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So there you have it. As the PlayStation 4 releases in the US today, with the Xbox One hitting the shelves globally on 22nd November, the curtain closes on the seventh generation of console gaming. So what better time than now to look back at the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, to tell you some of my stories from the seventh generation.
Hello everyone Kevin Tate is back with a new column adding an eSports dimension to Digibytes. Previously I wrote articles for the USA Network show White Collar and I posted a few Call of Duty gameplay videos for the YouTube channel. Then I went back to school and took a break for a while. Now I am back to write about my main video game passion which is eSports.
I first started playing competitive video games when I was quite young in the days of Call of Duty vanilla (the original Call of Duty called vCod) and Call of Duty: United Offensive. Like most competitive players I started by joining a big clan with tons of people in it trying to rank my way up. Gradually from there I got more skilled at the game and vCod is where I focused.
I was in many teams and won quite a few tournaments in my day. Then a couple years ago I switched to Call of Duty 4. I was a little late entering the scene so I have not been able to enjoy as much success there but recently my team placed top 8 in a CEVO Call of Duty 4 revival tournament. I also played quite a few Gamebattles ladders and tournaments for Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops on the PS3. I have attended the last two MLG championships in Columbus as a spectator and will be attending the event in a couple weeks.
As you can tell I am mostly Call of Duty focused and even further Call of Duty on the PC focused which does not have much in the way of popularity at the moment with only the few core teams keeping it alive. With that being said I have followed the console scene for a long time and actually have played with some of the teams in scrims or pugs or what not. I will mostly be focused on that, although I am not quite sure the future of Call of Duty competitive with their new title release. I have also been a huge Starcraft 2 fan for a long time.
Playing on the PC and getting up to a mid platinum level. My playing skills were never very good but I have followed the competitive scene for a long time and will keep you up to date on that. As far as Dota 2 and LoL I have essentially no knowledge so my analysis of those games will not be very upstanding. Both of these games, though, have fans in great numbers so I will try to keep up with the top storylines. As far as any other titles involved with eSports including the new Battlefield, Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, I will do my best to keep everything updated.
That is my background with competitive gaming. Hope you enjoy my column in the future. My next article will be about the future of Call of Duty competitive with their new release Call of Duty: Ghosts. I will also be talking about all the action this past weekend at Blizzcon and will be giving you my experience at MLG Columbus in two weekends. In the words of the great Macklemore: PEACE.
The software in the new iPad is also smart in its own way being able to detect when people are touching the device. The new screen lock feature revolves around this software being able to tell when a certain person is touching the device and allowing them access to the system. I feel that this is a great feature in itself, because it gives you a feeling of added security, for instance if you are in the middle of a videogame and it is on pause, every Tom, Dick, and Harry wont just be able to access your device, they will have to have the right fingerprint to do so. The Screen in the Ipad Air has also been upgraded, featuring a whopping 9.7inch screen that runs at 2048 x 1536. This screen is going to dazzle your eyes as well as the eyes of your friends (forget computers I’m buying one of these babies). When you first pick up the new Ipad you are stunned at what this thing looks like, everything is smooth and rounded having been moulded that way, this Ipad is like heaven to the eyes, with the inbuilt Retina Display, smooth design, super light weight and also coming with a 5mp camera, I am starting to think this is the start of a new generation for Apple.
Remember the new software I was talking about? well this is what the new Ipad has in it! The new A7 processing chip is the most high powered chip any tablet has ever had to date. A7 brings 64-bit desktop-class architecture to the iPad which means the iPad Air speaks the language of the most advanced computing designs available. The A7 chip makes iPad Air up to 2x faster than the previous generation in both CPU and graphics performance, so it delivers incredible power and performance in a one-pound device. The M7 coprocessor is just another reason this is the best iPad on the market, Apple have made the M7 to measure the motion of the ipad Air by collecting data from the Gyroscope, Accelerometer, and compass so as now you can play any game or App with motion sensor, and speed sensor capacity. Some other features of the iPad Air are, duel microphones, twin antenna, and a huge range of Apps. The IPad Air has the same fantastic battery life as the old iPad, with up to 10 hours of battery life this machine can be on the go all day if need be, and you know what that means? more time for music, work and Angry Birds!!!. The new Air also has added WIFI capabilities, featuring 2 antennas instead of one, this new pad can detect a WIFI device at up to 2 times further than a standard computer or pad for that mater. With dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11n Wi-Fi and MIMO, download speeds can reach up to 300 Mbps — double the data rate of the previous-generation iPad. So now when you want to download a movie, share photos or documents with AirDrop, or just browse the web, your connection and download times are even faster than before. This new Ipad also comes with stacks more Apps than the last Ipad, the Apps that are included in this new device are facebook, facetime, Microsoft windows live mail Apps, and a whole bunch of other cool stuff. Now the question that you have all been waiting for I know! Is this new IPad Air any good for gaming? Well people here are your answers.
If you need something to do while on a road trip? or whether your just waiting for a friend? No matter what the circumstances the new iPad has you covered, with over 4,758 APPS to tune into, you will never be getting bored any time soon. For anyone with a phone or tablet, mobile gaming is a must have but the iPad Air makes no exception for Apps to chose from. Seriously there is an Application for everything, Apps on most tablets are mostly just scaled up Apps for phones but the majority of games or Applications on the iPad has been custom made for this device, The most trusted and used App store on the I pad, or any Apple system for that matter is itunes, itunes is the only Application store that the ipad comes stock with and I don’t think that you can download another (for free anyway) but who cares! Discover new apps by browsing categories such as Business, Social Networking, and Travel. Within a category — say, Travel — you’ll see sections like Best New Apps and Essentials, as well as collections like Road Trip, Apps for the Weekend, and Apps for the Great Outdoors. So it’s easy to find apps for the places you go and the things you do. The new IOS7 keeps all of your Apps up to date whenever you’re in range of a usable WIFI device and no matter what the time is it will always be updating your systems Apps via WIFI, another awesome feature is being able to update or download other content over the top of the content that you are already downloading, so its sort of like multitasking.
All in all I think that this system is a fantastic gaming or App system that has a massive selection of games, APPS, and interactive entertainment available to it. With the new tilt and Gyro sensors that have been installed, this system should be a fantastic interactive gaming system, also with the updated WIFI antenna this should be one of the fastest, sleekest, and lightest ipads on the market today. For more information on the ipad Air stay tuned to the Muse Culture website.
Join Alex, Sam, Kiel, Nathan, and Michael (with a surprise appearance from Scott) from DigiBytes as they start up their new all-Australian podcast: AussieBytes!
This week they take a tour through GO City and play the Achievement Hunter-’inspired’ Cloud Down.
AussieBytes will bring you the latest news and hilarious gameplay on a weekly basis, so tune in regularly!
Andrew House from Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 will support and explore new business models such as free-to-play and episodic gaming that developers may want to use.
Maybe with native support and a larger hard drive, the free-to-play market could see a huge spike in popularity with the gaming industry if they can get the support of arguably the most widely used console in the world, instead of being restrained to the few that still play games on PC.
Sony did not address any standard price points on these indie games or if they’ll support micro-transactions in game, but I’m sure they’ll be more to come on that in the coming future.
Stay tuned on the site for more info.