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Sex robots could make cheating morally acceptable, and totally redefine our understanding of marriage.

New technologies have always reshaped our definition of marriage. Sex robots will be no different.

Emerging Technology

Blade Shadow spreads nationwide, says ditch your gaming PC

The service known as Shadow by Blade spread across the United States this week in a newly minted USA-wide upgrade. This service was first introduced …

iOS Apps

‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ pre-order bonuses and special editions revealed

Rockstar announced pre-order bonuses and multiple editions for <i>Red Dead Redemption 2</i>, which include incentives for <i>Grand Theft Auto Onlin</i>e players to …

Microsoft may launch an accessibility-focused Xbox One controller

Microsoft has a long-running history of courting gamers with accessibility needs, and it now looks like that might include a gamepad built with those players in mind. Well-known leaker WalkingCat has obtained an image of what looks to be an Xbox One controller designed with accessibility in mind. …

Xbox

Benefits of Play Revealed in Research on Video Gaming

In previous posts, and in <i>Free to Learn</i>, I described the decline in children’s opportunities to play and explore freely that has occurred over the …

Psychology

PS4 to Reach 69 Million Sold by 2019, Xbox One 39 Million - Report

By 2019, there will be around 108 million combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems in the market, with Sony's console leading the way with 69 million sold. Microsoft's Xbox One will make up the other 39 million.<p>This is all according to data featured in a Game Developers Conference presentation …

GDC

Apps can teach you all about the stock market, but be careful

Grant Regimbal, 19, has a favorite smartphone game. It isn't Angry Birds or Candy Crush.<p>It's Robinhood, an app that lets you quickly buy and sell …

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer apologizes for sexist GDC party

The technology and video game industries have been unwelcoming to women in a variety of ways for years now, with the "booth babe" at big events being a prime example. Despite an ongoing backlash against such exclusionary tactics, Microsoft seemed to think it was appropriate to have a party last …

4 apps that fix Apple Music’s shortcomings

I recently expressed my frustrations with Apple Music and why I didn’t plan to continue using the service. I <i>want</i> to love Apple Music. Siri integration and the ability to have a singular place to listen to <i>all</i> my music, both streamed and purchased, would be a dream come true.<p>Unfortunately, Apple …

XCOM 2 supports the Steam Controller, and no other gamepad

Get both together at an 18 percent discount<p><i>XCOM 2</i>, the new strategy game from Firaxis, can't be played on a console; it's available only on Linux, Mac and Windows PC. And it launched today without support for controllers, except one — the Steam Controller, Valve announced yesterday.<p>Firaxis and …

New Mirror's Edge Catalyst trailer digs into Faith's backstory

A closed beta is on the way<p>Ever since the next <i>Mirror's Edge</i> was first teased in 2014, EA has slowly been sharing more details about the game. Mostly the focus has been on the fast-paced parkour action that defined the original release, but the latest trailer for <i>Mirror's Edge Catalyst</i> finally sheds …

The Witness Sells 100,000 Copies, Xbox One Version Being Considered

The Witness has sold "substantially" more than 100,000 copies across PlayStation 4 and PC in its first week, generating more than $5 million in revenue, creator Jonathan Blow of developer Thekla announced today in a blog post. We don't know if the PS4 or PC version is selling better, as Blow said …

Selling

Did EA Accidentally Reveal Xbox One Sales Figures?

EA estimates 55 million new consoles in the wild, meaning Microsoft has possibly sold about 19.1 million Xbox Ones.<p>PCMag reviews products …

5 Best PlayStation VR Games So Far

In the video above, I list the top 5 games for Playstaton VR right now.<p><b>5. Hypercube:</b> Not instantly alluring when you look at the footage, but once you play it in virtual reality it becomes quite challenging and enormously fun. The cube is directly between you and the quickly approaching portal that …

PlayStation sells well (again), but mobile is hurting Sony

Sony made money. Again! The company saw in tiny increase (0.5%) in sales compared to the same quarter last to 2,581 billion yen (or $21.5 billion), but income now stands at $1.69 billion. This quarter's financial results was yet more balancing (and canceling) out of Sony's many moving parts -- …

Microsoft launches Xbox Live Community Calendar app

Today is the start of a new month, and for owners of Microsoft’s two most recent consoles, that means you get free games. Thanks to the wildly …

Next Need for Speed Update Adds Photo Mode, Improved Multiplayer, and More

Available on Wednesday, February 3.<p>The next game update for Need for Speed will bolster the game with improved multiplayer options, a new photo mode, …

Loot Crate Introduces a New Subscription Service Aimed at Gamers

Just take our money.<p>Loot Crate has unveiled its newest monthly subscription service, Loot Gaming.<p>Loot Gaming follows the same model as Loot Crate's …

Would You Pay for a Piece of a Video Game’s Revenues?

While Fig was the first startup to jump into the crowdfunding equity game, another company has quietly been offering accredited investors the …

PS4/Xbox One Combined Sales Reach 55 Million Units, Estimates EA Boss

According to Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen, 55 million combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles were sold worldwide before the end of 2015. Jorgensen revealed the figure during a recent earnings briefing, where he also compared the numbers to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sales over the same …

Xbox

In the Loop: Video games move out of the living room and into theme parks

Welcome to another edition of In the Loop, the Los Angeles Times' theme park newsletter. I'm Funland theme park blogger Brady MacDonald, and this week we weigh the wisdom of a Sony theme park in Minnesota, take a sneak peek at "The Lego Movie 4D," check out plans for Star Wars Land and struggle to …

Strong PlayStation Sales Boost Sony

The most significant negative, unusually, was Sony's Devices division, which covers components including image sensors.<p>Sony posted third-quarter earnings up on those from a year ago, making ¥202.1 billion ($1.69 billion) in operating profit off ¥2.58 trillion ($21.5 billion) in revenue. Net profit …

Profit

New Version of Xbox One Update Out Now for Testers

Xbox One Preview Program members can now download a new version of the update containing more features than before. As explained by Xbox engineer Mike Ybarra, the update to the update introduces the new Gamerscore leaderboard, a Sports section for the OneGuide, and the ability to move pins.<p>Ybarra …

Backward Compatibility

Big Star Wars Video Game Sales Aren't Big Enough For Electronic Arts

The Force was strong with Electronic Arts in the holiday quarter. But it may not have been strong enough.<p>Despite <i>Star Wars Battlefront</i> having the …

'Need for Speed' becomes a little more social next week

<i>Need for Speed</i>'s next Living Game update, dubbed "Showcase," arrives next week, and with it comes a handful of improvements both paint-level and a bit deeper. Taking screenshots has always been pretty easy in the game (click the right stick), but developer Ghost Games is going one step further and …

Why Nobody's Complaining About Used Games Anymore

Have you noticed that nobody seems to be talking about the scourge of "used games" anymore?<p>I've certainly noticed quite a bit of quietude on this …

EA might have revealed secret Xbox One sales figures

We know that Sony has sold 35 million PlayStation 4s, but Microsoft won't talk about how well its rival device is doing. A dignified silence is the stance you normally take when things aren't going too well, but a third party might just have let the key details slip. <i>Eurogamer</i> was listening to …

The DeanBeat: My rank is 3,440,250 in Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer

I had the rare pleasure of hitting the highest level in Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer a week ago. This is the earliest I have ever hit level 55 in a Call of Duty game. That tells you that I like it, and that this Call of Duty multiplayer has turned out to be better than past games.<p>I …

Call of Duty (Video Game)