Xbox boss talks gender, diversity in new interview

July 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a new interview with Edge Magazine, Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer took some time to talk about gender and racial diversity in the games industry and what his company is doing about it in its own backyard.

The talk of gender and race came up after Spencer said that the traditional videogame image has been "all sports, broad shoulders and guns."

When asked how that can be changed, he said:

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'Metro' games and 'MGS 5: Ground Zeroes' headline Games With Gold in August

July 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has announced the free games Xbox Live Gold subscribers can get in the month of August through its Xbox Live Games with Gold free game giveaway program.

Xbox One users who have an active Xbox Live Gold account can get their grubby little hands on Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for free during the month of August. Xbox One users will also get How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition beginning August 16th and up until September 15.

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PSA: Microsoft's Xbox Gamescom press briefing will be streamed live

July 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you can't make it to Cologne, Germany for Gamescom in August, you can still at least catch whatever Microsoft plans on showing during its press conference for the European fan and gaming press event. Microsoft announced that on August 4 at 7am Pacific (3pm UK), it will air its Gamescom press briefing on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and at Xbox.com.

So far, we know that Microsoft will show off Scalebound, a new game in the Crackdown series, and Quantum Break. These games were left out of its E3 press briefing in June on purpose so the company could show them off at Gamescom.

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'Call of Duty' games dominate fan voting for backwards compatibility on Xbox One

July 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Call of Duty Black Ops II is now the most requested Xbox 360 game to receive the backwards compatibility treatment for Xbox One and while Black Ops II may be at the top of the list, it isn't the only Call of Duty game in the mix. In fact a total of six CoD games are in the top 12 including Black Ops, Black Ops II, Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, and World at War.

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PSA: last day to get 'Plants v. Zombies' for free on Xbox 360

July 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today is the last day to get Plants v. Zombies for free on Xbox 360 as part of Microsoft's free game giveaway program, Games With Gold. Xbox Live Gold subscribers have until the end of the day to grab PopCap's popular Zombie themed home defense game.  On July 16th you'll be able to grab Gears of War 3 for Xbox 360 until the end of the month.

Xbox One owners can download Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for free until the end of the month and - starting July 16 - you'll be able to grab the indie puzzler So Many Me. So Many Me is available until August 15.

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Outside Xbox hits one million subscribers

July 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamer Network’s Outside Xbox has surpassed one million subscribers. The Xbox-based video outlet was launched in August 2012 by Andy Farrant, Mike Channell and Jane Douglas, and is focused solely on Microsoft and Xbox content. The group has also managed to see year-on-year growth of over 200 percent and has surpassed 25 million monthly views, according to MCV.

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New Xbox One update lays the groundwork for Windows 10 streaming and backwards compatibility

July 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

An update on Major Nelson's blog (Microsoft's Larry Hryb) reveals that the latest update to Xbox One will get the system ready for game streaming to Windows 10 and Xbox 360 backwards compatibility.

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Lizard Squad member ordered to fight against other hackers, gets no jail time for Xbox Live and PSN attacks

July 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

As is a common tactic with law enforcement (even in countries like Finland), instead of punishing notorious Lizard Squad member Julius "zeekill" Kivimaki with jail time for the 50,700 computer crime charges he was convicted of, he has been ordered to serve as an agent to fight against other hackers, apparently.

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July's Games With Gold ready for download

July 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

July's Games With Gold for Xbox One and Xbox 360 are now available. As revealed last week, you can get Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for Xbox One and Plants vs. Zombies on Xbox 360, among others. Of course you'll also need to be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber in good standing to get the free games...

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Microsoft reveals July's 'Games With Gold' freebies

June 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

July's Games With Gold from Microsoft will allow you to be an assassin-pirate, a soldier, a gaggle of clones, and the only thing standing between your home and the zombie apocalypse. Microsoft's Games With Gold is a free game give-away program for Xbox Live Gold subscribers who own an Xbox One or an Xbox 360 - in case you have been living under or rock or in a cave with no Internet access.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 148: the big post-E3 show!

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Friday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 148), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and  E. Zachary Knight are once again joined by super cool dude Justin Leeper to talk about all the games they loved and hated from last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) in Los Angeles. Who won the E3? Who had the best games? Who failed miserably?

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343 Industries addresses concerns over Halo 5's REQ Points

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Halo 5 will have in-game currency that can be used to buy in-game enhancements.  According to this post on Halo Waypoint, the game will feature REQ Points, which players can earn after competing in Warzone or Arena multiplayer. Players can also earn these points by leveling up their Spartan Rank and completing Commendations in multiplayer. These points can be used to purchase unlockable weapons, armor, skins, assassination animations, etc.

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Microsoft asks fans to vote on which Xbox 360 games should be made backwards compatible

June 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday Microsoft announced at its E3 Xbox media briefing that it would make a hundred or so games from the Xbox 360 library backwards compatible during the holiday season. While Mass Effect, Rainbow Six: Vegas, and Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 are definitely on that list, we have no idea what other games Microsoft will make backwards compatible and playable on Xbox One.

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Microsoft highlights VR deals,backwards compatibility, and tons of games at E3 media briefing

June 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

At its annual E3 media briefing today, Microsoft highlighted first- and third-party games, HoloLens, its partnerships with VR companies, a newly designed Xbox One and Windows 10 compatible controller, and Xbox One's (limited) ability to provide Xbox 360 game compatibility.

The event opened with a video montage showing Halo 5, Gears of War, and Rise of the Tomb Raider to drive home the point that first - and third-party games are what the company is all about in 2015 and 2016.

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PSA: Xbox E3 press event at 9:30 am PT

June 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

At 9:30 am PT (12:30 pm on the east coast) this morning Microsoft will host its annual Xbox media presentation live from Los Angeles. You can watch the event in its entirety right here - we'll have a full report later today.

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Sad trombone music: 'Halo 5' cooperative play WILL require Xbox Live Gold

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday we reported that Halo 5: Guardians would not require an Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to play. The news came from an interview conducted by Game Informer with 343 Industries studio head John Holmes.

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Report: some 'The Witcher 3' Xbox One owners can't play the game at all

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Some players who purchased The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Xbox One can't seem to play the game, according multiple reports - most notably on Kotaku and Gamasutra.

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Microsoft reveals June's 'Games With Gold' free games offerings

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft's Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) has revealed June Games With Gold free offerings for the month of June.  For Xbox One owners who have an Xbox Live Gold account, Microsoft is offering Double Fine's fantasy strategy game Massive Chalice and billiards game Pool FX Nation (which is being extended from last month's free game offering).

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More Xbox One features coming to Windows 10 in June

May 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Those already taking Windows 10 for a test run may notice a few new features in the Xbox App after its June update. Microsoft will be adding a number of new features including Xbox One-style "game hubs" (shows friends' activities in games and other apps), a new "Game Bar" custom shortcuts for recording video clips and screenshots and the ability to download and launch the Avatars app from within the Xbox app...

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Report: Xbox One version of 'The Witcher 3' suffering from nasty save game bug

May 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Game Informer's Andrew Reiner details a problematic bug in the Xbox One version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that is bad enough for him to declare in this article that he is done playing it until CD Projekt fixes it. The bug relates to saves, though Reiner says that he's not exactly sure what is causing the problem:

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PSA: 'Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle' coming later this month

May 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Larry Hryb (aka Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson) revealed details on a new Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle on his blog today. The bundle features Cirrus White Xbox One console, one wireless controller and a digital download code for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The Halo: The Master Chief Collection offers Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4.

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Microsoft offers cord cutters the 'Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner' for Xbox One

May 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft today revealed the Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One. The device from the company best known for its game-related streaming and video capture devices supports over-the-air TV on Xbox One, allowing you to access local broadcast networks available in your area via an HD antenna device. The device also supports Sling TV, HBO GO, Netflix, Comedy Central, and Hulu Plus - as well as cable TV and satellite TV integration.

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BioWare Veteran joins Microsoft to work on HoloLens

May 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

BioWare veteran and Mass Effect trilogy project director Casey Hudson has joined Microsoft Studios as its new creative director, PC Gamer reports. Hudson will puts fair amount of his attention on Microsoft's answer to virtual reality on Xbox and Windows platforms - the augmented reality headset code named HoloLens.

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Microsoft severely punishes testers who leaked 'Gears of War' remake info, video

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: In a statement released to Polygon, Microsoft has clarified that users who have been banned from Xbox Live can still use their Xbox One consoles offline.

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Microsoft E3 Expo 2015 press conference dated

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft will host its E3 Expo press conference on, June 15 starting at 9:30am PT (12.30pm ET, 5.30pm GMT). The news comes from various outlets who received press invites this morning - including IGN. The details on what Microsoft plans to show during its press conference are being kept under wraps for now, but Microsoft's Phil Spencer teased that the company will debut a "new exclusive IP" at E3 2015.

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'Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited ' locked out of pre-owned market

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: Bethesda says consumers do not need to worry about reselling their game discs because the game does not use a one-time activation code. You can read more here.

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Waupaca, Wisconsin teen gets caught swatting, loses Xbox

May 11, 2015 - James Fudge

A 17-year-old Waupaca, Wisconsin teen had his "Xbox" confiscated by Waupaca County after they determined that he had attempted to "swat" a rival player. According to WeAreGreenBay.com, the teen allegedly called the Waupaca County 911 Communications Center on Sunday afternoon claiming that a woman had been shot in the leg in an apartment on Eight Street (in Waupaca) and the shooter was still in the house. The caller claimed they were making the call while hiding in a closet.

Police responded to the scene and learned quickly that the call was a hoax.

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PSA: Xbox Live Gold for free this weekend

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft is letting non-paying Xbox silver users on Xbox One and Xbox 360 get a taste of the good life starting today. Xbox Live Silver subscribers will get to see how the other half lives when they have full access to multiplayer features in all of their favorite games.

The free promotion will run from May 1 - May 3. No doubt Microsoft thinks that this free weekend will result in Silver to Gold subscriptions galore.

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Games With Gold freebies for May revealed

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has revealed the free games Xbox Live Gold subscribers can grab in May that are part of its ongoing "Games With Gold" giveaway program.

Xbox One owners can download CastleStorm: Definitive Edition ($14.99 ERP) for free during the month of May. Microsoft also announced that it will hold over Pool Nation FX ($13.99 ERP) for an additional month.

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Former Lionhead boss takes control of Xbox and HoloLens games

April 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Lionhead Studios head John Needham has been promoted to a new position within Microsoft that will oversee internal development for several (but not all) games on Xbox platforms and the company's augmented reality technology HoloLens. A Microsoft spokesperson tells Engadget that he will report to Microsoft corporate VP Kudo Tsunoda. He will not be in charge of some of Microsoft's biggest franchises, though.

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Goth_SkunkLike most MMOs, TERA *really* starts at the end-game. The majority of players have reached the level cap, and new players have a hard time finding others around their level to party up with.08/01/2015 - 4:49am
MattsworknameAndrew: Im not sure Im the one to be explainging this really, Im not sure im articulating it right07/31/2015 - 9:20pm
Big PermI got to around 30 in tera before giving up. I liked my sorc, but I need better motivation to grind07/31/2015 - 9:14pm
Andrew EisenAh TERA. I made a video about TERA censorship. One of my more popular ones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO26h9etTbw07/31/2015 - 8:52pm
Goth_SkunkI've been playing TERA all day. Just took a break to barbecue some chicken. :3 And Andrew: I'm using Cabal to suggest a group of people secretly united in some private views or interests within a community.07/31/2015 - 8:50pm
Andrew EisenI'd love to but I'm at work. But once I get home... I'm going to work out for a while. But after THAT... I'm going to shower. Then eat. Then prep tomorrow's meals. And THEN play video games! YEAH!!!07/31/2015 - 8:38pm
Big Permlol, ya'll are still going back and forth? Take a break and play some video games07/31/2015 - 8:37pm
Andrew EisenGoth - Are you using "cabal" to describe a group of writers or to suggest they all worked together in secret to publish those articles?07/31/2015 - 8:30pm
Andrew EisenMatt - That doesn't disprove the general premise of the various articles as that's not what they're about. Unless, again, he's talking about a different batch of articles.07/31/2015 - 8:28pm
Goth_SkunkThe difference between one voice being offensive and a cabal being offensive.07/31/2015 - 8:22pm
MechaCrashFunny how "you're offended, so what" flips into "we're offended, retract everything and apologize."07/31/2015 - 8:18pm
MattsworknameIts not the only argument he points out ,its just one of them07/31/2015 - 8:06pm
Mattsworknameidea that Gamers as the articel puts it, the "White male sterotype are dead, essentially was compltely false07/31/2015 - 8:03pm
MattsworknameThe video actually shows that the shaw study actually disproves the Premise of the artices by showing that the "Gamer" dentity, has no actual meaning to thsoe who use it other then "I play games", its not connected to race, gender, or orientation. So the07/31/2015 - 8:01pm
Andrew EisenWith the exception of a brief mention in Golding's Tumbr post. Even so, he's talking about gamer identity, not desire for diversity in gaming.07/31/2015 - 7:50pm
Andrew EisenI'm not calling his examination of the Shaw study into question. I haven't read the study nor seen his video. All I'm saying is that it has nothing to do with the Gamers Are Dead articles I've been referencing for the last year.07/31/2015 - 7:49pm
MattsworknameSome times sargon just goes off on tangents but in this case he was pretty direct and went through teh research in detail, did the whole first video about the shaw study itself07/31/2015 - 7:45pm
Andrew EisenWell, unless it's disingenuous twaddle but I like to give people the benefit of the doubt.07/31/2015 - 7:42pm
Andrew EisenGotta be. The argument you describe makes no sense otherwise.07/31/2015 - 7:40pm
MattsworknameThat is a possibility, they looked like offical articles but its possible they are different from the articles you mentoin07/31/2015 - 7:28pm
 

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