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Bethesda Softworks is prepping a new title in the Wolfenstein series that pits the franchise's hero, B.J. Blazkowicz, against an alternate-history version of the post World War II era in which the Nazis, not the Allies, were ultimately victorious. BJ, apparently on ice for more than a decade, awakens in this nightmare version of the future -- a nightmare that the trailer refers to as a "rewriting", implying that BJ, at least, is aware of what's happened. Some losses... are unthinkable Wolfenstein always delved heavily into the Nazi fascination with the occult; the last games in the series relied... Read more...
We've sure come a long way from playing Pong and other primitive games on the Atari 2600, haven't we? Not only are graphics and the level of immersion leaps and bounds ahead of those primitive times, but unlike back then, today's consoles are home entertainment hubs that offer so much more than just gaming. Heck, you can even order a pizza on your Xbox 360 console! It's true, and it's ultra convenient thanks to Pizza Hut's "first-of-a-kind order app." If you're an Xbox Live subscriber living in the U.S., you can link to your Pizza Hut account and order pizza, wings, pasta, and other grub all from... Read more...
Some Xbox 360 gamers who tried to sign into Xbox Live over the weekend may have run into difficulties doing so. That's because the service was down for a period of time, and it couldn't have come at a worse time for a couple of reasons, especially for Call of Duty: Black Ops II players. Activision's been awarding double XP to Black Ops II gamers since Friday and will continue to do so until 10AM PDT on Monday, so if you holed yourself up for the weekend, you could have earned some major points. "We're still hard at work fixing the issue members are having signing in to Xbox Live. Thank you for... Read more...
When the Xbox 360 and PS3 first debuted, one of the major differences between them was how easy it was to access the underlying hardware. Kaz Hirai, then President of Sony Computer Entertainment, confirmed that the PS3 was far more difficult to program -- and that this was intentional. "We don't provide the 'easy to program for' console that (developers) want, because 'easy to program for' means that anybody will be able to take advantage of pretty much what the hardware can do, so then the question is, what do you do for the rest of the nine-and-a-half years?" In other words: "We made developers... Read more...
Electronic Arts may still be smarting from its less-than-stellar launch of SimCity, but the videogame giant has more tricks up its sleeve. It’ll be looking for a win with Fuse, the long-awaited FPS that has you fighting your way through a mess of baddies with a team of elite fighters. The game is expected to be available May 28 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A look at the action in Fuse. Image credit: Insomniac Games Unlike the typical FPS, which has you flexing the trigger finger of a single warrior, Fuse puts you in charge of the whole team and lets you switch from one fighter to another.... Read more...
Microsoft announced a new "Spring Bundle" for its Xbox 360 game console that will be available for a limited time and while supplies last. It replaces the Holiday Bundle, which you can still find online, and could be one of the last major bundles for the 7-year-old console, depending on when the Xbox 720 comes out and how aggressively Microsoft will want to promote its last generation hardware. First things first -- the Xbox 360 250GB Spring Value Bundle, as it's being called, ships with the latest version of the Xbox 360, a 250GB hard drive, wireless controller, headset, Darksiders II, Batman:... Read more...
Microsoft has confessed that the Xbox 360 has been undergoing a makeover for the past few years -- a transition from a pure gaming console into an entertainment console. In fact, gaming consoles on the whole are now expected to serve double-duty in a lot of ways, and Microsoft seems to be leading a lot of those charges. This week, Slacker has made itself available for the Xbox 360 console, allowing Xbox LIVE subscribers in the U.S. and Canada to listen to millions of songs and hundreds of expert-programmed stations for free, including a new video game music station curated by popular gaming culture... Read more...
Just hours before Sony presumably takes the wraps off of its next-generation PlayStation, we're now faced with a fresh leak that details some of the more vital aspects of the next-generation Xbox. Every so often, we hit a period of rapid competition from console makers, and with the Wii U freshly in stores, it looks as if the rivals are now readying their final stretch as well. On the Microsoft front, the next-gen Xbox is surely in the pipelines, and we're inching closer and closer to a global release. With Kinect launched mid-cycle for the Xbox 360 (and going on to be remarkably successful), there's... Read more...
Last year, an enterprising fellow with access to an Xbox Durango early development kit got himself into trouble by trying to sell it on Ebay. Now, the same mole has popped up with early data on the next-generation Xbox that confirms some rumors we've heard, shoots down a few others, and tosses in a new twist. The source in question is one SuperDaE, and he's passed accurate data to journalists at Kotaku before, accounting for the high profile behind these latest leaks. According to SuperDaE, the Xbox Durango will ship with a more capable version of Kinect. That's not particularly surprising, in... Read more...
Most of our console coverage tends to focus on hardware, rather than software, but with Sony's PS4 unveiling just weeks away, we want to consider the greatest threat facing the console industry:  mobile gaming. Console sales (hardware and software) have tumbled for the second year in a row, even as game purchases from tablets and smartphones have soared. These factors would be troubling in any context, but the economics of new console launches are particularly brutal. Sony and Microsoft historically take a bath on console launches and hope to make up the difference in software sales. A few... Read more...
Were you aware that game consoles are banned in China? Due to fears that these devices could harm the physical and mental development of children, seven Chinese ministries decided to ban the manufacture, sale, and import of game consoles a little over a decade ago. Now authorities in Beijing are starting to rethink things. Citing an anonymous government source, China Daily reports that China is warming to the idea of lifting the ban on game consoles, which would open up a potentially massive market for Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo to tap into. "We are reviewing the policy and have conducted some... Read more...
Prince Harry of Wales is a pretty good shooter, both in real-life and when playing video games. In fact, he credits his time playing games on an Xbox and PlayStation with making him a better shooter, and maybe even a better pilot. The 28-year-old spoke candidly about his tour of duty, flying Apache helicopters, and even killing. When asked if he had ever killed anyone from the cockpit of his aircraft, he was very straightforward in his response. "Yeah, so lots of people have. The squadron's been out here. Everyone's fired a certain amount," Prince Harry said. He added, "Take a life to save a life."... Read more...
Forbes contributor Adam Hartung dropped a bomb on the business world this morning when he forecast the complete collapse of Microsoft's business and the company's sudden exit from the entertainment market. Hartung draws on Surface's mediocre sales and the PC market's woes to claim that "Microsoft makes nothing from its xBox/Kinect entertainment division." He goes on to make dire predictions related to Windows, Office, and Microsoft's other businesses, but we're going to focus on the Xbox comments -- they're easily the most entertaining. According to Hartung: The entertainment division will be spun... Read more...
Some Xbox 360 gamers are having to cope with an Xbox Live service SNAFU the first weekend after Christmas, one that prevents them from utilizing Microsoft's Cloud Saved Games feature. Everything else appears to be in good working order for the moment. "Xbox Live experienced a service issue today affecting some users of our Cloud Saved Games feature. Our engineering teams are working aggressively to resolve the issue in order to restore storage access back to full performance," an update reads on the Xbox Live Service Status dashboard. "We will continue to report updates on the Dash. We take an... Read more...
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