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Thursday, February 28, 2013

In all virtual reality, Sony Executives should have; reached out to the creators of the Sims Franchise, offered them an insane amount of money, and asked them to create Sony's Home. In every way that power move would have provided Sony and Maxis a gateway to unifying a structured hub for social Gamers.

This would benefit Maxis because they could have released a modified version of Sims 3 as the base for Sony's Home. Then in phase II presented their add on's/expansions to their products as integrated experiences that lead you away from Sony's Home and into the Sims world. The joint venture would place the connectivity/networking side in the hands of Sony, while placing the Creative/Interactive side at the finger tips of Maxis. The two companies working together would also have profits on both sides of the coin purse. Home users purchasing clothing and items for use in the Home/Hub, while Maxis would make gains from players purchasing virtual real estate within the hub.

This type of merger of developing companies, would not only unite the talents of Sony and Maxis. It would also unite the Hardcore gamer to the Social Gamer in a very unobtrusive fashion. This would be a place where the social gamer could be equal to the hardcore gamer. Bridging the divide between the two while placing them in an environment where they both could feel at Home (pun intended)  

Bottom Line: Not every project has to be in-house.
I do not like where the Playstation 4's socialize with your friends mind frame is going. Why do I need to watch my friends play live. Shouldn't I be playing co-op with them and enjoying the experience as well? That's not online gaming, nor is it twitch TV. Sony online friend live view streaming, as far as I can see is a step backwards. With twitch TV and other services, users upload the highlights of their game play  Viewers watch maybe with some commentary, so slight editing, music and credit given to the user that created the channel for his or her followers. With Sony's plan I see them taking away all that twitch TV does for the video game channels and trying to capitalize on the newest trend.  How many people can live stream a friends video feed on Playstation network? Wouldn't this have some effects on the hardware and bandwidth at some point? I certainly don't see this feature working flawlessly first launch day so why is it even mentioned.

To those that have faith in Sony somehow pulling off this "cool feature", two words...


Bottom Line: Leave the social connectivity of videos of video games to the others.
The prison system in GTA could provide hours and hours of entertainment. Plenty of movie lore to parody  All types of scenarios to mimic and numerous stories to be told. Think GTA meets OZ. Surviving in a GTA prison should be a greater achievement than getting five stars, escaping a GTA prison should be the equivalent of getting rid of six stars. But GTA doesn't make great use of its prisons. I don't expect much from the GTA V prisons either. Even though they have the chance to mimic two famous California prisons, San Quentin and Alcatraz. I see shower scenes as scary as the health inspector, riots that rival state of emergency, prison guards more unforgiving than Byron Hadley and Warden Samuel Norton.

Bottom Line: I ain't afraid of jail, lock me up, throw away the key.
If there is any company you should be giving a monthly fee too in the video game industry it should be a software company over the hardware company. My reasoning is who has the greater risk of going out of business. The software company. Who stays in business if the software companies keep putting out great software? the hardware company right. Does paying a monthly fee to the hardware company increase or upgrade the existing hardware? No it just unlocks features that are native to the model you purchased. If you have internet in your home why should your hardware prevent you from accessing what you already pay to use. The argument that Xbox live is a service, to me is a false claim. I consider Hulu, Netflix  and amazon are services. Beside that I would not agree that Microsoft rearranging the dashboard to shove pictures of Will I am in my face as a good service. But as Microsoft will sell it to you, is that playing video games via the internet is a service they are offering. But I do believe the majority of servers we game off of are not owned by Microsoft or Sony. They are owned by the software companies so why do we pay Microsoft to access software developer's servers?

These statements are not to be interpreted by software companies to go crazy with pay to play models on their servers. I just would like the fees for console services like Xbox live and Sony Premium disappear. My fear with the consoles coming in the year 2013, is the social connectivity. I will not pay for Xbox live or Sony premium if they are going to flood my screen with advertisements and harass friends off my social network. How ridiculous does that sound, we can potential be paying the consoles a monthly/yearly fee so they can advertise to our social networks. To me that sounds like that bullshit.

Bottom Line: Console Suits get rid of the fee for Xbox live, and Sony don't even think about making your service paid subscription based.

I am very disappointed by the rehashing a sequels or the expectant release of yearly titles. No matter how clever the development cycle is, it is still frustrating to know that there will be a black ops 3, a black ops 4, modern warfare 4, battlefield 4 and this is known even before the final dlc's are released for the current existing game.  
If Activision owned Golden Axe

Bottom Line: Take a risk on a new I.P. every once and awhile.

Oh here we go: The Announcement of Assassin's Creed 4