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Former dictator’s Call of Duty lawsuit heats up: creative freedom at stake

Former dictator’s Call of Duty lawsuit heats up: creative freedom at stake

The alternate history genre is a popular one, and has been around for as long as humans have been making up stories. Historical figures and events are often used in fictional works that take a creative license when it comes to storylines and depictions. Abraham Lincoln, for example, was never a vampire hunter, but that didn't stop a movie about that idea from being created. This type of creative freedom could be at risk, however, if a former dictator's lawsuit against Activision over his portrayal in Call of Duty: Black Ops II succeeds.

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Maisie Williams talks about possible The Last of Us role

Maisie Williams talks about possible The Last of Us role

This past summer, a teaser poster for a theatrical rendition of The Last of Us was released at the San Diego Comic Con, and in it we got a glimpse of an unknown girl. It was during an SDCC panel that Maisie Williams -- best known for playing Arya Stark in Game of Thrones -- was revealed as being a contender for playing Ellie. Though the movie is still a long way off and details about it are slight, Williams recently confirmed that talks took place, and went into some details about what went down.

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PlayStation 4 trumped Xbox One in September sales

PlayStation 4 trumped Xbox One in September sales

In the latest console war, Sony has frequently trumped Microsoft with more PlayStation 4 sales than Xbox One sales. We've seen that reflected many times, such as at the year's beginning when the PS4 was deemed the bestselling console in the US in January. According to NPD, that reign is holding steady, and despite anticipation otherwise, the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One last month. This was despite Microsoft dangling a free game in gamers' faces last month, which many believed would boost the Xbox One's sales numbers.

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PlayStation 4 firmware 2.0 will include different background colors and more

PlayStation 4 firmware 2.0 will include different background colors and more

Following the Xbox One October update that was announced yesterday, Sony has revealed an expanded list detailing what gamers can expect from the PlayStation 4 system software 2.0 update. The latest software, which Sony has codenamed Masamune, has already been revealed to include things like Themes and Share Play -- the latest news builds upon this, and includes, among other things, the option to change the home screen's background to one of several colors.

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Xbox One October update rolling out: DLNA streaming and more

Xbox One October update rolling out: DLNA streaming and more

This month's Xbox One update is rolling out now, and with it comes a large roster of improvements, as well as some new features, among them being additional SmartGlass functionality and improved account security. Xbox One owners can head into the console's System menu under Settings to check if the update has rolled their way. If it hasn't yet, fret not -- we've got all the details you need to know, as well as a video showing off the most notable improvements and features, after the jump.

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Minecraft used to create functional blocky iPhone

Minecraft used to create functional blocky iPhone

There's no shortage of amazing Minecraft creations, some of which are more "common" like replicas of famous destinations and fictional cities, and others that are pretty mind-blowing, like the 1KB HDD. Joining that latter category is the work of YouTube user SHUFFLE, who has created a "functional" iPhone in Minecraft. Obviously the pixelated creation won't be making calls or firing off messages, but within the blocky realm of its digital world, the smartphone is incredibly functional, including a working passcode, home screens that can be toggled through, and more.

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Sony targeting to sell PS4 in China by this December

Sony targeting to sell PS4 in China by this December

With Microsoft having just recently begun selling its Xbox One in China, Sony isn't about to let its PlayStation 4 be too far behind. While things haven't been finalized yet for the Japanese game console manufacturer, paperwork recently filed by Sony in order to get Chinese government approval shows that they looking to begin sales in December of this year, possibly shipping 200,000 units annually to begin with.

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PlayStation Experience is an event for the community

PlayStation Experience is an event for the community

Sony's PlayStation events are always fun, but you may not have been able to attend one yet. If that is the case, you are in luck: Sony has announced an upcoming event that will last for two days and that is specifically for its gaming community. Called PlayStation Experience, the two-day event will be held this coming December in Las Vegas -- Sony says it has been "planning this bad boy for some time", and that it'll be just in time for the console's 20th anniversary.

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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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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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