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  • Spawn On Me | Kinect
    have not disappeared but can be accessed and or added to the screen s worth of pins using the Xbox One s Smartglass app Games and apps can still be accessed using the My Games Apps tile at the home screen But Wait There s More The other noteworthy feature is the to determine how the Xbox handles your A V components when turning the Xbox off and on This option existed previous to this update but the user is a given a little more control in the form of individual options for turning each component off or on independent of each other This move seems to have been made with the understanding that users may not be using the Xbox One as the living room entertainment hub that Microsoft had forecasted it to be There you have it New update New Xbox experience Expect to this update to roll out to all users sometime on or around June 9th to take advantage of the new 399 Xbox One going on sale that day Are you excited for the changes Are you a beta preview tester have an experience that you d like to share Please let us know in the comments below Read More Microsoft Puts Their Feet On Eddie Murphy s Couch May 14 2014 16 Comments What is 51 weeks That s the question in our game of Jeopardy The answer This is how long it took for Microsoft to confirm that they have no marketing strategy for the Xbox One and concede defeat in the next gen console war May 21 2013 Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One to the world The console announced that day had already morphed from the always online device it was rumored to be prior to its announcement Two weeks later at E3 2013 the messaging out of Redmond changed some more users will be able to play preowned games and the packed in Kinect will not be mandatory to use the console but will be included in every box While it was not going to be mandatory it was strongly hinted that Kinect is fundamental to the Xbox One experience thus justifying it s 499 price point 100 dollars more than Playstation 4 Yesterday all of that changed again Yesterday Xbox head Phil Spencer announced that the Kinect deemed to be an integral part of the Xbox One experience the same Kinect that was going to completely change your experience both as a gamer and as a purveyor of living room entertainment will be an optional peripheral starting in June The benefit to removing the piece of tech will be a 100 decrease in the price of the console to 399 This move makes it the same price as the more technically capable PS4 In concert with this announcement was the news that the Games with Gold program will also be making the move to Microsoft s premier console starting with Halo Spartan Assault and Max The Curse of the Brotherhood Like the Playstation Plus model that it s duplicating games will be available to you as long as your Xbox Live Gold subscription is valid Currently users own their GwG downloads Additionally non gaming entertainment apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus do not require an XBL Gold subscription to use When these announcements were made many people across the internet rejoiced The push for making gamers play poorly made motion controlled games is finally over I am not one of those people Yes I realize that price is an important factor for many consumers and for many I think this pricing will make the Xbox One more attractive One of the myriad problems I have with this move is What about the 5 million gamers worldwide that were excited for what a future full of voice controls could mean You read that correctly in the 5 months of recordable data almost 5 million Xbox Ones have been sold This is roughly 60 better than the Xbox 360 year to date and by far Microsoft s most successful console launch While the subtraction of Kinect isn t necessarily the death nail for the peripheral the fact that they haven t announced pricing for the console bundle with it or the price of the Kinect sold separately doesn t bode well We re just six months into the life cycle of the console and the console is doing exceedingly well in a vacuum Why did Microsoft feel the need to concede failure so definitively and so soon What type of messaging are they sending out to the world Can you really trust a company that succumbs to pressure from the community the way that Microsoft has so recently What if the powers that be had been this quick to react when they released the original Xbox with only an ethernet port and not coupled with a 56K modem that was the dominant technology of the time Multiplayer gaming would not be what it is today without Xbox Live and Xbox Live would not be what it was and still is without standardizing every Xbox console to work only with a broadband connection This provided the consumer with a quality expectation and guaranteed that developers could design an Xbox game with multiplayer in mind because every Xbox owner would have the ability to have the same high quality experience It s Not All Bad I m not completely negative here There are still a few things that we don t know We don t know how much the bundled Xbox One will cost nor do we know the price of the Kinect sold separately Say they release the bundled Xbox One for 449 with a digital copy of Titanfall or Forza Motorsports 5 while also moving apps to the front of the pay wall Would that have been enough to make the Xbox One an appealing choice Let s also say that the Kinect sold separately is 79 does that make a bundled

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  • Spawn On Me | art
    folks over a Sucker Punch is getting a big update tomorrow and some really cool features are coming for all you Infamous Second Son players The PS Blog reports the features as follows A handful of localization text changes and a couple of fixes for rare crashes in the game Thanks to all of you who uploaded reports on those they were extremely helpful If your controller runs out of batteries in the middle of gameplay your game will pause Our art director pulled a hamstring scrambling to get his second controller mid boss battle so we needed to fix this If you re choosing expert difficulty we let you know within the options dialog if you re qualified for the Unstoppable trophy the moment you opt in Photo Mode Along with the options to cap out the FPS at 30 and the ability to change the day night cycle the most exciting feature is the new photo mode I ve seen a couple of NeoGa f forum posts on how to take hud less screenshots within Infamous but now with this new photo mode you have a bunch of cool options at your disposal to flood our Facebook feeds with purdy pictures Here is a quick walkthough of what you will get tomorrow y SbkvRpL72mo height 400 I love to see when developers take some customer feedback and incorporate those things back into the game I also love when they take those ideas and go the extra mile Kudos SuckerPunch I would love to see what pictures you guys take If you post any cool pics please send us a shout over at spawnpointblog Read More Sparking Creativity March 12 2014 2 Comments Are games art This is a phrase that has been hotly debated in and around games almost since the first quarter was inserted into Space Invaders Well I m here to put the debate to rest games ARE art Or at least they definitely have the potential to be so The ability for users to create beautiful fantastic and fun experiences when given the tools has been truly inspiring A quick glimpse of User Generated Content UGC from games like Little Big Planet 2 and Minecraft shows just how eager people are to create and recreate their favorite worlds The newest entry in the create your own world game genre truly has the potential to completely change the gaming landscape This game is Microsoft in house studio Team Dakota s Project Spark Project Spark is currently available in beta form for the Windows 7 and Windows 8 1 PCs as well as Xbox One consoles Like the aforementioned Little Big Planet and free to play PC game RoBlox Project Spark allows users to create game experiences that run the gamut Some of the games that I ve been able to play in my limited time with the game have included a 3D adventure game a pinball game where the table is a village and the bumpers are trees and a scenery demo where its only purpose was to allow you to travel via cable car from one mountain to another The amazing thing about this game is the ease with which a game world can be created Mountains can be raised lowered deformed or smoothed When inputting characters in the world users customize the characters behavior via the character s brain The brain is a logic based visual basic like template of simple When Do statements While initially simple it can be utilized in incredibly complex ways The possibilities are virtually limitless y Tnr6NA8YOkY height 400 When I first learned of this game at 2013 s Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 I was intrigued but not necessarily excited Like Little Big Planet before it I was intrigued by the idea that I could create games from the depths of my imagination but found the execution to be daunting and or limiting It was with much trepidation therefore that I redeemed my beta key for Project Spark and entered the tutorial Within 5 minutes of use my trepidation turned to intrigue In 10 minutes my intrigue morphed into unbridled excitement Episode 4 of the Spawn On Me podcast featured an interview with indie game developer Shawn Alexander Allen and his upcoming beat em up RPG Treachery In Beatdown City One of the most controversial elements of the game is the fact that the protagonists are minorities It wasn t until it was mentioned that I really thought critically about the lack of minority non stereotypical protagonists If you exclude games where gamers have the choice of main character there have only been a handful of games where the campaign s story is told from the point of view of a person of color Even fewer of those games present a protagonist that isn t stereotypical Prototype 2 s James Heller is a Iraq war veteran and Prey s Tommy is a mechanic and also an Army vet Even The Walking Dead The Game s Lee Everett who is a professor by trade is also a convicted double murderer by the time we meet him I think about my son completing his junior year of high school and the pride he displayed in his RoBlox game creations Project Spark has the potential to not only allow him to create more sophisticated versions of the games he created years ago but also has the ability to evolve his pastime to a passion and then potentially to a profession There s a whole generation of young gamers who haven t been burdened with the knowledge of decades worth of gaming They can produce ideas that have as of yet been conceived It makes me terribly excited for the future of gaming that users have the ability to define the experiences their peers will enjoy As Shawn Allen s foundation plainly states You Can Make Games Too y 9FbBopPLFz0 height 400 What the future holds for the free to play Project Spark

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  • Spawn On Me | first light
    APPEARANCES PRESS ARCHIVE Contact Us About Us inFAMOUS First Light Review September 1 2014 3 Comments y tLCS7frSvZY height 400 inFAMOUS First Light gets us back into the city of Seattle this time with the hyper colorful Fetch It s fantastic to learn her origins but will this second dose of neon be enough to light our hearts Watch the video for the full review Beautiful and vibrant art design

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  • Spawn On Me | PS4
    console starting with Halo Spartan Assault and Max The Curse of the Brotherhood Like the Playstation Plus model that it s duplicating games will be available to you as long as your Xbox Live Gold subscription is valid Currently users own their GwG downloads Additionally non gaming entertainment apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus do not require an XBL Gold subscription to use When these announcements were made many people across the internet rejoiced The push for making gamers play poorly made motion controlled games is finally over I am not one of those people Yes I realize that price is an important factor for many consumers and for many I think this pricing will make the Xbox One more attractive One of the myriad problems I have with this move is What about the 5 million gamers worldwide that were excited for what a future full of voice controls could mean You read that correctly in the 5 months of recordable data almost 5 million Xbox Ones have been sold This is roughly 60 better than the Xbox 360 year to date and by far Microsoft s most successful console launch While the subtraction of Kinect isn t necessarily the death nail for the peripheral the fact that they haven t announced pricing for the console bundle with it or the price of the Kinect sold separately doesn t bode well We re just six months into the life cycle of the console and the console is doing exceedingly well in a vacuum Why did Microsoft feel the need to concede failure so definitively and so soon What type of messaging are they sending out to the world Can you really trust a company that succumbs to pressure from the community the way that Microsoft has so recently What if the powers that be had been this quick to react when they released the original Xbox with only an ethernet port and not coupled with a 56K modem that was the dominant technology of the time Multiplayer gaming would not be what it is today without Xbox Live and Xbox Live would not be what it was and still is without standardizing every Xbox console to work only with a broadband connection This provided the consumer with a quality expectation and guaranteed that developers could design an Xbox game with multiplayer in mind because every Xbox owner would have the ability to have the same high quality experience It s Not All Bad I m not completely negative here There are still a few things that we don t know We don t know how much the bundled Xbox One will cost nor do we know the price of the Kinect sold separately Say they release the bundled Xbox One for 449 with a digital copy of Titanfall or Forza Motorsports 5 while also moving apps to the front of the pay wall Would that have been enough to make the Xbox One an appealing choice Let s also say that the Kinect sold separately is 79 does that make a bundled Xbox One at 450 with a game more attractive than Kinect less one at 400 Personally I think the console priced this aggressively coupled with the Games with Gold program and the destruction of the pay wall would have been all that was needed to achieve the desire results If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery Sony must be absolutely blushing this week Virtually everything that Microsoft is doing they borrowed from Sony Xbox s used game policy Sony did it first Xbox s handling of app services Sony s X1 s free and discounted games program You guessed it directly from Sony Xbox s new price point Ibid Recently it was noted that the controller light bar that has caused much consternation for Playstation 4 users was added to work with the recently announced Project Morpheus Often were there cries to have the light toggled off or have the controller redesigned to omit them Instead Sony remained steadfast and silent They had a plan and they stuck to it They had conviction and a vision They ve only recently decided to share it with us Why couldn t Microsoft do the same Why couldn t the Microsoft of today be the same company that had the foresight and fortitude to weather the storm during the launch of their initial console What does the exclusion of Kinect mean for developers Will we see the game that expertly marries motion and conventional control schemes That prospect seems less likely now How do we differentiate these current consoles from each other More importantly how do we differentiate them from last gen Yes they re both technically more powerful than its respective counterpart but that s it To me the Kinect was the most next gen y thing about this new generation Its applications from a gaming and a casual prospective was the one place where you could easily see innovations taking place Now that s gone and all we ve got is stuff that s pretty but stagnant Microsoft s marketing messaging has been more temperamental than the internet critics they re trying to placate Will there be a tangible message that consumers and early adopters can understand I guess we ll find out at E3 Read More Everything you need to know about tomorrow s PS4 update 1 7 April 29 2014 4 Comments Tomorrow the long awaited 1 7 firmware update for the PS4 goes out into the wild and the lovely folks over at the PS Blog have detailed all the goodies we have coming down the pipe y imG1 xxGI0 height 400 Automatic Pre download No more waiting until after a game is released to start downloading select pre ordered games from PlayStation Store This new feature allows you to get to your games faster by automatically downloading select pre ordered games up to several days in advance of the release so that

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  • Spawn On Me | inFAMOUS First Light Review
    of Seattle this time with the hyper colorful Fetch It s fantastic to learn her origins but will this second dose of neon be enough to light our hearts Watch the video for the full review Beautiful and vibrant art design Great to see Fetch s backstory Game controls wonderfully Some missions fall flat The city feels unimportant Challenge modes get repetitive Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Related Tags art first light Game infamous infamous first light Playstation playstation 4 PS4 Review Video video review 3 Comments Solryn Reply Great review I am looking forward to playing this I thought that Abigail was a more sympathetic character in Second Son I m happy that they choose to explore her more September 3 2014 at 10 12 pm Guest Reply Hey Sorry I didn t see this until now I appreciate your kind words Still trying to make heads or tails of the process haha Yeah and

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  • Spawn On Me | inFAMOUS First Light Review
    of Seattle this time with the hyper colorful Fetch It s fantastic to learn her origins but will this second dose of neon be enough to light our hearts Watch the video for the full review Beautiful and vibrant art design Great to see Fetch s backstory Game controls wonderfully Some missions fall flat The city feels unimportant Challenge modes get repetitive Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Related Tags art first light Game infamous infamous first light Playstation playstation 4 PS4 Review Video video review 3 Comments Solryn Reply Great review I am looking forward to playing this I thought that Abigail was a more sympathetic character in Second Son I m happy that they choose to explore her more September 3 2014 at 10 12 pm Guest Reply Hey Sorry I didn t see this until now I appreciate your kind words Still trying to make heads or tails of the process haha Yeah and

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  • Spawn On Me | Pax
    was Ghost Recon Future Soldier from Ubisoft The booth was a two tiered stage with eight screens on which their new game mode Guerrilla was being shown When I spoke with the Ubisoft rep he described Guerrilla as a tactical team based horde ish type game mode It consists of fifty rounds with a vehicle or special enemy spawning every tenth round He said that it s drop in drop out and each map can take up to five hours to complete With six total maps that is thirty hours alone in just that particular mode The game looked beautiful and sounded amazing The light shifting camo looks AWESOME and the controls felt just like how a Ghost Recon game should feel The difficulty was on easy but the AI was still pretty tough so folks going into this should know that this won t be something you casually play you will need to pay attention and communicate to survive The game should be out later this year and we ll have our review a little bit after launch Here is a quick glimpse of some gameplay y NLKs9mKVXoY height 400 Next up was Assassins Creed 3 Although there weren t any kiosks to play the game there was a huge monolithic black box which housed a theater to watch a 15 minute guided tour AC3 looked amazing They discussed a bunch of new interesting technical additions to the game like new tree physics and a rebuilt animation system for the main character Huge battles raging off the distances and really cool cinematic fight mechanics I came away really impressed with what the new game will have to offer fans of the series should be in for a treat Newbies will also have new toys to play with that will

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  • Spawn On Me | PlayStation 3
    or any machination therein would become easier than it s ever been It also meant that I was gearing up for a day more full of downloads and installs than jubilations and explosions Taking it out of the box I was surprised at how substantial the Xbox One is It s at least 30 larger than the Xbox 360 Slim and probably closer in size to the original Xbox The Kinect 2 0 which is included with every Xbox One also looks more like a product and less like a prototype when compared to the original Kinect It s also slightly smaller than the original The external power brick shares the Xbox One s refined look but also the 360 s girth Many are disappointed with Microsoft s decision to not internalize the power supply to match the PS4 but I am not one of those people I think the decision to keep the power and all the heat it generates as far away from the console as possible was a good one especially considering how long Microsoft intends for you to have your Xbox One powered on more on that in a bit Now to the thing gamers care about the most the controller It s great No really it s damn nice to hold in your hands If you believe that the Xbox 360 was the best controller in gaming then holding the Xbox One s controller in your mits makes you fall in love all over again The controller is roughly the same size as the 360 s but has more of a matte plastic finish as opposed to the glossy plastic finish which improves grip The battery is still 2 AAs by default but the casing for said battery is now flush with the back of the controller which also improves grip The analog sticks while located similarly are slightly smaller and more concave meaning your thumb somewhat sits within the stick itself making it less likely to slip off and increases precision The bumpers are raised making it less likely to accidentally throw the ball away during intense Madden sessions and the triggers are more convex but easier to push Finally The D pad has arrived at X BOX No it s not as good as the one on the PS3 but it s clicky and easily as good as the ones you find on the Wiimote The Select and Start buttons are replaced by icon based contextual buttons meant to represent Options and Menu The Guide button has been changed but essentially retains the same function as you re accustomed Service Don t Fail Me Now Owning both consoles allowed me to speak authoritatively on certain subjects one of which was that the Xbox was the hands down winner when it came to their online service as it pertains to downloads and patching So I was hopeful that my decision to go all digital on day one would only hurt a little After a brief initial setup I was prompted to start the mandatory 500MB day one patch which took less than 5 minutes So far so good But now how long would it take to download all of the applications and 4 retail games I had planned on getting Well I can pleasantly say that I was able to download install and start playing all of my games within 5 hours of receiving the console Not only had Microsoft shown me I had nothing to fear with regards to their network they exceeded my expectations when it came to the speed with which I can use my digital content One Box to Rule Them All Microsoft s ambition is that after your television your Xbox One will be your most ubiquitous piece of entertainment hardware Besides the now standard online streaming video options of Netflix Amazon Hulu Plus et al using the Xbox One s HDMI passthrough you can connect your cable box to the Xbox and watch cable TV through there as well Setting up the Xbox to control the volume and power on both my TV and soundbar was a breeze Additionally my cable box which uses RF signals instead of IR signals was also very easy to configure to be controlled by my new 500 black box y xhe6jV APwM height 400 Say It Don t Spray It The future is here You want your Xbox to do something Just tell it what to do The Kinect 2 0 takes voice control and attempts to turn it up to 11 Anything that s not gaming can be done using your voice In fact one could argue that Microsoft discourages you from using the controller by putting essential apps many layers deep within a menu structure You can even turn the console on and off using only your voice Pretty next gen indeed A typical day begins with me saying Xbox On the Xbox powers itself on along with my tv and soundbar within 15 seconds Most voice commands are intuitive enough and once you learn the vernacular of the Xbox s command structure very easy to execute I ve found that voice commands work about 95 of the time and if it doesn t work the first time voice commands work the second time Whereas with the original Kinect I used the voice commands sparingly at best I default to controlling my Xbox One using only the power of my voice with the met expectation that it will do what I want Rose Colored Glasses Not all is perfect in the world of Microsoft s everything box Things we took for granted for the last 8 years and expected to be improved or at worst remain the same in certain cases have been made worse Party chat works most of the time If you re not in a specific game cough Battlefield 4 cough you can feel free accepting an invitation to your friend s party However once a party

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