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My thoughts on the Delay of “Crackdown 3”

For those of you who are new here, I am a gamer. Yes, just like men of old if there is a thing that I did as a young child I still do it as a much older man. And before you say “people don’t actually do that,” let me create a list of “comfort activities” people tend to do as they get older:

  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Wood Carving
  • Panting
  • Sketching
  • Carpentry
  • Traveling
  • Reading
  • Photography
  • Nature Observing

Guess what all of those things have in common, you ask most of the people doing them they either did them when they were much younger of they WANTED to do them and did not have the resources. I am a child of the burgeoning digital age, Arcades to home consoles, to the internet, to online multiplayer in video games. Now I could have mention Lan play in video games but that was probably a niche thing and if you did it I am sure you boss might be wondering why you were using their Office Machine for recreation so we are just gonna pretend okay.

Anyway Crackdown 3 is a game for the Xbox One that was announced to be coming out around the same time as the Console Refresh Xbox One X. If you are scratching you head first at Console Refresh and then at the Name Xbox One X don’t worry I will explain somewhat. First Microsoft makes the Xbox, Originally just the Xbox, then the Xbox 360 and then for some asinine reason their CURRENT generation console was named the Xbox One. The last Gaming generation was a long one since we were in an economic downturn and while people had SOME money to put towards recreation most would say it wasn’t as much as folks would have hoped. So the LAST console Generation lasted roughly 8 to 10 years(depending on who you ask) The Xbox 360 came out in 2005 and I believe the Playstation 3 came out in 2006. The Xbox One Launched in 2013 around the same time as the Ps4(probably 8 months apart) so 4 years is considered the middle of the console cycle this time around. Now when the Xbox 360 and PS3 ruled the roost the world was much different. We had JUST started to get our hands on to smart phones.

Last generation a “Console Refresh” was basically them making a slimmer version of your current console OR a more streamlined one. Xbox 360 got rid of it’s old removable hard drives for a sleeker one as well as changed how you saved your game data. I believe one of the PS3 refreshes changed how you inserted the games, as well as being slimmer, with a larger hard drive. There wasn’t really a power boost per say but they did improve what they could in the console without changing it so that it was a completely different console. Of course you didn’t HAVE to buy a new Slim Xbox 360 or PS3 it was completely your choice, similar to how people would replace their cell phones. Folks only bought a new cell phone when their old one broke or wore out(or when the contract on their CURRENT PHONE was up) because it wasn’t a big deal it was JUST to make phone calls what a difference a decade makes.

Now People either trade their phones in every year when the new one comes out or else every two years and we are pretty much conditioned to do it. Usually there isn’t that much difference year to year THOUGH our cell phones make get a cool new feature every once in a while. Consoles want in on that money, so what BOTH companies(well it’s 3 but Nintendo released a whole new console so they technically don’t count) have decided to do is since technology has jumped so far ahead in the last few years they want to put out more powerful versions of current hardware. And it has, Computer technology and thus gaming technology is now light years ahead of where it was just 4 short years ago. 720p was the goal on the Xbox 360 and the Ps3 the start of this generation it was 1080p and now the mighty 4K has reared its head and begun bellowing for attention which the current consoles aren’t able to deliver and everybody wants their visuals to look the best as they started updating their viewing devices. In 2016 Sony released the PS4 Pro(which I did not buy) while the PS4 Pro is more powerful than it’s predecessor they did not put enough graphical power in the machine to make a complete jump to 4k I think they thought it had more time. I mean the year before it’s release 2k TV’s were still on the shelf and SUPPOSEDLY the hot new thing.

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