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What Happened to EA?
by David Hook (HooksaN) on October 24, 2014
Preview: Why Fantasia is awesome
by Rachel on October 24, 2014

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It is my firm conviction that Microsoft are the most exciting tech company in the world. From powerhouse software suites like Office, a globally recognised OS in Windows, and of course, the amazing gaming experiences of Xbox, Microsoft are a company that impresses in every aspect of modern life.

Those who know me on twitter (@MSFTY), know that regardless of being an unyielding Microsoft fan, I will always advocate the solutions I believe are best for individuals. Would I recommend a Windows Phone to a teenager desperate to fit in with access to the latest apps and trend-setting games? Most likely not. Would I recommend a Surface Pro 3 512gb core i7 to someone who wants a casual laptop for simple browsing and word processing? Unless they were swimming in $$, again, probably not.

Despite foibles, there is an untapped wealth of benefits to being on board the Microsoft ecosystem, many of which are incredibly complex to explain succinctly. To get the most out of your tech life, I believe strongly that it is most efficient to stick with one ecosystem only. I believe that Microsoft has by far the best over-all.

In this article I will be discussing my experiences with Xbox, Lumia and Surface, and the cloud-powered services which enhance my professional and personal life!
Xbox One users finally got themes in their most recent update. But we may be waiting slightly longer for the capability to take and share screen shots.

It IS coming, and it's been long requested on the feedback.xbox.com forums, UserVoice.

In an interview with IGN , Overlord Spencer said that the December update won't include the screenshot function, in an effort to dial things back a little over the holiday season when people will be getting their new consoles, so as not to overwhelm new users.

Read more...
Resident Evil is a pretty prolific game. Spanning three generations of consoles, TWENTY FOUR games and almost TWENTY YEARS (holy hell, where did the time go?! I remember being a wee nipper playing Resident Evil on the Playstation!!).

After an announcement in September at Gamescom, news of Resident Evil Revelations 2 began filtering through the news grape-vine, making it the twenty fifth game under the Resident Evil umbrella. Geddit. Umbrella. Resident Evil... Umbre..lla... Never mind...

Hit the jump for information.

What Happened to EA?

by David Hook (HooksaN) on October 24, 2014
I’m a 35 year old gamer, and that means several things;

- I owned singles on records and cassettes.

- I played the Atari 2600 when it was new.

- But most importantly, I remember Electronic Arts being a really classy and well-respected developer.

Electronic Arts was set up way back in 1982 (research-tastic!) and in the early days they didn’t just have a commitment to gaming; they actually had a Manifesto. It made it clear that they wanted to create great games that would entertain and bewitch a generation. They weren’t prepared to compromise on quality or take short cuts.

These were guys that got into the business because of their love of all things tech and gaming …and it showed.

So what happened that made EA go from a name universally loved by all gamers to “Worst Company in America 2012 & 2013”?
New 343 Industries employee, Michael Cavanaugh, has perhaps had a bit of boo-boo.

The Prima Games Author and e-Sports Halo Coach has recently joined the developers for the Sci-fi Franchise’s next outing.

He has stirred up some controversy today by tweeting a picture which resulted in some hefty speculation.

Read of for full details because: Halo news (but also schadenfreude)
In a detailed blog post on Oddworld's official website, the team developing Abe's Oddysee New n' Tasty offered updates on the development across all the game's targeted platforms.

As of right now, the game is available only for PS4, but Oddworld Inhabitants haven't shied away from porting the game to a massive amount of other platforms. PC, Linux, Mac, PS Vita, PS3, Wii-U, and of course, Xbox One.

Oddworld Inhabitant's outlined the challenges they're experiencing on various platforms, as well as an update on the progress of the Xbox One version. Read on for the details.
The fine people over at Remedy have been somewhat elusive when it comes to releasing details on their upcoming Xbox One blockbuster, Quantum Break. Well, gamers, you are in luck. The Development team have finally released a new 16 minute gameplay video -in what seems to be an attempt to whet the appetite of Xbox One owners desperate for new footage of the game.

The first ten minutes of the video were initially showcased at this year’s European videogame extravaganza Gamescom, way back in August. However the new video has an extra Six whole minutes tacked on, giving us a little more insight into what to expect from certain gameplay elements of this unique Xbox One exclusive.

Hit 'read more' for details and the new video.

Preview: Why Fantasia is awesome

by Rachel on October 24, 2014
Have you ever been a fan of Disney movies?

Are you a fan of music and dancing?

From the creators of Dance Central, Guitar Hero, and the Rock Band series Harmonix developed the Xbox exclusive Fantasia: Music Evolved. Based on the 1940's Walt Disney film Fantasia but with a modern twist. In the original movie Mickey Mouse was an apprentice to a powerful sorcerer Yen Sid. In the game you are now a apprentice to Yen and you must fight a evil entity called The Noise.

Read on for some more details, and watch this space for a full review very shortly!
Microsoft just posted it's Q1 2015 earnings, touting cloud services and hardware for record Q1 growth - hitting a mammoth $23.2 billion in revenue with an operating income of $5.48 billion.

Surface revenue doubled, hitting $908 million - soon to become another $1bn feather in Microsoft's business cap. Azure, Office 365, and Windows Phone also posted incredibly positive growth, followed of course by Xbox One.

Xbox One hit a boatload of new territories this year, including the crucial Chinese market. Quarterly shipments more than doubled to 2.4 million units. Microsoft's CFO Amy Hunt was quoted as saying "Sunset Overdrive and Halo will drive Xbox One growth in Q2."

What else will help Xbox One in Q2 I wonder? Read on for more!
Phil Spencer. Saviour of the Xbox One …but at what cost? Most fans of Microsoft’s black box are incredibly happy with the efforts Spencer has made to right the wrongs of his predecessors. However pockets of dissention (including myself) are less enthused at the cost- in particular the Kinect 2.0.

More than that, not long after the Kinect was relegated to ‘optional peripheral’, people immediately began to wonder about the fate of critically acclaimed games company RARE. RARE had been given the task of producing games for the Kinect - and when it came shipped with every console that seemed like a pretty sweet deal.

Once it was announced that the kinect was being 'unbundled' people began to talk about whether this left RARE out in the cold. It turns out the answer is a resounding NO.

Read on to see why
Kinect has been unfairly treated by the mainstream, Microsoft ignorant press. Whilst shipping the Xbox One was a controversial move, Kinect v2 undoubtedly enhances the experience. Voice commands on Kinect V2 are responsive, owing to dedicated processing power and improved recognition algorithms.

Whilst Kinect may have failed to become a mainstream staple in the gaming space, Kinect has a wealth of complex and varied applications beyond Xbox.

Yesterday Microsoft announced the launch of Kinect SDK V2.0 for Windows 8.1, in addition to the availability of an adapter for the Xbox One version of Kinect, so that you can utilize the device via USB.

Hit the break for more.
Originally, the preview dashboard announcement included information only on how to set achievement pictures as your Xbox One background - but today, Major Nelson has detailed further how gamers can set their own pictures as the Xbox One background.

The functionality is similar to that of the Xbox 360, and involves DNLA folder mapping or a simple USB stick with a picture on.

The Major also provided a Photoshop .psd you can use to measure the position of tiles against your chosen background, to ensure that you get the most out of your dashboard experience.

Major Nelson detailed the steps after the break.
Team NINJA just announced that Dead or Alive 5: Last Round has a release date: February 19, 2015 ...in Japan.

Better yet, it's coming at the shockingly affordable price of $39.99 MSRP for both physical and digital copy on Xbox One (and PS4) and $29.99 MSRP for PS3 and Xbox 360 (digital version only).

The shocks doesn't stop there - there will also be a free version for Xbox One and PS4, containing basic features and the ability to fight with gamers that purchased the game.

You KNOW you want to click to read on about this one!
During an official Titanfall stream, Respawn debuted it's new Frontier Defence mode for Titanfall. Frontier Defense should breathe new life into the popular shooter, which faces stiff competition from both Battlefield 4's imminent final DLC and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Frontier Defence will pit up to 4 players against waves of increasingly difficult enemy A.I. robots, from packs of exploding suicide Spectres to full blown specialised Titans whose only goal is to stomp on your squishy human body.

Hit the break for further details.
Tis the season to get down with yo’ bad self. 2 big games are now sitting in the Xbox Game store ready to be pre-purchased and Pre-loaded onto your Xbox One – and they are both Music games!

Disney’s Fantasia: Music Evolved and Just Dance 2015 are the two rhythm titles in question and both are a metric tonne of fun.

So if you like to flail your limbs to some rocking beats click on for full details of both!