E3 is here what do you want to see...
Its that time again, the biggest gaming event of the year... E3.

E3 officially starts tomorrow (Tuesday) and ends on Thursday but today we will be given access to Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and finally Sony’s press conferences.

The starting times for these conferences are as followed:

Microsoft [9:30 am PT - 5:30 pm GMT]
Electronic Arts [1:00 pm PT - 9:00 pm GMT]
Ubisoft [3:00 pm PT - 11:00 pm GMT]
Sony [5:30 pm PT - 1:30 am GMT]

I for one am most excited about 3 things; what the PS4 looks like, Xbox One's exclusive line up, and are the rumours of Shenmue 3 true?

What are you looking forward to over the next 4 days of gaming goodness?
Last night was a very interesting night. I thought I would be talking about the Microsoft Expo this morning, but I want to talk a little about what happened after.

Microsoft unveiled their new consoles by the name of Xbox One. A name I understand the choice behind but don’t believe it to be a good idea. The conference was to cover hardware only, so we got to see very little games, and no details on price plans etc.

Soon after the conference the internet blew up with rumors that they had banned second hand games or will now be charging for them.

The main 3 rumors was:

  • Xbox will not playing second hand games.

  • Xbox will force you to install games to your hard drive, you can then take your disc to a friends house. Install it to their Xbox and they become the owner. Once you put your disc back in your Xbox you become the owner and your friends copy doesn't work.

  • Second hand games will work, but at a price.

All the big gaming websites have been reporting this for hours now and I've had a slew of people come flying in on Facebook telling me these rumors are fact. This left me with only one question, where did this information come from if it was a hardware event only?

Then in steps Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) who writes on his blog

[quote]We know there is some confusion around used games on Xbox One and wanted to provide a bit of clarification on exactly what we've confirmed today. While there have been many potential scenarios discussed, today we have only confirmed that we designed Xbox One to enable our customers to trade in and resell games at retail.
Beyond that, we have not confirmed any specific scenarios.
Another piece of clarification around playing games at a friend’s house – should you choose to play your game at your friend’s house, there is no fee to play that game while you are signed in to your profile.

It looks like the rumor mill went a bit over the top last night and we can now all put down our pitchforks.

So where do we stand? At the moment both PS4 and Xbox One have confirmed you will be able to play second hand games. None of them have confirmed if there will be a price attached. Both Microsoft and Sony are at the same stage at the moment but it sounds like a lot of people have forgot Sony have also been vague about how second hand games.

The best thing we can all do is sit back and wait for Microsoft and Sony to tell us at E3.

Kickstarter is fastly becoming one of the best ways to get your game off the ground. Crowdfunding is becoming bigger by the day, and I for one support it, but sometimes a project comes along that doesn't seem to fit the Kickstarter model.

The story starts with a Kickstarter page by the name of
9 Year Old Building an RPG to Prove Her Brothers Wrong! that was posted by a lady of the Name Susan Wilson.

The Project is for Susan’s daughter Mackenzie Wilson who is 9 to be able to prove her mean older brothers wrong and for her to attend a RPG STEM Camp so she can make her own game.

Now first off this doesn't seem to bad, Young girl wants to make a game... hell I’m even opening up my wallet right now to donate..

Well first off all, we have a project that shouldn't really be on kickstarter as pointed out by their Community Guidelines

The rules state that you are not allowed any "fund my life" projects Examples include projects to pay tuition or bills, go on vacation, or buy a new camera.

Mackenzie page states she has a Mac Desktop and a KindleHD but would like her own laptop, as well as $829 to cover the cost of attending the RPG Stem camp (Both things are not allowed via Kickstarter guidelines)

So at this point you might just think I’m saying this is a wrong simply because they broke the rules? Well lets go a little deeper.

Susan Wilson is not just a parent trying to use kickstarter to help her daughter, but she is in fact the Founder and CEO of The Judgment Group.

[quote]Named to this year's FORTUNE List of the Top Ten Most Powerful Female Entrepreneurs, Susan Wilson is Founder & CEO of The Judgment Group. A member of Ernst & Young's prestigious Winning Women Program, Susan is now completing her third year of a three year executive education program at Harvard Business School.

Prior to starting The Judgment Group, Susan was a founding member and the Executive Vice President of a technology startup that raised $12 Million in venture capital, became kinkos.com, and was sold in 2000 to the copy giant Kinko’s for $100 Million. [/quote]

Susan was even on CNN’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs list

Now credit has to be givent to Redditor Bro-jangles who pointed all of this out.

Bro Jangles has put his detective hat on and even looked up Susan on facebook and found she Won $1,500 on Roulette on spent in on shoes.

So at this point you might think this is a long way to go just to stop a young girl from getting her $829 goal, but this story of Girl VS Brother has been helped along with her mother using her twitter account send the same repeated message to many big names such as @venturingwomen, @WomenTechNews, @TechCrunch along with many more. This also goes against the Kickstart rules of “Spread the word but don't spam” and they point out spam is “Sending unsolicited @-replies on Twitter”.

The Project has now raised more than $21,498 with over 25 days left to pull in even more funding.

This is likely just the case of a mother trying to help her child break into the unforgiving world of gaming, but it definitely seems that she's going about it the wrong way if the mother is who she appears to be.

Source: Bro-Jangles’s Reddit post

As we all know EA’s SimCity didn’t get off to the best start with its always online service that was rendered useless with their own servers being offline.

This issue has been quickly fixed but as a goodwill gesture they are offering a free game from EA’s catalog for anyone who activated their game before today (Today being 18th).

Its not been confirmed what games will be up for grabs but here is the statement from them:

[quote]Here's a quick update on the problems we were experiencing with SimCity – and a little something extra for people who bought the game.
The server issues which began at launch have improved significantly as we added more capacity. But some people are still experiencing response and stability problems that we're working fast to address.
So what went wrong? The short answer is: a lot more people logged on than we expected. More people played and played in ways we never saw in the beta.
OK, we agree, that was dumb, but we are committed to fixing it. In the last 48 hours we increased server capacity by 120 percent. It's working – the number of people who have gotten in and built cities has improved dramatically. The number of disrupted experiences has dropped by roughly 80 percent.
So we're close to fixed, but not quite there. I'm hoping to post another update this weekend to let everyone know that the launch issues are behind us.
Something Special for Your Trouble
The good news is that SimCity is a solid hit in all major markets. The consensus among critics and players is that this is fundamentally a great game. But this SimCity is made to be played online, and if you can't get a stable connection, you're NOT having a good experience. So we're not going to rest until we've fixed the remaining server issues.
And to get us back in your good graces, we're going to offer you a free PC download game from the EA portfolio. On March 18, SimCity players who have activated their game will receive an email telling them how to redeem their free game.
I know that's a little contrived – kind of like buying a present for a friend after you did something crummy. But we feel bad about what happened. We're hoping you won't stay mad and that we'll be friends again when SimCity is running at 100 percent.
SimCity is a GREAT game and the people who made it are incredibly proud. Hang in there – we'll be providing more updates throughout the weekend.


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