E3 Hangover

I’m finally back after a huge hiatus, and I’ve missed so much… Due to the fact that I was out of town during E3, I had to catch up on tons of crazy news. It seems like everyone and their mother is still hungover from the onslaught of information that came from E3 this year. Xbox users are probably feeling this the most with all of the crazy information coming from Microsoft’s corner.

There really is just too much information to try and talk about, but I do want to address a few topics. The biggest is Microsoft’s used games issue. If you hadn’t heard before, Microsoft was planning on implementing a used game fee when the Xbox One released. This meant that if you wanted to buy a used game, or borrow your friend’s disc, you’d have to pay a fee which would go mainly to the developer. Long story short, the gaming community’s backlash was so huge that Microsoft changed their policy and have now stated that used games for the X1 will essentially work in the same fashion as they do now.

Silly Microsoft and their DRM policies

Silly Microsoft and their DRM policies… (photo from Kotaku)

I don’t even know what else to cover… All of the games that were announced, other features of the Xbox one, what the competitors are doing, and the Xbox One’s price point are all topics floating around in my head. I’ll just touch on some of these briefly.

First, the games. Destiny is looking amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Sunset Overdrive looks like a great new take on a multiplayer shooter, although I want to see gameplay footage. Dead Rising 3 looks good, although I hope it doesn’t get too serious. Halo is always a nice surprise, but I want to know more before any judgment is made. Titan Fall also looks awesome. Nice to see a new take on shooters/mechs. The new COD game is an obvious one. I’m excited for it, but it’s definitely getting old. Hopefully they can spice it up a bit more this time around.

The number one game that I think the whole gaming community is excited for is the one and only MIRRORS EDGE 2! If you don’t know what Mirrors edge is, you need to. I am SO happy to know they’re working on a second one. And the statement at the end of their trailer is one of the best I’ve ever heard. “Coming… When it’s ready.” I wouldn’t ask for anything else.

Second, I think Sony did an excellent job. They really put some great hardware AND software on the table. If it weren’t for their terrible marketing campaign, Microsoft would’ve received WAY more positive feedback. Unfortunately, the public ignored a lot of the good news and focused on the news that Microsoft did a horrible job at delivering. I’m glad they’re finally turning it all around, and I’ve actually seen several people say that they’re back on the fence after deciding to buy a PS4.

Will you only choose one? Both? Neither?

Will you only choose one? Both? Neither?

Lastly, the price… I don’t really know what to say. Is it outrageous? No. Is it higher than I expected? Definitely. I thought it was going to be $400, which is what the PS4 will be. Given the fact that the PS4 has at least the same quality, and in some cases better, and more expensive, hardware (such as DDR5 RAM instead of DDR3), I’m surprised they’re able to sell it at 400. When I think of the price, I initially cringe. $500 dollars is a lot of money. However, when you think about the fact that it would take a lot more money and time to build a gaming rig that matches up to the Xbox, it seems like a pretty good deal. Keep in mind that the 500 dollar price point also includes a Kinect, which is easily $100.

The Atari 2600 was released in 1977 for $199. With inflation, that's $768.80 today. Granted, gaming was very young and so the tech was expensive, but c'mon. Almost 800 dollars to play games like Pacman, Pitfall, and Breakout? I think we have it pretty good.

The Atari 2600 was released in 1977 for $199. With inflation, that’s $768.80 today. Granted, gaming was very young and so the tech was expensive, but c’mon. Almost 800 dollars to play games like Pacman, Pitfall, and Breakout? I think we have it pretty damn good.

My recommendation on what console to buy? If you’re considering any of them, pre-order them. I currently have a pre-order for an Xbox One, and if at any time I’m dissatisfied with any new information that’s released, I can get a refund. That way I’ll have one reserved for me if I end up going through with it, and then I won’t have to fight to find one once it’s out.

If you have any opinions on any of the latest news, comment below. Hopefully I’ll be able to post some more stuff up here now that I’m back home so that I don’t have to breeze over tons of information. Hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July! Happy Gaming!

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