August's Free Xbox One and Xbox 360 Games With Gold Now Available

It’s August 1, which means the first of this month’s free Xbox One and Xbox 360 games are now available on Xbox Live through the Games With Gold promotion. Need a refresher of this month’s lineup? Below is a breakdown of the game’s available now for free and those coming later for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

In addition, don’t forget that one of July’s two games for Xbox One, So Many Me, remains available until August 15.

Even if you don’t have an Xbox 360, it’s worth claiming the last-generation titles through the Xbox web store, as 360’s Games With Gold titles may eventually be playable on Xbox One through backwards compatibility.

Xbox One:

Xbox 360:

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Assassin's Creed Movie Director Talks "Heart and History" of the Franchise

Video game movies have a history of questionable quality, and there is no guarantee that the upcoming Assassin’s Creed film will buck the trend. But director Justin Kurzel thinks Assassin’s Creed could make a good movie because of its deep, historical story full of intrigue and spectacle.

“Because I think there’s so much underneath it,” Kurzel told IGN when asked why he thinks Assassin’s Creed might make a good movie. “I don’t think it’s your typical shoot-em-up game. I don’t think it’s your typical one-dimensional game. It has a heart and a history to it.”

Kurzel went on to say that the “human” part of Assassin’s Creed’s story might help the movie be appealing to a wide audience.

“The whole idea of memories and the whole idea of we are made up of who comes before us and within us we carry the DNA of our ancestors and we have access to those ancestors and they somehow speak to who we are now–that is just an incredibly strong, human kind of curious thing, so I think that there is something there that’s really original and really fresh and it’s no wonder it has 90 million players,” he said. “There’s got to be something more than just the fun of playing it. There’s definitely a culture to it that people really respond to.”

The Assassin’s Creed movie begins shooting later this year ahead of its expected release in December 2016. It stars veteran, esteemed actors Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Michael K. Williams.

Kurzel’s latest movie, a new version of the Shakespeare classic Macbeth, opens in theaters in October. The movie stars Fassbender and Cotillard in the lead roles.

Assassin’s Creed is one of more than a dozen video game movie projects currently in development. Check out GameSpot’s new image gallery to learn about the others.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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The Moto X Style / Pure Edition is tearing at the fabric of reality

I have a problem: I don’t know what to call Motorola’s newest flagship phone. The problem is built into the previous sentence, but not fully encompassed by it; should I have referred to the phone as “the Moto X Pure Edition” or “the Moto X Style”?  What does it mean to brand a thing one way in the US and another way internationally, though they are for most intents and purposes the same, minus some minor software and radio technicalities. If I refer to one, am I also referring to the other? Are they truly the same?

It’s incumbent on companies to create brands in such a way that we can refer to them universally and easily. That’s the point of a brand, to create an idea you can buy and sell. Motorola’s new phone fails that basic test,…

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Author: Dieter Bohn

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Weekly Recap: PS4 Beats Xbox One With 25 Million Sold, Fallout 4 "Basically Done," Mafia 3 Announced

THE BIG STUFF:

PS4 Sales Reach 25.3 Million: The PlayStation 4 continued to soar this week, as Sony revealed a new lifetime shipment tally for the new-generation console. During their respective latest quarters, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One by a very large margin.

Fallout Was “Basically Done” Before Bethesda Even Announced It: Bethesda’s Pete Hines says there is no more time to add new features between now and the game’s launch in November. All that’s left to do is fix bugs and polish. Good luck!

Mafia 3 Confirmed: After years of rumor and speculation, 2K Games officially announced Mafia 3 this week by way of a cryptic teaser image. The full reveal is slotted for next week at Gamescom. Tune in!

THE OTHER STUFF:

Ever wonder what Mad Men’s Don Draper thinks about Destiny after its first year? You’re in luck, as this funny parody video lets us know.

Tomonobu Itagaki is not holding back in discussing his upcoming Wii U exclusive Devil’s Third. He says in a new interview with Famitsu that he believes the action-shooter-brawler will be a “breakthrough” for the industry, and one that “takes shooters to the next level.”

Australian developer League of Geeks has announced that its “fantasy board game come to life,” Armello, will launch on September 1 for PS4, PC, Mac, and Linux. The final version of the game will be playable before then, however, as League of Geeks is taking it on the road to PAX Prime.

Guacamelee developer Drinkbox announced this week that its next game, Severed, has been delayed. It was previously expected to launch this summer, but Drinkbox needs “a few additional months” of playtesting and tuning to ensure it’s the best it can be. “We also need sufficient time to add more memes and dumb jokes.”

Polygon has an excellent, deep-dive feature on the upcoming Gears of War Ultimate Edition. The story is packed with intriguing details about the game and even some teases about the future. Check it out here.

Naughty Dog did a nice thing for a fan whose father recently passed away. Get the full story here.

It sure sounds like Ubisoft chose the right director for its upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie. Check out this interview with director Justin Kurzel over at IGN, in which he talks about his love of Assassin’s Creed and more.

Blizzard’s new PC shooter Overwatch isn’t even out yet, but it’s already generating some excellent fan cosplay. I mean, my goodness, check it out.

Crackdown fans, this one is for you. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed that gameplay footage for the new Crackdown game for Xbox One will debut at Gamescom next week during the Microsoft briefing. It’s set for August 5.

This week, there was a lot of talk about evil robot overlords. Veteran game designer John Carmack, however, is not afraid–so long as the robots we create are laser-pointing droids that keep squirrels off our lawns. I can get behind that.

Here’s the first trailer for Chicago-based developer Phosphor Games’ upcoming PC title Corpse of Discovery. The game is described as “thought-provoking” and featuring procedurally generated worlds. What’s that look like in action? Take a look at the video below.

Bigmoon Entertainment has announced a new “dark fantasy” turn-based RPG for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game is called Demons Age, and in it, players will explore ancient ruins and dungeons while battle against monsters. Look for Demons Age in Q1 2016. Read more about it here.

Tanks invaded Xbox One this week, as Wargaming launched the Xbox One edition of its popular free-to-play tank game World of Tanks. It’s available now and even supports cross-platform play with the Xbox 360 version. There’s also better graphics and a new PvE mode. Read more about it here.

The next episode in the Gears of War Ultimate Edition behind-the-scenes series has arrived. Check out the video below to hear directly from developer The Coalition about how they going about respecting the original but also pushing things forward with better graphics and more.

Deus Ex and Epic Mickey designer Warren Spector has written an in-depth blog post for Gamasutra about The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games. It’s a good read, and may make you think about Telltale (and probably Spector) differently than you did before.

Have a great weekend! Gamescom starts next week…buckle up.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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How to upgrade to Windows 10 without waiting in line

Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade is rolling out to millions of PCs worldwide. 14 million machines are now running Windows 10, but are you still waiting for your upgrade notification? If so, there’s an easy way to avoid the line and download Windows 10 and upgrade straight away.

Firstly, backup all your files and data just in case. If you’re on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 then head over to Microsoft’s Windows 10 download page. If you’re on a 32-bit version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 then download the 32-bit tool, and if you’re using a 64-bit version then grab the 64-bit tool. You can check your Windows version by right clicking on My Computer or This PC in File Explorer and going to properties, and it will be listed under system type.

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Author: Tom Warren

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Sweeping 4K drone footage shows off Tesla's Fremont factory

Stephen Powelson recently flew his Phantom 3 drone over Tesla’s battery factory in Fremont, California and recorded the flight. Almost as soon as he posted the video to a Tesla Motors Club forum, other commenters began warning Powelson of the legal trouble he might be in.

Powelson quickly assured concerned posters that Tesla employees had no problem with the video. In fact, he’d worked at the company for almost five years, until March of this year.

The video gives the viewer a sense of how big the factory is. At 5.3 million sq. feet, the Fremont facility is dwarfed by the proposed gigafactory that Tesla is building in Nevada, which is estimated to be about 10 million sq. feet when completed — one of the biggest in the world.

Though…

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Author: Ariha Setalvad

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