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Windows 10 is coming to 190 countries this summer

Windows 10 is coming this summer, Microsoft has announced.<p>The company's next major version of Windows, which skips a version number (the last major …

Microsoft's Xbox One message: Kinect is dead, long live exclusives

Microsoft came out swinging with the first press conference at Gamescom, and the news certainly showed some interesting insight into the company's latest Xbox One strategy.<p>We've talked about how Microsoft has basically admitted that the competition has put it on the ropes, and this is what it looks …

The Console War Is Over: The PC Already Won

Despite a declining overall PC market, gaming systems are alive and well. So alive, in fact, that the PC gaming segment is already twice the size of the console gaming market – and growing. A report just released by John Peddie Research (JPR) claims that the PC gaming market will tip $21.5B this …

Sony re-wrote its E3 PS4 script after seeing the response to Xbox One, says Andrew House

After seeing the negative response to Microsoft's Xbox One launch, Sony's Andrew House re-wrote some of the script that would later be used during the company's PlayStation 4 presentation at E3 2013, he revealed during this year's Develop conference.<p>According to the Sony Computer Entertainment …

Reviewing Digital Storm's Vanquish II Gaming PC -- Better Than DIY?

I’ve been a proponent of do-it-yourself PC building for years. One gets a very tangible sense of accomplishment from the cumulative process of bringing your own PC to life, from the research to the actual assembly of components. It’s rewarding and even cathartic. But I’m also an advocate for …

Minecraft: how a change to the rules is tearing the community apart

The creator of gaming phenomenon Minecraft has changed the rules for online multiplayer servers. Will the blocky world come tumbling down?<p>For the past few years, Gregory Bylos has been doing pretty well out of Minecraft. His company, Mineplex, runs a server network for fans of the massively …

Game of Thrones has burnt down most of its own structure, and that's a risky move

<i>Game of Thrones</i> has always been a show that delights in rewriting its own rules, even to the point of creating new ways to think about the profitability of television as a whole.<p><i>Incoming, massive, Game of Thrones spoilers</i><p>We were originally sold on a show led by a honorable hero who followed his …

Can Electronic Arts make a 'Battlefield' game that works?

I stopped playing <i>Battlefield</i> this year. Why did I stop playing the massively popular first-person shooter? Because it <b>never</b> works when it launches. For those who haven't experienced the promise and defeat of a <i>Battlefield</i> launch, it goes as such:<p>A multiplayer beta precedes the launch, often by a slim …

PS4 debut for next-gen GTA V is kick in Microsoft's teeth

In arguably the worst-kept gaming secret of the last 12 months, an upgraded version of Rockstar's most recent crime saga <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> was …

Everything We Know About Athena in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

A human among killers.<p>Borderlands is full of murderers, sociopaths, and homicidal robots. But despite that wealth of...<i>colorful</i> characters, one of …

The Order 1886 PS4 Gameplay

How to End Video Games' Bullying Problem: Change the Games

Might the macho, unfeeling heroes of the most popular games be encouraging players' abusive, sexist, and racist behavior towards one another?<p>The claim that video games cause young boys to be violent or abusive has been largely discredited. But it speaks the truth loudly when reversed: Video games …

The Game That Conquered the World

What is the appeal of Minecraft? It’s the limitless creation of one’s own reality.<p>For lack of anything better to do, I tear up a vegetable patch. Thrash, thrash, goes my club of a right arm: green matter flies, satisfyingly. With a <i>pop!</i> a large carrot appears in my hand––so now I’m armed. I mount …

'Internet of Things' network connects parking spaces and smartwatches

British company Arqiva has revealed plans for a low-power, battery-preserving network to connect up smart devices in 10 UK cities next year.<p>Smartwatches, smoke alarms and parking spaces will soon be talking to each other over a new network designed for the "Internet of Things".<p>British telecom …

Internet of Things

Photographs That Capture The Secret Adventures Of ‘Star Wars’ Figurines

<b>Photographer</b> Carlos Sisi takes pictures of his <i>Star Wars</i> figurines in a wide variety of settings.<p><b>The atmosphere</b> in these photographs really fires up …