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OUYA Responds To Amazon ‘Borrowing Their Model’ With FireTV

A small, inexpensive box that runs Android and plays. That was OUYA’s dream when it was Kickstarted years ago, and now it seems it’s Amazon’s as well with their reveal of FireTV. While Amazon is looking to take on Roku and TV with their new streaming box, there’s a fair amount of the OUYA [...]

‘Titanfall’ Boasts 10 Million Minutes Streamed, But Is Anyone Really Watching?

Yesterday, released a story boasting about how over 10 million minutes of Titanfall gameplay had been streamed via the Xbox One since the launch of the game. In the first week of launch, 108,000 separate users streamed gameplay, and 30% of Twitch traffic was from Xbox One. So, what about now, a few weeks later? [...]

Metacritic’s Power Grows As Amazon Adds Metascore To Game Listings

If Metacritic scores were important to the success of a game before, now they carry even more marketing weight. Amazon has just added Metacritic scores to their game listings, a metric which now sits right alongside their own star-based user reviews. In terms of total real estate, the addition is quite small, though if hovered over, that [...]

‘Titanfall’ Matchmaking Fix Will Prioritize Skill Over Speed

Titanfall will start seeing more and more tweaks to multiplayer as time goes on. Eventually, new game modes will be added by popular request of the community. Then will come the map packs, new spaces for your Titans and pilots to rampage and parkour. But first? There are going to be some more basic fixes, [...]

Arkham Knight’s Interesting Marketing Strategy Effectively Creates A Mystery Villain

Rocksteady has established a fantastic legacy for themselves with their Arkham series, the best Batman games ever made, and possibly the best superhero titles period. They’re going to say farewell to Batman with one final game, Arkham Knight, out this fall for PS4, Xbox One and PC. We know little about the game, only that [...]

‘Ready Player One’ Author Ernest Cline Believes In Facebook’s Oculus

Virtual reality and science fiction have a long history, and over the years many authors have tried to paint a picture of what life in the future might look like after widespread adoption of the technology. William Gibson gave us the original “Matrix” in 1984?s Neuromancer, and Neal Stephenson had his own vision of the [...]

Gameplay As Comedy: The Goat Simulator Launch Trailer

I read an article last week that had apparently upset a good many people. It was from the BBC and called “Can Games Ever Be Funny?” and offended a large number of gamers who had played Portal and the Stanley Parable and so on. It mentions “funny” games in the pieces like Octodad and QWOP, [...]

As Facebook Buys Oculus, Is A Virtual Reality Social Network In Our Future?

It’s hard to imagine the last time a tech news item was met with such unbridled…confusion. Yesterday, announced they were buying Oculus, creator of the Kickstarted Oculus Rift, for $2 billion. While or making the same purchase might have made some degree of sense, many can’t fathom why exactly would be buying a company about [...]

‘Diablo 3? and ‘Reaper of Souls’ Will Make It To Xbox One, Eventually

The countdown to Diablo 3?s expansion, Reaper of Souls, has begun, and the game launches at or around midnight tonight, depending on your timezone. The thing is, I wish the premiere was for consoles as well as PC. I’ve played hundreds of hours of Diablo 3, and watched it evolve from something of a mess [...]

The Coming PS4 And Xbox One TV Channel Experiment

The definition of what exactly a “television channel” is has been changing for quite some time now. The highest quality shows have slowly shifted from the big networks (NBC, ABC), to expand to cable (AMC, FX), pay channels (HBO, Showtime) and most recently, to streaming services that don’t need cable boxes at all (, Amazon). [...]

Xbox One Titanfall Bundle On Sale For $450 At Walmart Today

Ever wanted a $400 Xbox One? Well, you won’t get much closer than this for a while, most likely. For some reason, Walmart has put the already valuable Xbox One Titanfall bundle on sale for $450 today. That’s a $500 system and a $60 game, so the deal equates to some serious savings. The Walmart [...]

Day One ‘Infamous: Second Son’ Patch Adds Five Hours Of Content

The reviews are coming in and it seems that Infamous: Second Son is, as many have hoped, pretty good. Depending on the stock you put in Metacritic, the game is averaging a respectable 81, a few points below Titanfall and a few above Metal Solid: Ground Zeroes. But the game isn’t quite complete it seems, [...]

Why Is PS4?s Camera So Unexpectedly Popular?

During a presentation at GDC this week, Sony’s Chris Norden revealed a piece of rather interesting information. While it’s common knowledge that the PS4 is selling extremely well with around 6 million units sold worldwide, also faring surprisingly well is its optional peripheral, the PlayStation Camera. Norden says that the camera is “severely supply constrained” [...]

Project Morpheus vs. Oculus Rift: The Coming VR War Will Be Great For The Industry

Sony debuted their long-awaited VR headset at GDC last night tentatively called “Project Morpheus.” The device instantly gives credence to the not-even-out-yet Oculus Rift, and shows that Sony is forward thinking enough to realize that despite the fact that commercially available VR doesn’t exist yet, it will soon, and it could change the entire industry. [...]

‘Diablo 3? Finally Exorcises Its Demon, The Auction House

It was a valiant experiment to try and fight black market item sellers in a game notoriously plagued by them, but it was ultimately an enormous mistake that nearly destroyed one of the most anticipated games of the decade. And now, the Diablo 3 Auction House is dead. The problem was complex. In a game [...]

Sony Should Be Rolling Out More Red Carpet For PS4?s ‘Infamous: Second Son’

The biggest exclusive to date for the PS4 comes out in four days, just two weeks after the release of Titanfall on Xbox One. But if you didn’t know that, you may not be alone. The promotion surrounding the release of Infamous: Second Son has been surprisingly muted leading up to this point. While Titanfall [...]

While ‘Titanfall’ Lacks Content, It Isn’t Overpriced

In the week since its release, Titanfall has sparked a lot of debate among fans and critics alike. Reception of the gameplay seems to be generally positive. The game has been praised as a “revolution” for shooter multiplayer while insults usually sound like “it’s just an upgraded Call of Duty,” which still can be taken [...]

Steam’s Controller Redesigned With Xbox Influences

It seems only fitting to juxtapose Amazon’s hopefully-not-final ugly prototype controller with a rival device from Valve. Whereas the Amazon prototype seems instantly dated, Valve’s controller is innovative, sleek and intriguing. The two don’t even look like they were made in the same decade. That said, perhaps the original Valve model was a little too [...]

A Possible First Look At Amazon’s Uninspired Gaming Controller

Amazon’s upcoming set-top box may be unannounced, unconfirmed and generally unspoken of so far, but most agree that it’s coming, and it will include sort of gaming component. While Amazon’s box certainly wouldn’t be a fully fledged console like the PS4 or Xbox One, it would be probably be closer to the recently deceased Ouya, [...]

The Xbox One Needs A Serious User Interface Overhaul

I had my first real experience with Windows 8 last week. After I convinced my father that it was likely not in his best interest to continue using his seven year old laptop that practically had steam pouring out of it whenever it opened a program, I talked him into upgrading to a new computer. [...]

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