The morning Inbox thinks Microsoft is rubbish at coming up with console names, as one reader imagines Split/Second battle royale.
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So it seems like Microsoft’s first digital-only console is going to be for the Xbox One, not the next gen. Makes sense to be honest. Without a disc drive they’ll be able to make it super cheap and companies often release cheaper, cut-down versions of their machines towards the end of a generation.
The only problem is that while in theory it’s a great way to catch up with all the Xbox One exclusives I’ve missed this gen… I can’t think of a single one I’m that interested in (to be fair I’m not into racing games). But, I think I will still get it though as I have been very impressed by Microsoft’s attitude towards backwards compatibility so if it is super cheap, like not much more than £100, I will pick it up to play older games.
As far as I can see it’ll play everything but Sony exclusives from last gen and a lot more besides. That’s worth a lot to me, especially with a decent controller. So yes, I’d say it’s a good idea and clearly the future we’re all heading towards – ironically given what I’ll be playing on it.
Decades of change
It really is crazy to think about how quickly games have evolved… and how much they’ve slowed down recently. Resident Evil 5 is 10 years ago and yet it still looks and plays very much like a modern game. Clearly not state-of-the-art but you could easily mistake it for a Switch game. Go back 10 years though and you’ve got something like Silent Hill which, although a great game, has graphics so bad now it’s virtually unplayable. Go back another 10 years and you’re into the Amiga and Master System era.
It’s crazy how far we’ve come in such a relatively short amount of time and yet the plateau we reach, somewhere towards the end of the Xbox 360 era, is real and I don’t see it being any different in the next gen.
Streaming might change the way we play games but it won’t change the games themselves (it actually risks degrading them, given the problems there’ll be with controls on touchscreens). The only thing that does is VR but that also has problems with controls, not to mention nausea, many genres not working well with it, and the cost. That to me is the cost though. If in 10 years VR is commonplace and much improved from now then we might have another 10 year gap that seems more like night and day.
When it comes to console designs and names I’ve always just appreciated that a console simply looks the way it does and has a name to go with it. For example, I’ve never been a fan of the US SNES aesthetically but that’s just the way it is. I do prefer the European version but was never too keen on how the logo appears to me like it’s been placed along the front with a ink stamp. I always favoured the Super Famicom font on the Japanese equivalent, to me it helps if a console has a name that’s functional or kinda makes sense but whatever, it is what is, a machine’s look and name will always become synonymous with the software that promote it.
However, the original Xbox aside I know I’m not the only one that thinks Microsoft struggle in this department, I mean, Xbox 360? Xbox One? (abb. Xbone?) Xbox One S (Xbones?) Xbox One X (so just Xbox again?). And just last night I read of a possible digital-only Xbox codenamed Maverick that may be dubbed the Xbox One S All Digital… so the Xbox One S.A.D perhaps? Well… OK.
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Reading the Hot Topic for battle royale games, one reader mentioned a racing game where the track would disappear to lose the slowest racer. I thought a perfect fit would be Split/Second where the natural disaster would get rid of the slowest racer. As for Mario Kart battle royale, they already have the Shine Thief. That in itself very difficult to win, that’s with four players as well.
My Switch has a blue pixel when I power it up. Should I get it looked at? It doesn’t detract me from playing but don’t want to make it worse by not doing anything about it.
GC: That sounds like a stuck pixel, which we didn’t realise was still a thing. If it is though it’s unlikely a shop will do anything about it if it’s just one or two.
In reply to Suspect’s letter about his son’s Switch, this has happened to me a couple of times.
To sort this problem I did a hard reset (I think is the term).
To do this hold the power button down on the Switch for about 20 seconds or however long it takes. Can take up to a minute though, so don’t panic if nothing happens at first.
This problem usually only occurs after an update to the system or a game.
Hope this helps.
I think Wasimr34 was right to call out those who tried to console shame him (her?).
After GC published my letter about what my depression does to me when it comes to scary games, the usual poisonous Underboxers where quick to apply the acid to their tongues. It’s why I stopped commenting down there many years ago.
They are quick to ridicule and pour scorn on peoples’ lifestyles, mental states, and game choices and I’m surprised GC doesn’t have some sort of mediation to limit these snidey comments. On the whole, the regular Underboxers are a pleasant bunch to one another but there’s just a few who feel that they must apply the ‘holier-than-thou’ attitude to belittle choices that don’t fall-in-line with the masses.
GC: We don’t have that kind of control over the comments section, because it all goes through Facebook, but if things get out of hand anyone can email us and we can just turn off comments for that particular article.
The Smash Bros. director guy is all kinds of crazy and was it me or did he seem to be implying that he’d done the whole IV drip thing before? I vaguely remember him having a health problems a few times, but really…
What I do know though is that Japanese employees can end up working absolutely insane hours and it’s deemed completely normal. I don’t know this from video games but just general working practices, so I imagine it’s especially bad for games. It makes me feel guilt when I read about it but I don’t know what you do to stop it. A boycott is only going to harm the people you’re trying to help.
Worst case scenario
Is anyone else really starting to feel sorry for BioWare now? The bad news is just pilling up almost day by day now, it’s just awful. I thought the whole bricking story would be exaggerated but I actually know a friend that it happened to and needless to say he is not happy. This is the sort of thing EA could get severely sued for and if it keeps happening I don’t see how they avoid it, especially in America.
We’ve seen even in the Inbox people mocking BioWare for the problem but surely it’s obvious to everyone that the problem is EA’s fault. It was already obvious that Anthem had been released too early, judging by the lack of content, but now it seems there wasn’t nearly enough time for bug-checking and fixing. That’s not BioWare’s fault it’s their publisher’s, EA.
But are EA execs the ones that are going to be sacked and maybe see their entire company shut down? Is it hell. Once again we see the people that make the games, that work ridiculous hours and put in so much blood, sweat, and tears treated like disposable objects. I know many industries are like this but you’d think with gamers being so passionate (to use the most positive term possible) that we’d be able to get behind the people who make are gamers and try and protect them from the people that just want to exploit them.
I have a confession to make… I’m really enjoying the campaign of Crackdown 3. There, I feel better now!
Adam Lion 23 (gamertag)
While I was hunting for hidden and agility orbs in Crackdown 3 I came into a cave and while exploring I found an illuminati reference inside. The words free candy are also written above and I didn’t expect to run into anything like this. I will no longer enter that cave again.
gaz be rotten (gamertag)
— Razor5694 (@WillmerGA) March 4, 2019
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Edone, who challenges you to name the worst part of your favourite game.
Nothing’s perfect, so what is it you don’t like about the game or games you otherwise love? Is it a trivial detail or something that actually impacts your enjoyment of the game? How would you fix the problem and what effect would that have on how you – and the wider world – think of the game?
How tolerant are you in general about games with obvious flaws and are there some things which you regularly give a pass to? Or are there some flaws which instantly put you off a game, no matter what else it gets right?
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