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Fly Or Die: Sony PlayStation 4

The console wars are in full swing, and no contender is more focused on the pure gaming experience as the PS4.<p>Sony’s next-gen PlayStation is not like the Xbox One, which is leaning more toward the media console space than ever before. Instead, the PS4 is built squarely for the gaming enthusiast.<p>The …

Predicting The Biggest Video Game Disaster Of 2014: The Elder Scrolls Online

As we head into 2014, it’s an exciting year for gaming with a number of huge, potentially fantastic titles on the horizon from Titanfall to Destiny to Watch Dogs to The Division and many, many more.<p>But I have a bad feeling about one upcoming title, one that’s never really made sense to me from the …

Kinect Completely Ruins Need for Speed on Xbox One

I have the need. The need for smarter voice control in my videogames.<p>So I'm sitting in my living room with a friend, and he's playing Need for Speed …

Looking back: Unity of Command

Tomislav Uzelac has always had ambition. Not grand delusions of fame and fortune, but the steady and workmanlike desire to create something big. At university that meant reverse-engineering the new international audio standard, the MP3. His graduate thesis became the engine behind Winamp. But the …

One man has spent over $3,000 on Steam Holiday badges

Meet PalmDesert, a Steam power user who just spent $3,160 on Steam Holiday cards. The level 260 Steam user reached level 1,000 on the Snow Globe from …

Why Microsoft didn't ditch the Xbox One's disc drive

Microsoft considered creating a version of the Xbox One without a disc drive, head of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer told the Official Xbox Magazine U.K.<p>Microsoft was still discussing the alternate version of the next-gen console as recently as mid-2013.<p>"Obviously, after the announcement and E3, …

[Updated] Gaming PC Form Factors Continue To Shrink With Velocity Micro's SmallBlock

<i>UPDATE: I’ve received a detailed email from Velocity Micro CEO Randall Copeland explaining the differences between SmallBlock and the Lian-Li Q27, of which there are many. “First and foremost,” Copeland says, “the Q27 is sold as a bare chassis, and is not designed to be populated with the weight of</i> …

Microsoft Debated Removing Xbox One's Disc Drive - IGN Video

Microsoft has revealed there was discussion about removing the Xbox One's disc drive, making the console digital-only.

Why a realistic Los Santos in GTA 5 would be unconvincing

The setting of <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i>, Los Santos, feels real and convincing to players largely because it is far from real, according to Rockstar North art director Aaron Garbut in an interview with Edge.<p>The sprawling Los Santos that Rockstar North created in <i>GTA 5</i> bears a strong resemblance to the city …

Handy information: Porn is more popular on PlayStation 4 than Xbox One

If it has a screen and access to the World Wide Web, people will use it to watch pornography.<p>This is true for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 home gaming consoles as well. Although it turns out that far more people with the latest Sony console are watching adult films than their Microsoft-owning …

EA login servers experience DDoS attack, Origin offline (update)

An online group or person going by the name DERP claims that it is currently attacking EA's login servers, taking Origin down and preventing players from accessing the digital distribution's services.<p>At the time of writing players can't log in to the service, play EA games on various platforms …

Classic Fallout Games Will Soon Return to Steam

Removed due to licensing issues.<p>Fallout developer Bethesda has confirmed it is working to return classic titles in the franchise to Steam following …

Valve could've been successful just doing Half-Life

In an interview with The Washington Post, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell described the company's inner workings which have been the topic of discussion …

Eldritch creator's post-mortem discusses Steam Greenlight, beta tests

In a post-mortem of his Lovecraftian adventure <i>Eldritch</i> posted to his personal website, developer David Pittman shared the successes and woes encountered during the title's development, including thoughts on publishing through Steam and how to run a soft launch.<p>According to Pittman, getting your …

Xbox One gamers watch porn longer than PlayStation 4 owners

Gamers are just as red-blooded as the rest of the world. They have needs, and sometimes they use their gaming systems to fulfill those desires. Nothing wrong with that.<p>Yesterday, GamesBeat reported that three times as many PlayStation 4 owners signed up for accounts with adult website SugarDVD than …

Nintendo and Square Enix changed revealing clothing in Bravely Default for Western release

Nintendo is getting all bashful and covering up some skin on a couple of characters in the Square Enix role-playing game Bravely Default.<p>Bravely Default, which is out now in Europe and due Feb. 7 in North America, saw a small number of changes to tone down some of the game’s sexuality, as first …

Microsoft's Xbox One Almost Went Entirely Disc-less After E3

Microsoft was scrambling in the wake of E3 to alter the Xbox One after a wave of negative feedback about the company’s policies regarding the system. According to a new OXM interview (via Gamasutra) with Microsoft Studios general manager Phil Spencer, one radical idea was seriously …

Burnout studio founders leave Electronic Arts to 'start afresh' with new game company

The top two people at Burnout developer Criterion Games have left to form their own company.<p>Criterion creative director Alex Ward and studio director Fiona Sperry exited the studio this morning (as first spotted by Polygon). The pair will continue working together at a new, unnamed gaming …

Gabe Newell on hiring modders: official credentials have no 'predictive value'

For Valve's Gabe Newell, a person's degree or list of credentials isn't always the best predictor of how successful an employee they will be, according to his recent interview with The Washington Post.<p>In response to a question about the company's penchant for hiring mod makers, Newell said he …

Battlefield 4 spotlights EA's inability to launch games, treat players with dignity

There is no sin greater in gaming than wasting the player’s time.<p>We can earn more money, we can buy more games, we can forget about the bad experiences playing certain titles, but time is irreplaceable. Once spent, it can never be returned.<p>If nothing else, <i>Battlefield 4</i> has wasted the time of many, …

The Young Tradition: Oberlin 1968 – review

Along with the first lineup of the Watersons, the Young Tradition were the most remarkable British unaccompanied vocal folk group of the 1960s. Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood and Heather Wood dressed like the rock stars of the era, were witty entertainers, and reworked British (and occasionally …

Music for Little Hipsters, now available at Starbucks

Growing up, my dad would spin Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel albums on car rides and pre-Internet quiet time at home, and that’s where the …

David Bowie Thinks Lorde Is the Future

They held hands and discussed it recently<p>Just about everyone fell for Lorde and her infectious debut <i>Pure Heroine</i> last year, including one David Bowie.<p>…

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What Is the Best Double LP of All Time?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll<p>Pop acts have been releasing double albums since Bob Dylan's <i>Blonde on Blonde</i> in 1966. There have been countless …

Music

2014: The Year We Stop Arguing About the Death of Punk

Every few years, someone comes along claiming ownership of their own little corner of music and raining down strident rhetoric on anyone who dares …

More Than $1 Million Worth of Weed Was Sold on the First Day of Legalization in Colorado

Move over California and Amsterdam; stoners might have a new Kush Capital. According to 9NEWS, more than $1 million worth of marijuana was sold on …

The lie that won’t die: “We don’t know enough about marijuana!”

Drug warriors insist we still don’t know enough about its possible therapeutic properties. It’s simply not true<p>Speaking recently with the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, UCLA professor and former Washington state "pot czar" Mark Kleiman implied that we as a society are largely ignorant when it comes to the …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates<p>Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her …