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School Of Tech: First-Time PC Building Budget, Best AMD And Nvidia Graphics Card Brand?

It’s no surprise that people have a myriad of questions about building and buying PCs and their associated components. That’s why I recently opened an Ask.FM account and invited anyone to shoot their questions over for me to ponder and answer. After seeing the nature and frequency of these …

Why Weren't There Any Black Musicians At The Top Of The Singles Chart Last Year?

It was a big year for Beyoncé, Drake, and others, but none of them topped the Billboard chart in 2013. Album sales, however, tell a more complicated story.<p>2013 was the first year since <i>Billboard</i> began its pop singles chart in 1958 in which no black artists hit the No. 1 position. It's particularly …

Watch every trailer from Spike's VGX award show right here

Spike broadcasted its VGX video game award show online today. If you missed it, then you also missed some pretty huge announcements and trailers. We hate when you miss things, so we’ve collected all of the videos you need to see and posted them all below for your convenience.<p>You’re welcome, …

Xbox One Kinect privacy policy promises to keep secrets, but not all of them

In a privacy statement updated in advance of the Xbox One launch, Microsoft outlines how its new Kinect will use the data it collects, warning of a lack of privacy while chatting on Xbox Live and promising to keep details about your face and body private.<p>From the "skeleton" Kinect generates by …

YOLO: The Potential of Permanent Death

Permadeath caters to players looking for a specific challenge, but it also allows for a form of storytelling unique to videogames.<p>Speculation …

Carving the One: The industrial design of Microsoft's next-generation Xbox

Carl Ledbetter, head of the team that crafted Xbox One's look, sits down with Polygon to talk about what went into the console's design.<p>I<p>n the shadow of Mount St. Helens, 10-year-old Carl Ledbetter would sit for hours smashing rocks together. It took him a long time to get the chunks of volcanic …

Xbox One Kinect privacy explained

A new and updated Microsoft privacy policy document (via IGN) outlines how the Xbox One's Kinect camera captures data and what happens to that data once it is captured.<p>One new feature for Xbox One is the ability for players to sign in through Kinect facial recognition. The Kinect camera measures …

Bungie talks Destiny competitive multiplayer

The competitive multiplayer component of Bungie's new shooter Destiny is a "huge focus" for the studio, according to community manager Eric Osborne. No footage or firm details for this mode have been revealed to date, but Osborne explained some of the studio's thinking process in a new interview …

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Opinion – Kill Current-Gen

Both Sony and Microsoft have made it clear that, naming semantics aside, the impending dawn of next-gen gaming won't be the end of current-gen …

Watch this angry grandma release rage in Grand Theft Auto 5

YouTube user and angry British Gas customer GamerGran87 posted a video featuring what might be the most adorable, swear-filled <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> playthrough ever.<p>According to the video's description, the woman needed a way to blow off steam after learning about the company's 20 percent price …

Following 'GTA V' download woes, Sony promises better experience for PlayStation 4

Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are making a big push into digital distribution, but if <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> is any indication, Sony has some work to do to smooth out its process. Many PlayStation Network users have reported errors and failed downloads of the game in the days since its launch. …

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Five Things 'GTA 5' Could Have Learned From Its Competition

It’s been five years since the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, and during that time, Rockstar was able to sit and think about exactly what they’d want to include in the fifth installment of their game when it premiered at the tail end of this console generation.<p>They largely looked backward to the …

[Update] Xbox One Allows Picture-In-Picture Commentary, No Extended Recordings

<b>Update:</b> Microsoft has responded to us stating that executive vice president Phil Harrison's comments were taken out of context. "We are committed to …

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Opinion: When we criticize games are we criticizing ourselves?

Are video games changing the way we analyze artwork and ourselves?<p>For centuries, enjoying media has been a passive experience. We let it happen to us, a fissure separating the creator and the consumer.<p>Films, television, music and visual art have been, mostly, consistent, reproducible and shareable …

Why Dan Houser believes GTA Online fixes Rockstar's online woes

Next week, Rockstar Games, masters of the narratively-driven, singularly-focused offline game, tries once more to expand their reach into meaningful online gaming.<p><i>GTA Online</i>, a free, but separate component of <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i>, arrives for everyone who purchased the game in an attempt to expand the …

'Grand Theft Auto V' As Character Drama And The Challenge Of Writing A Female Anti-Hero

<i>Grand Theft Auto V is a character drama, but it’s missing some important pieces.</i><p><i>Note: Some minor spoilers for Grand Theft Auto V in the following post. Also, this is a part of an ongoing series as I play through the game which I have not yet finished. Please tag spoilers in any comments.</i><p>There …

What's next? Why you should give a damn about the Xbox One's Impulse Triggers

In the '80s, "rumble technology" exclusively referred to arcade racing games with vibrating seats, the kind kids played solely for the thrill of …

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Sony working to make sure PlayStation 4 won't sell out at launch, says CEO

Sony's American CEO Jack Tretton has said that the company is holding back stock of the PlayStation 4 so machines will be available in stores on launch day.<p>When asked by Fox Business about how many current preorders Sony had for the PlayStation 4, Tretton said that "it's everything we can …

'Killzone: Mercenary' Is The PS Vita's 'Killer App'

<i>Better late than never.</i><p><i>Killzone: Mercenary</i> is a must-buy for the PlayStation Vita handheld console.<p>You can read my full review here, but in short the game is a surprisingly fun, remarkably tight first-person shooter with a solid single-player campaign and a terrific multiplayer mode.<p>I wouldn’t call …

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Sony's Strengthening Relationship With Independent Developers

"We wouldn't have set out initially to just make a game for the Vita." Alex Neuse, co-founder of Gaijin Games, cannot spend money needlessly. The continued existence of his independent studio depends on the choices that Neuse and his team make, so to pour resources into a handheld system whose …

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10 clever in-game explanations for weird design choices

Necessity is the mother of invention<p>When you really think about it, video games are really just a bunch of computer programs intricately stacked on …

The problem with reviews: 'The story is awesome! Also, the game's OK'

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are hitting stores in less than three months, and you know what that means: “best games” lists! Yes, prepare to be bombarded …

EA: The future is connected, mobile, digital

Battlefield and Mass Effect publisher Electronic Arts' COO, Peter Moore, has outlined his view of what the future of the game industry is going to be all about.<p>"It's about connected, it's about mobile, and it's about digital," Moore told FOX Business. "And I love my roots in Sega. I certainly love …