Xbox One, the good the bad and the ugly. Mostly ugly.

To me the Xbox One so smells of corporate and a marketing think tank (I use the work think lightly)that don’t ‘get’ gamers.  It seems to be all about number gathering to sell to publishers than doing what the console was made for.  Games.

if Microsoft can prove that 80% of gamers play Call of Duty (HA! I said duty) then another CoD is made because that must be what gamers want!  


Marketing TOTALLY misses the fact that games sell because they are good, then because it’s a part of a series and then because we’re told to.  It seems this time around Microsoft is relaying so much on the numbers. 

“Numbers are the path to Management.  Numbers lead to misinformation.  Misinformation leads to bad games.  Bad games lead to broken controllers.”

You can tell that marketing has taken over the Xbox IP.  Someone that understands gamers and the culture would know that this form of DRM will backfire and not be looked in a good light.  But, there will always be the fan boys and there will always be some demand, even for crap. 

Personally, I believe the Xbox One will bomb like the PS3 did in the American markets and Microsoft’s marketing team will be left wondering what happened.  But because they are management, they will never understand why because the ‘numbers’ back them up.

It’s good to know that Sony seems to have learned from their mistakes with the PS3.  They are coming out swinging this time around and using the Xbox One backlash to their advantage.  It’s too late for MS to change their marketing strategy for the Xbox One, all they can do is push forward as hard as possible and pray the numbers work for them.

Granted, to me, the ‘issues’ with the Xbox One doesn’t really matter.   Currently I pretty much use mine to play Netflix.  it is always online, even if I don’t use it daily.   I don’t tend to go over to a friend’s house to play games so not being able to share my game is a moot point. 

At this point, I might as well just buy a Roku streaming internet appliance and save like $300 dollars.


Japanese Retailers Phasing Out Xbox 360 Hardware and Software

Japanese Retailers Phasing Out Xbox 360 Hardware and Softwareby Zach Pint Hardware sales for the Xbox 360 in Japan have been dismal at best, so it comes to no surprise that some retailers are beginning to pull the hardware and software from their shelves.Geo, a Japanese retailer, is cutting back on the Xbox 360, as well as the electronics retailer, Yamada Denki. Staff at Yamada Denki have “confirmed that the company is removing hardware and software from the majority of its stores nationwide, and is selling off its remaining stock at a heavy discount,” according to Edge Magazine.Only 72,721 Xbox 360s have been sold in Japan this year, which brings the total number to 1.5 million. It’s kind of surprising that these measures took so long to be put into affect after seeing those numbers.

via Japanese Retailers Phasing Out Xbox 360 Hardware and Software.

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor





As I understand it, the game will use the normal 360 controller for movement and the Kinect for all the interactive stuffs like using the turret and starting the engine.I guess they didn’t want to make another 40+ button controller..

though I think I would have liked that with the Kinect doing things like head tracking (to look at your crew mates, or perhaps to look at a enemy in order to target it.

I think the biggest thing that got me is how the VT’s look more like Chrome Hounds in this movie and that it’s looks to be yet another WW2 game.  God if it’s not WW2 or has Zombies in it.. it’s not a game these days.


Rock Band: Def Leppard 6-pack featuring Pro Guitar upgrades for every track! [HQ] (1)

Def Leppard 6-pack featuring Pro Guitar upgrades for every track!

Def Leppard has a new album and is touring now! To celebrate we present 5 classic Def Leppard scorchers and 1 brand new song from the party metal legends! Download

via Videos Posted by Rock Band: Def Leppard 6-pack featuring Pro Guitar upgrades for every track! [HQ] (1).


for the 5 people that are still playing. 🙂   Also.. shouldn’t the drummer model for these tracks only have one arm?

The Graphics of ‘Avatar’ at home!

Report: The Next Xbox Can Render Avatar Graphics

Brian Ashcraft  No, it won’t be wall-to-wall digital blue people. Well, I hope it won’t, because, man, I did not like Avatar.

However, AMD, the tech company responsible for Xbox 360 graphics tech, said the next Xbox will be able to render graphical detail on par with James Cameron’s sci-fi opus.

AMD won’t confirm it’s working on the new Xbox, but, according to the Official Xbox Magazine, AMD said the new Xbox will launch with that level of graphics.

What’s more, AMD’s Neal Robison added that the upcoming A.I. will enable every pedestrian in, say,Grand Theft Auto have their own personality and react to situations differently.

This sounds like AMD talking up whatever they’re working on. Fingers crossed it actually pans out, because words like these can come back to haunt you.

Kotaku is following up with Microsoft and will update this post should the company comment.

Source: Report: The Next Xbox Can Render Avatar Graphics


I’ve got to call BS on this one.   Real time rendering of Avatar graphics with enough horsepower
to give everyone in GTA a personality?    Don’t think so.. not at the price point Microsoft is going to
need to be at.  

Of course.. Sony said the same thing.. and it was true..  if you watched it as a movie. 

Xbox LIVE has not been LULz’d

Even I’ve seen some posts about people claiming that LIVE has been hacked.   and even though I asked for proof, nothing was provided.   So.  I can only believe that it’s Sony marketing people saying LIVE has been hacked in order to shift blame.  
anyway.. according to Major Nelson from Xbox.  He tweeted on 6/17: 

   I am seeing concern that Xbox LIVE is compromised. So far All we’ve seen is a random list of emails. Nothing indicating a breach.


So where has Sony, Nintendo, Sega, and many others have been hacked.  We’d not seen LIVE go down..      Yet.     Me thinks it’s only a matter of time. Sad smile