Cortana appears on Xbox One preview a little early

Cortana won’t be available on the Xbox One officially until next year, but testers of the new Xbox dashboard beta are starting to get early access. It’s not an official roll out, but some Xbox One owners have discovered that you can enable Cortana by accessing the settings panel and going up and hitting the A button a few times.

This activates Cortana and it’s immediately snapped at the side of a game or app. As the Xbox One preview is now running Windows 10, the Cortana experience looks identical. Cortana floats at the top left, allowing you to say “Hey Cortana” to enable voice commands. Microsoft is planning to support features like inviting friends to parties using Cortana, but right now it’s fairly basic functionality. As the Xbox…

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Author: Tom Warren

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Star Wars Battlefront Aiming for T Rating

Although a final determination has yet to be made, Electronic Arts is hoping its upcoming sci-fi shooter Star Wars Battlefront will receive a T-for-Teen rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

“Star Wars Battlefront is still rated ‘RP’ (Rating Pending) but we’re targeting a rating of ‘T’ for Teen,” the developer said through the game’s Twitter account.

This isn’t all that surprising. Overall, Star Wars isn’t really considered a “mature” brand, nor is it necessarily a “kids” franchise either, which is why it probably won’t receive an E or M rating. In addition, history is on the side of a T rating, as the first two Battlefront games each received T ratings from the ESRB.

Battlefront doesn’t launch until November, but you can play it right now through an open beta on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. This pre-release trial period runs through October 12. It’s already producing some excellent videos, including this one where Luke Skywalker gets squished by an AT-AT.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Here's What Kanye West Thinks of Microstransations in Kids Games

Rapper, producer, fashionista, and potential future president of the United States of America, Kanye West, has a message for developers that include in-app purchases in their mobile games: “Just allow [kids] to have fun and give the parents a break for Christ sake.”

Posting on Twitter, Yeezus made his opinions Cristal clear:

Fuck any game company that puts in-app purchases on kids games!!!

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) October 10, 2015

That makes no sense!!! We give the iPad to our child and every 5 minutes there’s a new purchase!!!

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) October 10, 2015

If a game is made for a 2 year old, just allow them to have fun and give the parents a break for Christ sake.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) October 10, 2015

As of yet, it is unclear what sparked this outburst. Ye is known to deliver his thoughts on controversial issues out of the blue, so this may be another case of Mr. West just speaking his mind on something that’s important to society. What’s more likely, however, is that his daughter–North West–has been splashing out on in-game gems, the little scamp.

It’s worth noting that West isn’t actually complaining about the expense. As we all know, money isn’t an issue for him, Kanye is all about going dumb again, people regularly see him pull up in his other Benz, just a week after he was in his other other Benz.

The issue seems to be that he’s being informed of a new purchase every five minutes, indicating the notifcations of purchase may be the problem. This has not yet been confirmed, GameSpot has contacted Kanye’s representatives for clarification.

Kanye West is a known lover of the video game medium. Before moving into music, he wanted to be a game designer and in February 2015 he announced he was making a video game based on one of his songs.

“Right now I’m working on a video game for Only One, and the idea is that it’s my mother going through the gates of heaven and you have to bring her to the highest gates of heaven by holding her to the light,” West said. “We’ve been working on it for like six months.”

West also attended E3 2015, where GameSpot photographed him going to see games like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and smiling.

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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Everyone Wants That HL3.txt Reference in Dota to be About Half-Life 3

As discovered by the Steam Database Twitter, a recent update to Dota 2 included a number of files that reference things like an RPG, ziplines, and procedural spawning. The most intriguing file with obvious half-life implications is titled hl3.txt, which has lines like:

  • “Attribute.prop_zipline.max_ride_speed”
  • “NPCs that are in the same squad (i.e. have matching squad names) will share information about enemies, and will take turns attacking and covering each other.”
  • “A permanent squad member cannot leave the player’s squad unless killed or explicity removed by entity I/O. Only use this if you’re sure you want to override the default AI.”
  • “If you want your citizens to squad with the player but not obey commands the player gives to move the squad, put a concept here and this citizen will speak the concept instead of obeying the order.”

If you don’t want to pull the files from Dota yourself, you can find the full uploads here:

Are any of this a reference to possible features in Half-Life 3, and were the files just “accidentally” dropped into a Dota 2 update?

Probably not.

But judging by the number of “It’s Happening” (and “It’s Not Happening”) gifs on the Internet right now, everyone still wants to believe.

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Author: Justin Haywald

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The depth of human expression can be found in the stuffed flatbread emoji

Emoji nowadays is as much a pictorial language as it is an art form. The range of communicative expression of Face With Open Mouth or Fish Cake With Swirling Design is surpassed only by the context and artful nature in which they’re used. Care to tell your friend that you don’t find that particular bar conducive to group conversation? Try Pensive Face with a dash of Teacup Without Handle punctuated by a plus sign and Wine Glass. An emoji is worth at least four to eight words, as the old idiom goes.

And so that brings us to Stuffed Flatbread, one of 67 new emoji candidates compiled by the Unicode Consortium. In May, the group will decide which emoji make it into Unicode version 9.0, which will be distributed as a standards guide to…

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Author: Nick Statt

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