Initial Thoughts on XBOX One – Console, Controller, Games

XBOX One Tour

Alongside the PS4, the XBOX One will be competing for a pie of the gamerspace cake this winter. With only a few weeks left for the launch, Microsoft’s marketing team is on a spree. There have been several tour events doing the rounds in the UK to spread the buzz, and potential customers to have a go at the console and a few of its launch titles. I played the XBOX One first at the Eurogamer Expo 2013. But, as you know, my experience was plagued by endless queues. I only got to try a very few XBOX One titles – viz. Titanfall, Ryse, Forza, and Killer Instinct. Thankfully, with the #XBOXONETOUR doing the rounds in Shoreditch in London, I could get some more gaming time with Ryse, Forza and Killer Instinct. I also had a go with the new Kinect Sports, Dead Rising 3, and Battlefield 4. My impressions are given below:

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Initial thoughts on PS4 – Console, Controller, Games.

Eurogamer 2013 - EGX

I attended the Eurogamer Expo (EGX) in London along with thousands of enthusiastic gamers who queued up and waited for hours to get their hands on the next generation of console gaming. Both the XBOX One and the PS4 made their UK debut at the EGX, and it was a blast to hang out with gamers, chatting with them about their expectations from the next gen, what games they were looking forward to, and most importantly which side of the fence they were on – XBOX One vs. PS4.

Since the E3 announcement, I had made up my mind to go for the PS4, and even pre-ordered a day-one release edition. Hence, it was obvious that I was most excited to be at the PS4 booth, anxiously waiting to try the games out. But let me tell you one thing. Gaming cons such as EGX are not for the impatient. The queue for the PS4 booth was atrociously long, and I had to wait for almost 90 minutes before I could even play a single game. To make matters even worse, we were given game tokens, capping us on how many games we could play. And even worse, was that all the major games were put under one token. That sucked balls, but I kinda tried to sneak in to play as many games as I could. Here are my impressions.

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Drawing100 – 30. Under The Rain

Topic of the day is – Under The Rain. And I came very close to drawing Wall-E and Eve, but I thought to save that one for tomorrow’s drawing instead. So, here it is – Your friendly neighbourhood plumber – Itsa Mario. He’s on his quest to find the Princess, but has had too many mushrooms, and well, feeling a bit under the weather.

Under The Rain - Mario

He’s probably saying – Burp!

This drawing is a part of the Draw100 challenge. For the entire list, check out the Drawing 100 Challenge page.

Always Online is Bad, But Better Online Isn’t [Guest Post]

This is a guest post by tech author Reese Jones.

DRM
Image courtesy by rockpapershotgun.com ]

Oh, to be a tech user ten years ago. The internet may have been slower, but at least its speed meant there weren’t so many companies attempting to control software use and punish genuine customers with always-online digital rights management (DRM) techniques. It’s unfortunate as of course companies developing and publishing software do have a business to protect, but there are proven better ways of involving user internet connections.

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