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It seems you can't see Battlefield 3 mentioned without Modern Warfare 3 also being mentioned. It's like the captain of the volleyball team and the head cheerleader being discussed in the boys locker room, surely someone would rather fuck one over the other, everyone has an opinion. Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3, not unlike those high school babes, are both totally fuckable, just people have a preference. It's a blond versus brunettes kind of battle, either way you end up with a sweet pussy, or in this case a sweet multiplayer shooter with a campaign attached. (Or you are like me in high school and end up with the girl who had visions of Jesus and Mary in her living room, pug dog eyes, is technically a dwarf and watched her father try to stab her mother to death with a flat head screwdriver. I guess the equivalent in this case would be Duke Nukem Forever.)
Therefore, the winner is EVERYONE! The fabricated rivalry has done nothing but promote both games consistently in the same breath. As you probably know, at one point modernwarefare3.com redirected to Battlefield 3's site, which is now "corrected" as it the domain is now in it's rightful owners hands, without much fuss about it. EA and Activision both know, like Kanye and Taylor Swift, that ANY press is good press (unless you rape someone... right Mike Tyson?) So why stop the battle? With each passing argument the dollar signs stack up higher and higher in their green greed monster eyes.
There are lots of fanboys who do nothing but troll Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3 sites and forums making comments about how the other is better and will sell more. In all honesty...who gives a fuck? The way I see it is that we all win, either way...the games will sell a bunch and get this...YOU CAN BUY AND LIKE BOTH! I know I will and I don't have to say I like one over the other, especially when NEITHER ARE RELEASED!
That being said, I haven't seen any real proof of one being better than the other, so I offer you this...take it for what you will. BATTLEFIELD 3 vs MODERN WARFARE 3: FIGHT! Cold. Hard. Statistics. Fanboys should run wild with this, but only the stupid ones will, the game comes out at midnight, of course one is going to have more results than the other...
If you stand back and look at online passes from both stand points, you will get a better understanding of them. Game developers work hard and deserve their money, while users shouldn't be punished for wanting to get their games for cheaper. But what are the real reasons behind having these passes?
The first logical reason: piracy
Piracy has always been around since the invention of software. Retailers thought computers wouldn't take off and refused to stock software, therefore piracy was the only way most people had to get their software. These days if you know how to use a computer and read you can easily pirate any form of media on the market. But the thing about online passes...they aren't new, they have been around for years on the PC in a way. PC games and software have been using serials to combat piracy for quite some time, serials are required to receive updates or play online, therefore preventing would be pirates from accessing the full game.
Fast forward to today, consoles have online functionality, but are lacking in the security department. If you can download a game and burn a backup, you get access to online, as there is no other verification besides the game data that you own the game and have the right to play online. PC publishers realized a long time ago that if they give pirates a taste of the game, but prevent them from playing online at the very least, that it may actually encourage them to purchase the game, an extended demo, if you will.
Online passes now make this a reality for consoles, in a sense, but instead of buying the game, you pay $10 to play your pirated copy online. Of course this only really applies to Xbox 360, as Wii has no real security or online passes to speak of (maybe EA games?) and the PS3 has it's online locked down, at least to pirates, as they obviously let hackers in willy nilly.
The second logical reason: cost of bandwidth
The initial purchase of the game covers the costs for the development and advertising of the product, but what about all that bandwidth users eat up? Think of it this way, you own a pet shop, you breed some really fine pussies there, you get a hot new litter of kittens in and sell them to people who adore the quality of your pussies, but then you have to pay to feed those pussies until they die...
This mostly applies to Sony consoles and EA games (the two main offenders) but the cost of bandwidth and online is becoming increasingly expensive. Both Sony and EA have dedicated servers for their games that users can freely access, and without a paid online service for either of them, it's like throwing money into a fire. Xbox Live, on the other hand, makes users host games, not giant server clusters...which makes you wonder...why do we continue to pay for Xbox Live...oh that's right, Twitter and Facebook integration... (NOTE: Gears of War 3 has dedicated servers, as well as a few other AAA titles.)
Sony charges publishers for their bandwidth used towards download content, reportedly 18 cents per gigabyte. Notice how few demos there are on PSN when compared to the Xbox Live Marketplace, now you know why. To a publisher, it can be very costly to release a demo on PSN, especially if the game flops. You can't blame Sony for their approach, they don't make people pay to play online, so they have to get their money somewhere, so they go to the publishers and shit is starting to roll down hill to the players.
But does Logic Prevail?
Is it right to punish the user for buying a used game? Near launch it makes sense as the servers are still up and active and they have mouths to feed, but months after release...no. As a gamer you have to realize if you purchase a game months after it has released the online community will be nearly non-existant unless it's a AAA title. So before you cry about online passes, remember, it's a choice you are making if you purchase it, you don't have to.
Batman: Arkham City has some cat women content on the disc that is unlocked for those that purchase the game new, with used consumers having to pony up $10 for that content. It equates to having launch day download content, as it adds trophies and achievements on top of the normal limit. I really don't see a problem with doing this, no one complains about paying for download content down the line that they missed out on cause they didn't pre-order the game, and the same should be the case here.
The Eventual Solution
Soon everything will go digital and will not require you to leave the house to get the latest game, something pirates already have the conveinance of. If the video game industry needs to change anything, they NEED to go digital, It's better for everyone involved. The industry needs to look at the music and movie industry and learn from their pasts. Today ITunes, Spotify, and Netflix reign supreme, people want what they want, and they want it now. Microsoft and Sony have been offering digital versions of their games, but only months after release, which kind of defeats the purpose.
The next generation consoles need to be 100% digital, it impacts piracy, cost of manufacturing discs, and is conveinant for the end user. Look at Steam, you can access your games anywhere, it's magical. Now imagine doing the same thing with the next generation Xbox, now imagine that next generation Xbox streaming the game like OnLive does...can you see it...IT'S THE FUTURE! And that, my friends, is my "Cable Guy" like prediction.
Just wanted to let everyone know that I joined the Destructoid team for Extra-Life this coming weekend (October 15th) and will be live streaming my gaming / nervous breakdown. http://www.twitch.tv/jed05 The live stream will be there.
I just decided to do this out of the blue today, I felt like I haven't been very helpful to anyone but my self recently and want to give back. Since I won't be able to see my daughter this weekend, I figured the least I could do is donate my time to a charity (Nationwide Children's Hospitals) that could effect her life. The least I could do.
Games wise I'll be playing catchup on some games I've never finished or played such as:
So a nice mixture of new, japanese, rare and cool stuff you won't see anywhere else. I'll see what other rare / hard to find / beta / alpha versions I can pull out of my giant collection. I may even hit up some old school NES games / Betas / Unreleased games on an emulator on 360 for you guys to check out.
Let me know what you think and any feedback / suggestions. I have all 3 current gen consoles and a comptuer that can emulate anything that has an emulator. Perhaps I can break those Bubble Bobble records I've been working so hard to achieve...
Welcome to the first installment of Vidya Game Trivia. I recently got a new, awesome job where I'm on the computer nearly all day and have lots of downtime, so expect more and more activity from me in the following weeks. I hope you find this enjoyable and informitive. Feel free to leave some feedback :)
Welcome to Vidya Game Trivia Episode #1
Tonights prize: 100 Internets
Tonight's theme: Random Bullshiz
queue the Jeopardy music
Question #1: Cortana, Princess Peach, Toad and Zoey from Left 4 Dead have this in common.
Question #2: This short lived console allowed players to battle each other, observe other players games, participate in beta tests, browse the net / forums, message other users, check sports scores / weather /news, listen to music, and create avatars. This system only had 9 game disks officially released for it.
Question #3: This game has the Arwing from the Star Fox series as an enemy in it's code, only encounterable with use of a cheat device?
Question #4:Multipart Question:
A. This system only had ONE game rated by the ESRB, but had tons of games released in stores.
B. What was the title of that game and why was it the only one rated?
C. What was the rating of the game?
D. This game also was the first game released for "this" service.
Question #5:Animal Crossing featured collectable NES consoles that allowed you play emulated versions of classic titles. What two games are included in the game, but not obtainable without a cheat device?
Question #6: What does "Sega" stand for?
Question #7: In this game, you can play as either of two cavemen hell bent on rescuing hot babes from their cavemen captors while beating dinosaurs to death with their own bones. (mmmm...violence) Bonus Question: Name all 3 console games in this series (I'm kind of excited, cause I only thought there were two! Technically there are 4 in all, 1 being arcade exclusive!)
Question #8: In one of the best games of all time, Bubble Bobble, this word is shown on screen when bubbles are popped.
Question #9: This precious beat'em up let players play as a black panther (literally) that could claw and bite enemies to death, all whilst walking on it's hind legs. This game was never officially released on a game cartridge in North America.
Question #10: There have been two home consoles (to the best of my knowledge) with Hello Kitty special editions. Which consoles featured that cute little pussy?
Question #11: This person is the current Donkey Kong (Arcade) World Champion, score wise.
Question #12: The former "King of Kong" Billy Mitchell currently only holds one world record as being the first to do this.
Question #13: This is the only game where Mario is featured as a villian.
Question #14: Hard Mode: Name 3 video game juniors.
Question #15: This hollywood hairy/funny man has a daughter named after Zelda, the father / daughter combo appeared in an European commercial for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D recently.
I'm looking for people interested in co-hosting a video series captured via Xbox Live on Avatar Kinect about video games, tech and our lives (potentially). We could have on guests from Dtoid and the video game industry to interview or join in the discussion. This would be professional captured (capture card) and edited by yours truly and would be uploaded to a few different venues (I have options and potential for add revenue to slit (not guaranteed.)) Ideally each episode would run 15-30 minutes and have gameplay footage and trailers spliced in (also captured by me).
If you have Xbox Live, Kinect, are professional, intelligent and like to discuss gaming and related topics, please comment, PM me or message me over Xbox Live (GT: Jed05) if you are interested. Looking for 1-3 other people to help out with this and develop it further. Would like to do a test run in the next 2 weeks or so and then get some feedback from the community.
Ah Electronic Entertainment Expo, how I love you so much. I've dreamed of being deep inside of you, putting my hands on things not ready to be exposed to the public, pressing buttons, playing with joysticks and filling you full of my big, massive, sweaty ass. Running gleefully from booth to booth, exploring every up and coming game, but alas, I haven't been able to go, but with SQUIDBEAR AS MY WITNESS, I WILL BE INSIDE OF YOU ONE DAY...
...eh hem... Without further adieu, my E3 predictions.
Microsoft: Will Microsoft come hard, or will they be Micro soft?
Microsoft, in recent years, have been the absolute worst at keeping nearly every announcement from leaking prior to E3, yet this year we have heard nothing, zilch, zip. Why? My theory is that you only hear leaks when they are worth leaking, which means this years presser will suck major ass. Last year Microsoft announced Kinect and launched it as if it were an entirely new console and just like when they launched the 360, had a rather shitty line-up of games with very few releasing in the first year prior to the next E3.
So since Microsoft released their "new console" Kinect last year, I suspect this year they will focus mostly on software for it, as well as a few sequels for their hardcore players. Some easy bets will be the long rumored Halo: CE remake from the ground up with Live support, perhaps another unannounced Halo game, timed exclusive maps for Modern Warfare 3 and lots of numbers being thrown about for Kinect and their online services they now offer (Netflix, Hulu, Last.fm, etc.) More Kinect enabled features will be enabled on the dashboard, allowing you to control more, more easily. Microsoft will announce Kinect Sports 2, Kinectimals 2 this time with more animals that boys could like or potentially Kinectimonsters, think Kinectimals for boys / with monsters. Obviously they will show off Forza with Kinect as well as Mass Effect 3 with Kinect features to which I'm sure they will get roaring golf claps. As well as showing Avatar Kinect or whatever that pointless app will be called...who gives a fuck really!?
Lets not forget Microsoft's other gaming platform, Phone 7, which will have some games / features show off, and hopefully they announced a next generation Zune that can do all of the above, only without having to have a phone contract. If they don't, I think Microsoft if really not giving their fan base enough options, unlike Apple who will surely have a better press conference than Microsoft on the very same day, (iOS 5 anyone!?).
Overall rating: IDGAF
Nintendo: Caffeine or Decaf?
Nintendo announced the 3DS last year and will surely announce Project Cafe this year, the successor to the Wii, but will anyone care? Better yet, will I? The 3DS was rushed out due to Nintendo not making as much profit as it thought it would the last fiscal year and thus far it hasn't really gotten off the ground. The 3DS is the only console I haven't EVER seen sold out of after launch at Best Buy, so the demand for it must be pretty low, and why wouldn't it be, the console has a lackluster line of software, mostly ports from other consoles with a few added extras. Nintendo will be re-releasing some classic games on the 3DS soon, Zelda, Star Fox, etc, but hopefully they announce a few titles to make me actually want to buy the system. At this point I'll probably buy Ocarina 3D just to get whatever special edition they come out with, and NOT the system, unless of course there is a zelda 3DS.
The Cafe will have it's handy dandy new controller with an small LCD in it, which I don't see being very cost effective unless Nintendo plans on losing some money on the hardware at first, as is the usual with console losses except in the case of the Wii. Software wise I predict enhanced HD ports of "Nintendo Classics" as it seems to be the only thing Nintendo can do since Game Boy Advance and Gamecube came out. I can easily name tons of great games from the NES / SNES / N64 that filled my childhood...what games will the kids of today remember from the Gamecube and the Wii? A non console exclusive Zelda? A soulless "NEW" Super Mario Bros? The worst Mario Kart game to date? Boomblox? Mario Sunshine? Luigi's Mansion? I'm just tired of Nintendo riding on it's SNES / N64 days and re-releasing games that I feel were perfect the way they were. I'm all for Ocarina 3DS, but I also want NEW content that doesn't involve those fucking pointless characteristic-less Mii pieces of shit. Who really gives a shit about Mii characters, honestly?
I have a weird feeling that Skyward Sword will release on both consoles at the same time, or at least be forwards compatible. Remember the Kirby game Nintendo quietly announced a while back? Project Cafe exclusive. I can't believe they announced a REAL Kirby game as if it weren't important, but made a huge fucking deal out of Epic Yarn. I remember last year screaming on Twitter over and over ANNOUNCE A NEW KIRBY, ANNOUNCE A NEW FUCKING KIRBY IT HAS BEEN 7 FUCKING YEARS! Then I shat a brick when they announced Epic Yarn, and then I cried painful tears after playing it. Epic Yarn was fun, but I felt like Kirby was tacked on to sell more copies plus the middle 1/2 of the game could have been cut out and the game would have been far more entertaining. Nintendo should also announce a new Mario Party title, for the love of all things good, PLEASE!
The easy bets are a new Pokemon game to fill in the 3 color group of Black and White, a new console Pokemon game, more Professor Layton / Phoenix Wright, new Smash Bros, more Mii bullshit, new Wii Sports bullshit, and lots of other kiddy bullshit that NO...ONE...CARES....ABOUT!
Overall rating: Fuck it, why do I even type anymore, getting more and more disgruntled as this blog goes on and more and more unprofessional, fuck you for reading this.
Sony: Our Store is back up! And we have another PSP! HURRAY AMIRIGHT!?!? PS VITA AND RIDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDGGGE RACER VITA!
Ah Sony, you've done SO MUCH in the past year, like get your server pussy fucked up beyond repair, squirting users personal information all over the web for all to see, as well as having your precious PS3 hacked to shreds to pirate all 10 of your decent games. Now you are going to be bringing out a new handheld, since your last one did so well, AMIRIGHT!?!? I can't wait to see the PS Vita, because a fucking touchpad (they work so great on laptops AMIRIGHT!?) on the back of an over prices downloadable only PSP is such a brilliant fucking idea, I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT IDEAS YOU HAVE STOLEN FROM NINTENDO / 360, YOU ALWAYS DO SO WELL AT STEALING IDEAS AND HALF ASSING THEM! (See: Move, motion control, online play, xbox 360 exclusive / timed content, video game consoles prior to the PS3). Please make the PS Vagina at least $600, PLEASE! That way it can be the giant electronic dick that every person has to carry around as a status symbol, hey LOOK EVERYONE! I HAVE A PS VAGINA, IT COSTS $600 OMG! I hope you announce a bunch of really cool PSP ports for it, like LocoRoco and...what else was on the PSP?
Sony will also announce that the PS Store is BACK UP...then quietly move on from the PS3, just after showing Resistance 3, which again, will get millions of...ah kewls, and golf claps.
Overall rating: *pulls out gun, shoots self in head* GURGLING BLOOD SOUNDS
Fuck this E3 is going to be depressing...like really depressing. Why do I even consider myself a gamer anymore? For the past few years no one has done something that makes me go, HOLY FUCK! JUST WHAT I WANTED! Or even get a half chub...fuck it.