First Xbox One Ships from Factory

In addition to learning the actual release date for the console and that more units are now available for purchase than we had originally believed Major Nelson revealed to the gaming community that the first shipment of Xbox One consoles has been sent out of the factory. In the Major Nelson reveal he showed a pallet of consoles in the process of delivery with special instructions included not to sell or display the consoles until their release date on the 22nd of November. The initial price for a unit is marked at $500 which the company believes to be a fair price compared to the PS4 which they have said is worth $100 less than their asked price for the Xbox One. I hope this is as exciting for you as it was for me, we are growing closer and closer to getting our hands on the new generation of consoles!

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Xbox One Day One Consoles Available Again

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Hey everyone if you were disappointed to learn that you were unable to sign up to receive the new Xbox One on launch day because you didn’t sign up early enough I have some good news! Along with letting us know that the release date for the console is scheduled for November 22nd 2013 Microsoft also announced that they have produced more day one consoles to be released for sale through certain retailers across the globe. The company has been very pleased with the excitement and pre-orders and due to the fact that their initial inventory had already sold out the company has found a way to increase the available units for more consumers to get their chance to get the unit. So far Best Buy, the Microsoft Store and the UK game retailer GAME are the only confirmed places to take advantage and sign up to receive one of the additional units and they are limited so if you plan on signing up I would get on it ASAP. Hope that if you want the console on day one you get the news quick, otherwise keep gaming and having fun everyone!

Just Drew Up a Profile Picture… Finally

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Hey guys I finally got around to designing a profile picture. I whipped it up using chalk pastels and ink and scanned it in. Some background on the image… The Hip Gahn or (DeHipGahn) my name originates from a jazz club performer in the 50’s who would tell common stories using wild accents for the time. In one of his shows he did a story about the Gahndi which he called The Hip Gahn thus I thought it fitting to whip up a picture of the world famous man with gaming headset ready to go and a controller in his hand ready to get down and dirty with some great games. I hope you guys like it and perhaps sometime soon I will add some more personally drawn gaming oriented images to the page. Cheers and get down on some gaming!

Xbox Live Points Converted into Real Currency

In case you didn’t know Xbox Live has recently rescinded their Xbox Live Points currency system and released an update removing the point system which had been in place since the launch of Xbox Live. This change came about as a result of customer polling which revealed the fact that users wanted to be able to spend real money on their purchases rather than “points.” This is a major change in the way that Xbox Live handles its purchases which had previously had used Microsoft points which were purchased through the system in variables of 400. 400 Microsoft points was the equivalent of $5  and the system of exchange had often come under fire by consumers who were left with extra points after making purchases of their desired content. The currency added to accounts during the time period of the conversion will expire on June 1st 2015 however currency purchased after the transition will not expire.

Skulking in the shadows with Sam Fisher

Nice Article, I haven’t gotten around to playing a Splinter Cell Game in a long time and really enjoyed taking a look at your overview! Thanks for keeping me in the loop!

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SCFisherblacklistI have to admit that before I even started playing Splinter Cell Blacklist I jumped on the “It’s not Michael Ironside voicing Sam Fisher” bandwagon. And to be honest, that wasn’t fair to new actor Eric Johnson, who was hired by Ubisoft because they apparently needed an actor who could also do motion-capture. I guess Ironside  is a little past motion-capture work these days.

Anyway, Johnson does a creditable job as Fisher but it took a few hours for his younger voice to start working for me: I’ve played every Splinter Cell game to date and it’s always been Ironside’s dulcet tones that have soothed me as I took out an enemy or wandered about. It seems that the adage never judge a book by its cover is true here, at least in my opinion.

So, the Blacklist in the title: It’s a list of locations in the United States…

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IllumiRoom Goes Back to the Drawing Board

Earlier this year we were introduced to Microsoft‘s living room table top projector named the IllumiRoom at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. This neat gadget was designed to project images around your television and across any room which would allow gamers to be literally surrounded by their games while they played. This piece of hardware was shown to us before any news about the upcoming Xbox One Console and there was much speculation about whether this would be incorporated into Microsoft’s next generation console as a peripheral however the word is out and this innovative device is being taken back to the drawing board. The device would use a Kinect or similar camera to map a players gaming room and then project images which would extend the game visuals beyond the edges of the television incorporating the entire room, furniture and all. After many curious gamers were left wondering what had happened to the IllumiRoom when it received no mention during E3 and the Xbox One event news has finally been released. Unfortunately for all those curious about the expected release of the IllumiRoom Microsoft has come out saying that the device is not ready for production due to the incredibly high cost of a unit to consumers. During an interview given to AusGamers Albert Penello revealed that although the device was great inside the lab with Microsoft funding that the unit would cost the average consumers nearly $1000. Since virtually no one has that kind of cash laying around to experience the advanced projections this device offered it has become apparent that the current technology has not reached the point where this type of innovation will become available to average consumer. As disappointed as we all are that the IllumiRoom is not ready for the mass market hopefully this technology will find its way into future releases by Microsoft and not go to waste in their vaults.

3rd Generation Console Page Updates

Hey Everyone just letting you know that I am continuing to update my console history pages. So far I have completed the first, second, and nearly completed the third generation console pages. The only third generation console left to go is the SG-1000. I hope you guys continue to check my pages out and spread the word. Once I complete my console history pages I will begin to write new posts about the upcoming consoles and their games scheduled for this holiday season.

2nd Generation Pages Updated

Hey everyone, just like I promised I have been continuing my work on the console history pages and as of now I have completed the background information for all of the consoles under the first and second generation tabs. I hope that you find the information to be interesting and informative whether you lived through the releases of these systems or whether you are simply trying to learn a bit more about the evolution of home video game systems.

Blog Update

Hey everyone! I wanted to apologize for not creating any new posts since I started up the blog. Despite the lack of posts I have been working hard on the page by filling out my general information pages about the various systems that we all know and love. So far I have completed updating the first generation console pages with all the information you could want to know about the earliest consoles in the industry and I am beginning the process of the second generation consoles. I appreciate everyone’s patience in waiting for new posts and I promise that once I complete my background pages I will be more focused on actual posts. I just really want to have a nice looking page with a lot of good information to back my posts once I begin trying to increase the page traffic. Hope all is well with you and that you are all getting your games on!

Welcome to the DeHipGahn Gaming Blog

Hey everyone I am an avid fan of video games and I have grown up playing them. I plan on using this blog to share my opinions about new and old games in addition to posting news about upcoming innovations and technology in the industry. Video games have always been a passion of mine and I am excited to become an active member of the online video gaming blogging community and look forward to sharing my knowledge and insights about the industry and also learning from my readers and other bloggers.