Why I Cancelled My XBox One Preorder

Well I made something of an 180 when it comes to video games. I cancelled my XBox One pre-order and I have every intention of buying a Wii U.

Why would I made such a radical change, especially considering the state of Nintendo, specifically the Wii U? There are a number of reasons for this.

I have not bought an XBox 360 game in almost a year. There has been nothing compelling released for the console this year.

I have a pretty awesome PC – Most of the games that I bought this year were for my PC.

The XBox One launch lineup is pretty pathetic. In all seriousness the only game that got me the least bit excited was Peggle 2. This made my stomach turn when I realized this.

My taste in games has changed. I no longer am interested in playing every FPS game that comes out. In fact, the only ones I am anywhere near excited about would be the next unannounced Fallout and Elder Scrolls game (unless they ever get around to announcing Half Life 3 – which I think will happen tomorrow). I want an entire world to immerse myself into. If I am not playing that, then I want to play a Mario of Zelda game. (This is where the Wii U comes in)

The Steam Box happened. Any console game I am interested in that I may want to play on TV, I can just buy for my PC and stream to my TV. Feels like a no-brainer.

The Chromecast happened. I am all in on this and it works great. I also watched a video of people interacting with the XBox One and I realized how dumb it looks to control your TV using strange hand gestures.

$500. For that amount of money I can buy both a Nintendo 3DS and a Wii U. I already have a PC for anything else.

I would like to make sure I say that my decision was in no way influenced by any of the bad press surrounding the XBox One. It looks like it will be a good product, but I don’t think it is for me.

Bootstrap 3 – A Boring Look and My Bucket List

If you are a regular visitor to this website you will notice that the look of this site has changed substantially. I moved the website to Bootstrap 3. Migrating a site to version 3 really isn’t that bad once you understand how the new grid system works.

The downside however is that the site is now unapologetically monochromatic. I hope to add some color back to the site very soon.

I also added my bucket list to the website for the world to see. It was sitting in a Google Doc for the last few years, but I thought it would be fun to show it off to the world. I am sure it is a goal of a lot of people to beat every Zelda game ever created. It feels like it is a semi-shallow goal to have, but the truth is that I very much enjoy these games so playing them all feels important to me.

Why I’m Buying An Xbox One

Before I begin, let me say that this post (like this entire blog) is my perspective only. I know other people have differing opinions about things and I respect that. I just wanted to get that out of the way before discussing.

This week, I pre-ordered an Xbox One. For some reason, I feel like I have left myself vulnerable to attack by saying that because so far Microsoft seems to have done a pretty good job at making sure everybody hated this system. In fact, it sort of feels like I have to defend myself against the Playstation fanboys like I had to do with the original Xbox.

So I guess I will do just that. Give the reasons why I am buying the Xbox One and give my thoughts on the reasons why people would not like the Xbox.

Xbox History
I have owned Xbox’s ever since it’s release in 2001. I remember going to the 24 hour Wal-Mart with my father for the midnight release.

I did not get the Xbox 360 on launch day for financial reasons. However, I did end up buying it within 3 months of its launch.

I just love these consoles.

Halo
Favorite modern game franchise. Enough said.

My Friends are all Playstation Fans
Please note, that I said fans. Not fanboys (big difference). It can be pretty much guaranteed that my friends will all buy the Playstation 4, so I will be able to get any exposure to PS4 games that I want from them.

Media Capabilities
This is what really put me over the edge for the Xbox. I love the concept of brining voice activated functionality to my TV. In fact, this is the only real reason I am excited to have a Kinect forced upon me.

Microsoft has always wanted the actual purpose of the Xbox line of consoles to be the Trojan horse to ruling the living room and the Xbox One really doubles down on that. They did an entire press conference to discuss its media capabilities. This really promises to be the future of how we consume media.

Always On
Okay this is where we start to get in to the topics that some people may have differing opinions on. Remember, this is my perspective.

I love that this thing is connected to the Internet all the time and always on. I love that this allows me to never have to wait to do anything because of a system update. I love that my video game collection can follow me around to other consoles.

Most of all, I love that I won’t have to ever go to a store to buy a game again. I don’t want to deal with manuals, discs, or cases ever again. I have done that all my life and do you know what that has gotten me? The need to store those things.

Finally if we are being honest with ourselves, we already have a ton of devices around us that require an always on Internet connection to work to their fullest potential. All of my computers, my smartphone, and even my BluRay player need an Internet connection.

It’s just how modern devices work.

I know Microsoft back pedaled on this somewhat, and I think that this will help people that are in the extenuating circumstances and I do think that it is a good thing. I was just not one of the people that carried a pitchfork over this.

Game Rentals and Used Games
Microsoft changed their mind on this, but I want to comment on it anyways. I don’t rent games. When I buy games, I buy them new. These are just things I don’t do.

I also do not sell my games back to GameStop or other companies. The amount of money they have offered me in the past, I found to be insulting quite frankly.

Price
Good things cost good money. Microsoft’s requirement that Kinect be bundled will probably go down as a controversial decision in video gaming history as it added an extra $100 to the price. Only time will tell if this will actually matter.

Hello World

As a programmer, I have decided that it is always a good idea to start off a blog with the good ol’ fashioned “Hello World” type of post.

As most of you know, I am not the best blogger in the world. In fact, I have been sucking at it for quite some time now. I am constantly starting over, hoping that I will actually put content up. This time I am hopeful that it will be different.

What is different this time around you ask? Well, I have given up on WordPress as my primary blog. Instead going with a program called Jekyll. What is awesome about Jekyll is that I can create my entire website in a way that better matches my workflow as a programmer. Hopefully this means more posts written.

A New Website

It took me years and years of waiting, but JoshPennington.com finally became available for purchase and I quickly picked it up. This will now be my new home on the internet. JPennington.net served me well for a lot of years, but I think having my full name will be more beneficial to me in the long run.

It is my plan to discuss any topic I want to whether it be about technology, entertainment or something I find cool. I’ll try to keep things pretty well categorized so that you can pick and choose what kind of content you want to see from me.