The XBOX One

The Deals with Gold list is right below the Xbox games specials list, just scroll down from the screenshot above.

Hey, you’re right! They’re down underneath the Movies and TV specials- I never go down there because I don’t buy video on proprietary services like this.

I wonder how long that’s been down there? You just made things so much easier! Thanks!

Ah, I don’t have the Movies and TV specials, which makes it much easier to spot.

Really? That’s weird. I wonder if there some way I can subtract that from the view. Like I said, I never use it.

I think it’s because Brakara is in Europe.

Correct. For some reason we don’t get any discounts on that stuff here.

Fun video about Xbox’s E3 press conference with behind the scenes stuff. Allot of its PR but still interesting showing how much goes into putting a single 1 1/2 show on.

Here’s some potentially worrying info - Bethesda may have pulled the 360 versions of Doom and Doom 2 in favor of the re-releases they put out for Xbox One, PS4 and Switch today. Which is to say that if you don’t have either currently installed, they will no longer be on your Ready to Install tab even if you own a copy. I own (or should say owned) both, but only had the original Doom installed and seem to have lost my copy of Doom 2. I am hoping this was a glitch and it will get sorted out, because this would be some seriously shitty behavior if it was intentional.

Looks like Ars Technica has noticed too:

Can confirm on my main system, although I’m pretty sure I’ve got both on a hard drive in another room. And it’s not like they pulled them from their customers in favor of a license for the new native versions, either.

Dick move, if permanent.

I don’t understand in what universe xcloud will turn out well when I can’t even stream my XB1X to my desktop without massive artifacting and incorrect colors just navigating the home screen. For reference my desktop and XB1X are ~10 feet apart, both hard wired into a switch in between them.

Also steam in home streaming and Moonlight both work perfectly well, both wired into the same switch and on wifi. Xbox streaming is just doing something fundamentally wrong.

IGN is reporting that this whole thing was a mistake and Bethesda is fixing -

That’s good news. Especially because I don’t remember if I owned Doom II on the 360 or not. I fired up one of my 360s to find out and had to download about 5 updates, and then went under download history and about half of it said something like “Content no longer valid” or something to that effect. So I can’t tell if Doom II was part of that or not.

Also, I went into the Xbox One dashboard and looked up the achievements for the Doom games, and it looks like they just ported over the same achievements that the 360 games had, but multiplied by 5 to make 1000 points instead of 200. So it’s the same 11 or 12 achievements, which is a shame.

Bit of a crappy selection if you already have Game Pass.

Holy shit, I almost bought Forza 6 so many times! Yessssss! Patience pays off again.

Gears 4, I own already thanks to getting it as a birthday present a couple of years ago from my brother. And yeah, also through Game Pass, I suppose. I’ll play it one day when I get through Gears 2 and 3.

I didn’t know Torchlight was backwards compatible. But with Grim Dawn available, I doubt I’ll go back to that game.

I’d skip those and just play 4. It looks amazing, especially if you have a 4K HDR set. And I think it plays better than 2 and 3 too, though I’m not your typical Gears gamer, so don’t take my word for that.

On the one hand, those are great games. On the other hand, they’re so great I already bought them. Sigh.

For some reason MS hasn’t put up past Forza titles on Gamepass.

Licencing.

Several months ago they had to delist Forza Horizon 2 from the Xbox store, because the licences were expiring.

I noticed the Games With Gold sales this week include a game called Darkwood that looks pretty cool.

I’ve never heard of a top down perspective horror game before. I thought it would be right in @tomchick’s wheelhouse, and sure enough, he has streamed the game. I’ll have to track down his stream to see if he enjoyed it.

The other game on sale this week that caught my eye is Infinite Minigolf from Zen Studios. I didn’t know Zen Studios had made a minigolf game. It’s on sale for $6 and looks like fun, with a full level editor that allows for infinite courses apparently.