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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Date: Thu, 28. August 2014 13:01:00
SternisheFan writes: I am not a "gamer," per se. I grew up on "old school" arcade/Atari-type games. My question is: What are the very best games to own? Let's assume platform is irrelevant — any console, any computer, any operating system, any mobile device. I'd just like to know what you think are the most indispensable games to have in your collection. Let's expand this to include board games and other tabletop games as well. What games do you make sure to always have on hand for get-togethers? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Microsoft aims to eliminate game patches with next-gen Xbox Live

Date: Wed, 6. November 2013 18:16:00
The best part about playing a game that?s always online: never wasting time waiting for a patch to download again. The worst part is trying to play a brand-new game?like SimCity or Diablo 3?that relies on online services, which tend to buckle when hundreds of thousands of players log in at once. ?Game launches are tough, man? said Microsoft?s John Bruno while giving a talk during GDC Next. ?Baaaad stuff happens.? Microsoft doubles down on multiplayer But that might be a thing of the past. Bruno?and, by extension, Microsoft?was in Los Angeles this week talking up Xbox Live Cloud Compute, the formal name of Microsoft?s now-infamous global network of remote servers that can be tapped by the upcoming Xbox One. Bruno works as Lead Program Manager on Xbox Live, and he?s quick to point out that you can disconnect your Xbox One console from the network if you want to?Microsoft was quick to allow for that after the public outcry that followed their E3 anouncement that the Xbox One was designed to be online all the time?but some next-gen games will be handicapped if you don?t allow them to connect to Microsoft?s Xbox Live servers. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Sony's PlayStation Now beta opens to all PS4 owners on July 31st

Date: Mon, 9. June 2014 22:17:00
While its E3 presser has mostly been about specific games like Little Big Planet 3 and Destiny, Sony has just given us a bit of good news about its game streaming service, PlayStation Now. Starting July 31st, all ...

Microsoft Closes PC Marketplace

Date: Fri, 16. August 2013 11:38:00
SmartAboutThings writes "Microsoft is definitely changing things in its gaming department: it has now announced in a support note on the Xbox site that it will be shutting down the PC Marketplace on August 22nd. This comes shortly after news that Microsoft hired former Steam boss Jason Holtman, whose mission at Redmond is to 'make Windows great for gaming.' The Microsoft Points system will be retired on August 22nd as well. The Games for Windows Live client software will not be affected, at least initially, letting you play previously purchased games." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg Believes ESports 'Could Be A Big Part Of Gaming' Moving Forward (Q

Date: Sun, 17. February 2013 13:01:14
Activision Blizzard is making news today with its first official details on Destiny, the first new original game franchise from Bungie since it launched Halo into pop culture. While it?s too early to tell what, if any, impact Destiny multiplayer could have on the eSports scene, Treyarch has dedicated a lot of time and money into Call of Duty: Black Ops II specifically for pro gaming. And Blizzard Entertainment has focused on eSports with StarCraft II, which is one of the top global eSports games behind Riot Games League of Legends.

Activision Is Reportedly Spending Half a Billion on a Single Game

Date: Tue, 6. May 2014 11:29:26
Activision is making a half-billion-dollar bet on a single video game. At a Los Angeles conference last week, CEO Bobby Kotick said that his company would pour $500 million into Destiny, an upcoming massively multiplayer online first-person shooter being developed for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360. The game comes from…

New Zealanders first to own Xbox One

Date: Thu, 21. November 2013 20:05:03
A New Zealander become the first person in the world to officially own an Xbox One Friday, saying he was immediately retreating to his lounge for five days to play the console. International time zones meant New Zealand was the first country to launch the highly anticipated Microsoft console at midnight Friday (1100 Thursday GMT), with about 1,000 people gathering at a glitzy function on the Auckland waterfront. Gamer Dan Livingstone won a competition to receive the first Xbox One, which had been "under guard" in the shark tank of an Auckland aquarium for a week before the launch, encased in a waterproof perspex box. Staff at the Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium said no staff had lost any fingers or toes retrieving the console, which Livingstone said was the first thing he had ever won.

Would Microsoft be better off without Xbox?

Date: Sun, 29. December 2013 12:30:00
Some have suggested that Microsoft sell off its Xbox franchise as a way to cut losses and eliminate a distraction from more important things, but the video game console is an important part of the company?s overall plan going forward. Xbox is one of four devices named by CEO Steve Ballmer as part of his One Microsoft vision (the others are PCs, tablets, and phones) and is important for tying entertainment (Ballmer calls it ?serious fun?) into Microsoft?s overall vision. ?Interactivity takes engagement and makes things serious; it really requires differentiated hardware, apps and services,? he says in a July memo outlining Microsoft?s mission. But one estimate puts Xbox losses at $2 billion, and an analysis of the hardware costs indicate Microsoft sells the gaming device on a razor thin margin. Profitability is hard to gauge given that Xbox results are lumped in on the balance sheet with Android phone royalties, Skype, and Windows Phone. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft releases list of Xbox One launch titles ? 23 games in all

Date: Tue, 20. August 2013 22:30:38
This is a big week for video games with the annual Gamescom conference having just kicked off, and Microsoft is among the companies in attendance. The firm made several announcements as the launch of its next-generation Xbox One video game console draws near, but perhaps the most exciting for eager gamers was the complete list of launch titles that will be available in November when the Xbox One finally hits store shelves. The complete list of 23 titles follows below. Assassin?s Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft) Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision) Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios) Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft) FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts) Fighter Within (AMA

Huge Titanfall update could bring 1080p gameplay

Date: Tue, 11. March 2014 18:15:42
We?ve been reading a lot about pixels lately, as they pertain to new video game consoles from Sony and Microsoft. This game is true 1080p, that game isn?t true 1080p, the other game is 1080p on one console but not on the other? it?s all a bit tedious for outsiders, but it?s obviously an issue for hardcore gamers. And rightfully so ? suggesting 1080p doesn?t offer any advantage over lower-resolution gaming is akin to suggesting 720p video is just as clear as 1080p video. When it comes to the Xbox One?s biggest title to date, the bad news is that Titanfall definitely does not support native 1080p right now. As it turns out, however, there may be some good news

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