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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

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

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

Xbox One adds music videos to streaming service

Xbox Music, Microsoft's music streaming product for its game console franchise, is adding music videos to the gaming console, the company said Tuesday in a blog post.

"Once a TV staple, music videos are now primarily housed on the internet, where easy access is key," it wrote, noting that when customers play a track on their Xbox One using Xbox Music, the song will automatically play as a video if it is among the 92,000 that are being added.

Vevo, a joint venture between venture between Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group with a strategic … Read more

Acer's new smartphone made for easy selfies (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain -- Acer plans to follow up last year's underwhelming Liquid E2 with a smartphone that has a touch more pizzazz. Tagged the Liquid E3, this updated Android handset made its debut at MWC 2014 and features a host of modern upgrades. These include quad-core processing, a big 4.7-inch screen, and a sharp 13-megapixel camera. Priced at a mid-range 199 euros, the Liquid E3 isn't unreasonably expensive either. That said, with heavy hitters such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, and even the HTC One’s successor all poised to become realities, the E3 … Read more

China's Jade Rabbit moon rover declared dead (or is it?)

A few weeks ago, China's Yutu ("Jade Rabbit") moon rover looked to be in pretty dire straits. The prognosis wasn't good after a "mechanical control abnormality" prevented the rover from working. Now, state news agency ECNS is reporting the rover "could not be restored to full function."

The Chang'e-3 lunar probe's successful soft landing on the moon on December 14 was a major point of pride for China's space program. Only the United States and the former Soviet Union had previously achieved the feat. The rover was supposed to carry out a three-month mission to study the surface geology of the moon and examine natural resources.… Read more

Tech sector hiring more women, data shows... or is it?

Though women's battle for equal pay rages on (thanks Batgirl; see the video below), a new government study suggests tech companies are seeing past gender bias and hiring more women than men.

According to Dice.com, which reported on data out this week from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 60,000 new jobs in the tech industry, 60 percent of the positions went to women.

"Companies have been focusing on getting more women into technology for a long time," Shravan Goli, president of Dice, said. "This year those efforts appear to be paying off … Read more

The 404 1,288: Where we put our toys on ice (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Tostilocos: Tijuana street food hits the mainstream.

- Sixteen San Diego Comic-Con exclusives that have the Internet talking.

- Microsoft pulls a 180, reverses Xbox One always-on DRM and used games policy.

- Microsoft on Xbox One reversal: Dude, E3 held us up.

- "Sound City" is a documentary directed by Dave Grohl about the fabled eponymous recording studio in Van Nuys, Calif.

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Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4

We've still got about five months before the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launch in North America, and already blood has been spilled.

From Microsoft gathering an arguably more impressive stable of exclusive games, to Sony revealing the lack of restrictions on PS4 games and a $100 lower price -- to Microsoft now doing a complete 180 on its DRM policies, this next console launch may be one of the most exciting and brutal yet.

And I can't wait to comfortably watch from the sidelines, praising Thor I'm not in either of their shoes.… Read more

The 404 1287: Where we just need a green bed (podcast)

Polygon's Russ Frushtick joins me in the studio today to talk about the lighter side of our recent trip to Los Angeles. Best of all, he'll help answer the most-asked question of last week: "What was the best food you had at E3?"

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Enter CNET's "From Old School to Tech Cool" contest.

- What do you think of the new "Anchorman 2" trailer?

- Follow Russ on Twitter.

- Listen to Russ' podcast, The Besties.

- Watch Human Angle on Polygon.… Read more