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A big part of Valve’s steamy vision of the future will be the ability to play full-fledged PC games on a relatively small living room machine, by streaming them to the Steam client from a main gaming PC in another room. (Much like Remote Play on the PS4 and Vita, or NVIDIA’s Gamestreaming from a PC …
Number Four is out today.
Today marks the release of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, the latest in Ubisoft's massive, complex, history-spanning series. While most fans will be rushing out to buy the game, some have taken to Assassin's Creed Confessions to disclose their deepest feelings about the games, especially regarding the series' four main characters thus far: Altair, a Third Crusade-era Arab; Ezio, a Renaissance Italian; Connor, an 18th century American Indian; and Black Flag's Edward, a Caribbean pirate.
Some of them are about fashion.
Others are about forbidden desires.
Come to think of it, a lot are about forbidden desires.
Mad Catz is no stranger to gaming keyboards of course, but it had yet to bring its S.T.R.I.K.E branding to the mobile market. That changes today, however, with the launch of the S.T.R.I.K.E.M, a keyboard specifically made for portable devices such as its own M.O.J.O micro console for Android. Like …
Many gamers are focused on the PS4 and Xbox One launches, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention a third that just took place: the Nintendo 2DS is now available in Australia, Europe and North America. US-based shoppers can buy black/blue and white/red models for $ 129. As a refresher, the system is …
Does the Los Santos PD really discriminate? The bizarre emergent racial dynamics in Rockstar’s billion-dollar blockbuster.
Grand Theft Auto V is, among many other things, the most immersive simulation of Southern California — and Los Angeles — ever created. And people on the internet have started to read into the game some of that region’s most vexed dynamics, particularly the relationship between police and people of color.
Franklin, one of the game's three playable characters, is black, and as the MacArthur fellow Mike Davis wrote in his seminal history of L.A., City of Quartz, “Since the early 1950s, the LAPD has been regarded by L.A.'s Black community as a redneck army of occupation.”
Dozens of tweets and forum posts, sampled below, detail how players believe that Franklin is treated differently from the other two, white, playable characters, by the Los Santos Police Department (the game's stand-in for the LAPD):
So, I was strolling down a boulevard, innocuous as any upstanding citizen, and suddenly, a white man begins assaulting me, making me flee as he pursued me with his frantic violence. Abruptly, I have 1 star – absolutely no reason besides the fact a citizen reported the situation and I was presumed the culprit… and the cops arrive. As I’m innocent, I raise my hands, knowing they'll understand, but they abruptly say 'HE HAS A WEAPON' whilst I'm unarmed, opening fire…..
2 minutes later, I'm running down an alley as eight LAPD cops are behind me, GUNS DRAWN, and I still have absolutely no clue as to why. “Is it because I am black? Is this what happens? They think I am immediately guilty? I am armed? I am a huge threat? I've done something?” I see an escape, a rooftop with a ladder up it, and I begin climbing, but the police murder me – shooting me in the back multiple times as an 'armed suspect'….. execution-style as I have my back to them.
I was driving around as Franklin and stopped at a gas station in a more rural part of town. Got out of my car, walked up to this white trash woman. The fella she was with punched her in the face, ran away, she looks at me, calls the cops. 1 star.”
If you’re a console gamer, you’ve got a tough choice ahead of you as both the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One are going on sale this November. Choosing which next-gen system to buy is no easy task — even for long time gaming diehards. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft wants you to buy its new hardware instead of a PS4, which is why the company is going to hit the road for its “One Tour.” The road trip kicks off on October 1st and runs through the end of the year, allowing people to try Xbox One for themselves at each stop.
Microsoft is revamping its Xbox Live Rewards this week to focus on currency over points. After killing off its Microsoft Points system recently, the company is now offering support for currency on Xbox 360. As part of the console update, the latest Xbox Live Rewards system now allows gamers to turn credits into cash and spend them at Xbox Stores. The currency gets added to a Microsoft Account, so it can be used to purchase apps and games on Xbox 360, Windows Phone, and Windows 8.
Renewing an Xbox Live Gold membership generates 3,000 Rewards Credits, and monthly surveys or building up a Gamerscore also contributes to the total. Once gamers reach 5,000 credits (equivalent to $ 5) the points will be converted into the local currency and…
It may not have FDA approval, but the noggin-shocking Foc.us headset recently passed through the FCC for certification. The unit utilizes transcranial direct-current simulation on the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is claimed to improve short-term memory and cognitive function. Currently pitched as a cranial performance enhancer for gamers, Bluetooth 4.0 low energy connectivity allows it to be controlled via a smartphone app. Snake oil or not, Foc.us is still set to ship this month, and you can relive out our weird and tingly experience with it in our hands-on.
Starting today, Limbo, the 2D side-scrolling game that both charmed and terrified us on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, is available for iOS devices. Dino Patti, the CEO of indie developer Playdead, tweeted the announcement about the game’s launch with a link to the iTunes store, and from early reviews, the iOS port doesn’t disappoint. Limbo tells the story of a young boy searching for his sister in an eerie monochromatic landscape; the game’s restrained visuals and minimalistic sound effects are guaranteed to haunt you long after you stop playing. Both new gamers and fans who’ve come to love Limbo on their consoles can get their scares on the go — for the price of $ 4.99 — by heading over to the source link below.
Many console gamers know the drudgery of entering a download code with a gamepad or keyboard. Now that Kinect is part and parcel of the Xbox One experience, however, they’ll always get to skip that step: Microsoft’s Marc Whitten has revealed that system owners can scan the codes with the Kinect camera. While this is really an extension of what the original Kinect can do — Kinectimals takes advantage of QR codes, for example — it should be a big help for gamers who’d rather be playing than typing.
Source: Marc Whitten (Twitter)