16 June, 2013

The next generation of console gaming: My thoughts.

So yeah PS4 and Xbox One had shit announced at E3. My thoughts, compiled from Twitter and IRC:

 First reaction to the Xbox One's announcements, on Twitter:
"PEOPLE IN YOUR HOUSE CAN PLAY THE GAMES IN YOUR HOUSE! YOU CAN PLAY YOUR OWN GAMES OUTSIDE TOO! FUCKING REVOLUTION"
Further thoughts:
"I mean yeah you remember me raging over the PS4's retarded cloud shit abandon all your PS3/PSP/Vita downloads lololol no backwards compatibility bullshit. But it wasn't THIS bad. Basically Microsoft is making a game console that runs on Steam. Where you can buy discs as activation codes. And there are no sales. THE ONLY FUCKING REASON I USE STEAM IS BECAUSE THE RIDICULOUS SALES OFFSET THE DOWNLOAD STUFF AND BECAUSE I ALREADY HAVE A PC. There's no fucking reason for you to buy a new console just to fucking use Steam now is there. Plus Steam works fine offline. So uh yeah, Microsoft is fucking retarded."

"The way I see it the only way the 360 did well at all is because they threw money at developers and got cod and haloes. Maybe they figured it's that crowd that matters the most to them. So fuck all the real video game players, the One's going to cater only to the teenage FPS player crowd? I'm fine with that because it means I won't need it."

"Seriously though the big One announcement yesterday. Basically what they were saying is YOU CAN DO ALL THIS SHIT YOU COULD EASILY DO BEFORE ONLY THIS TIME YOU NEED INTERNET AND OUR PERMISSION AND TO PAY FEES SO EXCITING AND REVOLUTOINARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

"Oh right Simcity, that was a thing wasn't it. People keep going on about THEIR connections. But you know sometimes it's the fucktards running the servers. You can have broadband and your console's still going to be useless if the servers are down."

"What I want in a console is: Once it's dead, ten years after it's dead, I can take it out and plug it in and pop a game in and still use it. Granted though that's kind of difficult with the current generation already because of patches and updates and shit."
And then Monday came.
"Nobody wants a console that only licenses you your games. #dealwithit"

"Yeesh looking at comments on stuff and shit, some guy says he's on his third 360 and second PS3. How the fuck do people break their consoles so easily? The last console that broke down on me was the Saturn and that was just because I left it alone for too long and the battery thing leaked."
(In reference to a video of the Sony press conference):
"tl;dr HEY GUYS YOU CAN PLAY GAMES ON THE PS4 JUST LIKE YOU CAN ON EVERY OTHER CONSOLE EVER RELEASED (Cheering)"

"For some reason Microsoft fucked up SO HARD I kind of want a PS4 now. And I didn't really want a PS4 because of the no PSN games no backwards compatibility bullshit."

"https://twitter.com/Weisskaiser/status/344329707472445440/photo/1 hurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr THE FUTURE IS DISKLESS DEAL WITH IT SONY IS SHIT REMEMBER DUH TIME DEY GOT HACKED! So uh what happens if Microsoft gets hacked and you can't do the sign in once every 24 hours thing. Bam. But hey, if you get an Xbox One YOU CAN USE IT TO WATCH TV!"

Not me: "tv tv tv tv tv tv tv tv tv tv sports sports sports sports sports sports sports sports sports sports DOG DOG DOG "
Me: "You forgot HALO TV"

"Also some people going on about the One keep going on about the TV shit. That shit only works in America doesn't it? And seriously there's video rental and shit on PSN too isn't there. And fuck PSN I have video rental/streaming shit BUILT INTO MY TV. Why the fuck do you need an Xbox for that?" 

Reference: Microsoft defends the Xbox One’s licensing, used game policies:

(About "a diversity of business models"):
"ALL GAMES ARE FREE YOU JUST HAVE TO PAY FOR THE ITEMS or YOU HAVE TO PAY $60 FOR THE GAME AND PAY MORE FOR THE ITEMS ANYWAY! DIVERSITY"

(About "Mehdi noted that purely digital game marketplaces like the iOS App Store have thrived despite having absolutely no physical media."):
"iPhone games don't cost $60-100"

(About "While the Internet is decidedly up in arms about the way the Xbox One handles game ownership and online check-ins, Mehdi said it was "hard to say" what the larger reaction from the less attentive mainstream consumers would be. "):
"tl;dr LOL NO LIFE INTERNET LOSERS GET A LIFE WE'RE NOT SELLIN THE XBOX TO YOU WE SELLIN IT TO DUH REAL PEOPLE OFFLINES"

(About: "Things like live TV support and exclusive NFL and Skype partnerships will also help show consumers the Xbox One's "tremendous value.""):
Me: "TV TV TV TV TV TV TV SPORTS SPORTS TV TV TV TV SPORTS SPORTS TV SPORTS TV HALO TV SERIES TV SPORTS DOG"
Not me: "durr hurr hurr"

"See what they're doing with games on the One, it's not too bad IF IT WERE ON THE PC. Because you know PCs can be used for other things as well. Who the fuck wants to spend half of a thousand fucking dollars on a video game console that doesn't let you own your fucking video games? Besides retards."

"And seriously, TV, NFL, Skype? That's supposed to give the thing tremendous fucking value? I don't think I even need to fucking explain why no that's not fucking value at all you fucking moron. Also 'We're trying to do something pretty big in terms of moving the industry forward for console gaming into the digital world.' COMPUTER GAMES ISN'T DIGITAL DRM IS THE REAL DIGITALS!!!!!!!!"

"Seriously though this boils down to 'people on the internet are stupid no life losers we're going to sell plenty of Xboxes for real'. Really now?"
Me: "Whoa am I seeing things right or is the PS4 only like twice the size of the tiny model PS2"
Not me: "...it looks like two of them stacked together."
Me: "I like it. Better than the PS3 and 360 at least. PS2's still better. And the PS1's design was iconic"

"MAN that PS4 controller is UGLY"

"Nothing new but yeah the PS4 controller is an ugly piece of shit. And don't get me started on the glowing parts, God."

Not me: "http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-06-13-right-now-oddworld-new-n-tasty-isnt-coming-to-xbox-one-or-xbox-360 Way to fuck up. But seriously, Microsoft is fucking stupid."
Me: "Yeah they're applying that policy to indies too and had the cheek to say "Nobody has been more committed to indies than Microsoft". INDIES YOU AINT REAL GAME COMPANIES GO FIND YOURSELF A PIMP OR FUCK OFF"

Reference: Microsoft defends Xbox One: 'Digital is better'

"So uh, DRM is digital and nothing else is? See if you really thought digital better you'd provide free digital downloads alongside games with no DRM, that don't require the disc to play. What you're doing isn't promoting "digital" you stupid fucks, it's just treating your users like fucking criminals on parole who have to check in every 24 hours to show that they're not pirating like a bunch of untrustworthy scumbags."

Reference: Microsoft: PS4 won’t make us ‘change anything we’ve done with Xbox One’

"Last nail in the coffin"

(In reference to "When you look at games like TitanFall,… have you gone through Titanfall yet? Enough said. Conversation over. "):
"Yep. Conversation over. Conclusion is that you're a fucking moron."

(In reference to "uh,… it’s safe to say that we’re confident where we’re going. We’re also confident that gamers are going to love our vision of the future and what we’re going to offer for gaming”)
"A BLIND one."

"Your vision of the future isn't too bad, but the future isn't now and you're doing it wrong. Dumbass."

"Dumbfuck of the day https://twitter.com/Weisskaiser/status/346155150462820353/photo/1 STEAM CAN WORK SO XBONE CAN TOO! No it can't dumbfuck. Did you spend $500 on a new machine just to run Steam? That can ONLY RUN STEAM? "I being an INTELLIGENT gamer know that MS is doing things right also I have a JOB and MONEY so I will buy BOTH consoles" hurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Sseriously this retard comes off as being one of those MS spokesmen. XBONE GAMES ARE DIGITAL. Unlike all them other analog vidyas right? Even EA, FUCKING EA, saw that nobody wanted DRM bullshit and got rid of their online pass bullshit. How blind do you have to be?"
"This isn't about fanboys trashtalking each other. This is about the direction of the industry. And Microsoft is trying to lead it the wrong way."

Reference: Miyamoto: Nintendo's game ownership policy should operate "like a toy company"

"Miyamoto has the best idea of what games should be like. Pity Nintendo isn't following up with their locked-to-console download bullshit."


Update: Xbox 180 happened.


"BEFORE: Microsoft: PS4 won't make us 'change anything we've done with Xbox One'"

"AFTER: As a result of feedback from the Xbox community, we have changed certain policies for Xbox One"

"Family sharing and cloud library gone? What happened to THE DIGITAL FUTURE?"

"Irrelevant now that MS is backpedalling, but still worth a read. >Unwelcome Innovation Earns Gamers’ Jeers"

"Said this on IRC but WHY ARE (well, were) XBOX ONE DOWNLOADS STILL AT FULL PRICE? Going digital cuts a LOT of costs. The One as it was might have worked if games were like, say, $30. When you figure in the costs cut and used game sales eliminated they might've made even more than what they are with disc-based games. Instead, no, we still have cunts insisting on charging $70 for fucking downloads. Fuck you. This applies not just to MS of course. I can get Masoukishin for like 2000 yen new but it's 7000 yen on PSN? Fuck you."

"Taking away the family sharing and cloud library though, why? It's not like they can't coexist with discs. Make it so that they only work for DLs or something. Personally, removing the features reeks to me of WAHHHHHH I'M NOT LETTIN YOU PLAY WITH MUH TOYS ANYMORE"

"Related: Where does my money go?"

"What worries me about the Xbone is how they can just undo all that DRM shit with a single patch. Suggests that the inverse is possible too."