It might not be an FPS, but 343 Industries just announced it's got something Halo-related in the works. IGN reports the studio is planning to release a new twin-stick shooter called Halo: Spartan Strike in December. It's a follow up to last year's Spartan Assault, and is only confirmed for Steam and Windows platforms. » 10/15/14 1:45pm 10/15/14 1:45pm

Report: Windows 8 Update Will Bring Back The Desktop (By Default)

Here's where embarassing corporate backpedalling is a good thing: according to The Verge, the next update for Windows 8 will see every machine boot straight to the desktop mode by default. You know, like we used to, in the good old days. » 1/30/14 9:30pm 1/30/14 9:30pm

20 Year-Old Designs A Better Windows Than Microsoft

I like Windows 8, but only because its desktop mode is basically Windows 7 with faster boot times. The thought of using the "tablet" mode, or even swapping between the two, fills me with dread. Unless, that is, future versions of the operating system look like Jay Machalani's design. » 12/12/13 10:00pm 12/12/13 10:00pm

Report: Xbox Staff Working On Microsoft "Smartwatch"

According to a report on The Verge, former Xbox and Kinect staffers have for a year been working on a "wrist-worn device" for Microsoft. » 4/18/13 12:00am 4/18/13 12:00am

This Might Be the Most High-Tech Tabletop RPG Ever

I was running out of PAX East last Saturday. I had to catch a bus. But I wanted to check one last cranny of the show floor to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I'm so glad I did, because I nearly missed Eon Altar. What, you've never heard of it? » 3/29/13 9:20am 3/29/13 9:20am

Windows 8 Was A "Giant Sadness", Says Valve Boss Gabe Newell

He's rarely had kind words to say about Microsoft's latest operating system, but in the same interview with The Verge in which he spoke at length about his company's plans for a "Steam Box" PC, Valve boss Gabe Newell also talks about Windows 8. » 1/09/13 2:30am 1/09/13 2:30am

There's a Zelda Game On The Windows 8 Store! (Don't Buy It)

For a store that's meant to be all about control, it sure didn't take long for someone to sneak a fairly blatant clone onto Microsoft's Windows 8 Marketplace. » 12/13/12 9:45pm 12/13/12 9:45pm

Windows 8's Store Now Supports Adult Video Games

When the platform first launched, Windows 8 inexplicably shut out games rated PEGI 18, meaning that, if/when the day came that developers began releasing games with Windows 8 features, Europeans wouldn't be able to get them from Microsoft's store. » 12/12/12 9:30pm 12/12/12 9:30pm

Newest DirectX Upgrade Only For Windows 8 Systems

And so the inevitable march of Windows moves onward: DirectX, the software that Windows computers rely on to make games run, is getting an upgrade—but only for Windows 8. » 11/12/12 3:30pm 11/12/12 3:30pm

Gamers, Relax, Windows 8 is Fine (For Now)

Windows 8 has its problems. Some of these are immediate, others hypothetical (and potentially graver in nature). But I'm finding, as I write this using the operating system, having been playing games using the operating system, the negativity over Microsoft's latest Windows seems a little extreme. » 11/04/12 11:00pm 11/04/12 11:00pm

Make Steam Look Prettier on Windows 8

So, Windows 8 is out! I've got something substantial written up on the new OS for gamers that'll go live when they drag our servers out from the depths of the ocean, but in the meantime, if you've already got Windows 8 and are struggling to make any practical use of the Start screen, try this out. » 10/30/12 10:15pm 10/30/12 10:15pm

Xbox Music Sounds Amazing (If You Use Microsoft Devices)

First announced back at E3, Microsoft today revealed the first serious details about its Xbox Music service, which will use the cloud to stream a music catalogue across platforms like the Xbox 360, PC and Windows 8 tablets. » 10/15/12 1:00am 10/15/12 1:00am

Nothing Says Windows 8 Quite Like Anime Schoolgirls

Microsoft and anime girls are not strangers in Japan. In fact, you could say that Microsoft and Japanese anime girls are a thing. And not a new thing at that!

For Windows 7, Microsoft had an OS character—or OS-tan, as they're called. OS-tans are anime personifications of operating systems that are created online by… » 10/12/12 4:30am 10/12/12 4:30am

You Won't Be Able to Buy Adult Games on Windows 8's Marketplace

Casey Muratori wrote a great piece yesterday speaking out against Microsoft's Windows 8 for all kinds of reasons, but one point that struck me was his suggestion that, because there are age restrictions on the operating system's marketplace, this would affect adult video games. » 10/10/12 11:30pm 10/10/12 11:30pm

The Ultimate Mobile Drift Racing Experience Skids Into the Sequel Lane

Drifting is the art of making cars do things cars should not do and spending a lot of money on tires. Ratrod Studios' Drift Mania Championship 2 for iOS, Android and soon Windows 8 devices is a much cheaper alternative. » 9/28/12 8:55am 9/28/12 8:55am

Notch: "I'd rather have minecraft not run on win 8 at all than to play…

Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of Minecraft, is in the rare position to be able to do just about whatever he wants and say whatever he feels. So the man whose game is tearing up the charts on Xbox Live Arcade (more than three million copies sold)... the man who has said publicly that he "loves" working with… » 9/27/12 8:30pm 9/27/12 8:30pm

World of Warcraft Developers Have "No Particular Fear" Of Windows 8

Windows 8 doesn't officially launch until October, but the dramatic changes to the OS most gaming PCs use have already proven quite controversial. » 9/24/12 1:30pm 9/24/12 1:30pm