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Xbox E3 2014: Microsoft is very happy you told them to stop doing everything they were doing

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The corporate realities of the videogame industry operate on massive, mega, epochal levels. Release dates are planned out years in advance. New brands are built carefully over the course of years, with the implicit promise that they could run for decades. You could think of the major videogame companies as giants, skyscraper-size creatures who move at their own pace. Or you could think of them as creatures out of an HP Lovecraft story, unthinkable many-headed monstrosities who live in cross-dimensional space dreaming up new nightmares. Either way, it’s hard to imagine that the events of a single day can change everything.

But one year ago today, Microsoft woke up on top of the world, and then everything got ruined. Or maybe they ruined everything. Hard to say: Their media presentation was shaky enough, what with the rape-joke controversy and the backpedaling insistence that the Xbox One’s Orwellian Always-On requirement wasn’t a requirement, just a suggestion for cool people who aren’t lame. But then a few hours later, Sony basically made the subject of their presentation: “Here’s why we aren’t Microsoft.” The PlayStation 4 let you play any games you wanted to play. The Playstation 4 was a videogame console built for videogames, not for weird tie-ins to ESPN. Above all else, the PlayStation 4 was a hundred dollars cheaper. READ FULL STORY

E3 preview: The biggest games and hottest topics

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This week, the videogame industry convenes in Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, a days-long venue for showing off the biggest games of this year, next year, and all the years to come. This will be the first E3 in years unencumbered by new consoles, which means that the focus will be back on the games — most of them with familiar titles, although there are also some glossy originals.

But this will also be a big year for new hardware, with Virtual Reality tech that could wind up defining the future of interactivity. Let’s take a look at the biggest titles and key talking points going into this year’s E3, all of which will be rendered completely unimportant should Sony announce a release date for The Last Guardian. READ FULL STORY

New 'Mortal Kombat' coming next year: Watch the gruesome trailer -- VIDEO

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Just when you thought the violence on last night’s Game of Thrones was rough, Ed Boon, co-creator of Mortal Kombat, confirmed that there will be a new installment of the popular fighting game. The new release, Mortal Kombat X, will be available in 2015.

The announcement was made via Twitter at 6:01 a.m. today and has since been retweeted more than 2,000 times. Shortly thereafter, Boon also tweeted a link to the trailer, which features two lead characters, Scorpion and Sub-Zero, fighting to the death. The result? Almost two minutes of adrenaline-infused, hyper-masculine, fist punching, bone breaking, and blood-spewing action, all set to Wiz Khalifa’s “Can’t Be Stopped.” READ FULL STORY

PlayStation 4's 'The Order: 1886': First look at exclusive history/mythology mashup game

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If you’ve played a video game shooter recently, you probably locked and loaded behind the bullet-spraying skills of a super-soldier, space marine, or some zombie-hating hero tasked with saving the world, galaxy, or suburbs. And while The Order: 1886 – the hotly-anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive — also packs plenty of opportunities to empty ammo clips and pile corpses high, its fresh take on the genre aims to engage the imagination as much as the trigger finger.

Crazy-ambitious and highly cinematic, The Order presents an intriguing mash-up of alternate history, Arthurian legend, and Victorian-era London; toss in some supernatural baddies, an arsenal of steampunk-y weapons, charming Brit accents, and lots of epic facial hair, and the interactive action-adventure almost looks like a better fit for a summer blockbuster or high concept TV drama than a video game. READ FULL STORY

'Watch Dogs' review: The most anticipated game of 2014 is... a pretty good shooter

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Watch Dogs is okay. It’s set in Chicago, represented as an open-world dystopic Ameritropolis. Watch Dogs‘ Chicago is boring compared to Grand Theft Auto V‘s Los Santos, but it feels accurately boring, its banality an actual choice. The GTA games are all atmosphere — what the marketing team would term “attitude”– and so every street corner of every GTA feels like the infrastructural analogue of a poster you put on your wall freshman year. Watch Dogs is the plain white wall behind that poster: Muted colors, murky characters, a vigilante known only as “The Vigilante.” The central plot is an incoherence: You’re a hacker activist anarchist superhero fighting the mob and the government and the big corporation and all criminals everywhere. READ FULL STORY

YouTube is buying Twitch for all the money

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Back in 2006, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion, a move that confirmed YouTube as the source of all things video-related on the Internet. (At eBaum’s World, this event is referred to as “The Apocalypse.”) The great wheel of capitalism spins ever forward, and so Variety reports that YouTube is planning to buy Twitch for more than $1 billion. “What is Twitch?” you might be asking. “Is that what the kids are all about nowadays, twitching and tweeting and tumbling?” READ FULL STORY

'Halo 5': Master Chief's next chapter gets a name and release window

Following last summer’s teaser footage of a hooded Master Chief braving the desert, Halo fans have been clamoring for any info regarding the Spartan’s next alien-thwarting adventure. Well, the wait for fresh intel ends now, as Microsoft and Chief’s handlers at 343 Industries have revealed the name and release window for the upcoming entry in the popular sci-fi first-person shooter franchise. READ FULL STORY

Marvel superheroes suit up for 'Disney Infinity' sequel -- VIDEO

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Following the success of last summer’s Disney Infinity — a magical mash-up of collectible toys and interactive adventures — the House of Mouse is readying a sequel. Officially dubbed Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, the “2.0 Edition” once again lets fans bring plastic playthings to in-game life by placing them on a portal-like peripheral. This time, however, Disney’s pretty princesses and playful pirates are taking a backseat to Marvel’s iconic line-up of day-savers and do-gooders.

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Videogame of Thrones: Watch 'Game of Thrones' credits get a 'Super Mario' makeover

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All men must die — unless you’re Mario and you get all the way to the castle to save Princess Peach. But the only way to find her is to follow the pixelated map, which has been given a whole new look (and sound) thanks to YouTube user NicksplosionFX’s latest video: A Super Mario makeover of the cartographic Game of Thrones credits.

Complete with an 8-bit version of the GoT theme song, the video painstakingly re-creates the Super Mario map in the vein of the HBO hit. Below, find the video, along with a side-by-side comparison of the original credits and the videogame version: READ FULL STORY

Kevin Spacey stars in new 'Call of Duty,' makes Frank Underwood seem like a pushover

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“People don’t want freedom. They want boundaries, rules, protection — from invaders and from themselves. People need a leader who can give them both the support and the constraints to keep chaos at bay. You give them that and they’ll follow. And that’s where I come in.”

As far as presidential addresses, it’s not exactly Lincolnesque or Jeffersonian — but then that’s not exactly what Kevin Spacey is going for in the first trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. In fact, he might not even be a president; he sounds more like a corporate schemer from the military-industrial complex, like Giovanni Ribisi’s character in Avatar – swathed in Frank Underwood relish.

It’s somewhat perfect to have Spacey starring in the new Call of Duty, since his House of Cards character is such a fan of first-person shooters. The new game’s slogan, “power changes everything,” also playfully blends the two brands and characters. I’m in. Lock and load.

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

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