"Hot from the official unveiling of the Xbox One console, new details about the next-generation of Microsoft hardware are still trickling through to Electronic Theatre. The latest comes in the form of new details on the Xbox Live Achievements system, wherein Microsoft Studios are inviting gamers to ‘unlock a new generation of achievements.’"
"Ubisoft has launched a competition offering gamers the chance to win a trip to Gamescom in Cologne this summer. Available to enter via the Uplay platform now, gamers can redeem their ‘Uplay Units’ for entries into the prize draw, known as the ‘Meet Your Heroes’ contest."
"Microsoft Studios has announced that the next ‘Gold Unlocked Free Live Weekend’ will take place from 12.00pm midday BST on Friday, 3rd May 2013, until 23:59 BST on Sunday, 5th May. Xbox 360 gamers will be able to enjoy multiplayer gaming with Gears of War: Judgment, FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Spring Classic, Halo 4 and many more for free."
"One of the Windows Phone’s popular logic puzzle videogames is becoming this week’s ‘Deal of the Week.’ Set to be available for a discounted price on both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 handsets, Tiki Towers kicks-off the official Deal of the Week campaign for 2013 after Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles saw a ‘red stripe’ discount this week."
"Today sees the arrival of the Windows Phone formats’ first first-person shooter title, Modern Combat 4. Available to download now for Windows Phone 8 handsets and coming soon to Windows Phone 7, Modern Combat 4 is the latest release from mobile specialists Gameloft."
"Another new title published by Nokia is available for Windows Phone handsets today: The Sims Medieval. Available now as another Nokia Lumia exclusive, The Sims Medieval is compatible with both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 handsets as opposed to strictly being playable on the latter, as was previously suggested to be the case."
"Nokia and Chillingo have once again partnered to bring two new Xbox branded titles exclusively to Lumia handsets. Available to download now, both Dream Track Nation and Tiny Plane are compatible with all Nokia Lumia handsets on both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8."
"1996: the year football came home and Gazza thrilled at Wembley; the Spice Girls hit number one with Wannabe, Oasis played Knebworth; the nation was drinking alcopops, Take That and Charles and Diana went their separate ways and a buxom British icon called Lara Croft entered the homes, lads mags and imaginations of millions of Brits. Maybe that’s why 1996, the year the first ever Tomb Raider was released, has been voted the most memorable year for gaming by British gamers."
"It is a good day to die for General Akamoto. Well, it isn’t at first. Being killed by an unknown assailant, being forced to stand in line to reach eternal rest, and having to eat skulls to push your way through the afterlife may sound obnoxious, but it’s a small price to pay. From up-and-coming development house, 17-bit Games comes Skulls of the Shogun, the highly-anticipated strategy game for XBLA that shows Japanese war history in a weird, but incredibly funny light. Accessible gameplay and..."
"Following the release of The Amazing Spider-Man last week, Gameloft are further pursuing the film going audience with the launch of The Dark Knight Rises. A little late in the day perhaps, but still a welcome addition to the Windows Phone 8’s Xbox LIVE enabled software catalogue."
"Wrapped in the anonymity of his Mark V Mjolnir combat suit, the hero of Microsoft Studios’ Halo series stands vigilant and victorious atop a rocky vantage point in Sideshow Collectibles’ Master Chief Premium Format Figure. Available to purchase from today, this latest piece of Halo merchandise demands a very special fan, as it arrives at stores with a recommended retail price (RRP) of £419.99 GBP."
"Microsoft Studios has revealed that this weekend will offer all Xbox gamers the opportunity to access all Xbox LIVE Gold features for free, whether they play on Xbox 360, PC or Windows Phone. Sponsored by BioShock Infinite, the weekend brings a host of other events inline with the ‘Gold Unlocked’ promotion, including double XP campaigns and developer challenges on many popular videogame titles."
Developer of the uber popular and oh-so-indie title Minecraft for the Linux, Mac, and Windows operating systems (among other mobile platforms and an Xbox 360 release) has been the subject of a pending lawsuit, the details of which can be seen in this news piece on RealGamerNewz.com
"It’s no secret that Microsoft Studios has placed firm restrictions on what can be down with their Xbox LIVE Avatars since launch. While developers have been encouraged to incorporate them into their videogames, playable as racing drivers in F1 Race Stars and playing based in Kinect Sports for example, there’s been strict rules about them performing or incurring violent acts. These rules will be broken this week however, with the upcoming launch of Zombies!!!."