Ah, processor bugs! Spectre and Meltdown are a big deal, affecting a wide range of hardware and software configurations. So all of us, basically. What's interesting is that this isn't the first time speculative execution has popped up as a problem -- back in 2005, the PowerPC chip in the Xbox 360 had a similar issue.
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I gazed into the future, saw L.A. Noire's Switch release and other remasters coming, and did an entire playthrough of the game. Here's a collection of writings inspired by that playthrough.
Last night, I finished a playthrough of Binary Domain on Kotaku US' Twitch channel. The 2012 sci-fi shooter is rough around the edges but creates meaningful, intelligent interactions between players and their AI companions.
Tales from the Borderlands is another one of those games I own on multiple platforms but still haven't gotten around to playing. If you're in the same boat, Xbox Live Games with Gold has you covered this month. As always, these games are only "free" if you have an active Xbox Live Games with Gold subscription.
GTA Online's latest update adds "Transform Races" where players compete on tracks with checkpoints that instantly transform vehicles into something new. For example: one moment you're racing around on a motorcycle, only to hit a checkpoint where you will soar away in a fighter jet. The mode incorporates everything from boats to helicopters, and it's a great fit for GTA Online.
I've been playing through Deadly Premonition and Binary Domain on Kotaku's Twitch channel. One is an offbeat crime thriller and the other is a clumsy shooter about robots. They're pure pulp. They're also two of the best games I've ever played.
I've been playing through L.A. Noire for the last month and a half on Kotaku's Twitch channel. This weekend we finished the game. The conclusion is bittersweet but there was no other way for a tale of crime and corruption to end. Controversial in its day, L.A Noire's ending is perfect when viewed in retrospect.
Video games aren't what kept José Muñoz in his parents' basement for much of the past seven years, slipping into depression. They aren't why the former honour roll student dropped out of university, and they aren't why he couldn't get a job. Video games aren't what sent him to a therapist's couch, and video games aren't what kept him on one in front of a TV, day after day.
If you like moody teenagers having mysterious adventures, you'll be pretty excited by Oxenfree's inclusion in Games with Gold this month. There's also Forza 5 and Battlefield 3 if you've had enough of thinking about childhood. As always, these games are only "free" if you have an active Xbox Live Games with Gold subscription.
Last week, we started playing L.A. Noire on Kotaku's Twitch channel. It's a 2011 detective game with a lot of cases to solve. Recently, we finished the cases for the traffic detective desk. It's a good introduction to the game that also has a few problems.