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6:00 PM on 02.28.2013

Play videogames with a gesture control armband

Controllers and keyboards are standard tools in every gamer's repertoire, but what if I told you that a high-tech armband could be the next step in control interface evolution? Built by Canadian start-up firm Thalmic Labs, th...

Taylor Stein



The launch line-up: Xbox Games on Windows 8 photo
The launch line-up: Xbox Games on Windows 8
by Dale North

We had a chance to take the launch line-up of Xbox games on Windows 8 for a spin this past week. These games are available for play on any Windows 8 or Windows RT device, including laptops and tablets. I played them all on a slick Asus Vivo Windows RT tablet, which was nice as its detachable keyboard and USB port for a standard Xbox controller made for a really flexible system.

Just like with Xbox 360 games, all of these Xbox Games for Windows 8 feature achievements, and more support leaderboards, co-op, and more. It's the full Xbox experience on something other than your Xbox, which is pretty neat.

There's already a fairly broad selection for launch, and many more are in the works. We've prepared a quick rundown of the launch titles in this preview for you. 

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10:00 PM on 01.30.2013

Celebrate Skulls of the Shogun's release with MURDER

Skulls of the Shogun is now out for Xbox Live Arcade, Windows Phone, and Windows 8! With the release comes a launch trailer, and I'm going to just go ahead and say that this is the first best trailer of 2013. Check out our o...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Review: Skulls of the Shogun photo
Review: Skulls of the Shogun
by Chris Carter

The Xbox Live Arcade, after nine long years, still doesn't have a whole lot of classic style strategy RPGs. Discounting tower defense, there's Band of Bugs, Greed Gorp, and a scant few others.

Enter Skulls of the Shogun: a new SRPG that seeks to mix things up a little bit while retaining the classic strategy formula. 

Skulls is interesting in that it's a Strategy RPG without a grid, and it features cross-compatibility between three platforms.

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9:00 AM on 01.10.2013

CES: Small but powerful: Hands-on with Razer Edge

Remember Razer's Project Fiona from last year's CES? That's now an official product called Razer Edge, which is a tablet, PC, and console all wrapped up into one. Last year it was a Windows 7 screen with console-like controls...

Dale North

10:00 PM on 01.06.2013

Valve's Steam Box will use Linux, debuting this year

Valve's electronics engineer Ben Krasnow reportedly gave a talk at the EHSM 2012 conference in Berlin recently where he gave out new details on Valve's Steam Box. According to German tech site Golem.de, Ben told the audience ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





7:00 PM on 11.12.2012

Microsoft: No plans to bring Direct X 11.1 to Windows 7

Since the worldwide release of Windows 8 back in October, an interesting question has popped up concerning the newest version of its 3D API: Will DirectX 11.1 be made available for Windows 7 users? The answer from Micros...

Jason Cabral

9:14 AM on 11.06.2012

Croteam dev hates Windows 8, calls it a 'walled garden'

A number of game developers have already shared their less-than-positive views on Windows 8, slamming Microsoft's new interest in ruling the PC gaming market through proprietary services. Croteam's chief technical offer ...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 10.11.2012

Windows 8 will bar 'adult' content from its store

Tech blogger and programmer Casey Muratori has been talking about the level of God-like control Microsoft intends to wield over Windows 8, including the fact that it intends to block the sale of adult-rated games on the ...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 10.08.2012

Windows 8 uses real cash, not Microsoft Points

We keep going back and forth on Microsoft Points. Rumors from earlier this year pointed to MS phasing out the silly points, but when we thought we saw price listings changing to real world money we learned that it was just in...

Dale North

8:30 PM on 09.28.2012

The DTOID Show: Guns, Boobs & Ninjas

Hey gang! Here we are again, another Friday episode where Tara and I goof off a bunch because we feel like it. Big news today: something something boobs controversy Team Ninja Dead Or Alive 5, Konami unveils collector's editi...

Max Scoville

2:00 AM on 09.04.2012

PAX: Hands-on with Nights Into Dreams

Nights Into Dreams, the 1996 Sega Saturn game that was re-released on PS2 in Japan, at long last will finally see a new iteration in North America. I got a chance to get my hands on this shiny high definition version at this...

Holly Green

11:00 AM on 08.28.2012

Plants vs. Zombies creator's new game: Octogeddon

Layoffs are a bummer, but Plants vs. Zombies creator George Fan isn't going to let them bring him down, even if a sequel might be happening without him. This past weekend, Fan entered the 48-hour-long game creating compe...

Dale North

9:30 PM on 07.25.2012

Gabe Newell brands Windows 8 a 'catastrophe'

Ouch. Whilst I haven't had a hands-on with Microsoft's upcoming OS, Gabe Newell was brutally honest when asked about his feelings on Windows 8 at an annual videogame conference in Seattle. Making a rare public appearance at C...

Alasdair Duncan

10:00 AM on 06.28.2012

Skulls of the Shogun will feature cross-platform play

Developer 17-Bit has announced that Skulls of the Shogun will feature cross-platform play across the Xbox 360, Windows 8 PCs, Windows 8 tablets like the Microsoft Surface, and Windows Phones versions of the game. So for examp...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:15 PM on 06.04.2012

E3: Microsoft unveil Xbox Music, no mention of Zune

Microsoft have unveiled their new music service, imaginatively titled Xbox Music. With a promise of 35 million tracks and a raft of features that will integrate your Xbox and Windows 8 PCs, cell phones, and tablets. With nary a mention of Microsoft's Zune service, it could be that brand is now dead. Will it be missed?

Alasdair Duncan