Report: Xbox 360 Dashboard Beta Raises Game Prices

July 10, 2013 -

Update: Microsoft tells Kotaku that UK dashboard beta testers will receive refunds for any money lost related to the exchange of MS Points into real cash. Microsoft calls the pricing changes an "error."

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FEZ Finally Getting a Patch

July 5, 2013 -

Polytron's Phil Fish announced via Twitter recently that he will finally patch a long standing bug on his Xbox Live Arcade title FEZ. Last week it came to light that - earlier in the year - Microsoft had ditched its policy of charging developer tens of thousands of dollars to do title updates beyond the one free title update they would get after publishing a game on XBLA. Fish lashed out last week at Microsoft because that same policy kept him from providing fans with a fix for a nasty bug. Now all that seems to be water under the bridge.

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Next-Gen Console Pricing Comparable to Past Systems

July 2, 2013 -

An interesting report from Ars Technica compares the pricing of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with consoles released in America all the way back to 1977 with the release of the Atari 2600. At E3 Sony announced that the PS4 would retail for $399, while Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would cost $499.

Major Nelson: Sorry People Are Disappointed in First Games for Gold Offering in July

July 1, 2013 -

Speaking to the Reddit community, Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb said that he was sorry that fans were disappointed that the first free game for July in Microsoft's Games for Gold program was Defense Grid. Fans expected to receive Halo 3 or Assassin's Creed 2 - which were announced as games being given away free as part of the program during E3.

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Report: Don Mattrick Leaving Microsoft for Zynga

July 1, 2013 -

Update #2: It looks like no one will replace Mattrick, according to a memo obtained by Kotaku attributed to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Instead of replacing Mattrick, all of Mattrick's subordinates in the division will now report directly to Ballmer.

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PSA: Defense Grid: The Awakening Free on Xbox Live for Gold Subscribers

July 1, 2013 -

Larry Hryb announced via his blog this morning that Defense Grid: The Awakening will be given away for free this month as part of Microsoft's “Games With Gold” program. Beginning today until July 15 Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download the game for free to their Xbox 360's. The Games for Gold program will give away two free games a month until the launch of the Xbox One. Other upcoming games include Assassin's creed 2 and Halo 3.

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Fez Creator Slams Microsoft

June 28, 2013 -

Fez creator Phil Fish has criticized former co-publishing partner Microsoft for doing what he considers "nothing" to help sell his game on Xbox Live Arcade. Fish took to Twitter yesterday to complain about Microsoft's lack of support for him and his game and gave no quarter in his harsh criticism:

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Report: Microsoft No Longer Charging Developers for Patching Their Xbox 360 Games

June 27, 2013 -

Microsoft is no longer charging developers and publishers a fee for updates according to multiple sources speaking to Eurogamer. Apparently, Microsoft made the change to its policy on updates earlier in the year. Prior to that change any updates after the one free update publishers were entitled to cost developers "tens of thousands of dollars."

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Microsoft to Spend $700 Million on Data Centers in Iowa

June 24, 2013 -

Microsoft will spend $700 million on a new data center in West Des Moines, Iowa - according to the Des Moines Register. The data center is the result of a deal with the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board, which has approved through the state $20 million in tax credits for the computing giant for what has been named ‘Project Mountain’.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 57

June 24, 2013 -

In Episode 57 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about several GamePolitics polls, Microsoft's decision to pull a 180 on its various Xbox One policies, Cliff Bleszinski's public comments about the whole thing, and a whole lot more. Download Episode 57 now: SuperPAC Episode 57 (1 hour, 16 minutes) 69.5 MB.

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Skulls of the Shogun Developer Laments Exclusivity Deal with Microsoft, Glad It's Over

June 21, 2013 -

Borut Pfeifer and developer 17-bit Studios signed an exclusivity deal with Microsoft for its game Skulls of the Shogun. The game was released in January on Surface, Windows Phone and Xbox Live Arcade in January. Now that that window of exclusivity is almost over, Borut Pfeifer is relieved.

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PSA: Free Xbox Live Games Delivered on the 1st and 16th of Every Month

June 21, 2013 -

The official Xbox Live website reveals that on the 1st and 16th of every month Xbox Live gold subscribers can expect a new game. While Microsoft has not said why it suddenly started handing out free games to Gold members, some believe it is the company's way of competing with Sony's PlayStation Plus subscription model which hands out freebies every month. Whatever the reason for these free giveaways, it's tough to badmouth a promotion where people get full free games - even if they are slightly dated...

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 56

June 17, 2013 -

If you missed our live broadcast on Saturday, we have an audio file of the live show available for you to download right now. During the (over) three hour live show Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discussed all the interesting things that came out of the Electronic Entertainment Expo last week - with an emphasis on the top three console makers - Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. They also answered questions and responded to comments from the live audience and read listener email. It was a good time had by all!

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Why Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! Will Not be on Xbox Platforms

June 14, 2013 -

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! won't come out on Xbox 360 or Xbox One according to Oddworld Inhabitants boss Lorne Lanning. Lanning used to be a big fan of the Xbox platform - back in 2001 he helped launch the first Xbox with the exclusive Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee - but Microsoft's new policies rub him the wrong way. Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! will be coming to PlayStation 3, PS Vita, PlayStation 4, Wii U, PC, Mac and Linux.

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Microsoft's Don Mattrick Offers Some Advice for Soldiers: Buy an Xbox 360

June 12, 2013 -

Microsoft's Don Mattrick seems to live in an alternate universe where throwing gasoline on a fire puts it out. It doesn't in this one. Speaking to GameTrailers, Mattrick said that consumers who are concerned about connectivity issues - for example soldiers that might deployed overseas or someone deployed on a submarine - have an option for this generation: buy an Xbox 360.

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Redesigned Xbox 360 Pricing

June 10, 2013 -

More details have been revealed on the new Xbox 360 consoles that have been released to retail outlets today. The newly redesigned console comes in three SKUs: a 4GB model, a 4GB model with Kinect included, and a 250GB model.

The 4GB vanilla option will cost $200, a 4GB with Kinect included will cost $300 and the 350 GB Xbox 360 will cost $300. We assume that these newly designed models will eventually replace older models on the market now.

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Microsoft E3 Expo 2013 Press Conference Recap

June 10, 2013 -

Microsoft held its Electronic Entertainment Exp Xbox One press conference today, finally showing off some of the games that will ultimately make or break its system as it goes head-to-head with Sony's PlayStation 4 later this year. The most notable news coming out of the event is when the console will be released and how much it will cost consumers when it hits retail.

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Diablo III Coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 Sept. 3

June 6, 2013 -

Blizzard announced this morning that Diablo III will be released on the PlayStation 3 on September 3, 2013. The company also revealed that an Xbox 360 version of the game has been in the works for quite some time and will release on the same date. Both games will be released simultaneously in the U.S., Canada, Spanish-speaking Latin America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Man Goes From House Arrest to Jail After Getting Tired of Playing Xbox Games

June 6, 2013 -

A 19-year-old man has asked police to lock him up for the remainder of his sentence in jail because he is tired of playing Xbox 360 games under house arrest. While the 19-year-old man in Whangarei, New Zealand was on easy street - confined to his home and placed under electronic surveillance - he begged to serve the last month of his 11 month sentence in jail because he ran out of Xbox games to play. He is now serving out the rest of his sentence in the Northland Region Corrections Facility, which houses 548 minimum to high security prisoners.

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EA Begins Eliminating Online Pass Fees, Offers Content for Free

May 30, 2013 -

Electronic Arts has cut the price of online passes for dozens of its games - and in some cases - has made them free of charge, according to Eurogamer. Earlier in the month EA announced that it was discontinuing the use of its online pass system.

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Microsoft Claims it Can Sell 25 Million More Xbox 360s

May 24, 2013 -

Microsoft tells OXM that it can sell 25 million more Xbox 360s even after it rolls out the Xbox One. The Xbox 360 has sold an estimated 77.2 million units since it launched in 2005. Speaking to the UK's Official Xbox Magazine, Interactive Entertainment Business Senior VP Yusuf Mehdi said that Microsoft plans to sell these 25 million additional consoles over the next five years.

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ITC Rules That Microsoft's Xbox 360 Does Not Infringe on Motorola's Patents

May 24, 2013 -

The International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled on Thursday that Microsoft did not infringe upon any of Motorola Mobility's patents related to its Xbox 360 console. This latest decision from the ITC puts an end to an investigation that stretches as far back as 2010.

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EA Promises Support for PS3 and Xbox 360 Until 2017

May 23, 2013 -

While some may be worried that the PS3 and Xbox 360 would be abandoned as soon as the PS4 and Xbox One is released to retail at the end of this year, EA says that it plans to continue to support both platforms with new games for at least another four years. Chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen revealed the company's commitment to the current generation during his recent keynote address at the Stifel 2013 Technology Conference in New York. Games already widely known to be in development for the current generation systems include Battlefield 4, FIFA 14 and the next Need For Speed.

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Microsoft Reiterates that Xbox One Is Not Backwards Compatible

May 21, 2013 -

People hoping to hear that Xbox 360 games would be backward compatible with the freshly announced Xbox One will be upset to hear that Microsoft has not suddenly changed its position on the matter. Speaking to Microsoft's Marc Whitten today, The Verge asked if it would do something similar to what Sony promised with PS3 games on PS4 - to eventually make them playable (somehow) through the cloud.

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PSA: Microsoft's Xbox Press Conference Today

May 21, 2013 -

As you are probably aware today is the day that Microsoft will reveal more about its next-generation console. Besides catching the press conference live stream on Spike TV and Xbox Live, just about every major website will be live blogging the event in an hour or so. You can watch it at Xbox.com beginning at 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT.

If you miss the press conference, Microsoft's Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) will be running a recap show of the event on Twitch.

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Streaming Porn Outfit Promises Availability on Next Xbox

May 16, 2013 -

At about this time last year adult video streaming and rental outfit SugarDVD announced that it would bring its services to the PlayStation 3. Since that time the service has been added to every imaginable device on the planet either through a custom app or simply via a device's version of a web browser. SugarDVD is available (or at least accessible) on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Ouya, iPad, Android, ROKU, BOXEE, and Google TV.

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Report: Microsoft to Kill off MS Points System

May 15, 2013 -

The Verge is reporting that Microsoft may kill off its point system used on its Xbox Live Marketplace. Citing sources "familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans," The Verge says that Microsoft will replace the MS Points system with a gift card system for retail and will support straight transactions of money using credit and debit cards. The gift cards will be similar to what Apple offers for iTunes - in other words they will have a real cash value.

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Twitch App Launches on Xbox Live

May 14, 2013 -

Select Twitch.tv content is now available via Xbox 360 thanks to the release of a new app. While Xbox Live Gold members won't be able to use the service to broadcast their gameplay exploits with the new app, they will be able to watch content from the top 300 live Twitch channels. For now the app is only available to Xbox Live Gold members in the United States.

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Poll Results: What Will Microsoft Call its Next Console

May 13, 2013 -

Last week we asked you to guess what Microsoft might name its next console. From five choices, a clear majority of you took the "joke" option, saying that the Next Xbox console would be called "Xbox Steve." Some of you may have thought this option referred to Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, or perhaps you thought it was an homage to the Minecraft character of the same name. Whatever the reason, 40 percent of the votes (169 votes) decided that "Xbox Steve" was the best choice.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 51

May 13, 2013 -

In Episode 51 hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the possible name of the next Xbox console from Microsoft, two studies about violent video games, Iron Man 3, the Diablo III gold duping exploit introduced in the last update to the game, and some other equally delightful topics related to video games. Download Episode 51 now: SuperPAC Episode 51 (1 hour, 15 minutes) 68.7 MB.

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InfophileRelevant to this site: http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/015984.html#015984 - Apparently allowing comments to be downvoted leads to worse behaviour09/22/2014 - 6:18am
Andrew EisenMP - I love that game but damn my squadmates are bozos.09/21/2014 - 10:05pm
MaskedPixelanteSWAT teams should be banned until they; 1. Learn not to walk into enemy fire, 2. Learn to throw the flashbang INTO the doorway, not the frame and 3. Stop complaining that I'm in their way.09/21/2014 - 9:53pm
Craig R.I'm getting of the opinion that SWAT teams nationwide should be banned. This probably isn't even the most absurd situation in which they've been used.09/21/2014 - 9:26pm
Andrew EisenAnd, predictably, it encouraged more parody accounts, having the exact opposite effect than what was intended.09/21/2014 - 7:07pm
E. Zachary KnightThis is called a police state people. When public officials can send SWAT raids after anyone for any offense, we are no longer free.09/21/2014 - 6:41pm
E. Zachary KnightJudge rules SWAT raid tageting parody Twitter account was justified. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/19/illinois-judge-swat-raid-parody-twitter-peoria-mayor09/21/2014 - 6:41pm
MechaTama31quik: But even if it did break, at worst it is only as bad as the powder. Even that is assuming that it is dangerous through skin contact, which is not a given if its delivery vehicle is a syringe.09/21/2014 - 4:30pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2014/09/20/isis-uses-gta-5-in-new-teen-recruitment-video/09/21/2014 - 4:25pm
quiknkoldSyringes can break. And in a transcontinental delivery, the glass could've broken when crushed. I work in a mail center. Shit like this is super serious09/21/2014 - 3:25pm
E. Zachary KnightIt doesn't matter what is inside the needle. As long as it requires him to take the step of purposefully injecting himself, the threat of the substance is as close to zero as you can get.09/21/2014 - 1:27pm
quiknkoldEzach: I'm not talking about the needle. I'm talking about what's inside. Geeze. Depending on what it is, the sender could be guilty of bioterrorism.09/21/2014 - 12:51pm
E. Zachary Knightquiknkold, No. That syringe is not worse than white powder or a bomb. The syringe requires the recipient to actually inject themselves. Not true for other mail threats.09/21/2014 - 12:49pm
Andrew EisenThe closest to a threat I ever received was a handwritten note slipped under my door that read "I KNOW it was you." Still no idea what that was about. I think the author must have got the wrong apartment.09/21/2014 - 12:28pm
InfophileThat's what they call it? I always called it hydroxic acid...09/21/2014 - 11:57am
MaskedPixelanteProbably dihydrogen monoxide, the most dangerous substance in the universe.09/21/2014 - 10:14am
james_fudgewell I hope he called the police so they can let us all know.09/21/2014 - 9:07am
quiknkoldIt's pretty gnarly. Depending on what it is, it could be worse than white powder or a fake bomb.09/21/2014 - 9:06am
james_fudgeI just looked it up on UPS.com09/21/2014 - 8:56am
james_fudgeand expensive for an American to ship to London.09/21/2014 - 8:55am
 

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