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Phil Spencer Discusses Gaming’s Inspirational Value, Positive Workplace Culture
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Phil Spencer Discusses Gaming’s Inspirational Value, Positive Workplace Culture

Phil Spencer’s date with destiny began when his father brought home a Sinclair ZX81. Together, they’d play and create games. On stage at the 21st Annual DICE Awards, Spencer appeared wistful as he recalled the fearsome monsters of Ultima Online, and credited the MMORPG for being the first to create a genuine feeling of immersion. He revealed his imagination was captured not by “people in history, but what people have built together and accomplished together” — virtual worlds included. Spencer has stuck with this vision in his role as Xbox Chief: read more

Kick-ass Onrush Gameplay Keeps Hype Meter Up
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Kick-ass Onrush Gameplay Keeps Hype Meter Up

Codemasters is probably best known for realistic racing games like Grid Autosport, the Dirt series, and yearly F1 releases. Onrush is something a little different. It’s not quite Micro Machines, but it really seems to zero in on arcade flavours rather than straight-up simulation. Game Director Paul Rustchynsky believes this is something that’s missing in today’s console marketplace. He says “gamers are crying out for” an arcade hero. Onrush seeks to fulfil that role not with a cape, but with sick nitro boosts, blazing fast battles, and antics so jaw-dropping Houdini’s eyes would pop out. read more

Somewhere: The Vault Papers is a Dangerously Immersive Mobile Adventure
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Somewhere: The Vault Papers is a Dangerously Immersive Mobile Adventure

A real-time twist on the Catch Me If You Can formula, Somewhere: The Vault Papers positions you in a treacherous whistleblowing case as a fugitive’s assistant. Cat is her name. She’s a journalist gone rogue. After one of her text messages accidentally reaches your number, you’re stuck between two options: destroy the evidence and look even more suspicious, or help her investigate what the hell’s going on. You choose the latter. read more

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The Most Astonishing Video Game Myths That Turned Out To Be True

When it comes to video games, the rumor mills are constantly churning out ridiculous theories about secret metaphors hidden deep within the games by clever developers. Although most of the time these rumors are dismissed as merely over-imaginative analysis, occasionally we come across claims that are so convincing that they beg for an official confirmation or debunking. Here are 14 such game myths that actually turned out to be completely true. read more