There’s A Good Market For The New Xbox One X

Despite what some people are saying about Microsoft’s new Xbox One X, there are gamers that are willing to pay for the huge upgrade in both power and graphics, and I am definitely one of them.

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I know what you’re thinking, “He’s an Xbox Fan Boy, so no surprise.” I personally review and own both the Xbox One S and the PS4 Pro, so let’s just stop all that before it starts. I cover both systems and everytime a new console comes out the ‘opposite side’ starts screaming the same tired thing again, and again…and…you get the point.

I can’t imagine anyone ever saying that if a newer, more powerful console came out that they wouldn’t at least want to get it. When a new iPhone or Droid phone comes out no one ever thinks twice about upgrading the first chance they get, so why be so hard on gaming upgrades?

A lot of players bought the original Xbox One or Xbox One S and won’t be upgrading to the new $500 console anytime soon, and Microsoft knows it. Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft’s Xbox operations, said in a recent interview with Business Insider:

“We’re gonna sell more Xbox One S consoles next year than we will Xbox One X,” he said.

Despite that, Microsoft is pretty certain there’s a good market for its new Xbox One X game machine, even with its higher price point. l have been waiting for this and will pre-order one as soon as that is an option…yes, I just checked…again…still no…guilty, I just checked again.

To be fair, many PlayStation gamers haven’t jumped onto the new PS4 Pro train right away as well.  But, players with 4K TV’s that are wanting to play games at the very best level that they can on that platform have…and again…guilty.

The new upcoming Microsoft console is capable of outputting games in true 4K resolution, offering gamers a premium experience. The company won’t even be making any money from selling the Xbox One X, due to the price of the components to provide that kind of graphics.

The bottom line, if you have the extra cash to spend and have a 4K TV, then why wouldn’t you want the Xbox One X or the PS4 Pro? Who plays video games and ever says, “Wow, I don’t care about graphics and power when it comes to my console.” Short answer: No gamer-ever.

Only time will tell how the new console will sell. But, for the first time ever in this current-gen, the Xbox is pulling ahead as far as graphic and power. The line up of games they have looks amazing and run in true 4K (on the games made for 4K).

Anyone calling out predictions of the console failing before it’s even available for sale should probably stick to just reporting the facts. I gotta run, I’m still exploring every inch of Horizon Zero Dawn, it’s just the right thing to do.

 

 

Do You Have Video Game Collectibles?

Do you collect video game merchandise like a hoarder? Just look at it like it’s actual ‘real-life’ trophies or achievements…I saw you smile just then.

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These pictures may, or not be (but they are), just a few pictures of our collection that have moved their way to our living room from my office. Yes, I said living room. My office desk is spilling over with game stuff. For some reason, they think I’m supposed to make room to use that MacBook for like, work…I know, right?

When people come to the house and walk into the living room they do get a strange look on their face, and they usually ask the same question, “So, you’re still doing that, video game thing…huh?” Does it make me want to put on Corvo’s mask and stealth…wait, to dark?

Yes, we have so many ‘achievements’ that they have taken over our living room, and we’re running out of house. But, that’s OK, we’re looking at buying a new one. We know that it must have a huge basement (or at least a big, and I mean big split living room) because we’re making the most epic game room of…game rooms. It will be our Justice League, our Spartan Base, our Bat Cave…you get the point.

We have boxed up so much stuff that I’m not even sure what we have now. My wife is a huge gamer too so that makes life much easier. Guys (and Gals), one important thing you need to look for in that special person is that they enjoy playing games as much as you do.

I make no apologies that a lot of pictures have been replaced with Master Chief, Bethesda figures, and Minecraft swords…I mean, I know the people, I know what they look like. Not many wives let their living rooms appear like GameStop and ThinkGeek had a baby, and shacked up with you in the main living area, she is a special lady.

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We have more than enough stuff already to fill a massive game room, along with a green screen for taking pictures and videos with all the merchandise (and a Director’s chair, just because). I still want to make a video-movie with our three Granddaughters and soon to be Grandson. We’ll have a popcorn maker, a Keurig brewer, and a soda fountain machine for all your gaming needs, I mean, we’ll have to have the basics.

I know people who just collect the metal video game cases, they don’t keep the game, just the cases. I also know people who collect just the statues that come with Special Editions. ThinkGeek has really tuned into a huge market demand that was honestly pretty hard to find before they came along. There is nothing wrong with collecting gaming merchandise, or at least that’s what I keep telling myself…but I know me, so it has to be right.

What about the pictures of the family? We can just move those into the hall and hang them up there, right? Batman and Pip Boy have priority and that should just go without saying…but if you need me to say it out loud…you may not like what you hear.

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All kidding aside, what do you do with your gaming collectibles (AKA. Toys as I’m regularly told)? Is that something you’re even into? Or, is just playing the game enough for you? There is no wrong answer to these questions. There is no doubt when you come to my house that I’m a gamer, even though a guy did come in once and didn’t know what any of this stuff was…yeah, he hasn’t been back since.

Well, it’s Friday and I’ve shown you just a few of the items that we have out and frankly, I’m really craving a Krispy Kreme donut and a Starbucks. So, have a great weekend and remember, actually I forgot where I was going with this…so just pretend I said something really funny here and we’ll all laugh together, HA-HA-HA…that Gary, he’s a funny.

‘Call of Juarez: Gunslinger’ May Help Those ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Delay Blues

If you are like the rest of America you are trying to deal with the news that Red Dead Redemption 2 was delayed until 2018. But stay with me, we have the perfect game to get you by…for like, several hours anyway.

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If you have an Xbox One or 360 and need a ‘western fix’ due to the delay of Red Dead Redemption 2, then Call of Juarez: Gunslinger may be just what the doctor ordered. I already know what you’re thinking, “Is it covered under my HMO?”…probably not…maybe…but, probably not.

Call of Juarez is a western-themed FPS adventure/story and is backwards-compatible so you can be firing that six-shooter as soon as today. It has it all, fast-paced revolver duels, horseback riding, and is a lot like ‘Borderlands-western-style.’

You play as Silas Greaves, an old bounty hunter in a saloon telling stories of his wild adventures involving almost every old west outlaw you can think of. Like who, you ask? How about names like Butch Cassidy, Jesse James, and Billy The Kid? That’s just a small list of gunslingers you’ll face and to put it mildly, they ain’t happy.

 Call of Juarez: Gunslinger messes with you the entire ride by adding false endings, starting at the end and working backwards, and not to mention totally re-telling history…or is it? The spaghetti-western stories have you laughing but I wouldn’t go in guns blazing, you can get surrounded quickly.

No, the game is not open world or Red Ded Redemption (1 and for sure not 2), but it’s a lot of fun and the good news is, it’s available to download today for $14.99. But wait, if you act now…

Here Are All The Games Featured In The Xbox Game Pass Library

The ‘Netflix of Xbox games’ starts this June for Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners. The new service costs $9.99 a month and has 110 titles, not a bad start.

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It has a mix of 35 games to choose from currently on the Xbox One and 75 that were on the Xbox 360.  What makes this a cool concept is that you download the titles and are not streaming them. You will also get a discount on games that are on this list and their DLC’s if you buy them while subscribed to the service.

Here’s the entire list of games:

Xbox One Xbox Game Pass Titles

  • Blood Bowl
  • Brothers
  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die
  • DmC: Devil May Cry – Definitive Edition
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
  • Defense Grid 2
  • Electronic Super Joy
  • Farming Simulator 16
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Jumpjet Rex
  • Knight Squad
  • KYUB
  • Layers of Fear
  • Lumo
  • Mad Max
  • Massive Chalice
  • Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood
  • Mega Coin Squad
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection
  • NBA 2K16
  • Olli Olli
  • Payday 2 Crimewave Edition
  • Resident Evil 0
  • Roundabout
  • Saint’s Row IV Re-Elected
  • Steredenn
  • Strider
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Super Mega Baseball Extra Innings
  • Super Time Force
  • Screamride
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
  • Terraria
  • The Golf Club
  • The Swapper
  • WWK216

Xbox 360 Xbox Game Pass Titles

  • A Kingdom For Keflings
  • A World Of Keflings
  • Age of Booty
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
  • Bioshock
  • Bioshock 2
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Borderlands
  • Bound By Flame
  • Braid
  • Capcom Arcade Cabinet
  • Comix Zone
  • Castle Storm
  • Comic Jumper
  • Dark Void
  • De Blob 2
  • Defense Grid
  • Dig Dug
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
  • Fable 3
  • Final Fight: Double Impact
  • Flock!
  • Galaga Legions DX
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War: Judgement
  • Gears of War 3
  • Grid 2
  • Hexic 2
  • Iron Brigade
  • Jet Pac Refuelled
  • IDARB
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie
  • Joe Danger Special Edition
  • Joyride Turbo
  • Kameo
  • King of Fighters 98
  • Lego Batman
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Monday Night Combat
  • Ms. Splosion Man
  • MX vs ATV Reflex
  • N+
  • Neo Geo Battle Coliseum
  • Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
  • Pac-Man CE DX+
  • Pac-Man Museum
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Pumped BMX+
  • Splosion Man
  • Stacking
  • Sacred 3
  • Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space
  • Sam & Max: Save The World
  • Samurai Showdown 2
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Kidd & Co
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
  • Soul Calibur
  • Soul Calibur 2: HD
  • Spelunky
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • The Maw
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
  • Viva Pinata
  • Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise
  • XCOM: Enemy Within

The gaming service is starting off pretty strong considering this is their first run at something like this, and if you are playing on the Xbox 360 it’s too good a deal to pass up. I would like to see more Xbox One titles, but so far, I’d say Kudos to Microsoft.

DRAGON’S DOGMA: DARK ARISEN IS COMING TO XBOX ONE THIS YEAR

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is coming to Xbox One and bringing the highly underrated game to a new generation of gamers.

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Dragon’s Dogma first launched in 2012 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and later got a newer update named, Dark Arisen. If you missed playing it Last-Gen then you missed one of the best RPG’s that era. The game is an action RPG and was developed by Capcom.

The game featured an open world fantasy setting where your character was able to mount monster enemies, which added elements most other games didn’t have. Besides looking wicked cool while you did it, it was pretty awesome to watch…and looked wicked cool while you did it.

We’ll update you with more information on the exact release date for Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen on Xbox One when we find out more. It really does look wicked cool when you do it…have I said that already?

Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Is Bumped To 2018

Crushing gaming hearts everywhere, Rockstar has announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 is delayed until sometime in 2018…I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in….@^#%#$*@&@….I feel your pain.

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Here’s the full text of an announcement from Rockstar Newswire:

Red Dead Redemption 2 is now set to launch Spring 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland will be the first Rockstar game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans.  We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready. We are really excited to bring you more details about the game this summer. In the meantime, please enjoy this selection of new screenshots from the world of Red Dead Redemption 

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Sometimes these things happen and as hard as it is to hear, it’s a good thing. No one likes paying $60 for a game just to get it home and find out it’s broken and it takes an extra four months to fix. Red Dead Redemption 2 will be a huge hit, and that goes without saying.

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Rockstar’s amazing Old West story will continue in 2018 and until then, you can play the first open world game Red Dead Redemption. Until later partners…get it? Because it’s a cowboy game and…partners?…anybody?

Are Your Gaming Habits Quirky?

I know everyone has their quirks and believe me, I have many. My name is Gary and I…cannot leave any game map gray and unexplored.

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Let’s be honest, we all have those things that tend to bug us. Maybe it’s not turned exactly ‘just right’, or doesn’t sit in that ‘perfect spot’ where you can see it no matter where you’re sitting. Anybody? Just me then? Do NOT tell my wife.

One thing I’m guilty of is not doing much of anything in a game until I’ve opened as much of the map as possible. I don’t know why…I still…got nothing.

In games like Ghost Recon Wildlands, which is huge, I’ve managed to hold off since its launch and not open areas until the story’s progressed. Well, that effort stops today (he says with a smile). Even though they are well above my skill level, I will have no fear…that’s what ‘respawn’ was made for.

Let’s take Skyrim on the Xbox 360 for instance. That game cost me over 300 hours of my life, and yet, it was totally worth every dragon shout minute of it. The sad part is that I used ‘fast travel’ a lot and I still had that many hours. But, in the end, every corner of the map was open and every dungeon made my biscuit.

Then, they had to go and bring it to the Xbox One. And, my quest started all over again. Yes, the map was once again re-opened, and dungeons submitted under my iron rule…and I lost another 250 hours. Ask me if it was worth it…I dare you.

We all have those ‘special things’ we like to do when we’re in our virtual world. Maybe you like to eat a certain thing every time you’re playing (yes, I know a person who actually does that). Maybe you know someone who always has to complete every achievement or trophy in every game they ever play, and then likes to brag to you every day on how they did it…every…day.

So, what compulsions do you have when you’re defending, or defeating, the world? I know I may need help with my addiction to opening up every possible area in the map, or maybe you’re the crazy one…yeah, maybe you…no, it’s probably me.