Thursday, September 19, 2013

Purposefully belated Console rundown

This is a subject I wanted to broach and I figure that doing it four months after everyone has had their fun, been given a chance to be proven wrong and than have their fun again was an ideal way to not get knocked ajar by talking shit about developers of each console.

So at this years E3 each big wig announced their consoles, Sony with the linear divinity of the Playstation 4, Microsoft with their Original Xbox but pumped with Call of Duty and loads of features that are more omens and devils than actual things people care about, and the WiiU because Nintendo have never liked numbers anyway.

Now before I begin I didn't watch E3 but for the record I sort of wish I would have now just to see Sony publicly shame Microsoft on the stage of public ire.

So like most of my posts this is going to be bickering based on the subjective viewing of others and shouldn't be taken seriously abloohdy bloohdy blah.

I really must applaud Sony not only for keeping Linear with Sequential numbering but also for being savvy enough to mock Microsoft on stage for an hour in lieu of actually talking about things to do with the Playstation 4, but I think regardless of that Microsoft have already fallen flat to Sony's heel, and while everyone's cheering on Sony I think Microsoft is mostly at fault, it's getting pretty clear a company is becoming corrupt when a constantly on spy-camera and unnecessary restrictions are being advertised as features.

Sony may be daft at times but they do seem to have their heart in the right place while still innovating in ways to make their console attractive since consoles have become relatively redundant in recent years.

Previously consoles were administered to be a cheap effective way of gaming but with Computer's expanding and the consistency of which computers are keeping consoles out of date they've become to dedicated PC owners what cellhpones have become to people with smartphones.

It's clear that consoles as simply a game device isn't selling thanks to the difference in pricing between a big end PC and a dedicated console not being incredibly marginal, and a PC also has more than just games to it. So while Sony has gone with social media WiiU has just started flicking its IP's at people again because in the words of the wise, old habits die hard.

Though while the majority of Nintendo's reveals were predictable I've come to be more forgiving of them because they still make games which are fun, which is more than I can say for the entirely of XBOX's exclusive market.

Social Media I'm okay with and the PS4 is the only console I'll probably end up buying, though I'm not pre-ordering it because it turns out that buying it 4 years after it came out was the wisest move I've made in my life because when I got around to it there was a library of games and Ratchet & Clank became my favourite game franchise ever.

I'd advise holding off on pre-ordering a PS4 because by god did you ever fail to cherish the decision to pre-order a PS3. (insert obligatory no gaems joke here.)

So the only console I have any interest in I'm likely going to buy once it starts collecting dust and more than two games. Hee hee hee Bizarre Monkey you funny little cunt.

So enough about Sony, WiiU...

What did surprise me is that Nintendo are slowly but surely just packing their consoles and Handhelds into one, the WiiU features nintendo's fantastical brand of meaningless chronology, it also has a clucky caparaced difficult to operate controller to boot.

Oh but wait, motion controls are apparently good in this one so maybe I'll hold my mouth this time. Though I think the next rundown is only going to get lip though mainly just because no one will be able to prove me wrong for what I say and if they do it means they are defending a console which was laughed at for the first half of it's airing.

Woe is me.

But yes, the XboxOne, that is to say actually the third installment, not the 360th or the first is Microsoft's laughing stock of the century. I'd say looking back at even older history Microsoft have fucked up this badly or gotten themselves this much flak, even when they we're taken to court over copying a lot of the macintosh's design philosophy I don't think they ever looked this pathetic in the public eye.

Speaking of eyes and the public they apparently think that they have a right to spy on their sheep now and truth is they can and will to anybody stupid enough to buy their evil corporate maintenance machine. Again if you'r stupid enough to buy the XboxOne then I'm happy to let your hubris bite you in the ass.

Though if a Dad buys this for his son then I'm sorry for your enslavement, kid. If you ever break free of the subluminal haze feel free to tell your dad he's a tasteless tosser.

Speaking of palette it looks like this console might be the final nail in Microsfots console coffin, it's made blatantly obvious by how much they are overhyping games like Destiny and the new Call of Duty that this isn't going to go anywhere. At my local gamestore the pre-order XboxOne marketing is heavily shadowed by Call of Duty Ghost Ghetto or whatever it's called and I'm glad to see that not only is COD running out of ideas and is getting desperate but so is the Xbox.

Maybe once they get done with consoles they can go back to what they do best, releasing a good OS followed by a bad OS in perfect synthesis.

Even at its reveal the Xbox is failing, we don't even know how explosive the hardware is yet. It's new and improved Red Ring of Death might become the Green Grenade of Global Detonation.

Though that's likely an exaggeration, if the new RRoD doesn't bring atleast a decent household fire I'm not amused.

Though in all fairness it was mighty sporty of Microsoft to make it easy to decide which console not to buy this Gen.

That said I'm going to go a bit more into the eventual redundancy of consoles.

We're coming to an age where the only advance in CG graphics and animation is to reduce the cost and it's come to the point now where computers of high end specs are competing easily with consoles and shortly beyond the consoles release will have already out done them in the hardware aspect and in a lot of cases are easier to afford, whilst also having internet, the largest gaming library on the market, redundancy of older consoles by the way of emulations and lots of programs for purposes business, hobby or otherwise.

Consoles have essentially just become a money grab now and the XboxOne is going to an obscene effort to make this obvious. It's not like you can depend on them to outlast a computer now either what with a new generation every five or so years.

So essentially the choice comes down to buying a stripped down computer with limited and moderated internet access, a small library of games and that you'll upgrade once every five years, or if while spending 300 dollars you get a fully functional with unlimted free-roaming internet access and an impossibly large library of games on the Windows OS with support for modding, third party programs your own accountability if you fuck it up before it's lasted you five years.

Also consoles especially of the Xbox branding have a tendency to die well before a computer would.

Anyway, that's enough from me on all this, Biz out.

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