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5:20 PM on 04.08.2013

Microsoft is dead to me (And I'm a microsoft fanboy)

I am so done with microsoft. FUck these guys.

Ever since the first few years, Xbox Live has been THE best online service. Thing is, everyone has caught up and surpassed them. PSNPlus was seen as a complete joke when it first came out. Now I am so jealous of PSNPlus users. They have the best paid service.

When Xbox Live first came out as paid, part of what they said was that it is to cover the costs of running multiplayer servers etc. Well, what happened to that? Why is an Online pass suddenly around? I thought my membership fees were for that, that's what you said.

Wait a sec, whats this now. EA is now not only saying an Online pass is required to run servers (Which microsoft said is covered by the paid subscription fee) but now they are closing official servers and renting out ones to players? What the fuck? Where is my god damn xbox live subscription money going now? To put fucking MLB games on my dashboard?

Why am I paying for ads? Wait a sec, it's worse now. Why am I paying a service, to have their service fucking drain my monthly bandwidth cap with unwanted and unstoppable video streams now playing without my consent with full audio (temporarily muted) just draining my cap. That mean I have to pay extra, or not use it as much. This is what I am paying for, to have my bandwidth fucking drained, what a great value!.

Lets not forget that piece of self entitled human garbage called Adam Orth, he's a fucking loser but I am sure the rest of the pack are hiding behind him watching what happens.

PC all the way for me next time, possibly PS4.
Not only that, I will go out of my way to stop anyone and everyone I know from buying a new xbox.

Not only that, but EA and microsoft are cooking up some nasty shit together. I am so done with this shit. I hope the industry crashes and burns hard as fuck. Because you know why, all those Indie developers with their amazing games will rise to the top like a phoenix rising from the ashes of a diarrhea demon.   read

10:35 PM on 02.26.2013

Latest Xbox Update has "slight" collateral damage

Hey everyone, It has been almost a week so far and since the last mysterious update on Xbox Live for the dashboard. While I haven't seen too much in the way of info on what has happened, I did notice somethng different.

Before this update, the video ads in the dashboard had still images and if you hovered over them they would start up or you click to bring you to the video to play it.

Since the latest update I have noticed that these video ads now are constantly streaming video & sound. The sound only plays if you hover over but it is so instant that it must be streaming on mute and the hover over the box cancels the mute.

So now, when I play games all day and night and pass out on my couch with the xbox left on the dashboard, or if I walk away for a while it is now constantly streaming data to my Xbox. Where I live, it is expensive for the internet. Most places have data caps on your bandwidth and if you go over you pay a ridiculous amount. If you leave your xbox on, it will now keep adding to your data cap and possibly to being charged more for going over your bandwidth if you have a small cap.

I haven't seen anyone mention anything about this anywhere, so I thought I'd just put up a little post in case anyone wants to read it. You may not want to leave your xbox on all the time anymore or it could cost you a few extra bucks now, hehe.   read

3:58 PM on 02.02.2013

Forget Day 1 DLC. Kalypso has "Day -12 DLC"

So we all absolutely love Day 1 DLC right. I mean who wouldn't want to go out and buy a game and then get home only to find out there is DLC out already. Makes you really wonder if this DLC was made to be released as an extra charge on customers.

Well, forget that shit. Kalypso has paved the way for a brand new DLC trend. Day Negative 12 DLC!!! That's right folks. The game is out on Feb 12, so why not get ready by grabbing up some DLC (available Feb 1st) so you're ready when the game comes out! *puke*

Oh yeah, the game is called Omerta, City of Gangsters. I noticed the DLC the other day and was like, what the fuck is this, Omerta!! City of Gangsters, this looks cool. I clicked on "View Full Game".
It brought me to a blank screen. The Xbox had not yet heard of such a game..
I checked the release date online, and it seems to be Feb 12th.

The DLC was released almost 2 weeks before the game came out!!!!
240 Microsoft Points for this DLC. Couldn't tell you how much the game is, it's not out yet.


7:03 PM on 01.13.2013

Do You Like Fallout? Vampires? Watch Stakeland!

Hey, I just saw an amazing movie last night and I just wanted to let everyone know. It's called Stakeland, and it is a vampire post apocalyptic style movie that totally reminded me of Fallout.

(Extremely minor spoilers ahead)

Imagine fallout's apocalypse was not caused by nuclear weapons, but by a vampire plague. That is this movie. The whole setting is very much like what you experience in your adventures through the Fallout Wasteland. Roving gangs of marauders and insane cults with safe zones etc, and of course they are on their way to a famed safe haven name "New Eden".

The music very much reminded me of Fallout, and the background ambiance will surely bring back visions of trying to cross a wasteland full of destruction. Throughout the movie you will hear random radio stations etc while they are in a car or something and it is so much like fallout. Random pirate radio stations, some sort of government spin offs etc, even cults and stuff. By the way, there is a group in the movie called the Brotherhood (Fallout had Brotherhood of Steel). Not the same at all, but every little thing reminds me of Fallout in this movie.

A must see for sure if you are a fan of Fallout's style, and or you like unique vampire movies.
I saw it on Netflix last night, it blew my mind. I am so hyped for Fallout 4!   read

4:43 PM on 01.08.2013

Walked into an arcade today.. felt like a museum.

Went to see Jack Reacher today, it was not bad, but I got there a bit early and had time to kill. I walked over into the arcade section.. and it felt like I was in a museum rather than a place of fun.

The "arcade" had 20 or so arcade machines.. 8 of which were not working or had ratty paper warnings about "out of service". The remaining machines were a mish mash of things I have played as a kid, or very poor quality games. I know that arcades have been dead for years in general but seeing one still trying to run these days almost brought a tear to my eye. It had some of the usual hunting games, but those games were old a decade ago and since then over 10 sequals have come out for them..

The only games people were really playing were air hockey, which does not seem to lose it's appeal over time. I almost felt as though I went to a funeral and I definitely was more sad than happy for venturing into this place.

I really hope that arcades can make a comeback some day, but they really need to get their own exclusive cutting edge games or experiences that can't be done at home. I can easily see them coming back if they can put out some sort of VR or AR type of things, or even live action FPS in battle arenas with hologram bots or something..

I just hope they will come back some day, because they were great fun.   read

12:59 PM on 12.31.2012

2 months with a smartphone.. Is console gaming dead?

I have had a smart phone for 2 month now, or something like that. I have tried MANY games on it, and found a couple hidden gems like Game Dev Story and things like that..

Well, I continually read news every day as always online about how consoles are ending, it's all about gaming telephones now.. PC's are dying, tablets are the future.. blah blah blah.

I really do not agree with this statement at all.. With the absolutely terrible selection and no quality control whatsoever on the smart phone market, it is a fucking treasure hunt to try to find any good game at all. While consoles may release bad games, they don't release 1000 bad games every day and hide 1 good one randomly in the mix..

With the steam box out next year, PC gaming is hardly dead. PC has 5 times the number of exclusive IP's now going to be available on your TV with controllers.. If anything, the Console will be putting everything else to shame, and PC gaming will sort of merge with consoles.

I think that these ios or phone games are like when you go to a doctors office and pick up a random magazine and skim through it until your appointment, then you drop it and forget about it forever. Whereas a "real" game for consoles or PC is like getting into a very well written book that is part of a trilogy or something. You don't want to put it down, and you go out of your way to read it and you remember your experience.

If there is one thing I want to see die, it is not consoles, pc, or smart phones. I want to see an end to those "consoles are over" "PC are now obsolete" articles. That would be sweet.   read

5:16 PM on 12.29.2012

Far Cry 3 Feels like a Next Gen Game

I don't know if you have had a chance to pick up Far Cry 3 yet, but if not you probably should. This game is outstanding in every aspect. This is the first game I have ever played that actually feels like it is a next gen game (Next gen as in post 360/ps3). Everything moves so fluidly in the game, and there are no lag issues or screen tearing which sometimes haunts such impressive games.

I was so blown away with the character animations. The NPC's both in cut scene and in game move so realistically that you feel as if you are watching an actual person on your screen. The voice acting is absolutely astounding. Such amazing voice actors and mocap in this game it is truly amazing.

The sound is fantastic too. Many times in games I find the sounds of the weapons can actually make or break a game. I never played Army of Two because all the guns sounded like cap guns with silencers on them, was terrible. But I also REALLY got into Soldier of Fortune: Double Helix. Not a great game at all, but the sound effects of the weapons made you feel like such a badass playing it, actually improved the game overall and I loved it.

I have noticed a few things that just blew my mind as well, little things, like I was hang gliding off the top of a mountain, and you can hear the wind blowing and nature sounds, and then I hear a hawk. I look around and there is a hawk flying in formation with me! Is this part of the game, or a random occurrence, I have no idea, but if felt so amazing, almost like the hawk thought I was another hawk and joined my hawk squadron. Another great little thing, I was racing around in a car and happened to go off the side of a mountain and splashing down into the ocean. The car was completely sideways, and I went to exit and I exited through the door closest to the water, the farthest door, not the drivers door like in many games. So realistic, the little things you notice really make it amazing.

The Music is fantastic and really gets into the groove when you are in battle, but even just walking around exploring, the background music is amazing and reminds me a lot of the ambiance on fallout 1,2, and 3.

One thing though.. the ONLY thing I have to say bad about this game, is what Ubisoft did. I hope it is only a temporary thing and gets either patched out or fixed, but Ubisoft implemented forced lag into my game. When I press the start button to access my crafting and skill trees etc, I am greeted with a nice message saying "attempting to contact ubisoft servers" or some shit. This stays on the screen for a good 20 seconds EVERY time it happens. After the time is up, it either connects or it gives a fail message, and then shows me the start menu.. It makes no fucking difference at all to be connected or not connected, and just forces a random 20 second time delay into my game at random opportunities. I was playing last night and became so frustrated that I almost threw my control against the wall. It happened at least once every 5 to 10 minutes.

Other than that though, man, what a great game. I think it feels like a true next gen game for sure, try it out if you haven't already. Happy new years.   read

4:06 PM on 12.21.2012

Worst game of this Mayan Era

So the Mayan Calender has come to an end, and I think it is time we reflect on the worst video game release during this Mayan Calender's long count. It is the end of one era, and the beginning of the next, so I was trying to find what the worst game of this past era were (After all, we all know that video games travelled back in time to actually introduce violence to human kind, and without video games there would never have been violence in human history)

With all the talk lately of The War Z scam, I was checking it out. Looks fucking horrible, and god damn I feel sorry for whoever bought into this. I noticed though that the creator had made a brutal game before with absolutely terrible review scores (4 out of 100 on Metacritic). I checked out some videos and yeah, it's bad, but then I found this one video and I could not stop laughing. I almost puked on my keyboard.

Please check out this video, and you will see the worst game of this Mayan era in action, but, the video is just so amazing you HAVE to see it. Seriously, watch this and prepare to laugh. It's not new though, so you may have seen it. Sarcastic as hell, and amazing.


Worst game of this Mayan Era:


4:01 PM on 12.21.2012

Kinda wish XBL followed Canada's Scanning Code of Practice

Yesterday was a fantastic deal on Xbox live during their countdown to 2013. Every day is a new sale which is actually quite fantastic. Yesterdays was platformers, featuring great games and one that I had always wanted to play, Rayman's Origins, $10 off, now at 9.99, from 19.99.

I logged on to my xbox and saw the message right there in front of me. There was 50%'s and whatnot on the arcade titles, and it said Rayman Origins, $10 Off. I then clicked on it and tried to buy the game. It came up asking me for $19.99. I backed out, restarted my xbox, and checked it again. Listed at $10 off, normal $19.99. I clicked on it, and again, it asks for $19.99.

I check the internet. It seems many people are having this trouble, and lots from UK. I am in Canada.
I log into, to see if it is the same there. It is listed at $10 off, and when I click on the button, it shows buy the game ($9.99). I Found it! I click on the link, and it fails to process.

Now, I actually called Xbox (1-800-4MY-XBOX) and waiting 20 min, then spoke with someone who was really nice and helpful. She looked into it and we tried everything. She had no idea why it was not working for me and actually tried to log into my account and buy it herself and same thing. In the end, it turns out that this particular game's $10 sale price was US ONLY. Now that is all fine and dandy, but why am I being showed an ad that it is $19.99? Why is everyone being shown this? It is saying $10 off, and comes through naturally at $19.99, making whoever does not know think that this is the sale price, but it is actually it's normal price! I have been checking on it often because I really wanted it.

So it is being shown as $10 off to everyone, but only US citizens get it for $9.99. Everyone else pays full price for it even though advertised as $10 off.

I kinda wish that XBL followed the Canada's Scanning Code of Practice. This is something where if you are in a store, and an item scans for a price that is more than listed on their shelf/item, you get $10 off the item automatically, and that is $10 off the lowest listed price. If an item is listed at $100, and actually costs $500, you would have to pay $90 for it under the law, or at least those who follow this practice. It is the rules. Now, if an item is under $10, it is actually supposed to be given FREE to the customer.

If Xbox live did follow Canada's Scanning Code of Practice then I would have been able to download the game for free, and so would everyone else who wanted to buy it and couldn't at the advertised sale price. That would be so awesome, because this actually has happened a few times before with other games, listed as sale and secretly not.

Either list your sale as US ONLY, which is totally fine, no problems with that, or do not show that ad to people who can not use it. As it was yesterday it was actually false advertising.

In the end, I bought the game and man is it ever amazing. I am actually glad I paid $19.99 rather than $9.99 for Rayman Origins, as it is absolutely amazing in every way and I like to support quality things and great game development. I tried the new one on WiiU and actually find this Origins much better.   read

8:46 PM on 12.13.2012

360 super fan eyes new console

I have been a HUGE fan of Xbox since the Xbox came out. I have had a lot of great systems over time, and had a PS2 when the Xbox came out but pretty much went exclusive Microsoft at that point because of their controller. It was like the PS dual shock, but the thumb sticks were finally far enough apart that I did find my thumbs doing battle while I was trying to defend myself on the television screen.

The 360 pushed everything to the next level with Xbox live, and the games, it was amazing. Lately though, I am becoming more and more jealous of PS plus users. They get such a fantastic deal that it makes my old Xbox live is the best service irrelevant. It used to be, before PS plus.. But now with every new dashboard update we get farther and farther from gaming, and ads shoved in you the paying customer's face.

Yesterday I was reading up that Steam has now announced a new console for next year... I had heard rumors earlier, but this pretty much confirmed it. I have been on steam recently and checked out their "big Picture" thing and it seemed very cool, then days later saw news of the console. I do not know the specs yet, but I am very much thinking of jumping on the Steam roller and going for a ride as it paves it way over Microsoft and Sony's sales charts.

I was looking into exclusive releases for the upcoming year. Nintendo Wii U had a decent number, as did Sony. Microsoft had 1 listed.. Only 1, Gears of War Judgement. Then next to all those was PC with around 60. Now what that means is that probably at least 50 or all 60 of those PC exclusive releases will be available on the steam home console. That with the current massive warehouse of games online, and it really stands out as something special. The online will supposedly be free (as it is now on PC), and with steam sales you can just point and laugh when Microsoft or Sony announce a sale on their services.

As a heavy Xbox 360 user, I am getting worried that Microsoft will not be up to par when their next system comes out, and am very much considering Steaming up my Xbox Room (Basement).

I just hope their controllers are 360ish or Wii Uish in their thumb sticks.   read

3:24 PM on 12.13.2012

Making money with gaming knowledge

Hey everyone, I just wanted to post something because I am pretty excited. I have been gaming for decades, and it is as normal to me as breathing air to live. I have been making add-ons or mods for games since I was 12, and am 31 now. Started with simple things like Doom/Doom 2 maps (those good old .wad files you know) to re-recording and changng every sound and all music in the games. Then went on to Duke3d/Shadow Warrior, C&C, heroes of might and magic 2-3, civilizations, the sims 2 (over 5.5 million downloads of my items) and many others. Some tracks in Trials HD, maps in Far Cry's etc.. the list goes on and on.

Anyways, all the experience I have making items and using graphics software and whatnot is coming in quite useful right now. With the experience of making game add-ons and mods I have had to be pretty resourceful in some ways. This has come in handy in developing a website because my knowledge is somewhat limited, but I am very resourceful and do things differently.

I launched a website a few months ago, and it is now getting over 1K unique visitors every day now. I am not running it like a business though, even though it does make money. I am actually "playing" it like a strategy game. Thanks to Google analytics I can watch in real time what is happening and plan my moves accordingly. All the money I am making is like getting a high score, and I am trying to always increase my score. It is really quite fun. I have a couple new websites on the way and can't wait to see how they play out.

It really does remind me of a lot of strategy sim games, sorta like game dev story, or even lemonade stand. I hope to win this game one day. Winning will mean I don't have to get a job or go to work. I can stay at home playing video games all day, while I have automated websites conjuring money out of thin air like a powerful wizard. Wish me luck ;)   read

10:08 PM on 12.11.2012

ADD/ADHD, Kids, and Gaming

Many kids these days seem to get diagnosed with ADD or ADHD and I noticed something. Everyone was saying that my nephew has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) because of the problems he was having in school. He's 6 years old.

Anyways, he has problems paying attention at school as most young kids do, so this is why they I think they assumed he has this problem. One thing that I noticed though was how focused he is when gaming. When he is playing games or watching game videos (loves those minecraft youtube videos) he is so focused that he actually plays until he has to run to the washroom. He actually was playing Sonic 2 for the first time at my place when he was 5, and he was so intently focused on the game that he pissed himself and my couch! heheh, now that is gaming dedication I tell you.

But that's just it, if he can be so intensely focused on video games, how can he have ADD. It would not make sense, you can't have it sometimes and not others. You either have it or you don't, I think..

I think it is more that what is taught in schools is just not interesting to some kids, or the way it is presented is not in a way that has any interest to them. I bet a lot of kids out there who are diagnosed with ADD actually don't have it, and I think that seeing how they play video games may prove this at least in some. This seems especially more common with boys than girls too. I think maybe the education system needs an over-hall and do it with gaming somehow.

Anyways, happy Christmas all.

- Skid Row Trash   read

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