Is Microsoft Saying Fuck-You to Multi Gamer Households?

According to Edge Microsoft’s next X-Box console is going to require an always on connection to play games and games may be linked to a gamer tag to stop people reselling their games.

I don’t really care about the resell market, I’ve got games that I’ve had for over 20 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever sold a game. I’ve bought second hand games before, but I guess I’ll live without that.

Sure I’ll be a little annoyed that I can’t get classic titles that are out of print any more, I recently got my other half K.O.T.O.R. 1 and 2 for the X-Box and she loved them.

But what will make me think twice about getting an X-Box 720 if they do this is that I live in a two gamer household, with two X-Box 360s and I don’t buy games just for me to play, I buy them so I can play them as well as my other half. I already find it really irritating that we have to decide who gets to activate the DLC code for a game when we buy one, this happened when I decided to give Mass Effect 2 a shot 3 years after my girlfriend completed it: I couldn’t use the online features because she’d used the code on her gamer account.

But if I can’t play the game at all… Screw you Microsoft I’m not even going to buy your console.

Sony have a way around this, they have a parent account and all other user accounts are sub accounts of that account, so I guess if you activate a game for the parent account it would remain active for the sub accounts.

Microsoft don’t, as far as I can tell, do this. They have a family version of X-Box Live Gold which allows you to pay for 4 accounts to be gold for less money, but they don’t have a system of attributing accounts to a household.

To be fair to Microsoft previously they didn’t let you log the same account onto two different consoles without importing it over which would stop it working on the old console, so they recognise the people might own more than one X-Box, but do they recognise that more than one person might “Own” a game?

I’m not averse to buying two copies of a game to play multi-player, I own two copies of Halo 3 and Borderlands 2, both so that we could play multi-player over 2 consoles, but I really object to buying a game twice so that both myself and the person I live with can play a single player game.

Final Fantasy Ultimate Box Good Idea Bad Execution

Final Fantasy Ultimate Box packs all 13 games for $450 from PSOne to PS3, with some extra commemorative goodness

Square are releasing a 25th anniversary Final Fantasy Box Set! I’m not going to lie when I saw this my first though was wow I really wish I could afford $450 for this, then I actually read the article. In order to play this box set you have to have 4 different game consoles:

  • FFI, FFII and FFIV-FFIX are all PS One games
  • FFIII is a UMD for the PSP (So screw you if you have a PSP Go)
  • FFX, FFXI and FFXII are PS2
  • FFXIII is PS3

Discounting the fact that FFXI is an online game which is probably dead at the moment (I’ve not checked) this is still a bit cheeky. How hard would it have been to port these to the PS3? You know so you could play all these games on one system, I know older PS3 systems can play PSOne and PS2 games, but they upscale the games horribly (I’ve been playing FFIX on my PS3 and it looks terrible).

Also FFXIV isn’t included in the box? It’s hardly ultimate then is it? (You do get a pair of Moogle Earrings for your character if you happen to play FFXIV at least that’s my interpretation of the Japanese)

What about FFX-2 &FF-XIII-2? Oh they aren’t included either?

The Game Boy Final Fantasy games? We don’t talk about them…

Also of note is the fact that the PS One Final fantasy games that are rereleases of the SNES games (IV, V and VI) are suffer from really bad lag due to poor emulation and disc read requirements.

You also get a plaque but seriously 35,000 Yen? Thats a bit steep considering anyone who is actually a fan of the series will have half if not all of these already in the format they are distributed in (I think I’ve got all of them some of them in 2-3 formats).

It looks more like a “We could make a lot of money by burning ISO’s we already have to disc with some snazzy packaging because it happens to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the series” move by Squeenix rather than a move that shows they care about the fans and actually want to pay homage to the series that brought the company back from the brink of death.

Why not release this for the PS3 of the PS Vita? I’m sure the Vita can handle every one of these games apart from maybe FFXIII and even then it can probably handle that.

I’d buy a Vita that had all these games bundled with it on a memory card and I’d pay $150 -$200 more than the price of a Vita for the privilege.

I’d buy this for the PS3 if it came on 4-10 Discs and had all the games upscaled beautifully to run on my PS3 (I’m not asking for them to be re-rendered but that would also be a plus).

I’d buy remakes of Final Fantasy 4 – 9 (I’m sick of roman numerals sue me) with modern graphics, I’d probably pay the same price I would for a modern game for each of them.

What I’m not going to do is buy a bunch of games that I already own mostly in the format that I already own  them in just because they have been released in a prettier box.

Then again I’m, probably not the target audience for this, Japanese Final Fantasy fans rival Apple Fans in their devotion to the franchise, I’m sure they will eat this up. I’m sure square could release a box that was a Final Fantasy 25th anniversary commemorative turd and it would still be snapped up by their fan base. Come to think of it that is what they have done here…

Via Engadget

It’s Not F*cking Profound!

I posted the above quote to Facebook because I was annoyed at the number of people that had put up complete and utter crap superimposed on a pretty picture in the interest of looking or feeling deep and meaningful and someone replied with that image. Fair play to them but my point still stands.

It’s not profound! It just isn’t, I hate the practice, it’s all over the internets clogging up the tubes! Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest all of them have people guilty of this. I want to rant about this but it annoys me so much I actually can’t be bothered expressing the vehement hatred I have for this practice. So I’m just going to shut up and let you get along with your day…

 

Abdul Is Not A Name!

f0rbseh:

Cap’s being all gentlemanly and then Hawkeye appears leaping through the eye with a wisecrack.Oh Hawkeye, never stop being awesome! 
[Taken from The Ultimates 02 #12]

See, not an asshole. Ok Clint is being a bit ridiculous here but his family are dead and he has been tortured by this point.
Cap is just being a gent’.

Disregard the content of this, yeah sure the idea is that Captain America is trying to be a nice guy to the terrorist super hero or something (I don’t read the Ultimates so I don’t know what is going on).

The guys name Abdul Al-Rahman that’s not a real name!!!! Abdul means servant of, it’s actually “Abd” the “Ul” part is actually a prefix for the next word and just means “The”, Abdulrahman is a name it means the servant of  “Al-Rahman” or The “Rahman”; Al-Rahman being one of the 99 names of God meaning the merciful. The name Abdulrahman means servant of God, Abdul Al-Rahman means The The servant of god.

WHICH MAKES NO SENSE!

Sometimes Abdul is used as a a short form of Abdullah, literally Abd-Allah servant of Allah, servant of God. But not many people would use it like that, and they wouldn’t use a shortened version of their first name if  they were then going to say their family name.

Just because it sounds Arabic doesn’t make it okay! It irks anyone who speaks the language and enrages them, especially since you aren’t strictly supposed to use Abdul as a prefix for anything other than one of the names of God. Some people name their children Abdul-Rasool, servant of the prophet, but that is frowned upon and considered blasphemy in most circles…

/rant

The image is apparently from Ultimates 02 No. 12

Image From Pocket Full of Geek

Psycho Text Conversation Acted Out

This Is What Crazy Looks Like Via Text Messaging… by vaughan-1

This is a Radio DJ from New Zealand acting out  a text message “Conversation” from this post on Buzz Feed post. The original conversation is scary enough, but it’s made funnier by the narration. I say conversation… It’s more like a monologue for most of it…

Most people have been in a situation where someone hasn’t immediately replied to a text after a date, but some people really need to learn to save the crazy for at least the 3rd date.

My Thoughts on Vegetarians

Warning this blog post is highly inflammatory… And a bit of a rant….

I saw this on my Tumbr feed and it got me thinking about something that’s been annoying me for a while….

Think Twice About Becoming Vegan…

In today’s trendy artsy world, more and more young people are becoming vegan every single day. The reason most of these people become vegan is for the protection and welfare of animals. They encourage vegan meals, no meat, cheese, dairy, eggs etc. What most vegans do not realise is that there is a dirty underworld to the growing and manufacturing of this disgusting world trade that is kept well hidden from society.

Above is a picture taken in Indonesia of a carrot being prepared and slaughtered. The carrots are first skinned, then drowned, and can be eaten raw or are cooked in boiling water.

Also above is a disturbing picture of potatoes being ripped from their home. The preparation is the same as the carrots.

Bananas grow together in a herd. When they ripen, they are stolen from their family, and whilst they are still alive their skin is peeled back and their entire body is usually in eaten in about 6 bites.

In all honesty I think Veganism is stupid, it’s actually bad for you, any diet that requires you to take dietary supplements to remain healthy is just wrong. I’m not too hot on vegetarianism either, but if you chose not to eat meat then that is your problem more meat for me.

I don’t care what your basis for being vegetarian is unless you don’t like the taste of meat then it’s just pointlessly cutting items out of your diet, we evolved as omnivours, our digestive system is built to process meat.

I’ve heard people argue that if we want to eat meat we should be involved in the process of rearing it, and killing it. That’s complete bull crap… Do you know how much meat there is on a cow? Apparently a cow that weighed 1348 pounds yields 757 pounds of usable meat…  That would mean that ever time I wanted a quarter-pounder I’d be wasting 756.75 pounds of meat! That’s just stupid! Even if I froze all the meat that I got from my cow it would have rotted by the time I got around to eating it. The way things are the meat gets used up and isn’t wasted.

Also one of the main reasons that we evolved culture, art, and science is because we delegated producing our food to a small subset of society, they busy themselves producing food for us, which gives the rest of us time to stop and think.

SO… If your basis for not eating meat is that you disagree with people farming and think that in order to be able to justify eating meat one should have reared and killed the animals themselves, please stop listening to music, stop appreciating art, stop reading, refuse to take medicine, don’t watch TV, get off your computer. They are all the products of people who had the free time to do things other than constantly wonder about hunting for animals to kill and eat.

What gets me is people who object to eating meat on moral grounds but own pets and are quite happy to feed their pets meat, don’t they realise that the food they feed their cats/dogs is meat that has been reared to be eaten? It’s probably the least ethically sourced meat in the world, for all I know they actively torture the cows that make the beef that my cats eat. But cats have to eat meat, they actually can’t be vegetarian because they will die…

In conclusion: if you don’t approve of eating meat you hate kittens. How could you hate kittens?

Eat meat think of the kittens…

 

Via Yeahdardy