Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi says Xbox SmartGlass takes an open view of mobile-console integration (interview)

Naturally, Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing officer for Microsoft‘s game business, thinks that his company won the battle of the press conferences at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). But it remains to be seen whether fans will opt for Microsoft’s view of the future of gaming and how tablets and smartphones fit into it. The company introduced its Xbox SmartGlass app, where users can tap mobile devices and use them to control a game console and queue up their entertainment. It’s a unique vision now, but Mehdi believes it will be a shot in the arm for Microsoft’s ambitions in the home. Microsoft’s SmartGlass will work not only with Windows tablets and phones, but it will also support usage based on Apple iPad or iPhone. We caught up with Mehdi at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. Here’s an edited transcript of our interview.

South Park creators introduce their game and playfully mock Microsoft

Developer Obsidian Entertainment has worked closely with South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker to fully realize the world of the show in a new role-playing game dubbed “South Park: The Stick of Truth.” Players control the new kid in town, who is attempting to become the fifth member of the South Park crew. You’ll get to play along with Kyle, Stan, Kenny, and Cartman with your own created character.

Minecraft (Xbox 360 Edition): Tips, tricks, and achievement guide

Welcome to GamesBeat’s Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition guide. Below you’ll find information on how to unlock all of the game’s achievements, as well as some extra tips and tricks for making Minecraft your subservient drudge. As we noted in our review, part of the magic of Minecraft is figuring out the basics for yourself, so we recommend you consult this guide only after you’ve already played a little bit. Or don’t, whatevs.

Smash, grab, and steal from your friends in Fable Heroes (review)

But like Juliet once said, what’s in a name? Fun is fun no matter what they call it, and Fable Heroes is a pretty good time. It’s a cooperative game but only up to a point. A lot of players will recall The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, another “co-op” experience that cheerfully rewards the selfish, greedy, and mean. Four friends can get their ten bucks worth of fun here so long as they don’t end up at each other’s throats before it’s over.