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Blog refresh

I’ve kept with the same look for my blog for a couple of years now and it’s time to change it.

So I’ve chosen this one. It looks clean, has a good sized featured image and a dynamic menu. Cool. Only thing is I’ve got to think about where to place all my other elements such as links and tags. In the meantime, my visitors will see the in progress. It’s not ideal but hopefully it’ll be all done and dusted in no time.

Maybe WordPress could implement like a “staging” version of your blog for when migrating to a new theme. This way, we can happily play around with how our blog looks and only roll it out to the world when we’re happy with it.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider – crybabies

Since Rise of the Tomb Raider had been revealed as an Xbox exclusive, a lot of babycries surfaced on social media. Many of which make absolutely no sense at all. Some posts that really made me think “what the fuck?!”.

A group of users claimed they refuse to purchase a copy just because it’s coming out on the Xbox first. They claim it’s bad for the consumers. Does it really affect anything other than your console/platform choice ego that Xbox fans get first dibs on the game? I really don’t get this “logic”. Does that mean that they’re boycotting Destiny? A game where PS4 owners were told they will be able to play the beta before anyone else? Surely that’s not fair also – so why didn’t these righteous idiots complain then? Oh right, it’s cause they can boast about getting their hands on the beta first. If they feel like this about one game, I wonder where they draw the line? Such as do they boycott Japanese games which come out in Japan months ahead of the western continents? Or American TV shows which typically shows a couple of hours ahead of their European counterparts? And what about cars or TVs and tablets? I get the feeling that a lot of people are justifying their Playstation purchases (or their expensive gaming pcs) by how “superior” it is to the Xbox One only to be told a high profile game such as the Tomb Raider sequel is out on Xbox One first. So childish.

Some people say say that the Tomb Raider franchise is so big that it shouldn’t be an exclusive. Well… that’s not really for us to decide but Square Enix. They can literally decide what platform to bring the game on and if we really wanted to play that game we’d have to buy that platform. Also I enjoyed BlazBlue but the final installment was never released on any of the Xbox’s but I don’t hear anyone claiming foul play here. Also, what about when the Tomb Raider in the past which only came out on the PS1? The first game came out on both the Sega Saturn and PS1, but then Sony made a deal with Eidos Interactive (from memory they owned the franchise then?) to prevent them from releasing the game on their rivals. What about Onimusha on the original Xbox and PS2? A Capcom hack and slash which came out on both systems but all it’s sequels only appeared on Sony’s machine. How about Bayonetta? None of these caused the crap spewing out of these kids mouths because it benefited from these. I don’t see a problem with a console doing this to make it’s product stand out more.

What about DLC? DLC provides extra experience of the game, yet there are games with PS exclusive content denying others of these experiences. So why are they ok with this? Some say because one is a complete game and the other is just DLC. It doesn’t matter, both content costs money so they should be treated the same.

These crybabies on social media create imaginary rules to benefit themselves, or the illusion of them benefiting from Sony making money, and aren’t really thinking about the real world. This is a business they’re talking about, if it fits the business goals then they will do it. Stop crying, if you want to play Rise of the Tomb Raider first then buy an Xbox One like I have to buy a PS3 for BlazBlue Chronophantasma. Kids should be banned from social media.

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Pretty awesome news from Gamescom

The lineup of XboxOne games shown at Gamescom 2014 is pretty awesome. They had some strong demos, some pretty cool titles I never knew existed and some super surprising news.

The demos that stood out for me was Forza Horizon 2 and the very first gameplay demo of Quantum Break. I get Forza Horizon 2’s style – it’s not a serious simulator like Forza 5, its all about the social aspects of owning a car. Or at least what everyone really wants to do: race on the streets. I dont know why people compared the two franchises as they’re different. From the demo, it seems they’ve given the sounds an extra boost. The roaring engines sounded especially spectacular when going tunnels. I’m really hyped about this game. We were also treated to a gameplay demo of Quantum Break. I’ve not seen any footage before but the skills on display and mechanics looked pretty fun. I’m into time travel/manipulation so this is definitely a must have for me.

There was one game that really stood out for me. A game about making a theme park and ultimately, killing the subjects who are testing them. It sounds abit twisted, but I’ve never come across a game like this before. So this is another title I’ll be watching out for.

But the big surprising reveal/news that came out of Gamescom was that the second Tomb Raider is now an Xbox exclusive! I don’t think anyone saw that coming. I’m pretty glad that I will be able to play it on my XboxOne. After all, I was pretty gutted when Arksys announced that BlazBlue Chronophantasma (the concluding chapter) was only going to be on Sony’s machine. There was a temptation to get a PS4 just for Chronophantasm, after all, I bought a 360 for Dead or Alive 4. I stopped my self from going through with that because Microsoft brought back Killer Instinct. I might as well go for something new right? Now with this announcement I dont know what games I would be playing on the PS4… if any at all. I’m wish they release a special collectors digital edition. Can’t wait!

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Project interface 2.0?

The release of the Xbox One has deprived me of one of my favourite gaming accessory in recent years – the result of Project Interface, my fight stick.

The MadCatz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 for the Xbox One was available from day one of the console’s release date yet I haven’t invested in one yet. There were just too many games being released in such a short window and I chose games over an accessory.

But now, Razor has announced a fight stick for the Xbox One increasing the number of fight sticks on the market to two. To be honest I was going to purchase the Razor Xbox 360 version before the new consoles were announced. I chose it over the MadCatz Tournament edition because of how accessible the insides were and the designs had customisation in mind. But the design and features of MadCatz TE2 was very, very similar to what Razor had to offer in the previous generation. I thought I was sold until Razor showing off their new stick. I’m now leaning more towards the Razor Atrox just because the faceplate looks to provide more surface area. They’re both priced the same but the Atrox also looks to be more subtle in the colour of it’s case: it’s black whereas the TE2 has some bright red edges on the left and right edge.

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Just waiting for a 3D fighter to make it’s way to the Xbox one before I purchase one – VF5 FS

Having said all that, I don’t feel it’s the right time to buy either yet because I’m waiting for a 3D fighter to appear on the Xbox One. Here’s me really hoping Virtua Fighter and Dead or Alive will make it’s way to the Xbox One as either of these titles are on my instant buy list and the experience is only completed with a fight stick. I will be designing a new fight stick art closer to the purchase of a fight stick.

http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-controllers/razer-atrox-xbox-one

http://store.madcatz.com/platforms/xbox-one/Mad-Catz-Arcade-FightStick-Tournament-Edition-2-for-Xbox-One.html

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Pilot, your update is ready…

Guilty. Guilty of playing on my Xbox One so much that I didn’t want to update my blog!

I had my doubts at first; there were so many negativity on social media – “Microsoft is so greedy”, “it’s rubbish because it doesn’t focus on gaming”. Now that I’ve had the chance to spend several months gaming on Microsoft’s latest console, I feel like this would be a better “review” than ones posted hours or weeks after launch.

It’s a very different machine to when it first started. It seems there are monthly updates to the console to make it better. When I first started, I had no idea how much data storage I was using. Now, all I need to do is go into my app section to find out just how much memory each game or app is taking. Since it is still pushing to sell more consoles, it’s obviously going to keep up sending us sweets. I’m now using less and less of the other apps on the console – such as 4oD but that is because I’ve now got a separate box for that. I do feel there has been an improvement to Kinect’s voice command recognition. Before, I would often have to repeat commands to get it to work and the slightest background noise would further hinder these efforts. Now, granted when the background noise is very loud I will still have trouble getting commands through, but when it’s not, I can still command my Xbox. Also the GameDVR function is really cool. All I need to say is “Xbox record that!” and I get my clip recorded for me. I can then upload it to anywhere I want to without any extra peripherals. Which reduces costs – I’m hoping that they will add a function to enable us to add titles in like iMovie does. That’d be mind-blowing.

The most important change and it’s the single reason why I’ve been putting this post off is Titanfall. Well, not just Titanfall but Forza 5 as well. Actually, the games. The most important part of a gaming console is the library of games it brings. To me, it is delivering gaming experiences I’ve never had before. This is due to the nature of the gaming mechanics, yes, but also down to the backend systems of Microsoft servers too. In the hours I’ve been playing online I’ve only experienced a handful of lag – also note that these did not last the whole match. The next exclusives I’m looking out for are Quantum Break and Sunset Overdrive. Also, I wouldn’t mind a Virtua Fighter game – it’ll give me a reason to get a MadCatz fightstick for my Xbox One.

The games are very strong with the Xbox One. I’ve had so much enjoyment out of it and it’s also fueled my hobby of capturing gameplay and sharing them. Xbox One is awesome!

PS: If Final Fantasy 15 was still a PS4 exclusive, I’d probably get a PS4 along the way but since it’s multi platform, I’ll get it on Xbox One! yay!

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Pilot, your Titan is ready!

Titanfall – finally the wait is over! I’m loving the parkour style of this game. Now that I’m trying to run on walls instead of on the ground, my deaths have dropped considerably since the beta version.

I like how every match isn’t a routine go to this point shoot people, spwan and go back to that point,etc… I find that the battle moves around in the whole map rather than popular areas on the map. First play through earned me a level 11.

Thanks Respawn for delivering an awesome game! Just to show how good it is, here’s a screenshot of the end of my second session.

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I love this gun

Falling with style – part duex