Gamescom 2014 Round-Up: All The News From Microsoft and Sony

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This week has seen the big names in gaming gather in Germany for the annual Gamescom conference. Though not as likely to contain the kind of news bombshells that are a basis of E3, it’s still a good opportunity for the mayor players to add detail to their upcoming rosters, and even throw in a few surprises. Also, once again Nintendo opted to not hold a conference but instead had their most recent games running in a booth to try and maintain the WiiU momentum.

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Uh-Oh – There Is Going To Be A New CrackDown On Xbox One

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I can resist most things. My general cynicism has now got to a point that I can ignore most hype and not fall for the usual traps. However, sometimes something comes along that even I can’t filter out, and that usually ends up with me spending money.

So. Hey. MICROSOFT HAVE JUST ANNOUNCED A NEW CRACKDOWN. Ahem. Read on for the trailer!

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E3 2014 Schedule: LiveBlogs All The Way, Baby

 

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The biggest event in gaming kicks off tomorrow when E3 2014 begins its week of hyperbole, broken promises and overbearing dubstep. Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony will be holding their conferences on the first day, and I’ll be liveblogging every single one of them! Take note of these times and get the kettle on.

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The Next Reality: Game Makers Design The Future

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A few years ago – and I wish I could find the link, but you’re going to have to trust me – Cliff Bleszinski (formerly of Epic Games and designer of Gears Of War) said that The Next Big Thing would be usable Virtual Reality headsets. He was emphatic, but is also known to be so, leading to his claim being categorised with so many other wild predictions from  industry professionals.

Except now it doesn’t sound so wild.

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Simon’s Best Games And Movies Of The Year

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It’s time to interrupt the endless barrage of Christmas calories

that I seem intent on shoving down my throat as quickly as possible

seriously, it’s like Gluttony Man in Se7en

but I don’t have my body tied down,

my arms are wilfully ladling anything alcoholic or sweet or tasty into my mouth

like it’s going out of fashion

to round up what I think have been my personal favourite games and movies of 2013.

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Microsoft Pulls a 180 on XBOX One Online Requirements and Used Game Limitations

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Yup, you read that right. Microsoft has heard all our complaints about the online requirements the XBOX One was going to have, or more likely how much more excited about the PS4 we all are, and has reversed their stance.

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E3 2013: Sony Press Conference

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With Microsoft firmly setting out their stall regarding their plan to be the central entertainment hub of America’s homes, it was up to Sony to give gamers what they really wanted – a focus back on the things that made us fall in love with this hobby in the first place.

But could they manage to resist the allure of always-on Internet and restricted used game policies?

The answer was, emphatically, YES.

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E3 2013: Microsoft Press Conference LIVE

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The timer is ticking down the last 37 minutes to the Xbox One media briefing in E3, executives are sweating, and tea is brewing. Get comfy and watch with me to see if Microsoft can do anything to reverse the tide of dissent stemming from gamers after their lukewarm first reveal. DRM? Trading? Prices? Exclusives? Hopefully, all of these questions will be categorically answered.

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