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Masiv / May 15, 2019


It seems bizarre when you think about it, but Microsoft will be the only first-party publisher hosting a traditional press conference at E3 2019. Sony has backed out of the show completely, and Nintendo will once again be presenting a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct show to reveal its latest games. This means, however, that Microsoft has the chance to establish itself as the big player at E3 2019, and you will not want to miss the show. Here’s how to watch the Xbox E3 briefing, and what to expect in terms of both games and hardware announcements.

How to Watch
Microsoft will hold its Xbox E3 Briefing on Sunday, June 9 at 4 p.m. EDT. This is later than the company’s shows have often been in the past, but with the impending launch of Project xCloud and new systems on the horizon, you can expect a lengthy presentation.

The press conference will be available on several different platforms, including YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook. Alternatively, you can also watch the press conference on Microsoft’s live streaming platform Mixer.

What to Expect
Microsoft has several announced games in the works for Xbox One and PC, along with potentially whatever comes next. We expect to see the majority of those games at E3 2019. We could also get more news on hardware, such as the new Xbox One S All-Digital console, and more Project xCloud news.

One of the biggest upcoming games for Xbox One is Gears 5, which was given the spotlight at last year’s event with a look at the story from Kait’s perspective. With the game reportedly releasing on September 10, we expect there to be plenty of gameplay shown during the presentation. This will likely include multiplayer, which is still a relative unknown, as well as more information on the interpersonal drama shown thus far.

343 Industries has already confirmed that the upcoming game Halo Infinite will appear during the Xbox E3 press conference, but it remains to be seen how much of the game will actually be ready for primetime. Last year’s reveal was primarily designed to show off the new Slipspace Engine powering the shooter, and it gave us a look at Master Chief’s armor as it appears with the game’s updated visual style.

Just like the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening, Microsoft publishes a new Forza game every single year. Last year saw the release of Forza Horizon 4, which means it’s almost certainly going to be Forza Motorsport 8 releasing this year. These announcements are typically made during the Xbox E3 press conferences accompanied by whatever car is on the cover this year, and with an increased focus on Xbox One X compatibility and 4K resolution, expect it to be one of the prettiest games of the show.

Microsoft is planning to hold public trials for its Project xCloud game-streaming service later this year, and the company has already shown a game running on its servers. During E3 2019, expect more features for Project xCloud to be announced as Microsoft attempts to differentiate it from Google Stadia.

More than two years ago, Playground Games opened a second studio, separate from the Forza Horizon team, to work on an unannounced project. The company was acquired by Microsoft before E3 2018, and as work continues on that project, rumors have swirled that it could be a new entry in the Fable series. This has not been confirmed by Microsoft or Playground Games, but given the time spent since the second studio opened, it seems likely that it will be revealed this June.
Masiv / Nov 29, 2018


We now know what one of the more than 10 game announcements coming at The Game Awards next week will be. Show organizer Geoff Keighley revealed today that Fallout: New Vegas 2 was among other games that Eternity developer Obsidian will reveal during the awards show.

As announced previously, the title will be published by Rockstar Games' parent company Take-Two Interactive's new indie publishing company Private Division. Microsoft recently acquired Obsidian, but the developer's new game will still be published by Private Division. It remains to be seen how Microsoft may be involved.

The Obsidian website now features a pop-up that displays a number of interesting teasers. According to Kotaku's Jason Schreier, the new game is being worked on by two Fallout 1's designers, Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky.

Nothing else is known about Obsidian's new RPG, but Keighley confirmed on Twitter that it is not a mobile game. Additionally, Obsidian already confirmed the game won't have any microtransactions.

The Game Awards 2018 takes place on Thursday, December 6 at 8:30PM EST. Airing live from Los Angeles, the 5th annual show celebrates the best video games and esports of the year, and world premieres the most anticipated games of the future. One of the other reveals could be Alien: Blackout for console and PC, but that's all we know so far.

The Game Awards aren’t available on television, but you can stream them from a variety of different services across multiple devices. Last year’s show was streamed on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook Live, Steam, and Mixer, as well as directly through Xbox One and PlayStation.
Do video games cause violenence?
By Masiv
Have you heard 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.