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NPD

June NPD: Batman and PS4 lead the way


Splatoon remains at number five
Jul 16
// Robert Summa
June's NPD numbers were rather ordinary and predictable. That is, nothing terribly shocking happened. The PlayStation 4 was still the top console and Batman: Arkham Knight led the way for software (with the PS4 version the bi...
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Killer Instinct

Practice Killer Instinct's shadow breakers in your browser


Now this is cool
Jul 16
// Chris Carter
A friend of mine who plays Killer Instinct competitively linked me this gem late last night, and I have say, it's pretty damn awesome. In short, it's a way to practice the timing of breaking shadow linkers in your browse...
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Halo

Hail to the Chief: Halo moves past 65 million series sales


That's across ten titles
Jul 13
// Brett Makedonski
Halo is Xbox's flagship franchise and for good reason. Since launching alongside the original Xbox, the Halo series has managed to sell more than 65 million copies. That's some Spartan-like resolve. News of the milestone...
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Halo animation

First look at Halo: The Fall of Reach - The Animated Series


It's going to show John's arms and legs
Jul 10
// Jordan Devore
Here's a look at Halo: The Fall of Reach – The Animated Series out of San Diego Comic-Con. An adaptation of Eric Nylund's 2001 novel, it will explore the origin of the Master Chief and Blue Team. Considering those same ...
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Microsoft

Microsoft is skipping TGS this year


It skipped announcements at E3, too
Jul 10
// Chris Carter
To the surprise of no one, Microsoft is skipping out on spending thousands to make an appearance at TGS (Tokyo Game Show) -- taking place from September 17 to September 20 this year. Speaking to Famitsu (translated by Gematsu...
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GoW: UE for free

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition to come bundled with Xbox One


Curb stomp for the low price of free
Jul 09
// Jed Whitaker
Rod Fergusson, head of The Coalition, announced today at the Gears of War panel at San Diego Comic-Con that the base model of Xbox One will come bundled with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. The bundle includes a 500GB Xbox On...
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HoloLens

I'm digging Microsoft's HoloLens more than traditional VR


VR lite, or AR if you will
Jul 09
// Chris Carter
The Microsoft HoloLens Minecraft demonstration at E3 blew me away. While I'm still skeptical that it will actually work as well as it did on-stage in a perfectly tuned environment, this video sure makes it loo...
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Executive shade

Xbox's Phil Spencer: Executives should play games


Tips his fedora to Sony
Jul 07
// Jed Whitaker
Xbox boss Phil Spencer said "I think our industry is better when more people who made decisions on games play." Basically meaning executives of gaming companies would make better decisions if they themselves were ga...
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Xbox branding story

The origin story of the Xbox's green branding


A cautionary tale about office supplies
Jul 07
// Jordan Devore
Xbox co-creator Seamus Blackley has answered a question I didn't even know I had: Why was the branding green? Speaking to IGN, he explained that it all started with a marker (or lack thereof). "A guy called Horace Luke, when ...
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Microsoft

Get Groove-y with Microsoft


Microsoft rebrands Xbox Music and Video
Jul 07
// Vikki Blake
Xbox Music has been rebranded to Xbox Groove. "Groove describes what people feel and do with music," says Microsoft, "and is more intuitive for our Windows 10 customers on what they’ll find with the app." The rebra...
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Minecraft

If you own Minecraft, you get it free on Windows 10


$10 otherwise
Jul 06
// Chris Carter
Because Minecraft doesn't have enough fragmentation already, Mojang has just announced that there will now be a "Windows 10 Edition" of the game that you can buy later this year. If you already own the PC version of Mine...
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Telltale's Minecraft

First look at Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode


Basically how you'd expect
Jul 04
// Kyle MacGregor
This is a reminder that Minecraft: Story Mode is a real thing that's happening. The episodic adventure game from Telltale Games follows a generic-looking protagonist (portrayed by Patton Oswalt of A Very Harold & Kumar 3...
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Xbox

Ex-Xbox Boss: Red Ring of Death was 'sickening'


'If we don't address this, this brand is dead'
Jul 03
// Vikki Blake
Ex-Xbox boss (and now EA head) Peter Moore has admitted that when he learned about Xbox 360s bricking courtesy of the now infamous red-ring-of-death error, he sat trembling in front of his then-boss Steve Ballmer and said: "i...
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Gears of War remaster

Expect this stuff to be fixed in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition


Feedback from the beta is in
Jul 02
// Jordan Devore
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is creeping up on me with that August 25 release date. I missed the beta for this Xbox One remaster, but plenty of you didn't. A million matches were logged in a week and, somehow, a single pers...
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Fallout 3

Bethesda doesn't know when Xbox will make Fallout 3 backwards compatible


Pre-order bonus is the base game
Jul 02
// Brett Makedonski
Yesterday, Fallout 4 went up for pre-order on Xbox.com. Generally, this just means people can plop down money for a game that will release later. But, this circumstance is somewhat unique because Bethesda's offering...
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Ultimate Game Sale

Xbox is gearing up for an imminent Ultimate Game Sale


So maybe you shouldn't buy anything now
Jul 02
// Brett Makedonski
Do you have your eyes set on a particular Xbox game right now, and the digital storefront keeps calling your name and begging you to hit the download button? It might be best to resist temptation a little longer, because the...

Forza Motorsport 6 certainly plans on making a big splash

Jul 02 // Brett Makedonski
Did you think the rabbit hole ended there? Turn 10's not offering water physics just anywhere -- only in the places that it makes sense. An example Cooper gave us was that it never rains in Dubai so players will never see rainfall there. From our understanding, there isn't even the option to set up a custom race with rain on that track. If Turn 10's obsession with water sounds a bit like overkill, well yeah, maybe it is. It got to the point where another journalist and I just said "Rain" to one another whenever we crossed paths for the rest of E3. I attribute it to what I call the "EA Sports Complex." The racing in Forza has been carefully honed over the course of a decade now. Just like EA Sports and its titles such as Madden and FIFA, Turn 10 can afford to focus on the smaller facets of its game in an effort to inch ever closer to realism. We have no real indication how well all this rain will actually turn out. The hands-off demo we saw looked great, but it was obviously a tightly-controlled environment. Notably,Project CARS attempt at rain was where the game was visually at its best, but it also took a significant toll on the Xbox One and caused gameplay issues. If anyone has the best chance of skirting that problem, it's Turn 10 who's a first-party developer and presumably has the full support of Microsoft's resources. If the game isn't optimized well enough to handle all these effects, you'd have to assume they wouldn't be such a priority -- not yet, at least.  Rain usually means gloom for most people in real life. Turn 10's pinning its hopes on rain making for a fun and realistic experience in its video game. After all, who doesn't love speeding through giant puddles? And, all that water should have those cars at their absolute shiniest.
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Raindrops keep fallin' on my hood
When I looked at my E3 schedule this year and saw I had a Forza Motorsport 6 meeting at the Microsoft booth, I expected they wanted to talk to me about cars. That's the crux of Forza after all: cars racing real...

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Microsoft

Xbox: 'Sony does a really good job in mainland Europe'


'It's good competition which is good for everybody'
Jul 02
// Vikki Blake
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has acknowledged that the company must "do better in Europe." In an interview in the latest Edge Magazine, Spencer said, "when I look globally, mainland Europe is definitely an area we want to focus on....
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gamescom

Xbox sounds like it's going big for gamescom


Now's the time
Jun 30
// Brett Makedonski
It's fitting that Microsoft has big plans for gamescom this year; after all, it is the biggest video game trade show in the world. Xbox boss Phil Spencer said last month that the platform-holder has just as much in store for ...
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Scrolls sunset

It's the beginning of the end for Scrolls


Mojang's card game has a year left
Jun 29
// Jordan Devore
No, not The Elder Scrolls, silly. The other one! Just "Scrolls." Microsoft-owned Minecraft studio Mojang has confirmed the inevitable -- that work is winding down on its card title now that the "last major content patch," Ech...
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SDCC

Tomb Raider? I hardly even know her, and it's even harder to pick her out on account of all the Croft cosplayers at this SDCC event


When Steven writes headlines for me
Jun 29
// Brett Makedonski
San Diego Comic-Con is a breeding ground for cosplay. You'll find everything from the most amateur of outfits to the best professional-grade costumes. People really like to dress up like the things they really like. Microsof...
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Final Fantasy VII remake

So people are really into this Final Fantasy VII remake


A casual look at some numbers
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
I was rooting around YouTubes as one does when a number of (hah) zeros caught my eye: 10,018,000. That was the view count on the PlayStation upload of the Final Fantasy VII remake announcement trailer (there's an additional m...
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Xbox One deals

Xbox One with free game promo spiced up with $50 bonus


At ye local Microsoft web store
Jun 25
// Dealzon
Update 6/28/15: Deal just better and is still active at Microsoft Store. All bundles now includes free copy of AC Unity. For those with less than crystal clear memory (tsk tsk for not taking the right pill when you were young...
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Games with Gold

Games with Gold just got twice as good on Xbox One


Two games instead of one
Jun 25
// Brett Makedonski
We're winding down the month, which means it's again that time where Microsoft lets its Xbox Live Gold subscribers know the new titles they'll get for free as part of Games with Gold. But, this announcement comes with a nice ...
Gears remaster photo
Gears remaster

Peek at Gears of War: Ultimate Edition's touched-up cinematics


Comparison screenshots, too
Jun 24
// Jordan Devore
I've mostly avoided the remaster trend, but Gears of War: Ultimate Edition might be one of the few to pull me in. Not so much for the campaign, whose revamped cutscenes are briefly shown here, but as a way to get back into t...
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Halo 5

All of Halo 5's pre-order bonuses will be unlockable through gameplay


That's a nice change of pace
Jun 24
// Brett Makedonski
We've gotten used to a certain routine with regard to pre-order bonuses. Typically, they'll be made available weeks or months after release for a nominal fee. For those who are content to wait even longer, it's usually all in...
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Forza

There's a blue Forza Xbox One coming


VRRROOOOOMMMMMMMM
Jun 24
// Laura Kate Dale
If you've been waiting to buy an Xbox One but were tuned off by the lack of VROOOOOOMMMM and SCHREEEEEEE engine noises made by the console, then I have some exciting news for you. A new Xbox One bundle has been announced and ...

I'm starting to care about Halo 5 thanks to Warzone

Jun 22 // Jordan Devore
The goal is to either score 1,000 points, collectively, or take down the opposing team's core after capturing enough points for map control. In the former case, you can be out there doing your own thing, earning points, and working toward big purchases. I saved up for the bipedal Mantis mech and stomped on some foes until hubris (and several Spartans) got the better of me. I tried once to engage a Promethean boss alone and that went south real fast. Similarly, tackling the exposed core at the enemy's HQ without sufficient backup is ill-advised. But whatever we did, it worked. The other team failed to get more than a couple hundred points. Had it pulled together and taken down our core while we were distracted, the match could've gone the other way. I'm not so into the series these days, and I didn't come into the session with an especially cheerful mindset. But I dug Warzone overall. The maps were big -- I felt like I had to chase after battles from time to time -- but I otherwise enjoyed the mode. Curious about the game's REQ System. [embed]294624:59201:0[/embed]
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24 players vs. each other and the AI
While E3 didn't officially start until last Tuesday, there was plenty of video game stuff happening in and around Los Angeles the day before (and even the day before that!). Covering press conferences from Microsoft, Electron...

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Phantom Dust

Xbox One's Phantom Dust no longer in active development


Microsoft-canceled project done
Jun 22
// Steven Hansen
Microsoft announced a Phantom Dust reboot at its E3 conference in 2014, but less than a year later the project was shelved, allegedly due to unfair demands by Microsoft. Developer Darkside was shutdown and over 50 people lost...
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Jed @ E3 2015

My magical journey at E3 2015


Also, say hello to Gage
Jun 22
// Jed Whitaker
You may not have noticed from my complete and total lack of appearance in the pictures in this post, but I was at E3 2015. It was my first E3 and it was pretty alright. *shrugs harshly* I had a good time getting to meet:...

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