Press Start: Halo 5 on Xbox One, the science of free-to-play and more
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Halo for Xbox One is called 'Halo 5' | CVG UK
This is the most popular story on CVG right now:
Halo for Xbox One will be called Halo 5, if a new version of the game's E3 2013 reveal trailer is accurate.
The news comes via Axis Animation, the company responsible for the reveal trailer. Posting on its official Facebook page, the organisation inadvertently revealed the name of the next Halo installment.
No other details at present, of course.
Reality Check - How Free-to-play Exploits your Brain | GameSpot.com
Another thought provoking video from Cam Robinson, this time the first in a two-parter about the psychology of free-to-play games:
Effectively: "this is your brain; this is your brain on F2P games..."
PAX: Mega Man Creator Announces Mighty No. 9 | IGN
Fans of classic 2D platforming rejoice:
At PAX today, Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune announced Mighty No. 9, a new project seeking funding on Kickstarter.
According to the project page, Mighty No. 9 features "classic Japanese side-scrolling action" in which the player takes on the role of Beck, "the 9th in a line of powerful robots, and the only one not infected by a mysterious computer virus that has caused mechanized creatures the world over to go berserk."
Gameplay sound similar to Mega Man in that players "run, jump, blast, and transform your way through six stages" that can be completed in any order. Players will steal weapons and abilities from enemies they defeat, and Beck's "body itself can also reconfigure into new shapes, allowing for all kinds of new skills and abilities."
Whore of the Orient title sparks potential Human Rights Commission complaint | VG247
Some potential trouble for La Noire developer, Team Bondi, on its new game:
City of Monash councillor Jieh-Yung Lo has called for Team Bondi to change the title of its next game, Whore of the Orient, and will take the matter to the Human Rights Commission if necessary.
The Age reports Lo is acting privately, not in his role as councillor, in drawing attention to a case which may be brought before the Human Rights Commission on grounds of racial vilification. He has called on Team Bondi to change the title and halt development of the project, although as a gamer himself and an L.A. Noire fan, would be content with a new title.
"It's the use of the word 'Orient', more even than the word 'whore', that is the issue. The O-word is very similar to the N-word for African-American communities. It's a 19th century racial-colonial conception and it's especially painful for older people in the communities. That was a very bad time in China, and people don't want or need to have that dragged up," Lo said.
Beyond live TV - what the Xbox One user interface means for gamers
Interesting stuff on the Xbox one interface from Eurogamer and Digital Foundry:
What was novelty - if technically impressive - technology on the original Kinect forms a fundamental basis of interaction with Xbox One, and from what we saw at Gamescom, parallels with Xbox 360 hold little water. Voice control on Xbox One actually works and it seems to be genuinely useful. It should be faster than using the joypad for certain functions, but ideally you'd use both in concert. And as for Xbox's isolation from the rest of the components in your system, that is now clearly a thing of the past.
Games we've heard about, things we're interested in...
GameCity Modern Playing events announced
The organisers of the brilliant GameCity festival are kicking off a series of touring events with talks and debates about game culture, as well as playable titles. It starts on 18 September at MAC in Birmingham.
Toast Time trailer
Young UK studio Force of Habit has launched a trailer for its gorgeous retro shooter/tower defense hybrid Toast Time, a tribute to the heyday of Britsoft development:
The game is released on Android devices on 5 September.
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