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Today, letís continue the Recaps tradition of talking about that most wonderful of newly revealed consoles, the Xbox One.

So, my response then. Ahum.

I just laughed through the entire thing. I couldnít help it. I should probably be more disheartened and upset that one of the major powers that keep gaming going had so many terrible ideas for a console, but Iím not. I just thought it was hilarious. Iím looking back on my comment history right now, and it doesnít look like a made a single serious comment the entire day. There were just way too many things to make fun of. Hell, the comment sections on most of Tuesdayís articles have been amazingly fun.

I mean, come on! The thing is called the One for fucks sake, you couldnít think of a more ill-informed name if you tried. A presentation for a game console where TV and sports take center stage and the systemís most notable feature is ďitís also a voice-controlled remoteĒ. The inclusion of a dog being the major selling point for the new Call of Duty. The direct quote calling backwards compatibility ďbackwardsĒ. Presenting the fact that Xbox One can run games immediately after you insert the disc as a futuristic feature. The creepy 1984-like quality of a Kinect that is always watching you and just waits for you to turn it on. By the way, did you know that Microsoft filed a patent for a system that lets the Kinect monitor how many people are in the room, so that it can cut off access to your movies and games if more people are present than the license allows? Yeah, better with Kinect indeed. And finally off course there is the fact that the entire damn thing is so amazingly America-centric that they couldnít confirm theyíll even release it in Japan. ĎMurica bitches, the rest of the world be damned!

It was all a big joke to me. It is so amazingly over-the-top cartoonishly evil that itís impossible to take seriously. Itís like they read my digital property blog (pardon the plug) from a while back and did everything in their power to try and prove me wrong. Ultimately, to me it just looks like theyíre aimlessly and ineffectually flailing against the future. If they keep this up I guarantee you right now that theyíll have consumer rights organizations breathing in their neck, especially in Europe. Just wait until the Germans and the Scandinavians get wind of this. They donít take kindly to this shit. It's going to be hilarious.

I have to admit, Microsoft was never going to win me over. Iím just not in the Xbox audience: I donít own a 360, nor do I feel the need to get one. My passion lies with Nintendo and the indies, which basically means WiiU/3DS and Steam. Unless Microsoft had announced that it bought out Nintendo and Valve, it never had a chance for me. But while I can fully admit that we have been facing a drought in games on the WiiU, I will stand by my claim that itís a great little system with lots of potential. The system itself is good, even if the games arenít there to show it. Compare that to the One, and itís amazing to me how fundamentally flawed the system itself can be. As a result, for me the announcement went way beyond ďindifferenceĒ, straight past ďwell, thatís kind of stupidĒ and ďIím going to cry for a bitĒ into pure unadultered hilarity.

In short, it was like watching a brilliant parody of everything wrong with Microsoft performed in live action.

Wrenchfarm had mixed feelings, Strider cared more about Animal Crossing and Injustice, and I just laughed. Not a good score so far, guys. To be fair, Microsoft, look at it this way. At least you managed to amuse one person with the One, and thatís gotta count for something. †

But thatís enough laughing for today. Itís time for the caps, so letís get serious! †

A - A pretty decent first blog here. Midgeamoo thinks video game content shouldn't be treated as a business, but more like an art.

A - Levelseeker is going to try to be productive this summer. Best of luck to ya!

A - One little piggie not happy with Xbox One. Bionix fears his ownership rights.

A - Two little piggies not happy with Xbox One. The focus on TV, and issues with used games and pricing bugs robotnist.

A - Three little piggies not happy with Xbox One. TV, Sports and Call of Duty.

A - Four little piggies not happy with Xbox One. Nightv worries for the industry when despite the One's stumbling out the door, Nintendo's stocks are down.

A - Five little piggies not happy with Xbox One. Nor with the PS4 or the WiiU, for that matter.

A - Six little piggies not happy with Xbox One. The name, EA and DRM.

A - And the seventh little piggie liked it fine. Luchador just likes tech, and thinks Microsoft has got us right where they want us.

M - Amxwolf shares more music, this time a surprisingly good song from Mario Party 3.

L - A rewrite of "Every day is exactly the same" as applied to video games.

V - Couch Crabs tackle Mister Bones. No, I'm not going to explain that, it's way funnier out of context.

C - PopetheRev lists some things he is looking forward to, to balance out...well, you know what.

C - Well, if you don't have a lot of time on your hands, finishing a full RPG can be tough.

...What? So I have a bunch of gifs of pretty girls laughing. What do you have on your computer?

- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade

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It feels like it's been a decade since we've seen the rise of the crowdfunded game. I'm always surprised when I remind myself that crowdfunding has been a thing long before the first crowdfunded video game, but nowadays a crowdfunded game seems like a dime a dozen.

Of course such a phrase is an incredible disservice to some of the great games that have come out thanks to websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Games like FTL, Shovel Knight, and even Undertale are around thanks to crowdfunding; thanks to people gathering around and literally putting their money where their mouth is, a game they want gets funded and inevitably the greater landscape of gaming benefits from it. Most of the time the landscape gets to benefit from it anyways.

Don't worry though, this month's bloggers wanted prompt isn't an exploratory thesis on the effects of crowdfunding on video game development. We just want you to talk about your favorite games, as long as they were crowdfunded. This topic can be simultaneously broad and narrow, because you can talk about whatever game you want, however you want, as long as it was crowdfunded.
For me, FTL is the original crowdfunded game, and it was great. It was somehow minimalist and incredibly detailed at the same time, and it was all done because a man wanted to do it, but needed the money, and thousands of other people wanted to see where his idea would go. Shovel Knight to me feels like this natural evolution of the classic 8-bit gaming of yore without also throwing myself back to a time when gaming was honestly comparatively archaic. And everyone's talked to death about Undertale, so we all know where I'd go with that.

To participate in this month's bloggers wanted, just start a blog! Oh, and title it "Crowdfunded: [your blog title here]." I bet this month is going to be pretty diverse, since it's basically writing about your favorite crowdfunded game. So I hope to hear about some good games revisited or amazing games no one has heard about.

Remember: Persona 5 was not crowdfunded, but excuse me as I plow through it.

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