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Five Reasons To Give Thanks For Texas

My husband and I recently moved from Washington D.C. to Dallas. In addition to warmer temperatures, shorter commutes, and better Tex-Mex, we’ve enjoyed the “Texas Miracle” first-hand.<p>The Texas economy is arguably the strongest in America with unmatched job creation, a dynamic business climate and …

Learn the history behind the rise of pirates in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

<i>Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag</i> takes place in the early 1700s, during the golden age of pirates, and a new video from publisher Ubisoft sets the scene with some historical context.<p>France, Great Britain and Spain had spent decades carving up the New World, establishing colonies and harvesting the …

Watch Dogs’ lead writer talks anti-heroes in the hackable city

If you want to see Kevin Shortt, lead story designer on Watch Dogs, geek out a little, bring up how Ubisoft completely shocked everyone when they revealed their open-world actioner to the world during last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.<p>“Wasn’t that fantastic?” says Shortt. “We couldn’t …

Watch Dogs review

Watch Dogs is exactly what you think it is. It’s Assassin’s Creed 4 meets GTA 5 meets Batman Arkham City… but--despite the pedigree of its …

San Andreas

Watch Dogs' voyeurism, moral choices and clever AI

Ubisoft's upcoming open-world action-adventure game, <i>Watch Dogs</i>, plays on society's voyeuristic tendencies, the nuanced moral choices we make and our desire to affect game worlds, according to senior producer Dominic Guay.<p>In a recent demo of the game shown at a preview event in San Francisco, Guay …

Watch Dogs creates an open-world morality (preview)

Reads to school children. Failed CPR training. Father is currently in jail. Churchgoer. Makes porn films. Related to Dutch royalty. In possession of stolen credit cards. Potential victim. These slivers of data hang by every pedestrian you see walking down the street in Chicago.<p>Information is power, …

Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs highlights the down side of smart cities (preview)

The premise behind Ubisoft’s upcoming Watch Dogs game is scary because it’s not so far from the truth. A computer hacker could break into a city’s central nervous system and cause all sorts of vigilante havoc. And the more connected cities become, the easier it will be to take them over and control …

The new Xbox: what do we know about Microsoft's next console?

An 'Xbox 720' rumor roundup<p>Microsoft's next-generation console has been the subject of intense rumor and speculation for what feels like years now. Gamers have been poring over leaks, rumors, accidental Twitter updates, and a whole lot more. From the "Xbox 720" name, to a "Durango" codename, …

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag writer describes challenges of writing for a game versus a movie

<i>Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag</i> is the latest entry in a franchise with an action-heavy, complex story, and lead writer Darby McDevitt described the unique challenges of writing for the game in an interview with GameSpot.<p>While the Assassin's Creed titles include many cinematic sequences, it's …

Notch only behind Egypt president in Time 100 poll

Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson is the second-most influential person in the world, only behind Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi, according to <i>Time</i> magazine voters.<p>The publication's 2013 Time 100 Poll asks readers to cast votes for the leaders, artists, innovators, icons, and heroes they …

Next Xbox reportedly launching with Ryse and a new Forza

Microsoft's next-generation Xbox will reportedly launch with <i>Ryse</i> and a new Forza title, and use real money instead of Microsoft Points, reports The Verge.<p>The company originally announced <i>Ryse</i>, a first-person hack-and-slash title set in the Roman Empire, during E3 2010 as a project co-developed with …

Next-generation Xbox launch titles include 'Ryse' and a new 'Forza'

Microsoft is working on a number of launch titles for its new Xbox console. One of the first games to launch on the next Xbox will be <i>Ryse</i>, according to multiple sources familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans. Microsoft originally unveiled Ryse at E3 2011, promising an exclusive Xbox 360 release with …

What if Xbox Durango's 'Always On' Features Aren't About Games at All?

The phrase “always connected” conjures up a lot of skepticism in the video game community, especially when it<p>comes to Microsoft’s next Xbox, codenamed Durango. It makes people think of SimCity, which is only now regaining its core functionality after a disastrous launch stemming from its need to be …

Sources: Next Xbox to Feature Interactive TV Content

Various sources across the Internet are reporting that Microsoft’s new Xbox – which is expected to be announced next month – will have some new tricks that might make the console the centerpiece to living rooms that feature it.<p>Sources say the system will rely heavily on an advanced new Kinect …

Next Xbox will 'interact with your cable box,' Kinect will detect eye movement

Microsoft's next-gen Xbox will feature a set-top box similar to Google TV and a Kinect sensor that can detect eye movement, The Verge reports.<p>Speaking with sources familiar with the project, The Verge reports that the system functions by passing a cable box signal via HDMI. This allows the Xbox to …

Xbox 720 will interact with cable TV?

Multiple sources have told The Verge that the Xbox 720 will include a feature that allows the next-generation platform to take over a user's TV and set-top box in much the same way that Google TV operates.<p>The site's sources also suggest the platform will require an online connection to use various …

Next Xbox reportedly using AMD CPU, does not support Xbox 360 game discs

The next-generation Xbox will be powered by an AMD "Jaguar" chip — Microsoft's long-rumored CPU of choice for its next console — and won't be compatible with current Xbox 360 games, according to a report from Bloomberg.<p>Microsoft's next-gen console is said to use the same AMD system-on-a-chip that …

Microsoft reportedly planning Xbox (720) event for May

While previous rumors pointed to Microsoft unveiling its next Xbox this month, it looks like the company may now be aiming for a May event.<p>The Verge reports that Microsoft is targeting an event for May 21, a one-month delay from the previously reported April 24 date. That corroborates what tech …

Opinion: The mistakes of an online-required Xbox

The dismay I'm reading with regards to an always-online Xbox assumes the following: that you cannot play games without an active, relatively stable internet connection linking that system to Microsoft servers; that if you get disconnected from the internet while playing a game, your game will stop …