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Certain Age Gaming for September 7th, 2014 “Special Guest FORCE”

Today we get TWO special guests for the price of one because Zack is with us and it’s his first time so blame everything that goes wrong squarely on him and not Kody! Taryn is also there too, so yay or something. Anyway, Kody played Diablo III Season 1 and Don’t Starve Vita Edition, Taryn played DOTA 2 and Final Fantasy XVI, and Zack played Path of Exile and Smash Bros… sort of? We talked about Microsoft’s free game offer and other stuff in the news.

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Certain Age Gaming for May 18th, 2014 “Borderline Consensual Sex”

We were gone last week so you’d think we’d have a lot of games to talk about but you’d be wrong! We did play some though, James started New Game+ in Dark Souls II because he hates himself and he also played Payday 2. Kody, on the other hand, played a bunch of mobile shit (like God of War HD) and also The Sun At Night and Black Ice. The news is mostly about how wrong Kody was when he said just 2 weeks ago that Microsoft wouldn’t pull the Kinect 2.0 out of Xbox One SKUs. It was a more innocent time.

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Xbox One’s New Remote Won’t Replace the Kinect

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Today Microsoft officially announce it’s Xbox One Media Remote (after it leaked on Amazon earlier this week). It’s a cool looking little device that… well, their Press Release says it best:

…the Xbox One Media Remote lets you control video playback for Blu-ray movies and streaming video on Xbox One*. Additionally, there are dedicated Back and OneGuide buttons. The OneGuide button provides one-touch, quick access to your favorite TV shows and movies through the Xbox program guide**. This simple, yet powerful remote is designed to help you listen, watch and switch among experiences instantly.

People everywhere are abuzz about this remote thinking that it’s the first sign of the long rumored Kincetless SKU of Xbox Ones. Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be the case as this Remote actually controls through the Kinect, not around it.

The Media Remote can also control TV/Receiver power and volume through Kinect, which uses IR blasting to send signals to your TV and/or receiver.

This seems like a stop gap, not a replacement. Microsoft realizes that pure Kinect controls aren’t tenable in all situations and have finally, months after release, given us a solution to this problem. They could have included an IR Receiver dongle with the remote but chose not to as, it turns out, they probably don’t want to replace the Kinect.

Certain Age Gaming for December 16th, 2013 “Home Invasions Are Up This Time of Year”

We were 24 hours late but in the meantime picked up Rachel for a cast! She joins us primarily to talk about Starbound but also to make fun of Kody for sucking at Dark Souls. It’s pretty much all Starbound talk all the time until news rolls around and we debate whether the disastrous Wii U numbers are toll the bells for Nintendo’s ill received console.  Other news is the Mega Man board game and the XBOX One/Playstation 4 numbers out of November.

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Certain Age Gaming for September 8th, 2013 “Space Whales Everywhere”

Justin’s back and he doesn’t like Divekick! James played some Spelunky and sucks at it and Kody gets scared of Nightmare House 2 in between bouts of Paranautical Activity. There’s also news. Xbox One gets a release date and Kojima likes to sell Video Games. Plus, Kody explains why the Divekick tournament didn’t take place on Saturday. (it’s a GREAT excuse!)

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Certain Age Gaming Podcast for June 23th, 2013

Kody plays Persona 4 as a relationship simulator. To make FRIENDS. He also plays Soundshapes. Justin beats The Last Of Us and plays UnEpic with James. James continues his streak of not being impressed by Vanquish. Also we talk the Xbox 180.

Certain Age Gaming for June 23rd 2013

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Microsoft Reverses Course, Scraped Iceberg will Sue

I have, in the past, vehemently advocated for Microsoft’s right to take the Xbox and it’s brand into whatever vision of the future they wanted. I may not have agreed with the specifics of that future, but my singular voice is small and insignificant in the face of Microsoft’s vision.

Apparently, a bunch of little insignificant consumer voices added all together is enough to cause even a tech dinosaur to pause. Today, Don Mattrick had this to say.

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.

Congratulations to Microsoft. Earlier today I was trying to explain to my 6 year old son how important it is that we admit our mistakes and there are no better examples than this. Does this mean that all is forgiven? That remains to be seen… this does not give Mattrick carte blache to do whatever he likes now. What this does do is make the next generation an actual race now.

I’m betting on Sony this time around.