Game saves – save anywhere is the future

I trade in my old XBOX 360 for a new slim model ensuring that I have copied all of my game saves and content to an external drive.  Copy version seems ok with all game saves intact.  I copy the content and game saves to my new XBOX 360 slim.  I fire up Forza 3.  I look for my game save.  No game save available.  Dissapointment sets in…

I am not a happy bunny after spending around 15 hours Forza 3 prior to this and losing my game save is not on.  I will not be touching Forza 3 anytime soon.  A similar thing happened with my PS3 where I was unable to copy over my Uncharted 2 content.  Why do hardware manufacturers make it so difficult to retrieve your game saves?

This brings me to cloud gaming profiles.  Imagine a world where you play a game and the saved game is automatically uploaded as part of your profile.  Wherever you are you can access your game save and profile.  It is a simple idea and in this hi-tech day and age I am surprised it hasn’t been thought of already?

Granted we are not going to see Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo hold hands and share user profiles.  However, all three should be able to implement a cloud game save solution.  The amount of hours I have poured into various games over the years only to find that I can no longer revive my scores or game states.

We are stepping in the right direction with Apple and it’s Game Center where your game saves are backed up as part of the App to re-sync later.  However, this is locally via PC and your Iphone/Ipod Touch.  As gamers we need a better solution.  Please Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo listen!!!

Microsoft e3 2010

Microsoft’s E3 was light on content in my eyes. They started off by showing call of duty black ops and announced an exclusive deal with activation that sees all future dlc will come out on xbox first then Sony after a few months. I say meh :/

Secondly, Gears of war 3 was in playable form. Looks graphically stunning and add to that 4 player co op campaign should see it as an instant success in April 2010. Cliffy B of Epic games also announced a new franchise that will be coming exclusive to Xbox called Bulletstorm which to me looked similar to Gears of war in style. Maybe this will take over once the Gears trilogy concludes.

Next it was Bungie’s turn to show their latest build of Halo Reach. Looks like the same Halo formula to me expected to hit September I am sure it will sell by the bucketload. I wasn’t that impressed with ODST. However, some of the best multiplayer co op experiences I have had was playing Halo so here’s hoping.

Then Microsoft decided to devote the rest of the show to project Natal now officially known as Kinect. Games which eerily resembled the casual Wii catalogue without the Nintendo charm were shown. Harshly putting it they looked pants and I lost interest in the conference going forward. Kinectimals, extreme sports game, kinect sports and dance central (by Harmonix) were shown. I was more impressed in using the Kinect as a virtual remote where the camera detects your movement however this does whiff of eye toy to me with you holding your hand over a menu item for a few seconds before it is selected. In order to use the Kinect as a virtual remote Microsoft have created a new section in the dashboard which let’s you control all of the features using Kinect as a camera and microphone with voice commands.

I perked up when I saw new hardware unveiled at the end of the show. The new Xbox 360 slim console was long overdue and comes with wireless n wifi, 250gb hard drive, whisper quiet DVD drive and smaller chassis. All in all I was disappointed with Xbox line up and Kinect did not live up to it’s hype from E3 2009.

Microsoft Natal = Kinect

So have seen some of the videos on IGN.com and computerandvideogames.com for the newly named Kinect. To be honest I am not that impressed.

So have seen some of the videos on IGN.com and computerandvideogames.com for the newly named Kinect.  To be honest I am not that impressed.

The videos show nothing new so far and looks like a blatant rip off of the Wii.  The Kinect sports game seems painful and tiresome to play.  I am no couch potato but I live above someone and I don’t think the stampeding of four players is a good idea when playing the hurdles event in Kinect sport.

The only thing the Kinect seems good for is using as a virtual remote by using hand gestures a la Minority report.  This seems like an expensive investment if you are using as a virtual remote and let’s be honest judging by the games so far that’s what it’ll end up being.

Good idea on paper but execution is poor, put in the list as the most costliest failure ever.  I have said all along that Sony have taken the right strategy with the PS Move and are showing games which will appeal to all audiences.  With regards to Nintendo Wii they can rest in peace.  It’s gonna take a lot to convince me.