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Why violence is good for games — and storytelling

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>When video game violence makes headlines, it’s usually at the expense of geekdom. Such was the case with Vice President Joe Biden’s recent comments that he …

Titanfall behind-the-scenes video discusses two types of gameplay and agile giant robots

Respawn has released a high-quality version of its <i>Titanfall</i> behind-the-scenes developer diary video that premiered at Microsoft's Xbox press event at E3 earlier this month.<p>In the video, a number of Respawn developers discuss what makes their game unique for a multiplayer shooter. The game was …

You’re Not Wrong, Microsoft, You’re Just An Asshole

“We have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity,” explained Xbox chief Don Mattrick. “It’s called Xbox 360.”<p>With those snarky words, Microsoft lost E3. That much was clear as soon as Sony’s press conference started. And it’s not because the Xbox One is a bad system. …

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Is A Boring Blockbuster, And An Okay Discussion of Extrajudicial Killing

<b>This post discusses plot points from Star Trek Into Darkness in some detail.</b><p>Starships and Klingons and tribbles, oh my! I’d expected that <i>Star Trek</i> …

‘Naked, spitting, pissing dude’ shuts down 16th Street BART

What a move!<p>What a photo!<p>Wow!<p><b>UPDATE:</b> Bianca on our Facebook timeline gives us a more complete version of the story…<p>Wasn’t that “amusing” as you are …

The cost of being The Great Gatsby [infographic]

If you’ve already donned the flapper gear to see Baz Luhrmann’s film rendition of The Great Gatsby, you might be wondering how much such a lavish …

Tracking: The Ban On Google Glass

A Las Vegas casino, a Seattle dive bar, and West Virginia legislators are already outlawing use of Google Glass. Are schools, gyms, movie theaters, or hospitals next?<p>Google Glass, the smart-computer headset, has garnered as much media attention for its implications for modern privacy as it has for …

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Iron Man 3 Ruined The Mandarin, And Real Fans Should Be Pissed

<b>WARNING: We’ve thoroughly dissected Iron Man 3 in a series of articles dedicated to The Mandarin. Stop reading now if you haven’t seen Shane Black’s</b> …

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There isn’t enough helium in the world to keep BioShock Infinite’s city of Columbia afloat

<i>BioShock Infinite</i>'s sky city of Columbia would take more helium to float than what exists in the world today, according to calculations from io9.<p>The publication first used the example of New York's most famous landmark, the Empire State building. Just to lift the building, it would take 330 million …

What's this secret message in BioShock Infinite?

So, this is going to sound strange, but work with us for a minute. We're capturing footage of BioShock Infinite for our video review, and we hand the …

Microsoft creative director: 'I don't get the drama' over 'always-on' Xbox rumors

The rumors that Microsoft's next Xbox will require an "always-on" internet connection are gathering steam. <i>The Verge</i> has heard that Microsoft is indeed planning the connection requirement for its upcoming console, but this was based on information from last year; however, <i>Kotaku</i>'s sources now say …

Opinion: Violence limits BioShock Infinite's audience — my wife included

My wife was excited to play <i>BioShock Infinite</i>, the new first-person shooter from haloed developer Irrational Games. Her video game experiences are few, mostly the easy-to-play shorts made by thatgamecompany. But <i>Infinite</i> and its inescapable ad campaign piqued her interest. A video game about American …

Super spoiler-y Stranger Things season 2 clip shows how Eleven came back to Hawkins, Indiana

<b>Warning: Spoilers for Stranger Things season one AND season two ahead. Read on at your own peril.</b><p>This week as part of MCM Comic Con, actress Millie …

BioShock Infinite Is Insanely, Ridiculously Violent. It's A Real Shame.

Okay, it's time to talk about it. About what, you ask? About how <i>totally bananas</i> the violence in <i>BioShock Infinite</i> is.<p>The beginning of this game is …

A tale of two cities: destroying Sims' lives in the pursuit of oil

When architecture critic Justin Davidson started playing Sim City, he had dreams of building a utopia. A lifetime of experience had given Davidson an idea of how to craft his dream city, but he soon discovered Electronic Arts' city-building simulation was restrictive. Unable to recreate a …

Inside the Battle of Hoth

By Spencer Ackerman<p>How did the Galactic Empire <i>ever</i> cement its hold on the Star Wars Universe? The war machine built by Emperor Palpatine and run by …

'BioShock: Infinite' Review (part 1)

I soar across the floating city of Columbia in what feels like a gleeful rollercoaster ride, using the skylines that link the collection of buildings together. Below me is a gorgeous neoclassical world peopled with smiling citizens, making it seem as I’m flying over Disneyworld’s Main Street U.S.A. …

Xbox Games and SmartGlass apps updated for Windows 8 and RT

The Xbox Games and Xbox SmartGlass applications have been updated with improved stability and new functionality on Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, Microsoft spokesperson Larry Hryb recently announced.<p>The new Xbox Games app has undergone some aesthetic changes to streamline the process of hopping …

Hawken's Technician mech opens the battlefield to less twitchy players

<i>Hawken</i>'s next purchasable mech, the Technician, will make the game more accessible to new players when it launches with the game's April update, Meteor Entertainment producer Paul Loynd told Polygon in a recent interview.<p>The Technician possesses a unique ability that promises to turn <i>Hawken</i>'s …

Vendetta Online iOS port will allow players to transition seamlessly from desktop to tablet

Twitch-based multiplatform MMO <i>Vendetta Online</i> will add iOS to its roster this spring with a launch that's been "awhile coming," Guild Software creative director John Bergman told Polygon at GDC during a hands-on preview.<p>Launched in 2002 online and 2004 for retailers, <i>Vendetta Online</i> has already …

Building Garrett's Bow: Bringing Thief's Deadly Weapon Into The Real World

The latest Thief game from Eidos-Montreal has been in development for a long time. While the development team was hard at work designing and …

PS4 interface, user account features and social functionality detailed at GDC

Sony went into a deep dive on the PlayStation 4 during a session at the 2013 Game Developers Conference today, giving attendees details on the console's user interface, account features and social functionality.<p>Chris Norden, senior staff engineer from the strategy team for developer services and …

PlayStation 4 specs detailed further at GDC

As part of a PlayStation 4 developer panel at the Game Developers Conference today, Sony revealed more of the official hardware specs for its next home console, adding to what it announced back in February.<p>It will feature a 64-bit x86 architecture, with what Sony refers to as minimal power …

SimCity's always-online never meant as DRM, Gibeau says

EA Labels President Frank Gibeau says DRM had nothing to do with SimCity's always-online requirement. In a GamesIndustry International interview he …

DRM wasn't a factor in SimCity's online-only design, says EA

<i>SimCity</i> publisher Electronic Arts didn't force developer Maxis to require an internet connection due to DRM concerns, said Frank Gibeau, president of EA Labels, in an interview with GamesIndustry International.<p>"For the folks who have conspiracy theories about evil suits at EA forcing DRM down the …