The TBoD Podcast – 50 – Virtual Insanity

Hey folks,

The crew reunite after a split to take in the sights and “experiences” of Amsterdam to talk through the latest news in gaming.

This week, we couldn’t really talk about anything other than the Facebook/Oculus union.

Have a listen, and give us your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, or the comments section below.

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Halo Community Has TOO MUCH Say In The Game.

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Only a minority, a small minority of any games community are so committed that they either run a podcast, blog, website or forum for their chose games community.

These people for me are well appreciated in the time they take. However it goes without saying that their passion for the game they are helping promote is well over the average player of that game. Of course, it’s a gimmie they normally have an extensive knowledge of the game that the average person doesn’t have. However while they might have insight on the history of the game and community they love to serve, it doesn’t mean they know anything better about the direction of the game, especially more than the professionals who make games.

But these community “leaders” (For the record I hate that term, community ‘media’ sounds even worse!) who in the Halo realm keep harping that 343 needs to listen more to the community, are NOT SPEAKING for the community as a whole.

Here are a few examples of terms they use and shouldn’t,

    “The core Halo community didn’t like Halo 4” First of all you can’t definitely say what core community is. Secondly all you can’t say an entire community, likely in the thousands, all didn’t like Halo 4. In fact there is not a single poll or data array showing ANY sort of ‘vote’ on any group liking or not liking Halo 4.

    “343 needs to focus on Competitive play.” Why? Are competitive players the majority of Halos players? No they aren’t.. so why then focus on that? What does a guy like me, an average at best player, who still logs plenty of hours playing Halo stand to gain from that?

    “Halo 2 was more popular, with more active players a year and a half after release, unlike Halo 4.” This statement might be true on raw numbers, but it’s apples to oranges. How many games were out there in the same genre to compete with Halo 2 as opposed to Halo 4 now? How many other AAA titles in any genre to compete for your playing time? Halo 4 has to compete with OTHER VERSIONS of multiplayer Halo even! (Not to mention even Spartan Assault)

    “Halo 4 doesn’t feel like ‘Real Halo’.” You mean you don’t feel the same way playing Halo 4 as you did when playing Halo 3? Well, they are different games. More importantly, please define what ‘Real Halo’ feels like. Is it soft like a babies bottom? Is it greasy like uncooked bacon? Does it give you butterflies in your stomach like your fist kiss? Oh wait.. those butterflies go away with each subsequent kiss… wow.. like the feeling you get playing Halo or any other game. You still enjoy it, but the new car smell is gone. This comment is just plain stupid.. ‘Real Halo’ doesn’t have a feeling. A feeling is an interpretive opinion.

    “Halo 5 needs a community/open beta” By the time you beta test, the core gameplay/mechanics of a game are DONE. Only certain tweaks in variables like those around weapons damage, jump height and other things that get tweaked in subsequent post release updates anyhow are gained earlier on by beta. So what, you have a community beta so the first update is done earlier. Seems like a lot of time and money for 343 to spend to get a few tweak don’t ahead of time. I challenge anyone to give me a core gameplay mechanic that was changed with any game from community beta testing.

    “343 Needs to listen to the community on the direction of Halo going forward.” STOP THE PRESSES! 343 HAS DONE THIS, AND IT COULD BE A PART OF THE PROBLEM A LOT OF PEOPLE BITCH ABOUT.

AND THIS LAST POINT NOW TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT.

343 have bent over backwards listening to community, and guess what? The community was wrong. In fact my point begins with Bungie trying to be even more community friendly as far as listening to input.

Example? How about MAP SELECTION?

Back in the Halo 3 days of course you COULD vote a map down, but once and then you played what they gave you. Now in between H3 and Reach one thing that quite a few forum threads in various ones across the Halo universe, including the Bungie forums, asked for more interactive map selection. Now while I am sure a few people might have disagreed with that idea, there was an overwhelming amount of people who wanted more selection. In fact many if not most threads went without people responding disliking the idea.

So Bungie (yeah was Bungie then) gave us a much more active selection in Reach. You had 3 different maps to choose from, not just a yes or no to a single selection. Because that’s what the mob wanted.

So what did the mob get?

ELITE SLAYER ON SWORD BASE. Over and ****ing over again.

Hell yeah, we got more say in what map/gametype we play, and we decided we apparently don’t like variety.

This transferred over to Halo 4, where were happy with being listened to, and continue to have a say in what maps we play, we collectively thought every second map should be either Haven or Ragnarok! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

So the ‘core classic Halo gameplay’ the Halo Media likes to talk about, included a single map yes or no then ‘this is your map then’ Halo 3 as a part of its description. Yet this changed in large part, DUE TO THE DEVS LISTENING TO US!

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I read in a Titanfall forum people being upset about not being able to vote on what map you played. I responded telling them they should be thankful as all hell of this. We are able to play all the different Titanfall maps because of this and pointed to Halo and COD having issues with this voting system. Otherwise we would be playing Angel City OVER AND OVER AGAIN in Titanfall.

Also the whole loadout and ranking up to earn unlocks is also something that forums were screaming for between Halo 3 and Reach in very large numbers when asked “What do you want with Halo?”. (Again initiated by BUNGIE first)

Now I can honest to god understand that there is somewhere a core community of people who live and die Halo for the past 10 years. But no matter what criteria one can say makes a person part of this core, when you are serving the community, it includes ALL of your clients (That’s right boys & girls we are clients.) So by listening to the things the community wants, they (343) are trying to keep the majority of their clients happy. There is a plain fact that a lot of people playing Halo now are not veterans of all the Halo games and who play other games like COD. If they make multiple post about wanting more classes and earning ranks with unlocks that get a ton of support from other non ‘core’ members, 343 MUST then listen to them to truly do what they committed to listening to the community. Its majority rules when that’s the path you take. This is what has and is happening.

Why are we having rotating playlists in Halo 4? On recommendations of the community! To find new things for you to enjoy!

We even have votable playlists to be interactive! Yet, the best Halo Podcast out there, Podtacular (I am not being sarcastic, they are the best Halo Podcast out there) even criticizes the selections the community democratically elected into being! Here is one of many podcasts that ask for more community input, then dumped on the community decision!

WHAT DO YOU WANT HALO COMMUNITY? WE HAVE GIVEN YOU CHOICE! *Halo community then eats itself*

    Please don’t kid yourselves and forget this point: Games are made by companies. Companies make money to stay afloat. The more money they make the more successful the company is. In order to keep making money, and keeping your company open and employees employed you give the MAJORITY of your clients as happy as possible. Making video games is NOT a charity it is a business.

Lets revisit the whole “Must make Halo better to the competitive players as well.” 343 in fact made MULTIPLE updates targeting making these guys happy. When they whined their wants any tournaments they hosted the MASSIVE 500K tourney. They even invited a bunch of them to go to their studios, get wined and dined and played Halo in an environment many of us would pay to be in to get their feedback… but they still are uninterested. I think the competitive community are not a group that can be made happy, 343 has done everything they can to make them happy… to the degree I think is over the top. The competitive group has been pandered to enough. They don’t know what they want, 343 please screw them and keep up with the majority of us who aren’t these spoiled competitive players. You did everything you could and they are ungrateful and unable to even help despite what you have tried to do.

It’s also hypocritical that a lot of the Halo Media dumps on Call of Duty saying “It’s the same game every year with a new release.” I mean quite a few of the Halo Media then go back wanting ‘Classic Halo’. So basically saying they don’t want change, yet rag on COD for basically… NOT CHANGING!

Also what is the magical core game play they want? Define that! I hear repeatedly “Make some enhancements, but don’t change core game play”. OMG! Give us all an example of what that means. Is not adding loadouts an enhancement? Is not adding classes an enhancement? Is not rotating different gametypes to try new things an enhancement? I mean it’s what a lot of people asked for when 343 and even Bungie heard when asked what to put into Halo.

My point is that I think the Halo community has already been given too much say. It’s one reason why Halo isn’t riding as high as it could be.

ANALOGY TIME (Heh heh.. I just fit ‘Anal’ into my blog!)

    I am not a doctor. I trust doctors will do things as efficient and safely as possible. When I go to the doctor I expect to be treated properly.
    But I pay for the doctor. Whether it’s through insurance or universal health care like we have in Canada, I am a client to the healthcare system. How much say should I have?

    I was thinking, it a world where the environment is so important, I think it’s a good idea we be at one with the other creatures on this planet and train hamsters to feed off certain things. So If I need my appendix out, we insert a hamster trained to eat human appendixes in me who will chew away the organ. Then we use recycled duct tape to heal the wound. THIS IS WHAT I WANT!

Hmm… maybe the doctors and video game developers be left to make certain decisions to themselves.. right?

Not to mention the infamous ‘Halo Core Community’ can’t even define exactly what it really wants. Last time I checked they want Halo 2 repackaged every new release.. like COD.. but not like COD…but with enhancements… but without changes… and catering to the competitive community… but that competitive community isnt liking the changes tailor made for them… and with the biggie size and curly fries.. low carbs though… but tastes the same.. gotta FEEL LIKE HALO.. but we cant really say what Halo feels like… I need a Tylenol…

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My First Time.. (Should I mention playing a computer game?)

It was 1980. Video games were taking over our worlds if you were a boy anywhere from 8-15. Now the main place to play them was still in a good old fashioned arcade. But the Atari 2600 had already been around for a couple of years on the retail market and that year of 1980 saw Intellivision go from test market to retails as well.

But there was that OTHER place to play games. Or was there? We had heard of it, but it was the of the proverbial chupacabra and sasquatch mythology.

Computer gaming? (Wasn’t called ‘PC’ gaming back then!)

OMG… yeah… Zork!

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Now the toughest part of this innovative/ground breaking and unquestionably legendary game was finding a computer. Being in the city of Calgary Alberta in 1980, it was still a small city. Offices just didn’t have a lot of computers back then. You were more likely to find a microfiche machine than a computer in many places.

I can remember the very first time this type of gaming came to my attention.

Now I was 10 going on 11 in 1980. A computer was something most of my buddies had only seen at the theatre and more specifically on the bridge of a Star Destroyer. Actually, we referred to video games like Asteroids as internally being computers. (My friends and I) A computer you typed on that was all text was tough to find, it was an office tool and it was expensive!

So one day my stepmother had to go into work on a Saturday for an hour or so. She asked me if I wanted to tag along, she mentioned they had new computers. SOLD.. I am in. Let’s see on e of these new fangled contraptions.

We get to the office downtown and she goes to her business after introducing me to this guy she works with who is going to show me one of their computers.

Now I can’t remember his exact words, but in order to sell this write up better Ill make it sound real good. (Read real good is more accurate)

This guy asks. “So you ever saw a computer up close?”

I reply. “No, I mean I have an Atari, that’s it…”

Then his voice changed. It was Laurence Olivier delivered and Charlton Heston like in sound. “Well if you like GAMES..”

“Holy ****ing ****?” I exclaimed! “This ****ing massive machine that in 30 years my watch will have better processing power than can play games? Get the **** out dude!”

Okay.. that last part isn’t true.. I mean we ALL KNOW nobody wears watches 30 years later.

Now one has to remember that few homes had computers period, much less games on it like this. In fact I only had 1 friend I knew who had one at home, which happened to have games on it. (That’s actually a sad story because the kid had leukemia and not many people knew. Other kids called him spoiled for all the toys and stuff he had, but in the end when I think about it, there is a good chance he is dead now considering this was 34 years ago and where this type cancer was back then.)

Back to the story..

Okay, so I sit in the chair in front of the screen and he pops up Zork.

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My mind was about to be blown.

Now of the 5 people who will actually read this.. 3 of you just thought about skipping this and going back to Facebook. All 3 of you clearly can’t relate to the awesomeness a text based game like this has. (Note I say ‘has’ not ‘had’)

The imagination is a wonderful place you see. Text based games, like a book (UH… BOTH HAVE WORDS) allow you upon taking in the information to paint the picture in your mind any color you like. When people say “The book was better” when they see a movie, it is many times because you have set a standard in your own mind. You have expanded on the basic and normally see things that enhance the mood with something that really hits home to you personally.

So as I stood in that open field near the boarded up house at the start of Zork, I pictured dark stormy skies and that fields being rather barren & bleak with the whistling wind and creaking shutters falling in place… the world the creators of Zork made didn’t need a graphic artist, because the person playing would do that work! It’s one of those great but rare moments in ones gaming experiences where you get the butterflies in your stomach and simply say, “This is a watershed moment.”

I had only about an hour that day playing Zork for the first time. I had to learn what you could and couldn’t type in to progress for a good chunk of it!

It was literally thrilling at times to see the response once you hit enter. Even if you were just deciding which direction to go in a hallway, there was tense air as you decided.

Looking back now the story and flow is simple and looks to the layman form the outside as uninteresting. But they couldn’t be further from the truth.

Zork and similar text based games are their own genre that honestly I believe stand the test of time. They are books that allow you to decide the story, and just seem to take more creativity to play that a modern day game where with HD graphics and surround sound have. Of course modern day games add MUCH more game enhancing things. But it doesn’t seem to be as robotic as nowadays. I mean Zork amongst other things is the first ever LINEAR campaign! (That’s a LOL moment right?) There ARE limited choices to make when all is said and done.

I wrote a lot as a kid and young adult and honestly, a fame like Zork had its influence it giving ideas that my mind expanded on. I became a better writer, had a better imagination in part because of this game. I believe a Zork type game should be part of a Creative Language course in schools. It ties in video games and the imagination. It’s an easy segway after playing the game to have your students start writing a same type decision making story, or simply rewriting the events and expressing those pictures they painted in their minds!

Its true with my Halo addiction I enjoy the expanded written universe. But I also see so many who play it oblivious to that or the story behind Master Chief ect ect. You don’t need to know these stories to play after all, but for me it’s a rather empty way to appreciate a game to a large degree.

Okay, I don’t expect people to flood back to text based games. But I appreciate what they were, a great time to play! Yet also limited by technology, accessibility and probably underrated. It is easy to set back with a controller and make the reflex moves we have running down a hall in a shooter game conditioned by so many hours doing it. It’s fun and everything, but am I getting through to at least one other person when I say. “There is something missing?” I mean, at its base, the text based game is missing visuals and sound as you sit in front of the screen.. BUT it’s the HD 5.1 surround sound game that lacks a very simple edge sometimes.

To play Zork online.. go here:

http://thcnet.net/zork/index.php

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The TBoD Podcast – Episode 49 – Want you back for good

Hello Tea Pots,

Welcome to another freshly poured cup of the Teabag or Die podcast. This week the boys discuss;

Microsoft admits to failings in the PR department,

Sony takes the piss,

Big achievements,

Titanfall,

Titanfall,

Watchdogs,

e-sports corruption,

steam controller,

TLoU movie (again),

and this weeks “we called the dog…” title is ‘This is my War

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have a deeks, let us know what you think and keep in touch in all the usual ways.

 

– eremenko

Halo Mega Bloksfest May 24th

A reminder on the event recently mentioned on TBOD being held May 24!

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The Halo Mega BloksFest returns once again for another epic day of fun, gaming and Halo for all ages. With huge companies Mega Brands and Microsoft sponsoring the event this year promises to be bigger and better than ever!

BloksFest is a yearly convention centring on the multi-billion dollar gaming franchise Halo. The convention offers a goodie bag for all ticket holders, Halo 4 tournaments, event coverage on Halo Waypoint, custom and animation competitions and over 200+ sets on sale at below 40% RRP. This year we have teamed up with the charity ‘Childs Play’ and hope to raise money to help provide gaming consoles in children’s hospitals.

Information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/247712382025845/

Contact: -0778347028 -simonkey12@hotmail.co.uk

Website: http://halomegabloksfest.webeden.co.uk/

TITANFALL (Multiplayer only or not) IS AWESOME!

Have had a good first week playing Titanfall. But of course outside playing it, (While I have my morning coffee as I get up and scope out the internet prior to going to the office) I look at forums and games sties habitually and of courserecently it is dominated by TF banter. While most notes on TF are positive, one thing keeps getting thrown out there that has been being tossed around for months around the lack of single player and the fact you need to be online to play TF.

Ladies & gentlemen, I bring you this week’s blog.

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Yes, you can ONLY play multiplayer and only play online with Titanfall. But there are people narrow minded enough to brush off TF just because of this. Let me pitch this weeks blog to you if you are this mindset and tell you why I (and I know many others) do not care about the lack of single player.

I think that a lot of gamers are saying “This is what I am used to getting in the past!” when it comes to games. Thus “Titanfall doesn’t come with single player camp! How can they charge $60 for half of what I normally get!?”

I think the mentality behind that is wrong. Gamers should, at the very least, ask “What am I getting now?” (As opposed to in the past)

As far as what we got in past, it should be noted that there are successful SINGLE PLAYER ONLY games out there, like Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. These sold for regular $60 cost. While there are not tons of single player only games that ‘top the charts’ there none the less are some. So why couldn’t a multiplayer only do the same?

So the question is then, “What do we get?”

Well we mostly got an entire team dedicated to taking that multiplayer only game and not worrying about single player. Face it, if you’re going to take the gamble and go either way on the single/multi side, you sure as s*** better make sure your final product in whatever way you go is amazing. IMHO the boys at Respawn have done this.

The game play is fluid. With the havoc and chaos that happens left right and center on such a massive map, it’s quite impressive that there aren’t any major lag or frame rate issues. As I type this I can honestly say only twice in game did I have an in game stop and delay for serer connection with both times lasting less than 10 seconds. I get this with my baby, Halo 4 regularly even more than 15 months after release.
It’s true that they didn’t go full 1080p at launch in order to keep frame rate stable, hell that’s a good thing! Because it’s been very stable. Frankly while I do want full 1080, and hope they impliment that shortly as promised, I have been having so much fun playng it, have not noticed any visual shortcomings!

Titanfall is very polished. Yes, I am playing on the next gen console so it’s got more that can be done that the 360 to pretty it up. But just cause you have the ingredients doesn’t mean you know how to cook! Yet here at release we have a game that is in incredible shape. It’s the first Titanfall and it looks and important to note PLAYS like they have been making the game for years. Again, simply it’s very ‘Polished’.
The 16 maps TF comes with are incredibly impressive. In fact, although I admit that it boils down to opinion, I will challenge to find any game of this genre that has a better set of maps at launch. Hell, even CLOSE to it.

Now, some of the special/little things that stand out why I love this game and help me accept multiplayer only.

    1: Once a game is over, it isn’t quite over, and it’s a run to the dropship for the loser. It’s so much fun that after a long or short game, one sided or not, you all of a sudden have a final dash to try to secure some points from a loss or totally shut down whoever you just beat with this feature. It is always a rush!

    2: The mech/human balance. Of course this was always going to be in question. A Titan is just so fierce that if you’re not in one, many of us thought you were fodder. Yet players both in and not in a Titan have advantages and disadvantages. The maps help with this too, there are areas where you’re out of a Titan you can hide and wait to blast one, yet as I found myself once doing such I turn around and a titan cannon reaches in and BOOM, I’m dead! THAT’SSOAWESOME! *I take a deep breath* There is good balance where in balance would simply be a disaster.

    3: Learning curb. For those who might not follow my blog or heard me on any podcasts I have been on, I love gaming, especially Halo, BUT I SUCK AT GAMES. I have a longer than normal learning curb for a games basic flow and controls. Yet honest to god, Titanfall is easy to pick up as far as controls and ‘special moves’. Sure tactics are something always changing and having to learn. But when I first saw wall running and jet packing I thought I couldn’t do it. But it’s very easy to learn and use.

    4: Burn Cards/Perks. Ah yes, the great debate! Like what makes COD/Halo people at each other’s throats. How do you reward people who put time into the game without making noobs joining in month later being too far behind to contend? Well burn cards work awesome. You get an advantage, but only once, and hell, you don’t have to use it in a particular game though its equipped to go. Considering you build up to earn them over time, not just one game, it works for a hacker like me! Yet if you’re really good, you earn them faster. I think it’s a fair balance.

    5: Customizing/Weapon Selection.. While choice is good. The sheer amount of weapons say COD has coupled with add ons makes customization often a daunting task. Not only time consuming and often needing to do your homework you may not be willing to do, this is where the balance between hardcore and noob players can be WAY off. I like the smaller range of weapons and add ons you can work with. Again, best of both worlds for vets and noobs. I mean when you see a Titan equipped with ‘INSERT SET UP’, it won’t take too long to learn what you need to do or avoid to counter it. When there is dozens of different combinations, it can be too big a task to do and becomes just that.. a task, not a game.

    6: Game types. There aren’t too many too chose from to dilute community. Yet they have the core ones there. Sure, as time goes by they’ll add things. But honestly, I hope they don’t add too many. This point is really a matter of opinion. But it’s one I know a lot of people can agree with.

Here are some realities that I accept that are being thrown around as negatives at launch for TF that I dotn see as issues, if you don’t agree, then I smply say you need to frankly accept we just have to live with it.

While there have been server issues, mostly because of XBL, this wasn’t total surprise. This is launch of a very much anticipated game with thousands of new X Bones purchased just for this day! Happened with 2 versions of Halo and 1 of COD I got over last 6 years or so.

No matter what, companies know a lot of people are willing to pay $60 for a single or multiplayer game only. No doubt that sooner or later a game will have 2 versions, 1 multiplayer and 1 single player and charge $60 for each. People will buy like sheep doing their homework or not. Some of these games on their own will be worth the money, no doubt some wont. But Titanfall is worth $60 in my books, and yeah, I took a leap of faith to some degree. Thankfully it was right move!

Would I like a TF single player campaign? Sure, but hey, I am a multiplayer guy. So I would play it maybe twice if it exisited. In a nutshell, that is bottom line for me on SPC.

In the end, do you have fun playing the game as it is multiplayer and online only? “Yes”

And finally “What am I getting now with Titanfall?” I am getting a fun “bar raising” gaming experience that is worth my $60 and no doubt will have me enjoying hours upon hours of fun for many months. Seems to be alot of good games I bought in the past and gave me both single and multiplayer options in one package gave me the same fun. Actually they often gave me LESS fun!

See you on the Frontier!

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The TBoD podcast – Episode 48 – Return of the Bat

Welcome back to the stage of victory….. or something less dramatic.

The TBoD guys are back with their regularly scheduled programming, the topics on the bill for discussion this week are;

The Last of Us is getting the movie treatment,

Infamous: second son is set to be a big seller,

Microsoft reduce the price of the Xbox one in a new Titanfall bundle,

Path of Exile is showing devs how FTP should be done,

Duna duna duna duna duna duna duna duna BATMAN!

and…..

This weeks Indie game is 10 second Ninja

We had some technical difficulties this week so there have been some audio cuts, apologies for that.

As always let us know what you think of the stories discussed this week via the usual portals.

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Thanks for listening,

– eremenko

UPDATE: – Audio has been cleaned up slightly, no cuts in the latest version so re-download latst version.

Reasons My Wife Needs to Let me Get An X Box One.

In this first Teabag or Die Blog, I list reasons to get an X Bone to my wife, the boss. I also nearly go bonkers on Destiny sheep. (The boys from Teabag or Die facepalm.. “What the hell have we gotten ourselves into?”)

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Okay, so I took the plunge. I have now entered the warm crystal clear waters of the next gen console world by preordering the Titanfall edition of the Xbone.

(Yes, I prefer calling it the XBone, and I don’t use that in a derogatory way.)

My initial plan was to get it this fall. I mean what owner of a 360 that’s has had it for at least 5 years doesn’t shutter at the thought of the infamous RROD. I am not going out on a limb to say I am with a lot of others who absolutely were going to wait a while and not to get this purchase upon initial release in fear of something similar. So for me, it was fall of 2014, a year after the launch.

In fact, my initial master plan included fingers crossed that in the fall a Halo themed unit would be available. This likely will still happen with either the rumored H2 Anniversary release or Halo 5. But in both cases you can’t bank it will happen in the fall. So I sit here as a self described Halo nut, who has ever purchased a Halo themed console, and who is jumping ship to a different game I have never played? Herecy!! (As a grunt would say!)

But then I caved to hype.. wait.. I can’t admit that! It can’t be true!  Let’s list off reasons why I caved! I mean I have to, why you ask? * sigh *

I am married you see.  I mean I have been married for more years than a lot of the readers here have been alive, so I can give you advice that after such a long time, a good strategy is to plan out your major gaming purchases so its fool proof to your spouse! It avoids things getting thrown at each other and sleeping on the couch. That’s right, I want the damn thing! But SHE needs to agree.

So I spell out the reasons why SHE agrees I should get it, then were in!

    1: THE SMOKE HAS CLEARED, ALL LOOKS GOOD:

    My wife, who is not tuned in on gaming at all, but saw ads ect on the XBone asked me “I suppose you want to get one of those?” Being a guy I stupidly didn’t think this out at all. I was honest and answered RIGHT AWAY. “Yeah, but I’ll wait a year till all the kinks are worked out, will go down a bit in price too.”

    What was I thinking? YES, it was always my plan to wait a year, but DAMN, telling my wife that, on a purchase of something she will never use. Something that will keep me from fixing the grout in the kitchen and repainting the baseboards now has me committing to wait a year. Well played my wife, clearly your 6th wife sense could see I was vulnerable and got a no scope headshot while jumping through a grav lift. I fear I might have lost my man card in fact by such a blunder!

    But wait! There has been no epic fail like the RROD. There has been minor glitches, but nothing of that epic scale.

    The launch honeymoon of blind euphoric love is gone and we can better judge the XBone months later. Easily put it is stable, it is not a lemon.

    2: ITS AN ENTERTAINMENT UNIT THE FAMILY NEEDS:

    We have 2 360’s in the house. One is a slim with a huge drive that runs flawlessly. This is the one my son plays on on the 40 something inch Sony in the ‘Xbox Room’. (Yeah that’s what its known as!) Like most 11 year olds these days, the machine is on MANY hours a week, couple hours weekday nights and on the weekend for at least 4 hours if not many more. Then there is the older unit. Was a replacement for the one that RRODed a few years ago. I believe the HD is 20 or 30 GB. Now this puppy has seen better days. It overheats after 2 hours of game play. But it’s not covered under warranty. No biggie for playing games, and in fact this unit was moved to our main living room  where the 46 inch plasma is so we can watch Netflix, Xbox Video and Youtube on it. (We do a lot of home movies I upload to YouTube and then can stream in HD on the TV)

    But last fall there was an update to the 360 and since then when we try to watch Netflix and Xbox video there are constant flickers on the screen. I went online and this is a problem not yet fixed by the 360 minds and frankly won’t get fixed. (I supposed I can understand)

    But then the WII came to the rescue. That tiny little thing that everyone forgot. Was buried in the TV stand under the Sony. The console that only got pulled out when people got nostalgic to lay Mario Kart.

    The WII has Netflix ability so It was resurrected and took its spot in the living room. In fact we even watch the YouTube vids off of the WII.

    Now the family has become dependent on this as a part of its regular entertainment system. That’s cool, more options, and more entertainment. But then news last week that Nintendo would be closing their online WII support in May of this year has put a void in this entertainment dependency in our home.

    Article here on WII: http://metro.co.uk/2014/02/27/nintendo-turns-off-online-support-for-wii-and-ds-games-4324929/

    So here steps in the XBone. Remember the outrage by so many that at E3 the system was plugged more for entertainment than a games console? Well damn… now this angle is appealing to me.

    So to my wife, I can go buy another 360 for 300$. But hey, in the fall I’m dropping 500$ on an XBone. So why spend 800$ when I can cut to the chase get a better system for this type of set up and just get the Xbone now?

    Reminder: Send thank you email to Nintendo for shutting down their online WII support.

    3: TITANFALL

    Yeah, I was harsh to people who have committed to the game Destiny before playing it. So it’s with humble pie that I give a little back to these people and say, I haven’t played Titanfall and have committed to a Titanfall themed unit. But I won’t give a full apology to the Destiny sheep.

    You gotta get games for a console right? Okay, and right now Titanfall is the hottest anticipated game of the year until Destiny comes out.

    So why not, for the same price of just a XBone console, get an XBone with a game I am interested in?

    I’ll be frank though. I am not saying Titanfall is the greatest game ever. I am still miffed at people proclaiming Destiny a Halo killer. But plain and simple I am getting Titanfall as the game I need to start my next collection. I am very happy at I have seen for the game play ect. I have done as much homework as I can reading up on it. Literally watching hours of game play people posted on YouTube from Beta. I get all caught up in Destiny sheep going on tangents on a game that doesn’t have much more than a few screenshots out. (Okay, enough, I will reel myself in from the Destiny bashing. After all, maybe it will be good!)

    Hey, in the end,  I would have bought this game on its own anyhow, so why not save the 70ish bucks and get it packaged?

    You see my wife wouldn’t care what game I got, but if it came WITH the console, and it’s a big release.. “Well honey! We got a great deal!”

    4: GETTING TO SPEND LESS TIME WITH ME

    Sad but true, and self explanatory. If the old 360 dies, I get to bug my wife more. I suppose when all is said and done, perhaps all I needed was this reason for her.

So there we are, I think I just need my wife to read this blog. Oh wait.. she doesn’t like my online exploits, refuses to read them.. DAMN.. plan ‘B’ time. On second thought, let her throw rolling pin at me a la Wilma Flintstone, Titanfall might be worth it!

EDIT: Honestly, Bungie I am SURE will hit a home run with Destiny. I just want to see more to feel warm and fuzzy!

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TBoD Podcast – The MMO special

Hey teabaggers.

We’ve been a little busy this week what with one thing or another and thus we have taken a break from the regularly scheduled podcast but we didn’t want to leave y’all hanging so we popped out a little special for your listening pleasure.

In this special we talk about the beginnings, the ever changing nature and the potential future of the Massively Multiplayer Online gaming scene. We also recorded a very special intro just for the cast, stay tuned at the end for the blooper reel.

Hopefully you will find this as interesting and entertaining as our regularly scheduled programming. Let us know what you thing about the topics discussed in the comments below.

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Thanks,

eremenko