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Defending the XBox 360

by nwilson / November 19, 2005 2:20 AM PST

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Ok, I'll try to keep this brief Happy

I just listened to yet another gaming podcast that went off on a rant stating that the Microsoft method of ensuring backwards compatibility goes against the perception of how "plug & play" consoles are.
"Patching a console? Who ever heard of that"

Well I certainly have heard of it -- especially since XBox live is out. Every game that I get new levels for -- or that they fix a connection problem like Star Wars Battle Front (first one) should be considered a patch. Granted the patches for consoles to "fix" games are few in far between, but is this really an argument against purchasing a 360? We should be thankful that the new consoles can actually be patched and updated. It just increases the playability for games.

Secondly, the backwards compatibility. On a load of podcasts that I listen to every week, (not Molly of course Happy ) they are referring to the 213 games as being set in stone for backwards compatibility. There has been no mention that these are emulators available at launch and that more emulators will come.

Hopefully Riddick will be one, as Butcher's Bay is a great game. However I am not going to crucify Microsoft for actually taking the time spent on this emulation and putting out for free - with numerous methods of grabbing them (CD burning, downloads from XBox live, or purchasing) I may be into a super rant right now, but I don't beleive that these "gaming" podcasts are giving the full picture here.

The last point is the launch line up. There are people "in the industry" that are stating that few games are going to be available. Last count was that there are 18 games available at launch, with others on the way relatively soon. Granted some of them are rehashed, like Madden, however there are games that I am looking forward to like Quake IV, Medal of Honour, Perfect Dark Zero, Kameo. I am also aware that this is just the first few weeks. There are plenty of titles in the pipe and I look forward to these titles and more

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Ok, sorry to clog up the forum, but it just irks me that there has been a lot of negative impressions left on a console launch that we will just look back on in a few months alnd laugh about when there is stock all over the place for these. It will be an interesting 2006 for gaming next year with the next gen consoles.

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