Shame is a powerful driving force.
It can lead you to actions you'd never thought possible. It can make you become someone you didn't think you were.
It can even make you buy your entitled, snotty children gifts you know they don't deserve.
This fear is being exacerbated by an apparent new trend in parent-child relations. It seems that kids are now posting their holiday wish lists online, with a view to telling their parents: "Get me all of this. Or feel forever publicly shamed."
Peter Clatworthy, a 19-year-old in the UK, has been saving his pounds to buy an Xbox One console for his young son. In particular, he had his sights aimed at the special and hard-to-find Day One edition. Day One editions on eBay UK have been selling for upwards of $800, so Clatworthy thought he had gotten a deal when he found one for $735.
There was one big red flag on the listing. The description noted the item up for auction was a photo. However, since it was listed in the consoles category and the seller had good feedback, Clatworthy went ahead with the purchase. "It said 'photo' and I was in two minds, but I looked at the description and the fact it was in the right category made me think it was genuine," he explained to the Nottingham Post.… Read more
When is an all-in-one desktop not an all-in-one desktop? When it's one of the newish breed of portable big-screen computers we call tabletop PCs. That's essentially either an all-in-one PC with a battery in it, or a giant lap-size tablet, depending on your point of view.
Acer is joining HP, Lenovo, Sony, and others in releasing one of these hybrid systems with the just-announced Aspire Z3-600. While most of the other tabletops we've seen have 20-inch screens, the Z3 has a 21.5-inch display (only the 27-inch Lenovo Horizon 27 goes much larger), and a folding hinge … Read more
The Xbox 360 was released in the fall of 2005 and the PlayStation 3 a year later. Back then smartphones weren't all that smart, the mobile market was dominated by players like BlackBerry and Nokia, and gaming was split between consoles and PCs.
Everything changed, however, when Apple released the iPhone; and once again with the release of the iPad. The mobile revolution has changed the way we share, consume media, and play games. You would be hard-pressed to find someone without a cell phone these days, let alone a smartphone.
To take advantage of the increased adoption rate … Read more
Friend of the show Harold Goldberg drops by the studio today to talk to Jeff about his amazing profile of Sam Houser, the notoriously reclusive head of Rockstar Games and the man behind Grand Theft Auto V.
- Criminal Mind -- The Harold Goldberg interview with Sam Houser.
Xbox has made another move in its attempt to be all about home entertainment. Microsoft announced Wednesday that it has brought the Xbox Video store to the Web.
What this means is users can now watch movies and TV shows from the Xbox Video store in Web browsers using Microsoft's Silverlight plug-in, in addition to on their Xbox or Windows 8.1 device. Movies and television series are available for rental at XboxVideo.com and users can also watch whatever they've already purchased -- since all content is stored in the cloud.
This new feature works similarly to … Read more
It's a prizefight punch out between Sony and Microsoft in a battle for bragging rights for the next generation of gaming!
Sony's PlayStation 4 is the sleekest console we've ever seen, with powerful hardware to boot, and has its sight set on the hardcore gamer.
Microsoft's Xbox One brings new innovations like HDMI pass-through and voice commands. Gaming is its heart, but it also hopes to rule your living room.
So which gaming console is your prizefight King of the Ring? It's the PS4 versus the Xbox One.
Cast your vote!
If your Xbox One is completely unplayable, crash-prone, or suffers from Internet connection or Kinect-related issues, you are not eligible for a free launch title game, Microsoft confirmed Tuesday.
Microsoft moved quick to address the mounting concern over the allegedly small number of units plagued with a faulty disc drive, promising to take care of those users by directing them to its advance exchange program that would ensure delivery of a replacement console without needing those users to send in the original. It also softened the blow by giving away one of four Microsoft Studio launch titles for free, which … Read more