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PS4: I’m Not Impressed (Update) I’m Somewhat Impressed

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Its the Dual Shock 4, Slash Wiiu/ vita !

PS4: No backwards compatibility. None of my PSN games or save data can be transferred to it. It will likely cost between 400-550 dollars. Sony , you must be outside of your damn mind if you think  i’m buying an expensive-ass console which the only advantages over the current PS3 are better graphics and a damn share button. The arrogance of Sony begins NOW!

No Backwards Compatibility

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Hold On To Your PS3 If You Ever Want To Play Your Games In The Future

Ok, so according to a report by http://www.gameinformer.com , Engadget has spoken to Sony’s Worldwide Studios president, Shuhei Yoshida, who stated that neither PSN nor PS3 game saves will be able to make the jump to the new console. David Perry, who works for Gaikai stated that Sony would like to bring multiple generations of Playstaion games to the PS4 via the cloud at some point in the PS4’s lifecycle. Looks like you better keep your PS3 if you want to play all of those games that you spent 60 dollars a piece on. What a joke.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/02/21/report_3a00_-psn-games-and-other-data-won_2700_t-transfer-to-ps4.aspx

Better Graphics

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Looks Good. Now What?

Don’t Get me wrong, if what was shown at the Sony press conference was actual in-game footage and not CGI or just a bunch of tech demos then the PS4 is a graphical beast. One game in particular stood out as the best thing iv’e seen in a video game ever. That game (or tech demo) was Capcoms Down Under. It featured a Knight fighting a dragon and believe me when i say there has never been anything like it before. The lighting and animation were beyond anything the current gen consoles could ever produce and that counts for the Wii U as well. Will this come at a high price? I believe so since Sony did not even touch on pricing. Prepare to empty your wallets. Not me though.

Sony’s (wrong) Answer To Nintendo’s Gamepad

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Uhhhhh….

Don’t act like you think this is an amazing idea. A touch pad and a share button, hmm were have i seen something like this before? Ok, it is pretty cool that you can actually capture and share in-game footage of you paying a game and send it to a friend. You can even allow a friend to magically take over your game if you want. Pretty cool. Game changer? Hell no!

That’s All Folks!

I have a brother who swears by Sony and thinks the PS4 will be the worlds greatest thing since Moses leading the Children of Israel out of Egypt. I beg to differ. Look i owned a PS3 and loved it but Sony lost me when it decided that backwards compatibility wasn’t important for my on-disc games or my PSN content. To make me re-buy them again in some fashion is not ok. Your probably thinking, “what about Nintendo making you re-buy classic NES titles via virtual console”? You do realize those games are like 25 years old, right? The point is that every console should be compatible with at least the previous generation to some degree. Making you start fresh feels unfair. The PS4 will definitely be a graphical powerhouse but i’m not convinced it will come cheap. I’m not ready to spend another 500 dollars on a game machine, are you?

As always let me know your thoughts on the subject and tell me what makes Wii U Mad?


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3 Sony Playstation 4 Predictions

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Will It Be Announced?

Sony is holding a press event later this afternoon where it is expected for them to announce the Playstation 4. Provided that actually does happen here are my 3 predictions regarding the announcement of Sony’s new hardware, What else could Sony talk about? Vita?

1. Playstation 4 will feature an all new PSN along with new features and services

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New And Improved

I believe this will be one of the main focuses of the PS4. Sony recently bought Gaikai-a streaming service which would allow Sony to make their entire back catalog of games available for the PS4. This would be important for Sony to include in the PS4 since it would significantly add more value to the console as you would instantly have a plethora of games to choose from.

A more advanced PSN is probably a given. As good as the Playstation Network was, it was by no means perfect. Many gamers cried about the lack of cross game chat so it should be a sure thing that this feature would make it in to Sony’s new console. With Playstation Plus, Sony gave gamers plenty of value for 50 dollars a month and i would expect this to continue. Sony might even go as far as taking a few notes from Valves Steam network and allow developers to set their own prices and determine when their games would go on sale and for how long. An addition of this magnitude would give PSN a huge advantage over XBL and would undoubtedly attract more indie support which can only be a good thing for gamers.

Remember how many times you turned on your PS3 and found that their was a mandatory firmware update? No? Of course you don’t remember because there were way too many updates to even keep track of. Sony has no doubt remedied this with the PS4 and at the very least they would allow you to install these updates in the background and not have you sit there and stare at a progress bar for 15 minutes when all you want to do is play a game.

2. Cool Tech Demos But The PS4 Wont Blow You Away Like You Expect It To In Terms Of Visual Fidelity 

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Great But Where Is It?

Now this could be a bit of a stretch. I personally do not believe the PS4 or Xbox “720” will be s significant leap ahead of the Wii U in terms of graphical power. Why? Cost. We are already hearing rumors that Sony will have multiple consoles with a 400 dollar and 500 dollar price tag attached to them. Who can afford that in this economy? With the way everyone is addicted social media interaction and streaming apps and such, it would seem as if functionality would take the front seat over pure graphical horse power this time around. If you watch the Game Trailers Show called the Bonus Round, they had recently been discussing all things Sony and speculating on what the PS4 might offer. One thing that was interesting to me was a comment from one of the guests by the name of Brian Crecente who works at Polygon. He Said that the company that will win the next gen wont do it with games but by what other things the console can do such as sharing videos with other users . I’m sorry but that sounds like a load of crap but its interesting to hear industry insiders discuss this view of what they believe the next gen will be. Will Sony focus more on functionality over flash? Maybe both. My money will be on a console with less of a focus on high end graphics. I could be wrong, though.

3. Vita integration: The Vita’s Last Stand

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Could This Feature Be Better Suited For The PS4?

Sony tried integrating the PS3 and Vita in some interesting ways. Allowing you to buy a game on PS3 and Vita and share save data between the two titles and even cross platform play were very good ideas. Sony even claimed that the two could work together in ways that are better than what the Wii U could do with its Gamepad. Nice try Sony. One thing we could see happen is PS4 could be integrated with Vita from the go. Sony could push developers to add Vita functionality to every PS4 game making the experience much closer to that of Nintendo’s Wii U. What? Don’t act like Sony doesn’t copy Nintendo as often as they inhale air. Anyways, dare i say Sony could pack a Vita in with every PS4? Probably not but i think a massive Vita price drop could be in order to get more gamers to sign on to Sony’s handheld. If the PS4 and Vita can unite in ways Sony only dreamed with the PS3 it would add so much more value to the console and make spending 400-500 dollars that much more understandable although i don’t feel any game console is worth that much money. Just saying.

Honorable Mentions 

If in fact the PS4 is a power house for visuals than i believe it will be expensive. Seeing as Sony will want to wow the media and gamers at this event and no doubt steal some of Nintendo’s already fading thunder, i doubt a price will be revealed. Imagine hearing about all of the cool features of the PS4 and then seeing some truly amazing visuals only to have the hype sucked right back out of you by a price tag that requires that you pay with your soul. Not cool.

A Holiday 2013 release would not be that surprising. In fact i don’t think Sony could wait another year to release the PS4. Nintendo will no doubt gain some steam going further into the year and by the holiday we will see the release of the Zelda HD remake. Sony can’t afford to let Nintedo go a full year untested. Especially allowing then to launch a huge title around the holidays without any competition. A holiday release for the PS4 would be good for Sony since it would fall under shopping season. Lets just hope the PS4 has some games when it arrives.

I expect quite a few testimonials from 3rd party developers and publishers. Unlike the support Nintendo had from 3rd parties, i don’t expect their support for Sony to magically fade away in a years time. I think some big guns could show up today. Square could finally do something worthwhile and show off Final Fantasy Versus 13 complete with a brand new title that doesn’t sound completely ridiculous. How about a special edition of  GTA 5? I think every Sony fan would blow their lid if Naughty Dog shows up with a Uncharted 4 teaser. Sony has always had strong support from developers so i expect that to continue with the PS4.

Last but not least Sony will have to address the issue of backwards compatibility. If the rumors are true about Sony using new architecture for the PS4 then it would seem that it won’t be playing PS3 discs. What about all those PS3 games you own? This is a question Sony will have to answer.

So that’s it. My predictions for the PS4 during today’s Sony press conference provided Sony does announce a new console. What do you think? If you want to watch the press conference it starts at 6pm eastern. Gametrailers will have coverage starting at 2pm west coast time and i believe IGN will have coverage as well. Lets see how many of my predictions will come true or prove to be false. As always let me know what makes Wii U Mad? Until next time.


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Will The PS4 and Next Xbox cause the Wii U to become Obsolete?

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Super Powers Unite!

If you listen to the gaming media than you would believe that Nintendo is on it’s way to becoming the next Sega. With the PS4 and Next Xbox just around the corner, sites like Game Trailers and IGN seem convinced that the Wii U is destined to go out like the Dreamcast. Is it possible?

The Dreamcast Was Simultaneously The “Next Big Thing” As Well As Obsolete. So IS Wii U

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Ahead of its time, yet behind the next gen curve

When the Dreamcast was released it represented the next big step in gaming. Higher resolution graphics, more polygons, and online gaming. Great games found a home on the system as well. Games such as Sonic Adventure, Street Fighter 3, and Soul Calibur. So what went wrong? We all no that Sega had plenty of problems before releasing the Dreamcast. Problems witch finally caught up to them forcing Sega out of the hardware business. It didn’t make matters any better for them having three major consoles ready to enter the hardware race and compete directly against them. Xbox, PS2, and Gamecube, All of witch featured advanced tech that showed gamer’s what the future of what their beloved hobby would look like. From having built in DVD players to hard drives, to improved online functionality with Xbox Live, the Dreamcast simply couldn’t compete. What does this say about the Wii U?

Well as of right now i’m sure most people will agree that the Wii U is more of a capable piece of hardware than both the 360 and PS3. Almost everyone can see the potential of the system due to it’s innovative touch screen controller. Nintendo has even taken online a step further with it’s Miiverse service. We all saw the Nintendo direct that showed us a glimpse into the future of Wii U with games like Wind Waker HD, Monolith’s untitled RPG, the Wonderful 101, and Pikmin 3. There is no doubt the Wii U has potential but is it enough?

Sony is expected to announce the PS4 on February 20th, 2013. If you believe the rumors than you would know that the PS4 will boast visuals that far exceed that of witch the Wii U is capable of not to mention the advancements to Sony’s online experience. Microsoft’s next Xbox is expected to be just as powerful as the PS4. It is well documented that many of the big 3rd party games headed to PS3 and 360 are skipping Wii U. EA seems to be giving the console the cold shoulder all together, pulling games like Madden and FIFA for next year. From what we can tell, games that are believed to be next gen have been all but confirmed for Microsoft and Sony’s new machines with no mention of Wii U. Why? Could it be that Nintendo’s console doesn’t seem to bee selling as well as many would have hoped? Could it be that developers just don’t have the faith that their titles will sell well on a Nintendo console that is generally marketed towards family gaming? Or could it simply be that the Wii U will be vastly inferior compared to the upcoming consoles and developers simply CAN’T port their games to it? How about all of the above? So far all we have seen from the Wii U is alot of potential but nothing truly groundbreaking. It’s only been about three month’s since the console has launched and it seems almost unfair to judge it so harshly so early. Be that as it may, it is very unsettling to see such a lack of support for Nintendo from both developers and the gaming media. What can Nintendo do to turn things around?

Games! Games! Games!

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Greatest Franchises in Gaming!

Nintendo has the best franchises in gaming. Period! You may feel like you’ve outgrown some of them and that’s fine but no one can deny the charm and fantastic gameplay that Nintendo games regularly represent. Nintendo’s franchises have carried them through console generations before. N64, and Gamecube succeeded because of the fantastic first party titles available for them. The Wii was a different phenomenon. It succeeded because of it’s innovative control scheme but make no mistake, it was the fantastic first party offerings that kept that console on the radar as well. Could Nintendo repeat this success with the Wii U? They have to. If developers are going to skip the console in favor of more powerful offerings from Microsoft and Sony then the Wii U has to be a showcase for the best that Nintendo has to offer.

When the Wii launched alongside the PS3 no one thought it would compete due to being vastly under powered. It was the unique way to play games and fantastic titles like Twilight Princes, Metroid Prime, and Smash Bros among others that kept the Wii going strong in its early years. I personally had hoped that the Wii U could turn out to be the second coming of the SNES meaning it would be a haven for excellent first and third party support. If things continue the way they are currently going then id be happy to see the Wii U turn out to be like the N64. Why the N64? Think about it. The N64 gave us what are arguably considered to be the best games in the Zelda, Mario, and Mario Kart franchises. The N64 was a revolution for Nintendo’s top titles. The Wii U could do the same. The way Nintendo is talking about reinventing Zelda coupled with the touch screen controller we could see a second revolution in regards to Nintendo’s franchises. Nintendo needs this. We need to see all of their franchises make a triumphant return and not just the popular titles, either. Nintendo needs Wave Race. How awesome would a Punch-Out sequel look on the Wii U? The next Mario title needs to blow us all away in the same manner that Galaxy 1 and 2 did. When gaming generations have passed and gamers reflect on the industry, the Wii U needs to be looked at as that Nintendo system that provided absolutely the best experiences first party goodness even more so than the SNES did. Only time will tell.

Never Count Nintendo Out

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Down but not out

The gaming media loves to count Nintendo out. They did it with the Gamecube and they did it with the Wii. The 3Ds got the same bashing and now the Wii U. What do all of these consoles have in common? They all turned out to be a success. Nintendo is still here, alive and kicking. I will admit that if they don’t start releasing some major games BEFORE Sony and Microsoft release their new consoles then things will only get worse. We have no idea what Nintendo may have up its sleeve. We could very well see an onslaught of 3rd party support at E3 that will shock us all. Speaking of E3 i believe Nintendo cant afford not to blow us all away. I think Nintendo will be just fine as long as they release a steady stream of GOOD content throughout the Wii U’s life span. I believe gamers aren’t so fixated on visual fidelity that they would completely ignore awesome games from Nintendo. Never the less the ball is in their court. It may be Sony’s move next with Microsoft’s soon to follow but Nintendo can still control the game and i don’t think this is a game they can afford to loose.

As always let me know what you think and don’t forget to let me know what makes Wii U Mad!


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Beer And Hip-Hop

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Sorry iv’e been away for a few weeks guys. I came down with the flu or something and ended up becoming pretty ill for some time. Yes, yes, i know you missed me. Wipe the tears away and cry no more for i have returned. Iv’e returned and I’m pissed. Why do people put other people down when they are only trying to do their best? It’s time to go on a rant! The Subject? Marcus Beer.

The Annoyed Gamer

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Who  are you to judge, Marcus? You went off on a rant about how the Hip-Hop Gamer proclaims to be the “number one journalist” and how he is a plagiarist. Marcus Beer went on to say that Hip-Hop gamer represents everything that is wrong with gaming and that he’s a “bad joke”. This was all in response to the ECA (  Entertainment Consumers Association) naming Hip-Hop gamer as their brand ambassador. Marcus claims that as a result of this decision those who don’t approve of or understand gaming will now have a “field day” with negative press towards it.  Marcus’s comments were uncalled for and overly harsh. What about the intense raving, ranting and Marcus’s use of profanity at every turn.? I guess because he’s on a popular gaming site it’s ok. Right? Look Marcus can say what he like and speak in such a way that he desires so why can’t HHG?  Hip-Hop gamer is by no means perfect but he’s got a heart and a passion for the gaming industry. Instead of Marcus bashing him, how about trying to help him. Reach out to him and see if he cant offer up some encouragement. We as people need to be lifting each other up instead of tearing each other down. I enjoy Marcus’s show on Game Trailers. He has been in the industry for quite some time and he seems to know what he is talking about. He’s good at what he does. I believe Marcus also has a passion for this industry which maybe the reason why he attacked the Hip-Hop Gamer. Maybe he honestly feels that Hip-Hop Gamer doesn’t take gaming seriously enough. My problem is that had Marcus been paying attention to this guy he would have noticed a guy just trying to make it. A guy who just may not have the tools to get the job done the way it should be. Even if  the Hip-Hop Gamer lacked the proper training to be  considered a professional  journalist is the exact reason  why instead of tearing him down he should have contacted him to offer up some friendly and professional advice. What really pissed me off is that Marcus Beer had the nerve to tell Hip-Hop Gamer that he would give him a few months to get his act together. Then what! What then, Marcus?! Who the are you? You attack a man’s character then tell him you will give him time to sort himself out as if you were humanities judge. Last time i checked the Annoyed Gamer show wasn’t hosted by Jesus Christ.

Skip to the last segment to  hear his comments on the Hip-Hop Gamer

The ECA Is Just Trying To Do Something Positive For Someone Else

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http://www.theeca.com/

The ECA had this to say about the Hip-Hop Gamer.

Gerard approached us wanting to know what he could do to help the cause. He’s in the process of turning his life around, becoming more professional and inspirational to his friends and followers. It’s exceedingly rare that we have individuals approach the organization laying it all out there, offering to do whatever they can, and asking for nothing in return. While we weren’t aware of any of his perceived transgressions online, we choose to embrace his support, his efforts and his selflessness. If we were all judged solely upon the negatives in our past we would all be damned. We would like to give him the opportunity to be a voice for gamers and a positive role model for gaming.

Read more at http://www.destructoid.com/uh-oh-hip-hop-gamer-is-eca-s-new-brand-ambassador-244162.phtml#riQ9Ey8Z1QCxkykk.99

The man is clearly trying to change for the better. I will agree that his show may not be fancy or have the greatest production values when compared to shows like Annoyed Gamer or Invisible Walls but  like i said earlier, maybe Hip-Hop Gamer doesn’t currently have the resources  to create a more professional looking show. Ive said it time and time again, he has the heart. Someone just may need to come along side him and give him a little help. He is clearly trying to make the best of what he has. The ECA obviously saw this and they seem to stand by their decision to name the Hip-Hop Gamer as their brand ambassador. Not everyone agrees with this decision. People are saying that he is a stereotypical black male and that maybe he’s too “ghetto”. People like that clearly don’t comprehend what being “ghetto” really is and as far as him being the stereotypical black male then what does that make Geoff Keighly? The stereotypical white guy? Do you people not notice the words Hip and Hop in his name? He’s acting just as his the name Hip-Hop Gamer implies. The last thing I want to bring up is the Hip-Hop Gamer’s attempt to talk things out with Marcus Beer. He took to Twitter to try and get a one on one discussion with Marcus and he responded in a less than polite way.

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Really Marcus? He wouldn’t even give the man a chance. Hip-Hop Gamer has nothing to prove to Marcus Beer or anyone else. Period! 

Room For Improvement

The Hip-Hop Gamer is not without his faults. Just like with you and I, there is always room for improvement. I can’t wait to see HHG take the next step further in his career and make advancements with his shows production. He is already becoming a force to be reckoned with. Time will just make him even more of a “Bad-Ass”.  Maybe Marcus doesn’t like the fact that the Hip-Hop Gamer’s speech and body language is a bit on the thug side but if that be the case, Marcus needs to understand that Hip-Hop is in the mans veins. He probably spits rhymes in his sleep. To be fair the last few interviews that iv’e seen the Hip-Hop Gamer conduct were pretty good. He is definitely improving. Lastly Id love to see this guy get his own custom belt. Hip-Hop Gamer currently uses John Cena’s old WWE belt (replica) complete with custom spinner witch was meant to imitate a spinning rim of a car. He needs to have his own custom belt with the Hip-Hop Gamer logo on it. Marcus Beer didn’t seem to like the belt at all. I think its fun to watch the  Hip-Hop Gamer  interview someone then place the belt on their shoulder as they answer his questions. It places an importance on the person being interviewed and is says something about the value that the Hip-Hop gamer  places on each individual that he conducts interviews with. Its cool to watch.  Improving one’s self takes time. It’s called growth and it doesn’t happen overnight. It especially doesn’t happen by someone else tearing you down for your mistakes. Using the word faggot when referring to someone else is flat out wrong. Hip-Hop Gamer knows this. He apologized for it. Let it go!

Straight from his mouth

Why Am I Such a Supporter?

I support the Hip-Hop Gamer because we all want to get somewhere in life. We all want to be better than we were last year. We all make mistakes and everyone needs and deserves forgiveness as long as they are truly making attempts to change. Nothing can be worse than someone being held back for mistakes they made in the past. Your past mistakes may dictate were you are today but they damn sure don’t determine were you go in the future. When I see someone trying to stay positive and make positive changes in their life, how can I do anything but lend support even if that support is just a few encouraging words. I have this to say to the Hip-Hop Gamer. Great things are coming. We all go through seasons in our life that if we embrace and learn from then iy will make us stronger and hopefully better  then we were yesterday. If you are truly trying to make a positive change in your life then let no man stop you. Keep doing what you do. You end all of your videos and interviews with “God bless” so if you believe He blesses then believe that if you trust in Him He will lead you to were you need to be. To Marcus Beer I have this to say. I agree with you more times than not. You know this industry and I believe you have some good insight into what is going on within it. Keep up the good work but try not to be so critical of others  especially those who are putting forth effort to become a better man. Lets support each other more. 

As always let me know how you feel about the matter and tell me what makes Wii U Mad?

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