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Great E3 Wrap Up

One of  our favorite YouTube shows went to E3 this week. They did a bunch of posts about various things happening at E3 and then ended it with actually a great E3 wrap up. From what was rumored and David and I heard about I would guess our take away would be that this might convince us to actually buy a Wii U. There are some great looking games coming out for that system and the second screen has interested me for a while, in part so that we can have two systems going at once playing different games potentially. I think my favorite Nintendo game preview was Hyrule Warriors because that just looks plain fun and it is Zelda, so that is also exciting.

Sorry for the shorter than normal posts this week, it has been a crazy week for David and I. Hopefully we will be back to normal next week. What was your favorite news from E3?

Console Exclusives

So now that we have a PS3 I have gotten to play a lot of the PS3 exclusive games. In particular I have recently been playing Ni No Kuni and I love it. Which makes sense because I love Final Fantasy games and as Ni No Kuni is a jrpg also it makes sense that I would see similarities. It also explains why I am loving playing this game. It does not hurt that the art is done by Studio Ghibli, which just makes it gorgeous. Playing this game has gotten me thinking about the difference between exclusives available to the different consoles.

Particularly I have been wondering if we missed out on games by getting the Xbox 360 first. Many of the games we played on the Xbox 360 we could have played on the PS3. So what is the difference between getting the Xbox 360 and getting a PS3 earlier on? Also, how might this effect what we choose for the next generation of consoles? Continue reading

Moving to the Cloud

I know this has been going on for a while, but recently with the Xbox One announcements it has made me think about it more and more. There are so many things moving to download online and you either buy the code to authorize the download or you tie it to a login account. I have friends who do not have any cable and just have Hulu Plus, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and others where they get and either watch or download movies and tv shows. We are moving away from owning a physical copy of something and either having a digital copy or paying for continued access to an online version.

David and I have moved toward watching more stuff online, but we still pay for a lot of physical items as well. We do e-books, download tv shows, rent movies, but we still buy the blu-ray of certain shows and we also like to support local book stores (woohoo Tattered Cover). There is some level of trust that is there with keeping stuff in the cloud. If you truly keep everything in the cloud you have to trust that the company you bought stuff from is going to be around for a good long while. There is some trust that we put into Amazon when we buy their e-books because they store the books for us and we can download it for us, but they have to be around for us to continue to download the books we have already bought from them.

The secondary issue is that not too long ago, in a ploy to stop piracy, many internet providers have decided to move away from unlimited download size. They are increasing the price to be able to download at a decent speed and to be able to download enough data. With moving to the cloud, more and more people will need / want faster internet and higher limits. It is not only downloading that becomes an issue, but video chat, online games, etc. We are moving towards a world of being online (original Xbox One design) and the internet providers do not seem to have a model that is conducive to being an online society. Continue reading