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iOS 8.1 reported to prevent game emulators from working

iOS 8.1 reported to prevent game emulators from working

For once, this isn't actually about Apple actively blocking legally questionable apps from setting up shop in the iTunes App Store right from the start. This is about emulators for popular gaming consoles and handhelds no longer working because the upcoming iOS 8.1 update will finally plug up a vulnerability previously in place that allowed such apps to thrive. While good for security, it leaves users of such gaming apps out in the cold, with no way to get back in to enjoy older games again.

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Xbox One custom backgrounds confirmed by Phil Spencer

Xbox One custom backgrounds confirmed by Phil Spencer

The folks over at TiC Podcast spoke to Phil Spencer earlier today, and during the nearly 40 minute podcast they touched on a lot of topics, not the least of which is Xbox One custom backgrounds. During the talk, Spencer confirmed that such functionality will be coming to the console in due time, being joined by things like a screenshot feature and themes. When exactly they'll be arriving is still anyone's guess, but he confirmed that they are all in the works right now.

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Alien: Isolation is just the first of the age of Terror Games

Alien: Isolation is just the first of the age of Terror Games

When I played Alien: Isolation for the first time, I got sick to my stomach. It was a physical necessity that I stop playing - and I hadn’t even seen the Alien itself yet. Now is the next age of the horror game. Not just horror for the gamer - not just a place where you can get out an tune out. Instead you’re trapped in a space station with the perfect organism, one that cannot be killed, one that’s never been so real to you as it is here and now, discovering you having a nervous breakdown in a staff locker.

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Is Xbox One’s Kinect dead?

Is Xbox One’s Kinect dead?

Earlier this year Microsoft revealed their response to the $100-cheaper PlayStation 4 in the form of an Xbox One without the Kinect. Previous to this reveal of the $399 Kinect-less Xbox One, there’d only been the Xbox One with Kinect, now called a "bundle", that was $499. Microsoft reported in July that their June Xbox One console sales had "more than doubled" due to the new standard sans-Kinect release. Fast-forward to October of 2014 - right now, that is - and that Kinect "bundle" might be on its way out the door completely.

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Bioshock makers join hands in surrealistic Black Glove game

Bioshock makers join hands in surrealistic Black Glove game

What do you do when the game development company you work for controversially closes up shop? Why band together to make a new game, of course! That is what some of Irrational Games' writers, artists, and developers, some of the very souls that have labored over Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite, are doing with Black Glove, described as an eerie, surrealistic game that gives a nod to the Arts and takes a few pages out of Bioshock's book, which is probably part of how its makers plan on making this game sell.

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Myst tipped to be coming to a TV near you

Myst tipped to be coming to a TV near you

Those who remember a time when you put in CDs, not DVDs, into PCs in order to install and play a game may have just jumped for joy or at the very least sported mild amusement on their faces. Myst, one of the unexpected successes of the gaming industry in the last two decades, is now rumored to be making a return to mainstream consciousness. Not as a remake, not as a remaster, and not as a film either, but as a new TV series. Well, maybe with a new game as well.

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PlayStation TV FAQ dropped ahead of launch

PlayStation TV FAQ dropped ahead of launch

Following the device's initial launch, word arrived that the PlayStation TV would be landing in the United States and Canada on October 14, which is nearly upon us (exactly one week away). Though we already know details about the device itself, Sony has released a list of FAQ on the North American launch specifically, among them being what hardware buyers can expect and what features will be available upon launch. We've sorted through all the info and picked out the important details you need to know.

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Smash Bros Wii U release set for November 21st

Smash Bros Wii U release set for November 21st

Timed right on top of the holiday season this year is Super Smash Bros for Wii U on November 21st, 2014. This release comes weeks after Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS, a game that was released on the 3rd of October. Despite having only been released this past weekend, Nintendo reports that they’ve already sold more than 2.8 million units of Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS worldwide. Nintendo also suggests that - in no small part due to Smash Bros - they’re set to have a strong holiday season.

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Digital Storm notebooks grab NVIDIA GTX 980M, 970M, 900M GPUs

Digital Storm notebooks grab NVIDIA GTX 980M, 970M, 900M GPUs

Prepare to light up your gaming on-the-go lifestyle with Digital Storm’s contribution to the next wave of gaming laptops. They’ll be charged up with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX cards to the tun of 900M, 970M and 980M, each of them bringing on Maxwell-age features. That includes extra-long battery life through optimizations galore. It includes graphics power that allows you to play the world’s finest AAA games. It includes "beyond 1080p graphics" with reliable power under the hood - which is good, since laptops DO have more than 1080p displays on the regular at this point in history.

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NVIDIA GTX 980M/970M unplug the gaming notebook

NVIDIA GTX 980M/970M unplug the gaming notebook

This week the folks at NVIDIA have revealed the next generation of graphics processors for gaming notebooks. With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M, you’ll find the first above-1080p desktop-level performance on a gaming notebook. That’s what NVIDIA suggests - and that’s what they’re aiming to deliver with a series of 5 notebooks launching with the GTX 980M and 970M, both with Maxwell architecture under the hood.

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