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Spike's VGX Awards Evolve Into A New Kind of Mess

A few years ago, I attended Spike’s VGA Awards and got the full, behind the scenes tour. I spoke with Geoff Keighley, a very smart guy with a lot of passion for games who was determined to put on a great show mixing awards with world premieres, somewhere between the Oscars and E3.<p>But in that year, …

VGX 2013: The High Points

I didn’t watch the Spike VGX 2013 awards last night, and I’m glad I didn’t. By all accounts it was an absurd affair, doing little to help lift video games and the people who play them out of the mire of stereotypes that surround the industry and its fans.<p>But if you sift through just the video game …

Why I won't be buying my daughter a Barbie at Christmas

All kids have a friend their parents don't approve of. Mine had long blond hair and a pony. I admired her from afar. I wanted to play with her, dress like her, but my parents hated her. A bad influence they said. She's too grown up. They wouldn't have her in the house. Her name was Barbie.<p>When I …

Tiny…Tinier..Tiniest.

Xbox One owners warned to avoid 'backwards compatibility' prank that bricks consoles

Every Xbox One console is a developer unit, but an option to enable the dev kit mode is being used to prank gamers this week. An image (embedded below) has been making the rounds on forums and social networking sites promising Xbox 360 backwards compatibility through six steps on an Xbox One …

Microsoft's Xbox One May Be Losing The Console War Due To Kinect Alone

Working in this industry, I tend to make predictions quite a bit. Usually they pan out, like the bad feeling I had that the Wii U was going to bomb for Nintendo without new appeal to non-gamers, or that Micosoft would be forced to changes its DRM/used game policies because of public outcry.<p>But …

11 New Ways to Use Leftovers

You're probably a little full right now. You convinced yourself the annual post-meal nap was due to tryptohphan (it's not!), and you gave plenty of thanks. But it's not time write off Thanksgiving just yet -- your Tupperware is stuffed to the brim. Why not transform your leftovers into dishes that …

10 Shows to Netflix Binge On This Holiday Season

Photo: 20th Century Fox/Courtesy Everett Collection<p>This holiday season, no matter what your background is, there is almost certainly bound to be some mandatory family bonding in your very near future. So how are you coping? According to a new studyreleased by Netflix, you're watching a LOT of …

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …

66 Famous Robots, Cyborgs, Holograms, and Computers

Star Wars 1313 Concept Art by Gustavo Mendonca

07.2.18<p>In the very visual field of digital art, it’s invariably better to show than tell. That being said, theSpring 2018...<p>04.25.18<p>Concept artist …

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Haim: The sisters' stunning rise

Californian sibling trio, Haim, winners of BBC's Sound of 2013 award in January, are about to round off a remarkable year with a UK tour<p>When Californian trio <b>Haim</b> were announced as the winners of the BBC’s <b>Sound of 2013</b> at the start of this year, one quality you could universally pin onto their music …

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Crytek, Double Fine, Vlambeer and more join ID@Xbox dev program

The first wave of companies to join Microsoft's ID@Xbox indie development program includes more than two dozen well-known studios like Double Fine, Vlambeer, Hidden Path Entertainment and Crytek, Microsoft announced today.<p>Director of ID@Xbox Chris Charla wrote that developers from more than 50 …

Assassin's Creed 4 DLC Freedom Cry releasing Dec. 17

Ubisoft will launch the upcoming <i>Assassin's Creed 4</i> singleplayer DLC, <i>Freedom Cry</i>, on Dec. 17, it was announced in an advertisement on the latest digital issue of Game Informer (via VideoGamer.com).<p>The new DLC will feature a four-hour campaign featuring the shipmate assassin Adewale. It's believed …

Original voice actor for Miles 'Tails' Prower dies at 48 (correction)

Christopher Evans Welch, the original voice actor of Miles "Tails" Prower in the television series <i>The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog</i>, passed away earlier this week, his agency Paradigm confirmed to Variety.<p>Welch passed away at a Los Angeles hospital following a short illness. He is believed to …

Nintendo 2DS Pokemon X and Pokemon Y bundles coming Dec. 6

Nintendo will release two new Nintendo 2DS hardware bundles featuring either <i>Pokemon X</i> or <i>Pokemon Y</i> this Friday, Dec. 6, the company announced today.<p>At Target, buyers can get the <i>Pokemon X</i> bundle, which includes a red 2DS and a pre-installed copy of <i>Pokemon X</i> for $149.99. The <i>Pokemon Y</i> bundle, which …

Best mobile games of November 2013

Microsoft: ‘We are delivering consoles to retailers as fast as possible’

If you haven’t bought your Xbox One or PlayStation 4 by now, you’re probably going to have a pretty tough time finding one through the holidays.<p>Microsoft acknowledged that it’s selling out of every Xbox One that it ships to stores in a blog post on Xbox’s website. Citing “unprecedented demand,” …

Reddit user compiling unofficial wishlist of Xbox One improvements

One intrepid Reddit user has taken it upon himself to compile suggestions and improvements for the recently-launched Xbox One based on player feedback, launching a wishlist of fixes under the domain name XboxFeedback.<p>Software developer Ryan McCaffery created the unofficial, unaffiliated list of …

Microsoft: We're Working On Xbox One OS Problems

The Xbox One is an ambitious system. It wants to play your games, but it also wants to control your entertainment system and streaming video. It aims to jump seamlessly between those things, and to do as much of that as possible with voice and gesture commands. All of this relies on a rockstar …

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Call of Duty Online Robot Zombie Trailer Released (video)

The Chinese Call of Duty Online free-to-play game has received a new trailer from its creators this week revealing a new robot zombie mode which has …

More Evidence That The Samsung Galaxy S5 Will Feature A Metal Casing

We previously heard that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would come with a metal casing, Samsung are said to be changing from plastic to metal on the Galaxy S5 …

Apple Patents Face Recognition Tech For Enhanced iPhone Privacy And Automated Controls

Apple has been issued a patent by the USPO today (via AppleInsider) that describes a system for using facial recognition and detection on a mobile or desktop computing device. This could work a lot like the Android face unlock option, which has been criticized before for its fallibility, but is …

Darth Vader selfie launches Star Wars Instagram account

Star Wars has launched an official Instagram account by posting a selfie of Darth Vader.<p>A tweet told followers to subscribe to the Instagram page, saying: "It is useless to resist."<p>Two behind the scenes pictures from previous films have also been posted including one of the concept model of the …

Diablo 3 Lord of Terror and sword of Tyrael coming from NECA

Toymaker NECA is releasing two <i>Diablo 3</i>-themed items early next year: a deluxe action figure based on Diablo's appearance in the third game and a prop replica of El'Druin, the Sword of Justice.<p>The Diablo, Lord of Terror action figure stands 9 inches tall, with a tail that measures more than 12 …

Still looking for a PS4? This may help (or discourage) you

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>I’ll just come right out and say it: I was scared to preorder a next-gen console. I worried about wide-scale hardware failures, and despite the thousands of …