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Masiv / Jun 11, 2017


The next version of Microsoft's long running Xbox line of video game consoles is named Xbox One X. It costs $500, and launches November 7.

Microsoft detailed the new console during a press briefing in Los Angeles. The Xbox One X looks strikingly similar to the Xbox One S (Microsoft's previous console), but is notably smaller.

The other big difference about the Xbox One X is how powerful it is.

It's capable of powering 4K gaming — the next step up in graphical fidelity after HD — as well as 4K Blu-ray discs. It's got "six teraflops" of processing power, which means it's far more powerful than the current models of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — even the new, more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro.

The console is being touted as the most powerful game console ever made, and Microsoft says it's also the smallest Xbox ever made. 

Aside from being powerful and small, the Xbox One X is an Xbox One: It can play all your existing Xbox One and Xbox 360 backwards compatible games. It also works with all your existing Xbox One accessories, from gamepads to racing wheels.



Xbox One X was previously announced as "Project Scorpio," and Microsoft only showed off its chip at the time. The Xbox One X console is expected to launch on November 7, starting at $500.
Falconer / May 11, 2017


Square-Enix has just announced that they are splitting their partnership with IO Interactive putting the future of the Hitman series in doubt. In 2009, Square-Enix took control of IO & is currently has begun negotiations with potential new investors to keep it going.

Square-Enix is keeping the IP for Hitman while discarding IO. This is what happened to the great Sleeping Dogs game which since has been dead as a series.

Square-Enix Statment
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Do video games cause violenence?
By Masiv
Have you hearing about how violent video games somehow make people (young people) go out and kill for real? First, let me say that games, movies, and TV do not show violence. No one is really killed or even hurt for that matter. Safety is a priority for the industry. Everyone knows that. What you are watching is the artistic depiction of violence.

In Xavier Morales' review of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Vol I, entitled "Beauty and violence", he calls the film "a groundbreaking aestheticization of violence." Morales says that the film, which he calls "easily one of the most violent movies ever made" is "a breathtaking landscape in which art and violence coalesce into one unforgettable aesthetic experience".

Film critics analyzing violent film images that seek to aesthetically please the viewer mainly fall into two categories. Critics who see depictions of violence in film as superficial and exploitative argue that it leads audience members to become desensitized to brutality, thus increasing their aggression. On the other hand, critics who view violence as a type of content, or as a theme, claim it is cathartic and provides "acceptable outlets for anti-social impulses.

Either way, when you engage someone in the debate about violent games and anti-social behavior, be sure to remind them that what we are seeing is not really violent, it's the artistic depiction of violence. Just like when they were watching cowboys and Indians as a kid. Did it make them want to seek out Indians (or anyone else) and kill them. NO. It's just entertainment.