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E3: New Mass Effect! New Mass Effect! New Mass Effect!

- June 9th, 2014

So, yeah, in case you didn’t get the hint, there’s going to be a new Mass Effect game.

Bioware made the announcement Monday at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)  in L.A. — with much fanfare and woefully few details.

Here’s what we do know:

  • Rather than another adventure with Commander Shepard and the team, it will feature all new characters “to fall in love with.”
  • It  promises to greatly expand on the universe, adding never-before-seen locations. ”Fans of the series will be surprised with just how far we’re going,” the developers said.
  • It will be developed by Bioware’s Montreal team.

Check out the video above for the slightest of sneak peaks.

h/t Gameranx

Most of Xbox’s 45 new entertainment apps not available in Canada

- June 4th, 2014

In an attempt to boost the entertainment side of its Xbox experience, Microsoft has announced 45 new TV, movie and social media apps for the Xbox One and 360 that will launch before the end of the year.

This will bring its total number to 225 Xbox apps available worldwide, the company said in a blog post.

Unfortunately, only 10 of these new apps will be available in Canada.

It’s understandable that many of the TV channel apps, such as Comedy Central, ShowTime Anytime and HBO GO would not be available here, as these channels either don’t exist in Canada, or have secured broadcast deals for their programming with Canadian networks.

But the crux of the announcement seemed to adding Twitter-TV integration to the Xbox One.

As Xbox Live’s director of programming Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) explains in the above video, Twitter will be built into the One’s TV guide apps so you can see what TV shows are trending and lets you favourite and retweet tweets  about the show you are watching from your own Twitter account.

But for some reason, Twitter is also one the apps not available here.

Similarly the video app Vine, which is owned by Twitter, will also not be coming to Canada. At least, not anytime soon.

In fact, the only app featured in the blog post, that will be coming in this country is the Xbox One version of the Major League Gaming app,  which had previously launched for the 360.

In addition to the MLG app, Canada will get apps for the Anime and Asian drama channel Crunchyroll, Filmbox Live, the Korean drama channel KDrama, a GoPro video channel, NBA, NHL, Sky News, TuneIn radio and the music video channel Vevo.

Most of these apps are not exclusive as they are already available for other platforms, such as the PlayStation, Android, many smart TVs or online.

So I’m not sure this will drive many Canadians to buy an Xbox One if they don’t already have one.

Hands-on with Batman: Arkham Knight – five things to get excited about

- June 3rd, 2014

It’s been a long, dark and unforgettable night. But all good things must come to an end.

Batman: Arkham Knight will be the third and final Batman: Arkham game to be developed by UK-based Rocksteady Studios. While Batman games will live on – Warner Bros. Games Montreal did last year’s prequel, Batman: Arkham Origins – Rocksteady is ready tackle something new. After they go out with a massive bang.

During a recent Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment preview event, a couple dozen journalists were given the game’s first hands-on demo in advance of its appearance at E3 (where it will share booth space with a custom-built, life-sized replica of the game’s Batmobile.) Given that it’s been three years since Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham City, this was a big, big moment. And the game did not fail to make an impression.

Batman never kills. He just horribly maims, cripples and psychologically scars for life.

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Glenn Beck takes aim at ‘Watch Dogs’

- May 30th, 2014
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“Watch Dogs.” (Supplied)

Conservative TV host Glenn Beck — who possibly hasn’t heard of Hackers or almost any modern crime procedural — is worried that Watch Dogs will glamorize the criminal underworld world of hacking in the impressionable minds of today’s youth.

“Why must everyone be an anti-hero? Why must everyone break the law? Why can’t we have a Superman? Why can’t we have somebody who is doing the right thing, does the hard thing? Instead, everybody is an anti-hero,” Beck said on The Blaze.

Superman actually has a long history of breaking the law, including some of his earliest adventures, where does stuff like literally smash in the slums or drug and kidnapping an innocent football player.

“This game is teaching people to hack into whatever is docked in your bedroom. What the heck is wrong with us? What are we thinking? We are inviting this into our home and our lives. We are teaching our kids (hacking) for entertainment purposes.”

Watch Dogs does not actually teach you how to actually hack.

“These games re-wire your brain; we don’t even know what they do yet. This is brand new stuff.”

It’s really not that new.

h/t Gamespot


Angry gamer locks dog in freezer for 30 hours

- May 28th, 2014

A Florida gamer allegedly barred his dog — Fancy Ketchup — in the freezer for 30 hours because the mutt had the nerve to get between him and his first-person shooter.

The Spring Hill Courier reports:

Thirty-nine-year-old Dennis Gibbs told authorities “I was playin’ the game, and he just jumped and knocked the controller out of my hand. … I just got caught up in the moment”.

Fortunately for Fancy Ketchup, (How could someone bestow such a glorious name upon a creature only to treat it so miserably?) Gibbs’ freezer was stereotypically full of Totino’s Pizza Rolls and ice cream which, according to police, sustained the pooch during its 30-hour ordeal.

And fortunately for the good name of gamers everywhere, another player called the cops when Gibbs bragged in-game about what he’d done.

Fancy Ketchup sustained only minor freezer burn.