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Bleep. Bop. Boop. Remember when video games sounded like that? Well, no more. Chiptunes dominated the mid eighties – stunning creations from only two or three channels of sound. And now, Tommy Tallarico travels the globe with an incredibly successful live show featuring classic and modern video game soundtracks performed by full orchestras. DOOM is one of the best shooters of the year – fast, frantic and frenetic, it’s been rightly lauded. But you might have missed – in the cacophony of gunfire and explosions – that it has a stunning soundtrack. That soundtrack might me about to pick up … Read More »

The debate about whether videogames are ‘art’ or not continues to rage on and on – but whatever side of that particular fence on which you stand, one thing isn’t up for debate: they certainly contain art. Games can be visually arresting for many reasons, but with the power under the hood of this latest generation of consoles we’re finding ourselves wowed more and more every day. The first Titanfall looked nice enough, to be sure – workmanlike some might say, in its depiction of off world mining colonies and an inter-planetary battle for control. There was variety aplenty, people looked … Read More »

Every week, Destiny blogger DeeJ brings us news about the world of Destiny but this week is something of interest. As you may be aware, Destiny has a companion app for mobile devices and even it’s official website is a companion itself, so it’s no news that they’re constantly updating the features of what you can do with the app. Most notable; a while back they incorporated the ability to transfer your items to and from the vault, without having to visit any of the social spaces. A cried-out fan request and favourite that we can’t seem to live without … Read More »

It’s a mad, bad, dangerous world, and video games offer an escape from reality. That’s the commonly held theory, at any rate; a theory held, in particular, by people who don’t play video games. But games offer so much more than that. They offer a window into our world, and help us make sense of it. They can help us relate to people, to places and to circumstances that we don’t quite fully understand – and that has the potential to bring us closer together. And games help us make sense of ourselves. And often, we don’t see any of that – we’re … Read More »

Yes, it’s only October but the Christmas Hype starts earlier every year here in the Xbox One UK Castle. And we’re especially excited to see Numskull’s exciting range of traditional Christmas apparel. Nestled cosily amongst the festive AT-ATs, Spidermen and Chun-Lis you’ll find Spartan John-117, Halo‘s Master Chief himself, riffing on his most iconic line. Being able to spend Christmas Day with everyone’s favourite seven foot tall armoured killing machine is, obviously, what Christmas is all about.< We’ll let you click through to www.numskull.co.uk to find out how much a jumper you’ll wear for half a day and then abandon when ... Read More »

We all know how the Call of Duty franchise works.  November comes around and one of the now three developers puts out the latest Call of Duty game.  We see many different variations of the game sold, bundled with knick knacks and other cool toys that appeal to the most hardcore of fans.  They are great side items and usually accent a part of the new main game.  But what if the gamers would rather just have the add on instead of the actual game? One of our editors, Brian, spoke yesterday about how Activision is bundling its next game … Read More »

We were all sad to see Ellen leave Xbox On – Xbox One UK’s official YouTube channel – but today the rebooted Xbox On channel was trailed with none other than SquidGaming’s Lydia filling the left hand side of our screens, alongside Scottish stalwart @AceyBongos (Graeme Boyd) and the quirkily-haired @BennyCentral. You might know Lydia from SquidGaming, or from her occasional appearance as a talking head on the sadly-departed Videogame Nation, but now you’ll see much more of her on Xbox On – a job she herself says she’s wanted for years and years. Alongside a new presenter (and a … Read More »

This one is going out to all those people in comments who type “Skate 3” after each backwards compatible article. Why yearn for the old when you can join a campaign for something new? The Berrics, one of the larger and more recognisable skateboarding companies and regular partner of the Skate series, has started a campaign through Instagram to “Make America Skate Again”. Basically, they want Skate 4. And rightly so, because Skate was awesome! #SKATE4 Join the movement. @makeeaskateagain 👉Link in bio for more info👈 #MAKEeaSKATEAGAIN A photo posted by The Berrics (@berrics) on Sep 14, 2016 at 1:16pm … Read More »

Loot Crate have teamed up with 343 Industries to bring a bi-monthly Halo-themed crate. We’ve subscribed, natch. Because, well, Halo. Take my money. The beauty of Loot Crate (and other similar secret box services) is that – beyond the theme – you don’t know exactly what Mr Postman will be bringing you. Of course, those behind these services like to drop little hints – otherwise no one would sign up for fear all they’d receive is a box of old socks (note: must buy socks). For the Halo Legendary Loot Crate, the first of those hints have started a-droppin’, in … Read More »

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