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Jason Merrick
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A few times a year this local company calls me up to participate in a focus group. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it is basically where a business wants to get feedback on something (a product, an advertising campaign, a tv show, etc.) and they pay people to come and participate in a discussion about their product. Well, they called me today and asked me if I play videogames. They started asking about PC games and I was starting to think I wouldn't be eligible for the group since I only play games on my Xbox. After telling the guy that, he informed me they have a group specifically for Xbox Live and asked me if I had ever done any beta testing for Xbox. Well, I haven't, but I sure hope that this group leads to some! I'd kill to become a beta tester for GR2 or Halo 2 or something like that... although I don't even know if they have public betas like that anymore, do they?

 

Well, at the worst, I get $75 to sit and talk about Xbox Live.... not too shabby!

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Originally posted by FLYING SE7EN@Aug 25 2004, 10:26 AM

Well, at least we'll all know who to blame when MS starts releasing a large amount of Live-enabled sniper games. ;)

Hahahaha! Actually, I rarely play as a sniper in GRIT anymore... usually rifleman or support.

 

Alright, they basically talked about proposed features for a future version of Xbox Live. I didn't take notes, but off the top of my head, the ideas were:

 

- Streaming Internet radio (including live sports events)

 

- Downloading .mp3's

 

- Pro League with multiple games that everyone could try out for, teams would be formed and weekly matches would get coverage on ESPN.

 

- Jeopardy style game that you could play anytime against other human opponents with real prizes.

 

- Video conferencing, that would also allow you to view your opponents face while playing against him/her.

 

- Watch and play - would allow you to view live TV in an infinitely scaleable window while playing Xbox.

 

- Play and win - prizes for various things, including just for logging on.

 

There was one more, but I can't remember what it was...

 

The main point I made at the end, was that I thought they needed to ensure the gaming was still the priority and that none of these features would steal bandwidth from actual games. I suggested that if they want to add all these features, then they should also add dedicated servers for all games, which would help to increase the quality of online gameplay for everyone.

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The main point I made at the end, was that I thought they needed to ensure the gaming was still the priority and that none of these features would steal bandwidth from actual games. I suggested that if they want to add all these features, then they should also add dedicated servers for all games, which would help to increase the quality of online gameplay for everyone.

 

Well, I'm glad you were representing for us, because I like your response. :tu:

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Originally posted by Baiter@Aug 25 2004, 08:04 PM

None of those features sound terribly appealing to me. :(

Yeah, after all my hopes of what might be the subject, these were pretty anticlimactic.

 

I thought the coolest idea was the streaming internet radio. I told them it should be accessible from all games, not just those with custom soundtrack capabilities. I also like the idea of being able to stream some cool internet radio stations through my Home Theater system via Xbox.

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