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Oculus VR Facebook rebranding tipped: new interface and logo [UPDATE: Denied]

Oculus VR Facebook rebranding tipped: new interface and logo [UPDATE: Denied]

There’s a big change going on at Oculus VR this week. After announcing that they’d been acquired by Facebook for $2 billion USD in stock and cash, the team felt some relatively significant backlash from the internet-based public. Now they may be in for a second wave as word - the anonymous type, mind you - suggests that Facebook’s plans are to rebrand Oculus with a new interface and logo.

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LEGO Breaking Bad and Shaun of the Dead sets appear aside new Movie figs

LEGO Breaking Bad and Shaun of the Dead sets appear aside new Movie figs

This week at SXSW the LEGO presentation team have showed off and mentioned several new sets for the near future. In addition to suggesting that they’ll have more LEGO Movie sets in the near future, they’ve given glimpses of in-movie "history books" and Taco Tuesday. From what we understand of the LEGO Movie sets out on the market today, the team didn’t expect such a major response from moviegoers - they’ve been modest so far: there’s a lot more on the way.

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Xbox topped game sales in January

Xbox topped game sales in January

NPD Group's January 2014 numbers are in, and with it Xbox has taken the bragging rights for most sold games in January across both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. A total of 2.27 million games were sold in January of this year, making up 47-percent of the market share and trumping the competing -- and bestselling -- PlayStation 4.

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EverQuest testing smartphone gaming for cross-platform guilds

EverQuest testing smartphone gaming for cross-platform guilds

Mobile gaming is a contentious topic right now, variously accused of being the future of play, a passing fad, or the insidious villain undermining and devaluing traditional consoles and the developers that create for them. The next to potentially embrace the smartphone might surprise you, however: Sony Online Entertainment's EverQuest, a stalwart of the MMO scene - not one normally associated with another other than hardcore gaming PCs - but one about to shake up the industry by throwing open its latest alpha to the public. SlashGear caught up with EverQuest Next senior producer Terry Michaels to find out why your next guild might include Androids and iPhones.

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EverQuest Next Landmark alpha lands today: Everything you need to know

EverQuest Next Landmark alpha lands today: Everything you need to know

Later today, Sony Online Entertainment does something the developer of titles like EverQuest, PlanetSide, and DC Universe Online has never done before: it invites gamers into alpha code that's far, far from being shipping-ready. EverQuest Next Landmark is the first step of a two-punch release that will launch SOE's next-gen MMO, fifteen years after EverQuest hit shelves, and a decade after EverQuest 2.

Unlike all previous versions, however, Landmark will be seen by public eyes well before its signed-off as market ready. "This is not a bug-hunt" Dave Georgeson, director of development laughs, "it's a 20,000 person dev team." We joined the developers to get some early hands-on time with the alpha and to find out exactly what players can expect from this new universe.

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EverQuest Next: Landmark alpha imminent, stage set for DIY MMORPG

EverQuest Next: Landmark alpha imminent, stage set for DIY MMORPG

The game EverQuest Next is one part of a new game that'll be released by Sony Online Entertainment inside 2014 in Alpha mode. The other half of this equation is called EverQuest Next: Landmark. While the base of the game includes gameplay that allows you to live and fight from a 3rd-person perspective in an environment called Norrath, "Landmark" allows the user to transform Norrath with a unique set of in-game creation tools.

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iTunes and App Store Best of 2013

iTunes and App Store Best of 2013

With the end of 2013 closing in, Apple's annual App Store and iTunes numbers are in, and among them we find an eclectic mix of apps, albums, movies, books, and other varied content categories. Not surprisingly, "Candy Crush" topped the free iPhone apps chart, beating out Google's YouTube app and similar, while Macklemore makes a double appearance on the music charts, Gravity trumps all other movies, and Happy Tree Friends takes top slot in the podcast category. Read on to find out what other content took 2013 by storm.

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Microsoft’s Project Spark enters public beta on Windows 8.1

Microsoft’s Project Spark enters public beta on Windows 8.1

Project Spark was announced for the Xbox One back in June. The game is described as being one that offers "an endless adventure where everything is customizable." Project Spark will allow users to play what other creators have built and also build for others. Basically, the users are the creators and the players. And there is a bit of good news for those who may have been waiting to get hands-on with Project Spark.

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Will Nintendo get any attention this holiday season?

Will Nintendo get any attention this holiday season?

Nintendo is in trouble this holiday season. There. I said it. After all, someone had to, right?

With the gaming industry abuzz over the launch of not one, but two consoles in the course of a week, Nintendo has been trying to get at least some attention from the media. Like the person in the back row trying to be seen in a picture, there’s no getting out of the way of Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One. And Nintendo doesn’t appear to have the firepower to change that.

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