Microsoft Beginning The Sunsetting Process For Xbox Live Indie Games

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Xbox 360's Xbox Live Indie Game program will be gone soon in order to make way for the future of indie games on Xbox with ID@Xbox.

If you're unfamiliar, Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) was a platform that small-time developers could use to create and sell games on Xbox 360. It was a separate store from the Xbox Live Arcade and required significantly fewer hoops or red tape to publish a game. It lead to a lot of innovation, but also a lot of terrible copycat junk, like games that did nothing but make your controller vibrate. The engine on which these games were built, XNA, has been shut down for some time.

Creators who have their games on the store will still be able to sell them for now, but XBLIG will not accept new applications immediately and new games will not be allowed to be published after September 9, 2016. In September 2017, the store will be shut down entirely. According to post on the XBLIG message boards, Microsoft is working with game conservationists to make sure the content is preserved.

Star Wars: Uprising Mobile RPG Launches A Day Early, Available Now

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Star Wars: Uprising, the mobile RPG video game meant to help bridge the gap between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, is available a day ahead of schedule.

Initially announced for release on September 10, the game is available to download now. Uprising is free-to-play and looks a bit like Diablo with an isometric overhead perspective. You can find out more about the game here. To grab the game on iOS, head here. To grab it on Android, head here.

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Here’s A Surefire Way To Beat Any Super Mario Maker Level

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Here’s A Surefire Way To Beat Any Super Mario Maker Level

Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. creation factory releases in a matter of days (read our glowing review), and once the general population gets their hands on the game there is bound the be a flood on near-impossible levels to play. If you ever find yourself hitting a wall, just try this nifty trick to help you beat even the hardest challenges.

The goofballs at The Warp Zone show us how to beat any level in Super Mario Maker (yeah, we know this won't really work). Our own Kyle Hilliard's levels weren't nearly that hard, but we wish we could have used this trick to bypass them nonetheless.

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Here’s A 60-Second Recap Of The Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Story

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Here’s A 60-Second Recap Of The Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Story

Metal Gear Solid has always had such a zany story that it’s sometimes easy to get lost in what’s actually happening. Fear not, here’s a recap of all the important events leading up to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

The historians at Lore in the Minute! break down Snake's story in the following video. For a more detailed breakdown of the game's lore, check out our own recap of the important people and places in the series.

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Reader Discussion: What Would Sell You On An Apple TV?

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Earlier today, Apple dipped its toe in the living room gaming waters, announcing the next model of its Apple TV. The system comes with a touch- and motion-enabled remote, voice recognition, and support for third-party controllers.

With Ouya, Nvidia, MadCatz, Razer, and others having already made a play for mobile-powered gaming in the living room, core gaming customers are likely to be skeptical. Apple’s approach integrates games from its thriving (but cluttered) App Store ecosystem into the set-top box, bridging people from their iPhones to televisions with cloud-save support.

We want to know if this is enough for you to consider Apple TV as a gaming device. Have you tried an Android set-top box? Does Apple’s entry using a modified iOS operating system (tvOS) make the concept more compelling?

The Next Apple TV Supports Third-Party iOS Controllers

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Apple recently made a big deal about the game functionality of its newest Apple TV, but buried under the fine print on the company's website is one intriguing new detail that Apple didn’t touch on in its presentation. The that new Apple TV will support MFi (Made for iOS) video game controllers.

Apple's Siri Remote features motion control inputs that allow developers to create some very Wii-like experiences on the Apple's media streaming device (read more about that here), but many action, platforming, and shooters practically require a traditional controller to play comfortably. Thankfully, Apple TV also supports MFi-based controllers such as Steelseries Nimbus (pictured above).

Our TakeSony and Microsoft probably don't have anything to worry about here, but controller functionality does provide some new opportunities for games, provided that developer make use of it. However, the fact that Apple didn't even highlight this controller functionality in its press conference show's how little the company really cares about games.

Apple Unveils iPhone 6S And 6S Plus With 3D Touch

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Apple Unveils iPhone 6S And 6S Plus With 3D Touch

Apple just announced the next versions of its best-selling smartphones, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and the company's newest phone innovation (slightly) changes the way you can use multi-touch.

Want a quick rundown? Here are main details you need to know about the new iPhone 6S:

Starting on October 25, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will be available starting at $199 and $299 respectively (with a two-year contract). However, instead of buying a new phone outright, Apple also announced an upgrade program that allows users to receive a new phone (unlocked) each year for a subscription of $32 per month.

Watch Destiny: The Taken King’s PlayStation-Exclusive Echo Chamber Strike Today

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Watch Destiny: The Taken King’s PlayStation-Exclusive Echo Chamber Strike Today

Destiny: The Taken King is less than one week away, but there’s still a bit more to uncover. PlayStation platforms are getting an exclusive strike, which you can watch today.

The strike is called Echo Chamber, and it pits fireteams against a Vex boss called The Restorative Mind. In an earlier preview, we discussed how you’ll need to use an item to make it vulnerable to normal attacks.

The other strike, available to all players, is called Sunless Cell. In that one, you’ll be up against the Hive baddy that once posed a threat to The Taken King’s uber-boss, Oryx. 

Apple TV Increases Game Support With Touch And Motion-Based Remote

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Apple TV Increases Game Support With Touch And Motion-Based Remote

Earlier in the week, we shared a report that Apple was finally giving gaming in the living room a solid push. While the new AppleTV is certainly a step toward that, the result is more Wii than Xbox or PlayStation.

The AppleTV will support a variety of apps and voice control with Siri. It also comes with a touch-based remote that also supports motion controls.

A new version of Crossy Road with AppleTV-exclusive multiplayer support was on display (other players can use an iPhone, iPod, or iPad). Harmonix also took the stage to unveil Beat Sports. The game is a music-powered sports collection. On stage, the studio showed of a baseball mini-game, in which players must swat balls back at monsters. Also featured were Guitar Hero Live and a Rayman title.

Apple Debuts Giant-Sized iPad Pro For $799

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Apple Debuts Giant-Sized iPad Pro For $799

Apple has just revealed a bigger iPad for those of us who want to cuddle up with a big screen before bed. The new device will be available for $799 starting in November.

Here are some of the main talking points for the new iPad Pro:

In November you'll be able to buy a 32GB iPad Pro for $799, a 64GB model for $899, or a 128GB model for $999. LTE-capable models will also be available for about $130 more per unit.