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Nintendo NX

Why Nintendo announced it was making the Nintendo NX but hasn’t spoken about it since

There’s a special kind of frenzy that Nintendo fans get worked into when the Japanese video game company announces that they are making a new console, but it’s quickly followed by dismay when they refuse to divulge any more details about it. That’s essentially what’s happened with the Nintendo NX, which Nintendo declared it has every intention of making earlier this year, but has failed to talk about since then. So intense has the confusion and criticism been that president Satoru Iwata has had to comment on the NX so that hopefully its fans will understand its plans. At a recent investor brief, Iwata said: “[The] NX was announced as a new platform alongside the DeNA venture. The NX was announced then to indicate that we are not retreating from game platforms and will continue the hardware business. Normally, the announcement would’ve been made later. It was like revealing a magic trick ...

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Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console

Celebrate 10 years of Forza with the Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console

The Forza series of motorsport games was launched just over 10 years ago now and to celebrate, as well as launch its eighth game, Forza 6, Microsoft has sought to incorporate its essence into a limited edition Xbox One console. Unveiled as the Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console, the console (and controller) takes inspiration from the Forza 6 cover car, the new Ford GT. Accordingly, there are swathes of blue and lots of little detail that will have avid fans clamoring in delight. Check out the unboxing video posted by developer Turn 10 Studios, hosted by Xbox Live’s Graeme Boyd: Would buy just for the engine start sound. If you’re yet to join the ranks of the Xbox One owners, and you’re a fan of cars and want Forza 6, this may be your best opportunity to marry the two things into one – the Xbox One Forza Motorsport ...

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North Korea claims to have a single drug that cures MERS, AIDS and Ebola

North Korea claims to have a single drug that cures MERS, AIDS and Ebola

I don’t think it should be a surprise to anyone that news that comes out of North Korea is generally pretty farcical, but this latest piece of news seems almost laughably unbelievable. North Korea claims to have a single drug that cures MERS, AIDS and Ebola, and is apparently made from ginseng grown specifically in North Korea. Now, I’d almost be inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt if they’d claimed the cure for one of the diseases (no, actually I wouldn’t), but to claim all three diseases is a little greedy. And let’s be honest, ginseng is really only good in tea. Naturally, this is the same drug, Kumdang-2, that cured bird flu in North Korea some years ago, but I’m almost certain the probability of that happening is about the same probability of anyone in North Korea having either bird flu, MERS, AIDS or Ebola put together – ...

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Xbox One backwards compatibility

Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida calls Xbox One backwards compatibility “interesting”

Although most of the world has decided (for reasons unknown to yours truly) that Sony had the better press conference at E3 2015, Microsoft dealt a sizable blow to Sony with its announcement of Xbox One backwards compatibility. Considering the Xbox 360‘s swathes of games, that’s actually a formidable extra library that the Xbox One has just acquired. And Sony’s response is? “Interesting,” Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida says. To illustrate just what a feat Microsoft has accomplished with the Xbox One backwards compatibility, Yoshida says that “Backward compatibility is hard. I won’t say we’ll never do it, but it’s not an easy thing to do. If it was easy we would have done that,” which sounds awfully like a backhanded compliment. Furthermore, backwards compatibility doesn’t work with Sony’s current PlayStation Now model which makes you pay a subscription to play PS3 games which are featured in its library. We get the feeling that Sony wasn’t expecting ...

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Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst isn’t going to force gun gameplay on you this time

The original Mirror’s Edge game was a masterpiece of parkour and immersive first-person action sequences. It would have been perfect, except that EA and DICE decided that just because the enemies had guns, it meant you should be able to wield them too. As you can probably see, given that Mirror’s Edge was a parkour-first game, the tacked on gun gameplay felt out of place, and in its next chapter, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (announced at E3 2015 yesterday), EA has clarified that gun gameplay, at least for protagonist Faith, has been removed from the game. In an interview with Polygon today, senior producer Sara Jansson gave a few reasons for this: “In Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, you won’t be using any guns at all. We’ve completely removed that aspect of the game. You can’t even pick them up.” “Faith will fight, but she doesn’t kill. Now the fighting is more of an extension of ...

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backwards compatibility for the Xbox One

Microsoft announces backwards compatibility for the Xbox One at E3 2015

What a glorious, glorious day it was for current (and future) Xbox One owners. Microsoft‘s E3 2015 press conference happened earlier today and it dropped a huge bombshell: backwards compatibility for the Xbox One is going to be a reality. Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who announced the new functionality, said that it will be free to use as long as you own the Xbox 360 game yourself – those dusty libraries of Xbox 360 games aren’t going to go to waste after all. Depending on your game format, you’ll be able to download existing games in your library, or if you have discs, insert the discs and presumably install them that way. With 100 games to be supported when the features launches “this fall” and many more to be added to the library in the near future, this is surely a sure sign that Xbox One will be the more popular ...

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Fallout 4 announcement

Fallout 4 announcement coming on June 3rd, launching to PC, current and old-gen consoles

I’ve been dying to hear the words “Fallout 4 announcement” for far too long now, but it appears the wait is almost over. On the Bethesda hosted Fallout website, a “Please Stand By” splash can be seen counting down towards zero – at the time of writing there is just over 3 hours left before what is presumably the official announcement of a new Fallout game, which is expected to be named Fallout 4. This theory has been bolstered after Reddit user ChakiDrH went through Bethesda’s website source code and dug out some interested tidbits, chief among which is that the website’s domain is for Fallout 4. Other useful details include pre-order links for the game and exist for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and also older gen consoles, PS3 and Xbox 360. It’s been 7 years since Fallout 3 and the Fallout franchise’s cultish following has been reaching a fever pitch over ...

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Steam Summer sale

Brace yourselves, a Steam sale is coming: 11th of June allegedly the start date for Steam Summer sale

If there’s one thing that is sure to clear your wallet of money – that doesn’t start with “C” and end in “Christmas” – is a Steam sale, and it’s very possible that one is going to start on June 11th. Details of what’s probably going to be the Steam Summer sale was posted up on Valve‘s VKontakte page, which is kind of like Facebook, and says that said sale will be happening between June 11th and June 20th, to be followed by 2 days of encore sales. That does sound exactly what a Steam Summer sale would be like, so we’re inclined to believe it, for now. We especially like the note at the end of the post which reads (translated): “Also we advise to read our guidance on sales, not to spend all the money in one day”. Classic Valve. We’re probably going to get nothing out of Valve ...

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Xbox 360 games to Xbox One

I like where this is going: Phil Spencer talks bringing more Xbox 360 games to Xbox One

By now, hoping for backwards compatibility on a new video game consoles is pretty much a moot point. Thankfully, Microsoft and Sony have instead started to bring some of its titles from old consoles to next-gen consoles, and we’re excited to see where this goes. On the topic of bringing more Xbox 360 games to Xbox One specifically, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has revealed that he’s very open to the idea this. “Lots of 360 games I’d like to bring to XB1. Only so much time and want to focus on making new games. Not easy tradeoffs.” You can kind of understand where Spencer is coming from, especially considering the line-up that is planned for the rest of the year. Even so, we can’t help but want more of the classics from the Xbox 360 – Viva Pinata anyone? What would you think about having more Xbox 360 games brought to Xbox ...

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege releases October 13th, 2015

The name Rainbow Six has somewhat faded into obscurity in the video game world, particularly given the booming popularity of competing franchises like Call of Duty and Battlefield, leaving Ubisoft without an entry in one of the biggest video game genres. Thankfully, it looks like Ubisoft is really to breach the first-person shooter market again with Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege for which it released an extremely ominous and technical official trailer – check it out: Unlike Battlefield or Call of Duty, Rainbow Six Siege looks like it’s going to be relying much more on gadgets and team tactics to achieve objectives, which is a welcome change to the run-and-gun tactics that have become the norm in more recent shooters. Perhaps most interesting is that Ubisoft is committing to have Rainbow Six Siege released this October – October 13th to be exact, which means it will be going head-to-head with the ...

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