Category: Console Gaming

Does The Xbox One Want Indie Developers?

Gamasutra on the XBox One and where it is targeted at: It is my belief that the Xbox One is primarily a device designed so corporations can have relationships with each other: Comcast and Microsoft and Activision Blizzard and the NFL. It is a device created by a company that venerates the creation of devices, and will come packed with services that sound good to companies that like to sell services to attractive demographic targets.

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Microsoft broke the wrong compatibility

Windows 8 has backwards compatibility with Windows 7, even though there was a brand new look of live tiles, user interface, and the look and feel of the hardware. Xbox One breaks compatibility with the Xbox 360, significantly reducing the usability of the gaming and media device out of the box. I wonder if Microsoft would have been in a better position at the end of 2013 if the Xbox One had the compatibility, and Windows 8 didn’t?

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That moment when a 3D games console is a good idea

One of those ‘something in my eye’ stories: I say I’m “mostly” stereoblind because despite my eyes’ poor grasp of trigonometry, the optical center of my brain seems to work just fine. I discovered this the first time I held a 3DS and played Pilotwings Resort. To be perfectly honest, I really didn’t expect much from the console. But clever readers have already noticed that my sight lines meet at just the right distance for holding a 3DS. After playing with the depth slider off for a few minutes, I slid it up out of sheer curiosity and saw something I

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Tom Watson… Defender of Modern Warfare

Proposed Amendment to EDM 2427: That this House notes that the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) gave the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 an 18 classification, noting that `the game neither draws upon nor resembles real terrorist attacks on the underground’; further believes that the game has an excellent user interface and challenges the gamers’ dexterity as well as collaborative skills in an outline setting; and encourages the BBFC to uphold the opinion of the public that whilst the content of video games may be unsettling or upsetting to some, adults should be free to choose their

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Let’s practice writing about #epicfails like Duke Nukem Forever… it’s fun!

I don’t think there’s any surprise that a PR company has been a bit heavy handed in their work around Duke Nukem Forever (Ars Technica and others), but being someone who’s done a fair bit of reviewing, can I remind everyone about the other side of the coin? Sometimes it’s a lot of fun for a writer to go all out on a poor game or application. There’s a certain artistry in composing a review of a really bad piece of code, a fine line between critique and crassness that needs to be walked. If the marketing people in the

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