Tuesday Gaming News – 26/11/13

November 27, 2013

  • Lego The Hobbit was announced today, planning to hit stores sometime in 2014. The game will be based around the first two movies in the trilogy, namely The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug.
  • XBOX Live users can now be banned from accessing certain gold subscription features if violating the Xbox Live Upload Studio Code of Conduct. This announcement flared up a bout of paranoia, with users afraid that Microsoft were listening in to their Skype calls too. Today, Microsoft has assured us that they do not monitor Skype calls in any way.
  • EA has announced that Fifa Manager 14 will be the last in the series. Fifa Manager founder Gerald Köhler has written an open letter to fans explaining why this is the case to let fans down gently. “This probably comes as a big disappointment to many of you” Köhler writes “and it is understandable that you would ask why”. The gaming world will never be the same again.
  • Valve has announced Steam Reviews, a function that lets all 65 million members rate and review content. This is a large improvement on the previous Recommendations system that was introduced in 2010.
  • PrimeSense, the company who played a large role in the creation of the original Kinect, has been bought by Apple today. But even despite the companies role, Kinect is secure in Microsoft’s hands as the whole thing was built in house.
  • And finally, for those of you struggling with Xbox One’s voice commands, Microsoft have published a chart to help with the exact terms.