Posts tagged Microsoft
Bleep Bloop - Your Best Game
I’m a few weeks late posting this, partially because I’ve been busy, partially because it was hard for me to find the right words. The video above is the final episode of Bleep Bloop.
This series means a lot to me, both as a nerd and professionally. Yes I worked on about 80 episodes of the show so I’m close to it. But even from the very start I thought of Bleep Bloop as important. Yes, the directive from Jeff was always “funny first” (after all the show aired on a comedy site), but I always felt like we were doing the community a kind of service. Even though were poking fun and prodding the industry and calling out bad games, we were also informing and speaking to a certain part of video game culture, and hopefully we expanded their horizons with our comedy video. You can see it in 8-bit Rock Band, Artsy Fartsy Games, Night Vision Goggles, Dante’s Infreno, Wii vs Kinect vs Move, iPad Games, and Uwe Boll.
As someone who follows tech and games journalism pretty closely there was really nothing else like it when I started working on the show at Episode 12 in January 2009.
Professionally, Bleep Bloop is what propelled me into a full time job at CollegeHumor. I early in my days freelancing for CollegeHumor I was brought in to shoot and edit this show. Shortly thereafter they hired me full time and I can thank CollegeHumor for seeing a producer in me and allowing me the opportunity to produce some of their highest profile content. Presently I’m a commercial / music video producer, but you can draw a straight line from freelance shooting and editing a few episodes of Bleep Bloop to where I am right now.
So please watch the final episode of a series I have a lot of love for. Oh, and you can spot me in the last one at 10:40 choosing my favorite game of all time Zombies Ate My Neighbors.
Today Microsoft released Xbox Music on iOS and Android. Man, talk about too little too late. Forget that fact that it doesn’t have offline support (even though Spotify and Rdio do (and have for years). Bringing Xbox Music to other platforms is something Microsoft should have done years ago. I wrote this in 2010:
It’s just that Microsoft has an opportunity to make software (and cash in) on every platform, not just their own, and in doing so this early in the space they’ll have created a massive foot hold for wherever the mobile computing space goes. Having Office on the iPad or an Android tablet makes the device far more appealing than it is right now.
I understand the mobile operating system game is all about what you can exclusively bring to the table. And Microsoft would argue that people who want Zune, Xbox and Office should just buy Windows Phones. That’s fine, except people aren’t switching. They’re dealing with Pages on iOS and they’ll soon be using PlayStation Suite on Android. Windows Phone doesn’t have the market share to play keep away, they should, instead, realize they can still win by creating mobile software that everyone want’s on every device that’s sold.
Happy your here, but now you have to make compelling software, something that can actually compete with Spotify and Rdio. And feel free to bring the rest of your software over as well. People will pay good money for Office.
Maybe I can be up for CEO at Microsoft.
Major Nelson unboxes the Xbox One
People are making a big deal over the included headset, as if there was a chance they wouldn’t include one. I really never thought that was going to be the case. Community and talking is the driving force behind Xbox Live, and the bundled headset is what makes that possible.
Kotaku has a first look at the new Xbox One hedset. Two initial thoughts:
- I’m happy it’s wired.
- I’m VERY happy the moved the volume / mute controls back to the bottom and not inline. It’s SO much better when you don’t have to take your hand off the controller.
Microsoft Xbox Press Conference
Microsoft did what Microsoft does at E3. It brought games. The stand outs were:
- Killer Instinct
- Dead Rising 3
- Sunset Overdrive (new IP from Insomniac!)
- Quantum Break (from Remedy Entertainment)
And, most importantly the Xbox One will launch in 21 markets this year at $499 US 499€ in Europe and £429 for the U.K. Also, good news is that Microsoft has scrapped MS Points in favor of dollars and cents. Finally. Now I’m just going to try really hard to forget that 1600 MS Points is 20 dollars.
To counter Sony’s annoucement of UStream intergration, Microsoft has announced a partnership with Twitch.TV. Gold members can stream from their Xbox One directly to their channels.
The most interesting announcement was about Xbox Live Gold members. Starting July 1st Gold members can download 2 free games a month. This is kind of cool, I’m just not certain how it works. It’s been hard to find information about it. I can’t tell if there will be a back catalog or if you have to download and keep it yourself. I’ll update this when I find out more.
Curious to see what Sony brings tonight!
Ok, here it is. I’ve been struggling to put words on paper about the Xbox One. I find I meander, I pull references, figures and I get off track.
I don’t want to talk about my cord cutting, or the history of streaming boxes, and I really don’t want to talk about how Microsoft has been after the living room for years or that Media Center PCs have been around for decades - that’s not the point. It’s this:
Microsoft has made a really compelling set top box.
It’s not a gaming console, it’s also a gaming console. It’s kind of the thing that people have been using in scifi for, what feels like, forever. Saying “xbox, [command]” into an empty room is actually something out of Star Trek. And we’ll have it, seemingly, very functional and standard on every box is great. Pulling up a another task on your TV while browser window while you’re watching a movie is actually science fiction.
So, while the Xbox One reveal might be Microsoft graduating the from gaming console to full on set top home computer, I’m ok with that. I’m a nerd. That’s something I want.