PS4 letting friends play games together for free?

I’m not going to lie when details of the current console generation started to come through the cracks I was afraid…Afraid enough to finally make my complete transition to PC gaming. With rumors of DRM crippling use games or the ability to trade discs with your friends, huge downloads and install times, and other less than fun details I really wanted to steer clear.

Sony really surprised me with this one….Apparently they are coming out with an update that allows gamers to play a game with a friend even if you don’t have the game (the other person has to have it of course) What?! I can’t count how many times across my days of gaming online when I got mad when people I was playing with wanted to jump on a new game and I didn’t have it. This is super awesome! I don’t see any details about how your online profile works in the game or if there is any lag due to streaming or if you just have to download the whole game to your HDD, but it’s pretty cool news regardless. Is it enough to make me want to get a console? No….besides with the Halo Master Chief Collection coming out I would be more inclined to get an Xbone over a PS4 even though the PS4 is more enticing to me….

Grown Up Playing Games

I finally realized that I’m an adult recently. I can remember the days when I would get home from work or school and I would just sit and play games for hours. Now I have all of these games on my list to play/finish and no time to do it. I work 45 hours a week, travel most weekends to do photography work, I have a girlfriend and I have tons of other friends as well…where is the time for gaming? My old gaming friends ask me where I am, if I want to play something with them here and there, and generally make sure I’m not dead. It’s really kind of sad because some of those people I’ve known longer than my friends in “real life”

Growing up sucks…stay tuned for more ramblings and maybe some actual game content!

Too Soon Nintendo?

Throughout all of online gaming players have come to the end of the line of various services. Games grow old and companies no longer want to support them weather that be servers, leaderboards, patches, etc. In my gaming history the greatest shutdown I’ve had to endure was the original Xbox Live service. That killed the game that got me into online gaming, Halo 2. Now this happened 5 years after the Xbox 360 was launched. In my opinion 5 years is a good long time to enjoy your old games online as a console gamer.

Fast forward to now…Nintendo just announced in a months time they will be shutting down all online services for all devices other than the 3DS and Wii U. Now it’s been 6 years since the Wii launched. No harm no foul on their part in my opinion. The tricky part comes when you’re talking about their handheld systems. There’s only been 2 years between the DSi and the 3DS although it’s been 6 years from the first DS. The other interesting aspect is when most companies can their systems they do multiple releases of blockbuster games across their old and new platforms. IE Battlefield 4 being released on the PS3, 360, Xbox One, and PS4. But then you go and look at Nintendo and some of the go to games and just wonder…I’ll never be able to play these online again? Mario Kart? Smash? Pokemon? Now there’s the crazy one right there. The big thing everyone’s been talking about since Pokemon X and Y came out is this PokeBank where you can transfer Pokemon from White/Black 1/2 to the bank and bring them into your 3DS games. Only a month after getting it working in the US they’re cutting online out? Makes little sense to me.

Honestly this doesn’t affect me at all except for the Pokemon part (yes I still love my Pokemon). And I am really glad I don’t work at an electronic or gaming retailer because explaining why Nintendo is shutting off their online services to the casual gamers is not what I would consider a good time.

My Transition To PC Gaming

I’ve been a gamer for as long as I can remember. I got my start on the Intellevision playing games like Burger Time, Tanks, Asteroid, and others. From there I moved through the ranks just like everyone else buying the next console as they came out. I played some games on the PC through the years, but for the most part it was not a platform I considered for gaming. I think the most I ever played on the PC was Age of Empires 2 on a computer with 500mb of RAM when that used to be a lot…

Most of my online gaming experiences were on the console as well. Mainly on Xbox Live on the Halo series. I stuck to that from Halo 2 all the way to Halo 4, but somewhere in between 3 and Reach things started to change for me. I started a local gaming community in Cincinnati where I live dedicated to bringing gamers of all kinds together. There I met some awesome people like one of my good buddies mohawkmike who had been running PC LAN parties for years before I met him. I came into some money and decided to sit down and build a worthy gaming rig and I was hooked….kind of… See my roots on Xbox still called on me, my friends all played console. I ran communities dedicated to Xbox games…I couldn’t leave. So I played on, peppering PC gaming in here and there as I went.

Once Arm The Flag was gone and my general interest in gaming had subsided that’s when the true PC gaming seeds were allowed to sprout and grow. Deep down inside I had always preferred PC gaming, it was just hard to break the reigns of the console. Once I managed to do that I had opened the door to amazingness. My only problem is I wasted building my rig back in 2009 because now it’s having a hard time doing everything I want it to do. So expect some awesome build updates this summer as I work on improving my gaming experience!