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access_time August 6, 2013 at 10:05 AM in Culture by Ramon Aranda

Buy or Sell: DRM, Cheat Codes, Xbox One, PS4, Halo Trilogy

Hellooooooooooooooooo world! We’re back with a brand new edition of Buy or  Sell, where two of our staffers get together to discuss a handful of topics. We supply the statements, and the participants agree or disagree.

This week we have Todd Vote and Patrick Brickhouse joining the fray, so let’s get them going with this week’s topics.


1. If PC gamers are OK with digital rights management then it shouldn’t be that big of a deal for consoles.

Todd Vote: Sell. Not at all. My biggest problem with the Xbox One was the DRM. I play a lot of rented games, so the DRM was a big problem. Just because one group of people are okay with something, it doesn’t mean that we all suddenly have to adopt it as an acceptable thing. Perhaps if Microsoft would have handled it differently, there wouldn’t have been such an uproar. Maybe they should have tried gradually introducing it.

Patrick Brickhouse: Buy. I think that DRM is something that’s unavoidable. When it comes to where the industry is heading, it would only make sense for companies to pay closer attention to this. As much as we as gamers might not like it at first, it DOES protect some of the smaller game developers out there. Simply put, anything that keeps developers making great games that we love, we shouldn’t cry and moan about DRM if we’re willing to pay the money to support them in the first place.

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2. You plan on getting both an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this year.

Todd Vote: Sell. I don’t know to many people who could afford to get both right out of the gate. I am going with the Xbox, and more likely than not, I’ll end up with a PS3 before I ever get a PS4. Not that I have a problem with Sony, just…you know…Killer Instinct.

Patrick Brickhouse: Sell. I plan on getting the Xbox One first, simply because I just prefer Microsoft’s titles that are being offered out of the gate and the Xbox Live service. I’ll get the PS4 probably several months later.


3. You no longer see cheat codes as much like we used to in the older days – you miss that.

Todd Vote: Sell. Cheat  codes? Pfff, suck it up and play like a man.

Patrick Brickhouse: Buy. I think for many of the games I used to play, cheat codes were more fun and inventive. It became necessity when you were 12 years old and had to return your game to Blockbuster after only a couple of days to play through it. Times are different now, but I think if the codes are inventive and change the game in a fun way, they definitely enhance the overall package. I hope we’ll see more of them returning in future titles.


4. Given how Halo 4 turned out, you’re confident that this new trilogy will be better than the first one.

Todd Vote: Sell. I haven’t had time to play Halo 4 yet, but given the history of storytelling, things are rarely better the second time around.

Patrick Brickhouse: Buy. Halo 4 is a fantastic game, but it also has a different feel than the previous trilogy and I think that’s a welcome change. I don’t look at this new trilogy to replace the old one, but to offer something new and inventive for me to sink hours into.


5. There’s no uglier or worse feeling controller than the one for the Atari Jaguar.

Todd Vote: Buy. Man that thing was a huge clunky mess of a controller. What did it have? Something like 600 buttons on it? I always wondered what the thought process was that went into the design of that thing.

Patrick Brickhouse: Sell. I have to disagree. At least the Jaguar controller was first party. I’ll take that over ANY 3rd party controller from the NES, SNES, PS1, N64 era. They were always clunky and cheap feeling to me. Always go first party…


6. If you were the almighty ruler of the gaming world, you’d consolidate all consoles and make just one.

Todd Vote: Sell. I can certainly see a reason for one console as a consumer. However, we have to remember, competition is one of the driving forces behind a lot of innovation. If everything is the same, what reason is there to try and make anything better?

Patrick Brickhouse: Sell. No way! The more the merrier, although I think a battle between the big 3 is sufficient for now. Competition keeps things interesting. While they are all gunning for each other, we’re reaping the benefits as gamers. It’s win-win.


  • Ramon Aranda August 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I miss Classified Information 🙁

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