Jeff’s Thoughts on Gaming #6

6th edition of whats burning on my mind that I need to get out to you. Lets dive right into it.

Xbox Live on Nintendo Switch

Filler one here, Xbox Live on Nintendo Switch!? Yeah I did an article on this. I feel though this is truly important. We have 2 big gaming companies joining forces in some capacity. You have to say this is good for the gamer in you.

A new industry standard?

Lets see if I can attempt to figure this one out. EA’s new game Anthem seems to have a chart on across where you bought the game is when you can play the game. Let me recreate that chart for you.

If you have Origin Access Premier (PC) You get the demo and full game early Feb 15th

Across all platforms you get the demo.

On Xbox One and PS4 you get the first play trial on Feb 15th but you only get 10 hours of play time. Then the full game releases on Feb 22nd

Does any of that make sense? I don’t understand the 10 hour trial and I really hope that it doesn’t become the new industry standard. I’m fine with early access.

 

Tax on games with a more mature rating?

This is a please no. This is a hell to the no, Why are we going to tax the consumer based off a game with a more mature setting. That’s like saying that there should be a tax on more mature related movies. I’m not sure where even something like this is thought of. If we have an issue with kids and the more mature related games, The parents need to step into action. You can follow along the article here Lawmakers want tax on mature related content video gaming I will talk about this subject more in a future article. For now though I hope that this does not come to pass.

Fortnite is in a windfall

Even though I am not totally a fan of the game, It’s cool to see it’s success. It is flowing in millions of dollars and lots of gamer’s are really enjoying the game. So what does this mean for other companies and gaming going fourth? It’s ironic also as Fortnite technically isn’t a complete game. For starters I don’t want to see companies or games coming out half complete that’s something that would drastically hurt the gaming landscape. A message to developers, Sometimes graphics aren’t all what makes a game. Game-play and having fun playing the game is what will keep the player coming back.

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Xbox Live on Nintendo Switch!?

Have you ever wanted the best of both worlds all in one? In a way I’ve always wanted to see one of the big companies come together and do something for the greater good of gaming. So are we on the verge of that? Microsoft and Nintendo working together? What if it’s to team up and topple Sony? All speculation for now.

You can see the headline here Xbox Live coming to Nintendo Switch and other devices what does this mean? Well all we can say right now is that it means Xbox Live will be more accessible across other platforms. More exposure the better? Look I know we all are thinking there is something more deep in this, I agree to an extent. It looks like right now that this could be a move to help move the movement of cross-play between systems. I honestly think cross-play is super important, There is no reason to punish a consumer based on what console they purchase and play on.

So you wanna speculate now? Nintendo and Microsoft are teaming up, Nintendo will let Microsoft work on some of their games and they will release both on Switch and Xbox One. You will be able to play some Xbox One (older games from game pass) on the go with your Nintendo Switch.

How about some extreme speculation? Microsoft will buy Nintendo properties and start working with Nintendo to make the next ultimate gaming console that will expand to the PC race of gaming. Nintendo will be teaming up with Microsoft to make more games exclusive to the Xbox One.

Now come on both of those accounts of speculation would be awesome wouldn’t they? Who wouldn’t want a collaboration between 2 of the greatest gaming companies around. Though lets not get ahead of ourselves but damn that would be great. In general I do wish the companies sometimes would just come together and work together in creating some real great content together. They can still compete with each other in a business aspect, Though sometimes it would be cool to let loose and do something real cool.

What does this mean for you? Right now nothing really. If you don’t own either a Switch or any Xbox live services then there isn’t really anything for you. Now then if your an owner of both? You may feel a bit wondering “is this for real?” In some ways I was and still am too myself. My prediction will be that you will be able to do some stuff with Xbox Live on your Nintendo Switch, Then you will be able to play some Xbox game pass games (the older ones) on your Nintendo Switch which then you can take on the go. If that’s the case then you can see an increase of sales on Xbox game pass and I think that would be a very smart and great move on Microsoft’s part.

~Gamer Jeff

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Consumer Report #2 Is the Xbox One X worth it?

Welcome back to the second edition of Consumer Reports. Today I’m focusing on the Xbox One X. Microsoft’s most premiere console to date.

What is it?

The Xbox One X is the 3rd release of the Xbox One. Notably the Xbox One X is of greater power to its 2 predecessors (Xbox one S and Xbox One) It’s main focus is on rendering 4K graphics. This is for performance and and improving existing games to utilize the full graphics.  The Xbox One X is pretty beefy in relation to specs inside the console. Notably Microsoft has it now where the system uses a vapor chamber, Therefore water cooling the components of the system down. You can get the full specs list here.  Microsoft has been known to mention that the Xbox One X is a competitor to the PlayStation 4 Pro. The console comes with a controller, a user friendly power supply, and a HDMI cord. The controller uses double A batteries which may come as a surprise to some, I will get to that later though. Power supply they have notably scrapped the large power brick that the original Xbox One console carried.

Cost?

I’ll say that you are paying for what you get in terms of hardware. Again this is a pretty beefy console here almost doubling those specs of other consoles (including the Xbox One S itself) $499 USD, $599 CDN, Australia takes it home at $649. You can get a deal on different editions for the console also.

How is it?

I personally got an Xbox One X on Christmas Day 2018, It has been nothing but the greatest of great experiences for me in so many other ways. I won’t include things like game pass or xbox live as it’s just added features to most of the 3 consoles. I noticed right away how quiet and speedy the system was. I was impressed by that fact, Personally I really cringe at hearing my console chug from trying to prevent itself from overheating or overworking itself. In comparison, My original model PlayStation 4 over it’s time has been overheated and overworked itself that it doesn’t quite bring out its usual good performance now. I like how Xbox One when I am downloading a game I can turn the console off and it will still be downloading. Sleep mode is fine but as for those who rather just power down it’s better to conserve the consoles energy. Coming back to the controller now, At first I was skeptical of it still using commercial batteries eh it was a questionable move. I was beyond wrong. Using some good batteries makes the controller last a very very long time. It has a way better lifespan than the PS4 controllers, I find myself with my ps4 controllers I need to recharge them almost every few hours. Based on time tracked in my games I’ll say the controller can last up to 30 hours. The interface is very user friendly and easy. Loading up games and app’s have been real great and efficient. Cool part too you can connect to a 5G service wifi. Pretty handy if I may say.

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you are looking to go into the high end market and want something that will last you a while. The Xbox One X is for you. You will be paying for the system performance. If you happen to have a 4K TV then your in for a great gaming experience. The Xbox One X is just that close in comparison to a PC. A PC is the tops of all gaming (yes settle down) You are truly getting the best of the best. Add in Microsoft’s Game Pass and you are truly in for some great gaming times. If you aren’t quite ready or don’t need all the beefy hardware you can stick with an Xbox One S. I am giving the Xbox One X a 4.5 Stars out of 5 that’s pretty close to a perfect score! Get a gaming bundle and have some fun!

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Video Gaming Funk

You ever just sit there playing a game and then lose interest? Not because the game is bad or boring but because of reasons unknown. Crawls in you just don’t know what to do or how to feel. That sounds like video gaming funk! I’m sure we all been through it.

So what is video gaming funk? Depends on how you look at it I guess. Some attribute it to playing a game and not progressing how they would like to progress. Others may think that it’s they can’t decide what video game to play. Oh so many games but what to choose? Another funk and the one that I mainly associate with is interest in playing a game. Again this is not because the game is boring or bad, Just comes out of nowhere? Can you try and put it into words? I’m not sure.

My thinking of this article came when I was playing a game myself. NHL 18 in fact. I have some created teams and players and I just mess around it’s quite fun really. I was in the middle of playing and then all of a sudden I was like “Meh….I don’t really feel it now” Is it because of the game I was playing? Well then I couldn’t muster up anything else to play either. I set the controller down turned off the system and just sat there. I wasn’t upset or anything I was just relaxing I guess.

I’ve had a few times in a game where I was trying to figure out a puzzle, What to do next in the game and then something comes over me like a funk. Can’t figure it out done with the game maybe almost to never be heard of again. Months later you wonder hmm that game I was stuck in maybe I can try and again and push through. That moment you do it and break the funk! It’s an amazing feeling. You can now progress on the game as you were!

How do you guys choose that game to play? Looks fun? Story looks good? Game play seems pretty good? Then what if your having that time “Well I want to play something but what….I’ve played this…I’ve played that…Eh not really in the mood for this or that…Oh what to play” This one no matter how I look at it every which way, Even I can’t figure it out. I think it’s just a natural thing that happens, Something in you is just saying your gamed out for now come back later.

Today’s quick article just focuses on some gaming funk. What about you? Whats your funk and how do you break it?

~Gamer Jeff

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Things we dislike on modern gaming!

A few things here and there, Some of these things drive us crazy also. Lets dive into some things we dislike!

Downloading a game from the disc

Our consoles don’t really have all that much room (especially if you have a 500GB model) kind of wonder too why the head of companies didn’t see this either. Though I don’t get why we just can’t play the games right from the disc? A disc holds a lot of space too so I don’t get it. This would make a lot of things easier and we could just skip those long downloads and play right off the disc! How is this not a thing?

DLC

I cringe a lot of times hearing DLC. I hate when you have to get DLC to complete a game that should already be completed. I’m fine with extra DLC after to ADD to the game experience. Though to COMPLETE the game experience? That’s not cool. Some of the things too that are locked behind the game like extra costumes, weapons, a different mode, etc like come on this wasn’t a standard in the generations before. How does this come up in a board room meeting? “Alright crew DLC some downloadable content for our extra buck…..what do we add? Oh make the consumer buy this costume and buy this map so the player can knock off their friend in this costume on this new map they bought” Yeah, That’s probably how it went down too.

Broken or Incomplete Games

This one is high on my list here and it’s starting to really make me mad. I don’t like the fact that this is starting to become a new industry standard. If a company wants to release a testing or beta of the game that’s fine. Charging the consumer and then completing the game after is not fine. What ends up happening is a lazy effort and you don’t get a quality game that you paid a heck of a lot of money for. We can go to the recent Fallout 76 as an example. No Man’s Sky wasn’t worth the top price for it being plain, I appreciate though they are adding to it with no charge for more DLC or whatnot. Ubisoft has been notorious in the past for putting out games like their Assassins Creed franchise while not quite ironing out the main bugs they should. Destiny was one of the most incomplete games I’ve ever played and wasn’t even worth full price for such an empty game. My last point here will be those funded games which I have no issue with but you do have to be careful. I’ve been duped into a couple, (Ouya was an adventure also) I purchased Wild West Online and yes it was still in development but nothing ever came in friction with the game or anything I had purchased. They totally changed the landscape of the game now and my money is long gone.

Over-hyped

This is also seemingly becoming too much of the same also. Here comes the next game the trailer showing as much as it can without spoiling the game. If your Final Fantasy 7 Remake we have zero idea or any clue if you will even exist or come out, I was myself excited for it and the hype was all real. Red Dead Redemption 2 I’ll say I wasn’t all that hyped. I think it’s a great game though. I can’t really dive into it cause it’s so overwhelming its pretty in depth. Anyways games like that, Fallout 4 and then all the other add on’s that came started to get old also. Most of the games you see your seeing a lot of the good parts in the trailer and the rest of the game doesn’t quite live up and ends up being pretty short as well. I say with the way games are these days some just don’t quite live up to that hype.

 

Now of course there are more things that bug us, That’s why I love to hear from you fine readers! What are some things you dislike in games?

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Multiplayer!

Multiplayer you know more than one fri…..end…..person. In any capacity multiplayer gaming with one or more friends or family members is a staple in gaming these days. I am going to be focusing more on the couch type co-op playing in the same room with the person. We’ll get into online gaming in another post. Time to relive some memories!

The earliest memories I have are PC gaming with my Mom. It was a more of a take turns type of thing with like action scenarios, In any event pretty much where it all started for me. NES was the main for us, Mario 1 & 3 when we were playing taking turns trying to get as many levels beat as possible. Well we really only got to the end of the second stage on Mario 3 and with Mario one up to 5 before we couldn’t really trek anymore.

Now I can go on and on about what games I have played multiplayer and whatnot, That would be stretching my memory a bit there. I played a lot of the classics, Marios, Street Fighters, Mortal Kombats, Mario Parties, etc I’ve done my time and enjoyed some couch co-op playing a gamer with someone in the same room as me. NHL games were quite our thing too. Me and my friend would create players and just have ourselves a very fun and very high scoring game.

Now before I get the whole “woah your missing something here” Of course, I played the hell out of Goldeneye 64. It was the pinnacle, That game just mentioning was the such of what legends talk about. I learned to dominate the game. The style they had it and overall game play of course added to it’s magic if it wasn’t muliplayer it was single player. I of course will get into Goldeneye another time as such a great game deserves it’s own article. I think most of us 90’s kids were on to Goldeneye. The follow up in later years of a James Bond game I found Agent Under Fire and Nightfire actually weren’t as bad. Nightfire got the more edge for me since it allowed bots as Agent Under Fire didn’t.

The PS2 was really the end of days for this type of Multiplayer. PC gaming online was alive and well though as for console gaming I feel PS2 were the last good days. Some of my last good memories were playing the NASCAR games, The Sims 2, and NHL of course. The odd time on PS3 I’d play some NHL with someone and then the Wii we’d play some of the sports, Also as I got older it wasn’t really a thing anymore for myself personally. This where I pretty much transitioned into the online gaming realms. Nothing against it but online sometimes just doesn’t quite offer the same as someone sitting by you.

Years have passed and I’m happy to say that the multiplayer days of couch co-op and playing a 2 player game have been reborn! Me and my 5 year old son have gone back to the past and been playing those games. Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter may wait a bit though we got NHL, Mario Kart, Mario Games, etc it’s amazing to come back after all these years and relive those days. It’s like they never left. It’s also too some good old simple gaming fun. Sharing it with my son seeing how happy he is playing is truly something special.

~Gamer Jeff

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Jeff’s Thoughts on Gaming #4 1/10/19

Welcome back to the January 10th edition of Jeff’s Gaming Thoughts!

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Activison and Bungie part ways

2 pretty big companies have decided to go their separate ways. Activision and Bungie who were working on the Destiny series it will now be interesting to see how Bungie will go fourth with this venture as they now acquired the sole rights of the franchise. Personally Destiny 1 was a huge flop for me for many reasons, Destiny 2 seemed like to have gone through the same thing. So what does this mean for a possible Destiny 3? Well now with Bungie who had success with the Halo series can do what they want without someone else leaning over their shoulder. Is this the start of a change for the series? It remains to be seen.

Another Fantasy On The Nintendo Switch

It’s been redone and remastered and whatnot. Final Fantasy 10 and 10×2, The Zodiac Age will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. What does this mean? You can play a main series Final Fantasy game on a Nintendo console once again! As it with being on the switch you can also take it on the go. Honestly I’ve been over with remakes for a while now, I do think this is cool though it is what it is. I would of course love to see the series make a return full time to Nintendo back where it originally started.

Will we see a slow down on game remakes?

Oh lord I hope so. Look I am all about preserving and not forgetting the great games, Though really how many times are we going to get The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time? I heard a rumor that it was going to be coming out again in some capacity. Also too right now there are a number of games too that would be way more well deserving, Eternal Darkness on the Gamecube is one of those many deserving titles. How about a remake of a Clock Tower game? Now I understand the licensing and other stuff is an obstacle so one can only dream. As for a whole though where do we stand on the gaming remakes? It’s starting to get old and stale and I can see the old gamer quietly being turned off as they would like to see something fresh and new hit the market.

Is Digital the new way of life?

Seems like it everyday. I prefer a physical copy of things of course, I think it’s in a way becoming inevitable that digital will be the new main thing. What about streaming then? Oh wow I can see so many ways how it would not work and be something bad against the consumer. Digital distribution is great though for the issues on pre-ordering. The whole pre-ordering of games can be pretty messy and scalpers, resellers, etc oh my goodness. Digital in a way along with streaming really only benefits those with some good storage space and passport devices for more storage, Internet and unlimited internet would be a must also. Internet speed you may get away with for just getting digital games but streaming would be a different story. Unlimited internet would be a must in either case as going over your data would be pretty pricey. Pros and Cons here!

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