With all the rumors flying around about the possible specs of the next gen Xbox, I thought I’d weigh in with my two cents worth. My ideas really aren’t that original, but I still think that they’re important. Keep in mind that a lot of these ideas are just rumors, and may never come true!
1. Backwards Compatibility
Without this feature, I will most likely not buy the next Xbox. I bought all of these Xbox 360 games for a reason, and I’d like to continue gaming on one console. Is it really that hard to do?
2. No “Always Online” Function
Not everyone has a good internet connection. Not everyone even has an internet connection in the first place. I don’t think it’s a good idea to alienate a possibly good chunk of your target market by adding this feature. Plus, gamers will be royally pissed if you do, especially if the reactions from the same feature in Diablo III and SimCity are any indication. Plus this seems like a ploy to help their ISP (Internet Service Provider) buddies make more money than they already do.
3. Blu-Ray player!
No explanation necessary :)
4. Lemme Play Used Games!
Seriously guys!? Seriously? If you’re that bent on sucking as much money out of your customers as possible, then maybe used game stores can cut you a percentage of the price- I mean, you did make the game, and GameStop makes a butt-ton of money anyway. (fat chance that’ll ever happen, but one can dream!)
5. Disc Drive
While if the next Xbox is all digital (like Steam) with no game discs, it won’t be the end of the world, it would be nice to have an option to direct download it or play a game from a disc. Hard drives will run out of space eventually, no matter how big you make them. It would be nice to have enough space for games that release soon after launch, but also for games that release 5 years later.
6. A Tough System
Basically, I don’t want my console to red ring unless I did something stupid to break it, or it gets really old.
7. It’s A Gaming Device!
The Xbox is a friggin’ gaming console, not a glorified cable box. Yes, those extra features are nice, but make them peripherals, not the sole focus. I mean, come on- the gaming tab on the current 360 menu is like the third tab over, not the main one.
8. Free Multiplayer
If the PSN can do it, why can’t you Microsoft? I’d like to be able to play online and fully utilize all the functions of this game I bought without having to pay more money!
9. Keep the Controller Simple
Touch screens are cool and all, but make the controller easy to use/navigate, be wireless, be ergonomic, and not be freaking huge.
10. Don’t Break the Bank
I honestly think that this won’t happen- it’s gonna be anywhere from $500+. If I decide to buy it at all, I’ll wait for a price drop or a really good sale.
So to keep myself from going insane until The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim comes out, I thought I’d answer a few questions about the games. Haven’t really done anything on my blog in a while anyway. Enjoy! …or not. I decided that instead of posting 10 posts of 10 questions each, I’d just post 4 with 25 questions each.
1. First time you played an Elder Scrolls game.
Around 2000 or 2001 Had never heard of the game before, but I’m glad I picked it up.
2. When you got into The Elder Scrolls.
Junior High, although it might have been 6th grade
3. First Elder Scrolls game you knew.
4. Your favorite Elder Scrolls game.
5. Current amount of saves.
5 on the PC version and 4 on the Xbox360
6. Favorite platform to play The Elder Scrolls on.
7. Favorite race.
8. Least favorite race. (racism?)
Imperials. Not because of “racism”, but because they’re useless in terms of race abilities- at least for the way I play
9. First skill you became a Master in.
10. Skill you don’t get at all.
11. Favorite school of Magic.
Destruction, hands down.
12. Least favorite school of Magic.
Conjuration…never caught my interest. Hopefully Skyrim will change that
13. What you do first after starting a new game.
Get a full set of armor and a better weapon. In Oblivion, I always explore Vilverin first.
14. Favorite province.
15. Where should The Elder Scrolls VI take place?
Elsweyr or Valenwood!!
16. Last time you’ve played an Elder Scrolls game.
Yesterday night :)
17. Favorite city.
Bruma or Cheydinhal
18. Least favorite city.
19. Complete the sentence: If I could have a pet, it would be …?
A wolf or mountain lion
20. Favorite Daedric Prince.
Sheogorath. I mean, come on, who doesn’t like cheese?
21. Favorite Daedra quest.
In terms of loot, Nocturnal or Clavicus Vile, but for enjoyment of quest, probably Sheogorath or Mephala
22. Favorite NPC.
23. Least favorite NPC.
Adoring Fan and Glarthir
24. Worst Oblivion Gate.
Any with the multiple tower gates
25. Favorite guild / brotherhood.