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Games With Gold to Become 'More True' To Gamers' Expectations

Microsoft's VP discusses the Xbox Live service's future at SXSW.<p>Xbox Live's Games With Gold will become something "more true" to what gamers expect …

Flappy Bird and the Renaissance of Challenge

Or, why "hard fun" is a valid design choice.<p>News of Flappy Bird’s existence first came to me via a series of wry high-score tweets: 3 ... 7 ... 2. …

The Console Market Is In Crisis

A few days ago Sony announced it has now sold a total of 6 million PlayStation 4 consoles. Microsoft’s next-gen equivalent, the Xbox One, has likely racked up sales of around 4 million so far. Both flagship consoles were released around the same time in late November last year, in time for the 2013 …

EA Doesn't Think That Botched 'Battlefield 4' Launch Damaged The Brand

Between long-term server issues, bugs, and broken gameplay, the Battlefield 4 launch was one of the more embarrassing moments of AAA game development in recent years. Here was a game, ostensibly a tent-pole franchise for publisher EA, released obviously unfinished and essentially broken. Developer …

4K Ultra HD Displays Are All The Rage But Is The Ecosystem Ready For Prime Time?

You remember the first time you saw a 1080p full HD movie or video feed. All those beautiful pixels bouncing around in front of you magically transforming the content you were watching into something that looked like it was being played out right in the room with you. The old cliche’ rang true back …

The Oculus Rift Will Battle PS4 And Xbox One At E3

Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo….Oculus? It’s no surprise that Oculus VR has just announced they’ll be bringing the Oculus Rift to E3, as they’ve had a presence at many, many gaming events to date, and E3 will be a can’t-miss for them.<p>But now, the situation is different. The Oculus Rift is no longer just …

Troy Baker Has Faith In 'The Last of Us' Film, Assumes He Won't Be The Lead

The announcement of a film adaptation of The Last of Us film was met with some enthusiasm, but a fair degree of skepticism from the gaming public, myself included. With a game that felt like an in-depth interactive movie experience, what would be the purpose of Sony stripping the interaction away …

The Disappointment Of Video Game Guns

Inside America's First Bitcoin-Friendly Gun Store

Bitcoin has long been the currency of choice for the dark web’s anonymous black market trade in firearms. Now Michael Cargill wants to offer Bitcoin fans a more legal way to buy a deadly weapon with cryptocurrency.<p>In January, Cargill’s Austin firearm shop and training center Central Texas Gunworks …