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We finally have some good news...we're getting more Star Wars games! With the announcement of the new arrangement with EA, it's time to discuss the ramifications this could have for us as gamers.
The XBox One Reveal...
Microsoft Reveals Entertainment Focused Xbox One
During this last generation of gaming, I have had a bit of an issue with Microsoft’s Xbox 360. While a stupendous console, with great games, and a great controller, it had one fatal flaw that kept me from truly enjoying it like it seems so many do. The Xbox 360 had a hardware problem. For a console to have an over 30% unfixable failure rate was damnable.
I had one of the original white 360s die from the RROD on me only 16 months after buying it, and this was before Microsoft extended the warranties on all original Xbox 360s to three years so I was up the creek without a paddle. I bought a PS3 after this, which almost five years later still works. I won a new Xbox 360 S in a contest at my old job, and 14 months later, the HDMI port malfunctioned and no longer output any video signal. To be blunt, I had a bad history with the 360, and I am not alone, especially if 30% of consumers had similar issues happen to them.
Trusting Microsoft with a new console right now was not something I was prepared to do going into see this reveal. I was skeptical and far less exuberant about the new console than some of my friends and colleagues..At first I thought it was just because of my experience with the hardware, but then I realized it was because I wasn’t into the popular games on the system.
I was never a big fan of Call of Duty and feel the whole franchise is stale, and while I like Halo, I wouldn’t consider myself a fan. I enjoy it, but I don’t pre-order or go out of my way to buy it. Kinect has yet to show me a single game where I find myself having fun with full-body motion control, and I could care less about internet apps locked away behind a subscription that are available for free on everything from the PS3 to the Blu-Ray player I got my Grandparents for Christmas that costs less than a year of Xbox Live.
And for the games I did like, like Skyrim and GTA IV, I still played on my PC instead due to those game having far more replayability and customization with the fantastic modding community.
For me, the Xbox 360 just didn’t have a great amount of games I wanted which held me back from investing into the console too much. For Microsoft to woo me back into being an early adopter of their hardware, they would need to do something big to get me back.
They did not.
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Remember The Star Wars Kid?
Well he's all grown up now. No longer the awkward teenager with a golf ball retriever trying to bust some Jedi moves, and has graduated with a law degree.
Good on him for speaking out, I think. I remember watching the original video, and then the various other versions as they appeared and thinking that he looked a bit clumsy, but otherwise, no different to anytime I'd pretended to have a lightsaber and was trying to defend myself from a barrage of attackers and blaster bolts. I wasn't aware it had caused him so much trouble though. I can't imagine having to deal with it all at that age...being called a 'pox on humanity' was way over the top and completely uncalled for. Still..I think the article is right. Without him, there probably wouldn't be the plethora of self-made lightsaber videos on youtube now, with a range of ages showing off their Jedi skills.
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Which console are you leaning towards?