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Darren Gladstone
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My man, William Harms, created an awesome comic running through April. I got a peek at it and am already looking forward to a sequel. Get on that!
Ed and I discuss Shotgun Wedding with IGN. The first issue is on sale this week at the Emerald City Con!
The creators of Image's upcoming Shotgun Wedding mini-series talk to us about the nature of being an assassin.
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That's a touchpad, not a screen? Here's hoping that they hook in the Vita better with  the PS4, then.
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Oh they will.
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So I've been playing around with a bunch of touch-screen laptops with Windows 8 lately....and I gotta say it's completely ruined me. I find myself touching screens -- even ones that aren't touch. So here I am, right now, touching a panel while trying to write this post....and it's doing nothing. I'm an idiot. Also, can't wait for inevitable trolling.
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yep, just doing my part to stay plugged into youth culture...!  😉
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A pretty cool, detailed Sony Vita teardown over at!
We took apart Sony's latest portable gaming creation on February 15th, 2012.
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Light saber class. This is a thing.
Run by a real-life fight choreographer and a dude who just really likes Star Wars (so clearly at some point he needed to learn to fight), GGK is an honest-to-Anakin lightsaber academy that holds weekl...
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An Open Letter to Microsoft’s Next Xbox: Show Your Inner PC!

So, a couple months back - at about 3am - I was sleep deprived, delirious and wrote down this goofy open letter to Microsoft's next game console. And there it sat in a draft folder until this morning. I've been ignoring rumors because Microsoft is gonna level the news tomorrow, but what the heck, right? So, for the sake of sharing....and a bit of wishful thinking I had a couple months ago....

Dear Next Xbox / Durango / Whatever you want to call yourself, 

Before you ask…Yes, I’m letter-writing to an inanimate object that plays videogames. Don’t Judge me. I’m not saying this as an HP blogger (though I am). Or as the guy that used to work at Games for Windows: The Official Magazine (but I was).  This is me, as a lifelong gamer, that sees tons of potential hinted at for almost a decade. Now is the time, Xbox – I need you to work in total harmony with my Windows 8 PCs. You owe me.

Do you remember Live Anywhere? I do. Back in 2006, I remember Bill Gates getting on stage at E3 touting the ability to play your games, anywhere. More specifically, multiple Windows into the same game world. Play a racing game on the Xbox, create a custom model or paint job for that race car on your PC, then adjust parts and tweak performance on your phone. That’s been a dream of mine – different devices linking into the same gaming experience. How’s about we see some more of that in practice with Windows 8 and the next Xbox?

I also remember Bill discussing the ability to pay for a game once and you just own it across platforms. No need to buy. And rebuy. And buy again. Right now, it’s in effect across Windows 8 and it’s great. Provided the PC has the right hardware capabilities, I can download and play any game and it works (like Steam has done so well). I have Zen Studios’ Pinball FX2 on my ENVY x2. When I get home, it looks even more awesome on my dedicated graphics card-powered ENVY Phoenix h9 desktop. You know what I think shows a lot of promise? Games like Skulls of the Shogun which looks great on everything from the Xbox 360 to Windows Phone to tablets and desktops. If I can own that game once, play it on every platform and have the saved games follow me wherever I may roam, I’d be in game-nerdvana. Like, Say, Galactic Reign that lets me play against buddies from their Windows Phones while I’m on a PC.

You’re already dipping your foot in the cross-platforming waters. Sure it’s mostly for second-screening video and music services…still, I love what you are doing with SmartGlass on the Xbox 360, working with PCs and Smartphones. Do more of that. Please. You need to be a champion of second-screening and show that you can do awesome things with your Windows brothers (and sisters…whatever, you get the point).

And while I’m asking, how’s about you continue tying Windows and Xbox closer together? You’ve got a Metro interface on your game console and services called “Xbox Video,” “Xbox Music” and….wait for iiiiiiit…”Xbox Games” on my PC – Half the job is already there. Both devices are now tied to the same account.  Free idea: A customized start screen that pulls stuff from my Windows 8 start page or lets me hand-pick the important tiles I see at start-up.

Y’know, like on Windows 8 and Windows phones….

OK, one last thing for you to think about: Recently, Sony unveiled its PS4. It also happens to have the config of a PC. Let’s see….you’re a console owned by Microsoft. They also are the creators of Windows. Crazy idea time -- let your Windows flag fly.

It’s not like I can’t plug an Xbox 360 gamepad into a PC and play….well….most modern games as if I’m using a console. In fact, I can get PS3 / Xbox 360 graphics out of a reasonably-price laptop at this point. As I write this, I’m playing Crysis 3 and XCOM: ENEMY UNKNOWN on an Ultrabook  with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics. (Granted, running the game at 720p-caliber resolution…but you get the idea.) When AMD and Intel ship their next processors in 2013, you’ll be able to get 1080p-caliber graphics out of integrated chips! You wanna include a camera and do some super-snazzy next-gen Kinect stuff? Awesome. I’ve got a Webcam on my laptop that’s up to the task.

Point is, Does anyone honestly believe that we live in “one-platform-only world” Anymore? I don’t.

When the Games for Windows Live initiative went…well, live, I was fully in. A believer. I saw a lot of potential then. And now? There are so many inventive, new ways to bring the console and PC (and tablets….and phones) together. All you need to do is look in an app store and see the new social services, augmented reality apps and so on springing up. The people are ready to see it smartly tied into their games. I know I am.
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Not like Nintendo couldn't have seen this coming.  Sony's been dancing with this streaming stuff for years now between home console & handheld. I remember playing PixelJunk games streamed to a PSP.
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can we just talk about DP's tan? I feel like he's been rehearsing his part in the Caribbean.
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Also, waiting for gaming pundits to proclaim that PC Gaming is dead. again.
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I was really hoping for more of a skrillex intro.
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Heard he's Ouya-exclusive.
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Coming Fall the Gladstone household
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A writer of nerdly words, a drinker of things and haberdashery ninja

I'm a writer of nerdly words, imbiber of things & player of games. A couple things I've done...that I can still remember:  

-Tried being a "straight-up" PR dude.

-Drove over 3.5 hours a day when I used to commute to Silicon Valley. NEVAR. AGAIN!

-Posed as a Wall Street Trader to get a girl's phone number.

-Took a train trip across country.

-Moved to a different state on a dare with two duffle bags.

-Tore up an office cube. More than once.

-Got knocked over by Stan Lee.

-Sold enough lemonade so that I could see Star Wars 14 times during the summer of 1977 (Back when Han shot first).

-Broke no less than 40 peripherals while playing games.

-Own over 50 hats.

-Got my dad to "Follow in my footsteps" (After retirement, he tried his hand at journalism. He became an awesome music critic).

-For my first sushi-eating experience (at 26, mind you) I mistook wasabi for mint ice cream. It wasn't pretty.

....and I worked as a goofy, nerdy journalist for 15 years. Yep, I got paid to play games -- and with the latest tech -- and tell people about it.

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Deliverer of Internet oddities on behalf of 2K Games.
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    Tester of tech and committer of bloggery -- on behalf of HP
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    Senior Content Editor, 2014 - present
    Come up with goofy things to put on Facebook, the twitters, the blogs and the intertubes on behalf of a video game company.
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