Tis the season, to get cheap games, tralalalala! Right now, Sony is busy with an Easter sale of note, with various discounts on several big name games and plenty of indies. Of course, they’re not the only game in town, as Microsoft is also ready to crowbar your wallet open.
Who’s up for another Gears of War game? I certainly am, although the last release, Gears of War: Judgement, was rather sub-standard. Black Tusk is now in charge of that franchise. And you can expect their GOW game to be ‘innovative’. Or better with Kinect (Citation Needed).
Back in the early 2000s, Apple became known for their iPod devices instead of their over-priced PCs, thanks to a solid focus on that emerging digital market. Gaming is in a similar position right now, and that’s a bit of history that Microsoft is keen on repeating.
Microsoft has announced that Phil Spencer is now the head of Xbox and I for one am very happy about this. To me Phil has always been the more gaming-oriented person in the company and the one thing the Xbox One needs desperately is a renewed focus on games.
We often joke that PC gamers are missing out on various console-exclusive games, with discussions usually devolving into a for and against argument at the end of the day. But that initial joke runs in both directions. Sure, PC gamers don’t have access to GTA V or Killzone Shadow Fall, but console gamers are also missing out on several PC games. Like ARMA 3, which will always be on PC.
Don’t worry guys, this stuff is only virtually real. The Oculus Rift has the attention of the world right now, with Sony set to release their own VR kit one of these days, presumably while Nintendo tries to bury the memory of the 3D Virtual Boy. Now add Microsoft to that rumour list, as it looks like the house of Xbox is also wanting to enter the goofy headset market.
So, last night I was lured to Microsoft under false pretenses. That's right, I was told that I was being used to fill in for a missing person on the "Graeme and Friends" podcast, but in fact, that missing person was there. Does this mean that they actually wanted me for my winning personality? I'm not too sure - but I am sure that you can win stuff by listening.
Microsoft is certainly going through a reshuffle. The Xbox division has been faced with tons of changes - and now there's another one. Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer of Xbox, will be leaving the team to become Chief Product Officer of Sonos. What's going on at Xbox?
Love it or hate it, we all need the Xbox to stick around. Sony needs the competition, and I need that controller. Rumor had it that Microsoft might be interested in selling off the Xbox brand, but fear not - they are sticking with it.
We’re still early into the year, and have not yet had to resort to eating the pizza delivery man in order to remain well-fed. Which means that you might still have a few bucks lying around for some games! Here’s a bunch of discounts, for all you Xbox owners out there.
Racing game fans are spoilt for choice these days. Forza, Gran Turismo and the upcoming Project Cars look like they were made from the dreams of petrolheads. But I suck exhaust fumes at those games. I don’t want a pure simulation. I want fun, which is why I loved the Project Gotham Racing series. But don’t expect to see that franchise rack up any kudos anytime soon.
The higher up you are in your career, the more pressure you’ll find waiting for you. And when it comes to Microsoft, new CEO Satya Nadella is going to find a ton of that waiting for him as the company once again gets down to the business of making even more money than ever. Except the Xbox Division might not be around to see all that cash flow back to the home of Windows.
FUTball.co.za's first Head 2 Head tournament is here. Its time to lace up and face up. Show them who owns that pitch.
It will be an online tournament so players must register here at http://futball.co.za/?p=63 and add the event organiser’s Gamertag ctrlaltdelza to enter. As it's online, players will need their own access to the game and an Xbox360.
It’s a 1 vs 1 tournament. The winner will receive an Xbox gift card to the value of R170.
Type: Single Elimination (Best of 3 Games)
Entry fee: Free!
Own FIFA 14 on 360? If so, you should definitely enter!
This weekend we see a unique event taking place - Afrihost and IventsZA have organized a COD: Ghosts LAN tournament on Xbox. No, it isn't open to the public; this is an invitational, but all the top teams have been invited. You can watch all the action here through live streaming on twitch. I'm still a bit worried about the organization, though.
Microsoft is really determined that Xbox One will be the all around experience in your living room. Of course, most people watch TV in their living room, and plenty of that TV is of the reality persuasion - at least in the US of A. So, it makes sense that they would sign someone on to help create "unscripted video content" on the Xbox.