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MySpace Comeback Imminent? Will MySpace Overtake Facebook?

New MySpace Screenshot
New MySpace Screenshot

MySpace just announced plans to make an enormous comeback. The infamous pop singer/actor/businessman Justin Timberlake bought out most of the stock for MySpace, making him co-owner, and he now has huge plans for the social networking website. MySpace launched in the early 2000’s and grew instantly huge. Back then, the site had it’s own Mark Zuckerberg style leader, the infamous Tom Anderson. Tom Anderson was at the heart of MySpace. Everyone that created an account was by deault, Tom’s friend on the website.

MySpace was huge. It was fun, it had customizable profiles, and it was a huge stepping stone for the history of Social Networking. Well one thing led to another. Facebook grew enormously popular and MySpace was a mear shadow of it’s former self. Fox bought MySpace and the value of the company dropped tenfold. The friendly face of Tom Anderson left the company and no longer had any influence in the image of the website. The site was slow, ugly, and buggy compared to the fresh and clean Facebook  and soon the all mighty MySpace fell under. Myspace then aimed for a while, to be a site for musicians and music fans. But that still didn’t work either.

 

Now Timberlake along with new MySpace CEO Tim Vanderhook is taking things over. They are cleaning the slate, virtually wiping clean everything it has done in the past. MySpace, through this short promotional video, aims to completely change MySpace. Throughout this video, they demonstrated a new, very intuitive looking social networking website. The site features sliding panels, nice pictures/timeline, a clean profile, intuitive looking search features, and many features that look like they are going to give Facebook a run for their money. And I have to say, personally I am quite impressed and excited about it!

Right now, MySpace is on an invite-only access level, for those interested they can submit their email address here (I’ve already requested an invite and I happen to be good at getting into things like it, if I get in and am able to I will invite others as well, just contact me with your email address):

https://new.myspace.com/

 

Whether you care for it or not, this is a great news in the world wide web. Why? Facebook is getting too dominant. There is no variety in the social networking world anymore. Everywhere I go, I see things like “login with facebook”, “like this on facebook”, and “share this on facebook”. Does everything on the internet today have to revolve around Facebook? I think not. And one of the main reasons everyone is on Facebook is because everyone uses it. If you go on these other sites and try to find people, chances are they won’t be there. But with enough public interest and spread of word of mouth, I think it’s possible for MySpace to leave Facebook trembling.

One thing I wasn’t crazy about, the “sign in with Facebook” button at the intro. REALLY? I want this site to be something new and unique, having a lame login button for Facebook just seemed strange, although it seemed to have a tool to important pics/contacts, so I’m not gonna jump the gun yet on that. How do you feel about this news? Share your thoughts and opinions below!

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Is AMD Going Under? Why AMD Will Never Fade Out of the CPU Scene

AMD LogoProbably on a daily basis, I keep up with the latest CPU’s on the market. And often I hear of comparisons between AMD and Intel. So what’s the deal? Well I wanted to right a quick blog about this. I own a an AMD 1045t processor that I wrote a tutorial for overclocking on.  Before this I had a AMD X4 9500 CPU. Before that, and AMD Sempron 140 and lastly, I had an AMD 64×2 processor in my Gateway laptop. I’m a fan of AMD. But no, I’m not just an AMD person. My broken Toshiba Qosmio houses an Intel i7 CPU. Needless to say, the thing was littered with problems that not even the manufactuer could fix.

Is AMD really going under? Or do people just second guess them next to Intel? Let’s get one thing straight. Look on the internet, look up the press conferences and news for AMD. They never officially announced that they are dropping out of the CPU game. They are simply expanding into other markets. Furthermore, I do believe that they will catch up to Intel. Why? Because it happened before, around the early 2000’s. And Intel lately has been poking around into other territories. If the Windows 8 computer flops, Intel could be hurt from it giving a AMD a chance to overtake them in the CPU race.

 Comparing the best from both worlds

Alot of people make comparions of Intel and AMD. Any true PC enthusiast wil look at both options. AMD has always been the CPU manufacturer of overclocking. Although they won’t publically support it (and they claim it voids your warranty), they give you all the tools and power to overclock their toys. Currently AMD’s flagship CPU is the AMD FX-8150, launched stock at 3.6Ghz with 32nm Zambezi 125w architecture, 8mb L2 cache and 8mb L3 cache. Overclocked, an AMD Bulldozer FX CPU broke the world record for the fastest CPU at 8.46Ghz. Intel has never come close to that in the overclocking department.

Intels flagship CPU is theIntel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridg 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W six core desktop with 15MB of L2 cache and 6x256kb of L3 cache. So what’s the difference between the two? Well to be honest, there isn’t much of a difference.

 

Unlike the “cheaper” models of Intel (which are priced at $300+), this is a true six core Intel desktop computer. And the i7 extreme is priced just over $1,000.00, vs the AMD FX which is priced at a very reasonable $190.00.  So what is the real selling point here? Why would anyone in their right mind want to spend over $1,000 just on the CPU? The Intel i7 is the latest and great of CPU design. No other CPU on the market has 15MB of L2 cache (at least, none that I have scene).  Overclocked, I’ve heard of normal overclocks (not “world record breaking”, that is impractical in every day use) reaching close to 5Ghz, where as the FX series I personally haven’t heard of many that have gotten the CPU past a successful 4.5Ghz.

Bottom line, the Intel chips are more stable at this point in time. Even though AMD f anboys are into overclocking, AMD’s current line up really isn’t as stable as Intel, and I can say that from personal experience. But are they really that better? Both manufactuer great CPUs. In the end, it is the one that is more experienced that is going to get the most out of their computer. An expert overclocker and technician could easily make a budget level AMD computer smoke a $1,000 Intel system.

AMD Is for the money concious buyers

It doesn’t matter if you’re l0aded with cash or you’re on a tight budget. At one point, you are burning your hole in your pocket when you spend $1,000.00 on a CPU. That being said, I honestly don’t feel AMD will ever totally drop out of the CPU race. Money concious, tech savey shoppers will always look into buying an affordable AMD system.  Will they catch up to Intel? It’s definitely very plausible for the reasons I stated earlier. Intel is always expanding and they rely on outside markets. Besides the Windows 8 tablet PC, Intel has a strong foothold in the Apple market, with every Macbook and Mac Desktop currently rigged with an Intel chip.

But  what if Apple flops? We’ve seen it before. Apple was virtually non-existant in the 1990’s, it wasn’t until the 200’s with the iPod, iPhone, and iPads did we see them truely strive again. And with that, Mac’s aren’t that great hardware wise. At one point, the rest of the world might get tired of spending thousands on overpriced Mac computers. I’m a futurist, and I always see the potential for one company to fall and another to rise again. WIth Intel relying on these grounds, it’s very easy for them to fall under, where AMD has always kep true to what it does best without relying on outside influences.

 

In the end, it is the users choice. Right now, money wise I think the AMD is the better bank for the buck. But a close competitor I’ve always eyed up is the Intel i5 processor. For around $200, you can get a great quad core CPU that can easily be overclocked and is very temperature friendly compared to the power consuming AMD FX processors. But the point of this article, I just wanted to shed my light on the competition. I think it’s easy to second guess AMD when the truth is, Intel relies on a wobbly market to make most of it’s profits that are probably funding their advanced CPU designs.

 

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Gotye on Letterman a One Hit Wonder? Now he’s just some singer that I used to know!

Gotye - Just another singer that I used to know
Gotye – Just another singer that I used to know

We all know it. That song with that that funny painted guy and that funny painted girl both naked in a weird music video. it’s none other than Gotye. Gotye went from nobody to super stardom over his chart topping, top selling single “Somebody that I used to Know”. It was overplayed religiously on every radio station across the United States. And to be honest, I liked it! It’s a fun, catchy, and simple song that number one, brought to a halt the overused dance/electronic rhythm songs of today and number two, spawned dozens of funny parodies over YouTube.

But summer has come to an end. And with that, the wave of songs that were popular of the summer will fade away with it to the mainstream listeners. So that comes to question, what happens to artist like Gotye? Well, hes now an established musician who has developed an international fan base and has made alot of money for his record label. But does he have what it takes to stay on top of the game? To be honest, after what I heard tonight (and I admit I am jumping the gun a bit here) the answer is NO.

 

“Somebody that I used to know” isn’t an original song

Let’s get one thing straight off the bat. The catchy background and main tune of his most famous single isn’t original. It’a actually based of a a 1967 song by Luiz Bonfá titled “Seville”.

Is this a problem? Well, no, but it makes me question how good of an original musician Gotye is. Yes, he did add parts to the song and wrote the catchy lyrics. But what are lyrics without an awesome, catchy instrumental to it? A good song is a combination of everything. The core music, the melody, the vocals, everything mixes together to make one awesome mix. That isn’t always the case, but Gotye’s catchy song was undeniably popular because of that instrumental that he didn’t write!

Is Gotye a One Hit Wonder?

Tonight, Gotye performed on David Letterman. And the whole wide world from what I read on the web at least is, everyone thought he was going to play that infamous song that we heard all summer long. But he didn’t perform that song. He performed a song that I’ve never heard before, that’s never been played on the radio, and to be honest, wasn’t that great of a song. In fact, I don’t even know the name of the song.

Was it good? Yes, but honestly, if I didn’t know it was Gotye singing on Letterman’s stage, I would have thought it was just another indie band on Letterman tonight. Gotye didn’t even sound like Gotye! He sang differently, the music and instrumentals was totally different. The song had no mild comedic elements to it whatsoever which is partly why the song was so successful (come on, those lyrics in the first song? You didn’t have to cut me off! Have you friends collect your records and you change your number!).

 

On top of that, Gotye’s song was a hit because it was something we could all relate to. Anyone that has an ex can probably all them “somebody they used to know”. We’ve all been there including myself. Dealing with a person that doesn’t want anything to do with you anymore by “cutting you off”, having their friends/family be the middle man between you and the communication between them. The song had a very true premise to it, and the likes of the song went out of the norms by talking about things like “the star wars we used to know” on a YouTube parody video. I don’t Think Gotye’s new single I heard has the ability, and if that song he performed on Letterman was the best he could deliver us after the success of his first hit single, what else is there for him to offer?

Let’s look at another musical act, the band Fun. Fun’s single “We Are Young” was another chart topping, mega success that steered away from the typical electronic music. It sounds like 60’s rock music, and people including myself love it. But what’s great about Fun? They are an original band with a classic sound and they have a new hit single “Some Nights” that climbed it’s way to the top of the chart’s where their first single is at. Fun, unlike Gotye, didn’t reach the top of the charts from making a goofy, comical song with a laughable music video. The song was actually good music. It was “party” music that anyone can listen to and anyone can relate to.

 

There’s Still Room for More

Even though I don’t feel Gotye isn’t going to have the success of his original single, he still is a talented musician with a catchy voice. I’m willing to keep an open mind about his music and maybe after I hear it some more times, his other singles will catch. And honestly, I hope they do, because his first song was really fun, catchy, and radically different. And I am a huge supporter of his style of music. A band, live instruments. I loved electronic music several years ago. But I feel the radio has killed it. Too many songs using hard hitting dance kicks with whopping bass under it. After a while, it just gets sickening. If Gotye can rid the radio of the non-stop, overused dance music I am all for it!

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Is the new iPhone 5 worth it?

The New iPhone 5
iPhone 5 – Is it Worth It?

Well the new iPhone 5 finally released. But is it really worth it? Over the years I’ve been one to blow off every Apple product that hit the market. And I pretty much felt the same about the iPhone 5. But I’m not all an Apple hater. My last college gave me an iPad 2 and Macbook Pro last year. To be honest, I don’t “love” either of them, like some people do. The Macbook is a nice, portable laptop that I actually prefer over a Windows laptop. But I like my overclocked, powerhouse of a desktop at home more than some skimpy Mac computer.

The iPad? I just don’t like  it. It’s big, it’s clunky, I can’t really get used to it, I prefer a phone or computer, not something in between! But this post isn’t about my love/hate for Apple, it’s something as to telling the average phone user if the iPhone 5 is worth it. Personally, I own the HTC One X at AT&T, and honestly it is the best phone I have ever held in my hands that seemed to blow away all the competition. But let’s face it, the HTC isn’t for everyone. It’s big and clunky for a phone and it’s pretty much mandatory to get an annoying case cover for it because it slips out of your hands easy. So let’s take a look at the iPhone 5 and see if it’s worth the price of admission!

iPhone 5 Features

  • Headphone jack has been moved to the bottom
  • Screen size is bigger this time around
  • The overall design of the phone is more modern, not the sleek, easy to drop phone that the iPhone used to be
  • The iPhone is lighter than it’s former phones and the competition out there
  • Features a new panoramic camera feature that works incredibly well based off demonstrations of it

 

For the Newcomers

If you are a person that has never bought an iPhone before, this may be your ticket of entry. The iPhone 5 is said to be the best iPhone yet for the reasons above. There is alot of competition out there, though. Besides the HTC One X, we have a dedicated Droid Market as well as a handful of other great phones out there. But let’s look at something. What is the core feature of a phone? To be a phone! Yes, they play music, games, and hell, maybe in the future they will even check your damn urine for health problems down the road. But the main, most important feature of a phone is the phone itself, and it’s important for emergencies to have one.

So how does the iPhone 5 fair in call quality? In the past and from personal experience, I can say that the past iPhones have been terrible for call quality. But the iPhone 5 however, has made drastic improvements in hardware and there are several reports on Google News I read today that people are very happy with the call quality. So that’s great, but what else is there?

 

Well if you’ve never jumped on the Apple bandwagon and you’re not interest in joining Google’s empire on the Droid OS market (or Windows Phone which are flopping in sales), I say the iPhone 5 for a newcomer is totally worth it.

 

For Current iPhone Owners

Are you a current iPhone user questioning whether to upgrade to the new iPhone? That depends. With the iPhone 5 (and most Apple updates), you are paying for HARDWARE upgrades. This is still the same old iPhone as before. The touchscreen interface is still the same despite being bigger. The OS is practically still the same. If you feel you are getting board of the typical Apple routine, I recommend avoiding purchasing the iPhone 5. There is plenty of variety out there and sometimes it’s refreshing to get a new phone that has a completely different experience to it!

Also, how old is your iPhone? Do you own the iPhone 4? Or even the iPhone 3? Well whether you are a fan boy or not, remember this. Apple is a BUSINESS. They want your money and they don’t really care about giving you the best thing for your hard earned money. The iPhone 5, despite it’s improvements, is not worth paying another couple hundred dollars for in my opinion. And that is not being biased against Apple, either. If I felt this phone was worth spending money for I would recommend it for current iPhone users. But unless you have an ancient iPhone or another brand of phone, this thing just isn’t worth it.

 

Overall, look around out there. There are hundreds of phones out there. Literally every month, if not every week, a newer, better phone is coming out from the competition. iPhone 5 just has a huge marketing campaign with an over-obsessed fan base behind it. And in the end, if you are questioning getting it but still want it, wait a few months. This this will probably be half price.

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How I Feel About the iPhone 5

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Playstation 3 Slim Announced

Playstation 3 SlimSome news today, the Playstation 3 is getting a “slim” version of the console, similar to the PS2 getting a slim version several years ago. I thought I would write a quick blog about this. In my opinion, this thing is NOT worth it. With an entry point of $300 USD and a 250GB, I don’t think it’s worth picking up. Why?

In the next year, there are rumors for the next Xbox system, code named “Durango” to come out. Also in another month the next generation Wii U console will come out (which I also do not think is worth buying and I blogged the reasons being the other day). So with the next generation of systems coming out, whatever flavor of gamer you are, why would you want to drop all that money on a current generation system? Well before judging it based on that, is there really any sell points to this thing?

 

Well, the new design, it is slim. It’s said to be much smaller than the current PS3. About 20% smaller and lighter. Also, a major sell point for Sony, it’s currently the only gaming system that can do Blu Ray. In fact, some people say it’s the best Blu Ray player on the market because it’s connected to the internet and can play pretty much all the Blu Ray movies out there with the necessary updates. So we can chalk that up as a sell point. But what else?

Well the real appeal of this, Sony is catering now to the general gaming market and trying to compete with the new Wii U. The new package with the slim console comes bundled with Uncharted 3. For Sony fans and gamer’s alike, this is quiet a nice package to pick up. And if you don’t already own PS3 (including myself), maybe this is finally time to get the console.

 

I was a huge Playstation fan back in the day. But I don’t see much in Playstation these days. The titles aren’t that great and although the online is a free, clunky online system that doesn’t compare to what Xbox Live has established.  Personally, for the next generation of consoles coming out, I’m going to pass. But will you pick it up?

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Borderlands 2 Review

Borderlands 2 Review
My quick review for borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 came out last Tuesday. When it came to the original game, I got the impression that the game was a blow off, budget game. But that was not the case, and the game hit surprisingly high with a cult fan of followers years after. Borderlands has exploded into one of the biggest gaming titles out today. And the sequel is officially released with all of the core elements that made the original game popular are all back with new characters a a new storyline!

Borderlands 2 returns to Pandora, the funky sci fi world planet that was introduced in the first game. This time around, Handsome Jack is in charge, the main antagonist who took over the Hyperion Corporation. His goal is to prevent you from stopping him from taking over Pandora. Throughout the game Handsome Jack is in an attempt to mine “Eridium”, a rare element that can give Jack the ultimate power he needs to take over Pandora.

 

Overall, Borderlands is a game. The story line is good but a little bland at times with repetitive side quest. Borderlands 2 though, was never really about a theatrical experience. The true fun of the Borderlands franchise lies in the co op gameplay. Four players can group together to beat the entire game, and the whole game is a blast from start to finish. Visuals, the game looks just like the first, but with some improvements. The game’s cartoon-style graphics are fun and make Borderlands 2 the iconic game that it is.

Sound effects, the game still has rocking original music and fun sound effects along with the quirky and hysterical chatter and slang you heard in the first game. Also, our favorite side-kick Claptrap has returned, and just as in the first game, he adds a huge element of comedy and enjoyment to the game that no other game really matches.

 

Final Verdict: 5/5

I’m giving Borderlands 2 a 5/5 rating. I think that the Borderlands franchise is something that a gamer over any stripe should try, whether they are a fan of the franchise or not. The graphics/premise of the game is weird to some as well as newcomers, but if you give it a chance this game has silky smooth, fun game play that is simple to pick up and a blast to play with friends.

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AMD 1045t Overclock Guide

Earlier this year, I built my first custom comp and over the summer, I’ve been buying things and upgrade it here and then to get the most potential out of my system. My computer has an AMD 1045t six-core CPU. I’m a huge fan and supporter of AMD even though they’re said not to have the performance of the latest Intel chips. Beyond that, when you overclock and buy the right hardware, you can push your system to the max without having to drop $300+ on something similar in the Intel department.

 

CPU-Z clocked at @3.8Ghz

It was a tough feat, but I got this processor to run stable in Prime 95 for an hour as well as gamed on it in Borderlands 2 for four hours straight with absolutely no problems (and yes, there was noticeable improvement in performance/framerate). I may or may not push the CPU to the max some more, but at 4Ghz, I had some stability issues (and I have a Gigabyte motherboard which was difficult t0 overclock correctly on).

Anyway, here’s a quick guide to get any readers here that have a 1045t chip to an awesome 3.8Ghz. I’m assuming you know the basics already about where to start and you are just looking for the settings/numbers, so here you go!

 

Guide to Overclock the AMD 1045t CPU

  1. It’s basic, but ensure you have a powerful enough power supply to overclock this CPU, I am running a Thermaltake 600w power supply that is powering everything from 120mm fans to my graphics card. I recommend at least 600w to anyone for no power-related problems down the road.
  2. Upgrade your heat sink, the stock 1045t heat sink that is bundled with the CPU is horrible. I bought a Coolermaster 212 EVO. It keeps my temperatures on max load under 70c.
  3. Go into your BIOS. Make sure that your CPU is set to UNLOCKED and AMD Cool n Quiet technology is DISABLED.
  4. Unfortunately this chip has a locked multiplier, making it a little tricky overclock a high numbers. First off, set your multiplier to it’s highest value, 13.5
  5. Next, DISABLE AMD’s Core Performance Boost. This feature, when over clocked to about 3.5Ghz and above, prevents all your cores from running at your highest clock speed (it can be of benefit, though if you are unsuccessful in overclocking at high numbers).
  6. Set your FSB (front side bus) to 282 (or whichever number just get’s you over that 2.8Ghz clock).
  7. Because we are forced to increase our FSB due to the locked clock speed, we have to adjust our Northbridge Frequency and HT Link frequency to x7. Ideally, some say you want this number around 2,400Mhz, however, I ran into stability issues here. You should set yours to be under or close to 2,000Mhz. for both.
  8. Your memory clock is also too high after raising the FSB. Memory clock can vary on your system but keep this value under what your RAM’s speed is supposed to be. In my case, I’m using dual channel ram at 1,333Mhz, so I lowered by memory clock to x4.00 to bring it under 1,333Mhz.
  9. The CPU needs more juice to run, so bring your CPU Voltage up to around 1.45 volts. Because we increased the FSB, you might also want to bump up your Northbridge Volt Control to around +.2 or so. Leave all other settings to default/auto-manage your power consumption.
  10. You may have to adjust your RAM timings. In my setup, I had to bring mine from 9-9-9-24 to 6-6-6-15 to run. This is debatable but what my BIOS recommended, and leaving them at normal values caused my system to blue screen.

If you’ve done all this correctly, your AMD 1045t should now be overclocked at 3.8Ghz (or possibly higher)! I hope this guide helps anyone on the web down the road and if you have questions drop a comment below!

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Borderland 2 Max Settings Game Play

I got Borderlands launch night and made this quick video yesterday of the game running on max settings with max FPS. Of course, not the most demanding gaming in the world on a PC but still looks great and is a blast to play!

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Halo 4 Limited Edition Worth it?

I was checking out Amazon last week and seen that Halo 4 is now available for pre-order. For those who have never pre-ordered on Amazon, you do not get billed until your product is processed and shipped. Anyway, when checking out the game I noticed that there is a $60 standard version of the game and then a $100 limited edition version of the game. But for the steep price of entry, is it really worth it? For one, that is most likely the definite price, I doubt the price will drop under $100 unless hardly anyone is pre-ordering the collectors version.

Moving on, for many years I enjoyed buying collectors versions of games. For an extra $10, you would get some nice bonus features, a cool tin case, and some other goodies.  Most recently my favorite collector’s purchase was Mortal Kombat that came with two awesome book case holder statues that now stand on top of my PC speakers. It was a little costly but I got something extremely awesome out of it, and I am a huge Mortal Kombat fan. Back in the day, Halo 2, Gear’s of War collectors edition, even Modern Warfare 2 came with the original COD arcade game. The price’s were always reasonable. $70, even $80 which is asking for alot but still do-able.

 

But now Halo 4 Limited Edition is set to release on November 6. And 343 Industries wants us to pay $100 for it. But what does it come with?

Halo 4 Limited Edition Contents

  • War Games Map Packs: The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps – three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE.
  • Bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE: Unique in-game Spartan IV armor skin, unique in-game weapon skin for the Assault Rifle, an exclusive in-game emblem, Xbox LIVE Avatar prop, and Xbox LIVE Avatar Spartan IV armor set (requires Xbox LIVE Gold Membership that is sold separately).
  • Specializations: Receive early access to six Specializations, available at launch on Xbox LIVE, and use them, one at a time, to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career. In addition to gaining access to new ranks, Specializations unlock new customization options.
  • The Special Edition of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a 90-minute extended version of the live-action digital series which will take fans back to the terrifying beginning of the Human/Covenant war, when the Master Chief inspired a young cadet who would eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC’s greatest vessel ever: the UNSC Infinity.
  • The UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet includes a Spartan armor customization schematic, information about UNSC weapons, and an introduction to the massive ship UNSC Infinity.

 

Let’s get one thing straight. I don’t place ANY value on Xbox Live avatar items. I think they are a gimmick and an excuse for them to jack the price up on things like this. But what about the rest? In game armor skin, weapon skin, and emblem. Great. But why am I not already getting this? Is this really worth paying an extra $40 bucks for? Not if you ask me. And the briefing packet and and digital series are hardly sell points for me.

What’s really of any value to this? Well number one, the “map packs” that come with it. Nine maps that contain three future-competitive map packs. And each is set in three locations. So… what does this mean? If you ask me, I would say they are selling us three big team/forge style maps that are going to be broken down into small maps. 343 Industries hasn’t really been clear about this. But the point is, these are going to be DLC down the road and (most likely) are going to have a steep price, somewhere between $15-20 based off of what other map packs cost today. But those that make it worth spending any more money on? I don’t think so.

Halo 4 Limited Edition is Not Worth Buying

I’m a die hard Halo fan. And I get paid decent, I don’t care about paying an extra few bucks for some nice bonus features/DLC. But here’s several reasons why I don’t think this Limited Edition version of Halo 4 is worth it and why I think you and no one else should buy it. This is all opinion based and comments are welcome, but I don’t think this version of the game is worth buying.

  1. There’s no value to the “limited edition” part. If there was only 10,000 copies made out of millions, then maybe it would be worth trying to snag it. But the point of limited edition value to ANYTHING in the world is in the RESALE value. How valuable will your limited edition copy of Halo 4 be five-ten years from now? Let’s take a look at Halo 2 collectors edition which I own. It’s nearly a decade old and used copies of it are selling for a measly $12 on ebay. Unless you plan on keeping your copy in the shrink wrap, it’s worth about as much as the standard issue of the game when there’s no limited production on it.
  2. Limited options. There’s only a standard and a limited edition. Previously, Reach and Halo 3 came out with multiple versions of the game. Reach came with an impressive, hand-done statue of all the noble characters. Halo 3 came with master chiefs helmet to hold the game in. It seems they got lazy and stuck a high price on a mediocre version of a limited edition version of the game.
  3. Major game studios are getting too greedy. We live in a world where prices of games are dropping dramatically anymore. Smash hit games like “angry birds” that people spend a buck or two on and they can play anywhere versus a $60 game that takes a small hunk of cash for the month is alot more attractive to the general market. Plus games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Rock Band Blitz are only $15 from major studios. At one point $100 is just asking for too much for a video game, regardless of it being “limited edition” or not. But if “fan boys” keep milking over the cash, then the studios will never learn to drop their prices.
  4. Let’s take a step back. We haven’t seen Master Chief in nearly five years now, and this game is being made by an entirely new studio that most people haven’t even heard of before. I’m sure it’s not going to be a total flop, but will it shine as Halo 2 once did? Will it be a success online again or are people going to fade out of it like on Halo: Reach? I don’t think it’s worth investing such a huge hunk of cash into a game that could potentially not be that great online. And it’s more than the game. It could be poorly designed maps (again), a broken matchmaking/ranking system (that sticks social/party players into serious slayer matches)(again), and other things that could steer away the online appeal.
  5. Besides downloadable maps, as I’ve stated above, there’s zero value in avatar items. And the rest, in game armor, skins, who really cares? And is it worth all that extra money just for a tin case that will be worthless in years? And when it comes to the maps, you can buy them as DLC, most likely for half of what you are paying the extra cost for on the limited edition.
  6. In the end result, what you are paying extra for? Paper and plastic. I just like to be a financial adviser to other gamers out there. You don’t need to break the bank to play the game. And if you care that much for the limited edition version, it’s price will most likely drop in the future.

Maybe I’m just starting to get old. But when I was a teenager, Halo 2 collectors edition was $60, the price of a “standard” version of a game today. And downloadable maps? I don’t remember paying more than $5-10 bucks for a map pack. These days they charge double to triple that. I know they cost time/money to develop, but I don’t like forking over so much cash to these major game studios.

The end result, it’s just not reasonable. $70 to $80 is steep but would have been fine. But these extra “digital” items, like skins, avatar props, I don’t place any value on that. Some games like Mortal Kombat and even COD sell you memberships or “seasonal passes” to get the rest of the DLC for the year free. But we are only getting one set of maps with this DLC. And even the season thing pass… at what point do I just have to pay ONCE for a game anymore to enjoy it? This is one reason I’m an avid PC gamer more than a console gamer anymore.