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    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2013
    The official unoffical internet nickname for the XBox One is the XBone. I think that sums it up nicely.

    Also, you need a publisher to release games for it. That's just stupid. And backwards. And makes every indie dev (including me) just completely skip this console.
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    The weekly Humble Bundle has all the Alan Wake stuff there is:
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    Sam Lake, the Creative Director of Remedy, is now answering your questions on Reddit AMAA.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2013
    I've already dropped down to calling it the XBO. Characters are worth too much on Twitter to go for longer than that!

    I fancied going back to play something I passed on originally, so I've picked up Persona 3 FES for the PS2. Of course, this was before I remembered that the PS2 is packed away at the bottom of a stack of boxes I haven't unpacked since I last moved so...

    Also, I've no idea how the PS2 looks on my current HD tv. I'm a bit of a stickler for nice picture, so have a feeling I might have to track down a component lead for it if the SCART one isn't up to snuff.
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2013
    Anyone know if persona 4 on the vita is worth hitting? It looks tempting..
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2013
    I've heard good things. I don't own a Vita, so I'll probably just pick up the original PS2 game at some point.
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2013
    you will need the component cables for the PS2

    Also Persona 3 is amazing you will not be disappointed, I put in like 120 hours into the main story alone
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2013
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2013
    Well played, Sony. Well played.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2013
    That one is a photoshop job of one that appeared in the UK press I'm afraid...

    UK advertising laws don't allow them to explicitly refer to the competition like that.
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2013
    Aw, poo!

    It's not explicit, though. I would say there's a strong and definite IMPLICIT reference to Microsoft, but if the law is against explicit reference rather than obvious references whether they be ex- or implicit, then that one would still be legal, no?
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    It's a fair point. Right after Kinect was announced they weren't above running that "isn't having buttons great?" campaign.
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2013
    I'm kind of on the fence about the XOne. If they manage to pull it off, it's a bit of a blue sky move, but the wailing & gnashing of teeth from gamers (whatever that means) will probably be heard on the moon.

    That said, I'm definitely looking forward to Quantum Break. There's brains behind that one.
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    No fence for me. My current plans for Xbox One is to kick back and watch the comedy unfold. There's nothing in it to justify putting up with its demands.

    The other day I lent my sister a 360 game. Popped it off the shelf and handed it to her. Now the Xbox One's "digital permissions" (Phil Harrison's words) say I'm not allowed to do that any more. Hahahahahaha no.

    Same sister- I bought her a copy of Terraria on Steam for $2.50 during a sale. It was $2.50, what do I care that I can't share my copy of the game? I'd already bought it for myself cheap and enjoyed it far more than the tiny asking price warranted. For cheap games that's perfectly fine. $60 games don't get the same considerations.
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2013
    Yeah, the XBone is pretty much off the table for me at this point. As an aspiring indie developer this kind of shit doesn't really cut it.
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    Not to mention that apparently the XB1 will apparently be region-locked, according to Destructoid.

    Which of course is more a sign of the times than anything else. Sony's going to be the only console maker left that doesn't region-lock their stuff now... Though, granted, the Vita's online-based games are all but region locked, since switching regions on the Vita is a pain, and games don't connect to PSN unless they're connected to the RIGHT PSN. This is why I got Soul Sacrifice in Europe.
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    Technically the 360 was region locked as well, but it was on publishers to enable region locking of their games. Which MS actively discouraged, because multiple region specific SKUs were just as much a headache for them as they were for developers and publishers. Weird about face for them if that's no longer the case.

    And Sony's always been region locked, and required multiple SKUs and submissions for different regions. Ask anyone in the industry about what a pain in the ass it is dealing with SCEA vs SCEE vs SCEJ.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2013
    The PS3 and PSP are region free. (Apart from one or two games, although Blu-Ray movies etc... still are region locked)

    Do they still do that separate submissions thing then? I know they still were for the PS2 but I didn't do any PS3 work. I know Sony were actively trying to ditch that multiple submissions thing though when they merged the management of all the games studios under the one person.
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2013 edited
    A lead Android progammer at Google highlights some of Ouya's problems.

    Meanwhile, they're holding an event in a parking lot outside of E3, they're shipping controllers without faceplates, the controllers have buttons that get stuck under said faceplates, the analog sticks have several large dead zones and their support account of twitter is tweeting 'redtube'.

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    I guess I'd better clarify... The Vita IS region free too. Not to mention that PSN publishers in the European market have started putting out the US versions of PS1 games, which are the proper speed and all that good stuff.

    However, when you buy a PS3/PSP/Vita game outside of your own region, you're kinda gimping its online capabilities. Metal Gear Solid 4 wouldn't recognize European DLC, and neither would Mass Effect 3 (though it thankfully did accept my save transfer from the European ME2). Gravity Rush won't utilize the online features on my Vita, since it's registered to an EU account. Some games will go online, but either way you're barring yourself from getting DLC for the game for the most part.

    Thankfully Gravity Rush's online features are negligible. Soul Sacrifice's features are... less so. Half the game is centered around being able to go online and fight alongside other players. So, European version it was.

    This is STILL better than not being able to get US or Japanese 3DS games at all, of course.