Australian Xbox One owners will soon be able to utilize the "Xbox, on" voice command to turn on their machines.
The command, which most Kinect-enabled Xbox One owners have enjoyed since the system launched last November, has been unavailable for those of us based in Australia (and other territories such as Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil.)
According to the latest Xbox Wire, the new functionality will arrive "in the coming months," alongside other updates such as a brand spanking new media player and overhauled social features. All of the features are currently available for members who can preview Xbox system updates, so if you have access, jump in, give it a try, and let us know if it understands our beautiful Australian twang.
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While still maintaining a fair amount of rough, rudimentary elements ("No more of that cowboy s***!" Larter's Agent McGuire scolds), "Chemistry" improved upon the pilot episode by not only keeping Sean Bean's Martin Odum mostly out of the undercover game, but also by focusing more intently on the larger conspiracy arc started last week with the murders of Bobby and the homeless man.
In fact, a whole new character - in Morris Chestnut's Agent Rice - was introduced to the series specifically to deal with the conspiracy side of the story. He's not even a part of Odum's usual team and exists, now, just to follow up on Odum's initial side investigation. Which, at this point, only serves to make Odum suspicious in Rice's eyes.
Zach Lipovsky will reportedly direct a 90-minute live-action movie of the Capcom zombie game Dead Rising for Legendary Entertainment, Crackle and executive producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
According to TheWrap, Lipovsky -- a visual effects pro who helmed the upcoming horror film Leprechaun: Origins -- will direct from a script by Tim Carter, who will also produce via his company Contradiction Films (Mortal Kombat: Legacy).
Dead Rising will receive an exclusive digital debut in the U.S. on Crackle before getting a later multi-platform release.
The Simpsons...is there any cartoon yellow family closer to our hearts? Certainly, there is not. With FXX's Simpsons marathon and app coming soon, we've rounded up our favorite toys, books, comics and collectibles from the classic show.
In the year 2000, Playmates Toys released the first wave of Simpsons action figures. Not only do they immortalize your favorite characters in yellow plastic, they talk when placed in different playset locations from the show. Each playset elicits different phrases from different characters, so you never know what classic line they'll belt out - unless you look it up online, of course - here's an exhaustive guide to all their catchphrases.
With Marvel movies announced through 2019, and plenty of currently untitled slots to fill, fans are of course speculating about what we may see next. In speaking with IGN, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige teased the oft-discussed Black Panther and Captain Marvel films as distinct possibilities to land on their slate.
When asked if those two - specifically - were characters that he'd like to bring to life on the big screen, Feige said, "Absolutely."
Adding, "They're both characters that we like, that development work has been done on and is continuing to be done on. Certainly, the public...it's the question I get asked more than anything else. More than Iron Man 4, more than Avengers 3. And that's sort of the first time that's really happened to us, so I think that makes a difference. I think that's something that we have to pay attention to."
Showtime is green-lighting third seasons for both of its hit drama series, Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. Both series will receive 12 one-hour episode orders, and will begin production in early 2015.
“Both Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex are quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain,” says Nevins. “These acclaimed shows are filled with complex and interesting characters and settings that will no doubt give audiences compelling television to invest in for seasons to come.”
is for every player to feel like an eSports star," said Vesselin Handjiev, game director at Crytek. "That shouldn't be reserved only for the top 5% of players."
Crytek is doing this by making Arena of Fate feel more like a traditional sport than other MOBAs -- primarily with new approaches to time limits, art design, and even terminology. The biggest difference, the 20-minute time limit, encourages faster paced play than in most other MOBAs where the unending clock allows for more defensive play. For example, if you're down on kills, there's no reason not to start a huge fight and hope to pull ahead before the clock hits zero.
"Teams start taking risks
It’s 1.30am and Jeffrey Yohalem is crouched cross-legged on his couch in his Montreal apartment. It’s a nice couch and an even nicer apartment, nicer than most writers could ever hope to afford (and Montreal rent is dirt cheap). But then, most writers haven’t won a Writers Guild of America Award for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and been nominated for a BAFTA for Far Cry 3. Jeffrey’s up late. Standard. He’ll usually “write from 2 to 7am.” He’s also in his underpants. He thinks our Skype window has not deigned to extend below the waist, that I haven’t noticed, but it has, and I have. I don’t want to embarrass him but I feel I should say something. He’s on a high, though.
Sarah Wayne Callies is currently battling the forces of mother nature in the disaster film Into the Storm. The actress faced her fair share of the force of fandom during her tenure on AMC's The Walking Dead as well. Lori Grimes was a controversial character at best and there was a significant segment of the viewership that called for her violent demise, until it finally arrived.
While speaking with IGN, Calllies first compared the action on The Walking Dead to that of Into the Storm, saying, "There's a sense that you can fight Walkers and win, you can't kill a tornado."
She then went on to speak about interacting with passionate a fanbase, saying, "So much of what we do as actors promoting something, you deal a lot with the press, or you shoot into the void and hope people like what you're doing...At
Jungle Book: Origins just received a big infusion of cast talent, with Hollywood stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, and more joining the Andy Serkis-directed film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bale (The Dark Knight Trilogy) will voice the panther Bagheera, while Blanchett (The Lord of the Rings), will take on the role of the python Kaa. Harris (Skyfall, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End) will lend her voice to the female wolf Nisha.
The other actors joining the Warner Bros. film include Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes), and Peter Mullan (Trainspotting). They will voice Shere Khan's underling Tabaqui, the wolf Vihaan, and Akela, respectively.
Marty and Destin return from Gamescom in Germany, where they got to be among the first in the world to play Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer. They tell us how Halo 2-y it feels. Plus: Madden 15's time limit on EA Access, a bigger hard drive for...Xbox 360, a Reddit app for Xbox One, what to expect in the September Xbox One system update, and the return of Get to Know Your Locksmiths.
Gaming accessories manufacturer Nyko has unveiled a new white edition of its modular charge station for the PlayStation 4.
The charging dock attaches to the top of the console and can charge two controllers simultaneously.
It's a new version of the black PS4 charging dock Nyko revealed earlier this year; its white shade is designed to match that of the forthcoming white PS4 that will be bundled with Destiny upon its release next month.
Something extraordinary happened during my Dawngate demo at Gamescom. The developer talked to me about his competitors' games and the good ideas he's using from them.
League of Legends and Dota 2 are two of the most successful games ever made. Now, big developers like EA and Gearbox are jumping on the MOBA train too. With the genre growing so crowded, there's bound to be an overlap of features and ideas. Rather than shy away from comparisons (the common tactic), Waystone Games' lead producer, Dave Cerra, refreshingly gave credit where it was due and explained how the team looked to its competitors for ideas.
In Dota 2, you can "attack" the enemy's economy by denying your own units before the other team has the chance to kill them for gold and experience. It's a deep and important system, but it's almost invisible to a new player, and you'll probably never quite understand it if you don't look for help externally. Cerra said it's a great system for Dota's play style, but Dawngate wants to take the same idea and make it easier to understand immediately.
Red Awakening is a recently-announced new multiplayer game by the small development studio Domino Effect.
Combining online multiplayer action with stealth mechanics and influences from the slasher horror movies of the 80s, Red Awakening pits prisoners-turned-super soldiers against each other in battle in a tumultuous post-Vietnam War United States.
The developer sees the game as an opportunity to tap into the so-called "slasher genre" of video games and promises a great amount of ultraviolence and action throughout, as well as ideas borrowed from classic stealth action games from the 90s and 00s.
"We have found that the slasher genre in video games is an essentially untapped market with the potential to create a unique virtual experience," they stated, adding that the reaction to the horror-themed Call of Duty: Ghosts map Fog largely inspired them to pursue this form of game design.
Sledgehammer Games' upcoming installment in the Call of Duty franchise will not release on the Wii U this fall, a Sledgehammer co-founder said on Twitter.
"No, no Wii U," Michael Condrey wrote. "That was an Activision decision. We are focused on Xbox One, PS4, and PC."
Sledgehammer is developing the game for those three platforms, while High Moon Studios is focusing on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The last two games in the Call of Duty series –– Black Ops II and Ghosts –– both released on the Wii U, and were ported by smaller teams at Treyarch. It's unclear why they won't be doing the same for Advanced Warfare, but Condrey confirmed their absence this time around.
eSports is proving to continue its rise in popularity, with ESL One's recent Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament drawing in 409,368 viewers in-game and on Twitch.
The peak concurrent number of Twitch viewers was 343,638, seeing the previous record for viewership of a CS:GO event beaten by over 153%.
"We had over ten million sessions and were just shy of three million unique viewers for ESL One Cologne 2014," said Ulrich Schulze, managing director of pro gaming at ESL. "It’s absolutely amazing to see and we’re all very excited to get back to work and see where we can take Counter-Strike: Global Offensive next."
The tournament was held at this year's Gamescom from August 14 to 17, with top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams competing for a $250,000 USD prize pool. Team Ninjas in Pyjamas took out this year's prize.
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