
"Foil" - While we're all probably completely burned out on Lorde's "Royals," this song's major saving grace is how it starts out as a pedestrian Weird Al food parody, and then takes a crazy 90 degree turn into conspiracy territory. I absolutely hated the first half of this parody until the brilliant second half redeemed it.
"Sports Song" - A rare misstep in original song territory, in my opinion. This ode to sports anthems basically riffs on "your team sucks" set to school fight song instrumentation. Thumbs down.
"Word Crimes" - As a grammar Nazi, this parody of Blurred Lines was one of the highlights of the album for me. Weird Al has a big dic.....tionary!
"My Own Eyes" - This is a parody of some Foo Fighters song I didn't recognize, and while it has some great lyrics about the weird stuff Weird Al has seen, a lot of it is drowned out by the instrumentation. (See "Tacky" for the same problem).
"NOW That's What I Call Polka!" - Any fan of Weird Al knows this is always one of the best parts of any of his albums. Another great mashup medley of the last 2-3 years of pop songs.
"Mission Statement" - As a Crosby, Stills, & Nash fan, I really appreciated the style he went for here. But damn if the lyrics aren't just completely boring. Just stating various business terminology cliches, the song goes on about 4 minutes too long.
"Inactive" - This parody of Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" falls a little flat compared to the other big mainstream parodies on the album. OK, I guess, but not one of my favorites.
"First World Problems" - One of my favorites of the album. Another original, but he heavily borrows from The Pixies which is just awesome. I'm also a fan of "first world problem" memes so I really enjoyed this one.
"Tacky" - Your love of this one, as shown in this thread, will probably be determined by how much you can stand "Happy." I liked it, but then again I'm a big Despicable Me 2 fan so I've liked the song every since then.
"Jackson Park Express" - This is another original, and Weird Al's attempt at the long 60's/70's story songs popularized by Arlo Guthrie. This thing is 9 minutes long, but unfortunately the laughs are spaced out far too much to hold my interest. It has some of the typical sadistic Weird Al imagery, but it loses its punch when stretched out this long.
Overall impressions - about half of the album is good, the other half is skippable. And the "good" side largely depends on your tolerance of hearing "Happy," "Royals," "Blurred Lines", and "Fancy" for the 10 millionth time.
I made a serious dent in Child of Light over the weekend. I should be able to finish it up tonight or tomorrow. Once that's done I'll take a little hiatus from console gaming and continue The Wolf Among Us.
I've been chipping away at Child of Light. While the combat can get a little tedious, I'm still enjoying it a great deal.
I also had a surprise play session today. My son (2) decided he wanted to play a game today, picking up my Xbox controller and pointing at the TV. I didn't really have anything installed but Guacamelee, which I had downloaded as the freebie this month and had never tried.
He had a BLAST just making the guy move and jump. Then my daughter, who is almost 5, came in and she started playing co-op with him. She could actually control it well enough to fight some of the more basic enemies, so they were going to town on it. I got so wrapped up in the fun they were having that when they got tired of it I wound up playing another hour or so myself. It really is a terrific game and I got hooked pretty hard! More importantly, though, I saw a glimpse of my next-gen gaming buddies!