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Halo: Reach free for Xbox Live Gold members

The release of Destiny on both PlayStation and Xbox platforms has most likely created a new generation of fans of the game’s developer, Bungie. If you happen to own an Xbox 360, you can pick up Bungie’s last Halo title, Halo: Reach, for free today as long as you’re an Xbox Live Gold member.

Microsoft’s Games with Gold program has now made Halo: Reach available for free to all Gold members for the remainder of September. We’re sure many Xbox 360 owners have already played Halo: Reach quite a bit when it first released back in September 2010, but you just happen to be in the gaming minority who hasn’t played the title, you have until the end of the month to pick up your free digital copy of the game.

Sega создала интерактивную песочницу для торговых центров и игровых залов

Компания Sega, которую на Хабре, думаю, все знают, на днях анонсировала интересный новый проект: интерактивную песочницу для детишек. Правда, проект настолько интересный, что играть в этой песочнице с удовольствием будут и взрослые (я бы пару часиков поиграл бы, так точно).

Подобные проекты уже пару раз описывались на Хабре, но то были в основном DIY-проекты, от отдельных умельцев, а здесь — проект от именитой корпорации, который должен пойти в массы. Ну, а речь идет о системе, состоящей из обычной песочницы, проекторах и нескольких сенсорах, определяющих высоту фигур из песка в песочнице. В системе есть и компьютер, анализирующий всю получаемую от сенсоров информацию, и управляющий проецируемым изображением.

Ретро-гаджет конца 80-х помогал родителям заставлять детей учиться

Сейчас, наверное, запретить ребенку играть компьютерные игры практически невозможно: если забрать у него компьютер и консоль, остается мобильный телефон. Забрать телефон — возьмет поиграть у одноклассника в школе.

В общем-то, полный запрет на игры — это плохо, но некоторые родители просто не видят иного выхода, в случае, если ребенку нужно готовиться к экзаменам, а любимое чадо просиживает днями и ночами за играми. Сейчас ПК или приставку можно защитить паролем или другими методами.

Но что было делать родителям в 80-х, когда на рынке самым продвинутым игровым девайсом была NES и SNES? Одним из самых продвинутых и необычных решений был девайс Homework First (именно его нечеткое изображение — в анонсе).

Disney Infinity 2.0 downloadable Toy Box available in November

Disney Infinity 2.0 will be releasing onto consoles and handhelds in just a few weeks from now giving fans of the original title a whole new plethora of toys to play with. Up until now, those interested in Disney Infinity 2.0 were only given the option to purchase starter packs in order to join the fun, but today, Disney has announced a downloadable version of Toy Box 2.0 will be available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Wii U on November 4.

Offering a downloadable Toy Box 2.0 means those who already have a figure base and the first set of Disney Infinity figures can access the new world-building tools. The downloadable version of Toy Box 2.0 will also support the new playlets and figures, which means if you decide you’d like to pick up one of the newer Avengers, Spider-Man or Guardians of the Galaxy playsets, you can do so. Also, those who purchase the digital toy box will instantly be eligible for the two game discs that come with the retail Toy Box set.

The standalone Toy Box 2.0 will be available on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and Nintendo eShop for $29.99, although it’ll receive a special introductory price of $19.99 on PSN and eShop.

Why you need to play Bond Breaker and Algebra Assembler

"We are entering a golden age for educational video games. Portal and Braid sowed the seeds of revolution... they introduced a spirit of expressiveness." ...

EA Takes Trade Offers Out of FIFA 15 Ultimate Team

EA has revealed it's removing Trade Offers from FIFA 15's Ultimate Team mode.

forum post explains the company took the feature out in a bid to combat those using it as a work-around for item-trading. For those not in the know, Trade Offers enabled you to bypass the auction system in order to trade cards with friends directly. Though EA complains about barter deals, in practice it's more commonly used by friends helping each other out, meaning the change could controversially penalise those using it innocently.

"Although some honest players used this feature to trade with friends, it became one of the methods used by coin sellers to sell and move coins," it reads.  "Account phishers also abused Trade Offers by moving stolen players and coins after wrongfully gaining access to unsuspecting FUT player accounts. This will also address 'bid bumping', where people would try and trick others into bidding far more than they wanted for a player item.

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SteamWorld Heist Announced For Spring 2015 Release

SteamWorld Dig developer Image & Form Games has announced the next game in the franchise, SteamWorld Heist.

Due out in spring 2015, the studio hasn't announced what platforms we can expect to see the follow-up appear on. All we know so far is it's set some time after the events of the original game and a cataclysmic event has shattered the planet, forcing the populace to take to the skies in steam-driven spaceships.

Though you're still controlling robots, gameplay is now focused on turn-based combat as you launch heists on other ships in a bid to steal the resources you desperately need to stay alive.

“Heist isn’t a sequel to SteamWorld Dig,” says CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson. “It’s set in the same world and the cowbots are still the heroes. But a lot has happened to SteamWorld since then, and we want to make a game that is radically different. Partly because we really wanted to make a turn-based strategy game, but also because it felt like a clever move. The obvious follow-up would’ve been Dig 2; we wanted to surprise instead.”

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