OFR 445 – Everyone’s a Critic

Open Forum Radio – Episode 445

OFR Season 10 (Episode 14) – Everyone’s a Critic

Tuesday, Feb 26th  2019 9:56 EST.

Introduction & Roll Call: TMO, Derek, Jason, Vladz

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  1. Don’t be so critical… (Something is different with the how games might be reviewed with the release of Crackdown 3) Game Pass points toward the radical changes that Game Pass will bring to the industry’s commercial and cultural landscape
    1. Hey what is the review on that new game? = Who cares. “The  For decades, many game critics have seen their role as a kind of champion of the consumer, a line of defense between the wallets of gamers and the marketing engines of publishers”, “…saving consumers (and their wallets) from being misled into making expensive, bad decisions — an image that many have clung to even more tightly as the profession came under attack in recent years. This self-image has helped to fuel the oddly defensive “stick to the facts” approach to game reviewing and commentary, wherein critics actually eschew anything truly resembling criticism in favor of instead obsessing over bugs, frame-rate issues and other technical wrinkles.”
      1. How about reviewers include: Will I have fun with it? Or Will it entertain me?  A game not worth $1 (what you can Xbox Game Pass with right now)
  1. Nice phone, but…. Can you fold it? Huawei’s Mate X foldable phone is a thinner 5G rival to the Galaxy Fold Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is an early adopter’s dream gadget  Do you want to? What kind of phone case will you need for that? How about…. Folding it twice? Huh, maybe? What more do you want out of a phone? I held the future in my hands, and it was foldable
    1. Taking the smartphone watch a little further new wearable puts a 4-inch flexible smartphone on your wrist  (the end of the review: Does anyone need this? Probably not. Does anyone want this? Maybe. But is it really cool? Yeah!!) Pretty cool watch, but looks bulky Agree, it’s all looking like shit on Star Trek or Star Wars 😀
  1. X gonna give it to you (well, show it to you) at E3 Code-named Lockhart and Anaconda to be shown, but not available until fall of 2020 (oh…. And it has HALO!)  Borderlands creator Gearbox Software was once considered for Halo 4 
    1. X gonna give it to Switch Game Pass, Xbox-exclusive games reportedly heading to Switch In addition, the company plans to release an Xbox app for the Switch that will allow users access to Xbox Game Pass will support Project xCloud – allowing games to be streamed to the Switch, even if the console itself would not normally be able to run them well.
    2. Windows 10 April 2019 Update could play native Xbox One games
  1. Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Not aiming it for consumers just yet? (Headset design has gotten better, more comfortable and doubled field of view, increased resolution too but… Maybe a couple more years)
    1. Microsoft CEO defends contract that will supply HoloLens devices to the US Army.  

Our World (Top Things you saw, heard or played)      

Whiskey Cavailver, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Spider-Man DLC  Guys meeting Saturday morning for Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse, Bohemian Rhapsody 4K UHD bluray arrived (looks and sounds AWESOME on my Samsung FLAT 55” QLED 4K UHD 8 Series 2018 Smart TV, Crackdown 3, Apex Legends, great review at work (new job title: Project Engineer and a 10% raise 😎😎😎), SotW: Riptide – BDE (submitted by Vladz!!!), ❤ Twitter chatting with Vladz, we should be a case study, to show people you can be totally opposites on stuff and still be good friends and enjoy the discussions, remind people that it’s ok to disagree, show people that there doesn’t have to be hate just because there is disagreement ❤


Shout-outs: 😎 🖕  Family, friends, friends of the show OFR Crew  🖕 😎 Conspiracy Otter, Stuart, AA, DeeRodge, Mama for explaining things to me concerning my daughter last Friday night, This week’s episode of Blackish focusing on Black History Month &  Jerry Lawson (engineer)