At long last it has arrived! Exactly seven years to the day of the release of the XBOX 360, the XBOX One has launched and is now available for purchase.
While many who pre-ordered the console stood outside countless Best Buys, Gamestops, and other retail stores to get their systems, this gamer waited until I got off of work on Friday and bought it.
Thus, I’ve had a full Saturday to hook up and get to know my new XBOX. Like going on a first date with a girl, I was a little nervous when I opened the box. I had spent most of Friday reading articles about consumers who had gotten their Ones having problems with the system. Most of which being a broken disc drive that made a horrific grinding noise when a disc was inserted, the console crashing while loading the mandatory day 1 update(which is needed for the system to function), and reports of the system not working at all. Now I know hardware launches never go without it’s snags. Last week’s PS4 launch had some issues with consoles not working as well, but this is the first major console I was going to purchase on day 1. As you can imagine, I was on edge this morning when I woke up.
So I bit the bullet, and hooked it up. I got freaked out when I connected it to my wireless internet and I got an error message about the Day 1 Update, but the update installed just fine after turning the system off and turning it back on. So I passed the update test, now to see how the disc drive worked. I put in Assassin’s Creed 4, and it worked just fine.
Ok, now I’ll get on to the feel and specifics of the system. The dashboard has a different look than the 360 version, but it pretty much works the same. The, “Snap,” feature, which allows you to have two apps working at the same time, for example, you can be playing a game while watching something on Netflix, is a bit unnecessary. For me, it will work great while watching a football game and keeping up on my fantasy team stats, or I can Skype with someone while playing a game. Other than that, I don’t really have a need for the feature.
I’m sure some of you are wondering about my take on the Kinect 2.0. I didn’t plug it in, it’s still in it’s box. So there ya go.
The system runs much faster than it’s older cousin. What would take my 360 30-45 seconds to boot from the time I press the power button to getting to the dashboard now only takes 15-20 seconds. Apps and games boot up quicker(although the installs for disc based games may help with that).
I’m glad that there’s finally a Blu-Ray drive with the XBOX One. The only Blu-Ray I own is Red vs Blue, and it looks awesome. Can’t wait to purchase more Blu-Rays so I can see more.
Now while I’m talking about visual aspects that come along with the XBOX One, I guess I should talk about my gaming experience with it. The new controller looks and feels great. Microsoft didn’t stray far from the design of the 360 controller, which, in my opinion, is the closest you can get the perfect gaming controller. The D-Pad has much been much improved and it works great. The analog sticks move more freely, which can take a little bit of getting used to after seven years of using the 360 sticks.
Now for the games, or game in my case. I purchased Assassin’s Creed 4 with my XBOX One, and it looks gorgeous. The opening cinematic features our protagonist, Edward Kenway, having a conversation with his wife. The detail is much more noticeable in the character design then it would’ve been in the 360 version. Goosebumps and freckles were detailed on the skin of the characters, that’s the amount of detail that was displayed. So far, I’m enjoying the game, and I will get a review up ASAP.
Overall, the XBOX One hasn’t disappointed me. Is there room for improvement? Absolutely. The system is far from perfect, but if you get a console that doesn’t have any issues, you’ll be happy with what the XBOX One has to offer. With future system updates, it will be a powerhouse of a console.
A few months ago I got a message from my friend Mark Linskey of The great Jersey band HUDSON FALCONS telling me he was going to connect me with a fellow named Shadwick who was looking for tour assistance. Doing the show and playing in bands, we always try to help out any underground or indie artists coming through, but anyone Mark sends my way I know will be special.
So after the initial online introductions, Shadwick sends me a CD of his band, QUIET HOLLERS, and from song one I was hooked. This is a great alt indie country band and I like bands like this that play country but have definite punk roots. The CD never left the car the last two months. It has seriously been the only CD in the player.
Anyway, the show finally happened last night. It was amazing. Everyone was happy from the crowd to the venue owner. If you get a chance to see these guys play, check them out.
Check out this new and totally amazing series of short films by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and The Huntsman) which takes a gritty approach to the Super Mario Bros franchise. 4 short videos, 4 characters: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad.
Here, THE ADDICT receives a reminder from his past that forces him to rethink his present.
The day of the zine release is less than a month away! Submissions and sponsorships are currently closed for this issue! We are working on the final layout and getting the compilation ready for distribution!
We are having a badass zine release show on November 16, so be sure to come and check that out if your near the Victoria, TX area!
Dont miss the premiere of Buck Wild at the Leo J Welder for performing arts in Victoria Texas.
This week, we have two submitted artists, you can help decide if Jordan Eastman or Colours For The Blind should be played again next week.
The first is Colours For The Blind, a garage band out of London who has been busy playing gigs
The next is Jordan Eastman, a folk indie guy from Nashville. He just released his new album and this is a single off of it.
So who do you like?
by Wes Dodson
I have to admit, it’s been some time since I’ve anticipated the release of a record. The folks promoting the 21st studio album from Motorhead did a fine job of creating a buzz for “Aftershock” some weeks prior to her formal October 18th release.
I have to also admit that it’s been some time since I’ve really paid any attention to a Motorhead record. I paid my respects to Wurzel when he passed away in 2011, and I gave plenty of rotation in 2006 to the pair of records from The Head Cat. And while I remain most fond of the “Fast” Eddie [Clarke] era, later releases such as “Orgasmatron” (1986), “1916” (1991), & “Sacrifice” (1995) were frequent reminders that Motorhead remained a well maintained, speed-freak machine!
The opening, fist-to-the-mouth track, “Heartbreaker”, immediately strikes me as possibly the most memorable tune on the new record. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I had played this disc a number of times that a cloud of monotony had begun to clear and I was able to discern a number of familiar elements.
It should please any fan of the pre-1983 lineup to know that “Coup De Grace” comes as close to any classic Motorhead as one could hope for. “Lost Woman Blues”, while resembling an outtake from The Head Cat, doesn’t exactly size up against the likes of “Love Me Forever” as a slow Motorhead tune. However, it does stand out in nice contrast to the first two numbers, giving you a chance to catch your breath before slamming you head first into “End Of Time”, ”Do You Believe”, and yet another classic sounding track, “Death Machine”.
“Aftershock” slows down again for a watery sounding, “Dust And Glass”, a rather fitting precursor for a kick to the balls titled, “Going To Mexico”.
Aside from being a clever title, “Silence When You Speak To Me” easily holds its own as one of those songs to get your ass kicked to in the swirl of a brutal mosh pit, while “Crying Shame” is strangely reminiscent of Turbonegro’s “Shake Your Shit Machine”.
Overall, “Aftershock” is a qualified addition to Motorhead’s lengthy catalog, and is certain to be celebrated by the die-hards. It might take a few plays to get familiar with it, but hey… we all have an eternity to burn.
Two thumbs up (the ass).