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Custom Xbox One backgrounds: how to make it yours

Custom Xbox One backgrounds: how to make it yours

Customization of the wallpaper on your Xbox One console is a feature that's been blasted over the past week. Unless you're part of the Xbox One Preview program right this minute - when this article is posted - you'll have to wait to customize your own console. If that time has arrived for you, you'll have only to move through a few very easy steps. By all means, have a peek at how you can make your Xbox One's background as wild as possible.

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PlayStation 4 software update 2.0 arrives October 28

PlayStation 4 software update 2.0 arrives October 28

The past couple of weeks have been a blur of game console updates and pre-update details, with the Xbox One October update having started rolling out on October 15, and PlayStation having followed closely behind it with details about its own users can expect in the 2.0 update. While Sony did detail the goods last week, in terms of features and improvements, it didn't say when PlayStation 4 users could expect to see the update, which makes it hard to be anticipatory.

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Paranautical Activity creator resigns after making death threat

Paranautical Activity creator resigns after making death threat

In case you missed it, a bit of hoopla surfaced earlier this week revolving around Steam, the game Paranautical Activity, and the game's rage-prone creator Mike Maulbeck. The final version of Paranautical Activity was released on Steam on Monday, but some snafu resulted in the game's page showing it as "Early Access". This frightened Maulbeck, who was worried that still being dubbed Early Access would "cripple" the game's success. Rather than dealing with the problem like an adult, Maulbeck resorted to raging -- something that resulted in a death threat, the game being pulled, and, more recently, the creator resigning from the company.

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Counter-Strike zombie chickens rise for Halloween

Counter-Strike zombie chickens rise for Halloween

What's more fun than video games? Easter eggs and similar things slipped in games for the sole purpose of giving you a smile (or, you know, a fowl-based zombie to kill). Halloween is quickly approaching, and as it approaches gamers have been presented with what the company calls "A Murder Most Fowl". That is, a zombie chicken, which you can identify by its green color and outstretched feather-frocked wings. The zombie chickens aren't the only addition, however, with Valve going all-out in the holiday spirit.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: 8-player Smash, Mewtwo & Ridley

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: 8-player Smash, Mewtwo & Ridley

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U may well be the most hotly anticipated Nintendo title for the holidays, and so the Japanese gaming firm isn't stinting on features. The game will include a whopping eight player "Smash" mode during which players will be able to compete simultaneously in local multiplayer on specially-enlarged stages, as well as the ability to create custom stages and - eventually - share them with other players. Meanwhile, there are some benefits for those who have Super Smash Bros. on both Wii U and 3DS, too.

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Pokemon Art Academy release ready for holiday season

Pokemon Art Academy release ready for holiday season

This October 24th - tomorrow, that is - Pokemon Art Academy will be released for Nintendo 3DS. This is the game announced earlier this year, the one that'll teach you to draw Pokemon characters from scratch! Inside this "game" you'll find many of your favorite Pokemon images to work with including Pikachu, Torchic, Treecko, and Mudkip. You'll recognize those last three as your three standard Partner Pokemon from the upcoming releases Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - there'll be more from that release, too!

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Xbox One to get screenshot capability in 2015

Xbox One to get screenshot capability in 2015

If you are an Xbox One owner who is counting the days until your Xbox One gets the ability to take screen shots, you have a while to wait. Xbox head Phil Spencer recently confirmed that the ability to take a screen shot won't land for the Xbox One until 2015. Many Xbox One gamers were expecting that feature to land along with the update coming in December. Spencer blames the omission on the glut of new consoles expected to be purchased in December.

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PlayStation Experience details drop with ticket sales inbound

PlayStation Experience details drop with ticket sales inbound

Earlier this month Sony revealed that it wants to get its fans together for a big shindig in Las Vegas called PlayStation Experience. During this two-day event, gamers are promised all sorts of fun activities spanning the gamut from gaming to developer panels with a bunch of stuff between. When it was announced, Sony only revealed the price of tickets, saying that it would be back at a future date with info on when they can be purchased. That future date was yesterday.

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Sunset Overdrive launch done with real, actual explosions

Sunset Overdrive launch done with real, actual explosions

If you’re one of the lucky few (like us) to be playing Sunset Overdrive in advance of the game’s launch, you’ll know that there are lots and lots of explosions. So very many explosions. You literally cannot play the game without making explosions happen extremely frequently. In celebration of this, Xbox and Insomniac Games are bringing on a week of explosions in the real world, and you get to see them right this minute - below, that is to say. You'll need to press play, too.

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Camp Pokemon app goes mobile for iPhone and iPad

Camp Pokemon app goes mobile for iPhone and iPad

The new Camp Pokemon app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch isn’t the full Pokemon experience. It’ll do an amazing job of bringing you back to the glory days of Pokemon Snap, if that’s your brand of Poke-entertainment, but it’s not quite the full Poke-experience. It does show, on the other hand, how far The Pokemon Company International has gotten from their hard-bar ban on releasing any apps outside the Nintendo ecosphere. It shows that some day we might very well get the real deal.

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