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Friday, June 28, 2013

What's wrong with GameStop?

I ran across a very good video on this subject and thought I would share it, have a look.

I've been annoyed with GameStop for a while, mostly because the experience shopping there is irritating. No, guy at the checkout counter, I don't want to pre order anything. I don't want to see what's coming out soon. I don't want a magazine subscription or a discount card or fucking disc protection. And no, I don't want to trade anything in. Every single time I went in there. It gets very, very old.

The other major issue I have is, they sell used games as new. Most of the time when you go to buy a new game, you bring an empty box to the counter and they pull the disc out of a drawer and put it in the box. Once you remove a disc from a sealed case and handle it, guess what? That game is no longer new. Yes, I realize they do this to prevent theft, I don't give a shit. Walmart and Best Buy don't need to do that so they can figure out another way.

The last time I went into a GameStop I found it... distasteful. Vast rows of used games, very little new. Hell, I found what I was looking for, but the copies were used so I didn't get them. Don't get me wrong, though, I don't have a problem with used games. I just wanted new copies, but GameStop is nothing more than a pawn shop that's far too full of itself. It thinks that it's the best place to buy games, but it really isn't and more people need to realize that.

As for alternatives, I would highly recommend Best Buy, Amazon or WalMart. If you have any smaller, independent game stores in your area then you should check those out as well. I'll join Boogie2988, the guy in the above video, in suggesting that you avoid GameStop from now on.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Xbox One does away with DRM, but why did it ever have any?

So you've probably already heard, but the internet is flipping its shit over Microsoft giving in to the extreme displays of hate and displeasure surrounding some of the Xbox One policies. They've decided to completely get rid of any DRM disc based restrictions for renting, trading, selling, or buying used games. They've removed the requirement for your games to periodically check in online. Okay, that's great but...


I just... I can't imagine why. Did they not know what would happen? Why didn't they just ask? Because ANYONE could have told them. You could have, I could have, absolutely anyone. How do you not predict the backlash and anger and hate that would come your way if you announce that the new Xbox is going to have this type of shit? Why did they not see it coming?

Was this a severe lack of vision? Were these policies thought out by people who have absolutely zero idea what people want? How could this ever have happened? Don't get me wrong here, I'm definitely glad that they've pulled an "Xbox 180" and reversed their decision on the disc DRM and online requirement bullshit, it's a good thing for gamers and gaming in general. It's certainly a good thing for anyone who wanted or wants an Xbox One. I'm not bitching that they're (apparently) fixing things, but they shouldn't have broken them to begin with.

I kind of wonder if the people from Microsoft who decided to put the "Metro" touch based UI in the full version of Windows 8 had any hand in this. This just stinks of that kind of "give people what WE want and let them get used to it" mentality that they seem to have lately. My advice would be to find everyone in Microsoft who thought this was a good idea and fire them immediately before they do any more damage to the company or its products. They've already put a huge dent in consumer trust and faith in the Xbox Division, and they almost just killed the Xbox brand outright.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Upcoming Wii U games I'm looking forward to. UPDATED.

With everyone still talking about the big E3 battle between PS4 and Xbox One, I thought I would post a list of Wii U games coming this year that I'm excited about. Here goes.

1. New Super Luigi U - June 20, 2013

This isn't a full game, but I think it still deserves a spot on the list. This is DLC for the game New Super Mario Bros U. It removes Mario, redesigns all 82 levels for Luigi to make them more challenging and introduces Nabbit as a playable character. Isn't it about time Luigi got his own game?

2. Pikmin 3 - August 4, 2013

I only played a little bit of Pikmin 2 on Wii, but I'm really excited for this one. It looks super fun and has multiple control options.

3. Rayman Legends - September 3, 2013

Despite the unfortunate delay from earlier this year, this game still looks incredibly fun. The demo is available right now for Wii U, so give that a try. It looks amazing in HD.

4. The Wonderful 101 - September 15, 2013

It looks sort of like Pikmin, with super heroes. I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty awesome.

5. DuckTales Remastered - Q3 2013

The fantastic WayForward is remaking the original NES game DuckTales in HD, for Wii U. If you haven't played the original, it was difficult but a good game. I'm looking forward to the remake.

6. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - October 2013

When the original Wind Waker for Gamecube was first shown, I was disappointed with the cell shaded graphics. How wrong I was. The game was a beautiful, fun, amazing Zelda game. The HD remake is coming out this year on Wii U, I'll be getting it for sure.

7. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - November 2013

Retro Studios has done an absolutely wonderful job reviving the Donkey Kong Country series. This second one on Wii U looks even better than the last one on Wii. Definitely looking forward to it.

8. Super Mario 3D World - December 2013

A brand new, 3D, HD, Super Mario for Wii U? Sign me up. I know a lot of people just wanted another Super Mario Galaxy, but I'm excited for this game. It looks like a ton of fun.

9. Sonic Lost World - Holiday 2013

A new Sonic game that's exclusive to Wii U and looks incredible? Sign me up! I'm anxiously awaiting this as I'm still a big Sonic fan, despite some of the previous games being terrible. The fact that this one looks so good and the last two, Sonic Generations and Sonic Colors, were great gives me a lot of hope for this new one.

That's my own personal list, but there are plenty of other good Wii U games releasing this year. And next year? Holy shit guys, just wait. Good times are ahead.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

My thoughts on E3 so far, or, Now might be a good time to buy a Wii U AND a PS4.

I've been anxiously awaiting E3, so watching conferences and videos for a while now has been interesting. Here are my thoughts...

  • The PS4 is going to run away with it

  • Sony looks to have the best showing so far. Their system has similar games to Xbox One, but with slightly better specs, better (in my opinion) exclusives and NO DRM! NO ONLINE REQUIREMENTS! That one was a real kick in the teeth to Microsoft when they announced that, I was floored.

  • The Wii U is going to be fine

  • A lot of people have predicted doom and gloom for Wii U based on slow initial sales, but I'm not worried. It's sold more during the same period after launch than the PS3, and the PS3 is fine despite its own slow start. The 3DS was also considered dead in the water after its launch, as well. The sales will pick up after more good exclusives are released and perhaps after a price drop. as is what happened with both PS3 and 3DS. The latest Nintendo Direct showed off some really impressive, fun looking games. So I'm quite happy with the system so far, even if it did start slow.

  • Microsoft looks like shit

  • Microsoft let slip that there would be some kind of system for preventing or limiting used game sales on Xbox One, this made people mad. When they finally laid out their detailed plans, it made people furious. Renting games for Xbox One is impossible, buying and selling a disc used would be limited to games that the publisher decides can be bought/sold. You couldn't even GIVE someone one of your games unless they had been on your friends list for a minimum of 30 days, even then that game could never be gifted ever again.

    The system would HAVE to go online once every 24 hours to authenticate all your games, or they'd stop working completely. If you brought your games to a friends house or another system, that check in time would be once every single hour.
    When Sony announced that the PS4 would have none of this, it was a real kick in the teeth to Microsoft. In my opinion, if Microsoft doesn't do away with their plans for these requirements and restrictions, they're in real trouble.

    Oh, and the PS4 is $400, unlike $500 for Xbox One.