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E3 Coliseum: Accessibility in Games

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Meanwhile, in America, there's an official Xbox doll accessory set

I have far too many amiibo on my desk to complain about dolls, but there’s something oddly Chucky-like about this new, officially-licensed Xbox product. If you’re not US-based then you probably aren’t familiar with the American Girl doll range – not that there’s much explaining needed. It’s a doll range. And there’s now a set of official Xbox accessories to go with it.Included in the Xbox Gaming Set is a dinky Xbox One S and controller, a faux-leather gaming chair, wireless gaming headset and two “fun game discs” and cases. The two games are named “Bloks” and “Dance”.Read more…

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Games need to take a Minit and think about their huge worlds

Time limits are a much maligned bit of game design. A single level with a race against time is fine, Halo’s final warthog run or Call of Duty Modern Warfare’s desperate fight through a nuclear silo. But turn that into a whole game? People still argue over The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Dead Rising. The creeping pressure is quite the stress, and finding a balance that still pays off people’s potentially lengthy investment should they fail to meet certain actions in time is evidently not easy. Minit’s solution is right there in the name and it’s magic. Minit…

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Games need to take a Minit and think about their huge worlds

Time limits are a much maligned bit of game design. A single level with a race against time is fine, Halo’s final warthog run or Call of Duty Modern Warfare’s desperate fight through a nuclear silo. But turn that into a whole game? People still argue over The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Dead Rising. The creeping pressure is quite the stress, and finding a balance that still pays off people’s potentially lengthy investment should they fail to meet certain actions in time is evidently not easy. Minit’s solution is right there in the name and it’s magic. Minit…

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This week's best deals: God of War, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One X bundles, and more

Once more, we close the book on yet another E3. Whether or not you feel like you saw what you wanted to see, it was certainly the annual spectacle we’ve come to expect. At the very least, we’ve seen some Death Stranding and as such, it seems we now have the video game version of Kevin Costner’s The Postman we’ve all quietly wanted for years. On top of all of that, we’ve got another batch of this week’s best deals to check over.As usual, we’ve got deals that’ll work in the UK, deals that’ll work in the US and some…

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This week's best deals: God of War, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One X bundles, and more

Once more, we close the book on yet another E3. Whether or not you feel like you saw what you wanted to see, it was certainly the annual spectacle we’ve come to expect. At the very least, we’ve seen some Death Stranding and as such, it seems we now have the video game version of Kevin Costner’s The Postman we’ve all quietly wanted for years. On top of all of that, we’ve got another batch of this week’s best deals to check over.As usual, we’ve got deals that’ll work in the UK, deals that’ll work in the US and some…

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The best moments of E3 2018

E3 is the sort of thing that publishers and developers spend the whole year planning for. It’s grand gestures and big reveals. But sometimes it’s also something much more appealing – quirky little moments in games, fleeting instances where you glimpse something truly human happening. Here, then, are the best individual moments of E3 2018, with GIFs where appropriate. The Cyberpunk 2077 commuter with his head on fire Is the follow-up to The Witcher 3 channelling Blade Runner? No – it’s channelling Robocop, and this beautiful, comical, horrifying moment proves it.Read more…

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The best moments of E3 2018

E3 is the sort of thing that publishers and developers spend the whole year planning for. It’s grand gestures and big reveals. But sometimes it’s also something much more appealing – quirky little moments in games, fleeting instances where you glimpse something truly human happening. Here, then, are the best individual moments of E3 2018, with GIFs where appropriate. The Cyberpunk 2077 commuter with his head on fire Is the follow-up to The Witcher 3 channelling Blade Runner? No – it’s channelling Robocop, and this beautiful, comical, horrifying moment proves it.Read more…

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Rage 2 sees Avalanche and Id pull off what could be the perfect double-act

It is, if nothing else, quite the double act. There’s Id’s Tim Willits, diminutive in stature yet towering in presence, and a man that, if you’d let him, would surely happily never stop talking. He’s pacing to and fro around a meeting room on the upper floors of Avalanche’s main studio, asking everyone assembled if they’ve got any good jokes about Stockholm, putting on a short one-man show before rattling his way through a presentation on Rage 2, the game his own studio Id is assisting Avalanche with. And then there’s Avalanche’s Magnus Nedfors – a towering man whose height…

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