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Xbox One and my lawnmower

fence Just enjoying a nice sunny, slightly windy day, mowing my front lawn and then it hit me, “Why does it have to be an all-in-one?”  Of course, I’m referring to Microsoft’s latest game console, the Xbox One.  Why create the Swiss Army knife equivalent of an entertainment system?  Why not just do one or two things well and expand on it?  Just like my lawnmower.  It cuts grass.  It cuts grass well.  I don’t need for it to play music, bake cookies and hold beer.  It would be nice to have while mowing but it’s not necessary.

And I know that if it did play music and bake cookies, I would have to pay for those features.  No, thanks.  So why not have an Xbox that just plays games?  OK.  It can play movies once in a while but that should be it.  Right?

From a Daddy Gamer perspective, the all-in-one concept doesn’t work.  Here’s why: Wife’s friends or kids’ friends are over and they want to watch a movie.  With my ninja-like skill of stealth and evasion, I can usually take my game console into one of the rooms and happily play my game quietly.  This bliss goes away with the all-in-one concept.  Yup.  Now, the game console/Bluray player/internet device/Netflix/music player is stuck at one place and one place only.  The darn Kinect is also embedded in the Xbox One!  (Kinect 2.0 is separate) Now, I have a big box, in one place AND it’s looking at me!  The heck is that about.

OK.  OK.  Think about this.  My lawnmower breaks.  I try to fix it but if it doesn’t work, I toss it.  I tossed one tool.  My trimmer, blower and edger were not part of my all-in-one lawn mowing system.  I only have to buy one tool.  Xbox One?  If it overheats, a movie disc gets stuck inside, or maybe stupid little Johnny shoves a sandwich inside, it’s done!  Now, I have to fork out another $600 to get a new machine.

It never fails.  Companies pile on the crap on their successful product in hopes to ride the popularity.  The goal is,of course, revenue.  Sony did this as well with the PS3.  I think it’s learned its lesson and made PS4 game-centric.  At least, that’s what they’re marketing.  Nintendo, bless their Donkey Kong heart, has managed to stay focus even when they were printing money with the Wii and Nintendo DS.  This is why it has a super fanatic following.  The games, stories, and character they’ve created become embedded in gamers’ mind forever.

I hope that future console iterations will keep regular, hard-working consumers and parents in mind.  People who don’t have $600-1,000 to toss around.  A less expensive, upgraded game system would have been a better move.  This approach has worked for over five decades.  I think there’s some merit to it.

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Batman: Arkham Origins trailer

Wow.  That’s all I can say.


Ready for Batman vs. Flash? Injustice demo now available!

I’ve been waiting for the release of this game for the console since last year.  I just learned that the demo for Injustice: Gods Among Us can now be downloaded for free on the Playstation Network for the PS3 and Xbox Live for the Xbox 360.  I have to check it out!  Nothing beats Superhero vs. Superhero specially if you’re a comic book fan.  It’s free.  You can’t beat that.  I love the fact that I can try the game before buying.


Retiring from FPS in search of Injustice

I’ve decided today that I’m going to take a hiatus from playing FPS or first-person-shooters.  After 10 years of fragging, LANning, sniping and clanning, I’m swapping my trigger finger for combo moves.  To be honest, the new Elite Premium nickel-and-dime-BS system that Activision implemented for Modern Warfare 3 made me so disappointed that I stopped playing several months ago.

But beyond the BS, the new swatch of upcoming fighting games helped me make an easy decision.  Persona4 Arena and Playstation All-Star Battle Royale look great.  I’m intrigued by the cross-fighting on the Playstation 3 and Vita.  I’ve been playing video games for a while and this will be the first time, in my experience, that a console and portable will be able to play against each other.  But the top of my list is Injustice: Gods Among Us from NetherRealm Studios and Ed Boon, the video game icon behind Mortal Kombat.

 




Ouya: I expect K’Ouya, L’Ouya, M’Ouya!

ImageI had to sit back and ponder what the entry of Ouya will bring in the video gaming scene.  The old school gamer in me says, “Not another console, please!”  Then, I started to dig more info about this $99-hack-away-open-system console.  You know what. Looking at the specs; this could be good.    But I’m not looking at the games.  What’s intriguing to me is the potential adaptation of motion and gesture-sensing devices and having the Ouya give birth to a hybrid. According to the Ouya’s specs, it will have WiFi 802bgn, Bluetooth LE and a wireless game controllers.  It’ll only be a matter of time when hardware hackers will modify existing motion controllers to this console.

The Kinect has proven to be a hacker-friendly device.  So, this is almost a no-brainer adaptation.  Wiimotes?  Oh yeah.  I’m assuming that LEAP, from Leap Motion will also be in the mix since it’s design with the PC in mind.  The Playstation Move?  I don’t know.

I have all the video consoles but I can squeeze this one in for $99 and that chance to tweak and modify games and hardware.  Yes.  I’m a geek.  I know ; )  If you are interested in funding the Ouya kickstarter program and check out their Ouya video you can visit:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console


Forget Windows! Kinect could be Microsoft’s next cash cow.

Forget Windows! Kinect could be Microsoft’s next cash cow.

Venture Capitalists are licking their chops after watching several companies vie for funding in Microsoft’s Kinect demo day.  Kinect, for some that might not know, is the motion-sensing accessory for the Xbox 360.  The technology is quite impressive.  I have one and have been using it for sports video games.  My family loves its application for dance and exercise-type games.

People have been hacking the Kinect since it launched but kudos to Microsoft for allowing the ideas to flourish rather than clamped down on user modifications.  Having elderly parents, I’m intrigued at some of the ideas with regards to medical and mobility applications.  Check out the link provided.


Dragon Age 2 to horde free time on Feb 22nd

Fellow blogger, Sarahtherebel, has been actively watching for Dragon Age 2 updates. I like her effort and enthusiasm and I think you will to. Here’s a link to her blog: sarahtherebel


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