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Items that May Grow Up to be Blog Posts (Volume 1)

Was planning on doing two blogs a week, but last weekend got away from me.

Here are some of the things I've been mulling over the last two weeks, though.

1) Next Generation and Backwards Compatibility

We haven't seen the Microsoft reveal of the new Xbox yet, but very obviously the PS4 will not have backwards compatibility with PS3 games. The architecture is just too different between the guts of both systems. I understand that. While it's kind of annoying, it makes sense.

We don't know what Microsoft will do about it, but I know one thing: if my Pinball FX2 tables (and the game itself) don't work on the new Xbox, I'm going to be very unhappy. I've spent a lot of time and money on them, and plan on doing so for the foreseeable future. If they have to reissue tables and we have to buy them again?

NOT HAPPY!

That being said, part of that depends on whether Pinball FX3 (or whatever they call it) comes out for the next gen or if it comes out before then. Considering there hasn't been any announcement (and considering the fact that they are supposedly working on more Star Wars tables, unless I heard wrong), I would assume it will be a next gen game. If that's the case, it will be a lot less annoying.

I read in the latest Game Informer (and it's probably been all over the web) that Sony may use Gaikai (now that they've bought it) to bring PS3 games to PS4 users. I assume this would mean rebuying them, as I can't imagine they'll set up some way to verify that you actually own the PS3 disc with that game on it.

I heard on the IGN "Podcast Unlocked" podcast that apparently Microsoft has figures that basically say other than Halo 2, hardly anybody played backwards-compatible games on the 360. I believe the word used was that the numbers "plummeted" after taking Halo 2 out of the equation. If that is the case, then there's no way Microsoft will really care about it either.

To be fair, neither will I for the most part. Pinball FX2 will be the only game that will make me wince.

2) GTA V Next Gen?

Speaking of which, Will they put out a next gen version of GTA V? I know the game's coming out in September for current consoles.

Let me ask you something: Once you have bought a next gen console, will you have your old system hooked up to your TV? I know I won't. I have very limited space, and it will be even worse if I'm thinking of buying both new consoles. There's no way I'm keeping the old system up once the new one's here. I will keep it around. I won't get rid of it. But I won't have it out and easily accessible.

For that reason, if I buy GTA V and then buy a new system at launch (assuming for the moment that Microsoft will not leave the holiday for Sony to dominate), there's a good chance I won't have the old system set up anymore. Fat chance of me buying any DLC for the old game if I don't even have my console hooked up.

The only way I might do it is if, for example, I buy a PS4 but hold off on the new Xbox until next year. I could buy the Xbox 360 version of GTA V and keep playing that along with my PS4 games. Or vice versa.

This is just a hypothetical, as I probably won't be buying either system for the holiday. I want the inevitable bugs to be worked out, at least to some extent. Even if I do, it will only be one of them.

But what about those who do buy both? Will Rockstar want to lose that potential DLC money?

Or will they put out a next gen version of the game at some point?

3) The New Tomb Raider

Bought this along with Far Cry 3 yesterday, but figured I'd play this first so I can be up to date with everybody else. Only played about an hour last night (was having fun watching the filibuster), but I am really enjoying it so far.

I did notice that Crystal Dynamics has taken the best of both worlds, though: They've made her form a lot more realistic and less exploitative, but they still manage to make her hot and give you a couple of "down the shirt" camera shots. Thankfully, they're just momentary and Crystal Dynamics has made Lara a lot more than "a pair of breasts with guns."

(Empty Chair: Ouch, that was terrible)

4) Some things are just more fun than they should be

You know one thing I get a kick out of in Black Ops 2 multiplayer? Going through all of the names in the lobby, looking at their user-created images, and reporting the ones that are pornographic.

For some reason, I just love doing that. I don't care about swearing. It's an M-rated game and there's swearing already in it. But there's no need for porn.

I know some people report it because they think it's the right thing to do. I don't know how many people actually get a pleasure out of reporting it.

I've never understood the point of those anyway. What is the purpose of of making pornographic images? Are you trying to tell the world that you're an immature a-hole? Because if so, good on you! You're succeeding.

That being said, there are some truly creative images out there. I love the ones who have created variations on Angry Birds, or the Vancouver Canucks logo, or whatever. There are some truly talented people.

It's too bad the idiots have to ruin it for everybody else.

5) Blogging series

I'm very jealous of all of you who successfully complete a 30/30 or 31/31 or whatever blog series. I am lucky if I do 2/2 Weekend Editions. I'm not at the computer enough to do them. But part of me desperately wants to do one.

I guess I'll have to live vicariously through all of you instead.

Congratulations if you can pull it off. You have much more dedication than I do.

But maybe one day.

That being said, I have managed to stick around and at least comment on blogs for three weeks now. I've missed a day here or there, but overall I've been here. Given the way I've been over the last year or so, I'm actually proud of that accomplishment.

6) Conclusion

So what do you think of any of this stuff? What do you think of this kind of post? Do you like a little grab-bag now and then (as opposed to grab-ass, which can get you a punch in the mouth)? Or do you think it's a bit lazy?

(Empty Chair: *raises hand*)

And should I let my co-blogger get in the last word?

(Empty Chair: *nods head*)

Now cut that out!

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