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Xbox One data could affect how companies advertise, says Microsoft VP

The launch of the Xbox One next month could change the landscape of product marketing, pushing consumers to look for production values and furthering "gamification" elements in advertising, according to Microsoft vice president of marketing and strategy Yusuf Mehdi.<p>Speaking with Advertising Age, …

Explore the fictional history of BioShock Infinite's take on Rapture

A new promotional video for the "Burial at Sea" DLC to <i>Bioshock Infinite</i> takes the form of a 1980s-esque investigative TV series looking for the lost underwater city.<p>While the city of Rapture has been thought a myth, a trunk of artifacts washing up on the New England coastline gave legitimacy to its …

To make a live-action Assassin's Creed film, Ubisoft built a battleship

A behind-the-scenes video from Ubisoft shows the making of its live-action <i>Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag</i> trailer, "Defy."<p>For authenticity's sake, the production team built a full-scale replica of most of an Age of Sail battleship including different decks and all the relevant rigging, and weathered …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward …

Xbox One could eventually offer backwards compatibility through the cloud, says Microsoft

Xbox One could eventually offer backwards compatibility using its Azure cloud servers, Microsoft's senior director Albert Penello told Gamespot, stating that the cloud has a multitude of functions that Microsoft is still exploring.<p>According to Penello, the cloud could potentially offer backwards …

Watch a parkour expert make Mirror's Edge a reality

Although his trainers aren't red, parkour athlete Neil Cointe took to the rooftops of Cambridge to show viewers what a real-life run in <i>Mirror's Edge</i> looks like.<p>Cointe, dressed as closely as possible to protagonist Faith, positions the camera in a way that mimics the game's camera view. Watch as he …

Best Buy offers $50 credit when trading new Xbox 360 games for their Xbox One counterpart

Best Buy has become the latest company to sweeten the deal for Xbox 360 gamers who don't want to wait for the Xbox One to buy new games like <i>Battlefield 4</i> or <i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i>. Today, the company announced a deal that would let customers buy one of five upcoming games for the Xbox 360, then trade …

Qunari as playable race for Dragon Age: Inquisition

<b>At the PAX Prime conference in Seattle, BioWare has revealed some new details for the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition.</b><p>Possibly the biggest reveal is …

Dragon Age

Gamescom proves it's Sony's online service that's now the innovator

It’s easy to forget how bad things were for Sony at the start of PlayStation 3’s lifecycle. Sure, Xbox 360 had its ‘red ring of death’ issue, but …

Innovation

Three gamers respond to Microsoft’s ever-changing Xbox One policies

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>It’s hard to keep up with all of the changes Microsoft has made to its policies for the Xbox One. Not so long ago, it said that owners would need an Internet …

Skyrim: Into the Void [Fan Film Trailer]

Microsoft boasts that the 'best games' are on Xbox One and not PlayStation 4

Most of the debate over which company will have the better next-gen console this fall, Microsoft or Sony, continues to focus on things like extra features, what’s in the box, and price. Those things will have an impact on the potential success of each box, but the real determining factor, as …

The Most Ridiculous Things Jennifer Lawrence Has Said In Couture

Everyone wants to be Jennifer Lawrence's BFF. The girl is unabashedly talented, incredibly beautiful and, let's face it, one of the realest stars in Hollwood.<p>Though she may be an Oscar winner, one of the sexiest A-listers around, and a frequent wearer of haute couture, this is one chick who isn't …

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Xbox One: Gamers can share digital titles and Xbox Live Gold features

The Xbox One will run used games, but that means Microsoft had to drop some of its advanced game-sharing features that enabled gamers to share their purchased titles with friends. Today, Microsoft revealed that some remnants of that program remain.<p>First, digitally purchased games — that means …

This is How Xbox One's Game and Gold Sharing Works

Gold accessible by anyone using Gold-enabled machines.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p><b>Update:</b> Microsoft has clarified to IGN that Xbox Live Gold is not required for …

Opinion – Ambiguous Endings Shouldn’t Be Feared

Video game storytelling has grown tremendously. In less than 40 years, we've gone from two ping-pong paddles and a ball to full-blown narratives, …

Editor Roundtable: This Generation Isn't Over Yet

by Companion Cube Thursday, August 01, 2013 at 03:35 PM<p>It usually takes two or three years for a generation to be outphased. Metal Gear Solid V is …

Eight Upcoming Under-The-Radar Titles That Deserve Your Attention

With plenty of releases on the horizon, we don't want anything to get lost in the shuffle. These are games that you should consider not letting pass …

A Look Inside Dragon Age: Inquisition's Development

With a mountain of lore to build on and millions of fans expecting the best, the developers of Dragon Age: Inquisition have a challenge in front of …

Humorous and Political Street Art by Escif | Colossal

<p>Spanish muralist and street artist Escif hails from Valencia, Spain but is actively globally with recent works popping up throughout Canada, Italy, …

Are Shrinking Unions Making Workers Poorer? - The Atlantic

Here's what we know: Union membership has been nearly cut in half over the past thirty years. During that time, income inequality grew, with the top one percent of wealthiest Americans seeing especially big gains in their pre- and post-tax income. And although the economy has grown, wages have not: …

German police to begin making 3D-printed guns to test effectiveness

Driven by both a justified concern over home-produced plastic firearms and a desire to explore the potential for cheaper police weapons, German law enforcement picks up a 3D printer.<p>The 3D-printed gun may find its most robust testing program in the German police force.<p>When asked by Germany's Left …

3D Printing

Newly-discovered ridiculously strong shrew species helps explain strange spine design

In equatorial Africa is a small shrew that can bear the weight of an adult human for minutes at a time, and then walk away unharmed. This animal, the armored shrew, has become known as the hero shrew for its amazing strength. But researchers have been puzzled as to why the creature evolved that way …

How I Took a Product Concept to Market as a Design Student, by Rob Bye

Text & photos by Robert Bye<p>I first envisioned initial concept for Hangen 18 months ago, and since being featured on Core77 in February 2012, it has …