XBox Live Indie Game Lets You be Homeless

December 23, 2011 -

VentureBeat has a great profile on Homeless, an Xbox Live indie game that puts you into the well-worn shoes of a homeless person. The basic premise of the game is that you are a homeless guy who must beg for quarters from passers by, trying to get enough money together to get through another day.

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Report: Microsoft Ignored Video Playback Issues in Dashboard Update

December 19, 2011 -

According to a Digital Factory investigation, the new dashboard update that was supposed to turn the Xbox 360 into a savvy media-friendly device suffers from one serious problem: reduced video playback quality. What's more, Microsoft reportedly knew about it and covered it up, says this C&VG report. Apparently the update forces video content to run at "limited range RGB levels," which results in washed out colors.

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Reddit to the Rescue: How to Block Xbox Live Ads

December 9, 2011 -

While Microsoft might not appreciate it too much, Reddit users have found a way to block the ads (which many find to be obnoxious) being served up post-Xbox Live dashboard update. People tired of seeing that Chuck Norris World of Warcraft ad (for the record I love that ad!) in the Xbox Live dashboard got together on Reddit and created two work-arounds. One involves blocking the ad server in your router - assuming that it supports it. Another method is to reroute your traffic with the free OpenDNS service.

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Microsoft Releases My Xbox Live App for iOS Devices

December 8, 2011 -

Microsoft has released its My Xbox Live App on Apple's App Store. The free app lets Xbox Live users access their profiles on the go much like the Xbox Live hub on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7. The app features the Metro UI style that Microsoft has deployed across all its current products, including the recent Xbox Live dashboard update and Windows Phone 7. The app also links to a browser-based demo of the Windows Phone 7 OS.

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New Xbox 360 Dashboard Causing Problems for Some Users

December 7, 2011 -

Microsoft is rolling out the new Xbox 360 Dashboard, but not without some problems, according to a report at IGN.

Apparently, users are getting video and connection issues, while others are reporting problems as serious as a dead console.

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IGF 2012 Winner Gets XBLA Contract

December 6, 2011 -

Microsoft announced this week that it is taking part in next year's Independent Games Festival, the annual celebration of all things indie game-related that runs in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference. The new partnership with Microsoft adds a new prize to be awarded to the winner of the festival: a first-party publishing deal through Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade service. The news is part of a multi-year partnership between the Independent Games Festival and Microsoft.

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Xbox Live Dashboard Update Delayed 'Slightly'

December 6, 2011 -

The fabled 2011 Dashboard update has been delayed slightly by Microsoft. It was set to go live today, but according to a tweet by Microsoft's Larry Hyrb at 7 am ET, the update had been pushed back.

"The timing for Xbox 360 dashboard update has been slightly delayed," said Hyrb. "I’ll have a status update later today."

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Major Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Doesn't Include New Content Providers

December 5, 2011 -

With the second major overhaul of the Xbox 360 dashboard ready to go tomorrow during a major system update, GameSpot notes that some promised services seem to be conspicuously absent from it. Microsoft had said previously that a slew of new services would make their way to Xbox Live with this update. Some of those services have been pushed back to "late December," while a bunch of other services won't make it onto the Xbox 360 until early 2012.

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Microsoft: Xbox Live Adds a New Member Every Two Seconds

November 14, 2011 -

According to Xbox Live marketing boss Robin Burrowes, all entertainment will be interactive within the next five years. But his boldest claim is that Microsoft's Xbox Live service adds a new member every two seconds.

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Immortals in the Wake of Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3 Release Week

November 11, 2011 -

The Company Town Blog on The LA Times web site poses an interesting question: will the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim today cause problems for any movie that just happens to be hitting theaters today? If you asked anyone who purchased either of these games and has settled in to start playing them, the answer would be a resounding "yes."

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Rumor: Next Xbox Out in Late 2012

November 9, 2011 -

According to a Computer and Video Games report, the next Xbox 360 - which some have been calling the Xbox 720 - is codenamed "Project Ten," will be released during the 2012 holiday shopping season, and will be "going the Apple route." All this comes from technology reporter Paul Thurrott, who says he's been told these things, but doesn't specify any particular source. Thurrott made the claims on the Windows Weekly video show.

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Xbox Live Bans for Playing Modern Warfare 3 Before Launch

November 4, 2011 -

If you somehow managed (by hook or by crook) to get a copy of Modern Warfare and are trying to play it online via Xbox Live, you'll be treated to a ban. The game officially launches November 8, but apparently Microsoft has noticed that some Xbox Live users have the game and are trying to play it online. Those people are having their accounts banned.

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Call of Duty Series Beating Battlefield 3 on Xbox Live

November 3, 2011 -

If the fight between EA's Battlefield 3 and the Call of Duty series is a popularity contest than EA is losing, according to online usage stats released by Xbox Live's Major Nelson. According to his list of most popular game being online for the week, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 are more popular than Battlefield 3. This might give EA some pause considering that these are very old games beating a game just barely released this month.

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Epic: Console Makers Need to Let Developers Handle Game Pricing

October 26, 2011 -

In an interview with Develop Epic Games President Michael Capps says that console makers need to loosen the stranglehold they have on developers when it comes to pricing. Capps says they need to do this because game revenues have shifted to service and micro-transaction model. Currently developers can't decide what the price of their games on consoles should be because those prices are already set by the console makers.

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Team Meat Reconciles with Microsoft

October 26, 2011 -

Team Meat has decided to bury the hatchet with Microsoft after criticizing the console maker publicly for its experience in trying to get the Xbox Live Arcade version of super Meat Boy approved and onto the Xbox marketplace. Today in a blog post announcing the one year anniversary of the game, Team Meat’s Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes said that it was time to move on and let the past be the past:

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57.6 Million Xbox 360 Consoles Sold

October 21, 2011 -

Buried inside its first quarter fiscal year 2012 results, Microsoft revealed that it has shipped 57.6 million Xbox 360 units around the world to date. The company also revealed that for the quarter the ended on September 30, it managed to move 2.3 million units of its Xbox 360. Compared to last year, that's a 2.8 percent decrease. The good news for Microsoft is that the Xbox 360 has been the top-selling console in North America for the last seven months and revenue for the platform was up 7 percent thanks to sales on Xbox Live.

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Getting Dance Central Tracks into Dance Central 2 Will Cost You

September 21, 2011 -

Microsoft confirmed today that it will cost Dance Central players 400 Microsoft Points to import tracks into Dance Central 2 when it launches in late October. Dance Central owners will need to enter a code from the original game's manual then download an "Import Pack" to move songs over to the new game. Of course, those who pre-order the game can get a voucher that gives them the Import Pack for free.

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Porn Stars Want to Pwn You

September 17, 2011 -

Even with the distraction of a foulmouthed twelve-year-old cursing in your ear, you’ve still got game.  But how well would you hold up against streaming video of a topless porn star?

Adult performers Alana Evans and Misti Dawn have launched PwnedByGirls, a new website that will allow eager gamers to play video games with them or just kick back and watch them mop the floor with competitors who just can’t seem to focus.

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Microsoft: 68 Percent of Live Subscriptions Sold at Retail

September 2, 2011 -

Microsoft claims that over two-thirds of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions purchased are obtained at retail, as opposed to using Xbox Live to renew subscriptions or buy new ones. According to what Microsoft tells MCV, 68 percent of the premium subscriptions for Xbox Live are purchased via retailers.

Robin Burrowes, marketing manager for Xbox Live, also said that Microsoft is "very respectful" of retail, and has no plans to simultaneously release Xbox 360 titles at retail and via digital download at the same time.

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Microsoft Withdraws Patent Infringement Claim Against Datel

August 31, 2011 -

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft plans to withdraw its patent infringement claims (337-715, U.S. International Trade Commission - Washington D.C.) against Datel Design & Development Ltd. over controllers for the Xbox 360. In response to the patent lawsuit, Datel took it upon itself to simply redesigned its controllers and stopped importing earlier versions of the TurboFire2 Xbox 360 Wireless that were the at the center of Microsoft's complaint filed with the U.S.

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Dream.Build.Play XNA Winners Announced

August 29, 2011 -

Guillaume Martin's puzzle/platform game Blocks That Matter has been honored with the grand prize of $40,000 in Microsoft's annual Dream.Build.Play XNA game development competition. Astronomical's Solar 2 won first prize and $20,000, followed by the action-adventure title TIC: Part 1, which won a lovely $10,000 second prize, and rhythm-game/RPG Sequence winning $5,000 for third prize. Honorable mention awards were given to Alien Jelly, for production quality; The Bridge for innovation; and Ninja Crash for fun factor.

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Castle Crashers Pink Knight Downloads Benefit Keep A Breast Foundation

August 29, 2011 -

A new report from The Behemoth development blog brings news of a new title update for Castle Crashers on Xbox Live Arcade, along with some great news for the Keep A Breast Foundation. First, The Behemoth is offering the Pink Knight DLC for Xbox Live Arcade for free and for every time it is downloaded the developer will give $1 to the Keep A Breast Foundation - until it hits the 50,000 download mark.

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Jagex: Platform Holders Were Opposed to 'Universal Community'

August 26, 2011 -

Speaking at the recent Edinburgh Interactive conference, Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard said that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all opposed the idea of the company's MMO Runescape letting players interact with other players on rival platforms.

"Some console owners wanted us to charge five Euros for Runescape. What? It would be crazy to charge for Runescape on consoles," he said. "But Sony was ahead of the game, they said they get it. They understand free. But all three said, 'okay, but, we won’t let our console play online with any other'."

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Home Consoles Still The Devices of Choice for Streaming Media

August 25, 2011 -

According to new data released by ABI Research, the most popular method of streaming Netflix content continues to be through a video game console. The new data also shows that console owners spend a substantial amount of time --seven to eight hours a week-- watching online video through their console devices.

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Newell: Microsoft Should Be More Like Sony

August 25, 2011 -

Valve co-founder Gabe Newell says that Microsoft needs to relax the terms and conditions of Xbox Live to allow other platforms onto Xbox Live. Newell made his comments related to the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive release, which features Steamworks integration. Newell said that Microsoft would do well to emulate Sony, whose decision to allow Steamworks support in the PlayStation 3 release of Portal 2 resulted in better experience on that platform.

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No Porsche for You in Forza 4

August 25, 2011 -

If you were hoping to drive a Porsche in Forza 4, you can forget about it, according to developer Turn 10. The developer of the popular racing series published by Microsoft says that the fancy car brand couldn't be included because of a licensing deal Electronic Arts already has with the company. While Turn 10 or Microsoft could have sub-licensed Porsche from EA, Turn 10 decided against it. In a post on the official Forza 4 site, Turn 10 community manager Brian Ekberg explained the absence:

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Xbox Live Subscription Double Billing

August 11, 2011 -

A new class action lawsuit accuses Microsoft of double billing its customer for Xbox Live subscriptions. Ryan Graves of Bloomington, Indiana has filed a class action against Microsoft in U.S. District Court in Seattle, alleging that the Xbox 360 creator double-bills its Xbox Live members and auto-renews subscriptions without their consent.

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XBLIG Title FortressCraft Sees $1.2 Million in Sales

August 11, 2011 -

FortressCraft, the Xbox Live Indie Game that most consider a cheap imitation of Mojang's popular PC title Minecraft (which is coming to Xbox Live Arcade at some point), has made more than $1 million in sales since its launch in April of this year, breaking the record for the highest-grossing XBLIG title to date.

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Zeboyd Games: Microsoft Must Do More to Promote Indie Games

July 26, 2011 -

Robert Boyd of Zeboyd Games says that Microsoft must do more to promote the best games on Xbox Live Indie Games or risk losing the service's most talented developers to other platforms. The warning comes after Boyd's games, Cthulhu Saves The World and Breath Of Death VII, sold more in one week on Steam than their entire lifespan on Xbox Live Indie Games.

"XBLIG is a great solution for new developers," Boyd told Edge. "It's cheap, easy to learn, and has a great community of people that are willing to help each other. However, from a perspective of actually making good money, I do not believe it is a viable platform. The greatest strength and greatest weakness of the service is that it's the most open platform we've ever seen on any home console. Just about anyone can release an XBLIG title, and just about anyone does. As a result, the service has got a reputation for being full of garbage."

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XBLA Head Admits That Prices Have Risen

July 23, 2011 -

XBLA portfolio director Chris Charla recently admitted to that the cost of purchasing an Xbox Live Arcade game has steadily crept up over the last couple of years, but added that the level of quality has kept pace with the rising prices.

"If you look at Live Arcade, and do the math, and look at the publicly available sales numbers, you can see that average prices on XBLA have crept up over the last few years, which has been an interesting trend because on some app markets there's been a race to zero as fast as possible," he said. "We've seen a little bit of the opposite happening. I don't really know where prices are going to go - ultimately, that's set by the market - but it has been really gratifying to see that people are willing to pay a premium price for digital content. "

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