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I know what a game is photo
I know what a game is
by Daniel Starkey

A lot of people have been running around attacking games like Proteus or The Walking Dead; claiming that they aren’t, in fact, games. Generally speaking these people spout off random things about requiring “win states” and rules.

It’s an odd thing, but one that seems to be gaining more and more traction with those who are opposed to the swelling undercurrent of “indie” and “arthouse” games.  For better or worse, they are locked into one specific definition of what a “game” is, how it should work, etc., and while I don’t really think a global definition is necessary in the first place, their constant whining is something that I feel needs a better response than what I’ve seen floating about thus far. 

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New releases: Brutal Legend makes PCs metal photo
New releases: Brutal Legend makes PCs metal
by Fraser Brown

Monday has once again snuck up on us like an unfortunate rash you got from a really good weekend. Don't worry, there's cream for that! And much like a soothing medicinal balm, the new releases of the week are here to cure what ails you. 

Brütal Legend finally drops on PC after years of being locked in console servitude, and despite its dodgy strategy portions, we should welcome it with open, heavily tattooed arms. The absolutely cracking soundtrack makes it more than worth a look, and the great voice acting, more than competent action, and art direction that will make your eyes bleed from heavy metal joy makes its failings a lot easier to swallow. 

If metal hurts your delicate ears and Jack Black sends you into a blind rage, then there's still a bunch to look forward to this week. Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires adds some strategy to your hacking and slashing; fans of punishing dungeon crawlers and 3DS owners rejoice, Etrian Odyssey IV finally arrives in the US; Might & Magic Heroes VI gets a new expansion, Shades of Darkness; a curious looking RPG drops on PC in the form of Driftmoon; and Star Wars Pinball is a thing that actually looks pretty groovy.

What will you be using to soothe that nasty rash this week?

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10:00 AM on 02.17.2013

Halo 4 Majestic Map Pack screens leaked

We're nearly ten days away from the supposed launch of Halo 4's second DLC offering, the "Majestic Map Pack," and a savvy NeoGAF user has uncovered some screenshots through editing URLs on the Halo website. Just like the Crim...

Chris Carter

5:00 AM on 02.07.2013

Cortana can update Conan O'Brien's 'firmware' any day

Conan O'Brien is back with another episode of Clueless Gamer, wherein he plays videogames and exhibits no signs whatsoever that he knows what he's doing. Today's game: Halo 4. First he learns that the Covenant worship Theo H...

Tony Ponce

10:45 AM on 02.04.2013

Team Doubles coming to Halo 4 matchmaking

This week's Halo 4 matchmaking update will include the long-awaited Team Doubles playlist, 343 Industries revealed on Halo Waypoint, and with it, three match variants. First up, Infinity Doubles offers up the standard Infinit...

Keith Swiader

3:30 PM on 01.17.2013

Halo 2 PC servers will officially shut down next month

The blowout post goes through quite a bit of Halo 4 info, from Spartan Ops play stats, to complete summaries of the episodic stories so far, to a teaser for Episode 6. On Monday, January 21, Episode 6 will drop, as will the "...

Chris Carter

7:30 AM on 01.10.2013

Here's what's on the horizon for Halo 4

The folks over at 343 Industries have posted a fireside chat of sorts, explaining the state of Halo 4, and what they intend to do with it in the months to come. In addition to a nice little note about the launch of Halo 4, 34...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 01.07.2013

Get in the Halo mood with this trick jumping video

If there's one thing I love, it's Halo trick jump videos. The creator, ReiKo from Jumprs.org, takes on some really cool jumps from the original maps and the ones included in the Crimson map pack. Not only are the jumps actua...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 12.31.2012

The Halo 4 Mythbusters video series has some neat tips

Halo 4 has been out for nearly two months now, which means people have had a sufficient amount of time to f*ck with it. As the community suggests more and more crazy things to mess around with, the folks at Defend the House ...

Chris Carter

9:00 PM on 12.03.2012

Halo 4's Spartan Ops Episode 5 is out

The fifth offering of Halo 4's Spartan Ops program is out today, so boot up your game's Infinity menu and select it at will. If you're wondering what the episode is about, it involves secrets and betrayal (like any standard ...

Chris Carter



Check your email for your Halo 4 specialization code photo
Check your email for your Halo 4 specialization code
by Chris Carter

Halo 4 takes a decidedly different approach to prestiging in a first person shooter. Normally after reaching max level in multiplayer in a contemporary FPS, you'll have the option to "prestige" and start over. 343 Studios has instead opted to go with "specializations," which net you new armor, and special abilities after leveling them up.

Microsoft has stated that you'll have access to every specialization (all eight, along with the two base at launch) if you buy the Limited Edition of the game, or play Halo 4 online before November 20th. For the latter folk (myself included), codes started going out late last night to your Xbox Live email.

The email is titled "Here is your gift from Xbox LIVE," and it should be from "xbox@engage.xbox.com." It seems suspicious, but clinking the link inside (after verifying the email as legit of course, as this is a prime time for scammers to do their thing) brings you to the Xbox.com code redemption website, and allows you to register the unlock.

Just boot up Halo 4 and you're good to go! If you're having issues, check out this thread.

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8:00 PM on 11.29.2012

Halo 4's Crimson Map Pack targeting December 10

The first in a planned trio of map packs for Halo 4, the Crimson Map Pack (800 Microsoft Points), is scheduled to introduce three new locales for War Games on Monday, December 10. The maps are titled Wreckage, Harvest, and S...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 11.26.2012

Halo 4's Spartan Ops Episode 4 releases today

Episode 4 of Halo 4's Spartan Ops campaign is dropping today on Xbox Live. Like past episodes, all you need to do is boot up your game, go to Spartan Ops, and it'll automatically show up. Make sure you play them in the most f...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 11.26.2012

Halo 4 Map Pack dates allegedly leaked

According to this dashboard image found by HaloCouncil.com, the release dates for all three Halo 4 map packs have been allegedly outed. According to a German dashboard ad, the Crimson Map Pack will drop on December 10th, the ...

Chris Carter



Four things I'd like to see in Halo 5 photo
Four things I'd like to see in Halo 5
by Daniel Starkey

I haven’t been a fan of Halo for years. By the time we were asked to “finish the fight,” I had grown sick of the monotony. Reach barely managed to hold my interest past the first half-hour. Everywhere I looked, I saw companies taking the same core theme -- a big, buff space marine with power armor -- and innovating.

Mass Effect tried to take the trope and combine it with an inspired, classical science-fiction aesthetic; the Half-Life series pushed the boundaries of linear narrative in first-person shooters. Gears of War, a series that caters more to the stereotypical shooter fans with its ridiculous level of violence and glorification of warfare, implemented mechanics like active reloading to enhance the core gameplay experience and keep players engaged. Halo had fallen so far behind every other IP around that I couldn’t even begin to imagine ever coming back.

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Contest: Win a copy of The Art of Halo 4! photo
Contest: Win a copy of The Art of Halo 4!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest closed! Winners are ttocs, EphemeralSynthesis, TurboKill, Dale and naveenwf . Please check your PMs if you haven't already!]

Our buddies over at Titan Books have given us five copies of The Art of Halo 4 to hand out to you lovely Dtoiders! This gorgeous hardcover is jam-packed with never-before-seen concept art from the recently-released title, and can be yours right now!

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment telling us why you deserve it! Limit one entry per person, and the contest closes this Saturday, November 17 at 11:59 PM Pacific.

We have three copies for US/Canadian residents and two for UK Dtoiders, so please tell us what region you're in when you comment. Good luck!

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