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A few days ago in a blog that I published here at Game Informer titled Can You Hear (or Watch) Me Now, I talked about the evolution of the gaming console into becoming another component in the home theater/entertainment system. Gaming consoles really have a lot more features than just playing games. In that blog I made a joke about how Microsoft should make an Xbox 360 version of its Office suite and I wouldn't even need a computer at work anymore.Apparently Microsoft was sharing in my idea but took the opposite approach. Look, I love video games...and strangely...I love Microsoft Office (it's more of a love/hate relationship, actually) but I don't know that even I am prepared for Microsoft's latest innovation.
Gamers sometimes remind me of the old Goldilocks fairy tale. This game is too big, this game is too small…seldom do you hear this game is just right.Gamers are an odd lot. We command everything from our video games and when the game studios honor our demands, what do we do? We complain and condemn them. Eventually we adapt and overcome. Or we just move on.An example…
While the symbiotic relationship between movies and video games isn’t always one of mutualism, I can’t help but watch movies inspired by video games even though I am fully expecting them to be, how should I put it…junk. One of the last movies I watched based on a video game was Far Cry. Not necessarily a horrible movie, but definitely not as good as the game.
I am a professional gamer at heart (not necessarily in skill, LOL). I've been playing video games for 30+ years (I'm only 37). I'm not necessarily proud or ashamed of this fact. It just is. I...am a gamer. So, it just seemed natural that I would always dream of being someone who makes video games. At heart, I suppose I am. I've created hundreds of games in my mind. I've even dabbled in modding to a degree. But in ability, I'm lacking. Extremely lacking.
I've been a Netflix customer off and on over the years, and while I thought our rocky and long distant relationship of using snail mail to send and receive DVDs may finally be in trouble with the introduction of the Redbox, the fairly recent addition of streaming Netflix content on all of the mainstream consoles and select models of DVD players has forced me to reconsider .