This is a response to the "Musicians Wanted" blog in which it was assigned to create something inspired by the state of gaming today.
My song is called "Heart and Mind (She's the Apple of my EyeFone)." It is inspired by the emergence of the app based game in a console/pc gaming world. You'll notice pieces of organic sounds bumping up against synthetic ones in somewhat counterpoint orchestrations. The two ideas fight for room in the arrangement until they become unified in a cacophony at the end.
After announcing that the Xbox One will only be available in 21 states at launch, Microsoft spokesperson Matt Fox confirmed rumors today that although several games will be open for sale, customers will not able to "activate" games and games will not actually be playable at launch.
Fox stated "We really wanted there to be a honeymoon phase where users will be able to really get to know the Xbox One and where the Xbox One could get to know their users. Unfortunately the game playing process really got in the way and we stand behind this decision. Also, football."
Fox went on to outline that a streamlined process has been put into place that would set, roughly, a 2015 date for most games to be open for activation, but emphatically stated that a lot of the games could be available much earlier if a genuine relationship was developed with a users Xbox One and the Xbox One felt comfortable allowing a user to play a particular game.
Fox went on to say "The good news is you can watch most movies and even some TV. The One tends to favor HGTV but like any relationship, it's a give and a take. Also, football."
Recently there was a glitch in Diablo 3 that enabled players to cancel an auction and gain twice their gold back; basically it was a glitch to get endless gold. I propose that Blizzard did this on purpose. What better way to get people to use the RMAH than to render gold completely useless. That is all. Let the bitching commence.
The Diablo skull looks bitch'n. I'm not sure what the hell an aesthetic artifact (although one could infer from the word "aesthetic" that it does jack shit) is but I know I want it. The Soulstone USB flash drive is killer. With all the horrible collectors addition BS that companies have been pushing on gamers lately (cough.. cough... Activision) it's refreshing to see that Blizzard has kicked it up a notch. I would say it's well worth the $100.
A couple weeks back I posted a blog observing that all the fall "heavy hitters" (Deus Ex, Resistance 3, and Gears of War 3) had all received a rating of 9 from IGN. I stated that I was of the opinion that the rating of 9 had become obligatory; a default score, if you will, for any company that gave IGN any advertising money.
I quickly got my ass chewed out by trolly posters and inbox messages accusing me of unfairly hating on IGN. Most of the comments were ad-hoc, off topic, and mildly retarded.