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"Microsoft locks down Christmas"

Yeah, just like Microsoft locked down March/April with Titanfall?

Just like I'm SUUURE Microsoft will lock down June with the $399 sku?

Please.

955d ago 11 agree19 disagreeView comment

If Microsoft's goal at E3 was to shift momentum away from the PS4 toward the X1, then they utterly failed, which is why I think this blog is on-point. Microsoft didn't need a great E3. They needed an E3 that made people stop considering a PS4 and instead choose an X1. And they didn't have that sort of conference. The games shown look great to long-time Xbox fans and current X1 owners, but to the rest of the world? Nah. People will continue buying PS4 in droves and X1 will continue...

955d ago 6 agree13 disagreeView comment

Both were okay. Microsoft's show didn't convince me to get an X1, and Sony's show hasn't convinced me to get a PS4 any earlier than I planned on.

But outside of the bubble of E3, Sony is still killing it. Microsoft showed off a lot of stuff in the wake of not having shown off anything for months. Sony still has a dozen games from last E3 and TGS and Gamescom that have yet to be released, not to mention the overwhelming superiority of indie games coming out. <...

956d ago 2 agree0 disagreeView comment

Other than wasting time on Destiny (we GET it, Sony. You're partnering up with Bungie/Acti) and other minor stuff (really? Exclusive Hulk in Infinity? inFamous DLC? Diablo III DLC? Those didn't need stage time) Sony absolutely won this year (unless Nintendo takes the cake)

Sony is already in a position of strength. Microsoft had everything to prove this year. All Microsoft did was impress people who were already Xbox fans or who already had their eye on X1. It didn...

956d ago 8 agree2 disagreeView comment

The only people who thought Microsoft's showing was "stellar" are people who already own or already want the Xbox One. Seriously, what did they show off?

CGI trailers (no real gameplay) for the only three newly announced exclusive? (Scalebound, Crackdown, and Phantom Dust)

Multiplatform footage that will look better on the competition?

Games like Forza Horizon 2 and Halo Anniversary that we already knew was coming?

956d ago 19 agree6 disagreeView comment

There's also that whole - you know - thing where Microsoft gave their site 1/2 a million bucks to "film a documentary" about how their site was created, or something like that...

961d ago 2 agree0 disagreeView comment

With the rise of tablets/smartphones and the skyrocketing costs of AAA development, I think we're moving into an era where consoles aren't just competing against their direct competitors but also against the market itself. Each gaming company is fighting for a limited pool of money.

Take the 3DS. It is - unquestionably - the top handheld on the market and will remain so. But Nintendo cannot afford to rest on its laurels, not with indirect competition from phones and t...

1003d ago 1 agree0 disagreeView comment

Nope, Nintendo doesn't need third parties. Didn't the Wii teach you anything? All of the highest-selling games are 1st party.

Anyway, I think the Wii-U could definitely benefit from a strong re-launch plus marketing push. I am not the sort of person who believes "bad marketing is why it isn't selling better" (it's usually other reasons) but in this case I do believe it is playing a big role.

Get a commercial out there. Show people pl...

1004d ago 1 agree0 disagreeView comment

@ ThePope

"Doesn't change the fact that when the X1 is in more territories it will have more sales. Plain and simple."

Might as well say "doesn't change the fact that when the X1 is on the market for another 2 years, it will have more sales. Stop burying your head in the sand derp derp"

Really? Might I ask which markets the Xbox One hasn't launched in that will make such a huge impact on sales? Xbox One is avai...

1004d ago 8 agree3 disagreeView comment

It's not about price. Like you said, AngelicIce, it's about games and a clear focus. People buy the console to get to the games (or at least, the promise of games). People also buy a console if they believe the company who makes it has their back. Microsoft fails in both these departments.

If price was so important, Wii-U would be in the lead right now, but it isn't. Most consumers don't go "look, this is the cheapest on the market. Therefore I will buy i...

1004d ago 7 agree2 disagreeView comment

Huh? Am I imagining things, or did I get Bioshock Infinite, Metro Last Light, and Brothers all for free this year (games that are only a year old)?

1004d ago 21 agree2 disagreeView comment

The FFX collection? Can't say for sure. Haven't tried it yet.

1014d ago 2 agree0 disagreeView comment

They should be considered for Awards if...

1) The game truly stands the test of time and can be compared favorably to new games released that year

2) The quality of graphics/mechanics can be compared to new games

1014d ago 2 agree3 disagreeView comment

Yep. It's mostly for the sake of 360 gamers (or rather, non-PS3 gamers) who moved over to PS4 and wanted to play one of the highest-awarded games of all time. No biggie.

The same thing happens each gen: people get upset at ports on their new systems. Guess what? It has been that way since the beginning. Atari 2600's top-selling game was a port of the arcade Pong. Big deal. Most of the NES's biggest games were arcade ports. Ports and conversions have been around si...

1014d ago 7 agree2 disagreeView comment

It would be nice if Kinect just...worked. I don't mind flailing my arms. Wii Sports, Wii Fit, etc are some of my favorite games (I'm serious) and I loved the Wii.

The thing is: the Wii just...worked. Kinect doesn't. What's even worse is that it has taken this long for Xbox One to come out with a single game that fully uses Kinect, and yet the game is disappointing. Another bullet-point for those who would argue that Kinect should've been an optional periph...

1018d ago 5 agree2 disagreeView comment

No, it doesn't affect "two thirds of all servers". It only affects servers with CentOS 6.x which has openssl 1.0.1. Earlier versions of openSSL are not affected. The fix is already available and takes 10 minutes.

And of course, not all servers use openSSL.

1019d ago 1 agree2 disagreeView comment

Dude. Sonic All Stars?

So good...

Haven't played it online but I got it as a PS+ game a few months ago and I was straight-up shocked at how good it is.

Anyway, maybe a good compromise is that Nintendo restricts voice chat in "public" games. As in, if you jump online with random other people, no voice chat. And then in order to voice chat, you log into a private room. It doesn't have to be password-protected, just a private r...

1020d ago 2 agree0 disagreeView comment

Maybe my luck will be better this month.
Didn't win the random PS4, and I didn't win the blog PS4.

Anyway, good luck to all participants. We had an amazing number of great blogs last month. Hopefully we get some good ones this time around, too.

1020d ago 0 agree1 disagreeView comment

Nintendo has been very vocal (irony) about not allowing voice chat. Their reasoning is sound: they want anyone - from a 4 year old kid to a grandmother in her 70s - to be able to play with others online in a "clean" environment. While it's annoying, it is also something that sets them apart from other companies. I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but we all know that when voice chat is involved, you're going to have those people who mess it up for everyone.
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1021d ago 9 agree0 disagreeView comment

When I was playing it on PC, there were times of latency that would cause the AI to simply stop and stand there. It was weird. You'd be in a firefight and then suddenly all the troopers as well as any AI-controlled titans would stop shooting and would simply stand there doing their "idle" animation. Titans sprinting forward would screech to a halt. AI troopers (who are stupid as dirt anyway) would point their guns at you but not shoot, not until the game got re-connected to &quo...

1021d ago 7 agree16 disagreeView comment