Month: January 2018

Microsoft is Planning Something Big

Microsoft is Planning Something Big

Introduction

Since the beginning of 2017, Microsoft hasn’t been doing well. While their competitors are releasing one exclusive title after another, Microsoft has little to show. With Sony announcing exclusives such as God of War, Shadow of the Colossus Remastered, Last of Us 2, Detroit Become Human, and Nintendo announcing a new Kirby game and a new Pokémon and Fire Emblem Mainline game, among others. What does Microsoft have to announce? Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and The Last Light … that’s basically it. Halo 6 isn’t even coming out this year, which is raising even more concern for the state of the company this year.

Microsoft is in the middle of a pretty tight spot. So far, the only games that people have their eyes on at the moment is Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves. With such a small lineup for 2018, the company is taking a big risk with these games. Especially since there doesn’t appear to be a Halo 6 coming out until 2019. However, Microsoft is planning something that just might save them. Something that might be the biggest thing to happen in the Gaming Industry in a long time. In what could be the biggest company acquisitions ever, Microsoft is considering to purchase Electronic Arts, Valve, and BlueHole.

While this may appear to be a desperate move by Microsoft to get their hands on exclusives (which it is), part of me does feel that it would be interesting to see what would happen if they go through with it. What would happen if Microsoft bought out all of these companies? What would they get from it? What would the outcome be? How would it change the gaming industry? How would it affect you as a gamer? Today, I aim to be going through a series of different possibilities that may occur if Microsoft bought out these companies. I’ll be sharing both the good and the bad with each.

So let’s begin!

What if Microsoft Bought EA?

  1. The Good – There is a wide range of good things that would come out this one. For starters, it would grant Microsoft ownership of the Madden games, the Need For Speed games, Battlefield and Battlefront games, and even get their hands on the developers at DICE. They would get their hands on quite a lot of titles and development teams if they successfully bought the company.
  2. The Bad – However, if they were to do something like that, there is a good chance they would make the Madden titles Xbox One Exclusive. It would be a BIG money maker for them, and there is no way they would want to give Sony a single penny of it. Obviously, this would cause a massive uproar, as the Madden games (surprisingly) have a very large and dedicated fan base.

What if Microsoft Bought Valve?

  1. The Good – This is an obvious one. Buying Valve would grant Microsoft ownership of many of their famous IPs; such as Half-Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, Dota, and even Counter Strike. All titles that Microsoft can easily start making sequels and updates to. The one and only chance we may have at a possible Half-Life 3 or Left 4 Dead 3 … please?
  2. The Bad – One of the obvious set backs this would have, is that Microsoft will also be given full control of the Steam Network. What will they do with it? Honestly, I don’t know. They could really do anything they want with it. My theory, they’ll probably merge it with their Xbox Play Anywhere System (somehow). I feel they might find a way to integrate the Steam Service with Xbox Live in some way. Or they’ll just keep Steam up and running. Who knows.

What if Microsoft Bought BlueHole?

  1. The Good – This wouldn’t just grant Microsoft with complete ownership of PUBG, but it would also Microsoft’s Customer Service Center to work with the game, and I honestly think that’s (kind of) a good thing. Let’s be real, the current support service hasn’t been doing that good of a job with the PUBG Players.
  2. The Bad – As for right now, I don’t really know what bad would come from this specific acquisition.

In Conclusion

Microsoft is a good company. They have their moments like any other company, but from my personal experience doing business with them since 2007, I have had great memories because of their products. From my first time playing video games on my Windows XP PC, to beating the Halo series on their Xbox Consoles. They are a great company, and I believe this company acquisition would be a good move for them in the future. To help them grow, adapt, and release more exclusive titles. However, these are just my thoughts. Be sure to let me know yours. What do you think about all this?

Do you think this is right or wrong for Microsoft to consider?

 

It’s Open Season, Hunters!

It’s Open Season, Hunters!

Just wanted to give my quick thoughts on the game thus far. Monster Hunter World already has me hooked. From it’s combat, to it’s environment, to it’s new in-game mechanics, and even it’s story. I’m fully ready to see what wonderful things this epic game has to offer. Honestly, this game is a huge breathe of fresh air. In a market where gaming is under heavy fire for predatory micro-transactions, miscommunication between the developers and consumers, and even corporate monoliths revealing just how greedy they really are. It brings a smile to my face when I can finally sit down and play a good, well made game. I can enjoy wanting to work my ass fighting fierce beasts in order to craft epic armor and weapons. I can admire the world and story to my content through the game’s codex. I can spend hours with my friends fighting giant monsters and truly feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when completing difficult tasks.

Monster Hunter World so far is an incredibly fun experience. It’s a game not just for hardcore MH fans, but for people who are new to the franchise. It’s a brilliant edition to the franchise, and one I will be doing a more in-depth review on sometime down the road. If you’re at all interested, I highly recommend it. Definitely worth a buy!

RANT: What is this???

RANT: What is this???

Okay … out of all of the games that Microsoft could’ve made backwards compatible with their new system. Modern Warfare 2, (the original) Star Wars Battlefront 2, Brutal Legend, Call of Duty 2 Big Red One, and they chose this. Army of Two, a game who’s servers have been shutdown since 2011! Microsoft actually thought it was a brilliant idea to make a game who’s servers are no longer operational. The one mechanic that literally gave the game it’s title, is no longer available, and Microsoft thought it was a brilliant idea to release this game for backwards compatibility.

If you take a quick look at the list of games they have, you’ll find many redundant titles put on there. Microsoft doesn’t pick there games based off the votes we make, at least from the selections I’ve seen them make. Games like Meet the RobinsonsCars 2World of Keflings, among others. Modern Warfare 2 & 3 are in the top five most voted for titles for backwards compatibility, and they still aren’t backwards compatible. I understand it isn’t entirely up to Microsoft to release these games, but how can you release a title that no longer has their servers running like Army of Two. It makes no sense.

All I’m saying is that for a game to be put on backwards compatibility, the requirements should be strict. Something like this:

  1. The game should be well known in the Gaming Industry.
  2. The game should be rated higher than three stars.
  3. The game should be a popular title from the last generation.
  4. The game should have it’s servers currently active (if it has online features).
  5. The game should have over 5,000 votes.

These are just my thoughts. Let me know what you think.

 

“Nobody is smarter than the Internet.”

“Nobody is smarter than the Internet.”

In January 2013, Gabe Newell (the CEO of Valve) during The Nerdist Podcast had been quoted saying this,

“You have to stop thinking that you’re in charge and start thinking that you’re having a dance. We used to think we’re smart […] but nobody is smarter than the internet. […] One of the things we learned pretty early on is ‘Don’t ever, ever try to lie to the internet – because they will catch you. They will de-construct your spin. They will remember everything you ever say for eternity.’

You can see really old school companies really struggle with that. They think they can still be in control of the message. […] So yeah, the internet (in aggregate) is scary smart. The sooner people accept that and start to trust that that’s the case, the better they’re gonna be in interacting with them.”

A quote that reigns true even to this day. This situation almost sounds familiar when being compared to the current situation with Bungie and the fans. Bungie has repeated time and time again that they’re “listening to their fans” and that “there will be changes” and “we’re looking into it”. The same old tune over and over, and the entire Destiny 2 community is sick and tired of it. Bungie needs to stop believing in the false ideology that they’re in charge, start actually doing something about the game’s problems, and stop lying to their consumers at every which way.

In fact, I already know several things you can add to Destiny 2:

  1. Bring Back Random Rolls – They are what made grinding for loot in Destiny 1 actually enjoyable. It meant that any gun had the chance of either being good or being bad. It made you feel special when you got a very good roll on an Imago Loop you just got. It’s what made grinding fun, and it would make grinding great in Destiny 2.
  2. Bring Back Strike Exclusive Loot – Much like my previous suggestion, this was a feature in Destiny 1 that really worked well with grinding for loot. When you got something that is exclusive to a specific to a certain Strike, you felt really damn proud of your self for working so hard for it. That’s something Destiny 2 lacks almost entirely.
  3. LIMIT the Eververse – I really shouldn’t have to be the one to explain this further to you, Bungie. Especially after all the backlash from The Dawning, I would’ve hoped you learned your lesson by now, but clearly not. Eververse has completely enraged the player-base with how difficult it is to get stuff from her. Hell, it’s already been calculated by many reliable sources that it could take players literal YEARS before they unlock everything from the Eververse. Either limit the Eververse to what she can and can not sell, or get rid of her entirely. She has done nothing but anger the community, and it needs to be taken care of.
  4. Get Rid of Tokens – Many people have argued with me about this topic. Claiming tokens are a good thing and that helps keep it fair for people, because people were leveling factions up too fast because … they were grinding for longer periods? Because … apparently that’s unfair to players who can’t spend hours grinding for loot … in an MMORPG? (I will get to this topic later) Anyways, I don’t care about that, and neither do many other Destiny fans. They want to level up their factions directly, not have a bunch of stupid Chuckie Cheese tokens do it.
  5. Give Raids VARIETY – We don’t want to be going to the same exact spot for every single Raid for the next four DLCs. We don’t keep seeing the same Leviathan, the same Calus, or the same Cabal every time we go Raid. Not everyone is on board with a Cabal-themed Raid system. It doesn’t sound fun and exciting like how a Hive Raid sounds, or how a Vex Raid sounds. The Cabal haven’t done anything in magnitude when compared to the Vex or the Hive. Give us new locations, new planets, new raid scenery, and stop giving us reused assets.
  6. Better Writers – When I first played Destiny 2’s campaign, I was blinded by the game’s visuals, music, and set design. They all looked great. However, the story lacked any quality. Hell, I personally thought Ghaul was a weak villain that quickly changed his motives towards the end for … really no reason. I didn’t like the fact that he cared so much about the Traveler either. Remember, the Cabal have been known for destroying planets just for getting in their way. So why would they care about wanting the Traveler? If anything, I feel they would want to destroy it, because it would break humanity’s will to continue fighting, because the Traveler is practically a God praised by humanity. If they saw their God die, that would ultimately break them. Giving a more powerful and emotional message, but Bungie decided FUCK THAT. Instead get cheesy dialogue, cheesy acting, cheesy story telling, and a dumb, cliché ending. Long story short, just get better writers.
  7. Oh, and stop thinking you can lie to the internet – We’re not dumb, Bungie. We aren’t mindless consumers that don’t know when we’re being scammed. For almost four months now, we’ve been calling you out on your blatant lies, and you continue to believe that you’re still in control of the conversation. You aren’t. Day by day, we are catching on to you, and we’re archiving every word you type. Every message you post. Every tweet you make. Every update you announce. We have it all at our finger tips. Ready to use against you. Do not think for one single moment, that you have any power here on the internet.

Follow these seven ideas, Bungie, and you just might be on the right path to success. Probably … maybe … but eh, I know you won’t. You never will.

P.S. After this, I will be releasing one final blog post on Destiny 2. I promise. It will be released after the second DLC has been released. This will be my final judgement on the game, and will possibly my final goodbye to the game. Next post will be something new, don’t worry.