From Roger Ebert to the next Xbox, these are the top stories from across Gawker Media.

The Next Xbox Will Require an Internet Connection To Start Games, Sources Say - Kotaku

Two Kotaku sources have added more credence to the rumor that the next Xbox, expected to battle the PlayStation 4 in late 2013 or early 2014, will be an always-online system, though it will be able to tolerate dropped connections.

My Roger Ebert Story - Deadspin

Roger Ebert was my hero. Then I was an asshole to him. What I learned about movies, writing, life, and forgiveness from our great humanist film critic.


Is Disney about to destroy the Star Wars Expanded Universe Altogether? - io9

When Disney first announced their acquisition of Star Wars, fans were trepidatious. What changes would they make to the Star Wars universe? Then Disney announced the new movies, including a sequel trilogy and stand-alone films, and fans were ecstatic. But now that Disney has killed LucasArts, we’re seeing the Dark Side of Disney’s Star Wars — and this is probably only the beginning.


Georgia Teens Fight for Racially Integrated Prom Because It’s 2013, for Chrissakes - Jezebel

Black and white students at Wilcox County High School in south Georgia aren't allowed to go to the same prom. Instead, students and parents sponsor segregated proms — yep, in 2013 — and kids that break the skin-dress code are barred entry from the caucasian rager.