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    Microsoft released a big thing about Xbox One today, and holy shit, the games licensing/DRM stuff is insane. Want to give away your game? If the publisher allows it, you can give it to somebody. If they've been on your friends list for thirty days or more. And they can't give it to anyone else. Want to trade in your used games? The publisher has to opt in to that as well. Want to play your games on your friends console? You have to log in to your account, and if you lose connection to Xbox LIVE, you only get to play for an hour.

    The only thing I like about this is, since all games will be day and date digital releases, Microsoft has given publishers the ability to destroy GameStop once and for all. The everpresent threat from GameStop has been 'we will not market your game or we will not stock your game if you piss us off,' but since MS WILL market and sell new releases to the target audience, the publishers can just say 'So? And?'
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2013
    The news has tended to focus on the negatives (as per usual, and clearly there are a bunch of those) but on the flipside we will have the day & date releases (a HUGE game changer) and your game libraries will be available on all the XOne machines you log onto.

    Like I previously said, this seems like a Blue Sky move, which is actually very nice for the consumers. Sony will most likely still have the hardware edge / shoot for the hardcore gamer audience, MS will scope out a more holistic media hub role, and Nintendo will once again have their own playground outside the aforementioned sandboxes.
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    but the problem is Microsoft is aiming to sell the Xbox One to consumers which already have a similar product. The only difference is that the Xbox One plays games. Most people already have the PVR and the netflix and the sports subscriptions if they're into that. Microsoft is currently like the person who brings a second bowl of mash potatoes to a potluck. Sure, they're good mashed potatoes, but no one is really going to be interested when they already have a serving.

    That metaphor got away from me a little bit.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2013
    The ball is definitely in Sony's court now. There'll be pressure on them to explain their used games strategy; if they're feeling brave they could go against MS's approach and then some well managed PR could paint them as the 'good guy' with consumers. But MS have been very clever in saying 'well, the tools are there, but it's going to be up to publishers how used works this time, not us!'.

    Day and date with digital isn't going to be an XBO only thing either, that's the stated goal of every console manufacturer, even Nintendo.

    I think as people digest this, it'll be the 'must go online every 24 hours or no games for you' that'll stick in peoples minds the most. For a decent chunk of people that will be a deal breaker.
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2013
    having recently moved and was dicked around by comcast for 4 weeks, yeah, kind of a deal breaker.
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    I, too, recently moved and was left without proper Internet for 2-3 weeks. If I'd recently bought an XBO at that point, I'd be mighty pissed off at MS.

    As it is, I just won't be getting one.
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2013
    Here's another take on why the mandatory regular check-in is a piss-poor idea:

    My Internet connection is fine, Microsoft. I’m worried about yours.

    As someone who got a bit shafted when Diablo 3 launched and specifically avoided Sim City 5 for similar reasons (based on how that went, I would have destroyed something out of frustration, I'm sure of it), this article rings very true to me.
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    Whoa. Yesterday went through the Humble Indie Bundle 8 fare, and Little Inferno was totally insane, plus Thomas Was Alone managed to make relatable, better written and more interesting characters out of little blocks than most AAA-games manage to make out of their 30-something stubbly male protagonists...

    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2013
    @vorn, I really love how Little Inferno got so dark and twisted as time went on. And yeah, agreed about Thonas Was Alone. Brilliant games.
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2013
    Just finished Mass Effect 3 last night.

    I think I need a hug.

    (A really fine ending, BTW.)
  5.  (11034.11)
    I'm not sure I understand Proteus. It's not so much that I don't know what it's for, as much as I'm not sure what I'm for in it. It made not-unpleasant sounds and I chased a bunny for a bit, but it sort of feels like it would be quite happy without me.
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2013
    Downloaded the trial of State of Decay. W/ the exception of my attempt at driving (no more than 10 seconds after getting in a truck, I managed to get it stuck between a tree and a stump), it was a lot of fun. I did have to pause it and step away for little while a couple of times, because I don't do games w/ monsters well. But it seems like it's not the big-monster-jump-out-around-every-corner-and-go-boo kinda game, so I think I'll be able to handle the full version. When I can afford to buy it, that is.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2013
    Those who like the narration in Thomas who are not British...

    It's a chap called Danny Wallace. He wrote the book that turned into the Jim Carrey movie 'Yes Man'.

    He is about as British as a man can be, and you need to read all his books (and those of his friend Dave Gorman) to get the entire insane fucked up story of his life from production runner to Hollywood writer...
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2013
    A warning about State of Decay:

    Apparently you lose resources whenever you're not playing the game, and as a result you have to play the game around 2-3 hours a day to keep your group stable and such. So if you can't commit to doing that for a week or so until the game's beaten, it might not be the best purchase.
  6.  (11034.15)
    In 4.5 hours I wake up to catch a plane for LA to go to E3. Technically this is a working vacation, but honestly it's 90% vacation, 10% writing. :)
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 9th 2013
    I've heard they're going to patch State of Decay to make it less severe.
    • CommentAuthorJamie Heron
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013 edited
    There's going to be a Mirror's Edge 2.

    There's going to be a Mirror's Edge 2.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013
    Was worth staying up for the Sony press conference.

    I'll let you find out why for yourselves, it'll be everywhere you look.
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013
    I'll do a proper catch-up on info tomorrow, but the used game instructional video made my night.
  7.  (11034.20)
    As I was musing already elsewhere in the net, I'm not really sure what'll happen to my gaming in the coming years. I just sold my PS3 because I noticed I hadn't played anything on it for over a year, and just plugged it in at the new apartment twice to watch a DVD. I all too rarely boot up my Xbox 360 either - most of my gaming seems to be weird indie stuff on laptop or iOS games. Xbox One didn't really get my whiskers wobbling because I haven't watched TV in over ten years and I don't care about sports, plus the asshattery with the always on snoop camera and the game lending really put me off. Then again, their game lineup looked sort of interesting. We'll see.