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E32013: HALO 5 [trailer]

XBOX ONE: IGN’s Fix

:: Here’s a much simpler, cleaned up overview of everything that happened today with Xbox.

XBOX ONE: My Thoughts 
:: I spent most of my day at work with IGN’s live broadcast in my ear, and while I type this I’ve got MS’s keynote going in the background…so I’ll try to share my opinions on things while they pop up while addressing questions a few of you left for me.
The Name: I like it. I get what they’re doing, it’s obvious. One device to run all your media just makes sense, and has for years now. The idea is great, but I’m not convinced they’ve hit the mark yet. Until companies can shake hands it seems that we’ll always need multiple consoles for different needs.
The Look: Half of it is air vents for a reason. They want to smash any thinking that they’ll need to eventually jump to a ‘slim’ model. But this is Microsoft, so, sooomething will be wrong with it. As for the sleek and “sexy” look, I like it. We don’t need all those game-skins, lights, and weird designs carved into it. Scott Lowe from IGN reported a few important details; it has all the crucial inputs in the back to plug in your cable box, hdmi, etc. And it has no external power brick opting for a built in setup.
The Architecture: When Yusif hit the stage to show off all the multimedia features that came with this console…I found myself snoring. Do people still even watch TV? If this had a built in DVR or satellite receiver it would make sense. This just makes it seem like a computer combined with an over-powered cable box. Snap is cool, if they had apps that I actually use (Bing and Skype…whatever man).
The Controller: The important thing I noticed was the lack of “select” and “start” buttons…replaced with logos for something I’m not familiar with yet. To me this is important; they just did away with generation-old features to implement something new, something that belongs to Xbox owners only (keep this in mind). Along with SmartGlass being able to control different features, I think this is one of the best combo’s for gaming I’ve seen (again…we don’t need Kinect haha)
The Kinect: MSUK is stating that the One won’t be usable without having your Kinect connected…friggin lame sauce! My 360Kinect is currently sitting in a drawer somewhere, as any hardcore gamer will tell you - they’re useless. That being said, for general features on the One I could see this being useful. Things like Snap, and the use of voice/gestures make piloting the system look fun. But I’m not into it for going through features…I have a computer for all those needs…I want to grab the new controller and pwn some dang n00bs!
The Cloud: They’re jumping from 15,000 to 300,000 servers………that’s huge. I still won’t use the “cloud” for major storage, I just don’t trust it on any device from any company. But the fact that they are upping their game by that much for our experience has me sold on Xbox being my console of choice. Bigger still is that your gamerscore and achievement points will be porting over from the 360. Thumbs up!
The Halo Show: yes Yes YES!!! Steven Spielberg making a live action show with Master Chief? Well Machinima already proved that it can be a good idea, so I’m behind this 1000000%
The Games: Or lack thereof! It’s sad that developers were in a panic after the presentation, and resorted to social networks to announce releases. Bungie announced Destiny on Facebook, I heard Ubisoft tweeted a whole list of games (like Assassins Creed 4). ALSO and more importantly, IGN confirmed that when you buy a game you must install it to your account in order to play…that’s new. THE BIGGEST NEWS which is still being confirmed as far as I know - there will be no cross compatibility with your 360! This is one of the biggest turn offs for me. I just spent 8 years playing those games, I don’t want to give them up!
The Extra Fees: After months of speculation Major Nelsen confirmed that once you’ve installed a game to your account, you’ll be able to play it on any console - as long as you port your account over first! As far as allowing other accounts or consoles to play your game there will be additional fees! This is important to take note of, because for me, this is the news that will change gaming forever.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I think in the end, we were shown a console that is semi-good at multimedia. You can watch TV, interact with friends, and mess around with motion capture, all at the same time. This isn’t a complaint that we didn’t see games, it’s a note that gaming in general is changing. The shock that your game attaches to your account, the fact that the IGN panelists were generally bummed out, and that “bros” like EA Sports and CoD got the most stage time shows me something…geeks are losing their gaming culture. We have to revert back to Nintendo for that simple pleasure of picking up a controller and playing games with characters/stories that we know and love. Even Sony has shown that they don’t care about us enough to show us the actual console…they just push out a product to make a profit. And in the end that’s what I see the XboxOne as: a money making scheme. Think about it; consoles battled for years for the top spot, then all of a sudden we spent a decade under the shadow of the 360 and PS3. Not because we couldn’t find something better…but because we were shown a lineup of games so good we didn’t want to move. Now all of a sudden because there are great TV shows to watch we have to pack up and move to a new town? I’m not sold.
There’s still a lot of confusion attached to it, with more news popping up every minute. So post your replies and comments to this so we can share ideas.

XBOX ONE: My Thoughts

:: I spent most of my day at work with IGN’s live broadcast in my ear, and while I type this I’ve got MS’s keynote going in the background…so I’ll try to share my opinions on things while they pop up while addressing questions a few of you left for me.

The Name: I like it. I get what they’re doing, it’s obvious. One device to run all your media just makes sense, and has for years now. The idea is great, but I’m not convinced they’ve hit the mark yet. Until companies can shake hands it seems that we’ll always need multiple consoles for different needs.

The Look: Half of it is air vents for a reason. They want to smash any thinking that they’ll need to eventually jump to a ‘slim’ model. But this is Microsoft, so, sooomething will be wrong with it. As for the sleek and “sexy” look, I like it. We don’t need all those game-skins, lights, and weird designs carved into it. Scott Lowe from IGN reported a few important details; it has all the crucial inputs in the back to plug in your cable box, hdmi, etc. And it has no external power brick opting for a built in setup.

The Architecture: When Yusif hit the stage to show off all the multimedia features that came with this console…I found myself snoring. Do people still even watch TV? If this had a built in DVR or satellite receiver it would make sense. This just makes it seem like a computer combined with an over-powered cable box. Snap is cool, if they had apps that I actually use (Bing and Skype…whatever man).

The Controller: The important thing I noticed was the lack of “select” and “start” buttons…replaced with logos for something I’m not familiar with yet. To me this is important; they just did away with generation-old features to implement something new, something that belongs to Xbox owners only (keep this in mind). Along with SmartGlass being able to control different features, I think this is one of the best combo’s for gaming I’ve seen (again…we don’t need Kinect haha)

The Kinect: MSUK is stating that the One won’t be usable without having your Kinect connected…friggin lame sauce! My 360Kinect is currently sitting in a drawer somewhere, as any hardcore gamer will tell you - they’re useless. That being said, for general features on the One I could see this being useful. Things like Snap, and the use of voice/gestures make piloting the system look fun. But I’m not into it for going through features…I have a computer for all those needs…I want to grab the new controller and pwn some dang n00bs!

The Cloud: They’re jumping from 15,000 to 300,000 servers………that’s huge. I still won’t use the “cloud” for major storage, I just don’t trust it on any device from any company. But the fact that they are upping their game by that much for our experience has me sold on Xbox being my console of choice. Bigger still is that your gamerscore and achievement points will be porting over from the 360. Thumbs up!

The Halo Show: yes Yes YES!!! Steven Spielberg making a live action show with Master Chief? Well Machinima already proved that it can be a good idea, so I’m behind this 1000000%

The Games: Or lack thereof! It’s sad that developers were in a panic after the presentation, and resorted to social networks to announce releases. Bungie announced Destiny on Facebook, I heard Ubisoft tweeted a whole list of games (like Assassins Creed 4).
ALSO and more importantly, IGN confirmed that when you buy a game you must install it to your account in order to play…that’s new. THE BIGGEST NEWS which is still being confirmed as far as I know - there will be no cross compatibility with your 360! This is one of the biggest turn offs for me. I just spent 8 years playing those games, I don’t want to give them up!

The Extra Fees: After months of speculation Major Nelsen confirmed that once you’ve installed a game to your account, you’ll be able to play it on any console - as long as you port your account over first! As far as allowing other accounts or consoles to play your game there will be additional fees! This is important to take note of, because for me, this is the news that will change gaming forever.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I think in the end, we were shown a console that is semi-good at multimedia. You can watch TV, interact with friends, and mess around with motion capture, all at the same time. This isn’t a complaint that we didn’t see games, it’s a note that gaming in general is changing. The shock that your game attaches to your account, the fact that the IGN panelists were generally bummed out, and that “bros” like EA Sports and CoD got the most stage time shows me something…geeks are losing their gaming culture. We have to revert back to Nintendo for that simple pleasure of picking up a controller and playing games with characters/stories that we know and love. Even Sony has shown that they don’t care about us enough to show us the actual console…they just push out a product to make a profit. And in the end that’s what I see the XboxOne as: a money making scheme. Think about it; consoles battled for years for the top spot, then all of a sudden we spent a decade under the shadow of the 360 and PS3. Not because we couldn’t find something better…but because we were shown a lineup of games so good we didn’t want to move. Now all of a sudden because there are great TV shows to watch we have to pack up and move to a new town? I’m not sold.

There’s still a lot of confusion attached to it, with more news popping up every minute. So post your replies and comments to this so we can share ideas.

XBOX ONE

:: I’ll be posting my thoughts on the reveal at the end of the day, once I’ve had time to look over it all. Until then, here’s the trailer…

Gamer Saturday
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Gamer Saturday

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BUNGIE’S “DESTINY”

∆ So today has been littered with nerd news, but by far my favorite tidbit has been the info leaked on the follow up to Halo.
I try to stay away from rumors or leaks, but this is said to be coming directly from one of the third party studios working with Bungie, and seems totally legit.

Sure the concept sounds like just another Marathon/Halo-futuristic-humans vs aliens mashup, but it looks so pretty! And there is a part of me deep down inside that hopes all of these different games will be connected somehow. Like one massive easter egg spread out over many different stories/platforms.

And if you add it all up, this sounds like an MMO version of Phantasy Star Online…
- 4 games spread out over 8 years
- 4 expansions to be released on the odd years
- a single society under attack, with a group of guardians in a spaceship sent to protect it

HALO 4 UPDATE: Forerunners Trailer 

And with a few simple lines, all is revealed!

So I make some burgers, grab a drink, settle down into the couch…and this happens.
Another one bites the dust; this is my 6th Xbox360 to RRoD (red ring of death) or “blue screen” for familiar Microsoft users. I bought my first one with the release of Halo3, and since then have experienced many days or excruciating frustration with Mr Gates while going through the process of renewing my warranties, sending in broken systems, waiting…waiting…waiting…and then moving all my info onto the new system. Five times. Five times I’ve had to do this, that means 5 systems have red ring’d in a short enough span that all of them were covered by warranty! I guess that’s somewhat of a good thing though…means I’ve only really paid for the first one. Why do I put up with it you ask? Why bother? Why not just get a PS3 and have my credit info stolen???Well first I should tell you that my days of freaking out about this are long behind me - these are just video games, nothing life threatening. I do it because I love the games that Xbox offers. Like a Chevy fan whose truck dies, they don’t just move on to Dodge, they dust themselves off and carry on with life.
So it’s been a good run. This system has lasted me longer than all 5 of it’s predecessors combined. And now I have an excuse to upgrade to the new Xbox350Slims! isn’t it ironic that Halo4 will be releasing right around the same time…

So I make some burgers, grab a drink, settle down into the couch…and this happens.

Another one bites the dust; this is my 6th Xbox360 to RRoD (red ring of death) or “blue screen” for familiar Microsoft users. I bought my first one with the release of Halo3, and since then have experienced many days or excruciating frustration with Mr Gates while going through the process of renewing my warranties, sending in broken systems, waiting…waiting…waiting…and then moving all my info onto the new system. Five times. Five times I’ve had to do this, that means 5 systems have red ring’d in a short enough span that all of them were covered by warranty! I guess that’s somewhat of a good thing though…means I’ve only really paid for the first one. Why do I put up with it you ask? Why bother? Why not just get a PS3 and have my credit info stolen???
Well first I should tell you that my days of freaking out about this are long behind me - these are just video games, nothing life threatening. I do it because I love the games that Xbox offers. Like a Chevy fan whose truck dies, they don’t just move on to Dodge, they dust themselves off and carry on with life.

So it’s been a good run. This system has lasted me longer than all 5 of it’s predecessors combined. And now I have an excuse to upgrade to the new Xbox350Slims! isn’t it ironic that Halo4 will be releasing right around the same time…

HALO 4 UPDATE: Multiplayer Specializations

Nine new armour sets give you a lot more to customize…

Today on the Internet://12

HALO 4 RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED!!!
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November 6th, 2012 *w00t*

Daily Thoughts…
It’s Thursday, my “blah” day. I finished tomorrow’s Bible Study a day early, my roommate is gone, and the only “work” I have left is some sketches. I’ve decided today will be a me day; continue reading through Book 2 of The Hunger Games, hopefully finish the Dark Brotherhood questline in Skyrim, and go over Purpose Driven Life for some future plans I have at The Bunker. Lately I haven’t enjoyed days off, I like to keep busy and goal oriented to avoid becoming lazy. But, some news was dropped on me this week that could once again change the way I live…so…for now I’m relaxing, preparing, and enjoying the things that are in front of me right now.

Daily Thoughts…

It’s Thursday, my “blah” day. I finished tomorrow’s Bible Study a day early, my roommate is gone, and the only “work” I have left is some sketches. I’ve decided today will be a me day; continue reading through Book 2 of The Hunger Games, hopefully finish the Dark Brotherhood questline in Skyrim, and go over Purpose Driven Life for some future plans I have at The Bunker.
Lately I haven’t enjoyed days off, I like to keep busy and goal oriented to avoid becoming lazy. But, some news was dropped on me this week that could once again change the way I live…so…for now I’m relaxing, preparing, and enjoying the things that are in front of me right now.


Christmas Holidays [2011] Week 1
I think this post to Instagram sums it all up nicely. Lots of food, Skyrim, and Jonny’s Java. Highlights thus far: Taking my mom to the [symphony] our family [gathering] checking out a couple [concerts] and seeing old [friends]

Christmas Holidays [2011] Week 1

I think this post to Instagram sums it all up nicely. Lots of food, Skyrim, and Jonny’s Java.
Highlights thus far: Taking my mom to the [symphony] our family [gathering] checking out a couple [concerts] and seeing old [friends]

ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM [game] Review
Alright, I’ve been able to play for a couple days now, I feel like I have a justified view of the game. First things first; why is this such a popular game with…everyone! I’m seeing memes posted from the most unlikely sort. I hate to be one of those dorks to say it, but is it popular just because it’s popular? Have any of these people played any of the other ES games? /rant
Let’s start, at the beginning. The intro, while intense, I felt was too fast paced. Like Oblivion you’re a prisoner who gets thrown into battle. However there comes that point where you eventually have to head off on your own. In Skyrim I felt like when that time came, it was too open ended. I didn’t know enough about the history of the game to make any evaluations as to what I should do next. Oblivion did a great job of telling you about the history of Tamriel, thereby helping you understand your own character.
Gameplay wise, it’s great. They simplified it enough that the button layout works smoothly. And I love that instead of choosing a Class, you can go to different shrines to imbue yourself with Class Blessings (I used to spend hours in 3+4 choosing the “right” class). I like the cue from other games that involve jobs/tasks aside from quests. Smithing, skinning, metalworking, all great time fillers for the game. Before, you’d collect troves of useless items that now have a purpose! Also, you can definitely tell Bethesda took what they learned from Fallout3 and applied it to this game.
Fighting is still pretty much the same. The new magic/shouts are so much fun, and you really have to work at your blocking…I’ve never been into archery in ES games :P And there is no better feeling than standing on the edge of a cliff with a dragon circling you overhead; axe in hand, destruction magic at the ready, shouting a battle cry and readying yourself for the onslaught that’s about to happen!
As with Morrowind and Oblivion I really need to explore the entire map before I feel like I’ve made it anywhere in the game. My only complaint is that it feels like this game is smaller than the last. Almost as if they knew they wanted a wider audience so they pulled a Blizzard and simplified their game too much.
Disclaimer: Be ready for hours of exploring and talking with NPC’s, and if you don’t even know what that means just put the game down…If you haven’t played Morrowind or Oblivion then this game won’t make sense to you. And don’t talk to me about it if you’re one of those people that started with this game, that’s like starting with Halo 3 because of the multiplayer and talking about it like you know Halo.
If you’re into RPG, fantasy, dragons, vikings, Elder Scrolls…definitely pick this up!
I play a Nord / Warrior

ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM [game] Review

Alright, I’ve been able to play for a couple days now, I feel like I have a justified view of the game.
First things first; why is this such a popular game with…everyone! I’m seeing memes posted from the most unlikely sort. I hate to be one of those dorks to say it, but is it popular just because it’s popular? Have any of these people played any of the other ES games? /rant

Let’s start, at the beginning. The intro, while intense, I felt was too fast paced. Like Oblivion you’re a prisoner who gets thrown into battle. However there comes that point where you eventually have to head off on your own. In Skyrim I felt like when that time came, it was too open ended. I didn’t know enough about the history of the game to make any evaluations as to what I should do next. Oblivion did a great job of telling you about the history of Tamriel, thereby helping you understand your own character.

Gameplay wise, it’s great. They simplified it enough that the button layout works smoothly. And I love that instead of choosing a Class, you can go to different shrines to imbue yourself with Class Blessings (I used to spend hours in 3+4 choosing the “right” class). I like the cue from other games that involve jobs/tasks aside from quests. Smithing, skinning, metalworking, all great time fillers for the game. Before, you’d collect troves of useless items that now have a purpose! Also, you can definitely tell Bethesda took what they learned from Fallout3 and applied it to this game.

Fighting is still pretty much the same. The new magic/shouts are so much fun, and you really have to work at your blocking…I’ve never been into archery in ES games :P And there is no better feeling than standing on the edge of a cliff with a dragon circling you overhead; axe in hand, destruction magic at the ready, shouting a battle cry and readying yourself for the onslaught that’s about to happen!

As with Morrowind and Oblivion I really need to explore the entire map before I feel like I’ve made it anywhere in the game. My only complaint is that it feels like this game is smaller than the last. Almost as if they knew they wanted a wider audience so they pulled a Blizzard and simplified their game too much.

Disclaimer: Be ready for hours of exploring and talking with NPC’s, and if you don’t even know what that means just put the game down…
If you haven’t played Morrowind or Oblivion then this game won’t make sense to you. And don’t talk to me about it if you’re one of those people that started with this game, that’s like starting with Halo 3 because of the multiplayer and talking about it like you know Halo.

If you’re into RPG, fantasy, dragons, vikings, Elder Scrolls…definitely pick this up!

I play a Nord / Warrior

2011 Xbox360 Dashboard Update
I won’t have this for at least another week or two, but what are YOUR thoughts on it?that’s not my gamertag in the picture
From what I’ve heard/seen it’s fantastic; the further integration of Kinect looks fun, and all the new added features will make it a powerhouse system!Partnerships with YouTube, ESPN, UFC, Hulu, Netflix, and Last.fm will further integrate the system into everything you do entertainment wise. And Bing is in there too, but seriously who’s going to use that? Essentially, it’s another step in a potato couch world. Micro$oft doesn’t want you turning off the Xbox, and they surely don’t want you using a competitors system to get your entertainment. What I chuckle at is…computers have been doing all of this since…well forever. Those computers were made my MS. People couldn’t figure out computers, so they jumped on consoles. Now consoles do what computers do…see where I’m going with this?It’ll also be interesting to watch how this plays out with the rumored switch to a newer console in the near future…
Check out all the new features [here]And all the partnerships [here]

2011 Xbox360 Dashboard Update

I won’t have this for at least another week or two, but what are YOUR thoughts on it?
that’s not my gamertag in the picture

From what I’ve heard/seen it’s fantastic; the further integration of Kinect looks fun, and all the new added features will make it a powerhouse system!
Partnerships with YouTube, ESPN, UFC, Hulu, Netflix, and Last.fm will further integrate the system into everything you do entertainment wise. And Bing is in there too, but seriously who’s going to use that? Essentially, it’s another step in a potato couch world. Micro$oft doesn’t want you turning off the Xbox, and they surely don’t want you using a competitors system to get your entertainment.
What I chuckle at is…computers have been doing all of this since…well forever. Those computers were made my MS. People couldn’t figure out computers, so they jumped on consoles. Now consoles do what computers do…see where I’m going with this?
It’ll also be interesting to watch how this plays out with the rumored switch to a newer console in the near future…

Check out all the new features [here]
And all the partnerships [here]