Probable Odds

Hey Gamers,

Two posts in as many days? My levels of consistency expose themselves as shocking.

Stranger things have happened, of course.

Stranger things have happened, of course.

Gaming continues to march on, despite road blocks and detours at every turn. The particular road block I reference, is that Killzone (a launch game) for the PS4 will require a 50 GB download, if you decide to go digital. This is a problem many likely overlooked when they threw out every single physical game they ever owned, because digital was “the flawless future”. Flawless if you happen to have several teraflops of hard drive space lying around, but I imagine most people aren’t the MCP from Tron.

Though if you were, the probability of you needing to get a new system to play one video game is improbably low.

Though if you were the MCP, the probability of you needing to upgrade your hardware to play video games is improbably low.

Times like these we all kick ourselves for forgetting the obvious, in this case, realizing technology develops faster than our ability to deal with it. The further irony, is the notion that we have less hard drive space than actual space, which is a mind trip when you think about it. I’ve also stumbled upon the realization that, despite the initial convenience of downloadable games, I’m at the mercy of rather eclectic tastes, making the task of choosing what stays installed and what gets deleted infinitely impossible. Though, if I had infinite hard drive space, I would likely become the equivalent of a virtual reality hoarder, and would gather so much information, I would buckle under the pressure of choice.

Hell, I could have a hard drive with the equivalent capacity of the Holodeck, and I'd still walk in and say "Eh, nothing to play."

Hell, I could have a hard drive with the equivalent capacity of the Holodeck, and I’d still walk in and say “Eh, nothing to play.”

Accepting our terms with the finite, especially in the very limited scope of possible technologies, let’s us properly adjust our expectation levels.

Something we would all do well to keep in mind.

Something we would all do well to keep in mind.

In predictable fashion, ” the internet” is in a hectic tussle, due to the mere mention of Half Life 3 by someone outside the anonymous collective. In this case, Valve themselves have been rumbling about the now legendarily awaited title, and as I look around to see the fan fervency for the title, I ask you the dear reader one simple question.

Surprised Mother Fucker?

Are You Surprised Mother Fucker?

Because you really shouldn’t be. Considering recent developments with Valve, HL3’s delay may seem more relevant now than ever before. With the announcement of SteamOS and the Steam Machines, perhaps Valve has been wisely waiting to release HL3 (dare I even mention timed exclusivity on Steam Machines?), as an extra step of convincing gamers the companies proprietary technologies are totally worth it.Other still have already considered the inevitable release of the next Source engine being a possible reason for the delay of HL3. With all of this to take into account, it’s not very hard to see what kind of culmination Valve may have been working towards all of these years.

Before 2013 of course, playfully trolling your die hard PC friend by saying “There’s no way Half Life 3 is coming out this year”, was an effort in hilarious futility, as there response was always the same.

Never tell me the odds.

Never tell me the odds.

With all things considered,  it looks like Valve may finally be the one’s to shoot first.

~Pashford

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