Well the Xbox Live press conference is over and we got some new and juicy details on what is to come for Microsoft & Xbox. Everyone introducing Xbox One! All what Microsoft really announced was Live TV, New Xbox Live experience, a partnership and games. With all that said lets get started!
So I present to you my first attempt at live blogging an event. You may notice a break in times. The place streaming it had some issues with the Xbox and Kinect so I used my laptop as an emergency presentation computer so we could still watch. All times are in PT.
10:00 AM - The show begins.
10:02 AM - We are seeing a bunch of popular people talking about us and making the console more.
10:03 AM - Downside of watching the Xbox reveal on an Xbox with Kinect, it tries to activate some times.
10:04 AM - They are talking about the introduction of Xbox Live, HD gameing, and Kincect.
10:06 AM - They are talking about simplifing the home entertainment system.
10:12 AM - They are talking about a Kinect and voice integration on the system. Using hand motions to control access to the home screen and not lose what you are seeing.
This review can be summed up to one sentence. I really wanted to like Star Trek The Game. As a long term trekkie I love when something new based in the Star Trek universe comes out. I have third person Trek games, first person games, encyclopedias, a voice activated omnipedia, trivia games, and turn based strategy games; most of them I really liked. So when I learned that Namco was making a Star Trek game with the Gorn as the main enemies at least E3 I was excited. To learn that they had the actors from the new series reprising their roles for voices told me that I could at least expect the acting in the game to be good. I had high hopes for this game. Too bad they were misplaced.
Are you unable to make it to E3 this year? Do you want to play the newest games that Nintendo has to offer though? Well Nintendo has good news. At select Best Buys you will be able to play the same games that Nintendo will have at their E3 booth. Different way to promote games that traditionally have only be accessible to those at E3, yes. A great idea, also yes. I guess since Nintendo is saving money on not doing a press conference this is a great use of those resources.
Back in 2010 I purchased Mass Effect 2 for the Xbox 360. Along with my game came a code to join the Cerberus network. This was the first of many online passes that I would get in future games that are used to detour the sale of used games. They essentially were $10 DLC passes that came with a new game. Most gamers did not take kindly to this online pass idea. And while a number of companies are using it, EA is no longer counted in their number. Recently they have decided to kill the online pass program they started after finding that it was not popular. This was confirmed by EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg.
This means all new EA games will be finding a different way to get extra money from us gamers. Perhaps buying crafting materials like in Dead Space 3. That would be something right up their proverbial alley.
Today is going to be short as I have a tendency to talk fast when I am alone. But that does not mean I won't try to make it meaningful.
And here are my notes.
Do you enjoy wasting hours doing a simple repetitive task that despite having no real meaning at all if strangly entertaining? If so then go to the Google Image search and look for Atari Breakout. If you have an addictive personality and find your self easily caught up in stuff, then don't go to Google Image search and look for Atari Breakout if you value the rest of your evening.
And if you are wondering, once you clear a level it populates a new one with another image search.