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Windows 10, The Apple Watch and Sleepy Hollow – GeekGirl Daily

On Monday’s edition of the GeekGirl Daily, Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be available on Wednesday, July 29, however, it’s streaming on the Xbox One console now. Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for 1 year for current Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. That is a huge deal considering there is usually an upgrade fee with the Windows operating system. The price point for new users is $119 for the home edition and $199 for the pro edition, and even that pricing is not too shabby. That’s not enough for a hardened Mac user like me to switch to PC again, but I might consider getting PC as a backup, and I can always just check it out on my Xbox One.

Speaking of Apple, the Apple Watch isn’t doing too well, and I wonder why. The price point is kind of ridiculous and pretty much alienated their core demographic. For an accessory that does everything your phone does except call independently coming in at $550-$1,100 for the standard edition is a bit much. And I think everyone can agree that the Apple Watch Edition starting at $10,000 is a bit of a joke considering only the bezel and buckle are in gold. Here’s hoping that when the Apple Watch 2 or S or whatever they decide to call the next iteration will have some nice features that will make consumers want to buy it other than just being an apple product.

Segueing into TV news, fans are raging over the casting of Nikki Reed as Betsy Ross in Sleepy Hollow, and I totally agree with them because Why? Why do we need her? The casting notice made mention of this incarnation of Betsy Ross being the “Mrs. Smith” to Icabod’s “Mr. Smith”, which already lets me know I’m not going to like this season at all. Not to mention they are throwing in some pointless crossover with Bones, a show that is dying a slow death when Sleepy Hollow is already on life support. Pretty much if I don’t like what I see in the season premiere, I’m not sticking around for the cross over episode, and I think the majority of the fanbase will agree with me.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Launch Trailer

The Batman: Arkham Knight launch trailer is here! Check it out:

The game will be available for sale everywhere tomorrow, but retailers such as GameStop and Best Buy will be opening up their doors at midnight tonight as part of a special release for the game.

If you do decide to wait in line at one of those stores at midnight, though, just know that most of their inventory will be reserved for pre-orders! They should still have some quantities available that are not reserved, but if you haven’t pre-ordered the game you’re going to want to make sure that you’re one of the first people in line.

But honestly, if you’re going to go that route you may as well just pre-order it, as pre-orders as still open (at least they are at the moment I’m writing this).

Pre-ordering also does come with some perks! Best Buy, for instance, will give you a game bonus that will allow you to play as Harley Quinn AND a $10 rewards certificate (if you’re a My Best Buy member) as a thanks for pre-ordering the game.

But no matter how you choose to get your hands on the game, one thing is definitely certain: this game is going to be absolutely amazing!

Are you going to pick up Arkham Knight? Let us know in the comments below!

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Star Wars Battlefront Gameplay Footage!

You absolutely need to see the gameplay footage for Star Wars: Battlefront that was released today during E3:

There is SO MUCH to say about this new footage, but for the sake of time (and maybe humanity) let’s just keep it simple: WOW!

Battlefront will let you battle in 40 multiplayer battles all reminiscent of the battle of Hoth, a battle all Star Wars fans know well.

But for those of you who don’t know what the battle of Hoth is, get off your computer or phone, head down to your nearest store that sells movies, and purchase Star Wars Episode V: the Empire Strikes Back IMMEDIATELY.

Star Wars Battlefront will be available November 17th for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Are you as excited as we are? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Microsoft Announces Backwards Compatibility on Xbox One This Fall

With E3 events well under way, all the large gaming and software companies are highlighting their big upcoming releases. Microsoft just had their announcement this afternoon, and their news did not disappoint.

For me as a gamer, the biggest letdown for the Xbox One was the inability to play the Xbox 360 games I had already purchased and loved. When the 360 launched, backward compatibility was big news, and original Xbox users were so excited to still be able to play their games with a next gen console. It was announced today – thankfully – a huge selling point for me to make the leap to the One: that this holiday season you will finally be able to play 360 games on One. And the best part of this news is that you won’t have to buy it again through a remake or points.

As of now, there are about 20 games that are in beta using this feature now. It works either by inserting a pre-existing disc into your system and downloading a copy to your console, or by using your Xbox Live account to access your digital library. In the fall when this feature officially releases, there will be about 100 games, with hundreds more added in the following months. Here is the list of games available for backwards compatibility right now:

Banjo and Kazooie: N n B
Banjo-Kazooie
Banjo-Tooie
Battle Block Theater
Defense Grid
Geometry Wars Evolved
Hexic HD
Jetpac Refuelled
Kameo
Mass Effect
Perfect Dark
Perfect Dark Zero
Small Arms
Super Meat Boy
Toy Soldiers
Toy Soldiers: Cold War
Viva Pinata
Viva Pinata: TIP

Mass Effect is one of the highlights of this list, especially since Mass Effect: Andromeda was announced today as well. Now, we just need to get the Halo franchise on here…

 

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Microsoft Releases Epic 6-Minute ‘Halo 5’ Campaign Demo, Intros Warzone

Microsoft’s press conference for E3 was absolutely overflowing with awesome news. Kicking everything off in spectacular fashion, we were treated to a campaign demo of Halo 5: Guardians that is over six minutes long! Here’s the clip:

Once again we have a Halo game that looks and acts like a Halo game, but this time, everything is SO BIG. Like, grandiose. The demo follows Spartan Locke as he and his unit search for Master Chief – and engage in some serious combat while they’re at it. There are huge explosions, large spacecrafts, and formidable (and enormous) looking enemies that are sure to give even the most seasoned Halo vet a run for their money. With seamless drop-in, drop-out cooperative play being a huge selling point this time around, it’s easy to see why Microsoft began their conference with a bang.

And don’t forget the other awesome thing about Guardians: the addition of Warzone, the new multiplayer mode. Here’s a taste:

Microsoft expects Warzone to be the real game changer for Halo 5, calling it “player versus everything.” The set up is two teams of 24 – one led by Master Chief and the other by Spartan Locke – engage in explosive head-to-head battle in an environment four-times the size of any Halo map we’ve ever seen.

Have I mentioned Halo 5: Guardians is going to be epic? Look for it to hit stores October 27, 2015.

Images and videos courtesy of Microsoft.

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Minecraft Meets Hololens

A game that has taken the world by storm, and has spawned countless of gaming meet ups and conventions is Minecraft. Kids love it, adults love it, and now everyone, new and old fans alike, will fall in love with it all over again.

During the Microsoft announcement at E3 today, Microsoft said they will be debuting a new version of Minecraft, one that will incorporate Microsoft’s new Hololens’ holographic technology. With Hololens, you will be able to take the game play from TV to table, manipulate the world, and get a new type of gaming all while using your voice and hands.

Check out the video below that highlights some of those moments.

Hololens was announced back in January, and the first demo for it was held in April. The headset will be running Windows 10. Microsoft has yet to release a price point for it, but says that it will be ready in time for the full launch of Windows 10.

Combing the Hololens and Minecraft is going to bring gaming to a whole new level. Being able to fully immerse yourself into the world you’re gaming in is literally something out of an 80’s science fiction movie, and something that Nintendo once tried with the Virtual Boy.

With this step forward in gaming, I am excited to see where we go from here, and what other types of games come out for this device.

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First Look at Trailer for ‘Fallout 4’

Bethesda did not disappoint with game trailers at their pre-E3 conference last night! The trailer for the fourth installment of their Fallout series is so nuanced and layered, you’ll notice something new each time you watch it. Take a look:

You’ve got your callback to the first Fallout game with the “Please Stand By” imagery, your standard post-nuclear apocalyptic house and surroundings, plus flashbacks to just before this fallout as we follow a dog’s explorations. Following a klaxon, the dog runs through a neighborhood and the clip interweaves shots from the once-developed streets and bridges with their currently deserted and bleak counterparts. More and more, we see what now passes for life here: various robots, weird scavenging creatures of different kinds, small groups of people living in a tent city, and mutant zombies affected by the fallout, natch.

As we’re following reaches his destination we see the city, which appears to be Boston, in all its former resplendence and glory – and then the bomb goes off and ruins everything. Continuing to explore, the dog comes upon an inactive mech in a garage and then a lone human walking down the street with a rifle. The man and the dog bond and they walk off together.

Yeah, Fallout 4 is going to be all about survival, but did you expect anything else? If the man at the end is any indication, he’ll be your player and the dog will likely be your companion at some point in the game so good luck keeping him alive! Ooh, and how about that mech? He’s got to figure into the story line somewhere, or else why did the trailer focus on him in the end? This is going to be a fun one.

Fallout 4 is due out November 10, 2015 for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.

Image and trailer courtesy of Bethesda Softworks.

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Trailer for New ‘Doom’ Game Hits E3, is Super Violent

To get a jump on this year’s E3 conference, Bethesda Softworks released a trailer for their upcoming Doom sequel at their pre-show conference!

Lucky for us, it was a combination of video and game play because they do not skimp on the gore. Check it out for yourself:

The trailer gives us the same first-person perspective Doom fans know and love and piles on all the surprise creatures, demons, hellfire, and chainsaws you can handle. Bethesda has yet to mention any kind of multiplayer facet to the game, but they say we can expect a new feature called “Doom Snapmap” which allows players to make game maps or even tweak the game’s rules to their liking while they play. So awesome!

While this title is definitely going to be more than my anxiety can handle, it’s sure to be a hit with all you first-person gore fans out there – and those of you who have been eagerly awaiting news on all things Doom. Look for the release in spring 2016 for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.

Images and trailer courtesy of Bethesda Softworks.

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