Published: June 19, 2013
Microsoft has relented against the torrent of Internet backlash regarding the sharing and trading of used games on it's upcoming console, the Xbox One.
In a blog post entitled "Your Feedback Matters" on news.xbox.com, Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, said the next-gen console will no longer force users to check back with Microsoft servers once every 24 hours for the console to function — a move that had been called "a sin against all servicemembers" and drawn collective moans from gamers in deployed areas, where steady Internet connections are hard to come by.
“Company of Heroes 2” fights on WWII’s Eastern Front. Courtesy of Sega
Published: June 19, 2013
Console games were in the spotlight at the Electronic Entertainment in Los Angeles this month, but several computer games also looked very promising.
In most cases, developers did not have release dates, but they all had short hands-on demos for E3 attendees.
A controller for the new PlayStation 4 is on display at the Sony PlayStation E3 media briefing in Los Angeles, Monday, June 10, 2013. AP
Published: June 11, 2013
In recent months, Sony and Microsoft announced their entries in the latest battle between the consoles. Monday brought Round One of the brawl.
Dueling news conferences prior to the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles provided an odd spectacle: One fighter landed heavy body blows while the other punched himself in the face.
U.S. naval commanders, ordered to move the bulk of their fleet to the Pacific theater, say it’s clear that China is building a “blue-water navy,” capable of sustained operations across oceans and able to project power far from the home country.
Not long ago, China was the darling of its less powerful Asian neighbors with its growing economic importance and a policy of non-interference in external affairs that contrasted with bellicose U.S. foreign policy after 9/11. But a recent series of incidents has raised individual and collective concerns from India on one side to Japan and the Philippines on the other.
Changing of the Guard takes place every hour or half hour - depending on the season - at Arlington National Cemetery in a precise ritual that draws many tourists.
About the Authors
Brian Bowers is Stars and Stripes’ Assitant Managing Editor for Europe and Mideast and one of its video game
reviewers. He joined the newspaper in 1992 in Germany, where he worked on the
news desk and the city desk. He has a wife and three children, who are always
eager to help him test games.
Sam Laney joined Stars and Stripes’ in 2007 as a copy/layout editor, and slowly convinced upper management to support his video game habit. Since then, he’s added game reviews and previews to his list of duties and moved on to the iPad. When he’s not rocking newbies in “Left4Dead2,” he covers PC and Nintendo systems.