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    Xbox Exec Addresses Claims That Xbox Doesn’t Have Enough Exclusives This Year

    If you think Xbox is lacking in exclusive games this year, you’re not alone in feeling this way. Apparently, this sentiment is felt among most gamers, and a top Xbox executive has responded to this issue.

    In a recent interview with Game Informer, Xbox General Manager Shannon Loftis believes that 2017 has seen many Xbox exclusives and many more are on their way very soon. When asked about her take on this issue, Loftis stated: “In terms of exclusives, I’ve heard that rumor and I’m a little bit confused because we have a really good lineup this holiday.”

    Elaborating on her statement, Loftis claimed: “We’ve got the most popular game on the planet in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds–the Xbox console is going to be the only place where you can play that. We also have Forza Motorsport 7, which every single year reinvents the racing genre and basically owns racing in the video games industry.”

    Loftis was correct in acknowledging PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, available on PC, being the most popular game this year, which has over 2 million concurrent players. Xbox wants to capitalize on the game’s success by bringing the title to the Xbox One way ahead of the PS4. PUBG is expected to be released for the Xbox One by the end of this year.

    Touching upon other games exclusive to the Xbox One, Loftis states: “Plus all of our previous exclusives are getting Xbox One X enhancements as well. And then into 2018 we’ve got Sea of Thieves, we have Crackdown 3, and State of Decay 2. I think it’s pretty good – there’s a huge amount of experiences for people to have.” The most notable games getting an update for the Xbox One X belong to the Halo series, with the Halo: Master Chief Collection, Halo 5, and Halo Wars 2 getting improvements for the next-gen console.

    Do you think Xbox doesn’t have enough exclusives this year? What exclusives are you looking forward to in the coming year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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    Visceral Games, Studio Behind Dead Space Series, Gets the Axe From EA

    The future of the Dead Space series seems bleak after EA announced they will be shutting down Visceral Games. The studio was currently working on a new game set in the Star Wars universe which EA describes as “a story-based, linear adventure game.”

    Visceral Games is known for creating games such as the Dead Space series, Dante’s Inferno, Battlefield Hardline, as well as older games like 007: Agent Under Fire and The Godfather games. The original Dead Space was a hit, but unfortunately Dead Space 2 and 3 didn’t meet expectations in sales. Zach Wilson, a former level designer for Visceral Games, claimed Dead Space 2 cost $60 million to make and only sold 4 million copies.

    Touching upon the Star Wars game Visceral was working on for over three years, Executive Vice President of EA Patrick Söderlund stated in a recent blog post: “Throughout the development process, we have been testing the game concept with players, listening to the feedback about what and how they want to play, and closely tracking fundamental shifts in the marketplace. It has become clear that to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design.”

    The project is now in the hands of EA Vancouver, and rumors of the game switching from a single-player title to something entirely different have sprung up because of Söderlund’s comments.

    Are big budget single player games dying off? Is EA making a smart decision in closing Visceral Games? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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    Details Released: Latest Xbox One Update

    In case you haven’t turned on your console in the last day or two, a new update is live for the Xbox One. Xbox owners will see some changes to the dashboard and personalized settings, with some of these new features added just in time for the release of the Xbox One X. Here’s the full list Microsoft released on what we’ll see with this latest update:


    • You can now personalize your Home more than ever before by adding your favorite games, friends, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass and more to your Home screen with a new concept we call “blocks.”
    • Guide has been updated with several new features to quickly and conveniently get you where you want to go. For example, we’ve optimized navigation within tabs with new flyout menus, which enable you to smoothly dive into deeper levels of detail within Guide.
    • For those looking to upgrade to a console in the Xbox One family (including Xbox One X), we’ve refined console setup experience by enabling gamers to seamlessly transition their console settings, games and apps from their existing console through external hard drive back-up.
    • Alternatively, users can transfer their games and apps from their current console over their home network via network transfer. In addition, Xbox One X owners will now be able to capture up to 4K/HDR screenshots and game clips using GameDVR.
    • If your bandwidth supports a 1080p Mixer broadcast, we will now automatically upgrade it for your Xbox One family of devices. Also, you can now use a USB webcam to broadcast yourself alongside your gameplay on Mixer or simply group video chat with friends using Skype.

     

     

     

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    Some other changes players will see is the addition of two new languages in the Settings tab: Hebrew and Arabic.

    The most exciting new feature which allows you to transfer system settings and configurations to the Xbox One X, Microsoft’s upcoming console which the company has dubbed “The world’s most powerful console” ever released. The feature to capture game clips and screenshots in 4K is sure to please fans once they get their hands on the XB1X. The Xbox One X will be released November 7th.

    How are you liking the latest Xbox update? Will you be buying the Xbox One X? Let us know in the comments below.

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    7 Video Games That Ruined Friendships

    What’s more fun than playing video games? Playing video games with a friend! What’s not fun is when said friend decides to screw you over — turning an enjoyable experience into pure frustration. Whether pitted against one another or paired up as a team, someone will end up starting a fight during certain games. Here’s our list of the video games that ruin friendships.

    1. Goldeneye 007 (N64)

    The Nintendo 64 was made for multiplayer fun, and this FPS allowed you and your friends to engage in split screen deathmatches. The many hilarious cheats players could apply to matches (DK Mode and Paintball mode were the best) and the character selection appealed to fans of the game, except when someone picked Oddjob. Players will remember having to aim their sights lower since Oddjob was much shorter than any other characters in the game. Players went from laughing at the oversized heads to throwing their controllers after every death.

    2. Portal 2 (PC, Xbox 360)

    Valve’s sequel to the highly creative title Portal included a co-op mode, allowing players to share the fun in the mind-bending physics of the game. In co-op mode two players take on the role of robots P-Body and Atlas, and are tasked with working together to solve the many puzzles in each level. Success is based on whether you and your partner can cooperate, and most players hoped their so called “friend” wasn’t a total dunce and accidentally drops you in water, or refuses to simply open the door that’s in your way. Friendships we’re powerless against the game’s mechanics.

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    Microtransactions and Loot Boxes Are Becoming the Norm for New Video Games

    Microtransactions. Loot boxes. These words tend to disappoint most gamers when a new game is coming out. Remember the good old days where you had to earn new skins and weapons by simply playing the game? Sure, you had to put in the hours, but when you hit that level cap or completed the set requirements you were rewarded with some awesome new gear. Today, some of the biggest titles have some form of microtransactions implemented into the game itself. Battlefield 1, Overwatch, Forza Motorsport 7, and the upcoming Star Wars shooter, Battlefront II.

    Now, loot boxes and microtransactions aren’t entirely bad as this article might imply. It’s okay that players can purchase certain content if it doesn’t add an unfair advantage above other players. Things such player skins, icons, emotes, etc. are the type of content that most gamers would consider okay for purchase. The issue arises when games offer “pay to win” features that give players more powerful weapons and gear, essentially putting players who can’t afford these microtransactions at a disadvantage among other players.

    While the loot boxes in Overwatch offer only cosmetic content for each character, the chance of getting the exact skin or highlight intro you want is very slim. Now, you don’t need to buy loot boxes to get this content, you can simply level up by playing more matches. The problem is, even if you purchase loot boxes, there’s no guarantee you’ll get the skin you want. Loot boxes are a gamble, and any player who’s engrained in the game can easily get sucked into dishing out more cash on loot boxes.

    The game facing the most backlash for its addition of loot boxes is Battlefront II. These microtransactions are the fastest way for players to get their hands on the best and most powerful weapons in the game. Anyone who’s played the multiplayer beta earlier this month will tell you how difficult online matches are going to be. Imagine going up against other players who have way better equipment and powerups all because they can have more money than you.

    We all know the price of games is only going to increase, so wouldn’t it make sense to include more content in these expensive games? It’s no secret that game publishers are only trying to grow sales, and we as gamers understand that these companies need money to create more content. The truth is some game companies are hiding content behind a pay wall. It has become the norm for video games to include loot boxes and microtransactions, and gamers have become numb to this tactic by game companies. Some gamers are concerned, as it seems taht if you want to do well in an online game, you no longer need to have skill, you need a credit card.

    Do you agree that microtransactions and loot boxes are hurting video games? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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    2017’s Hottest Game: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Heading to Xbox Before PS4

    While Sony gets exclusive content for games such as the Call of Duty and Destiny series, the company couldn’t land the biggest game of the year. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be coming to the Xbox One way before PlayStation fans will be able to play the popular title on the PS4.

    Microsoft and the game’s creators, Bluehole, are currently discussing plans to bring PUBG to the Xbox One X, according to a report from Bloomberg. Supposedly there are plans to keep the game solely on the Xbox One for as long as possible. Exclusivity agreements typically consists of three-month terms, and if the report is true then Xbox could be the only console system to have PUBG available well into the middle of next year. Sony has also expressed interests in acquiring the title for the PS4, but there are no official agreements established between Sony and the game’s creators.

    Currently available for PC, PUBG has sold 13 million copies since it was released for Early Access this past March. The highly addicting multiplayer battle royale title has over 2 million concurrent players, and has already broken game sales records. The game’s unique take on multiplayer matches has led to its success. Pitting you against 99 other players online, your objective is to survive on an island and scavenge for weapons and vehicles to eliminate other players until there’s one last player standing the victor. The playable map area decreases in size over time, forcing the remaining players to engage in closer battles.

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    PUBG would boost sales for the Xbox One, and the timing couldn’t be a smarter move for Microsoft. A release of the game around the same time of many other anticipated titles coming out before the end of this year, those including Battlefront II and Call of Duty: WWII. Sony could still land an agreement to have PUBG on the PS4 much sooner than projected, but for that we’ll just have to wait and see.

    What do you think about Microsoft getting PUBG way ahead of Sony? Have you played PUBG yet? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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    Possible Gameplay Reveal at PlayStation Live from Paris This Month

    Paris Games Week is this month and Sony will be holding a PlayStation Live press event to commence the gaming conference, which is now in its eighth year.

    So far, Sony is the only company that has scheduled plans for the conference, and many people are expecting Sony to showcase some exciting new gameplay for upcoming games, along with any announcements of possible new hardware releases.

    Fans are hopeful that new footage from the upcoming God of War game is expected to be revealed. God of War is set to release early next year and throws everyone’s favorite warrior, Kratos, into the world of Norse mythology. We also expect to see some sneak peaks for games Days Gone, Death Stranding, and Detroit: Being Human.

    Another big game that’s sure to be showcased is Call of Duty: WWII, with new gameplay footage to be revealed. Sony and Activision have a close relationship with one another, and the PlayStation exclusive content for the Call of Duty series is one example of the two company’s close ties.

    We’re hoping that we can get more details revealed for The Last of Us 2, one of the most anticipated games for the PS4. It’s been four years since The Last of Us was released, and the game has seen extremely high reviews by gaming sites.

    The newly upgraded PSVR headset is also expected to be officially revealed during the conference.

    Whether any new upgrades to PlayStation consoles will be announced is up for speculation, but for now we’ll just have to wait and see. PlayStation Live will be livestreamed worldwide on Monday October 30th at 3:00 PM GMT.

    What do you think will be revealed at PlayStation Live? Will you be watching the livestream? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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    Unlike PlayStation, Microsoft Not Focused on VR Support for XB1X

    Virtual reality is slowly being integrated into the gaming world, but some companies haven’t hopped on the trend just yet. While PSVR is already available for the PS4, the Xbox One X isn’t expected to come out with a VR system anytime soon. Albert Penello, Senior Director of Product Management and Planning at Microsoft, believes VR isn’t a focus for the Xbox One X.

    In an interview with Wired, Penello explained the reason for not directing more focus toward VR development for the XB1X:

    “We learned with Kinect and the Wii that just translating a typical game experience to VR is not a winning strategy. It’s the oddball VR-specific stuff that makes it sing. It wasn’t something we wanted to distract developers with this year.”

    Microsoft’s competitor Sony has taken a different business approach with the release of PSVR last year. Not even a year passed when over 1 million PSVR units were sold by June of this year according to The Verge. Sony also recently announced an upgraded version of the PSVR headset, so it seems like PlayStation is moving fast with VR development.

    The Xbox One X, which will release next month, will be able to run certain games in 4K resolution. Penello mentioned that he wants the company to focus development on 4K support instead of VR. Microsoft wants to match the sudden rise in 4K TV sales expected to occur soon.

    VR is still not as popular as typical console gaming. Penello elaborated into this issue, stating: “There’s still a tonne[sic] of experimentation in VR.” Does he think VR is a viable consumer product? Penello thinks so, and believes that while there is an audience for VR support it’s not popular enough now to shift the Xbox team’s focus towards VR.

    The Xbox One X will be released November 7th. How do you feel about Microsoft’s decision to not prioritize VR support on the XB1X? Should Microsoft follow Sony and jump on the VR trend? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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    Sony Has No Plans on Making New Handheld Consoles

    Fans hoping for a new handheld console from Sony might be sadly disappointed. In an interview with Bloomberg, Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Andrew House reflected on the reception of previous handhelds such as the PSP and PS Vita.

    Andrew House has recently announced his departure from Sony by the end of this year. House has been with Sony for over 25 years.

    House mentioned how the PS Vita met success mainly in Asia, stating how “we have not seen [handheld gaming outside of Asia] as being a huge market opportunity.” Handheld consoles have typically been more successful in Asia, especially in Japan where the PS Vita has outsold the PS4, according to VGChartz.

    In the world of handheld gaming Nintendo typically sees more success than other gaming companies with the Switch currently at the top. When asked whether the Switch was hurting PS Vita sales, House offered his views on the issue:

    “The Nintendo device is a hybrid device and that’s a different approach and strategy […] The folks at Nintendo have their strategy and that’s great.”

    Others might agree with House since the Switch also allows console play. House considers the PS Vita and Nintendo Switch as two different game systems and not belonging in the same category.

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    Sony doesn’t seem phased by the declining sales for the PSP Vita and remain optimistic for the future, as House elaborated: “We remain focused around a highly connected gaming experience and also coupled with having a great range of other entertainment experiences so you can reach multiple people on the big screen in the household.”

    It looks like Sony wants to focus more on other bigger projects, one of these possibly being the PS5. Do you think Sony should make another handheld console? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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    XB1X Shipments Expected to Fall Short Compared to PS4 Pro

    In an interview with GamesTM, IDC Research Director for Gaming Lewis Ward predicted that PS4 Pro shipments will surpass those of the Xbox One X (XB1X).

    When asked how well the XB1X would do in the coming year, Ward stated:

    No, the XB1X won’t be enough for Microsoft to catch up. It should give PlayStation 4 Pro a run for its money in 2018 in the United States and the United Kingdom, however. I’m projecting about four million XB1X consoles shipped from Q4 2017 through the end of 2018, and about five million PlayStation 4 Pro consoles shipped in the same timeframe.

    The way shipments break down globally, however, that implies a very tight race in the United States and the United Kingdom.

    While Ward predicts the PS4 Pro will be more successful than the XB1X, four million units shipped wouldn’t be a flop for Microsoft. The gap in shipments between the two consoles would mimic sales from 2013 when the PS4 and Xbox One launched. A difference of one million units shipped separated the PS4 and Xbox One, with Sony’s console selling over 4 million while the Xbox One sold three million.

    Ward also addressed the price of the XB1X. Just like in 2013 for the Xbox One, Microsoft once again tagged a hefty price of $499 to the XB1X. Ward claims that while some people might find $499 a bit pricey, the technology built into the XB1X justifies the price. With a processor cooling system utilizing liquid vapor chambers along with other hardware “suggesting a retail price of $600.” Ward believes the XB1X is “a great deal.”

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    The Xbox One X will be released November 7th. Have you preordered the Xbox One X? Will you be buying the PS4 Pro or the Xbox One X? Let us know in the comments below.

     

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    Horror-Themed Games Added to PS Now for October

    Horror fans will be delighted to hear that the PlayStation Now service has 18 new games fit for October. Games ranging from suspenseful thrillers to gory zombie titles highlight this month’s list of games. PlayStation fans are sure to be pleased during the Halloween season.

    Most notable on this list is Dead Island Definitive Edition, the bloody open world survival horror title from developer Techland. Considered a spiritual predecessor to the highly successful Techland game Dying Light, the Dead Island Definitive Edition contains all the DLC along with a remastered version of both Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide.

    Get in the Halloween spirit with these new additions:

    • Dead Island Definitive Edition
    • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
    • SOMA
    • Deadlight: Director’s Cut
    • Divinity: Original Sin (Enhanced Edition)
    • Blood Bowl 2
    • The Swapper
    • Toukiden: Kiwami
    • The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition
    • Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed
    • Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut
    • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil
    • Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters: Daybreak Edition
    • Whispering Willows
    • Extreme Exorcism
    • Styx: Master of Shadows
    • Technomancer
    • Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders

    The PlayStation Now service allows players access to over 500 PS4 and PS3 games for a monthly subscription fee. The list of games is constantly growing with new titles added every month.

    Which games will you be playing from this list? What games do you want to see added to PS Now? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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    The Top 10 Best Gaming Tattoos

    For gamers, video games have been an exciting pastime, an enjoyable escape, and a passionate community for decades. However, video games are also now immersed in society — becoming a huge part of pop culture, which means more people are getting tattoos to show their love of gaming. Would you get inked with an homage to your favorite video game? Check out these top 10 gamers who did!

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    Crash Bandicoot is one of the most notable characters representing PlayStation. This awesome piece features the maniacal Doctor Neo Cortex and the hero himself, Crash. Let’s not forget those annoying TNT boxes.

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    Pokémon has become a household name since the games were first released back in 1996, and the franchise doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. This tattoo consists of first generation Pokémon with Bulbasaur (listed as #1 in the Pokedex) fittingly situated at the top.

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