Microsoft Denies Ridley Scott/’Halo’ Rumors

- 01-15-14Film, Videogames Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Another one bites the dust. A Halo movie has been talked about since the first video game was released on the inaugural Xbox system becoming an instantaneous best-seller. A lot of big name people have been stapled to this proposed movie, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro for example, and yet it still hasn’t been able to reach theaters everywhere. Maybe what this thing needs is a legendary filmmaker, a man with a proven track record of creating quality sci-fi projects. Can someone like Ridley Scott be the solution? It’s possible, but has Microsoft approached the filmmaker? No. No, they haven’t. (more…)

Xbox One Vs. PS4: Will Another Comparison Help You Decide What To Buy?

- 09-23-13Videogames Posted by Luke Gallagher

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With the next-gen consoles we’ve been hearing so much about coming out so soon, it’s time to take a closer look at the Playstation 4 vs. the Xbox One. However, every time the two new gaming consoles are compared, people seem to come to the same conclusion: it’s a toss-up! The fact is, these devices have nearly identical specs and capabilities, and in terms of sales, they’ll probably break even according to loyalty. As in, those who are familiar with Xbox 360 will purchase Xbox One, and those who prefer PS3 will opt for the PS4. But here’s a quick overview of the specs and features. These are deets that are out there and most gamers have become familiar with. We felt, however, another run down couldn’t hurt. Ought to be helpful to those casual gamers who haven’t followed along with the rest of us. Especially with the holiday season upon us, you gotta start weighing in on what might be the better buy.

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XBOX One Release Date Announced (As if We Care)

- 09-04-13Videogames Posted by Sarah Moran

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Aw yeah! I know you’re all excited to finally have the chance to get your hands on Microsoft‘s new XBOX One. It was all the rage at E3 and was what everyone couldn’t stop talking about. Okay… that’s because it was a colossal disappointment with many reporting Microsoft as already losing this generation’s console war before it even began.

And in all honesty, I haven’t heard from one person who’s generally excited for the XBONE. I’ve heard from a few who’ll begrudgingly pick it up out of loyalty to some of those XBOX exclusive titles, but more than a few XBOX 360 super-fans are already planning to snag the PS4 for their next generation purchase.

When can we expect those consoles to release? The XBOX One will be available on November 22nd in the US, UK, as well as Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, and Spain. Don’t live in any of those places? I don’t know what to tell ya, except, you’re probably not missing much. Besides, if you’re in North America why wait for the XBONE on the 22nd when you can already get yourself a PS4 on November 15th. Those in Europe will have to wait until November 29th for the PS4.

Are you picking up a console from this generation right away? If so, which?

Source: IGN

Official Line Up of Xbox One Games Released

- 08-21-13Tech, Videogames Posted by NickBungay

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After wasting our time with their announcement conference and all the backlash former CEO Don Mattrick pulled at E3, Microsoft hasn’t been too kind to the Xbox One. With no official release date announced fans are wondering just when they’ll need to make camp at GameStop stores around the world. We might not know the answer, but at least we know what everyone is going to be playing.

Over at the Gamescom trade fair in Germany, Microsoft announced their line up of games available once the Xbox One hits store shelves. A lot of these titles were already on hand to players, running off PC specs during E3, so none of this should come as a surprise. The official releases are:

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Relive Microsoft’s, Sony’s, & Nintendo’s E3 Presentaions in Under 15 Minutes!

- 06-20-13Funny Videos, Videogames Posted by Sarah Moran

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E3 has come and gone for another year. There were some HUGE announcements, along with some HUGE disappointments. I’m looking at you, Microsoft, even with your shameless backpedaling. But Sony scored big when they finally unveiled the PS4, and Nintendo, well, they’re still making Mario games and I can never find fault with that.

YouTube channel, VideoGamerTV has released an abridged version of each of those big three presentations compiled by Matt Lees (@Jam_Sponge). They’re hilarious and likely more informative than the constant influx of information that hit your Twitter stream during the conference. So sit back, relax, and relive the ups and downs of this year’s E3.

Caution Backpedaling In Progress: Microsoft Is Removing Xbox One DRM

- 06-19-13Videogames Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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Really the title says it all, yes it appears Microsoft has reupped their meds and realized that the crippling DRM restrictions on their nextgen console might hurt sales a pinch (i.e. all of the sales.) In one of the greatest flip flops on console history the XBox One will NOT have to call back to the mothership/hivemind every 24 hours to continue to function, thus making it possible for off-line play. Microsoft has also decided to rescind all the restrictions on used games, meaning users are free to trade borrow and rent once more!

Hit the jump for Microsoft president of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick and the official statement: (more…)

E3 Trailer Round-Up: ‘Halo 5′, ‘Mad Max’ and ‘Beyond 2 Souls’

- 06-11-13Videogames Posted by NickBungay

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With Sony and Microsoft showing off all-new hardware at E3, there too comes the games.  While Nintendo played it safe with a new Animal Crossing and Super Smash Bros. for their butt system, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 showed off some surprising titles.

Over at Microsoft, 343 Industries debuted a teaser for an all new Halo title. Developed on a new engine, running 60 frames a second, Halo 5 will see Master Chief kick-space butt once more. The trailer didn’t reveal much, just a ton of sand and the Chief in a poncho.  Check it out below:

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The BastardCast vs. The Console Wars and The Revenge Of The Harmon

- 06-11-13Featured Posted by Team Bastard

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This week on The Bastardcast, Jeremy and Jason talk about E3 and Sony vs. Microsoft, Community‘s salvation, Joss Whedon‘s super secret (and possibly imaginary) plans to make a She-Hulk movie happen, and a way to make superheroes put on some damn underwear again.Also on the show, J.J. Abrams may not be gentle, Man of Steel already gets a sequel, a New Zealander chooses jail once he runs out of Xbox games, George Clooney‘s sexy scrotum, and Justin Bieber heads for space on a mission to save a monkey.

More? Jason puts a knife in the term “Boom” and replaces it with something better, and the boys tell the forbidden story of their beard love.

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E3 Liveblog and Discussion: Microsoft and the Xbox One

- 06-10-13Featured, Tech, Videogames Posted by Team Bastard

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Welcome to the start of our E3 coverage and our Microsoft Xbox One Live Blog. Below you will find thoughts from the Nerdbastards team on Microsoft’s next generation console when the 1pm ET presentation begins out in LA.

Before that, take a look what we want to see from the presentation and have a conversation with us in the comment section about what you want to see.

What we already know: The Xbox One is poised to take aim at the home entertainment market, providing a broad experience that includes web browsing, live TV, social integration, a pumped up Kinect, and (allegedly) gaming.

What we want to see: A price point would be lovely, but details and gameplay are what we really want to see. The time for ambiguity and a parade of cinematic trailers has passed. Microsoft has our attention, but now they need to get our money with a presentation that speaks directly to consumers, offering clarity on some of the more controversial elements of the One while also showing us what the next generation of gaming really looks like.

How is the Xbox One not only better than the PS4 (and the Wii U… I guess) but also a clear upgrade over what we have? This is the biggest question facing Microsoft as they kick off E3.

The live blog will begin at 1pm. Watch the Microsoft presentation on Spike or online at E3 Insider. If we are able to embed the livestream, we will do so. 

12:07 – We’re still less than an hour away from the start of the presentation, but Phil Spencer is on Spike talking to Geoff Keighley and he just teased something from Rare’s past that will be revealed. Something long awaited. Naturally, the mind turns to Goldeneye 64 and a possible  XBL release.

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12:22 – Not really a huge surprise considering the commercial holiday/start of the holiday shopping season that is “Black Friday”. Now if someone would just blurt out the price…

12:42 – Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain looks pretty damn good, gameplay was impressive. Is it next level? Pretty damn close.

12:43 – Don Mattrick takes to the stage, promises that this will be all about gaming and that there will be 13 exclusive titles revealed today.

12:44 – Interesting move here, introducing an Xbox 360 redesign that is available now. “Our commitment to the Xbox 360 has never been stronger. Again, a surprise since they’re introducing its replacement. Perhaps they realize the staying power of this generation. They also just promised 2 free game downloads to Xbox Gold members in the near future.

12:45 – 120 new games for Xbox 360 coming down the pike.

12:52 – Phil Spencer comes to the stage to talk about the Xbox One. Primetime has arrived as the trailer for RYSE begins.

12:56 – RYSE looks damn good, though not entirely fluid. Not a fan of guided attacks. Whatever happened to some button mashing X, Y, X, X, Y, Y, X, Y action people?

1:02 – Speaking of button mashing, Killer Instinct trailer plays… yawn.

1:04 – Sunset Overdrive looks like a love letter to critics of video game violence. Just ridiculous, cartoon mayhem and headshots. It looks like something that would exist if the guys from Crank made a Pixar movie.

1:08 – “Driveatar”… what a stupid fucking name that, of course, follows boasts about the end of AI from the Forza 5, which does, admittedly look freaking stellar.

1:11 – Corporate rep from Microsoft is singing a song about indie games. Oh, the word “indie”, show us on the doll where the world touched you.

1:14 – Quantum Break game footage… right after this impressive cinematic… maybe.

1:17 – D4 is a episodic murder mystery, anime noir?

1:20 – Project: Spark looks like “God: The Game” and employs Kinect and Smart Glass. You can turn a rock into a pet… and water into wine. Shitty jokes aside, this is “custom, as you go” gaming. Which is incredible.

1:23 – Project: Spark is the kind of thing I wanted to see. A clear step forward and an unexpected innovation. With that said, there will be limits and those limits will control it’s magnificence. Is this going to be an endlessly replayable and re-configurable time-waster, or will it play like a parlor trick with a limited set of options that we quickly grow tired of? Sadly, we’ll have to wait and see.

1:28 – Does anyone really care about watching other people’s gameplay videos?

1:31 – Dead Rising 3 world premiere. New town, new hero, new disappointment that we’re not getting more Frank.

1:33 – No load times and an open world. Happy to see the build-a-weapon option, though I hope they make it a bit more random. There is also a ton of driving apparently, which is awesome and once again prompts the question, “Dear Rockstar, when the fuck are you going to give us some GTA/zombie bonus content?”

The game looks good from the gameplay, but the main character’s movements are still blocky like a video game character. There is no fluidity, which takes you out of the experience when watching his run and jump and attack with the same basic set of movements.

Using Smart Glass to call in support feels like cheating.

1:41 – The Witcher 3 looks like a pretty solid RPG, but I need to see more.

1:42 – Battlefield gameplay trailer at 60 FPS. I gotta give it up to Microsoft, they are certainly bringing it in terms of showing us gameplay.

1:43 – Assuming they can actually get the clip to play.

1:46 – Battlefield 4 environments look beautiful, specifically the water effects. FPS gameplay looks tight, but as with all FPS, you have to have it in your hand to know if it is for you.

1:49 – Map pack to debut on Xbox One first for Battlefield 4. Is that all EA is showing? Really expected to see some sports titles, but perhaps they blew their wad during the Reveal Press Conference.

1:53 – I can’t be the only one whose eyes got WIDE as the hood fell back and Master Chief was revealed, right?

1:55 – Halo FPS on Xbox One in 2014.

1:59 – Titalfall looks rather good, I swear I thought it was an Elysium tie-in game when the trailer started.

1:57 – Pricepoint announcement: Xbox One will cost $499.99. Probably not unanticipated, but will you pay it? Based on what I’m seeing here, I am intrigued, I am FAR more excited about this system then I was after the Reveal, but there are still too many questions and too many other possible expenses for me to say, “Yes, certainly.”

Maybe that will change, but for now, I am still wait and see on the Xbox One, but a lot closer to where they need me and other consumers to be.

2:05 – That’s the end of the presentation, be sure to check out our PS4 Liveblog later tonight.

And Now for the Xbox One Reveal, Abridged

- 05-22-13Funny Videos, Videogames Posted by Sarah Moran

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Yesterday we were all blown away by the amazing reveal of Microsoft‘s next-gen console, Xbox One. No, wait, sorry, that’s what I imagined would happen, while in fact we were unbelievably underwhelmed. If you haven’t already, do read Jason Tabrys’ breakdown of the Xbox One reveal and how it single-handedly dashed all our hopes and dreams the next generation of consoles weren’t going to suck. Sony, the ball’s in your court.

Hey, speaking of courts and balls and other sport-related things, what was with all the sports talk at this presentation? And television? Who even watches live TV anymore? Has Microsoft not been introduced to DVRs? On-Demand? Streaming? VideoGamerTV hilariously abridges the Xbox One reveal down to its core components: TV, sports, and the Call of Duty dog. Give it a watch,

DOOOOGGGGSSS! If the Xbox One doesn’t come pre-packaged with the equipment needed to mo-cap your own dog using the Kinect 2.0, I’m setting it on fire.