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Gears of War's new developer is making 'massive progress'

Gears of War developer Black Tusk Studios is making "massive progress" on an unspecified project, according to a tweet from head of Xbox Phil Spencer this week.<p>In a subsequent response to a question asking, "How good does it look?" Spencer implied that the team is getting more adept with the Xbox …

The 3DS 2014 report card: Games carry the day

The 3DS has plenty of swagger.<p>After a slow start, Nintendo’s portable console has had its share of great years since it launched in 2011. 2013, for example, gave us notable 3DS games like Fire Emblem Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and Pokémon X and Y. However, 2014 was even better for the …

See all 48 shiny mega-evolutions in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

<i>Pokémon Omega Ruby</i> and <i>Alpha Sapphire</i> launched last Friday, promising new Shiny Mega-Evolutions for its bestiary. This 20-minute video shows off all of their animations.<p>Players are already entitled to a Shiny Beldum holding a Mega Stone, thanks to an in-game distribution that began with the game's …

1982 Mitsubishi Minicab Kei Van

This 1982 Mitsubishi Minicab looks and sounds to be in pretty good condition, and though the relatively large Rota-made banana spoke wheels and …

The Xbox One controller went through 200 prototypes

Microsoft's 35-strong hardware design team built over 200 Xbox One controller prototypes before reaching the final iteration.<p>In an interview with MCV today, design lead Carl Ledbetter talked about the work that went into perfecting the final hardware box and controller, over a three-year period. …

Halo team apologizes for The Master Chief Collection woes, pledges to 'make this right'

Since <i>Halo: The Master Chief Collection</i> was released on Xbox One on Nov. 11, the game has been hampered by matchmaking issues, making what was supposed to be a celebration of the Halo franchise a less than ideal experience for its fans. Nearly two weeks in, the game's issues have resulted in …

Grand Theft Auto V - How to Make Millions From Stock Market Assassinations - GTA 5 - IGN Video

IGN goes over the best way to make the biggest profits in GTA 5, and how the system has changed in the update from PS3 / 360 to PS4 / Xbox One. For …

The future of homework is … video games

For many students, the mention of homework evokes a sense of dread. Ask any parent and chances are they, too, have a strong opinion about the value of homework.<p>Educators and researchers are divided on the issue. In the last decade, an emphasis on standardized tests has become much more prevalent, …

Evolve’s Storytelling Is Subtle, Slow, and for Solo Players - IGN First

Learning while lonely.<p>Evolve, like Turtle Rock Studios’ Left 4 Dead, communicates its story in subtle ways -- so much so, that it’s easier to access, …

Tech startup Overdog raises $1.8M to improve Xbox One matchmaking

If you don’t go online with a group of friends, you’ll usually end up in multiplayer matches with strangers and people you probably don’t want to talk to. One startup is trying to fix that.<p>Overdog is a new company that is priming to launch a new app on Xbox One that will match you up with people …

Microsoft is giving away free games, movies and more for Xbox One's first birthday

Some Xbox One early adopters are going to get a bunch of free goodies from Microsoft as the console celebrates its first anniversary this weekend. Microsoft is giving away free movies, themes, games and consoles to its more dedicated fans.<p>To celebrate the Xbox One's birthday on Nov. 22, Microsoft …

EA reckons Xbox One is 'catching up quickly' to PS4

Game publishers have a huge stake in the success of hardware companies, generally rooting for high sales across a fairly even spectrum of relevant competitors.<p>So Electronic Arts doesn't have much to gain from one console company resoundingly beating another. Too much power in the hands of any …

Wal-Mart got scammed into selling PS4 consoles for $90 (update)

Customers have used Wal-Mart's price-matching promotional in order to purchase $400 PlayStation 4 consoles for a fraction of the retail price using third-party sellers on Amazon.com, CNBC reports.<p>Earlier this month, the retailer announced it would begin a price-match promotion with select online …

NCsoft unveils 'Project HON'

At the G-Star 2014 show in Korea, NCsoft has unveiled a new mecha third-person-shooter called Project HON (with “HON” standing for “<b>H</b>umanoid robot <b>O</b>n <b>N</b>euro-control”). Unlike NCsoft’s previous games this is much more of a direct action title. It’s also using Unreal Engine 4 and is expected to be …

How Minecraft looks with realistic graphics

This animation of a realistic version of <i>Minecraft,</i> created in Blender by YouTuber Flashcode, prompted the following responses from my kids, ages 4, 8 and 10.<p>8yo: "Is this a real game?"<p>10yo: "No, idiot. But it's nice."<p>4yo: "Awesome."<p>It's a short film, in which Steve encounters a Skeleton, but …

WWE 2K15 video zones in on bitter rivalries

Coinciding with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launches of <i>WWE 2K15</i> tomorrow (Nov. 18) here's a short and interesting "making of" video from publisher 2K Sports. The video focuses on <i>WWE 2K15</i>'s focus on competitor animosities which tells the stories of rivals like John Cena and CM Punk as well as …

WWE 2K15’s MyCareer mode trumps its other frustrations (review)

<i>Check out our Reviews Vault for past game reviews.</i><p><i>Take a loot at our MyCareer guide if you need help making a monstrous wrestler.</i><p>When it comes to making an entrance, the WWE knows a thing or two. Of course, for its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One debut, it can’t exactly rely on pyrotechnics or smoke.<p>The …

GTA Online transfers won't work unless you logged in during 2014 (correction)

Rockstar is now "urgently" investigating a technical problem that is preventing a number of <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> users from transferring their profiles to the newly released PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game, according to its latest support update.<p>This issue appears to be affecting those …

A Gift Guide For The Core Gamer Who Wants It All

Do you like games? Do you also like playing them, regardless of surroundings, access to power, Wi-Fi or a clean water supply? We’ve got you covered, with a list of must-haves for those who’d rather play in virtual worlds than exist outside them.<p>Strap in and prepare your hands with ample stretching, …

Content Update For 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' Coming 11/19, Addresses Matchmaking And Bugs [Delayed]

<b>UPDATE</b>: Unfortunately, this content update has been delayed to “later in the week.” Courtesy of the Halo Waypoint thread: <i>“This week’s content update, which was originally scheduled for release this Wednesday, 11/19, will now be releasing later this week to allow for additional fixes, as well as the</i> …

Content Update Coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Look out for an upcoming update.<p>343 Industries has announced that a content update is currently undergoing testing and certification.<p>The update will …

There is no substitute for the Dodge Viper TA 2.0

It burns so good.<p>Now it can be told: the Dodge Viper TA 2.0 was a relatively late addition to the PCOTY roster. Our experience with the TA 1.0—can we call it that now that there's a 2.0?—during the "Misfits" test earlier this year indicated that the latest iteration of Dodge's super snake is still …

Sports Cars

5-Speed Six Liter: 1988 AMG Hammer Widebody Coupe

This 1988 Mercedes Benz 300CE was converted to AMG Hammer spec from new, and though it’s not clear which of the model’s two “base” V8’s it was …

Pagani launches in China with Huayra Dinastia edition

<b>UPDATE:</b> <i>Pagani already has a local dealer in Hong Kong which covers that local market. The text below has been updated accordingly.</i><p>The Zonda may have put Pagani on the map, but it was only sold in certain markets. The US, for example, wasn't one of them, but with the introduction of the Huayra, the …

Watch a Koenigsegg One:1 race a Volvo semi truck

Don't bring a semi to a hypercar fight.<p>British gearhead TV personality Tiff Needell has participated in some oddball races in his career. This one is an absolute head-scratcher: Needell behind the wheel of a Volvo FH big rig, lining up against Koenigsegg's Bugatti-beating One:1 hypercar. Wait, what?<p>…

Meet The Man That Modified The Cars For 'Furious 7': Video

By now you’ve almost certainly seen the first trailer for <i>Furious 7</i> in which a number of the cars starring in the new movie were teased. Now you can …