A Little Bit On: Fanboyism & Brand Loyalty
Ever since E3 and Microsoft’s whole DRM debacle, it seems like fanboys from all camps have never been so vocal. It’s always been our firm belief that true gamers cherish ALL systems.
We’ll be discussing the matter on this week’s episode of A Little Bit On the AwesomeCast, but we’d really like to know: What are your thoughts on the subject?

A Little Bit On: Fanboyism & Brand Loyalty

Ever since E3 and Microsoft’s whole DRM debacle, it seems like fanboys from all camps have never been so vocal. It’s always been our firm belief that true gamers cherish ALL systems.

We’ll be discussing the matter on this week’s episode of A Little Bit On the AwesomeCast, but we’d really like to know: What are your thoughts on the subject?

Microsoft Changes Their Mind About Trying To Ruin The Video Game Industry for Consumers
Xbox One games will now be playable offline, used games will work, and you can trade/borrow/lend games to friends. File this under: Things We Totally Saw Coming.

Hooray, the witch is dead!!! Here’s the news straight from Microsoft president of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick.

Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a global audience.
For us, the future comes in the form of Xbox One, a system designed to be the best place to play games this year and for many years to come. As is our heritage with Xbox, we designed a system that could take full advantage of advances in technology in order to deliver a breakthrough in game play and entertainment. We imagined a new set of benefits such as easier roaming, family sharing, and new ways to try and buy games. We believe in the benefits of a connected, digital future.
Since unveiling our plans for Xbox One, my team and I have heard directly from many of you, read your comments and listened to your feedback. I would like to take the opportunity today to thank you for your assistance in helping us to reshape the future of Xbox One.
You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.
So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:
An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.
In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.
These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.
We appreciate your passion, support and willingness to challenge the assumptions of digital licensing and connectivity. While we believe that the majority of people will play games online and access the cloud for both games and entertainment, we will give consumers the choice of both physical and digital content. We have listened and we have heard loud and clear from your feedback that you want the best of both worlds.
Thank you again for your candid feedback. Our team remains committed to listening, taking feedback and delivering a great product for you later this year.

I guess you could say they did a complete 180…
But what about that whole Cloud Processing thing? Wasn’t that the excuse for having to always be online? Or was it just a rouse to convince us that 24-hour online check-ins were a good thing? Hrmm…..

Microsoft Changes Their Mind About Trying To Ruin The Video Game Industry for Consumers

Xbox One games will now be playable offline, used games will work, and you can trade/borrow/lend games to friends. File this under: Things We Totally Saw Coming.

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(Source: kotaku.com)

Well, there’s always TGS…
Underwhelmed and/or pissed off after E3? Maybe something good will happen in a few months at TGS.

AlbotaCast Ep. 1 - E3 Special

Welcome to the first installment of our all new podcast, A Little Bit On The AwesomeCast, or you can just call it The AlbotaCast for short. Each week we’ll be bringing you the latest in nerd news and pumping your ear holes full of fresh new chip music.

This week it’s all about E3, E3, E3! Hearts were broken, tears were shed, and many nerd boners were given during the Sony conference. Albotas.com’s very own Kevin Cortez, Jon Mues, and myself, Robby “brownkidd” Weiss weigh in our thoughts on all the news from the big three companies. Let us know what YOU thought of this year’s E3 in the comments!

Be sure to stick around until the end of the episode for a bangin’ chiptune track by Ultrasyd. Download it for free over on his SoundCloud page where you can check out more of his beats: soundcloud.com/ultrasyd

You can look forward to future episodes where we’ll cover a broader spectrum of geek culture with all sorts of talk about comic books, movies, TV shows, and of course, video games.

Download an MP3 of this episode and listen to it whenever you damn well please!

My Bedsheets Are Ready
One lucky Redditor was fortunate enough to StreetPass Nintendo of America President and Chief Operating Officer Riggie Fils-Aime during E3. One of the new features of Animal Crossing: New Leaf is being able to walk into model homes of other players that you StreetPass. And what’s in Reggie’s Animal Crossing house? Oh, just a bed with HIS FREAKING FACE ON IT!!!
The Redditor goes on to say, “His mayor card literally says “My body is ready.” There’s also a full room of pretty much every Nintendo item in the game.”

My Bedsheets Are Ready

One lucky Redditor was fortunate enough to StreetPass Nintendo of America President and Chief Operating Officer Riggie Fils-Aime during E3. One of the new features of Animal Crossing: New Leaf is being able to walk into model homes of other players that you StreetPass. And what’s in Reggie’s Animal Crossing house? Oh, just a bed with HIS FREAKING FACE ON IT!!!

The Redditor goes on to say, “His mayor card literally says “My body is ready.” There’s also a full room of pretty much every Nintendo item in the game.”

Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft’s E3 Conference

Again, for the lazy. Everything on Microsoft's E3 conference in less than 4 minutes.

Everything You Need to Know About Sony’s E3 Conference

Here’s a fantastic video by Matt Lees about Sony's E3 conference in a solid 4.5 minutes, for those who are too lazy to read all about it.

Here’s A List of Best Buy Stores Where You’ll Be Able To Play Nintendo’s E3 Games
Can’t go to E3 this year? We know your feels. Thankfully, Nintendo will be offering up a sampling of their E3 demos to us lowly commoners this year! Check the list below for a list of Best Buys all over North America where you’ll be able to dig your anxious mitts into some unreleased gamey, gooey, goodness!
The closer we get to E3, keep an eye on this page over here where Nintendo will hopefully spill some beans about what games we can look forward to playing.
Via Kotaku:

The games will be playable from 4 to 8 p.m. local time on Wednesday, June 12, and from 1 to 5 p.m. local time on Saturday, June 15.

Alabama
Birmingham, Huntsville
Arkansas
Fort Smith, North Little Rock
Arizona
Phoenix
California
Culver City, Elk Grove, Emeryville, San Jose, Tracy, Visalia
Colorado
Denver
Connecticut
Manchester
Delaware
Wilmington
Florida
Brandon, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Kissimmee, Miami, Pensacola
Georgia
Augusta, Duluth, Savannah, Smyrna
Iowa
Cedar Rapids, West Des Moines
Illinois
Bloomington, Schaumburg
Indiana
Greenwood
Kansas
Overland Park, Wichita
Kentucky
Florence, Lexington, Louisville
Louisiana
Harvey
Massachusetts
Cambridge, Dedham, Worcester
Maryland
Frederick, Glen Burnie, Wheaton
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Rochester Hills
Minnesota
Eden Prairie
Missouri
St. Louis
North Carolina
Cary, Fayetteville, Pineville, Winston-Salem
New Jersey
Iselin, West Paterson, Woodbury
New York
Albany, Amherst, Long Island City, Syracuse, Valley Stream, West Nyack
Ohio
Fairborn, North Olmsted, Reynoldsburg, Toledo
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City
Oregon
Portland
Pennsylvania
Erie, King of Prussia, Pittsburgh, Reading, Whitehall
South Carolina
Greenville, North Charleston
Tennessee
Brentwood, Knoxville, Memphis
Texas
Arlington, Austin, Houston, McAllen, The Woodlands, Tyler
Utah
Sandy
Virginia
Charlottesville, Glen Allen, Virginia Beach
Vermont
Williston
Washington
Lynnwood
Wisconsin
Greenfield

Here’s A List of Best Buy Stores Where You’ll Be Able To Play Nintendo’s E3 Games

Can’t go to E3 this year? We know your feels. Thankfully, Nintendo will be offering up a sampling of their E3 demos to us lowly commoners this year! Check the list below for a list of Best Buys all over North America where you’ll be able to dig your anxious mitts into some unreleased gamey, gooey, goodness!

The closer we get to E3, keep an eye on this page over here where Nintendo will hopefully spill some beans about what games we can look forward to playing.

Via Kotaku:

The games will be playable from 4 to 8 p.m. local time on Wednesday, June 12, and from 1 to 5 p.m. local time on Saturday, June 15.

Alabama

Birmingham, Huntsville

Arkansas

Fort Smith, North Little Rock

Arizona

Phoenix

California

Culver City, Elk Grove, Emeryville, San Jose, Tracy, Visalia

Colorado

Denver

Connecticut

Manchester

Delaware

Wilmington

Florida

Brandon, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Kissimmee, Miami, Pensacola

Georgia

Augusta, Duluth, Savannah, Smyrna

Iowa

Cedar Rapids, West Des Moines

Illinois

Bloomington, Schaumburg

Indiana

Greenwood

Kansas

Overland Park, Wichita

Kentucky

Florence, Lexington, Louisville

Louisiana

Harvey

Massachusetts

Cambridge, Dedham, Worcester

Maryland

Frederick, Glen Burnie, Wheaton

Michigan

Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Rochester Hills

Minnesota

Eden Prairie

Missouri

St. Louis

North Carolina

Cary, Fayetteville, Pineville, Winston-Salem

New Jersey

Iselin, West Paterson, Woodbury

New York

Albany, Amherst, Long Island City, Syracuse, Valley Stream, West Nyack

Ohio

Fairborn, North Olmsted, Reynoldsburg, Toledo

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City

Oregon

Portland

Pennsylvania

Erie, King of Prussia, Pittsburgh, Reading, Whitehall

South Carolina

Greenville, North Charleston

Tennessee

Brentwood, Knoxville, Memphis

Texas

Arlington, Austin, Houston, McAllen, The Woodlands, Tyler

Utah

Sandy

Virginia

Charlottesville, Glen Allen, Virginia Beach

Vermont

Williston

Washington

Lynnwood

Wisconsin

Greenfield

The PlayStation 4: Some Things You Need to Know

Alright, normally I’d make a post like this a little more in-depth, blunt, and I guess professional, but there’s a lot to cover. I’m going to pretty much wing this and write about what I saw from watching the live stream of the conference, as well what was exactly shown from tonight’s Sony press event, in which the PlayStation 4 was officially revealed.

If you want to watch the entire two hour conference, I haven’t found a link to a full video yet. You can definitely catch bits and pieces from the event in clips on multiple websites, like GT.TV.

So the conference opened up with a really loud intro in which Sony chose to give a short trailer to showcase their past generations of gaming. They used MSTRKRFT’s remix of Metric’s “Monster Hospital,” and I really like that song, so I paid attention. After the trailer, some boring guy got on stage and was like “Blahblahblahblahblahblah, thanks for coming out here. Here’s our PLAYSTATION 4!” Then everyone clapped because some people in the audience thought they actually wouldn’t fucking call it a PlayStation and they would call it an “Orbis.” 

(And by the way, if you’re still calling the PlayStation 4 the “Orbis,” and you’re blogging/writing for a gaming site, please get away from your keyboard and go outside or something. We have an official name for it. Motherfuckers don’t call Gamecubes “Dolphins,” so why you wanna call a PS4 an “Orbis,” still?)

Anyway, then some other guy who worked on some old games for the Atari and helped make Earthworm Jim or something started talking for a long time. Then he explained what’s new with the PlayStation 4, feature wise. The "share," button was explained, and it was revealed that gamers can now instantly post screenshots and video clips directly into Facebook or somewhere on the Internet. Sony’s actually working with Facebook and UStream, actually. Or something like that. The controller has a touch screen, but we’ve known that for a bit thanks to numerous rumors from the Internet.

The PS4’s camera will allow players to look at each other while playing a game. Different games, same game, etc. You can look at each other, spectate, talk shit, and you can even stream yourself. Pretty much instantly. There’s a pic of that in the image dump up top.

The console is NOT backwards compatible (physically, I guess?) but you will be able to play PS1, PS2, and PS3 games on your system by streaming. Downloads can now be completed when your system is off, which is an extremely cool feature. Games you buy are available to play ASAP. If you want to play Killzone, you can purchase it and literally start it up and begin playing with the game being downloaded while you’re still in-game. Also, there’s a lot to do with clouds. You can transfer games to your Vita, much like Wii U and its controller.

Some other people talked and games were shown. There’s a new Killzone, some other game with some robot in it that looked like a Dreamworks film, and Square-Enix came on stage to show some video too. Then Square-Enix invited grandpa/Final Fantasy board director on stage to say “Hey guys, wanna know what Final Fantasy game we’re making NOW? Too fucking bad, you’ll see it at E3!” Then he got off stage and some other shit was shown. I don’t remember. There was a car game that seemed overly detailed and extremely realistic, but I don’t like cars to begin with so I kind of blocked that out. Oh, and Infamous.

What I do remember, game wise, was Watch Dogs. That game looks incredible. Here’s a trailer of that. Highly suggest watching it if you wanna see what’s on some next-level shit right now. It’s also coming to multiple platforms, but it’s releasing on PS4 first.

Then Sony said “Hey, you remember when we made this?” and then showed off the PlayStation Move. And then I left the room to make a sandwich and watch my girlfriend play Dead Space 2 for a little bit, so I missed a big chunk of it. It was boring though, I’m sure.

Then Blizzard came out! And whoever spoke for Blizzard looked like a really cool step-dad or something, so I really paid attention to him. He was seriously the Tony Stark of Sony tonight, looking real comfortable and making jokes people had genuine laughs with.

Then this motherfucker announced that Diablo III was coming to PlayStation 4 (AND PS3) and every superior PC gamer in the world lost their fucking minds.

Then Bungie came out and said “Hey guys, Destiny is coming out on PS4, too.” Then this team from Bungie came out and stood there in blazers, looked real odd for a while, and then Scotty beamed their awkward asses up so Sony could close the event.

And that was it, for the most part. I’ve linked this post with a bunch of articles to further explain what I can’t right now. There’s loads of photos, videos, etc, so check them out. There’s bits I missed out on, but I’m okay with that. That’s pretty much what happened. I was kind of struggling to not fall asleep.

What we still don’t know is what Sony will price this thing at, what the actual console looks like, and what else is in store for the console. We know it’s out this holiday season, though. Maybe more will be revealed at E3, perhaps?

 

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A Little Bit On The Greatest Wii U Accessory Ever Side: Joystiq spotted this awesome Wii U skin of Maxwell’s rooster hat at PDP’s booth for Scribblenauts Unlimited. at E3. Looks like there’s also a 3DS skin and stylus on the left. There should just be rooster hats for EVERYTHING. The world would be a much better place.

A Little Bit On The Greatest Wii U Accessory Ever Side: Joystiq spotted this awesome Wii U skin of Maxwell’s rooster hat at PDP’s booth for Scribblenauts Unlimited. at E3. Looks like there’s also a 3DS skin and stylus on the left. There should just be rooster hats for EVERYTHING. The world would be a much better place.

Nintendo Direct Pre E3 Video. The Future Of Gaming Starts Now!

The latest Nintendo Direct gives us a heaping serving of Wii U info. The GamePad has been redesigned since the prototypes shown off at last year’s E3 - instead of circle pads, there’s now full-on analog noysticks complete with clickiness. Nintendo’s also focusing a lot more attention on connecting players with each other online, but as you’d probably guess, they’re doing it in a very “Nintendo” sort of way.

What do you guys think? Are you excited for the Wii U?

A Little Bit On The Awesome Show #18 - E3 Highlights.

Peep this episode for E3 junk and and the winner of our Samsung SH100 camera contest!

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E3 2011: Loose Ends

E3 2011 has come and gone, but I’ve still got some questions burning in my mind. A few games I was expecting to see revealed never showed up. And Nintendo’s Wii U reveal was super vague. The usual satisfied feeling we get once E3 is over for the year has been replaced with the feeling of a joke without a punchline. Hit the jump to see what’s got me scratching my head.

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The Hitman Absolution trailer is wet, sexy, and all kinds of brutal. The game was made with IO Interactive’s new proprietary Glacier 2 technology which has been talked about a lot this E3. I’m not video game programming expert, but I think it renders naked wet ladies quite nicely.

#e3 2011

(Source: youtube.com)

Silent Hill Downpour Trailer And Other Silent Hill News.

Konami released the above trailer for Silent Hill Downpour during E3, but that’s not all. The title will be available for Xbox 360 and the PS3 version will have 3D functionality so that you can crap your pants to Silent Hill in an all new dimension!

But that’s not all! Two other Silent Hill titles were announced during E3.

Dropping during Q4 of this year, Silent Hill HD Collection updates Silent Hill 2 & 3 with HD graphics, all-new voice overs, and Playstation Network Trophies.

Headed to Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Vita with no official release date is Silent Hill: Book Of Memories. There’s not too many details yet, but this will be a multiplayer game.

#e3 2011

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