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Blog: Students take advantage of Xbox sneak peek

Blog: Students take advantage of Xbox sneak peek

Blog: Students take advantage of Xbox sneak peek
October 16
20:29 2013

Joshua Knopp / Staff Writer

RTVF senior Adam Waddell’s face lit up as he approached the Xbox One truck parked next to Sage Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

Xbox has been touring this month to show off its new system in anticipation of its release, currently scheduled for Nov. 22 in North America.

One of the demos available to play was the fighting game Killer Instinct, which will be a launch title for Xbox One. Waddell had grown up playing Killer Instinct in arcades and on the N64, but the series hadn’t released a game since 1996.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “We haven’t seen a Killer Instinct game since the N64.”

The platform’s release has been steeped in controversy. According to a Forbes.com summary of the issues, the console will require an online connection to play offline games and will control the sale and movement of used games. Also, the console will have a Kinect camera that will measure owners’ facial expressions and can even measure their heart rate. This camera cannot be turned off.

There is widespread concern about the console helping with illicit information gathering. German Federal Data Protection Commissioner Peter Schaar called it a “Twisted Nightmare” in the article.

A hard-core gamer, Waddell said the spying concerns were troubling, but he would buy the console when it came down in price anyway.

“The reason I’d buy it is because of the games,” he said. “The console itself I may have a problem with, but it’s all about the games in the end.”

Regardless of concerns, students were largely enthused to see the console in person and play the new games. Pre-business freshman and casual gamer Ryan Mitchell also praised UNT for getting Xbox to come in the first place.

“I think it’s cool that UNT gets this kind of thing to come here,” he said.

He said the truck helped ease his concerns about the constant internet connection.

Josh Connor, a pre-mechanical engineering sophomore who describes himself as a pretty big gamer, said the console is a definite upgrade from the current Xbox 360.

“It’s almost looking as good as the screen on my laptop,” he said of the old gaming system.

Kinesiology freshman Lorenzo Knight plays “Forza 5” at the Xbox One display today on campus. Feature photo by Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer

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