I wasn’t too impressed when I heard the XBox One announcement earlier this year. A lot of people weren’t, especially about the DRM, always online, needs to connect one a day ‘features’ that Microsoft were promising.
Well, the inevitable backlash that followed caused MS to backdown on a bunch of this stuff, but there were a few features that concerned me that are still there.
The Kinect requirement in particular.
It turns out the XBox One won’t work without a Kinect. I think it’s part of Microsoft’s agenda to force the entire world to wave their arms about like demented Macaulay Culkins that is in play here, but to me, I think this is completely unnecessary. I’ve been happy to turn on my 360 for 7 years now (wow, has it been …
Wilhelm has a post up at TAGN where he makes the following observation:
MMOs have become pizza. They vary a bit from vendor to vendor. You might not like the ingredients from one, and another might not keep their place very clean. But they are all round and share about the same set of toppings and what not. And if you like pizza, you will probably find a place that suits you.
The purpose of Wilhelms post is to share his past ideas about Pizza, err, MMOs; but tangentially my brain works. And it provides a nice little stepping point for an idea that’s been circulating around that confused maze of …
I finished my holiday road trip last Friday with 6750km and four major Aussie cities covered over 21 day period. The last couple days were fairly long, Friday was 10.5 hours on the road. So I need a vacation to recover! I haven’t really looked at the game news much over that time, and over the last few days either.
But todays news, that Blizzard is retooling their unannounced mystery MMO codenamed Titan; moving 70 of the 100 developers off the project and into other projects while the core team rethink the whole thing really got my attention.
How long has Titan been under development now? I’m not really sure, and can’t be bothered at the moment to look it up, but it must be somewhere …
It’s been a while since I had a break, three and a half actually. So I decided to take a short drive.
The route is in blue, and runs counter-clockwise from Adelaide to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, all the way up to Rockhampton and then inland back to home.
The main purpose is to destressify, but also to catch up with friends in Sydney and Brisbane.
As I said, it’s been over three years since I had a real break. There have been a few times when business has slowed down, but that tended to be a worry not a holiday. I leave on Saturday morning and get back three weeks later. If everything goes to plan that …
My search for a feed reader to replace the soon to be retired Google reader may be at an end. As I’ve previously posted, finding a decent cloud based feed reader has been a bit of a trial. Readers such as Feedly which has gained a lot of users since Google’s announcement are desktop or browser plugin based, and the cloud options such as Netvibes have been completely unsatisfactory. I guess the Google Reader spoiled me a bit.
I am now trialing The Old Reader. This is a cloud/web based reader which is what I want, and it is based on the original Google Reader. It was put together by a couple of guys who didn’t like the changes Google made to Reader a …
The last game I preordered was Age of Conan. At least that’s the last game I remember preordering.
I haven’t done so since, not because of any issues with preordering games, or the games themselves but simply because I haven’t felt the need to do so. Although I have felt a tinge of jealousy from time to time with players getting into the head start periods just before a game officially opens to the masses. Especially when I read blog posts from other bloggers who are all having a fine old time.
I guess the other factor holding me back from the preorder purchase is the old adage never play on launch (or patch) day. That was strongly reinforced with the recent Simcity debacle, but has been …
Just received this from Aventurine.
Darkfall Unholy Wars Launch – April 16
Thu, 04/04/2013 – 13:09
Darkfall Unholy Wars will launch on April 16th after 5 months in beta. During beta, we addressed many issues through 8 major updates, did a lot of work on game balance and game polish, increased game performance on all levels, added new features like salvaging, changed the way character progression works through Prowess Points, -effectively eliminating macroing gains and ensuring that characters progress only by playing the game- added a new role, the Primalist and completed the integration with the Steam platform.
The Darkfall community who participated in the beta provided the development team with invaluable feedback
I just read this morning that one of my favorite authors, Iain (M) Banks has terminal cancer. Iain announced it here on his website, you can read his message there.
I started reading his Culture novels a few years ago. I bought Excession a few years before I really got into the Culture, but at the time found it very difficult to follow. I then bought Matter, enjoyed it thoroughly, and went back to Excession and finally got it. Since then I’ve bought a few more of his novels, lately the newest Culture book, The Hydrogen Sonata. Sadly to be the last Culture novel.
Perhaps one of the saddest, or is it ironic, things is that in these books Banks envisioned a universe of plenty, one …
An interesting post by Green Armadillo over at PvD about player motivations. Mysterious player motivations actually. In it GA references two games and recent comments made by those responsible for them.
Diablo 3 Jay Wilson made a comment that Blizzard greatly underestimated the usage of the Auction Houses in that game by player.
James Ohlen, the creative director of SWTOR stated that Bioware also greatly underestimated the speed at which players would consume content.
I don’t want to get into debates about the merits of these games or systems in this post, but I do want to talk about why these comments don’t ring true to me.
First of all these comments are coming from two veterans of the computer game industry, and not just that …