Alright, if you’re a consumer and you’re considering picking up the new Xbox One console, then please, take a moment to listen to me. Before we begin, no, I am not a fanboy or a hater. I have no console Bias. I have a PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and a Gaming PC. Each has their pros and cons but now onto business.
DO NOT BUY AN XBOX ONE. Why? See the reasons below:
Xbox Requires an internet connection. Here’s how it works: Every 24 hours your Xbox will try to connect to Microsoft’s servers for verification. If it is unable to connect, sucks to be you. You’re blocked from playing even single player games until it can connect.
Do you like renting games, lending them to a friend, or even borrowing them from a friend? No longer possible. Every Xbox One game you get must be registered to your Xbox live account to be played. After that point it will only work for you. No one else can use it unless they pay a fee. Essentially it works like this. You pick up a used Xbox One game from somewhere or someone, pop it into your console. The system verifies it’s been registered to your account. Uh-oh, it isn’t! In order to play it, you have to pay Microsoft a fee, which is currently slated to be full retail price. Doesn’t matter how scratched up it is or how cheap you got it at gamestop or from a friend. You aren’t just buying the physical copies anymore. You’re paying Microsoft for a LICENSE to be allowed to play that game.
It is worth mentioning Microsoft is exploring ways for you to trade in and resell your used games. This is rumored to mean that you can sell your digital license to play the game (registration) back to microsoft, likely for microsoft points. You can then trade in the game at gamespot for some cash if you like. Either way, as it currently stands, the new owner would still have to pay a fee on top of the price of actually buying the physical copy.
Is it worth mentioning that Microsoft if shafting Indie Developers as well? Where as on Playstation Network or (whatever the Wii has) Indie Developers can self publish their content easily. Playstation even encourages this. Microsoft however forces these Indie Devs to enter publishing deals with them to be allowed to market their content. You don’t go through them, you don’t get to sell what you developed.
I’m not quite done yet! Now, I’m sure you heard a lot about “TV TV TV TV SPORTS TV TV SPORTS SPORTS TV.” Yes, the Xbox is slated to be able to stream live tv, live sports, etc. So let me ask you this. You obviously already have something like cable or DirecTV. Do you really want to shell out hundreds of dollars more and pay a monthly subscription fee to have another television provider? Yes, I said hundreds of dollars, and I don’t mean the cost of the console. To view live TV from the Xbox you are required to purchase ANOTHER separate device for it to work. Why would you even consider shelling out more money for something you already have anyway? Even if you didn’t, DirecTV is cheaper. Or you could even subscribe you Hulu.com and watch live tv on your computer. FOR MUCH CHEAPER. You essentially have to buy another cable box if you don’t have one. And if you do… what do you need the Xbox One for?
So far we’ve discovered that the Xbox One is not really a gaming console, at least… not a consumer friendly gaming console. It’s being marketed as an all-in-one home entertainment system. Something to replace all of the other devices in your house. But there are drawbacks even to that. Put on your tin foil hats for this part folks. Take from it what you will, all I’ll say is… possibilities…
The Xbox One’s features will not function unless the Kinect is plugged in and active. This is not an optional piece anymore.
So imagine your Kinect piece breaks? Tough luck, no more Xbox for you. But you know what’s worse?
Pay attention, because this is important. The Kinect is always watching. Always listening. Even when the system is off.
Yes. One of the ways to turn the system on is to audibly say: “Xbox On” while the system is off. The Kinect, which is always on, hears you and turns it on. Now this might seem like a cool feature, but did you know Microsoft patented a feature that would allow the Kinect’s camera (It’s no longer just a sensor, but a camera) to spy on you for the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America?) While they may not actually do this, it is actually possible for them to do this now. It has a camera, and a microphone. The Kinect is always on. It is ALWAYS listening, ALWAYS watching.
An idea has been tossed around that by using this feature, it will allows game developers and movie produces to set a limited amount of how many people can be allowed to view the entertainment. So as a hypothetical example, you and three friends are watching a movie, which is the maximum allowed. A fourth friend enters the room and the Kinect’s sensor registers the fourth individual. The movie stops and you a prompted to pay a fee so that the extra individual may also view the film. Again, that is NOT currently the case, but these are the ideas currently being tossed around with the system’s current capabilities.
Source for listening: http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/21/4352596/the-xbox-one-is-always-listening
Source of spying: http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/139706-microsofts-new-kinect-patent-goes-big-brother-will-spy-on-you-for-the-mpaa
Now, just two more things and I’ll be done here!
This isn’t really a good or bad thing, but it’s annoying. It also explains how they can prevent you from playing a used game if you didn’t pay their fee. Xbox one no longer plays games off the discs, you HAVE to install them to the hard-drive in order to play them. I believe PS3 also has you do this (on a number of games but not always it seems), except that PS3 isn’t trying to Nickle and Dime you at every corner. It also seems according to this article there is something related to the Online portion at the beginning of this post. The option is there for Developers to require the Xbox to always be online to play their particular game. Well, it seems PC gamers and console gamers have one thing in common now… DRM.
(At least pirates on PC can bypass DRM easily. Not an option for Consoles.)
And last but not least, another annoyance… Xbox One will not be compatible with any and all current headsets. Nope, companies will either have to make new headsets altogether specifically for the Xbox One, and they have to adhere to what Microsoft wants. Look forward to price gouging.
Oh, one more thing… If you have an Xbox 360, don’t get rid of it. Why? Well if you want to keep playing your old 360 games you’ll need it. The Xbox One isn’t backwards compatible. At all. Not only that, but President of Microsoft’s Xbox Division Don Mattrick insults the very notion of backwards compatibility! He calls it: “Backwards thinking.”
Source of insult: http://www.polygon.com/2013/5/22/4355984/xbox-one-backward-compatibility-backwards-thinking-don-mattrick
That is all I have to say currently folks, and I hope you took the time to read this far. I’ll conclude with the following… please… PLEASE do not buy this console. Paying for this supports greedy and anti-consumer business practices. Speak with your wallet, and pass up the Xbox One. No matter what games it might have that you want, even if they are exclusive. Do the right thing and make a statement. Refuse to be nickle and dimed like this. Refuse to be seen as a mindless consumer who will buy anything tossed to them.
We won’t know much else until after E3, but as it stands now, the PS4 or a decent gaming PC is the best way to go.
If you are willing to do so, please spread this post around. Liking is not even remotely necessary, but do please share it if you agree with and acknowledge what you’ve read here. The more people know, the fewer of them waste their money.
Thank you, kindly.
(Originally posted on Facebook by one of my friends. He brings up many valid points. Mind you, I haven’t been a fan of Xbox in a long time and I will most likely get a PS4. But this confirms further for me that I won’t be getting an Xbox one any time in the foreseeable future.)
TL;DR —The XBOX One is going to be a piece of shit and you really shouldn’t even remotely think about getting one.
Knowing that people smile when they see my art makes me so happy and it motivates me to post more and to have fun with my drawings as well.
Quick starry background by me
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This is seriously my reason for why i want to do art for a living. I get to bring peoples imagination and creative minds to life through my artwork. I can also bring my own to life and tell stories or move people with my pieces. Its a great feeling to be able to spread a little joy to the world. : ) (sometimes, even just showing an emotion and knowing people can relate and they might not feel so alone and know others know what its like.)
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END OF SCHOOL YEAR GIVEAWAY!
School ends in two weeks for me, so to celebrate the coming of summer, you get a giveaway. Prizes are:
- Thor Hammer 3D Deco Light
- Captain America Shield 3D Deco Light
- The Hunger Games Trilogy
- Hulk and Thor 16 oz Glass Cups
- Hansel & Gretel Blu-Ray/DVD (not out yet, but by the time this ends i’ll be able to send it via amazon.)
- Avengers Blu-Ray/DVD (this one is used because it was my copy, but I got my Phase 1 which also has the movie so I decided to give this one away. Oh and Sam may have been trying to eat the sleeve thingy…)
So I count 6 things, so 6 people get to win one thing.
- Reblog or Like as many times as you wish.
- Don’t have to be following me, though I must admit I am quite fucking awesome.
- 6 people will win via random selection, first to respond gets first choice and so on and so forth. So if you’re the last one, then you get whatever is left. Have your ask box open please. If I have to bust a mission to find out where your ask link is then I will pick someone else, because the other choice would be to stab you.
- This will end on the 3rd of June, 2013 at 11:59PM US Pacific Time.
I was going to give out a Phase One, however, due to unforeseen crap I have to hold off on that one till Fall. I do apologize. Oh and this is not restricted to the US.
Any Questions, my ask box is open.
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!!!EDIT!!! oopsies i forgot to include the advanced settings for the crayon tool„, , oops u-u
(im reposting this from my main!) (click for full.)
ANYWAYS SO YEAH THOSE ARE THE BRUSHES I USUALLY USE?? ill type up a little bit about each (also not shown here is the binary tool which i use for pixelling!! its pretty„, basic though i dont really have any special settings for it or anything + the blur tool which ive edited and i meaN if anyone wants it later i can like. make something omg)
Pencil - I use this for anything with outlines that dont look weighed??? I almost always use it at size 4 but sometimes ill use it at size 2!! (for any scribbly drawings i do haha)
Brush #1 - this is.…. . such an old brush omg its taken me long to get it like that buT its really nice to use for soft shading?? not so much blending stuff though ahh unless you like the hard difference between two colours which is usually what im going for? USUALLY before using this tool ill use the fancy outline one to lay flat colours in so i can get everything at 100% opacity
Brush #2 - ThIS… is sort of similar to the other brush but as you can clearly see it has a different brush shape ff!! its also like. a bit better for blending although i dont usually use it for blending?? I dont use it a whole lot but i used it in the most recent drawings ive made (specifically the bec noir drawing that i did with the scar on the wrong side!!) but its really cool to use if you need like a simple gradient background to look a bit cooler. its neat.
Fancy Outline - USED„, PROBABLY THE MOST OF ALL THESE its what i use to line, colour, cel shade, doodle, etc. with!! Its really similar to the brush that squeedgemonster uses except it is a bit different because i have the edge hardness turned to zero and i have the Hard <-> Soft set at either 32 or lower!!!! But seriously while it does make really nice lineart it is REALLY REALLY good for colouring in small spaces since you can draw fairly thin lines in and also draw thick ones too :3 its cool. i really love this brush ok!!!! its like one of my favourites ive ever used.
Crayon - I„ RECENTLY CHANGED THIS ONE A TAD but not by much??? I sometimes use it for blending or crayon-like outlines!! i dont use it a whole lot either though but i still like it. Also while i do have blend on for mine you can just set it to zero if you dont want it to blend?? it blends pretty nicely though i think!
THATS„, BASICALLY IT sorry this was a really long response omg!! ALSO the symbols below each brush setting show what kind of brush i made so i could use them?? so make sure if you want to use any of these that the brush you are creating has the same symbol uwu (the crayon and brush ones are the same type of brush! i just named them differently ff)
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