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The ease with which we are able to link credit cards to online accounts is a proper headache for parents not keeping a close enough eye on their children. It's not uncommon for massive bills to be racked up by ignorant (or deviously sly) children, leaving the parents to foot the bill. It's so common in fact that it's even happened to a Director of the World Bank - although he's looking to give Microsoft grief for it.
Microsoft is doing a pretty smart thing – they’re bringing many of their exclusives to the PC with Windows 10 and Direct X 12. For a year, they’re also making the operating system free to legitimate Windows 7 and 8 users – so there’s very little reason for PC gamers not to upgrade. Microsoft’s finally realised that they actually have two gaming platforms and not just the Xbox – so they’re leveraging that by making them work well with each other.
Yesterday, I ran with a story about Halo: The MasterChief collection’s matchmaking multiplayer being blocked from within South Africa’s borders. According to a trusted source, South African gamers were geo-fenced, kept out of matchmaking to keep the experience a stable and enjoyable one for gamers around the globe. The lag we introduce into multiplayer games whose servers are hosted outside of close proximity can make games frustrating for other. I surmised that Halo: The Masterchief Collection’s matchmaking multiplayer might never work in South Africa. I was wrong.
Update: What? Halo Matchmaking is working from South Africa! Halo: The Masterchief Collection launched with much fanfare, but there’s been a problem with its matchmaking since day one. Patch after patch and the matchmaking issues persisted. It’s now four months on. A brand new patch is out – and for many, it’s completely fixed the game’s matchmaking woes.
Xbox Live’s Games with Gold has been a little on the underwhelming side recently, but according to rumours floating about on the internet, that could change. Next month, the games that Gold subscribers will be getting are pretty good ones, say the rumours. They also suggest that Microsoft’s doubling up on the number of gratis games in April.
You know what’s better than a new game? A cheap game. Because yes, not everyone has upwards of R800 or more to throw down on a new game, money which could be better spent on food or more alcohol to help me actually drown the memory of the time that I spent that much cash on a game that I didn’t actually like. F***ing Brink. Never again, never again dammit. Moving on, Xbox is bringing back their Ultimate Sale from tomorrow, according to a leak. Here’s what you can find, for cheap cheap.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a massive gam:, four of ‘em to be precise. Its also got four games worth of updates, as 343 Industries have been polishing that collection since launch with patches and tweaks. Understandably, fans aren’t exactly happy over the regular need to update, and it looks like they’ll be getting a little extra sumthin’ sumthin’ to be placated with.
There are currently two console-based services giving away free games every month. We often compare them to each other, and most people like to rant about Xbox Live and rave about PS Plus. Are they being unreasonable, or is there really a difference in value offered?
[Update] It's mostly back online. If you’re in South Africa and you’re trying to connect to Xbox Live right now, you have a problem; you’re playing games when you should be working. Right now though, it’s prime night gaming time in the US – and Xbox Live is very much down. The usually rock-solid service is currently on its knees – with that jolly group of hackers (Or script kiddies, if you like) – Lizard Squad – taking credit for its issues.
PLEASE NOTE! There are BLACK FRIDAY Specials just about everywhere today! So visit all the stores to see what they have in store! Welcome to our weekly post of featured downloadable content available for different gaming platforms sponsored by www.evopoints.co.za. Hit the jump for this week’s list of fresh downloadable games and content.
The beauty of the latest console generation is that we’re now at a point where we can pre-load games in anticipation of new releases, saving everyone from the hassle of having to buy and then wait on launch day. That’s a neat idea, and one that will make the adoption of digital purchases that much simpler and convenient. If it works that is.