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12:47 PM on 02.24.2014

The future of the Xbox 720 is online ONLY

So I called this a while back. I said that the Xbox 720 is going to require constant internet connection, even though it was stated otherwise.

Microsoft said they reversed their idea to make their system, require you to be always online. This is true, however the secret writing between the lines is that the system doesn't need to be online, but the games soon will.

When you think about it, some games would have to have an online requirement, at least if they use cloud processing. Cloud processing is when part of the game is run on a server some other place. In order to play your game, you need that part of the data on that server or the game won't run.

As newer games come out for the Xbox 720, developers are going to want to push that envelope and try to achieve the current 1080p standard. Since the Xbox 720 does NOT have the power to do so, this WILL require cloud processing, and thus even a single player game will have to have constant internet connection, because part of the game is running on a server across the world.

Oh, and then there is shit like this. EA's Plants vs Zombies garden warfare.
Internet connection required for SINGLE PLAYER, but not only that.... you can't even look at the options without being online!!!!!

So this is just the tip of the iceberg here folks. Expect a lot more single player experiences, and option screens to require constant internet connection. At least, on the Xbox 720.   read

7:33 PM on 02.13.2014

Digital prices are such a rip off - on Xbox Live

The other day I was checking out new releases on the Xbox Live on demand list, and to my surprise Final Fantasy 13-3 Lightning Returns was available, Day 1, digital release.

I was very impressed to see that, first time I have seen it myself. Then I saw the price.
59.99 CAD. I thought that seemed quite high considering it was a digital copy, so I went out to the Wal-mart.

I picked up the game for 59.96 CAD at Wal-mart. Less than the digital price.

Other than pure greed, I have no idea why the digital price is higher than the retail.
The retail copy had to be manufactured, the game disc, the case, the booklet. It had to be transported from a factory to a distributer (or a store) and then to a store. The store has to pay employees, and all this extra bit is why the game costs the prices they do, in stores. ALSO, as a retail disc copy, it has re-sale value (up to $30 right now probably).

Why is it 3 cents more expensive as a digital copy? There is no physical production costs, no transportation, stocking or employee fees.. You can't re-sell it if you buy it digitally.
What are these fools thinking? I am guessing just about the dollars.

Imagine though, if it was 49.99, or even 44.99 for sale digitally, day 1, and 59.99 retail.
They would sell A LOT more digital versions because people would save money right away. They would still make profit because all the middle man stuff is gone. The customer could not sell their digital version, meaning there will be MORE games sold rather than less. It would use bandwidth however on the companies server, but that would cost them 1 or 2 pennies.

With far fewer physical versions out in circulation, that means far less to be re-sold second hand, meaning more money coming to them.

While impressed by seeing a day 1 digital release, I am sure still wondering when they are going to wake up to how greedy they are being.   read

3:46 PM on 11.16.2013

X: Rebirth feels like it was half aborted.

So two nights ago I saw a game called X:Rebirth set to release the next day. The video looks amazing, and I pre-ordered / pre-loaded on Steam.


The next morning I woke up and saw it was there on my desktop. Yes! I thought.
Loaded it up. Wow, what a great looking game.


I played about 8 hours yesterday. Wow. I must say.... this is the most frustrating game I have ever played in my entire life. The game is literally broken. There have been 2 patches already since release yesterday, but still major troubles.

The game itself seems quite promising but has a major steep learning curve due to the fact that it does not explain anything to you very well. Example: At one point you are moving past a space station, and you hear your co-pilot tell you that there are enemies attacking the station, better to avoid them. Look at your map to see where they are headed and try to go around. Ok, sure.. but what map? There are 5 map types in the game, including a mini map that occasionally appears in your HUD. It also does not tell you how to check your map. You have to go and look at the control setup in settings to figure that part out. :(

There are many items you can pick up in space stations or from cargo loots. Want to check your inventory? You think you press I to check it? Think again. You have to load up the menu with Enter. Select 2 (info) then select 1 (pilot information) Then in the pilot information there is a button you can click to see your inventory... :(

Everyone is having MAJOR problems with the FPS of the game. I myself can not get it past 25 FPS on 1920 x 1080 with most things on low settings... yet, I play War Thunder at 35-40 FPS, everything turned up (except clouds) and at 5760 x 1080 resolution (3 screens at once). Apparently, the game X:Rebirth uses a lot of CPU power rather than GPU power. On top of that, the game states it requires a 64 bit windows, yet the executable is only 32 bit (Max 2GB Ram??).

Mission 2.. the most broken mission I have ever seen. It requires you to purchase energy cells at point A, and sell them at point B. I am on my 5th restart (From the very beginning) still can not complete mission 2. Your cargo frieghter does not do what it is supposed to and actually just sits in place. It is normally supposed to take about 10 RL minutes to do, but it actually doesn't even work so if you wait to see if it works you are super killer your time.

My in-game menu system broke in game, as in it was once worked, and suddenly does not.

My co-pilot who talks and gives you info for missions is broken. They used to speak normal volume always. When you left your ship they would radio you and speak. Now in my game I can only hear my co-pilot when I am in the cockpit. When elsewhere they will still call you but their volume is now 1%. Restarting the game or computer or even a new mission does not fix this problem. It becomes permanent..  :(

While I still very much want to play the game, the game does it's very best to stop me at every chance it gets. The game looks great and is very promising. I don't understand how there could be so many game breaking bugs on release, especially right at the beginning of the game.

There is a free play mode, which I am trying now. This mode offers no formal training so you basically have to figure out everything for yourself, but there is a better chance of it working because you don't have to fight game breaking storyline mission bugs.

If you want to play this game, buy it, BUT DON'T BUY IT YET. Pay attention to bugs and patch releases and when it seems like the game actually works, go ahead and pick it up.
Get it now if you want, but I am telling you that you are in for one of the most frustrating experiences of your life, and might actually stop you from enjoying the game when it actually works (Hopefully, soon...)

You will have the same experience playing this as you would sitting in a cedar forest naked in a swarm of mosquitoes. All you do is fight off bugs until they eventually overrun you.  :(   read

12:47 PM on 11.11.2013

Next gen is here.. I am still afraid & confused

I've never before even thought it possible to be worried about the next generation of gaming consoles. Never ever before have I thought "Damnit, it's coming, this sucks".

I am very confused by all the talk going on.

The Xbox 720 (Xbox One)

I just read an article where Microsoft is stating that the Xbox One will run exactly like the Xbox 360. Well, that is not true. My Xbox 360 worked directly out of the box, and with no connection to the internet. The Xbox One requires a day 1 patch to even work at all.

The forza dev has come out saying that Forza 5 is using 100% of the Xbox One power. That is scary considering that the Xbox One has not even been released yet, and they are talking about a 10 year life cycle.. BUT THEN... I later read that Forza 5 will run at 1080p, 60fps, however, that would not be possible without cloud processing because of heavy physics and AI.

Well wait a second.. So 100% of the Xbox One power can not even reach 1080p on Forza 5 without cloud processors?? If you think about this, it means that Forza 5 will require a constant internet connection (for 1080p/60fps?) or I don't know what will happen... Can you even play it offline? If so, does the resolution drop or you lose AI?

Then there is the fact that 720p seems to be the resolution of choice for the Xbox One. That is hardly next gen. Even up upscaled to 1080p there is a big difference between the two. Pathetic.

The PS4

From what I've read, the PS4 has a day 1 patch as well. This patch is to remove all of the similar DRM as Microsoft had, except Sony never really mentioned it. I suppose it was there just in case everyone cheered at Microsoft's Xbox One reveal.

On top of that, I have read that Mp3's, audio CD's, and networking/streaming from computer will not be available until the 2nd patch.

The Steam Machines

Wow, that is one ugly ass controller. Either way, I already have a Steam Machine. Had one for about 5 years. It's called an HDMI Cable.

Going to wait at least 1 year before I buy into any new consoles. Most of the games seem like they were designed for current gen but then upgraded to next gen.

From the looks of things, my prediction is that for Microsoft, the system will not need to be constantly connected to the internet.. The games will though, even single player. I think this will become very common in the years to come, especially with the Xbox One being so weak that it needs cloud processing.

10:04 AM on 10.30.2013

Currently, no way to load money to xbox live account

So yesterday I decided it was time to play something different. I was looking at RPG's and sales both on steam and Xbox Live. Turns out both have some decent stuff on sale.

I found Tales of Vespiria for 14.99 on Xbox Live. What a fantastic game I gotta say. From 2008 and the game and graphics still hold up great because of the awesome art style. It reminds me of how great Zelda Wind Waker still looks for the Gamecube.

Anyways, I also saw 75% off a game I always wanted to try, The Darkness II, for 7.49. I did not buy it though. I ran into a problem.

I wanted to buy both games. I looked all over the dashboard and settings and everywhere for an option to add money to my account. I was thinking I would throw $35 on there and get the 2 games and maybe have a bit extra in case any DLC caught my eye.

There is no option to add money...

I went online. I thought that since I can only change some certain things to my account via the Xbox Live website, I would be able to just add money to my account. Nope. Turns out you can't do this online either.

So here's the problem. I don't want to make multiple separate purchases with my credit card. I have done so in the past and went to use my card sometime afterwards only to find out that my credit card was frozen. This is something that happens automatically when they see unusual purchasing with your card as a safety measure. They saw multiple purchases within a few minutes and shut it down thinking it was stolen. All it did was take 45 minutes of my time to get it working again.

Say I wanted to make 10 purchases of DLC that was like 1.00 each. Currently, I have to do 10 separate transactions. Something I have already learned not to do.

Without an option to put something into a cart and make a one time purchase of everything, or an option to load money onto your account, Xbox live has sunk even lower.

I don't understand why this is not an option. It is only good for microsoft. Imagine everyone loads 30 bucks onto their account and only spends 10 for now, the rest later. How much money can be made investing that money on MS end.

*NOTE* There is still a way to load money onto your Xbox Live account... and that is by buying the remaining microsoft point cards still out in circulation if you can find them. Remember points? those things they cancelled a while back? Lol   read

5:29 PM on 10.29.2013

GTA Online is a bad sport.

GTA Online has finally pissed me off. I had put up with it's shit for so long and lost many levels and thousands of dollars, but I kept with it. Suddenly though yesterday I got hit with what many others have had happen.

I'm an now a "Bad Sport".

It happened while I was just messing around robbing stores and escaping cops. I did my usual 2 star escape, head to the hills. It was ok, I escape the fuzz, but while I was out there someone had shown up nearby. This was a high level player with really good weapons, and he started kicking my ass all over the place. I probably died about 4 times before I turned on passive mode. I was out in the hills after all, had no way to escape and he has a high powered sniper rifle.

So I have passive mode on and thought I should bank my money. I go to the internet, and am about to bank my cash when I am suddenly pulled out of the internet because my body is flying through the air. This jerkoff came at me with his fancy car and crumpled me with it while on passive (Yeah, while on passive you can be run over).

So he keeps running me over, about 3 or 4 more times and I finally make it into my menu with enough time to turn off passive. I evaded this guy with a roll as he came at me again, and luckily I had landed a sticky bomb on his ride. I blew this guy up and his expensive ass car.


You cannot play the game with most others now, because you are a bad mean player it says to me.

My guy is now stuck wearing a dunce cap to remind me that I am an idiot for not just sitting there and dying until I don't have a penny left in the bank. It is as if to say "you're an idiot, if you want to play the game properly then you should love to be spam killed, even when on passive, fool!".

How stupid of me, defending myself like a vile scumbag.

Oh yeah, I also had to spend 10K instantly to repair his vehicle so he can run over more players on passive mode.

Imagine if other games did this. Say Call of Duty. You see a guy running at you shooting you, you shoot him back. You are then told you are a bad player and put into a server full of other "bad players" and actual cheaters and hackers..   read

2:31 PM on 10.05.2013

GTA Online is great, but so frustrating at times

I've been playing GTA Online since the launch, or 3 hours later I suppose. I've been having such a great time so far, but have found quite a few issues that are pissing me off to the max.

My first issue was actually getting the game to run. I found out that so many people have had a problem at the start with the forced first race. It took 3 tries, but since then I have had no connection issues at all (Xbox 360).

The bank: False security

 - Early on you are told that if you put your money in the bank it will be safe from other players... but what it fails to mention is that your money is not safe from you dying. I found I lost 2-3K per death. Nasty surprise to find out if you don't know it already.

Missions:  Big pay.. but only for the winners

 - The missions are absolutely amazing, so fun and cool.... except for one thing. You could be in a 20-30 minute long mission and if your team or you do not win, YOU GET NOTHING!
This turns missions into a gamble of your time if you want to risk throwing away hours for nothing or decent rewards. I don't know why the missions are like this, races and all other activities give partial pay or tiered pay based on how you do.

Occasional Lag: During Single player online instances

- Often times I will do a mission solo so I have a much higher chance of getting a payout at the end, but I find that rarely but occasionally the screen will freeze for 5-10 seconds. I could understand that during a multiplayer online event.. but a single player online event.. how is this even possible?

Other than that, great game. I can't stop playing it even though I occasionally try to. Things open up as you level increasing the depth of the online game and giving more and more to do. Even with these problems I can't stop playing.

Join the Destructoid crew (TOID) and kick some ass with me will ya?

Gamertag: Skid Row Trash   read

2:29 PM on 08.25.2013

A Steamy night of fun for less than 10 bucks!

I'd been itching for a good RPG lately, so I thought I would see what was happening on Steam. I loaded it up, and then remembered I had The Witcher, and I'd never made it past the 1st town (because so many games).

Played it for a few hours and had a great time, closed it down and looked at steam again and saw The Witcher 2 was for sale, 75% off!. I loaded $10 on my Steam Wallet and bought it for 4.99 (from 19.99 - Originally 49.99).

With the extra $5 I had in the wallet, I thought what the hell, I will buy a few badges and see what this is all about. I saw that I had 4 out of 8 badges for Civ5 and bought the rest for about $0.12 each. Crafted the badge and a cool little animation showed up, and 3 new things appeared in my inventory. Two of them were just junk, backgrounds or emoticons, but the third thing was a Coupon for 90% off Portal 2!!

I checked out the price of Portal 2, and it was $19.99, so I am going to buy it too. The coupon is good for a few weeks, and I can get Portal 2 for $1.99 (from $19.99 - Originally $49.99).

How awesome is that! Two really awesome games for less than $10.
Those badges really aren't so bad at all.

Witcher 2 - $4.99
Purchased badges - $0.48
(Unlocked through badge crafting) Portal 2 - $1.99

Remaining Cash - $2.54

Lots of fun to be had on Steam.   read

7:05 AM on 06.25.2013

What MS still needs to do in order to sell me an Xbox One

MS, good job on reversing your insane policies. On a side, note, I've noticed that whenever the word policy, or policies comes up it usually means I am getting fucked over somehow.. anyways..

So yeah, rentals, used games, lending. It's back. Excellent, thanks guys... for not being assholes. You aren't finished yet though are you? I still need more before I am going to get that Xbox One.

I need to know that I will not need the kinect to use the new Xbox. I want it to work straight out of the box, with the kinect still sitting in it's wrapping inside the box. I know you've said we can turn off the kinect, but can I take it right out of the picture entirely and maybe even sell it to someone who has a broken one.? I know I do not want it. All these hand motions take me out of the game, and mean I have to put down the controller do a fucking hand motion that a 5mm nudge of the analog stick would easily accomplish.

What else do I need...

You said it is not backwards compatible.. I will give you half of that. I could understand possibly if physical media was not backwards compatible due to some sort of disc or hardware change, but digital sales on the same network (Xbox Live) MUST transfer to Xbox One. I want every single digital purchase I have made (XBLA, and Games-On-Demand) to transfer over and be playable on the Xbox One. This is not impossible, don't give me that bullshit. You guys are always saying the new system is 3 or 4 times as powerful. If that is the case, you can easily emulate it on the Xbox One. . I don't give a shit how you have to do it.... Just do it and I will buy day it One. 

I am still waiting, and there is lots of time for these changes to be made. Let us know Microsoft.   read

11:48 AM on 06.07.2013

Xbox One will need constant internet. 1 in 24 is smokescreen

I've been listening to many podcasts and reading a crap ton of gaming news, and there is one thing that people always seem to be missing. I hear so many people call in and say "oh, you only have to connect once every 24 hours, it's not that bad" type of stuff.
This 1 in 24 bullshit is all a smokescreen to have you let down your guard so they can land the fatal blow when you are not expecting.

It is true, 1 in 24 is going to be a requirement.. but did you all forget about the fact that game developers now have access to Microsofts Cloud Processing? What that means is that some of the game is handled on your new Xbox One, while other parts of the game are handled on Microsoft's Servers... and you know what that means.. You need to be constantly connected to the internet, otherwise half your game will not function and it will not work.

These types of games will most likely be rolled out some time after launch, so as not to challenge their statement of "once ever 24 hours".

Xbox One needs to connect once every 24 hours.. but given time more developers will use this "extra juice" for their games, and cause the console to be constantly connected to internet in order to work.   read

10:43 PM on 05.24.2013

Xbox One Reveals itself publicly.. Please put it's clothes back on

I watched the reveal live, and until then I had never seen a public suicide before. I think this is the beginning of the end for my favorite game console series. I was sitting there since the start to see even just a quick screenshot flash across with a picture of a game, but the word game was never mentioned for the first 2.5 to 3 minutes!

I am not sure why Microsoft seems to be targeting basic cable users, dumb sports jocks, and people with zero attention spans. All I saw was a way for sports people to watch their sports and now they have the ability to use hand signals.. I guess they never could figure out the controller before, or even a television remote.

I think Xbox One Reveal would have had more success had they used this as their music

I really don't understand any of this shit. The name of the brand new Xbox is the Xbox One..!? That is like naming the new Playstation the PS2. The physical look of the system is a giant box, similar to an old VCR except a lot less buttons on it. They were trying to get sports people hooked, but I bet sports people are busy with sports and not watching tech reveals.

It's apparently "All in One", with the exception that if you want to use any of your 360 games you have to have a 360 plugged in separately! That means that if I was to buy one, I would have a couple games on it but if I wanted to play my library of over 400 360 games I have to use my 360. The games are not being carried over.. To the all in one system? Are you fucking serious?

The achievement system is basically over. Sure they are adding new features to make them a bit more advanced, but there is no set standard for games/dlc and points as there is now. A system that works... oh, and then there is this.. So now if you are using your new Xbox all in One Television box and see a commercial for Doritos or something, and you hold up a bag that you are eating and kinect sees it.. you have +20 achievements to your "GAMERSCORE!!".. Yep, achievements won't have the same appeal "next-gen".

I think the main thing this Xbox One revealed was the Next Gen belongs to PS4 and PC... .... and WiiU, and Microsoft footed the bill for that sweet promotion. I have only one question though. When the new system comes out, can I still buy Xbox 360's?   read

9:24 PM on 04.22.2013

(Canada) Bandwidth Cap Limits Got you down? Check This!

Hey everyone, first off, this is (I think) only for people in Canada.

I have been going over my bandwidth cap of 120 GB / month for the past few months, and sometimes it is about $50 extra on top of the bill when it's time to pay up. It sucks. I have recently been looking into upgrading my account.

Oh I should mention I use Rogers.

I was checking out their prices and packages.

Currently, I am on their Extreme Package.

Up to 35 Mbps download speed ---- Up to 3 Mbps upload speed ----- 120 GB monthly usage allowance.
for $64.99 / month

I was interested in their Extreme Plus package, it is as follows.

Up to 45 Mbps download speed ---- Up to 4 Mbps upload speed ----- 150 GB monthly usage allowance.
for $74.99 / month.

That sounded pretty good, a little faster, and 30 GB more a month for only 10 dollars more. I called them up to order, and just out of the blue I asked if there was anything else I could get..

There was actually, but it was not listed anywhere, but here it is people.
I stayed on my Extreme Package with current speeds, but for $10 more a month... I now have a bandwidth cap of 999,999 GB per month..

That's right! Just shy of a million gigs a month, for an extra 10 bucks! I couldn't believe it. Anyways, as this was such a shock to me, I thought I should mention it here. WIth bandwidth requirements constantly rising something like this might be worth it. With talk of PS4 Possibly streaming 4K video at 100GB/movie or more... yeah this is awesome. I know I am going to make a great use of it, (Apr 22, 204GB used so far). My speed is very fast too, and the extra bandwidth for that price is FAR more value than upgrading everything slightly.

You guys should give them a call and ask about it if you have problems going over your limits. I'm so happy right now!   read

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