CUPHEAD [E3 2014]

Quite possibly the most visually interesting looking gaming shown so far today, Cuphead is a run-and-gun shooter with a 1930’s cartoon art style reminiscent of such classics as Felix the Cat, Popeye, and Betty Boop. The game is being developed by StudioMDHR for Xbox One and Steam. All the art is hand drawn, all the music is original jazz recordings, and it even has co-op.

Check out the Cuphead E3 2014 trailer below.

DEAR XBOX ONE HATERS, MICROSOFT IS LISTENING
Microsoft’s backpedaling continues! Shortly after announcing that you’ll no longer need an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription to use certain streaming services such as Netflix, they’ve announced that a $399 Kinnectless Xbox One bundle will be available this July.
Gizmodo seems to think that killing off the Kinnect this early in the console’s lifecycle will make the Xbox One worse in the long run. The Internet is reacting and one of my favorite comments comes from @toythatkills on Twitter who says "The only E3 promise left for Microsoft to backpedal on now is the actual existence of the Xbox One."
When Microsoft announced last year that there wouldn’t be an Xbox One bundle without Kinnect at launch, people were furious. Now they announce a cheaper bundle without it and people are STILL mad.
At least they’re trying, right?
I mean, sure, Microsoft was a big part of introducing DLC and microtransactions to home consoles, thus destroying a good portion of what little purity was still left in the industry (now it’s okay for developers to put out half-assed games and sell the rest and patch the bugs later. JOY!), but at least they’re listening, right?
Oh yeah, and Titanfall, guys. They have Titanfall.

DEAR XBOX ONE HATERS, MICROSOFT IS LISTENING

Microsoft’s backpedaling continues! Shortly after announcing that you’ll no longer need an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription to use certain streaming services such as Netflix, they’ve announced that a $399 Kinnectless Xbox One bundle will be available this July.

Gizmodo seems to think that killing off the Kinnect this early in the console’s lifecycle will make the Xbox One worse in the long run. The Internet is reacting and one of my favorite comments comes from @toythatkills on Twitter who says "The only E3 promise left for Microsoft to backpedal on now is the actual existence of the Xbox One."

When Microsoft announced last year that there wouldn’t be an Xbox One bundle without Kinnect at launch, people were furious. Now they announce a cheaper bundle without it and people are STILL mad.

At least they’re trying, right?

I mean, sure, Microsoft was a big part of introducing DLC and microtransactions to home consoles, thus destroying a good portion of what little purity was still left in the industry (now it’s okay for developers to put out half-assed games and sell the rest and patch the bugs later. JOY!), but at least they’re listening, right?

Oh yeah, and Titanfall, guys. They have Titanfall.

Limited Edition White Xbox One For Microsoft Employees Only
Looks like lucky MSoft workers are getting these super sleek white Xbox Ones complete with “I MADE THIS” printed on the front for the price of absolutely free. Not only that, but they’ll get all first party games, a year of Xbox Live, and a unique achievement. Color us jelly. Or just cover us in Jell-O because we’re totally into that sort of thing.

Limited Edition White Xbox One For Microsoft Employees Only

Looks like lucky MSoft workers are getting these super sleek white Xbox Ones complete with “I MADE THIS” printed on the front for the price of absolutely free. Not only that, but they’ll get all first party games, a year of Xbox Live, and a unique achievement. Color us jelly. Or just cover us in Jell-O because we’re totally into that sort of thing.

Xbox One Can Record Gameplay Too, But You’re Gonna’ Have To Pay
Gamers hoping to record their own “Let’s Play” videos have been pretty vocal in their excitement regarding the new game recording features in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A little nugget of info has popped up on the official Xbox site that’s sure to cheese some people off. While game recording will be free for PS4 owners, Xbox One owners will need to pay the $60/year Xbox Live Gold fee. We’ll have to wait until both consoles are released this fall to see if Microsoft’s paid service is superior to PS4’s, and if so, will it be worth the money?

Xbox One Can Record Gameplay Too, But You’re Gonna’ Have To Pay

Gamers hoping to record their own “Let’s Play” videos have been pretty vocal in their excitement regarding the new game recording features in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A little nugget of info has popped up on the official Xbox site that’s sure to cheese some people off. While game recording will be free for PS4 owners, Xbox One owners will need to pay the $60/year Xbox Live Gold fee. We’ll have to wait until both consoles are released this fall to see if Microsoft’s paid service is superior to PS4’s, and if so, will it be worth the money?

(Source: games.slashdot.org)

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)

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!

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.

An Interesting Article on What Sony Should Do to Succeed With the PS4
Earlier this week, I wrote about a rumor that Edge broke news on. That rumor stated that Microsoft will not be allowing playable used games for their next console. There were a couple of other things mentioned in that write-up with the next Microsoft system, but hardly any of the 5,000+ notes on Tumblr had any opinion or 2 cents on those other new features, such as the console’s new blu-ray format, or the new Kinect being bundled with the next Xbox.
Well, in case some of you weren’t aware already, Sony has patented technology that could very well stop the use of used games on their next console. It’s also been rumored for the last two years that both Sony and Microsoft will indeed be stopping used games from being playable at all on their next gen consoles.
Also, for those of you upset with this tactic and think that neither company would ever do this: stop being naive. They’re both companies who need money. That’s what they do. Simple as that.
Steam does it now. You cannot sell or lend out a previously purchased PC game you have bought from Steam. Same idea here, except with consoles. Granted, neither Microsoft or Sony price their digital games low enough to make me want to purchase them online as opposed to handling physical copies, but I’m sure that would change in the future gen of consoles. Hopefully…
And stop kidding yourselves — you’re not going to buy a Wii U if Microsoft or Sony “betrayed” you. You weren’t planning on that ever. Most of you have jobs and can afford more than one console, so I don’t see the need for elitism with sticking with one system for one entire generation of video game systems when you can simply buy another.
So now I’m going to make this perfectly clear before I go on with saying this. I’ll even bold this next statement, as to not confuse some of you with this post.
It’s rumored that the next PlayStation will not be backwards compatible and the next Xbox might not be either. Veteran gaming journalist, Chris Morris, speculates that the new technology being brought onto both upcoming systems will not allow either console to achieve that task. 
Reading some headlines on Kotaku this afternoon, I found this article I’d really like you all to take the time and read, written by Chris Morris. The article goes in-depth into explaining what exactly needs to be accomplished for Sony to succeed with their upcoming PlayStation 4 console. Pretty damn great ideas and a very realistic look on what Sony will be doing with their upcoming console. Read it here. It’ll get you pumped, from a business aspect at least.
And yes, rumors are rumors. But sometimes they can be true. Sometimes.
We may know more about the PlayStation 4 in less than two weeks. Sony has planned a press conference for February 20, and many speculate it’s for the PlayStation 4.

An Interesting Article on What Sony Should Do to Succeed With the PS4

Earlier this week, I wrote about a rumor that Edge broke news on. That rumor stated that Microsoft will not be allowing playable used games for their next console. There were a couple of other things mentioned in that write-up with the next Microsoft system, but hardly any of the 5,000+ notes on Tumblr had any opinion or 2 cents on those other new features, such as the console’s new blu-ray format, or the new Kinect being bundled with the next Xbox.

Well, in case some of you weren’t aware already, Sony has patented technology that could very well stop the use of used games on their next console. It’s also been rumored for the last two years that both Sony and Microsoft will indeed be stopping used games from being playable at all on their next gen consoles.

Also, for those of you upset with this tactic and think that neither company would ever do this: stop being naive. They’re both companies who need money. That’s what they do. Simple as that.

Steam does it now. You cannot sell or lend out a previously purchased PC game you have bought from Steam. Same idea here, except with consoles. Granted, neither Microsoft or Sony price their digital games low enough to make me want to purchase them online as opposed to handling physical copies, but I’m sure that would change in the future gen of consoles. Hopefully…

And stop kidding yourselves — you’re not going to buy a Wii U if Microsoft or Sony “betrayed” you. You weren’t planning on that ever. Most of you have jobs and can afford more than one console, so I don’t see the need for elitism with sticking with one system for one entire generation of video game systems when you can simply buy another.

So now I’m going to make this perfectly clear before I go on with saying this. I’ll even bold this next statement, as to not confuse some of you with this post.

It’s rumored that the next PlayStation will not be backwards compatible and the next Xbox might not be either. Veteran gaming journalist, Chris Morris, speculates that the new technology being brought onto both upcoming systems will not allow either console to achieve that task. 

Reading some headlines on Kotaku this afternoon, I found this article I’d really like you all to take the time and read, written by Chris Morris. The article goes in-depth into explaining what exactly needs to be accomplished for Sony to succeed with their upcoming PlayStation 4 console. Pretty damn great ideas and a very realistic look on what Sony will be doing with their upcoming console. Read it here. It’ll get you pumped, from a business aspect at least.

And yes, rumors are rumors. But sometimes they can be true. Sometimes.

We may know more about the PlayStation 4 in less than two weeks. Sony has planned a press conference for February 20, and many speculate it’s for the PlayStation 4.

Edge Reports on New Xbox: No Used Games, Internet Required
Edge is reporting new details on the next Xbox system. The biggest news about the new console: internet is required to play with the system and used games will be blocked.
Games will be purchased with one-time-use activation codes, meaning the sole person who uses the code first is the only person who can play the game on their console. 
While the console’s experience now fully lies with internet compatibility, physical games will still be available. Games will now be on blu-ray format for the next Microsoft console, meaning 50 gigs of space for games now.
The console holds AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. The console will also ship with a newer version of the Kinect.

Edge Reports on New Xbox: No Used Games, Internet Required

Edge is reporting new details on the next Xbox system. The biggest news about the new console: internet is required to play with the system and used games will be blocked.

Games will be purchased with one-time-use activation codes, meaning the sole person who uses the code first is the only person who can play the game on their console. 

While the console’s experience now fully lies with internet compatibility, physical games will still be available. Games will now be on blu-ray format for the next Microsoft console, meaning 50 gigs of space for games now.

The console holds AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. The console will also ship with a newer version of the Kinect.

Halo 4' Gameplay Trailer

Shoot aliens in space in the first person all over again when Halo 4 drops November 6, 2012.

Pre-order: Halo 4
Check it: Live-action war between old & new school gaming icons
CONTEST TIME: Reblog this post for a chance to win Star Wars Kinect! [ENDED]
UPDATE: Game over, man. Thanks to everyone for playing!
The rad dudes over at Brisk are hooking us up with a copy of Star Wars Kinect to give to one lucky reader. Not only that, but they’re throwing in a bottle of Brisk that includes a special M-Tag that can be scanned by your Kinect to unlock the game’s Anakin Podracing Mode.
To enter, just make sure you’re following Albotas on Tumblr, reblog this post, and that’s it! Multiple reblogs WILL NOT get you multiple entries, plus it’s just obnoxious, so don’t be that person. Oh, and it also helps if we have a way to contact you in case you win, so be sure to enable your Ask Box.
One lucky winner will be announced this Friday. Good luck, and may The Force be with you.
Also, Brisk is giving away a buttload of radness over on their Facebook page for the next few days, so go peep that business for more chances at getting free things.

CONTEST TIME: Reblog this post for a chance to win Star Wars Kinect! [ENDED]

UPDATE: Game over, man. Thanks to everyone for playing!

The rad dudes over at Brisk are hooking us up with a copy of Star Wars Kinect to give to one lucky reader. Not only that, but they’re throwing in a bottle of Brisk that includes a special M-Tag that can be scanned by your Kinect to unlock the game’s Anakin Podracing Mode.

To enter, just make sure you’re following Albotas on Tumblr, reblog this post, and that’s it! Multiple reblogs WILL NOT get you multiple entries, plus it’s just obnoxious, so don’t be that person. Oh, and it also helps if we have a way to contact you in case you win, so be sure to enable your Ask Box.

One lucky winner will be announced this Friday. Good luck, and may The Force be with you.

Also, Brisk is giving away a buttload of radness over on their Facebook page for the next few days, so go peep that business for more chances at getting free things.

A Little Bit on the Terms of Service Side: Remember that time that Sony boned their customers by blocking them from the PSN until they legally agreed to waive their rights to a class action suit? Well now you can swap “Sony” and “PSN” for “Microsoft” and “Xbox Live”. Thankfully, you can write in within 30 days saying you want to opt out of that part of the deal. It sucks that once one company pulls a dick move all the other companies follow, as if it’s not a big deal since they weren’t the first to do it. Now where are my stamps?

A Little Bit on the Terms of Service Side: Remember that time that Sony boned their customers by blocking them from the PSN until they legally agreed to waive their rights to a class action suit? Well now you can swap “Sony” and “PSN” for “Microsoft” and “Xbox Live”. Thankfully, you can write in within 30 days saying you want to opt out of that part of the deal. It sucks that once one company pulls a dick move all the other companies follow, as if it’s not a big deal since they weren’t the first to do it. Now where are my stamps?

Hey folks, I was on Twitter (follow me @hunterf if you’d like, I’m fairly active.) and I saw a tweet offering a bitchin’ deal on Halo: CE Anniversary And thought I’d pass it along to you guys. If you plan on buying it, you should probably order it now and from Newegg. With this coupon code, you can get the game for only $30, which is a pretty damn good price. The game won’t actually be available until November 15th, but you could but it now, forget about it, and think of it like an early Christmas present for yourself. The coupon code is: EMCYTZT622 for those of you that would prefer to just copy and paste it.

Hey folks, I was on Twitter (follow me @hunterf if you’d like, I’m fairly active.) and I saw a tweet offering a bitchin’ deal on Halo: CE Anniversary And thought I’d pass it along to you guys. If you plan on buying it, you should probably order it now and from Newegg. With this coupon code, you can get the game for only $30, which is a pretty damn good price. The game won’t actually be available until November 15th, but you could but it now, forget about it, and think of it like an early Christmas present for yourself. The coupon code is: EMCYTZT622 for those of you that would prefer to just copy and paste it.

Microsoft as the Good Guys? Nah.
I recently read an article in Wired magazine about how Microsoft’s Kinect has reignited the hardware hacking scene. One thing they touched upon is how MS did a total 180, first by saying that they didn’t condone the use of the hardware through anything other than a 360 console, then by saying that they openly support Kinect hacking. In fact, as you probably know, they’re releasing drivers and an SDK for Windows. A big and sudden turnaround like this isn’t seen that often, so when it does, it comes off as a little fishy. And I hate fish.
What I’m getting at is that MS would have you believe they’ve been the good guys all along. They’ve even gone as far as to say their initial negative reaction to Kinect hacking was simply a PR blunder and that they’ve always meant for it to be pseudo-open-source. Maybe I’m a cynical asshole, but I have a hard time swallowing that one. Microsoft saw an opportunity to heighten their stature among us nerds and seized upon it. They knew there was no going back after Kinect was hacked within days of its release. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. They knew their best bet at that point was to feign enthusiasm rather than play their same old grumpy role.
I’m not a Microsoft hater, and I’m not saying that an official Kinect SDK is a bad thing. Not at all. In fact, it was an undeniably cool move on Microsoft’s part. And that influence is spreading quick. Now Sony (doing what they do best) are playing catch-up and releasing drivers for their Move hardware.
What I’ve always been weary of though, is business’ fawning in order to gain support and, ultimately, customers. Manipulation by corporations is usually considered to be the stuff of tinfoil-hat-wearing schizophrenics, but unfortunately it’s a reality. What we have to remember is who’s really on our side - the side that wants to improve technology and society. Is that Microsoft, McDonalds, and Wal-Mart, or the (whitehat) hackers who are coding all sorts of useful Kinect apps? I think the answer is pretty clear.

Microsoft as the Good Guys? Nah.

I recently read an article in Wired magazine about how Microsoft’s Kinect has reignited the hardware hacking scene. One thing they touched upon is how MS did a total 180, first by saying that they didn’t condone the use of the hardware through anything other than a 360 console, then by saying that they openly support Kinect hacking. In fact, as you probably know, they’re releasing drivers and an SDK for Windows. A big and sudden turnaround like this isn’t seen that often, so when it does, it comes off as a little fishy. And I hate fish.

What I’m getting at is that MS would have you believe they’ve been the good guys all along. They’ve even gone as far as to say their initial negative reaction to Kinect hacking was simply a PR blunder and that they’ve always meant for it to be pseudo-open-source. Maybe I’m a cynical asshole, but I have a hard time swallowing that one. Microsoft saw an opportunity to heighten their stature among us nerds and seized upon it. They knew there was no going back after Kinect was hacked within days of its release. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. They knew their best bet at that point was to feign enthusiasm rather than play their same old grumpy role.

I’m not a Microsoft hater, and I’m not saying that an official Kinect SDK is a bad thing. Not at all. In fact, it was an undeniably cool move on Microsoft’s part. And that influence is spreading quick. Now Sony (doing what they do best) are playing catch-up and releasing drivers for their Move hardware.

What I’ve always been weary of though, is business’ fawning in order to gain support and, ultimately, customers. Manipulation by corporations is usually considered to be the stuff of tinfoil-hat-wearing schizophrenics, but unfortunately it’s a reality. What we have to remember is who’s really on our side - the side that wants to improve technology and society. Is that Microsoft, McDonalds, and Wal-Mart, or the (whitehat) hackers who are coding all sorts of useful Kinect apps? I think the answer is pretty clear.

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