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By Dave Gilmore | June 5, 2012
Microsoft led off the lineup of developers and publishers who will be showcasing everything new in digital entertainment at this week's E3expo in Los Angeles. While the news out of Redmond was very heavy on the Xbox's capabilities as a media center, there was still plenty of gaming news and announcements for the coming fall and following year on the world's best-selling console. Microsoft Studios president Phil Spencer proclaimed this year as the “biggest year ever for games on the Xbox.” Not surprisingly, Microsoft opened the event with an extended trailer for “Halo 4” (in stores Nov. 6)
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
This time of year, dozens of children across the country die after being forgotten inside sweltering cars. A group of Johns Hopkins University students may have found a way to ensure that parents remember even a silently sleeping baby. As part of a yearlong senior project in engineering, three classmates designed a system, built from popular video game technology, they say will be able to sense a baby's breathing. They modified Xbox's "Kinect" device, perhaps best known for living-room dance competitions, to detect children or pets from a mount in a car's backseat.
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By Dave Gilmore | April 30, 2012
News Roundup •••• Some extremely juicy details about the exciting “God of War: Ascension” have surfaced, with some nuts and bolts of how the new multiplayer mode will function. Add this to your list of “reasons I own a PS3.” [ USA Today ] ••••  Evidence is pointing to the first bit of long-awaited “Skyrim” DLC being a) not far off and b) having something to do with Snow Elves and crossbows. Let's be honest, the “Skyrim” DLC could be anything and we'd all buy it sight unseen.
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Patrick Maynard and Dana Amihere and The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
Check back on this slug frequently for updated details about the Xbox release. Microsoft today showcased details of its next-generation gaming platform, Xbox One, which will succeed the Xbox 360. The announcement at Microsoft's Redmond campus followed significant speculation about the new device, which is expected to include a built-in version of the formerly detached Kinect module. Don Mattrick, president of the interactive entertainment business, debuted the box at 1 p.m. EST Tuesday, with the Microsoft team showing off a "hub"-style device that relies heavily on voice commands and gestures for control.
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By Dave Gilmore | June 6, 2012
Microsoft thinks consumers aren't viewing their favorite games, movies and television shows on enough screens.   That's the premise behind “SmartGlass,” a feature debuting later this year that is designed to enhance the entertainment experience by simultaneously invading your Xbox, smartphone and tablet.   At Monday's E3 event in Los Angeles, the “SmartGlass” hinted at some practical luxuries, such as picking up a show from a pause-point on your TV and taking it with you on your tablet.
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By Dave Gilmore | May 14, 2012
News Roundup •••• "Tomb Raider," a reboot of the classic series, has been delayed until Q1 of 2013. Darrell Gallagher, head of Crystal Dynamics (who is developing the game), announced the news via a post on the Eidos forums. [ Gamespot ] •••• Investors are trying to recoup their losses on a failed "Stargate" MMORPG that was due to launch in 2010. Things have gone to court, with the game's developer alleged to have mislead investors to the tune of $50 million.
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By Dave Gilmore | May 2, 2012
Six months after the game's initial release, the whispers of the first expansion pack for Bethesda Softworks' "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" have finally been confirmed . The pack is titled "Dawnguard. " The name is, as far as we know, unique within the Elder Scrolls universe, and isn't referenced in any in-game literature (according to the very useful Elder Scrolls Wiki ). If you consider the "Dawn" part of the name, the location immediately seems to point to the northern Skyrim city of Dawnstar, which is near the edge of the current playable map. Of course, "Dawn" could point to time, not location.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2011
To anyone who's ever watched Michael Phelps ' legendary dolphin kick, his picture-perfect dives or his power strokes and thought, "I can do better," soon you'll be able to give it a go — without even getting wet. The first details emerged Wednesday of a video game, two years in the making, called " Michael Phelps — Push the Limit. " The sports simulation game for Xbox 360, what looks to be the first action game involving swimming, promises to give players a realistic sense of what it takes to be an elite swimmer, if not beat one. "It brings alive what it's like to be someone like Michael Phelps , swimming at the absolute most competitive point in the swimming world," said Peter Matiss, vice president of marketing at 505 Games, the small Los Angeles-based company that's publishing it. "In the best moments, you really feel like you're in the game.
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Patrick Maynard and Dana Amihere and The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
Check back on this slug frequently for updated details about the Xbox release. Microsoft today showcased details of its next-generation gaming platform, Xbox One, which will succeed the Xbox 360. The announcement at Microsoft's Redmond campus followed significant speculation about the new device, which is expected to include a built-in version of the formerly detached Kinect module. Don Mattrick, president of the interactive entertainment business, debuted the box at 1 p.m. EST Tuesday, with the Microsoft team showing off a "hub"-style device that relies heavily on voice commands and gestures for control.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | May 4, 2012
News Roundup •••• Wouldn't it be fun to buy a monthly fee for your Xbox and Kinect like you do with your cell phone? It looks like that's going to be an option for folks who want to pay $99 for hardware then shell out around $15 a month as a subscription fee. [ The Verge , h/t @ KingPajamas ] •••• Bethesda has been hard at work at “The Elder Scrolls Online” since 2007, but its existence was finally confirmed this week. The MMO will take place before the events of the console games, and from the early details released, seems like it will be your bog standard medieval fantasy MMO set in a world players already know.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | June 6, 2012
Microsoft thinks consumers aren't viewing their favorite games, movies and television shows on enough screens.   That's the premise behind “SmartGlass,” a feature debuting later this year that is designed to enhance the entertainment experience by simultaneously invading your Xbox, smartphone and tablet.   At Monday's E3 event in Los Angeles, the “SmartGlass” hinted at some practical luxuries, such as picking up a show from a pause-point on your TV and taking it with you on your tablet.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | June 5, 2012
Microsoft led off the lineup of developers and publishers who will be showcasing everything new in digital entertainment at this week's E3expo in Los Angeles. While the news out of Redmond was very heavy on the Xbox's capabilities as a media center, there was still plenty of gaming news and announcements for the coming fall and following year on the world's best-selling console. Microsoft Studios president Phil Spencer proclaimed this year as the “biggest year ever for games on the Xbox.” Not surprisingly, Microsoft opened the event with an extended trailer for “Halo 4” (in stores Nov. 6)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | May 14, 2012
News Roundup •••• "Tomb Raider," a reboot of the classic series, has been delayed until Q1 of 2013. Darrell Gallagher, head of Crystal Dynamics (who is developing the game), announced the news via a post on the Eidos forums. [ Gamespot ] •••• Investors are trying to recoup their losses on a failed "Stargate" MMORPG that was due to launch in 2010. Things have gone to court, with the game's developer alleged to have mislead investors to the tune of $50 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | May 4, 2012
News Roundup •••• Wouldn't it be fun to buy a monthly fee for your Xbox and Kinect like you do with your cell phone? It looks like that's going to be an option for folks who want to pay $99 for hardware then shell out around $15 a month as a subscription fee. [ The Verge , h/t @ KingPajamas ] •••• Bethesda has been hard at work at “The Elder Scrolls Online” since 2007, but its existence was finally confirmed this week. The MMO will take place before the events of the console games, and from the early details released, seems like it will be your bog standard medieval fantasy MMO set in a world players already know.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | May 2, 2012
Six months after the game's initial release, the whispers of the first expansion pack for Bethesda Softworks' "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" have finally been confirmed . The pack is titled "Dawnguard. " The name is, as far as we know, unique within the Elder Scrolls universe, and isn't referenced in any in-game literature (according to the very useful Elder Scrolls Wiki ). If you consider the "Dawn" part of the name, the location immediately seems to point to the northern Skyrim city of Dawnstar, which is near the edge of the current playable map. Of course, "Dawn" could point to time, not location.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | April 30, 2012
News Roundup •••• Some extremely juicy details about the exciting “God of War: Ascension” have surfaced, with some nuts and bolts of how the new multiplayer mode will function. Add this to your list of “reasons I own a PS3.” [ USA Today ] ••••  Evidence is pointing to the first bit of long-awaited “Skyrim” DLC being a) not far off and b) having something to do with Snow Elves and crossbows. Let's be honest, the “Skyrim” DLC could be anything and we'd all buy it sight unseen.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
This time of year, dozens of children across the country die after being forgotten inside sweltering cars. A group of Johns Hopkins University students may have found a way to ensure that parents remember even a silently sleeping baby. As part of a yearlong senior project in engineering, three classmates designed a system, built from popular video game technology, they say will be able to sense a baby's breathing. They modified Xbox's "Kinect" device, perhaps best known for living-room dance competitions, to detect children or pets from a mount in a car's backseat.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | April 13, 2012
News Roundup •••• It was a busy week down in Bethesda, with the “Skyrim” developers trademarking the game's signature “Fus Ro Dah” shout. Crap, now I owe them $17. More pertient to gamers is the announcement that over 200 voice commands will be added via a free Kinect support download for Xbox 360 users later this month. [ PC Ga mer , PC Mag ] •••• ... but the National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviews says “Minecraft” is better.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | April 13, 2012
News Roundup •••• It was a busy week down in Bethesda, with the “Skyrim” developers trademarking the game's signature “Fus Ro Dah” shout. Crap, now I owe them $17. More pertient to gamers is the announcement that over 200 voice commands will be added via a free Kinect support download for Xbox 360 users later this month. [ PC Ga mer , PC Mag ] •••• ... but the National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviews says “Minecraft” is better.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | April 6, 2012
News Roundup •••• The PAX East gaming convention kicks off today in Boston, with the fans and journalists eager to get a hands-on look at titles like Harmonix's newest offering, “Rock Band Blitz.” It's expected that Nintendo will share some more Wii U news, along with a rumored “ amazing announcement ” from BioWare. [ Pax East ] •••• Newly-minted NBA superstar Jeremy Lin is catching up on his gaming while recovering from surgery.
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