After 14 years of preventing its citizens from comfortably taking part in the luxury of modern video gaming, the Chinese government has finally lifted its longstanding ban on foreign video game consoles. The launch of the Xbox One marks the first time since 2000 that a modern gaming console has been released in the Middle Kingdom.
The Chinese government banned all production and sale of foreign gaming consoles out of the belief that video games negatively influenced children. While some games are definitely bad for children, not all of them are, so the extreme ban was merely a way to prevent China’s citizens from getting ideas — you know, like rebelling against their corrupt and oppressive government.
Even with the ban lifted, the Chinese government will still specially-approve what games its citizens will be able to play as part of a censorship criteria that prevents the release of any content that could potentially prove harmful to China’s image. In other words, titles like Battlefield 4, which depicts fictional war scenes between the People’s Liberation Army and US Marine Corps, will likely never be released in the country as long as the communist party is in power.
Other elements that will not be tolerated by officials include obscenities, insults, racial and ethnic hatred.
The Xbox One released in 37 cities across China, with ten games in tow: Kinect Sports Rivals, Dance Central Spotlight, Rayman Legends, Forza Motorsport 5, Neverwinter Online, Trials Fusion, Zoo Tycoon, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, and Powerstar Golf. More titles will be offered at later dates.
While you may think China’s censorship criteria only affects Chinese gamers, it actually has overreaching consequences. The increasing lucrativeness of the Chinese market means more video game developers will prioritize it over North America and Europe, potentially reducing the chances of us getting games like Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in the future.
New Xbox Is Four Times More Powerful Than Xbox One
It’s true — the new Xbox releases in 2020 with Halo and is leaps and bounds more powerful than the Xbox One.
The earlier leaks regarding the next-generation Xbox console’s power, release date and launch game were true.
At E3 2019, Microsoft confirmed that the new Xbox — codenamed “Project Scarlett” — sources its computing power from an Advanced Micro Devices chip that makes it four times more powerful than the Xbox One X.
It is able to show up to 120 frames per second (twice the speed of the average TV) and features a solid-state drive that allows games to load much faster than on older mechanical hard drives.
The new Xbox will be released during the 2020 holiday season, with Halo: Infinite as a launch title.
It is shaping up to give the PlayStation 5 a serious run for it’s money. Are you excited? What do you hope for?
Halo: Infinite Releases With New Xbox, Watch The E3 Trailer
Fans of Halo might shed a tear or two while watching the latest trailer.
E3 2019 brought us a new trailer for Halo: Infinite, as well as a release window for the game.
The sci-fi first-person shooter sees the return of Master Chief, and it takes the Halo franchise in” ambitious, unexpected directions.”
Seeing master chief resuscitated back to life to “finish the fight” will surely make quite a few hardcore Halo fans shed a tear. Watch the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments below…
Halo: Infinite will be released during holiday 2020 as a lunch title for the new Xbox console (AKA Project Scarlett).
Cyberpunk 2077 Stars Keanu Reeves, Releases April 16, 2020
It’s a pleasant surprise, to say the least. Are your surprised?
CD Projekt Red used E3 2019 to release a new Cyberpunk 2077 trailer that reveals Keanu Reeves as the main star.
Not only that, but the big-name Hollywood actor also stepped onto the stage after the trailer was shown to announce the long-awaited RPG ‘s release date.
Isn’t he such a wonderful man? Watch the trailer and let us know what you think…
Cyberpunk 2077 comes out on April 16, 2019. Are you happy to see Keanu Reeves as the main star?
Xbox “Scarlett” Can Do 120FPS And 8K, Releases Holiday 2020
Halo: Infinite could very well be a launch title.
Several leaks suggest might have revealed some titillating details about the Xbox Scarlett family of consoles, as well as the release window for Halo: Infinite.
According to leaker Sabi, Scarlett supports up to 120fps and is backwards compatible with all Xbox consoles of the past. The Elite Controller will apparently be “extra special.”
Finally, Halo: Infinite will supposedly be released during holiday 2020 as an Xbox “Scareltt” launch title.
Stayed tuned to GameTribute to see if any of this proves true, as well as for the latest video game news and trailers.
Check Out The New Doom Eternal Trailer
As expected, Doom Eternal looks crazy intense.
E3 2019 brought us two major videos of Doom Eternal — an official story trailer and some gameplay footage.
The story trailer (above) revels in the game’s weird and intense biblical imagery, while the gameplay footage (below) shows off its intense gameplay, flashy UI and wide array of collectibles.
A new multiplayer mode called Battlemode pits two player-controlled demons against a single player-controlled Slayer to see who’s the last one standing.
Bethesda also announced a big special edition of Doom Eternal that come with a wearable Slayer helmet and story DLC.
By the look of things, fans of Doom are in for more of what the love about the series. Doom Eternal releases on PC, Xbox One, Switch and PS4 on November 22, 2019.
Do You Already Hate The Sonic Movie?
The new Sonic movie trailer has everyone horrified and confused. Are you?
To the say the first official trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog film is a head-scratcher would the understatement of a lifetime. It is WACK!
We get a look at Sonic rendered in real life, as well as Jim Carrey’s Doctor Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik. If the tagline “Every hero has a genesis” is anything to go by, the movie will be an origin story for the blue hedgehog that was an integral part of our 90s gaming experience but struggles in today’s video game market.
To be honest, he looks downright creepy, which probably wouldn’t have been the case if the designers went for a cuter, more compact aesthetic like in the original 2D Sonic games.
Instead, we get scruffy, frizzy-looking creature “thing” that could easily be mistaken for an extremely lean man in a full-body costume, a man who likely skipped leg day one too many times.
Something along the line of Detective Pikachu would have definitely be more palatable, don’t you think?
If you hate Sonic’s look, enough to even be reluctant to watch the movie, you’re not alone. Reactions to the trailer have been hilarious , and the film’s official Twitter account has been swamped with thousands of responses.
So, are you happy with the direction Sega and Paramount took with the live-action Sonic movie? Let us know in the comments below.