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by Nick Puleo 0
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#3 in the Lexy Cooper Series

Get Griefed - A Video Game Murder Mystery Novel

You may remember Trixie360, former community manager of Xbox Live, host of numerous video shows that were on the console a few years back. She interviewed former editor Jim McLaughlin for a gamer spotlight a few years back as well as helped usher in Xbox Live Co-Op Night. Since moving on from Microsoft, Christa Charter (aka Trixie360) has become a successful author writing several novels. Her series based on a character named Lexy Cooper is particularly interesting for gamers. Why? The stories are murder mysteries set in a universe respectful of gamer culture.

by Nick Puleo 0
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  • xbox live
  • xbox one
An easy work around, but an annoying one.

Want to Make a Kid's Account on Xbox One? You'll Need a Valid Email Address

The Xbox One is all about taking over your living room, from your TV to your Blu-Ray player and of course video games themselves. The Kinect adds a bit to the ease of access for this, allowing you and your family to say simple voice commands for common actions like volume control, pausing movies and even switching channels on the TV.

by Nick Puleo 2
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  • xbox one
Disc Eating Drives

Xbox One Has its Own Hardware Issues

Last week a few days after the PlayStation 4 launched, we reported that several people were having issues with their console. This week the Xbox One launched, and like we said before, with any sort of release of this magnitude problems are almost guaranteed to pop up. We've been keeping tabs on reviews, forums, and direct feedback from our readers and it looks like there are two issues that are popping up for the Xbox One.

by Nick Puleo 15
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  • playstation 4
"Blue Light of Death" Reported

PlayStation 4 Launch Issues - Faulty Systems, PSN Struggles

Sony's PlayStation 4 launched yesterday and as with any major release there are a few technical issues right out of the gate. Numerous users are reporting dead systems out of the box or after the 1.50 update; which is mandatory to access many of the console's features. Anyone who tried to play a game online during launch night also knows there were quite a few issues with PSN and for a period of time, users couldn't even sign in.

by Nick Puleo 2
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  • playstation 4
  • online
Hopefully? Maybe?

Next-Gen Feature Alert - No More Splash Screens

Believe it or not, there was a time when videogames didn't make you wait for the menu to load, when they didn't make you sit through four screens of publishers, engine developers, and physics technologies. There was a time when you simply inserted a quarter and pressed start and began playing. Somewhere along the way we lost that but perhaps, there's a slight chance, we'll be getting back to just playing a game.

by Taylor Killian 2
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  • nintendo
  • couch
Super Mario 3d World to have Local Co-Op Only

Nintendo's Plans Don't Include Online Multiplayer

Nintendo has a weird relationship with the internet. Sure, you can trade your adorable Pokemon monsters to anyone across the globe via the information superhighway, but playing a platformer online? Goodness no! If you're dying to play Super Mario 3d World with your friends, you need to make sure that they're comfortable sitting beside each other. The Wii U's next Mario game features four player co-op, but only of the local variety. Any ambitions to squash goombas with your online friends will have to wait.

by Nick Puleo 10
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  • xbox one
It's so shiny.

And on the 8th Day, Major Nelson Said Let there Be A Headset

Remember all the hub-bub about the Xbox One not coming with a headset? Remember how they also said it wouldn't work with current headsets? Just like Microsoft reversed its decision to support older headsets with an adapter, it appears it has reversed its decision on including a headset. Today Xbox Live's Major Nelson has unboxed the Xbox One console revealing several goodies inside, including a headset.

by Nick Puleo 2
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  • pc
It's like a pro-sports free agent signing

Legendary DOOM Programmer and id Co-Founder Joins Oculus Rift

John Carmack is a monster name in the gaming industry. He's a pioneer, a legend. John co-founded id software and help create such games as Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, QUAKE and many others. He's been a driving force in gaming for over 25 years, specifically in the area of 3D. So perhaps it shouldn't surprise us that he's leaving id Software to help with what foks are saying is the future of 3D gaming - the Oculus Rift.

by Nick Puleo 5
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  • playstation 4
  • xbox one
The future is less annoying than loading times.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to offer Playing Games While Installing or Downloading

As we inch ever closer to the Fall release of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, we're beginning to learn more and more about the features of each respective system. While both systems will have their own unique take on features, there are some features that will be nearly identical on the two next generation consoles.

by Nick Puleo 10
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  • xbox one
3rd party headsets popular, adapter incoming

Xbox One Headset Revelations

It was just last week we learned that the Xbox One would forgo including a headset in the box for online chat. Instead the system would rely on its Kinect peripheral for your voice chatting needs. For a myriad of reasons this isn't ideal, but perhaps more eye opening is the fact that existing 3rd party headsets would not work with the Xbox One. So we did what any good site would do, we hit up our community.

by Nick Puleo 30
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  • xbox one
Free to take your console anywhere

Microsoft's One-Eighty On the Xbox One's DRM Policy

Microsoft has updated its policies on the Xbox One regarding the always online requirement of the system, or rather, the 24 hour check. Along those lines the policies regarding trading, lending, and reselling of your physical games were confusing and unclear leading many consumers to wonder if they should invest in the $500 console. Today Microsoft listened in part and started to refine the system's features five months before release.

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