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4 veteran E3 games that made history

4 veteran E3 games that made history

E3 2014 featured lots of new games, as well as plenty of genre-defining legacy titles. Take a walk down video game memory lane with us to discover how four game franchises became industry leaders.

Call of Duty

The Call of Duty franchise has moved from the modern era into the near future with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. But when the narrative first-person shooter launched a decade ago, it wasn't known for advanced weapons and online team-based play.

The original Call of Duty, released in 2004 for the PC, was developed by Infinity Ward. The entire Infinity Ward team, … Read more

Star Apps: Julie Benz of 'Defiance'

Star Apps: Julie Benz of 'Defiance'

Picture it: The town of Defiance, 2047, seven years after war between humans and aliens has destroyed the planet. Both groups have formed a fragile peace as they work to rebuild, but that peace is threatened once more in Season 2 of the Emmy-nominated Syfy series. Julie Benz, perhaps best known as Darla on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and as Dexter's wife Rita, plays former mayor Amanda Rosewater on "Defiance." She chatted with me about figure skating, playing characters that defy social mores, the Defiance video game, and her favorite apps.

After an injury, you … Read more

Star Apps: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

Star Apps: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

From "Beowulf" to "The Hobbit," men and dragons just can't seem to get along. This is certainly the case in 2010's "How to Train Your Dragon," until a young Viking dragon hunter, Hiccup, has a change of heart and eventually brings peace to warring factions. Four years later, when this amity is threatened, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), his girlfriend Astrid (America Ferrera), and their entire island of Berk must go to war to preserve the peace in "How to Train Your Dragon 2." I chatted with Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera … Read more

Software week in review for June 13

Software week in review for June 13

Last week was all about Apple's WWDC. This week saw some follow-up on iOS 8's features, but the big news was games: watching the World Cup and the video games announced at E3 for 2014 and 2015. Read on for our recap, and to get the latest reviews from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

World Cup

Olé, olé, olé! The World Cup kicked off Thursday. Find out how to stream the games, follow along on your phone, or play onscreen with our app picks.

If you download a World Cup … Read more

Star Apps: Eric Benet

Star Apps: Eric Benet

Eric Benet's sultriest singles ("Femininity," "Georgy Porgy," "Spend My Life with You," "I Wanna Be Loved," "You're the Only One," and "Sometimes I Cry") could be at least partially responsible for bringing new life into the world. But loss is what taught the R&B crooner the meaning of family. Benet talked to me about overcoming loss, his new album, romantic regrets, his most devoted female fan, and his favorite apps.

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E3 2014 recap: New PC games

E3 2014 recap: New PC games

Start saving your pennies and spring-training your thumbs. At this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), developers announced dozens of games for every platform and showed some enticing trailers to boot. Many games won't be out until fall, or even next year, but a handful come out this month, and you can sign up for some betas.

Read on to find out which games are coming to PC in 2014 and 2015. For console news, GameSpot has the release lists for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Wii U.

PC games with release dates Alien Isolation, … Read more

Star Apps: Steve Miller Band

Star Apps: Steve Miller Band

When Steve Miller produced "The Joker" back in 1973, he wasn't expecting a hit. Eight albums into Steve Miller Band's career, the lead vocalist and guitarist was prepared to be dropped by his label, since his previous two efforts had suffered lackluster sales. So he took a creative risk, trading heavy psychedelia for a softer rock sound. The title track, which took almost three weeks to record, resonated with the public, winning the band its first No. 1 single and platinum-selling album. Steve Miller Band went on to issue a string of successful singles: "Space … Read more

8 Father's Day apps for Dad

8 Father's Day apps for Dad

Call us sentimental, but we think Father's Day gifts should be meaningful. So before you pick up that typical tie or boring bottle of cologne, check out these eight fun, free (or low-cost) apps to keep your pappy happy and create lasting memories. For some gadgets to go with those apps, check out CNET's Father's Day Tech Gift Guide.

Golfshot Clubs bring people together, and that includes those of the golf variety. Spend a day bonding with Dad on the golf course. Show up with Golfshot and you'll get GPS distances for hundreds of thousands of … Read more

Star Apps: Birdy

Star Apps: Birdy

Birdy flew to fame with stripped-down, piano-backed interpretations of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love" and Ed Sheeran's "The A Team." But the barely 18-year-old Hampshire singer proves she can do more than parrot on "Fire Within," 13 tracks that showcase her sophisticated vocals and mature songwriting. No stranger to blockbuster soundtracks ("The Hunger Games," "Brave"), Birdy contributed three new tracks to "The Fault in Our Stars" soundtrack. Birdy told me about her first professional milestone, "Fire Within," making covers her own, taking on America, and … Read more

Star Apps: Doug Liman

Star Apps: Doug Liman

"Edge of Tomorrow" director Doug Liman wanted to make a great popcorn flick -- a film that's exciting, terrifying, and funny, everything audiences want in a summer blockbuster. But for the movie to outlast the season, he knew from experience ("The Bourne Identity" series and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith") that it would need strong, relatable characters. So he relied on powerful actors Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, whose characters, Major William Cage and Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski, must count on each other to save the world from alien invasion. I chatted with … Read more