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  • Spawn On Me | mack
    on Android It s all about news this week in Brookago Shareef Cicero Kahlief have lots of feelings about myriad topics We express our feelings about Blizzard characters and Nintendo s personnel issues Whether we re talking about what it means that Xbox One is opening up their console to amateur developers or how viable a Playstation 4 5 is we have varied and passionate feelings that absolutely must be

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  • Spawn On Me | Nintendo
    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 starts you must remember to select the Turn on party chat option Why isn t turning on party chat the default I ve just gone through the trouble starting a party why wouldn t I immediately be able to speak to them Getting to the friends list is a bit of a chore and once you get there you realize it needs some tweaking Available on your base level friends page is access to your profile your number of friends the capacity has thankfully increased to 1000 access to your twitter like followers as well as your messages achievements and your game DVR Members of a party chat are automatically invited to fellow members game instances but if you re not in a party inviting a friend to a game is frustratingly difficult Achievements settings and just about any app is difficult to access via the controller The Achievements interface is especially bad and much more obtrusive and obnoxious than it ever was previously None of the issues are game stoppers but they are all head scratchers I have no doubt that the issues of launch will have been addressed in some way within the coming months y aEN0PPE2Gcg height 400 Wrap it up B Three weeks with the Xbox One has really allowed me to understand what gaming will be like for the years to come It looks pretty similar to how it did 4 weeks ago except my Xbox IS the center of my entertainment hub It s the only thing I turn on when I enter my living room it turns on all the other necessary components and it stays on until I leave the living room for the evening The games definitely look better but only incrementally so when compared to last gen s HD leap The gaming DVR and Xbox s editing suite are currently being abused by me based on the ease with which I can create shareable gaming content and playing the games on the system is as much fun as I thought it would be It s a fantastic console that is still a little rough around the edges but shows the promise of a true evolutionary step in console design and utilization Read More The 5 Ways The VGX s Shot Themselves In The Foot Again December 8 2013 11 Comments The VGX awards were held last night in LA and per host and creator Geoff Keighley s Twitter feed we were supposed to be treated to a very different show than the ones we d gotten in years past Unfortunately very different didn t necessarily equal out to an enjoyable or interesting three hour TwitchTV broadcast Here are 5 reasons why we think they might need to go back to the drawing board 1 HIRING PEOPLE WHO DON T CARE ABOUT VIDEOGAMES I m starting to really feel bad for Geoff Keighley at this point I think he s extremely smart and passionate about games I mean who would go through the trouble year after year to attempt and fail at creating the Gaming Emmys for an audience that really doesn t want it and hosts that sabotage you at every turn Joel McHale from Community and The Soup has the quick wit and snark that lots of gamers would be comfortable with but it seemed like last night all that was gone A phoned in co hosting gig with a person who you could tell didn t want to play along His body language and off topic tourette like interjections seem to undermine everything Keighley was trying to accomplish this year You could even see that the very buttoned up Gametrailers host at times let his frustration creep in when he had wrangle the show back on course 2 TRYING TO BE HIP Tyler The Creator and friends should never have been there They should have been drug tested and kicked the hell out before stepping on set Again if you want people to take the VGX s seriously you must have people on camera who want to take your event seriously Sure Tyler and crew might play games but if every other word out of their mouths is an incoherent bleep bloop about cheese hookers or something that has nothing do with the segment you are supposed to be introducing then they shouldn t be involved It feels like the producers either didn t do their homework or they were all backstage crapping their pants every time they cut to Tyler the Creator and his crew of malcontents It was cringe worthy sad and bad television 3 DOING IT LIVE If you are doing a three hour show you either need bigger games to show OR more gameplay of the games you are showing Dying Light and Broken Age were cool to see running but besides that there were no other live demos shown The audience wants to see the games and only the games The surrounding fluff feels disingenuous and panders to people who don t care about gaming at all The production was all over the place with hosts missing cues lighting and cameras not being on or on their marks The show came off in an unprofessional manner You want it all to seem off the cuff but shirtless is a different thing altogether Also does the show need to be this long You could totally condense that show down to a 45 min livestream and hit all the marks while not boring folks to death IF the VGX s continue hopefully Keighley and crew will take that time into consideration 4 THIS AND THIS 5 NOT COMING WITH THE GOODS With the exception of No More Sky and Broken Age there wasn t much meat on the bone for folks to really be that excited about Sure the new Titan types were interesting but that was akin to showing off different classes in any shooter Telltale who I love had some announcements but they were small and not very detailed Nintendo did what Nintendo did although the interaction between Geoff and Reggie is always funny But at the end of the day it didn t feel like there was much to call or text a friend about and that was disappointing especially because that is what this show is supposed to be for Another VGA VGX has come and gone and all the hope that we might have had for a bigger better awards show seems to have let me down again If feels like another case of two steps forward one fall into a pit of spikes no pun intended or at least another year of waiting to be sadly disappointed yet again Read More BlackGirlsCode s S T E M Program Might Produce Gamer s Next Flower August 16 2013 3 Comments Courtesy of Black Girls CODE I can remember the first time I played a videogame a small circle figure traveling around a maze chomping on dots captured not only my attention but my imagination A secret dream I ve always held on to was to one day make a game of my own My love of videogames springboarded my love for computers and tech and is the reason you are reading these words on the SpawnPointBlog today That same love of all things nerdy is shared by an amazing organization called Black Girls Code I became aware of them via Twitter and one my favorite shows The Melissa Harris Perry Show on MSNBC She profiled the group in her Foot Soldiers segment titled Why Girls Should Be Geeks and I knew that at some point I needed to reach out to them Well this Saturday August 17 th the New York chapter of BGC along with Hidden Level Games will be holding their first Make a Game in a Day class that is a part of their Summer of Code Any parents out there with young girls should run and be a part of this wonderful program To give you a little info on what is going on with BGC and this Saturday class I reached out to Donna Knutt and Peta Gay Clarke who were kind enough to answer some questions about the program via email Check out our interview below SpawnPoint Please introduce yourself and give some background about Black Girls Code Donna Knutt DK I am Donna Knutt and I m the Technical Lead for the New York Chapter of BlackGirlsCode I run my own Web development company right here in New York and for as long as I can remember I ve always been fascinated with code and creating things When I came across Black Girls Code I jumped at the chance to be part of such an amazing organization Peta Gay Clarke PC I am Peta Gay Clarke and I am also the Technical Lead for the New York Chapter of BlackGirlsCode I work as a Technical Analyst for a bank in the heart of New York I am a graduate student at Pace University and most importantly I am a mom to an amazing little girl I first came across Black Girls Code via a facebook post Once I read what this organization was doing I thought We have to get this program to New York DK PC BlackGirlsCode was founded in 2011 in San Francisco by Kimberly Bryant a Biotechnology Engineering professional Kimberly decided to launch BlackGirlsCode to meet the needs of young women of color who were underrepresented in the STEM fields Programs are geared towards girls ages 7 17 and range from Web Design classes to mobile app development classes and even trips to tech companies BGC s goal is to provide girls with skills in computational reasoning and computer programming We want to expose them to role models in the tech space and inspire them to become the next generation of tech creators and entrepreneurs From BGC s inception to now much has changed but our mission remains the same to empower girls of color to make a lasting contribution to society through the science technology engineering and math STEM industries SP What are some of the classes that BGC has offered in the past DK PC We ve had classes such as Build A Webpage in a Day Mobile App Development and other programming workshops We ve also done national video game challenges across the US with our other chapters in Altanta Chicago and San Francisco The New York Chapter is really excited to launch our very first Game Design Workshop this Saturday Aug 17 at Pace University SP Can you go into some detail about the Summer of Code Make a Game in a Day class What are some of the rules and what will be taught What programs will you be using DK PC Our Build a Game in a Day w Beta workshop is this Saturday August 17 2013 It s being held at the Pace University s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems from 10am 4pm The workshop will focus on game development with Beta Beta is an arcade puzzle platform designed to make learning how to code more fun The Beta team of developers which includes folks like Errol and Patrice King along with Chris Moody created the program to use codePop a tweet sized game programming language Players are given a great deal of control including the ability to create and customize every aspect of their game world The workshop is designed to encourage student driven learning as participants think analytically design play and code in real time What s unique about Beta is that it blurs the line between playing a game and creating a game So we re excited to see some of the things that the girls will create and do with Beta To learn more about Beta Visit http www betathegame SP Playing and later wanting to make video games proved to be my gateway into technology What are your hopes for the young ladies going through your programs DK PC We hope that by introducing our girls to coding and STEM in general at such a young age that we will help bridge the digital divide and help build their confidence to become tech leaders and creators We ve also seen that our girls have built lasting relationships with other participants in the class and those relationships can take them even further in the field SP Did gaming in any way inspire you If so what games did you

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  • Spawn On Me | overwatch
    on Android It s all about news this week in Brookago Shareef Cicero Kahlief have lots of feelings about myriad topics We express our feelings about Blizzard characters and Nintendo s personnel issues Whether we re talking about what it means that Xbox One is opening up their console to amateur developers or how viable a Playstation 4 5 is we have varied and passionate feelings that absolutely must be

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  • Spawn On Me | Patrick Klepek
    host We hit everything from the Nexus 7 Watch Dogs controversy to how to discussing Patrick Klepek and Zoe Quinn s How to not let the internet trolls win panel at PAX EAST That plus Kahlief shares the story of his failed attempt at joining the Klan If you liked this episode rate us on iTunes Stitcher and Libsyn Check out our site thespawnpointblog com follow us on twitter at kahjahkins sutbbystan spawnpointblog spawnonme shareefjackson Read More Microsoft s 180 Still Leaves Gamers With Lots Of Questions June 20 2013 0 Comments In case you missed all the fireworks yesterday the gaming world shifted again with Microsoft reversing their DRM and online policies The story developed throughout the day after Patrick Klepek from Giantbomb ran a story about the changes coming to the Xbox One which later Microsoft confirmed The rundown is this There is no longer an online requirement You will only have to be connected during the initial setup of the system No more 24 hour check ins Downloaded games will still work whether you are online or not You XB1 disc based games will work in the same manner as your Xbox 360 ones did You will be able to trade and loan your discs as you see fit All region locks are gone In my opinion this is a huge flip flop on the part of Microsoft I expected this somewhere down the line but not this soon Along with the public outcry there had to be some unfavorable preorder numbers or the Jimmy Fallon effect that made this come about so quickly Either way it s a win for gamers of all stripes because now we get to focus on the important part the games The ball again is in Sony s court and I

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  • Spawn On Me | playstation 4.5
    on Android It s all about news this week in Brookago Shareef Cicero Kahlief have lots of feelings about myriad topics We express our feelings about Blizzard characters and Nintendo s personnel issues Whether we re talking about what it means that Xbox One is opening up their console to amateur developers or how viable a Playstation 4 5 is we have varied and passionate feelings that absolutely must be

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  • Spawn On Me | rapp
    on Android It s all about news this week in Brookago Shareef Cicero Kahlief have lots of feelings about myriad topics We express our feelings about Blizzard characters and Nintendo s personnel issues Whether we re talking about what it means that Xbox One is opening up their console to amateur developers or how viable a Playstation 4 5 is we have varied and passionate feelings that absolutely must be

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  • Spawn On Me | sony
    Metrico Tricky Towers GNOG and Destiny Check out Thijmen on Twitter Check out WeirdBeard Games on Twitter Check out GNOG on Twitter Check out Derek on Twitter Missed our last show Go here Watch our exclusive Media Molecule Twitch Stream hosted by Kahlief Support Spawn On Me Help future proof Spawn On Me Donate to our Patreon Get your Spawn On Me Merch Review us on iTunes Follow us on Twitter Read More Spawn On Me Episode 87 Podcast Voltron December 1 2015 1 Comment Listen Here 1 41 32 Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android This week we pull in some heavy hitters on the podcasting front to help Kahlief host without Cicero Andrew Alliance of The Show Radio and Milton Hexadecimal of the Slovenly Gamer podcasts join special guest host Parris Lilly of Gamertag Radio to talk about how and why they got into podcasting and what they ve been playing We all dig do our best Stubnostification on what might be revealed during the Game Awards and get into Playstation s want to move remote play onto your PC and Mac Show links Check out Andrew on The Show Radio Check out Milton on Slovenly Gamer Check out Parris on GamerTag Radio PS4 on PC and Mac Missed our last show Go here Support Spawn On Me Help future proof Spawn On Me Donate to our Patreon Get your Spawn On Me Merch Review us on iTunes Follow us on Twitter Read More Spawn On Me Episode 86 No Games for You November 24 2015 1 Comment Listen Here 1 55 19 Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Cee has to bring in two guests to fill the void left by Kahlief s absence He s lucky enough to have both Quinn Murphy and TreaAndrea Russworm return They talk about all the games that have released in the last few weeks and what they think of them They also get Brookago prepared for the holidays by suggesting what is hot to buy this holiday season After the break they get down and dirty discussing the kerfuffle that is the Kotaku blacklisting scandal Check it out Support Spawn On Me Help future proof Spawn On Me Donate to our Patreon Get your Spawn On Me Merch Review us on iTunes Follow us on Twitter Read More Spawn On Me Episode 49 Black Blue Streak February 16 2015 0 Comments Download Listen in a New Window iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave a Review Clammr It Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android We are honored to welcome Tramell Isaac and his 20 plus years of game design experience to Brookago Tramell drops some knowledge bombs about the industry at large and specifically about his friends over at the former Sony Online Entertainment Plus we get a few ints about what s going on

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  • Spawn On Me | the division
    on Android It s all about news this week in Brookago Shareef Cicero Kahlief have lots of feelings about myriad topics We express our feelings about Blizzard characters and Nintendo s personnel issues Whether we re talking about what it means that Xbox One is opening up their console to amateur developers or how viable a Playstation 4 5 is we have varied and passionate feelings that absolutely must be

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