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Rumor: Microsoft trademarks “Marlow Briggs,” possible character for spinoff title?

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Microsoft may have very special plans for a yet-unknown charterer in their Gears of War franchise, if their latest exploits in trademarking are any indication.

They recently went ahead and trademarked the name “Marlow Briggs” via a TEAS Plus application, which was filed under the identification category of “game software.” Below is a general summary of the trademark, provided by Neogaf user “Rosti.”

Word Mark MARLOW BRIGGS
Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Game software
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 85832005
Filing Date January 24, 2013
Current Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Microsoft Corporation CORPORATION WASHINGTON One Microsoft Way Redmond WASHINGTON 980526399
Attorney of Record Lisa M. Martens
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

We couldn’t help but notice on the Gears of War wiki that the deceased members of the team Echo-Ten included a member by the name of Jordan Briggs.  He obviously shares the same surname as this mysterious Marlow fellow, so perhaps Marlow is his sibling? The name Marlow is unisex, so we have no idea whether this unannounced character is male or female, and given that both genders are quite prominent in the world of the series as of Gears of War 3, anything’s possible.

The thing is, if Microsoft went to all this trouble to secure a trademark for just one character, then clearly they think he/she is important and they have some rather big plans for them. The easiest way to speculate would be to say that Marlow will star in a spinoff, but who knows? Maybe they will factor into promotion and marketing for the upcoming Gears of War: Judgement somehow.

Stay tuned for more news on the Gears of War franchise and any future appearances of Marlow Briggs, whoever he/she is.

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RUMOR: Xbox One S All Digital Images, Release Details Leak Ahead of Official Unveiling

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Images of a discless Xbox One S have leaked online, confirming rumors from last year.

Winfuture.de revealed the pictures it acquired yesterday, as well the name Xbox One S All Digital, prices, and a launch date. Check out the pictures down below.

The console would allow users who are less oriented in the physical media space to take advantage of an all-digital device.

Some of the speculation regarding all-digital hardware pictures a cheaper, maybe even smaller model. However, yesterday’s leak suggests that, while the Xbox One S All Digital may come bundled with games, the price will stick at around USD$250 with no real change in physical appearance.

The only visual difference between the Xbox One S and the Xbox One S All Digital is the lack of a disc drive. Otherwise, the two slimmed down pieces of hardware are visually identical.

As well as a look at the console, the website says that an official reveal will come April 16 with a release following on May 7.

The pictures uncovered do not come from an official source, so holding off believing everything here is for the best. That said, a device such as this makes sense for Microsoft considering the Xbox Game Pass and the inevitability of a more digitally-inclined market.

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