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Call of Duty: Black Ops II writer and director Dave Anthony will lend his experience to a new project that aims to predict and prepare for future wars.

Created by Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, the “Art of Future Warfare” project mines narrative fiction and interactive media for real-world insights into the future of conflict.

“[Anthony’s] forward thinking on emerging threats will better position the Scowcroft Center to provide cutting-edge analysis on how the United States must adapt for the future,” The Atlantic Council said in a statement.

According to The Washington Post, Steven Grundman, a George Lund fellow for emerging defense challenges at the Atlantic Council, got the idea to contact Anthony while watching his son play Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Grundman was impressed by the game’s realistic depiction of war in the year 2025, and it occurred to him that the perspective of artists on the issue might provide useful insights.

“I think war is changing,” Anthony said in a video posted by the Atlantic Council. “Drones alone, I can’t even get my head around the potential for drones to be used or abused. I think this country and the world needs to be ready for that. That’s what I’m interested in. Is there a way to generalize these potential threats to the country and try to figure out potential solutions or even predict the type of things that can happen before they do and before it’s too late?”

Anthony will join the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC on October 1 to discuss the topic further in a public event titled “The Future of Unknown Conflict.”

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, a game which takes place entirely in the future, launches November 4 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3,PlayStation 4, and PC.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Starting tomorrow, the Xbox One is getting an update that will introduce Reddit and MTV apps to the system as well as offer increased functionality for the currently existing Twitch app.

The Reddit app is called ReddX, and a post on the Xbox Wire stated, “ReddX on Xbox One can be Snapped to the side of your TV while you’re gaming or using another app to help you monitor and join in threads on the site while you’re doing anything else.”

You’ll be able to access every subreddit in addition to a “customized main page.” And like browsing, you can “read text and view images, videos and GIFs on your TV and can even zoom in or out of text and images for a closer look.”

With a button press you can upvote or downvote posts, add comments, or save any photos you find to your profile.

Microsoft announced that an MTV app is coming to Xbox One tomorrow as well that includes, “sneak peeks, bonus clips, recent full episodes from select MTV series with a TV subscription and more.”

And finally, new features coming to the Twitch app, which include:

  • Auto zoom
  • Audio capture from headsets
  • The ability to see Twitch channels that people on your Friends list are watching, then join in watching those same broadcasts
  • Kinect will (optionally) follow and zoom to your face while broadcasting
  • When the Kinect isn’t attached, audio can be captured from a headset

What do you think about the new additions? Let us know in the comments below.

Justin Haywald is a senior editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @JustinHaywald

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