Jeremy got an Xbox One. So here is the review: Part 1

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When it came time to preorder either the PS4 or The Xbox One I was so conflicted on each system that I skipped out on ordering either one. The initial details for the Xbox One were not good. After being out of gaming for a good long while I returned about 4 years ago and purchased an Xbox 360 but that was just to play GTA IV as a means of keeping me out of trouble during my divorce. I didn’t utilize most of the Xbox systems and didn’t understand why you would purchase an Xbox Live account. All of that was explained to me by my girls’ kid just what the Xbox could do and I was back in the gaming world.

I wanted to like the Xbox One despite what I was reading. I am already familiar with the brand and after reading and hearing about the PS3 network crash I really didn’t want to switch companies and platforms. Once it became apparent that most of the negative details about the Xbox One at its unveiling were changing for the better it was time to get on board and order an Xbox One. So, this is about the Xbox One. This isn’t disparaging to the PS4 or the people who bought one so that is that. This is the last you will read about anything else PlayStation or Sony related.

This is the part where it became obvious I was not going to get an Xbox One without preordering it. It was already unavailable online at every outlet I could think of so the next best option was to camp out at Best Buy or GameStop in order to secure one. Well that sort of thing just isn’t going to fly. I did actually drive by the closest Best Buy after I finished up at the gym and at around 9:30 pm there were already people in line. There was even a tent set up for some reason as it was in the 60’s here in Charlotte and a nice clear night. These sort of attention seeking douchebags are the exact reason I didn’t bother. Yes, I would rather deprive myself the opportunity to grab the console than stomach hanging out with the tent people who will no doubt be talking about how they camped out for the Wii U or the PlayStation Vita or every other system or game launch. It was a mistake not preordering the system and I was not about to make another mistake hanging out in front of Best Buy for 3 hours.

After checking stores and websites ever since the opportunity to grab one of these elusive devices came to me and now I have one in my living room hooked to the surround and the 55” and have been playing around with it ever since. So, here’s my review. It isn’t technical. I am not interested in the hardware and why it operates the way it does. . I am interested in the product as it sits in my entertainment stand currently. This isn’t about the future of the console this is about the last three days I have had it.

When the console arrived I actually met the UPS delivery guy outside the fitness center of my apartment complex. He was a solid dude for bringing it over to me instead of putting it back on the truck and delivering it the next day when I assuredly would not be home.  The first thing that stood out, before I even opened the Amazon box was the weight of the package. It was much heavier than I expected. The Xbox 360, which from here will be the 360, was a relatively dense machine but the word heavy wouldn’t come to mind.

IMG_20131205_195846 After opening the Amazon box to find no packing material whatsoever it was apparent this was a heavy duty machine. Removing the striking Green Xbox One box it was pretty clear they packed this console and accessories pretty solid. The heaviest piece of equipment relative to its size was the overbearing and probably the first piece of equipment to go down in the future power pack. This monster generator is about a foot long and three inches thick. Everything about this power supply screams potential problem. Whereas the 360 power supply was a solid piece of plastic this seems flimsy. Maybe it is better ventilated and thus will not have any issues proving me totally wrong.

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Eric’s Blog: Shouldn’t @MikeTheMiz and @TrueKofi Kingston tell us why they hate each other?

“Our feud from last year? You wanna talk about our feud from last year? The WWE Universe wants to know about our feud from last year!” (pause) (snore) (Credit: WWE.com)

Let me admit right off the bat that I don’t watch 100% of WWE Monday Night Raw, and for the past month, I haven’t watched even 1% of Smackdown or Main Event. So I had to check with my compatriot, Kevin Difrango on this one: To the best of his knowledge, I asked, have either the Miz or Kofi Kingston cut any promos explaining why they’re feuding, why they’re hot and their cold, they’re yes and they’re no?

“Not that I recall,” was the response. And this from a guy who watches pretty much every televised moment of pro wrestling, state of mind be damned.

In my sporadic watching, I’ve seen this Miz vs. Kingston feud unfold in the ring – lots of feminine slapping, some mean-mugging, and a bunch of backstabbing and double-crossing.

Now, when Hulk Hogan feuded with Andre the Giant in 1987, I knew why. When Ultimate Warrior feuded with Rick Rude in 1989 and again in 1990, I knew why. When Shawn Michaels feuded with Diesel or when Dusty Rhodes wanted to elbow the taste out of Ric Flair’s mouth, I knew why every time.

How did I know why? Because they told me. They actually stood in front of a microphone and told me. The best – or the most average, or even the most midcard, or even the weirdest – talkers have always been given the chance to speak their minds, 30 seconds to 15 minutes at a time, to get their feud over. After all, if we know why two pro wrestlers want to fight each other, it gives us a reason to care, which in turn gives us an excuse to spend our money, which generates revenue for the professional wrestling business.

Having said that, why isn’t The Miz – one of the better talkers on the roster – cutting quick promos on a regular basis to stay under Kofi’s skin? Or why isn’t Kofi – whose athleticism has been pushed for half a decade now – been given a chance to hone his interview skills against a very dislikable opponent? I’m guessing, based on body language, that I’m supposed to infer what’s happening here. That’s some next-level shit that doesn’t play in the WWE Universe, where subtlety is a sledgehammer across the back of the skull in canary-yellow tights. Maybe if I knew Miz’s and Kofi’s motivations, I would have been quicker to spend money ordering WWE Survivor Series, or I wouldn’t let my wife choose “The Voice” over “Raw,” or “absolutely nothing” over “Smackdown.”

The Miz is a “proven” main eventer, and Kofi needs character development worse than a hooker needs Carmex. Just let them talk. I mean, what’s the worst they could do? Certainly not worse than bitch-slaps.

(NOTE: I had a scare here a minute ago. In looking for a picture to top this page, I found a shot of Kofi in a suit, chewing out Miz on the mic. I thought, “Crap, I put too much thought into this and missed one key segment that trumps the whole idea.” Well, lucky me (and unlucky, WWE Universe), this picture is from the 10/15/2012 Raw! Mmmmm, reheated midcarders…)

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