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Masiv / Jun 15, 2015
Xbox 360 backwards compatibility finally makes its way to Xbox One.

Microsoft’s Xbox One can run circles around its predecessor in terms of processing power … so why can’t it play the same games? As it turns out, it can. During its E3 2015 press conference, Microsoft announced backward compatibility that will allow you to play Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One.

According to the company, developers will not need to port their Xbox 360 games over to the Xbox One, since the process is automatic. Customers will have two ways to load old titles. If they bought an Xbox 360 game through Xbox Live, they’ll be able to simply re-download it on the Xbox One. If they own a game on a disc, the Xbox One will copy it to its hard drive, but still check for the physical disc before launching the game. Old Xbox 360 games will be able to take advantage of new Xbox One features, like taking in-game screenshots.

As for which Xbox 360 games will get the backwards compatibility treatment, Microsoft looks to release backward-compatible titles in waves. The first wave includes Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Hexic HD, Kameo, Mass Effect, Perfect Dark Zero, Small Arms, Super Meat Boy, Toy Soldiers, and Viva Piñata, among others. You can check out the complete first wave here, but based on the above screenshot found on Neogaf, we should expect Halo: Reach, Halo 3: ODST, Borderlands, Gears of War, and Alan Wake, as well as other titles, released in future waves.

Xbox 360 backwards compatibility will be available for Xbox Preview users today, with general Xbox One owners getting the feature in a system update later this year.
Falconer / Jun 03, 2015

A few moments ago Fallout 4 was announced on Bethesda's own site proving that this, unlike so many others, was not a fake. Bethesda have released a Fallout 4 Site HERE

From the looks of things we'll have our own home with garage, a German Shepard dog, and we might even be a survivor of the war that wiped out mankind!

According the the Official Site more will be revealed at E3 coming up in 13 days.
« October 2015 »
Do video games cause violenence?
By Masiv
I'm tired of 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.