Microsoft’s Nextbox To Potentially Face Delays
The CPU chip to Microsoft’s forthcoming successor to the Xbox 360 has entered into mass production a short while ago, yet has already hit a brick wall in terms of the production’s yield, which would have to improve substantially to even be considered horrible. Microsoft have allegedly decided upon a September 2013 release date for their new console, yet they seem unlikely to hit this date if the gremlins have not been worked out of the process by late February of 2013. Interestingly, Microsoft have sourced the production of their CPU (known internally as ‘Oban’) from three different manufacturers, presumably to tripple-up on the likelihood that technicians will be able to achieve a breakthrough in terms of improving the yield.
It has been revealed that the Oban itself is a multicore AMD x86 CPU, and will be accompanied by a newer than expected GPU from AMD’s HD7000 line of processors. It should be stated that a poor production yield of the chip does not necessarily indicate a lack of quality for the few chips that manage to pass muster. That said, one wonders whether history is not repeating itself, with Microsoft offering some extremely ambitious and capable hardware which is destined to be plagued by an unacceptably high mortality rate.
Warren Denies the Spector of Beck
It is a little known fact that failed television presenter and consummate douche, Glenn Beck, is a big fan of similarly washed-up Disney character, Oswald the Rabbit. How big a fan? He is such a fan that he sent one of his people to the recent Gamestop EXPO so that they might acquire for him a pair of Oswald rabbit ears, which were being handed out in promotion of Warren Spector’s forthcoming title, Epic Mickey 2. Happily, the task of Beck’s minion was frustrated somewhat when, after letting slip that he was acquiring the ears for Beck, Spector quickly snatched back the promotional item, declaring: “Anybody who associates with Glenn Beck doesn’t get these”.
After this curt exchange Disney security promptly arrived to escort away the hapless minion, while a butthurt Beck was left fuming, comparing Warren Spector to Phill Spector for daring to have standards. While some may argue that political ideology should not come into play with respect to the provision of entertainment, it is nevertheless the case that no creator of children’s entertainment would wish to have their product associated with someone as vile and unsavoury as Glenn Beck. This story does however come with a sting in its tail, in that Beck was eventually able to obtain a pair of the ears, a petty triumph which had him crowing.
Silent Hill Pariah Trolls Long-Suffering Fans
It is not an easy life being a once-fan of the Silent Hill franchise, and seeing the various ways that Konami find to disrespect the source material on an annual basis. Imagine then the eternal anguish of those who are unable to extricate themselves from their Silent Hill fandom. It has been nine years since the last legitimately brilliant entry in the series, and eight years since the last entry that was even somewhat decent. Every product to be released since 2004 has without exception misunderstood the series on a narrative, thematic, and design level without exception, being farmed out to lowest-bidder software sweatshops, and shipping rife with bugs. The most recent series release, Silent Hill HD Collection, should have been a slam dunk of quality and nostalgia, but instead could be charitably described as an alpha-build, as there was no one aspect of the original titles that was left unscathed from the HD-port’s incompetence. This week the man responsible for the shabby state of the Silent Hill HD Collection, along with the direction of the series as a whole, decided that it would be a fun jape to use his personal blog to troll Silent Hill fans who were unhappy about Silent Hill: Book of Memories.
The Silent Hill franchise is not a sacred cow, clearly, yet when Tomm Huelett unveiled his newest take on the series, a Diablo clone re-skinned as Silent Hill spin-off, Silent Hill fans met the announcement with extreme negativity on account of meagre Silent Hill resources being dedicated to this when the series has not received a good title in close to a decade. In response to this, Huelett thought that it it would be cute to post pictures from Persona 4 Arena, Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, and Dissidia: Final Fantasy, along with the words: “Look around, Silent Hill fans, it really is just you”, indicating that he really just does not get it.
But then what should anyone even expect from a custodian of the series who has previously described both Silent Hill 2‘s acting and combat as “shitty”? At this point it is very difficult to see the Silent Hill series’ continuation, and that is for the good of all for a certainty. The franchise needs to spend at least a full console generation on ice, after which people who actually ‘get’ the series might be able to launch a nostalgic come-back game, or, failing that, the series can finally be laid to rest, and the mediocre sequels forgotten. Silent Hill: Book of Memories may not be truly deserving of all the hate that comes its way, but Tomm Hulett certainly is, and provoking upset fans is no way to calm the situation, if such a thing were possible.