Anonymous asked:It seems like E3 is a bit of a wear on you guys, at least for Brad. Do these events where developers and console makers dump info in such a short period of time really benefit anyone? I like the whole spectacle of it, but what exactly is the point? Wouldn't it be more advantageous to go the route that both Sony and Microsoft went with a solo presentation?
Most companies don’t have strong enough lineups to support a solo presentation.
Is the intern program still a thing? Are you accepting any applications for summer 2013?
No. Even if we did, the time to apply for this summer would have been, like, January or something ridiculous like that.
Do you usally end up missing meals during e3?
I skip meals, but I don’t know that I’d say that I miss them. Usually too busy to notice.
Do you see Microsoft allowing the new controller and Kinect to be used on PC?
I asked about the controller. Sounds like they don’t have any plans just yet, but are aware that people use the 360 controller a lot on PC. I took that to mean they were too busy to even think about it right now, but that it’d probably work. Or work eventually.
For what it’s worth, the prototype controller I was using for the rumble trigger demos was hooked up to a PC.
No idea about Kinect. Again, I suspect that’s something that will eventually happen.
Ugh, tell me how MS will have competition on the One like Steam does? No GMG or GoG? They own EVERYTHING. People cant self publish on the new xbox like on the PC. Why are you ignoring that? Will the new xbox allow mods like steam does? Will they allow FREE releases like steam does?
If those are your concerns, then don’t buy a game console. Any game console.
I have a question, why do you think people keep comparing Steam, a store that you don't pay for to the new consoles?
You, uh, pay for the PC, ya know?
Anyway, the comparisons between PC standards and console standards are interesting because the consoles are starting to become more like the PC standard, where used games don’t exist because just about everything is strapped with a serial number.
I can still just turn off the Kinect right?
They’ll have a bunch of system-level options for disabling voice recognition and stuff like that, yeah.
How likely is it that the Xbox One will support non-proprietary storage devices for games?
I don’t know, they’re saying that it supports external drives via its USB 3.0 port, but no idea what you can actually store there. Could just be limited to video or something lame like that.
So, I've never really used Skype on anything other than a PC. But, if I was using Skype on my TV, and the Kinect microphone was right in front of the TV then presumably the person I'm talking to is going to be hearing themself a lot right?
They have a bunch of noise-canceling tech in that thing to filter out game audio and other stuff that’d be coming out of your speakers.
I noticed on a picture of some of the Kinect demos that the media saw yesterday that on the diagnostic readout it mentioned whether or not the user was currently 'engaged'. Any opinions on MS being able to use our 'engagement' level to target ads, sell customer specific interest trends, etc? being that Kinect is going to be required, is that kinda dirty or am I crazy?
“Engaged” merely means “looking at the TV” in this case. There’s probably all sorts of weird data mining they could do to determine if parts of games or movies are causing people to tune out. Or they could use their heart rate detection to find out if parts of games are more exciting than others. To me this sounds…
B) Completely fucking terrifying.