​Xbox Live Prepares to Warn and Punish Players With Bad Reputations

There are a lot of people on Xbox Live. Some of them are cool and do incredible things. Others are jerks who ruin the multiplayer experience for everybody else. New changes coming this month to Microsoft's online service will soon be doling out penalties and rewards to the trolls or decent people you're playing with. » 3/26/14 1:30pm 3/26/14 1:30pm

The Guy Looking To Expose Online Gaming's Worst Jerks

The guy recording racist and sexist crap in online multiplayer matches know he's going to stop doing it soon. "I really only play one game these days; [Call of Duty:]Ghosts on Xbox Live," he says. "I am a pretty nasty FIFA player but I really don't want to invest any more money or time into video games. I'm pretty sure… » 3/13/14 4:00pm 3/13/14 4:00pm

​Coming Soon (Maybe) to Your Xbox Dashboard: Political Ads

Video games can be great place to escape the drudgery of the real world. No need to think about tax rates, paying utility bills or contractor rates when you're in a Halo multiplayer match. But the dirtiest competition in the real world—jockeying for elected office—might be landing up on an Xbox near you, if Microsoft… » 3/07/14 7:15pm 3/07/14 7:15pm

The Week in Games: Garden Warfare and Thief

Thief arrives on the PC and both PlayStations and Xboxes this week, along with Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare on Xbox 360 and Xbox One and the latest Castlevania for PC and the previous-gen consoles. Call of Duty fans on PC and the PlayStations get the Onslaught DLC this week, too. » 2/23/14 6:00pm 2/23/14 6:00pm

Last Year's Portable Batman Hits Consoles and PC in April

Two Batman games came out last year. The big console version, Batman: Arkham Origins, came from a new development studio. That game's overshadowed, on-the-go semi-sequel Batman: Arkham Origins: Blackgate came from Armature, a collective of creators who helped make the great Metroid Prime games. Previously released only … » 2/20/14 10:00am 2/20/14 10:00am

The Week in Games: There's Money in the Banana Stand

Rayman Legends makes its way to Xbox One and PS4 this week, followed by Strider's long-awaited return to the PlayStation and Xbox consoles, plus PC. But the week's big gorilla arrives on Friday, with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for the Wii U. » 2/16/14 6:30pm 2/16/14 6:30pm

The Week in Games: Back in Business with Bravely Default

We now return to our regularly scheduled The Week in Games, now that we have enough titles to properly justify discussing an upcoming week for them. Key releases are Bravely Default on 3DS, the latest episode of The Wolf Among Us, and The LEGO Movie Video Game doing a Full Ginsburg on all eight (8) current platforms. » 2/02/14 5:03pm 2/02/14 5:03pm

Dead Island Headlines February's Games With Gold Offerings

Starting tomorrow, Xbox LIVE members will be able to download the original Dead Island for free. Two weeks later on the 16th, Toy Soldiers Cold War will take Dead Island's place and be available for free until the end of the month. [Major Nelson] » 1/31/14 6:25pm 1/31/14 6:25pm