The PlayStation 4 share button. A novel concept and a great idea by Sony and the PlayStation division. Revealed at a time before their latest system even released in an effort to be more open and accessible to developers and gamers alike. Meanwhile, Microsoft was busy digging a huge hole with their always online policy and DRM. Things were looking good for the PS4 in its goal to be as inclusive as possible and for awhile it was. Until the fire nation attacked…err…I mean until devs and publishers started disabling parts of the feature or doing away with it outright. This has been going on longer than I’d like to admit, but the revelation that Persona 5 shuts down the button is the last straw.
Let’s quickly say you’ve been living under a rock. The PS4 share button effectively took up the position of the select button. It allows gamers to easily and conveniently take screenshots, record video, upload said video, and even livestream. It makes things a heck of a lot easier for streamers/Youtubers and everyday gamers alike. Want to share that cool moment with friends on Facebook? Done! Came across a rare and awesome thing in a game and want to be the first to upload it to Youtube? Done! For many, this meant they didn’t have to tinker with game capture cards, hardware, or video editing software.
Unfortunately, greed, dumb laws, or misplaced want to do right got in the way of this. Full disclosure, I’m a Youtuber who utilizes the PS4 share button a lot and for the reasons mentioned above. It’s a part of my living and I create guides, tips, funny moments, and everything else that falls into fair use. I also use to have a Hauppauge and currently own an Elgato (two video game recording boxes). You can probably already see my first point. One of the reasons the share button has been disabled in parts of games like Resident Evil 7 and Final Fantasy XV is to prevent the less cultured people from capturing spoilers and spreading them around the internet.
While noble, this doesn’t really solve the problem and only burdens and annoys those who would do something appropriate with that footage. You see video game capture cards aren’t rare or complicated anymore. They’re easy to find, purchase, and setup. So if someone really wants to capture footage (while following fair use laws) they will. It just inconveniences us to the point of slight annoyance. After all we have to setup our gear when we find out the share button is disabled, usually after we discover something we want to record and lose it, disable HDCP on our PS4s, and get the capture software running up on our computers again. Again while minor, it seems stupid and trivial that we have to do this in order to get around something that’s easily bypassable.
The second point is publisher greed and would take many paragraphs to properly explain that greed and the relation to fair use. In short, publishers don’t want footage of their game being monetized, regardless of actual content, unless they get their unethical piece of the pie. (Looking at you Nintendo.) Luckily, fair use stipulations protect us content and video creators. Someone can create a video guide, game tips, meaningful commentary on standard gameplay, and more and still have a right to their earnings. Plus, that’s not including the $60 price tag to even gain entry into most video games nowadays. So it’s not like the publishers are being robbed of money. Many games sell incredibly well and are profitable regardless of what monetized videos there are online. To name a few: Minecraft, Mass Effect 3, Resident Evil 7, Borderlands 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Halo, Call of Duty, Battlefield, and many many more. So people, cap your greed at some point and leave the Youtuber making pocket change compared to you alone.
Lastly, and my oh so favorite, are certain laws that publishers hide behind. (This time I’m eyeballing you Bandai Namco.) Incredibly long and complicated story short, there are Japanese copyright laws that aim to protect Japanese art and music. Essentially, it can’t be replicated outside of that country for any type of compensation. You see the problem right? Video games have both wonderful art and music. This causes our interactive entertainment and the disabling of the PS4 share button to be entwined with this snafu. In fact, it’s the reason I refuse to play the Tales of series anymore because they’re seemingly adamant pride of negating the aforementioned button for large portions, if not all, of their games. Needless to say, the superfluous laws are easily navigated around with the video game capture software/hardware I mentioned earlier. Naturally, someone shouldn’t be straight ripping songs (in the same way they would with bootlegging video games) to sell en masse. That’s where you copyright division and lawyers come into play.
As I mentioned, many Youtubers will follow fair use laws. Trying to disable the share button, for whatever reason, will hurt those trying to make a proper living. Hell, they’re probably being screwed by Youtube content ID system anyway. So they’ve got enough to worry about. Gamers shouldn’t be punished because of outdated beliefs, corporate greed, or misplaced sense of justice. Elgatos, Hauppauges, and many other capture devices are freely available to circumvent everything the PS4 share button can be disabled for. Plus, sometimes everyday gamers just want to share a quick piece of footage to their Facebook wall and revel in it with friends. Now regarding Youtubers being racist, sexist, bigoted, inappropriate Nazis with their content is another subject entirely.
5 Reasons You NEED To Play The Final Fantasy VIII Remaster
After many years of fans begging Square Enix to remaster Final Fantasy VII, they finally listened and did just that. There were numerous excuses as to why the game’s re-release had lagged behind the re-releases of both VII and IX, with the most common excuse being that the game’s original code was lost years ago. However, the company made it happen and the game is finally available for modern audiences to play on modern hardware today. We’re going to give you 5 reasons why you should do just that.
First time available on modern hardware
As we’ve already said, this is the first time that the game is available on modern hardware. While the game originally launched for PS1 back in 1999, it later got a PC port in 2000. That means that is has been a whopping 19 years since a new version of the game has been available for purchase, and that wait was a brutal one. However, it is finally over and you can now play this classic game on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch along with PC. If the lack of modern hardware support was stopping you from checking out, that excuse just got thrown out the window.
The visuals look better than ever
Thankfully, Square Enix did not just slap this port together quickly and throw it out there to shut everyone up. They did a terrific job of putting on a shiny new coat of paint for the game, with the character models in particular looking much better. While things like environment textures didn’t get quite the same amount of attention, this is nevertheless the best that the game has ever looked. It also helps that the game is simply beautiful from a design standpoint, with the game’s world being gorgeous to behold even though we’re dealing with the hardware limitations of 1999.
Quality of life improvements
While those who played the game 20 years ago will still be getting what is essentially the same experience, Square Enix did add some quality of life improvements to put it more in line with current JRPGs. These changes include the likes of increasing battle speed by 3 times, shutting off random encounters completely and even a cheat to give you max HP and limit breaks. While these may seem minor, these will go a long way to ease some of the tedium that many feel after some particularly long gaming sessions. Max HP and Limit Breaks will also make the incredibly tough Ultima and Omega Weapon boss fights a lot easier to deal with.
The Final Fantasy series is known for having its fair share of enticing side quests and mini games, but there isn’t a single one that is as addicting as Triple Triad. The game is essentially a card game that is played on a 3×3 grid, and each card has a certain number on the top, bottom, left and right sides. You need to place your cards in a manner that the numbers on your cards are higher than your opponents, and seeing as your card can be attacked from four different sides this can be tricky. You’re able to challenge many different characters to a match throughout the course of the entire game, and doing so comes with plenty of nice rewards that will make your quest easier.
The game is awesome
While our previous points focused on specific elements of the game, this one is a simple fact that has been true since 1999: the game is awesome. Unfortunately, releasing immediately after Final Fantasy VII (a watershed moment for gaming) put it under a very cruel microscope, with many knee jerk reactions simply saying it “isn’t as good as VII.” However, in the years that have passed people have revisited the game, and the consensus has definitely changed. This adventure that Square created is unlike any other in the series, being host to an ambitious and bizarre plot filled with some of the best characters the series has ever seen. If you’ve played the game before then this is the perfect time to experience this masterpiece all over again, and if you haven’t then what are you waiting for?
10 Huge Games Still Coming In 2019
2019 has been yet another good year for gaming so far, with several games releasing that will be big contenders for game of the year once the curtain closes. However, despite the year already being more than halfway over, there are still some huge titles on the horizon that are sure to make their own dents on the coming best-of lists. This article will list the 10 biggest games that are still coming in 2019.
A new game from Remedy Entertainment is always highly-anticipated, and Control is no different. The game is an action-adventure game in the same style as Alan Wake or Quantum Break, but with a supernatural twist. Players will control Jesse Faden, who possesses a variety of supernatural abilities like telekinesis, levitation and more. She will be using her abilities in order to defeat an enemy known only as the Hiss, which has corrupted reality. Control launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on August 27th.
It has been many years since the last game in the Borderlands series released, but the hiatus is finally coming to an end very soon. Those who have played previous games in the series will feel right at home with this game, as it’s once again a loot-driven FPS. The game will offer more zany characters and a charming and insane world to explore, all while dealing with new antagonists Troy and Tyreen Calypso along with their Children of the Vault cult. Borderlands 3 launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 13th, with a Google Stadia port release date being TBA.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series is returning soon with Breakpoint, which will serve as a continuation of previous game Wildlands. The game is set in an open world environment called Aurora, which is a fictional island in the Pacific Ocean. Players will control Lieutenant Colonel Anthony “Nomad” Perryman, who is a special forces operative that was sent to the island to investigate a series of disturbances in the area. Breakpoint launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 4th, with a Google Stadia port coming in November.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Each new installment in the Call of Duty series is always huge, but Modern Warfare’s release marks a first for the long-running franchise. It will be the first game in the series that is reimagining of a previous game in the series, taking 2004’s original game and updating its mechanics and themes to match today’s world. The game will still have some of the beats that the first game had, but will also incorporate lots of surprises to make it a fresh experience. Modern Warfare launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th.
The Outer Worlds
Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds is one that will be very highly-anticipated for fans of Fallout: New Vegas, as this game serves as a sort of spiritual successor to that game. It will be an open world RPG that allows you to explore many unique areas crawling with plenty of deadly foes. Players will also be able to encounter and recruit NPCs as companions that have their own personal missions and stories to take part in. The Outer Worlds launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th, with a Switch port also being in the works.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
It seemed very unlikely that Luigi’s Mansion would become a recurring franchise for Nintendo following the original GameCube game, but here we are. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is coming to Switch, which also means it will be the first home console release since the original game back in 2003. This time the game is set in a haunted hotel rather than a mansion, and Luigi has some new tricks up his sleeves to take down all those ghosts. Luigi’s Mansion 3 will launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on October 31st.
If you’re looking for the most ambitious (and weirdest) game still coming in 2019, then look no further. Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding has perplexed gamers ever since its announcement, and each new trailer that releases just brings more and more questions to the table. It is Kojima’s first game since breaking up with Konami after the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phanton Pain (and the cancellation of Silent Hills), and it looks like Kojima has taken the newfound complete creative control to deliver something truly original. Death Stranding launches exclusively for PS4 on November 8th.
Pokemon Sword & Shield
At this point we all know what to expect from a new Pokemon game, and Sword and Shield seems poised to deliver even more cute creatures for players to capture and battle very soon. What sets Sword and Shield apart from its predecessors is that it will be the first home console release for the series, which is saying something considering the series has been around for over 20 years. Pokemon Sword & Shield launches exclusively for Switch on November 15th.
If you’re a fan of Shenmue then nothing needs to be said for the inclusion of the upcoming third game on this list. Fans of the series have been waiting nearly two decades for a follow-up to the second game, and in just a couple of months that will finally be delivered to them. Brought to life thanks to an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, the game continues the adventure of protagonist Ryo Hazuki as he hunts down his father’s killer. Shenmue III will launch for PS4 and PC on November 19th.
id Software’s DOOM 2016 was one of the best FPS games to come along in years, so it’s a no-brainer that the follow-up would be on this list. Eternal is set to offer yet another intense FPS campaign for players to plunge into, while also offering a multiplayer component that greatly improves upon the last game’s underwhelming multiplayer mode. There will also be twice as many demon types than there was in the last game, meaning that the chaos level just got that much higher. DOOM Eternal launches for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and PC on November 22nd.
5 Most Exciting Announcements From The Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference
Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference has officially come to an end, and with it came plenty of big announcements to get excited about. Some new games were announced, whereas previously-announced games got new footage and/or release dates. In this article we’ve narrowed it all down to the 5 most exciting announcements.
New Xbox “Project Scarlett” Coming Holiday 2020
We’ve known for a while now that a new Xbox was in the works, but now we know when to expect it. Microsoft’s fourth console (which hopefully has a better official name than Xbox One did) will be a big step up from the previous console. Things like much faster load times, an AMD Processor that is four times more powerful than the Xbox One X, 8K Resolution and 120 FPS were all mentioned. A price and exact release date weren’t mentioned. It will also be launching with…
Halo Infinite Coming Holiday 2020, Launching On Both Xbox One and Project Scarlett
The wait for the next Halo game has been longer than ever before for series fans, and the announcement at E3 revealed that the wait will continue. Halo Infinite will not be launching until Holiday 2020, meaning it will have been 5 years since the previous game released with Halo 5. It will also be launching on Xbox One and Project Scarlett, meaning the new console will have a big launch title for fans to get pumped about.
Cyberpunk 2077 Coming April 2020, Stars Keanu Reeves
It’s hard to pick a game that people have been more excited about than Cyberpunk 2077, and after Microsoft’s press conference we’re even more excited. Not only is it coming in April of next year, but Keanu Reeves himself will be playing a “key” role in the game. Everything shown from the game has looked great so far, so hopefully it all pans out and we have another classic from CD Projekt RED come April 2020.
FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin Collaboration Elden Ring Announced
This one was actually leaked prior to the presentation, but Dark Souls developer FromSoftware and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin are collaborating on a new game. The game is called Elden Ring, and it will be a departure from the developer’s most recent games as it will be open world. Very little information on the game is known at this point, as it is still in the early stages of development.
Phantasy Star Online 2 Is Coming West
It took a very long time, but the popular MMORPG is finally coming west. The game is coming to Xbox One in a free-to-play form in Spring 2020, so the wait won’t be that much longer. “There will be no limitations on game experiences,”says Sega, because they want to “provide all players with a fair and exciting experience.”
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