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Xbox One Impressions

Xbox One ControllerSo, the announcement is over: the Xbox One is here to make you rush out to GameStop and empty your wallets on a pre-order. Since you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering what I think about the whole thing.

1.) The tech is impressive

Being able to control live TV from the Xbox One is pretty awesome, and I love voice commands through Kinect. Skype will make my parents happy, and since you can record and upload videos from your games, this could be really great for content creators.

The specs are solid: 8GB RAM, Blu-ray, USB 3.0, WiFi, 500 GB hard drive. And they said it was “silent.” Good. My Xbox 360 sounds like a jet taking off.

The controller’s D-pad is redesigned, so hopefully that’ll play fighting games better than the last one.

I really like being able to do multiple things at once on the console. I hope that actually ends up working and isn’t just an empty promise. Here’s hoping “snap” works better than Windows 8.

2.) Used Games — Not yours

One disc. One license to play the game. Used gaming really won’t be the same after this. And that really hurts the consumer. Unless it keeps prices low (which I doubt.). Want to borrow the game from a friend? Sorry. You can’t. Not without paying a licensing fee. This is one of my chief turn-offs about the console. I doubt licenses will be cheap.

3.) Xbox Live

300,000 severs for Xbox live. That sounds awesome. I’m all about having more options for cloud saves, and if it makes my online gaming experience better, awesome. Hopefully they’ll finally raise the friend list limit.

Assorted thoughts

I’m not sure how XBOX live content will be handled. Will my purchase of Final Fight: Double Impact be ported over?

Xbox 360 games aren’t able to be played on the new system (the framework is too different), so that might be a no-no for a lot of gamers.

I never really trust press conferences demos, so I doubt things will work as smoothly as they were at the presentation.

NEW HALO TV SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!11111 I’m pretty excited.

The Xbox One isn’t always online, but it COULD be in the future, depending on how game developers decide to use the system.

For me, this won’t be a day one purchase. I’m an Xbox fan, but the used game problem really bugs me, as I feel it hurts the consumer. Also, I try my best not to buy hardware day one anyway, since there always seems to be problems.

All right, what are your thoughts on the new system?



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Forward Unto Halo 4

I’ve always liked the Halo series. First person shooters are always a lot of fun, and when you add a compelling story, I’m completely hooked.

Screenshot from the web series.

When Halo came out, I played it with my brother. He’s a sniper, and I’m a Leeroy Jenkins. I always have been! I consider it an alternate (gaming) lifestyle. I was born this way.

I was seriously dating my husband when Halo 2 came out. I wooed him with my button mashing skills, and we beat the game together in his parents’ basement. There was probably a celebratory make-out session afterwards….yeah. I know there was.

The subsequent games were eagerly awaited in our house. We’ve played them together, and they’ve been great!

When the franchise changed hands, and Microsoft took total control, I was a little leery. Would the Gates Gang know how to treat the Chief? Were they going to make it a soulless money-suck?

I guess we’ll find out for sure on Tuesday. But, Microsoft (and 343 Industries, the new steward for all things Halo) did do something that has me feeling pretty optimistic, if not down right eager for Halo 4; they made Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.

This five-part series has blown me away every single week! Today, the last installment came out, and it did not disappoint. At all.

If you haven’t watched all five parts, you must. You simply must make the time to watch this web series. I promise you it’s worth it!

Although, I will admit to a little bit of disappointment. What’s there to be disappointed about?

That this wasn’t a full movie!

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn did its job. I’m excited for Halo 4, which releases on Tuesday.

Now, the only problem I have is deciding whether to play Halo 4 or vote.

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