Heads up to indie inclined gamers on a budget…

Thomas Was Alone and Lone Survivor are both free right now for PS+ subscribers. Both are very different, but very great, games.

Lone Survivor is a post-apocalyptic survival-horror game that relies on more than simple jump scares to get at you. I played through it on Steam a while back in the dark with my headphones on. Awesome experience.

As for Thomas Was Alone, I’ve been wanting to play it for a while now, and after seeing that it was free, I played through the whole thing in one sitting just now. It’s so freaking good. Great for fans of puzzles and platformers, and it’ll get you in the feels.

Happy gaming, my little tater tots.

First Bioshock: Infinite, and now this. Goodbye again, society.
PS: This is my last purchase from GameStop. To hell with them.
PPS: I traded in a game. Bad news: they only gave me $3.50. Good news: I paid $3.00 for the game at a neighbor’s yard sale. Bad news for who ends up buying it: they’ll charge 3-5 bucks less than an unopened copy.
Seriously, to hell with you, GameStop.

First Bioshock: Infinite, and now this. Goodbye again, society.

PS: This is my last purchase from GameStop. To hell with them.

PPS: I traded in a game. Bad news: they only gave me $3.50. Good news: I paid $3.00 for the game at a neighbor’s yard sale. Bad news for who ends up buying it: they’ll charge 3-5 bucks less than an unopened copy.

Seriously, to hell with you, GameStop.

Breaking down the Xbox One and Playstation 4 for the casual gaming crowd…

Some of y’all know I’m a lifelong gamer, so you might’ve guessed I’ve been following the E3 conference. And I know that some of y’all also play video games, whether it’s casually, as a family, or on a hardcore basis. So I figured I’d break down what everyone needs to know about the upcoming new systems coming from Microsoft and Sony.

What you need to know about the Xbox One:

Its starting price will be $499, a bit more than I was expecting.

It will come with a Kinect, which sounds awesome, but as of right now, I believe it will always be on. Can’t wait to block that creepy thing off with a small piece of cardboard and tape.

You will have to connect to the internet once every 24 hours to keep your system running. It’s my understanding that if, say, my internet went out for an extended amount of time, I’d be SOL if I wanted to play a game I paid good money for on a console I paid even more good money for…

It won’t be so easy to trade in video games, or even to lend them to friends. As of now, I believe you will only be able to trade in at approved locations. I also think those that buy a used copy of a game will need to pay an activation fee on top of the price of the game itself, but that may have changed.

They will be stepping up their game to appease loyal customers, which is very important. They will be offering free games to members of their Gold program. Of course, members of Sony’s PSN Plus have been getting free and heavily discounted games for a while now. Oh yeah, the last time I got a freebie from Xbox Live? 20 points. That’s worth 25 freaking cents. That brings me to…

Xbox Live will finally be ditching their dumbass currency system designed to milk the customers, forcing them to always be left owning enough points to be completely useless without buying another lump sum, which will again leave you with more useless points. Now they’re going to let us buy things with actual money, something we have already been doing on the PS3. Buying things with money? Mind blown…

A lot of exclusive games were announced. These will continue to be big selling points for both systems. Luckily for me, I never got into Halo.

Oh yeah, the Xbox One’s name is a bit confusing considering it’s their third Xbox console, but whatever.

What you need to know about the Playstation 4:

Its starting price will be $399, $100 less than the Xbox One. I’m a bit surprised by this one considering I didn’t buy a PS3 for so long because of its higher price. I guess they learned their lesson. I’m *very* happy about this, as, let’s face it, times are tough, and most gamers, even the hardcore ones, will have to choose one system to buy, especially at first.

You will be able to trade in or loan your games as much as you want and as easily as it should be. You should have heard the crowd erupt when this was announced. They also went nuts when they announced that…

You won’t be required to always be online. I nod my head in approval. We are simply not ready for always on consoles.

Just like the Xbox One, the 4 will also have its share of games exclusive to the system. Which one made me pee my pants? Kingdom Hearts 3! Hell yeah, dudes, I’m so excited for that! I was also intrigued by a new IP called The Division. Gonna keep my eye on that one.

This isn’t much of a surprise for a lot of people, but the PS4 will be a much more inviting home for indie game developers and players. Not only will they continue to get more of a focus, but three will be free at launch with a PSN Plus membership. What’s more important for the developers is, unlike on the Xbox One, they will be able to self-publish. If you don’t know what this means, trust me when I say this is very good for them.

Final thoughts:

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m going to be getting the Playstation 4, as are a *lot* of fellow gamers. I love my Xbox 360, and I’m really, really let down by the Xbox One.

Sony won E3 this year — there is no debating that, as far as I’m concerned — and I believe they will come out on top of this next generation of consoles. Now I just need $400 before the end of the year…

Edit: It’s been announced that both Final Fantasy 15 (formerly FF 13 Versus) and Kingdom Hearts 3 will also be coming to the Xbox One. Hell yeah, spread that RPG love around, Square Enix!