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Microsoft and Sony Go To War For The Indies

It's something of a recent development in terms of gaming, but more and more, we're seeing development shy away from big studios pulling out triple-A titles—there's still plenty of them to be had, though—and more toward smaller, independent studios putting...

Battlefield 4: Use The Past To Tap The Future

It's not unheard of in the gaming world to see the events of the past influence the future, at least on some level. But the past is looking to come back in a big way with Battlefield 4, and the...

Microsoft Relents Further With Kinect

It's not hard to hand it to Microsoft. The company is clearly paying attention to what the gamers want and what they don't want. Sure, some may say—with perhaps a note or two of cynicism—that Microsoft is merely following the...

Exclusives Abound With Next Generation Console Releases

With the next generation of consoles set to arrive in just a couple of months now, the early word is getting an augmentation and some of the new premiums are stepping up to match. Each side is offering a different...

Can The Xbox One Keep Its Cool?

When the Xbox 360 first made its appearance, it looked like a clear winner was in the offing. Not only were there more games on hand, but the system actually cost significantly less than its competitor, the PlayStation 3. But...

Does Microsoft Plan A Bounty On Gaming Trolls?

There aren't many people out there who enjoy gaming trolls. Sure, sometimes the antics of same can be amusing, but all too often it's a slew of racist jokes, sexist comments, and all-around unpleasantness that just puts more than a...

Xbox One Shakes Up Next-Gen Again With Self-Publishing Reports

In a way, you've really got to hand it to Microsoft. It's not every day you see a company so willing to take what it said previously, turn it on its ear, and say something totally different later because it's...

A Free Oculus Rift? More Possible Than You Might Think

One of the great policies of economics comes in the form of an acronym. It's called “TANSTAAFL,” and it traces all the way back to the 1930s, though its first appearance is lost to history. Popularized by Robert Heinlein's novel...

Microsoft Laments Style In Xbox One Presentation

Easily one of the most reviled things to come out of E3 in a long time, Microsoft's last presentation of Xbox One earned it a lot of negative press, a lot of backpedaling, and a lot of confusion. But recently,...

Trolls Playing Trolls: Microsoft May Have Plans For Online Gaming

The idea of playing on Xbox Live is an exciting prospect for some, and a terrifying process for others. But it may well be shaping up with the arrival of the next generation of gaming consoles thanks to an improved...

Microsoft Makes Moves To Accommodate Indies

It is impossible, anymore, to look at the concept of gaming--at any level, casual or core--without considering the indie developer in some way. Several major titles have emerged to firmly cement the indie in the gaming concept, and so, failing...

Why Used And Rental Games Were Such A Sticking Point

Easily one of the--potentially, we can even strip the qualifier away and just call it the--biggest controversies in gaming for the last couple years was the issue of used and rental gaming. More specifically, would the next generation consoles permit...

Sometimes It's The Little Things: Headset Mics in the Next Generation

The console wars are still going strong, and even though most of the newest players won't take the field until holiday season this year, there are still plenty of shots being fired across the bow. Once again, though, the pratfall...

Microsoft Backs Down on DRM; Will It Change Minds?

Something very exciting only recently happened when Microsoft--who likely saw the torches and pitchforks on the mob which reached back from Redmond clear as far as Kansas--who pulled back on the DRM reins and put out the word that many...

E3 2013: So This Was E3

With this being the last day of E3, and even on the West Coast in its declining hours, it's always a good time to take a look back and see what we learned from the big event. With new games,...

E3 2013: Oculus Rift and PlayStation 4--A Future Together?

Speculation abounds in the midst of hordes of trailers and exhibitions going on out at E3, but one of the biggest speculations comes out of a combination of two key factors in gaming. Putting these two developments together may well...

E3 2013: PlayStation 4 Gets Its Day In The Sun

I'll preface tonight's remarks by saying that I've been a Microsoft gamer for a long time. Microsoft introduced me to one of my favorite games of all time, "Morrowind: The Elder Scrolls 3." But now that Sony has brought out...

E3 2013: Xbox One Exclusives Get Announced

One of the biggest days of a big show has pretty much drawn to a close, and with several new Xbox One exclusives announced at the E3 2013 event, it looks like a good time to check out the slate...

Microsoft Talks Used Games--Fees, Maybe

Something of good news emerged as Microsoft spilled the details on one of the biggest points of discussion surrounding the Xbox One: the issue of used games. While the news wasn't all good by any stretch, it is better news...

So Just How Much Will Gaming's Next Generation Cost, Anyway?

With E3 rapidly closing in on us, and a lot of answers in the making for the next generation of console gaming, there are certainly plenty of questions left to ask that will hopefully get those answers at the big...

Microsoft Poised To Put Big Investment Into Games For Xbox One

Perhaps one of the biggest concerns that has been noted around the Xbox One of late is the distressing lack of games. Indeed, the early launch topics didn't seem to have a whole lot to do with games at all,...

E3 2013: What To Expect

It's hard to believe, but this year's E3--widely regarded as the great touchstone of video game releasing--is only a mere two weeks out from today. But this is likely to be a very special year for E3, and already, many...

Microsoft, It Shouldn't Be This Hard

The Xbox One, the latest entry in the ongoing console wars, has been filled with a lot of questions of late. A lot of restrictions, a lot of strangeness, and a whole lot of unexpected and unusual constraints on the...

How The Newest Console Wars Shape Up

Now that all the pieces of the next generation console wars are in place, I figured it would be a good time to take a look at the overall market and make for a comparison of the various players in...

The Xbox One: What It Means For Gaming

And so, that was it. A whole bunch of sound and fury later and now, we have the last player in this the newest round of the grand console wars. The Xbox One has made its appearance, and it's time...