“Your Feedback Matters” – Microsoft Listen To Criticism and Change Everything.

Hardware developers have no respect for sleeping schedules I tell ya….

Today, Microsoft announced that it would remove the dreaded DRM and used-game policies that everyone has been so anxious about. Previously, your Xbox One would need to check in to the Xbox servers once every 24-hours to verify files. Microsoft tried to calm the waters by saying that the files that would be transferred were so small you could tether your phone to your Xbox for this check-in. Alas, the masses had spoken and they didn’t want to be anywhere near this DRM.

The used game policy was just as confusing and frustrating for consumers (even I’m still trying to get my head around the ex-policy). And that’s partly Microsoft’s fault, they weren’t very clear in explaining how trading and lending games. But they’re now changing the policy so that used games are handled the same way they’re handled on your Xbox 360; whether that’s a good or bad thing.

What’s new? The Xbox One is now region free which is something I’ve wanted for years. For too long have we been punished in Australia for our location and thus, we get games about a month behind the world (which the exception of one or two games to keep the unruly masses at bay) so now, you don’t have to wait. I’m a sucker for pre-order shinies so I might still have to wait, but at least I’ve got the choice to get a game in advance.

There’s an article on Gizmodo that outlines the ways that this change could really suck for the customer. It’s a really good read. I’d suggest going in with an open mind and seeing how it changes your mind on things.

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What I Assume Is Going Through Joel’s Mind In “The Last Of Us” At The Moment

Tess, the little Bitten Chick and I just escaped the train station from Hell and that old museum and now we’re at the back on what looks like an old warehouse.

Tess keeps looking at me like I’m meant to do something but opening doors is her part of the agreement. I stand here, look broody and hurt, shoot bullets and she opens doors but fine I’ll take a crack at it.

Well, it needs a key and I certainly don’t have that key. May be it’s on this dead guy over here… Nope, he’s just a dead Firefly making sure that Bitten Chick is fine and dandy (she’d probably be better if she wasn’t bitten and all) punch it? Punching zombies makes them die… Nuh, that just made me look like a tool. May be if I shoot it! Nope, that didn’t work…



(Review coming soon… If I can open the stupid door/gate thing)

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What You Can Expect To Play On Your Xbox One or Playstation 4.

With the Microsoft and Sony press conferences at E3 done and dusted, the console war reignites with new passion and more glory than ever before. But, before you make a  concrete decision what console will be at home in your lounge room, it’s worth taking a look at what games you’ll be playing on your couch. Both Microsoft and Sony have an extensive list of confirmed games to back up their latest hardware and both have some pretty interesting exclusives.

Let’s take a look at the Xbox One’s game list first:

Infinity Ward and Dice will be competing for your FPS war game with Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 respectively coming to your Xbox One. Square-Enix announced Final Fantasy XV, which is the latest in the series and it also announced it would be bringing the latest instalment in the previously PlayStation exclusive series Kingdom Hearts to the new Xbox, too. This is a surprising move since none of the other Kingdom Hearts series is available on the Xbox platform.

343 announced another Halo game. This will be the 9th game in the series and it’ll be interesting to see if 343 Studios can follow up Halo 4 with another brilliant addition. Talking about Halo, Bungie (the developer responsible for the series for 9 years) is bringing the previously thought-to-be PS4 exclusive Destiny to the Xbox One, also. Destiny is generating a lot of positive chatter among critics and journalists and gamers are excited to see how this game turns out.

Crytek announced an Xbox One exclusive by the name of Ryse. Set in ancient Rome, it’s a tale of loss and revenge with a Roman warrior witnessing the murder of his family. Crytek are known for their pretty games and Ryse looks to continue the trend.  The release date of Ryse is TBA.

So there are a few choices for you if you’ve decided to get an Xbox One. But what if you’ve been wooed by Sony? What do you have to look forward too?

Ubisoft have confirmed that Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag will be coming to a PS4 near you in the future along with The Crew. Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts will also be on the newest PlayStation so you can shoot’em up with your friends. The long awaited sequel Mirror’s Edge 2 will be jumping on to PlayStation 4’s everywhere, which is fantastic news. Mirror’s Edge is a game I hold quite favourably in my heart so I’m really looking forward to seeing how Mirror’s Edge 2 turns out.

Everyone is expecting the Dragon Age Inquisition from BioWare and we’ll be getting Phantom Pain from the new Metal Gear Solid V game from Kojima Productions. It’s been confirmed that Kiefer Sutherland of ‘24’ fame will star as our favourite box-hiding Snake.

I think my favourite game announcement was that the Mad Max movie series was getting a video game! Warner Brothers is cashing in on the Australian cult series and a game but strangely, no Australian accents featured on the trailer. Could this be a sign of things to come?

There is a great variety of games for both consoles coming out in the next few years and whether you pick up an Xbox One, a PlayStation 4 or decide to be greedy and get both, you’ll be entertained for quite a while.


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Sony Vs Microsoft. Who Won? #E3 #SonyE3 #XboxE3

Sony just destroyed Microsoft at E3, although Sony has a pretty average selection of games on launch. Both prices have been confirmed and are as follows:

Console: $549
Controller: $99
Games: $118

Xbox One:
Console: $599
Controller: $99
Games: $118

Microsoft did announce a redesigned Xbox 360 which is smaller and quieter than the current models, that your Xbox Gold sub will go across to Xbox One and that you’ll be able to download two free games per month. Also has a partnership with Twitch.TV so you can broadcast your games live.

Sony announced that there won’t be any restrictions on used games, no online authentication and that online multiplayer will now require PlayStation Plus. PS4 is region free. They announced the console would be priced at $399 in the US. Anyone notice the $150 mark up in Australian Price? That’s right, Australian Tax strikes again.


Update: EB Games confirms that the $118 price tag on PS4 and Xbox One games is only a placeholder.

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Poop Train!

I kind of want Kreig, but I don’t want to pay $15 for the privilege.

Steam sale, anyone?

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