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 GamesIndustry.biz 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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Report: Xbox 360 Cloud Saving Available on Select Games

July 6, 2011 -

Microsoft has activated some of its planned Xbox Live cloud save functionality, according to an MCV UK report. A select number of Xbox Live Arcade games get added cloud save functionality, allowing users to download and resume saved games from any console. It also allows for the recovery of gamertags on another machine, according to MCV.

The full set of cloud features promised by Microsoft is expected to go live when the next Xbox 360 dashboard update is released. Microsoft announced plans to introduce cloud-based services for Xbox Live at E3 last month. We do not know as of this writing what games support these new could-based features.

Source: MCV UK

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Report: Microsoft Planning Support for Free to Play on Xbox 360

June 24, 2011 -

According to a report from Develop Microsoft is now offering support for free-to-play titles on Xbox 360. Several sources close to the situation tell Develop that Microsoft is asking developers to discuss future free-to-play game deals. This is being done "behind the scenes" for the time being, according to Develop. Microsoft is looking at games that can be monetized by in-game item purchases or premium upgrades.

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Cloud Storage, Beacons Coming to Xbox Live

June 7, 2011 -

Microsoft's Larry Hryb offers some new details on Microsoft's Cloud Storage solution for the Xbox 360 on his official blog. Coming "later this year," the cloud-based storage solution will allow Xbox Live members to store game saves and their Live profiles. From the blog post:

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Security Expert: Sony, Microsoft Should Hire Hackers

June 2, 2011 -

Ligatt Security International's Gregory Evans says that both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live remain vulnerable to cyber attacks and that both companies should consider hiring hackers to test security.

"Most big corporations have what’s called an annual security audit and they go out and hire outside security companies," Ligatt Security International's Gregory Evans told Industry Gamers. "But they’re nothing but a bunch of IT managers who went out and got a bunch of certifications and now they come in to see if your system is truly hacker proof. These IT managers who take the test to become a certified computer hacker or a CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional) have to work in a lab and hack into a system that’s in a controlled environment."

Microsoft: 40 Percent of Xbox Live Activity is Non-Gaming

June 1, 2011 -

According to Microsoft's corporate communications Vice President Frank Shaw, 40 percent of all Xbox Live activity is non-gaming. Discussing the evolution of the platform as an entertainment brand rather than a pure gaming console - a theme that will be emphasized through the company’s E3 press event later this month - Shaw mentioned how much Xbox Live users are using the system for non-gaming entertainment such as music and movies.

He says that Microsoft MS intends to market Xbox 360 more "as an entertainment brand this year." Microsoft claims that it is seeing 30 hours of video consumption per month per system.

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New Xbox 360 Firmware Released

May 19, 2011 -

Microsoft has responded to reports that a new dashboard update was causing some older Xbox 360 systems to have a "disc-read error." The company said that the error was actually being caused by disc-reading algorithms, and not defects in Xbox 360 hardware.

The error “is tied to a change in the disc-reading algorithms in a recent software update,” a company spokesperson tells Develop. “It is not specific to older or newer versions of Xbox 360.”

The new firmware offers new anti-piracy measures and 1GB more space for disc-based content. Microsoft says that a "small number” of machines are not compatible with this firmware. In those cases, Microsoft is replacing those consoles with new ones.

Affected users will receive a new Xbox 360S and 12 months of Xbox Live Gold for free, the company said.

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Report: Some Xbox 360s May Be Incompatible with New Disc Format

May 18, 2011 -

You may have heard of Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 disc format and an upcoming firmware update to add support for it, but you may be one of those Xbox 360 owners whose system doesn't support it. The new XGD3 disc standard adds an additional 1GB of useable data to 360 DVDs, but a small number of Xbox 360 systems are having trouble supporting it.

According to Kotaku one beta tester owned such a system, and Microsoft rectified the situation by giving him a new system and a year's worth of Xbox Live Gold. Microsoft has not commented on the story, so this generosity could just be an isolated incident.

"Checking my e-mail earlier today I found a rather interesting message from Xbox Customer Support, saying that a software update is stopping some Xbox 360s from reading game discs," said beta tester Avery Penn.

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Report: PayPal Coming to Xbox Live

May 10, 2011 -

According to a Joystiq report citing an internal Microsoft memo, a new dashboard update is on the way, and it will add a brand new and familiar payment option for Xbox Live members. Microsoft is preparing to roll out this Xbox 360 dashboard update later this month. The internal memo written by a Microsoft tech support employee says the update will be released in stages from May 19 to May 30 "to ensure a high quality deployment." The update will add PayPal online payment services as a billing option. Users will reportedly be able to use the system to buy points, content, and pay for Xbox Live subscriptions.

The update will also introduce support for the new Xbox 360 game disc format which was rumored to be in the works a few months ago. The Avatar Kinect video chat application is also rumored to be released later on May 27.

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Military Billing Options for Soldiers Hit Xbox Live

May 3, 2011 -

Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) announced via his official blog that military personnel will now have an easier time when conducting commerce on Xbox Live. One of the biggest requests from soldiers serving in the military is to have the ability to use "Military States" as billing addresses. Today Microsoft is allowing just that. As of today Xbox Live now accepts AA (Armed Forces of the Americas), AE (Armed Forces Europe) and AP (Armed Forces Pacific) as options for credit card addresses. To make changes to these addresses, simply makes changes to the billing section on Xbox.com.

"We hope this makes it easier for the men and women in the United States Armed Forces to stay connected to the Xbox LIVE community," said Hryb in the post announcing the new changes.

"Thank you for everything you do," he added.

Indeed, anything that makes it easier for Americans serving our country is a good thing.

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Hulu Plus for Xbox 360 Confirmed for Tomorrow

April 28, 2011 -

Hulu Plus is coming to Xbox Live tomorrow, and Xbox Live Gold and Silver members will get it for free until May 6, Microsoft confirmed today. Hulu Plus will be free until May 6 thanks to a sponsorship deal with Jack Link's Beef Jerky.  As a fan of both beef jerky and free stuff, I approve of this partnership.

After the free week is over, users that want to continue to use Hulu Plus can sign up for a membership- which will cost you $7.99 a month.

Xbox 360 joins other devices that support the popular service including iOS devices (iPad, iPhones, iPod Touch), Android devices, various internet-enabled TV's and Blu-Ray devices (Samsung, Vizio, etc.), PlayStation 3, and Roku boxes (which are awesome).

Source: Joystiq


Microsoft Warns of Modern Warfare 2 Phishing Scheme

April 27, 2011 -

An Xbox Live status update found here warns Modern Warfare 2 users to be on the lookout for scammers who have a brand new scheme ready to trick you into revealing your personal information. The "scheme" will occur while users are playing the game online, according to Microsoft. While hacking and phishing schemes related to Modern Warfare 2 are nothing new to players on every platform the game is on, users who love the game must be ever vigilant in avoiding getting caught in some sort of trap.

"Users may receive potential phishing attempts via title specific messaging while playing Modern Warfare 2," Microsoft warns via the status message.

Microsoft adds that it is "working to resolve the issue."

We hope they figure it out sooner rather than later. However, if you are an MW2 player, be vigilant.

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XBIG Developer Disappointed by Microsoft Actions

April 20, 2011 -

Robert Boyd, developer of the Xbox Live Indie Games Cthulhu Saves The World and Breath Of Death VII: The Beginning, says that he is delighted by Microsoft's decision to fix the ratings system for XBIG, but is disappointed that it won't turn back the clock a little. Boyd says that Microsoft's failure to remove suspicious votes from the system is “highly disappointing” and that affected games will never recover from being "completely buried" by illegal voting.

"Microsoft doing nothing to fix the fake ratings that have already been given is highly disappointing," Boyd tells Edge. He points to research done by XNA community developer Michael C. Neel, which shows that ratings abuse was far more widespread than anyone had thought.

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Xbox Live Indie Games Get Ratings Revamp

April 19, 2011 -

Microsoft has made major changes to the ratings system for its Xbox Live Indie Games channel, after reports that users were manipulating individual game ratings last month. As of today only Xbox Live Gold subscribers can rate indie games on the service.

Robert Boyd of Zeboyd Games (Breath of Death VII and Cthulhu Saves the World) alleged manipulation on the Facebook page for XBLIG game College Lacrosse: The Video Game. The developer of the game had urged fans to provide 5-star ratings to boost the game up the XBLIG charts. Boyd also claimed that those fans went further by providing minimum 1-star rating to competing XBLIG titles to help improve the Lacrosse games' positions. That would explain why Boyd would be talking about it.

A post on the XNA Game Studio Team blog this week detailed the changes:

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Rumor: Microsoft Considering Free To Play on Xbox Live

April 12, 2011 -

Maybe Microsoft is taking its cues from Sony Online Entertainment's and Playstation Network's launch of Free Realms, or maybe the whole story is the stuff of rumors.. According to "trusted source" speaking to IGN, publishers and developers will be able to release games for free on Xbox Live. Developers and publishers will then be able to allow users to purchase content such as weapons, experience points, in-game currency, perks, and novelty items. The first of these titles is expected to arrive next year, according to the source.

While that is fine, next year seems like a very long time to wait to bring free-to-play to Xbox Live. Microsoft is notorious for controlling micro-transactions on Xbox Live, so it is doubtful that it has suddenly changed its policy. More likely, if it does allow for free-to-play products they will be of the first-party nature.

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Toulouse Comments on Xbox Live Account Hacker

April 4, 2011 -

Over the weekend a hacker named "Predator" took over Xbox Live director of policy and enforcement Stephen "Stepto" Toulouse's Xbox Live account. Today Toulouse discussed it with Joystiq, pointing out that "Predator" wasn't trying to be helpful and that he didn't hack Xbox Live - he simply got information from Toulouse's web provider.

"He got an old cell phone [number] of mine, and yeah, he called it occasionally," Xbox Live director of policy and enforcement Stephen "Stepto" Toulouse told Joystiq. "I can play you a voice message if you want, to show you the nature of his contact with us."

He did just that and Joystiq described them as full of expletives not suitable for print. Toulouse went on to mention one six-minute call where "Predator" and some friends talked about having sex with his wife.

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Saline, Michigan Man Wanted for Accosting Young Girls on Xbox Live

March 29, 2011 -

Saline Police say that they have issued an arrest warrant for a 20-year-old Saline, Michigan man for allegedly soliciting young girls via Xbox Live. The 20-year-old man, Robert Lynch, is expected to surrender to police for an arraignment on three counts of attempting to accost children for immoral purposes. The charges have the potential to put Lynch behind bars for up to 4 years. The exact time and date of the arraignment was not clear at the time of this writing.

According to police, Lynch allegedly used the chat or messaging functions of Xbox Live to communicate with Saline Middle School girls he met online between Jan. 8 and Feb. 8. Besides making sexual suggestions to the young girls, Lynch also allegedly mailed some of them condoms. Police also allege that in one instance Lynch took several girls to a local strip club. While they didn't go inside, Lunch went in to purchase sex toys for the girls.

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Runic Games Sees Highest Sale Day Ever with Torchlight XBLA Launch

March 15, 2011 -

Runic Games announced today that the launch of Torchlight for Xbox LIVE Arcade resulted in the game's best sale day in the company's admittedly short history, but did not disclose sales numbers. Torchlight for Xbox LIVE premiered as part of Microsoft’s House Party lineup on Wednesday, March 9th. The game is an action-RPG based on the PC game of the same name. The XBLA version has been streamlined for Microsoft's platform, though much of the content remains mostly the same. New features include a revamped user interface, streamlined inventory management, new items, Achievements and Avatar awards.

"We're very excited to bring Torchlight to the 360, and have been really gratified by the positive reaction. It's affirming to know that console players love this genre as much as we do. We think the experience translates pretty well to the couch," said President Travis Baldree.

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Microsoft: MS Points Scam Loss Figure is Wrong

March 10, 2011 -

Microsoft issued a statement to Gamasutra today saying that it is looking into MS Points codes being illegally generated for Xbox Live, but denied that it had lost $1.2 million in revenue from the scam. Hackers found a way to use old MS Points codes to generate new ones. The method for doing this was then posted on a gaming forum where users picked it up and ran with it. Despite all the alleged activity Microsoft says that the amount of codes generated and the amount of money lost by the activity has been overblown by several media outlets.

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Microsoft Loses $1.2 Million From MS Points Scammers

March 10, 2011 -

Save and Quit reports that a group of clever hackers managed to bilk Microsoft for $1.2 million by creating counterfeit Microsoft Points codes for Xbox Live. The hackers created an algorithm that let them use old MS Points codes to generate new codes. They then shared these codes with the Internet, much to the chagrin of Microsoft.

Each refresh of the site would generate a new 160 point code. Hackers also released a stand-alone code generator that created codes for a Halo: Reach Banshee avatar prop or a 48-hour Xbox Live trial. Those late to the party found that the site was inaccessible as traffic got out of control.

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How it Feels to Be Harassed on Xbox Live

February 25, 2011 -

A hilarious video from College Humor called "Girls Can Be Jerks On Xbox Live Too, You Know" turns the tables on a male player as a gaggle of girl players treat him like a piece of meat. It's hilarious and most definitely not safe for work, but worth watching.

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Castle Crashers Pink Knight Fights for Breast Cancer Research

February 3, 2011 -

The Behemoth is giving PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade owners an opportunity to go pink in Castle Crashers. The developers behind the popular action RPG announced a new character called the Pink Knight and that all the proceeds from the purchase of this character (and four new weapons) will be donated to charities devoted to Breast Cancer Research. The Pink Knight comes armed with a Lollipop and 4 other brand new additional weapons.

PSN players will get the Pink Knight first, with a release date for XBLA players to be announced at a later date. The PSN version sells for $1.99 and goes live February 8.

Find out more about the Pink Knight here.

Commentary: How can anyone not love the people at The Behemoth?

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Follow-Up on Autistic Boy's Xbox Live 'Cheater' Punishment

January 31, 2011 -

As a follow-up to Thursday's story that an 11-year-old autistic boy (Julius Jackson) being banned from Xbox Live for cheating, Game Informer unravels exactly what might have happened and why Microsoft is not backing down from the action. Game Informer posits that the ban probably has something to do with the way the youngster acquired the Recon Armor in Halo 3. Game Informer came to this conclusion based on tweets from both the mother (Jennifer Zdene) and Xbox Live Policy Director (Stephen Toulouse).

Getting Recon Armor is not an easy task. You can either have it given to you by Bungie directly (which did not happen in this case for sure) or you can unlock a specific set of 7 achievements spread across Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST called Vidmaster Challenges. Some of those challenges are easy, while others are quite difficult.

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Microsoft Cracks Down on 11-Year Old Autistic Boy

January 27, 2011 -

An 11-year-old autistic boy named Julius Jackson has been labeled a "cheater" by Microsoft on Xbox Live and has had all of his Achievements points wiped as a result.

As a rule, when Microsoft finds that an Xbox Live user has boosted its GamerScore by using exploits or cheats it marks that user as a "cheater" and wipes their score away. This is exactly what happened to Julius, though what exactly Microsoft says that he did to earn such a dishonor is not being talked about by either party.

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Forza 3 Wins Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year Award

January 24, 2011 -

Turn 10 and Microsoft's Forza Motorsports 3 is the winner of this year's Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year award from the AbleGamers Foundation. Every year the AbleGamers Foundation selects one mainstream video game title that offers the best accessibility to players. According to AbleGamers, "recipients must demonstrate excellence in accessibility by including options that allow for gamers with a wide range of disabilities to fully enjoy the game."

"Microsoft is honored and delighted to accept the Accessible Game of the Year Award from AbleGamers for Forza Motorsport 3," said Aaron Kornblum, Director Security Policy, Interactive Entertainment Business, which includes Xbox and Xbox Live. "We believe that making technology as accessible as possible will enable people throughout the world to realize their full potential, regardless of their abilities."

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Report: Xbox 360 Update Halts Call of Duty Pirates

January 20, 2011 -

While the new Xbox 360 mandatory update may have added a few small things, there was one secret thing that it accomplished: halted scores for pirates and hackers playing Call of Duty: Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2 on the console on Xbox Live. The update was billed under the guise of re-enabling automatic boot a to disc, and some changes to some graphics.

console. Members of the Xbox-Scene forums became suspicious when the update took a "suspiciously long time" to download. They discovered that their "backup copies of Call of Duty games ceased to work. They believe the update enables "an anti-piracy feature that specifically targets burned copies."

Naturally Microsoft isn't saying anything about it.

Source: Engadget

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