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.
Sounds like we found “Satan Box”
Big Brother, anyone?
It’s been done so many times, but I love pokemon way too much, so xover! … =_= so sleepy…
reblogging again. I love the idea of Pokemon not evolving at a level, or an age, but when they evolve because they’re needed
Ooh this is cool
I really love that idea as well. Like, I imagine that some species might evolve due to their lifecycle (I can’t imagine a Metapod staying Metapod), but this is a really excellent way of going about it. It makes me think of how humans have bouts of extreme strength in dire situations.
“I’ve never heard anyone sing a Queen song this well before except by Queen….I think I need a moment.”
-My Queen fan friend I’m staying with while listening to the Protomen A Night of Queen. She was legit freaking out for a sec. I have certainly earned my fangirl stripes 8D
THAT WAS ME I AM THAT FRIEND
AND MY HEART MIGHT HAVE STOPPED
I want to explain something here. These two .gifs are the first flash animations that I had ever made. I did these during my first semester in college in a computer animation class back in 2010. I had no idea what Flash even was.
Now let me just ask you something: Which one looks like it took the most time?
Our assignment was to experiment with Flash on our own, get used to the tools and settings and that sort of thing. I decided to go frame by frame and observed a gif taken from Treasure Planet. The result was that first gif you see up there.
I turned that first gif in to class the next day…and got a failing grade.
“This is not the proper way to use Flash” my teacher said. “Too complicated. This is not what people want to see. No use of tweens. Zero points.”
I was heartbroken to get a zero on my first assignment, so my teacher decided to give me a second chance. “Animate a running stick figure with tweens” the teacher said. So I did. I turned in that 2nd gif you see, and got an A.
To this day I am appalled by the way I was treated. To all of you animators out there, I recommend learning on your own. It could save you time and money. If you still choose to go to college, then that is fine too. You do what you want, just don’t let ANYONE try to downgrade your creative capability.
Okay just reblogging this because I’m seeing all these responses from students who didn’t follow their teachers instructions for their assignments and then got poor grade, and seem to think it was because their teacher was some sort of an ass or something.
I’m sorry no. You didn’t do what they asked, you didn’t follow the assignment, you got an F.
Yes it sucks that you put a lot of work into tracing that gif, but that wasn’t what you’re teacher asked you to do.
And I’m sorry but your teacher’s right. If you’re trying to get a job for flash animation, damn straight a company is going to want to see that you know how to use the program and it’s tools. That means understanding how to use the specific animation tools in flash, like tweening. That doesn’t automatically mean making shitty stiff animation. If you really want to amaze you’re teacher, make amazing animation while fallowing his assignment.
From the sounds of it the teacher wanted to see you practice and experiment with tweens, and you didn’t, so you didn’t get points. That’s it. That’s literately all that has happened here. There is no personal assault on you or creativity as a whole. The fact you think that getting an F for handing in a traced copy written animation means he’s trying to stomp out creativity is… kind of telling in of itself.
Also you’re incredibly lucky you didn’t get a warning for handing in that copy written trace. If I had done that in my school I would have gotten in deep shit. I would be happy he let you re-do the assignment and then move on and continue to do creative stuff on your own time. You’re teacher is there to teach you how to use the program, not to personally support or ”downgrade your creative capability.”
Tell ‘em like it is, Chronidu. I do not think OP is being truthful, in the fact that it is fairly obvious they’re not sharing the whole truth, ferreting away important key parts like, oh idk.. the fact that they were supposed to be LEARNING FLASH and not LEARNING TO TRACE GIFS.
This comparison is apples to oranges, and depending on the lighting. That second animation is crap if you’re trying to think of it as remotely comparable to even the copied skill of a disney animator, its true! If someone were to be grading it based on animation quality, it would certainly fail. However it is composed entirely of tweens, and if you’re grading if the person understands how to use tweens, then of course it is A material. Congrats! Gif #2 conveyed that you understood the material being taught and so it got you a passing grade! I agree that you should be thankful you even got a second go.
Art school has a technical side and is not devoted entirely to “make this picture look super pretty with methods you already know.” Your assignment was a technical one, not an artistic one. Why would you expect anything BUT an F when you did the exact opposite of what you were supposed to do?
Art school is as much about building experience and connections as it is about learning skills. You can technically learn anything you want on your own, but you will have 0 credibility and you will be flying blind in to an industry that you absolutely do not understand. Art schools don’t just teach you how to be a better artist, but a better worker. Good work habits, team cooperation, understanding what employers want, and making sure you have the technical skills you need because SURPRISE, raw talent won’t get you by.
Please don’t give the toxic advice of “fuck schools do it on your own!” What if your foolish ass actually IMPRESSES upon someone?? You’d be costing them an actual opportunity by whining about your ego getting chipped at 3 years ago. People could learn to be an incredible animator on your own, but if they don’t have the developed work habits to fit in to a studio environment, nobody is going to want them in their studio. If they even give you the time of day! After all, you’re not really going to have anyone to speak for you that is mildly relevant to your interests, or even know the people who let word out that there is a job opening to apply for.
Ways to be successful in art school:
- Make sure you actually do the assignment when you do the assignment.
- Pay attention to the details of what is wanted from you. This isn’t artwork for you, after all! It is artwork for your education!
- Time spent means nothing when it comes to turned in assignments, only outcome and how it compares (and preferably exceeds) with what was asked of it.
- Check your ego at the door, because if you’re so attached to your work that you’ll let something like this fester for 3 years, it is going to get very battered and bruised (and you are not going to thrive in a professional environment, so best learn now.)
- Remember you are there to learn how to be a Professional Artist. Not a better artist.
Ways to do terribly in art school:
- Think time spent should mean anything for your eventual grade.
- Ignore the assignment and just make something that you like to turn in.
- Hold on to failed assignments like battle wounds and thinking you must have been treated terrible instead of learning from it and moving on.
- Expect that any amount of request or constraint on the technical side of how you produce a piece means the end of creativity in said piece.
- Treat artwork you make for school like personal projects and not demonstrations of learned skill.
- Think that because you were “being creative” you are infallible
There you go guys now you ACTUALLY learned something today.
I thought there was something kind of off with the original post, but I just wish that quote up there, “you are there to learn how to be a professional, not better” was widespread knowledge because it’s probably bitten a lot of people.
and if any of you white people respond with “wait but I didn’t do that. that was in the past”
i need you to check your privilege
and then drink bleach if you think your hands aren’t dirty
Guilt doesn’t transfer from generation to generation. I am not magically accountable for something my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather MIGHT have done. Also;
>social justice blogger
>telling people to kill themselves
I love that there’s a blog called “this is white culture” that is solely devoted to bad things white people did, not their cultures at all. So I guess I can make a blog called “this is black culture” and post gang and crime records and that’s 100% okay. Or “this is Muslim culture” and make it all about terrorism.
But wait, you cry. Not all black people are criminals and not all Muslims are terrorists. That’s unfair! And racist!
WELL GOLLY GEE DO YOU THINK SO? Because saying that all white people are responsible for the Atlantic slave trade sounds pretty racist to me, given that, you know, that was between the African slaveholders and the British and Americans and had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with my ancestors, who were incredibly poor farmers and serfs from Ireland and Lithuania who had to flee to America at around the turn of the century (by which time slavery had already been abolished in the US) because they were being treated like slaves. Even if they had been living in America at the time when slavery was legal they wouldn’t have been able to afford a slave; in fact they probably would have been working with them in the fields and treated about the same, since the first slaves in America were actually white serfs. But please, tell me more about how dirty my hands are because of circumstances surrounding my birth that I could not control and continue to treat me differently based on the color of my skin without actually knowing anything about my heritage, I’m sure that isn’t racist at all!
What?? Check YOUR privilege. You can openly say you hate an entire race just for being the race they are - the exact definition of racism - and somehow get away with it like it’s okay? Fuck you. You racist, prejudice, hateful asshole. I don’t give a fuck what you think an entire race owes you based on your or their skin color.
Sorry NOT sorry you feel like you can pull the race card any time you want for the rest of your life to try to get away with being an asshole to people for being a different race than you. Seriously, fuck you. People like YOU are just another reason why there’s so much hate. You’re bitter, and resentful, and just angry for whatever reason in your life that you feel the need to be a miserable racist fucking asshole. Good fucking day.
PS: I’m Hispanic so don’t even try that shit with me.
PPS: SOUTH AMERICAN to be exact. The Europeans came over to my continent and wiped out my ancestor’s Incan Empire. Guess what? I’m STILL not the piece of shit you are. Have a wonderful day!
yes beautiful it got better