Hackers Aim DDoS Attacks at PSN, Xbox Live, and Other Services

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony announced via the PlayStation Blog that the online service for its game consoles, PlayStation Network, is back online after a day-long outage caused by a targeted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. PSN and Sony Entertainment Network returned to service at 3 a.m. ET. A statement on the PlayStation Blog from Sony explained that the system was taken offline because of the DDoS attack.

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Play 'Dishonored' For Free on Steam and Xbox Live

August 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In addition to Arkane Studios' hit game Dishonored being available for free on Xbox Live for Xbox 360 until the end of the month, it is also available for free play on Steam all weekend. Borderlands 2 is also available during the weekend as a free play game.

The first-person stealth action game is playable for free until Sunday at 1pm Pacific Time (4pm Eastern Time). During that same period, you can buy the game for 75 percent off its regular price. The regular version will cost you $5, while the Game of the Year version is $10.19.

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'Ascend: Hand of Kul' Pulled From Xbox Marketplace

August 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Free-to-play Xbox 360 online game Ascend: Hand of Kul has been removed from the Xbox Marketplace by Microsoft, according to developer Signal Studios. Signal Studios said in a post on the company's web site that Microsoft removed the game over the weekend. Why it was taken offline is unknown as of this writing.

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Report: Xbox One Will Soon Offer 24-Hour Game Trials

August 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Who needs a demo when you can allow consumers to play a game for an extended amount of time and turn that experience into an actual purchase? According to this Reddit screen grab after the latest Xbox One system update, Microsoft is trying out 24-hour trials with a select few game titles.

Max The Curse of Brotherhood was one of the titles available to download under the label entitled Free Play Day with Gold.

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Report: Warner Bros. Interested in Buying Xbox Entertainment Studios

August 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a Hollywood Reporter report, Microsoft is in talks to sell its Xbox Entertainment Studios division to Warner Bros. According to the report, the preliminary negotiations between the two companies are focusing on merging Xbox Entertainment Studios with Machinima, which Warner Bros. bought a stake in earlier this year. Machinima has worked with Xbox in the past; it helped distribute the Halo 4 spin-off Forward Unto Dawn.

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Notes on Microsoft's Xbox Gamescom Press Briefing

August 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft held its Gamescom Xbox press conference in Cologne, Germany today, laying out a roadmap for the games, entertainment and services that are in the pipeline. We have the cliff notes below:

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EA Access Does Not Require Xbox Live Gold

August 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EA Access, EA's all-you-can-consume games subscription plan for Xbox One, does not require an Xbox Live Gold account. EA confirmed the news but emphasized the fact that Xbox Live Gold will still be required for individual game features such as multiplayer. Of course that won't stop Xbox Live Silver users from obtaining the games and worrying about non-functional features later.

EA Access is not the first service to be available outside of Xbox Live Gold; Microsoft Netflix and other entertainment apps became available outside gold membership in June.

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PSA: Free Games From PlayStation Plus, Games With Gold for August

August 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New month, new games for you to download for free (well, if you have a PlayStation Plus subscription or an Xbox Live Gold account). Beginning today Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download three of the four games that are part of Microsoft's Games With Gold free-game-giveaway program. From now until August 15 you can grab Motorcross Madness for Xbox 360 for free. You can also get some cool Xbox Avatar off-road gear from the game. Xbox One owners can grab either Crimson Dragon or Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut. On August 16 Xbox 360 owners can score Dishonored.

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Some Xbox 360 Owners Still Having Xbox Live-Related Issues

August 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you are having problems with your Xbox Live account / Xbox 360 games, you are not alone. According to an alert put out by Xbox support, the company says that it is aware of issues with some Xbox Live users not having access to "all game features" and is working on a fix.

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EA Reveals 'EA Access' Game Subscription Plan for Xbox One

July 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts has announced a new $5-a-month subscription plan with Xbox One that will give those willing to pay a monthly subscription fee access to select Xbox One games. The subscription, which is rolling out in limited beta to select people today, will be available as a monthly or annual subscription.

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Games With Gold Freebies for August Revealed

July 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has announced which games it will be giving away for free on Xbox One and Xbox 360 as part of its Games With Gold program. Starting August 1 and running until the 15th, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download Motocross Madness for free, while Xbox One owners can grab Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut for the entire month.

On August 15, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download Bethesda's hit stealthy action game, Dishonored for free. They will have until August 31 to grab the game.

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Steam, Xbox Live Offer Deals to Celebrate QuakeCon 2014

July 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

To celebrate the launch of QuakeCon this week, Zenimax and Bethesda are offering sales of its most popular games on Steam and Xbox Live.

Headlining the Steam sale is the QuakeCon 2014 Pack, which includes a number of games for $99.99. Those games include Dishonored: Game of the Year, Fallout: Classic Collection, Doom 3: BFG Edition, Doom Classic Complete, Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition, and The Elder Scrolls Online: Imperial Edition.

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Microsoft Laying Off 18K Employees, Closing Xbox Entertainment Studios

July 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: Microsoft has confirmed that - as part of a major staff reduction - it will shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios. Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed the news to Xbox Entertainment Studios staff on Thursday in an email:

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Report: Microsoft Layoffs Will Hit Xbox Division

July 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Bloomberg report, Microsoft is planning to cut a number of jobs in its Xbox division as part of an overall restructuring plan. Two anonymous sources familiar with the situation have told Bloomberg that overall cuts could end up being the biggest number of layoffs since 2009 when the company laid off 5,800 employees.

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Xbox One Finally Gets Game Trials

July 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has updated the Xbox One this week to offer game trials, something it had been lacking and was frequently requested by Xbox One users. On Xbox 360 you can download trials of Xbox Live Arcade titles and play them to decide whether you want to buy them. This simple feature has not been available on Xbox one until now. Users have complained in the past that some ID@Xbox releases have been denied a larger spot on the Xbox One store, only visible at launch in the New Releases section.

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Microsoft Offers Select Xbox 360 Customers $75 to Buy an Xbox One

July 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A select number of current Xbox 360 users have received an offer from Microsoft via Xbox Live offering them a $75 credit if they purchase an Xbox One from any retailer. How Microsoft is choosing which customers receive this special offer is unknown as of this writing. The promo appears on users' Xbox 360 dashboards and says that it's only for Microsoft's "very best customers."

The offer is for selected Xbox 360 owners in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

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New DLC for 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' Makes Every Day Feel Like 4-20

July 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Call of Duty DLC lets players show their appreciation of pot. The new "Blunt Force" character pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts is available now for $2 on Xbox platforms and comes with a pot-themed uniform and two headgear options that feature pot leaves.

According to Infinity Ward's description of the pack, it will make your enemies "experience chronic defeat." The "Blunt Force" character pack follows a similar weapon camouflage pack that launched in April which featured marijuana-themed decorations for weapons.

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Stephen Toulouse Joins Black Tusk Studios to Support Future 'Gears of War' Titles

June 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Stephen Toulouse, the former policy and enforcement director at Xbox Live, is once again representing the Microsoft brand with his new job as director of Community Engagement on the upcoming Gears of War game for Xbox One. Toulouse actually joined Black Tusk Studios awhile ago, according to what he wrote on his personal blog.

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July's 'Games With Gold' Titles Revealed

June 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has revealed the Xbox One and Xbox 360 'Games With Gold' titles that will be free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers in July. Starting Tuesday, July 1, Xbox One players will be able to download Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, replacing June's Halo: Spartan Assault. Max: The Curse of Brotherhood will remain free for another month for Xbox One users.

Xbox 360 owners will get Gotham City Imposters will be available from July 1 until July 15. On July 16 it will be replaced with BattleBlock Theater, which will be free until July 31.

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Xbox One 'Family Sharing' Options Still on the Table

June 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft says that it will still introduce the Family Sharing feature it detailed when it initially announced the Xbox One and the new feature-set for Xbox Live on the platform. When it was announced Microsoft said that Family Share gives users the ability to share a game library among up to 10 family members. In June of last year Microsoft removed the feature alongside some of its more controversial requirements for the console like internet connection requirements and region-locked software.

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Microsoft's E3 Xbox Press Briefing Focuses Exclusively on Games

June 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer opened Microsoft's E3 Xbox briefing to talk about nothing but games. Microsoft avoided talking about sales numbers, upcoming Xbox Live features, and entertainment; focusing exclusively on all the games coming out by year's end and 2015 and beyond. The company spent its 90 minutes talking about and showing games through sizzle reels and live action demos. The company also focused on many of its core franchises coming out this year.

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Twitter, HBO Go, and More Coming to Xbox One

June 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft announced that a handful of new entertainment apps will be making their way to Xbox One very soon. The company said that it will bring, HBO Go and other on-demand content services from Comedy Central, Encore, FX, MTV, Starz, Syfy, USA Network, VH1, ABC, Showtime Anytime, and the Disney Channel. Other entertainment apps on the way include Crunchyroll, MLG, Vine, Vevo, and Epix.

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Get 'Dark Souls' For Free on Xbox 360

June 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Xbox 360 version of Dark Souls is now free to download for Xbox Live Gold subscribers as part of Microsoft's Games with Gold monthly deal. Weighing in at around 3.81 GB, the game normally sells for $19.99 on Microsoft's digital marketplace, Games on Demand. Dark Souls is a hardcore, unforgiving action RPG, and the successor to the popular sequel Dark Souls II.

Other Xbox 360 free to download this month as part of Games with Gold will also include free Charlie Murder and Super Street Fighter IV downloads starting on June 16.

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Microsoft Details E3 Events

May 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft's Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) revealed how fans can take part in Microsoft's host of E3 activities without actually being in Los Angeles in early June.

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Report: Former Microsoft CEO to Buy LA Clippers for $2 Billion

May 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is at the top of the heap, winning a Clippers bidding war for $2 billion. Steve Ballmer left Microsoft in February and is worth an estimated $20 billion.

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Microsoft Has No Plans to Sell Xbox, Bing

May 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says he has no intention of selling the Xbox business.

"I have no intent to do anything different with Xbox than we are doing today," Nadella told reporters at the Code Conference in California this week, according to The Verge.

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Saints Row The Third for Free Through 'Games With Gold'

May 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Xbox 360 version of Saints Row: The Third is now available for free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers until the end of May. Weighing in at 6.86 GB, the title is normally sells for right around $20 on Microsoft's digital marketplace, but you can get it for nothing if you are an Xbox Live Gold subscriber. Earlier this month the action RPG Dust was available for free.

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Microsoft to Offer Refunds for Xbox Live Gold When Apps Go Free

May 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft will offer refunds to Xbox Live Gold subscribers who want to cancel their membership when new service policies go into effect in June. The company said yesterday that Xbox Live users will no longer require a Gold subscription to access Netflix and other entertainment apps beginning next month. Gold will still be needed for online gaming and to benefit from promotions like Games with Gold on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Following a June system update for Xbox One and Xbox 360, users will be able to request a refund on their Gold subscription, according to Microsoft:

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Microsoft Making Big Changes to Xbox Live Gold in June on Xbox 360 and Xbox One

May 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft sent out an announcement to customers today to let them know that some changes would be coming to Xbox Live Gold membership. Starting in June Microsoft will bring its free games give-away program, Games with Gold to the Xbox One, in addition to Xbox 360.

They also announced that Deals with Gold for Xbox One, which gives members exclusive discounts on games and content in the Xbox Store, will also be coming to Xbox One.

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Report: Microsoft May Drop Xbox Live Gold Requirement from Entertainment Streaming Apps

May 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to multiple sources within the company, Microsoft plans to lift the Xbox Live Gold requirement for consumers who want to watch Netflix, Hulu and other streaming media apps on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Basically it means that consumers who buy a brand new Xbox One will be able to watch these services right out of the box without having to worry about having an Xbox Live Gold account. Of course you'll still have to set up a free Silver account in order to do anything.

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MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/08/27/rockstar-lohans-gta-5-lawsuit-just-jonas-ing-for-publicity/ Rockstar releases the biggest "no duh" statement in the universe.08/27/2014 - 8:07am
MaskedPixelanteI'm just saying, they're giving us an F-Zero kart and an F-Zero track, but their crossover representative is Link?08/27/2014 - 8:00am
ZenMasked, not really sure what your are talking about lol. They will be giving a total of 6 characters, 8 vehicles, and 16 tracks...plus the Yoshi and Shy Guy sets if you get both packs. Not bad for about the price of a single CoD map pack lol.08/27/2014 - 7:02am
MaskedPixelanteSee the flaw here. Blue Falcon car, F-Zero themed track, and Link as a playable character.08/27/2014 - 6:46am
IanCNext Level Games would like to say hi.08/27/2014 - 6:32am
Uncharted NEShttp://kotaku.com/zelda-f-zero-coming-to-mario-kart-8-162715073008/26/2014 - 11:17pm
Uncharted NESAlso $8 for each or $12 for both.08/26/2014 - 11:16pm
Uncharted NESZelda, Animal Crossing Coming To Mario Kart 8.08/26/2014 - 11:15pm
Andrew EisenNintendo has worked with plenty of western or non-Japan devs. It partners more often with devs in its own country but I wouldn't say it doesn't like western devs.08/26/2014 - 7:36pm
Matthew WilsonOr... give it to the studio that just formed from the old Darksiders guys. yeah I know outside of Retro they do not like working with western devs.08/26/2014 - 6:46pm
MechaTama31They should have just handed the Zelda reins to the team responsible for Okami, because they out-Zelda-ed Zelda.08/26/2014 - 6:08pm
Uncharted NESI miss Nintendo-Capcom Zelda games. ALTTP on the GBA was my first real time really playing through that game. And you know what, it was fun. :P08/26/2014 - 5:42pm
IanC3 and a half amazing games, since Capcom did the A Link to the Past port, and the Four Swords game that was on the cart. So thats 4 games then, id guess.08/26/2014 - 5:03pm
MaskedPixelanteDepends on who's teaming up with what. Zelda plus Capcom gave us three amazing games. Zelda plus Phillips gave us Youtube Poop.08/26/2014 - 3:25pm
E. Zachary KnightNintendo has had a fairly decent track record with teaming up with external development houses to make games based on their IP, at least recently. I hope they keep it up.08/26/2014 - 3:14pm
IanCThe idea of the Tekken team making a Pokémon fighting game is A: funny and B: clever.08/26/2014 - 2:39pm
IanCBlizzard took the Act 4 ending cut scene out of Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition. So if you want to see the final cut scene from the base game better go look on youtube or something.08/26/2014 - 2:38pm
Andrew EisenI hope Magikarp is playable!08/26/2014 - 11:14am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/08/26/psa-psn-gets-knocked-down-again/ Hey, guess what happened again.08/26/2014 - 9:51am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/08/26/tekken-style-pokemon-fighter-unveiled-for-arcades-in-2015/ Continuing Nintendo's plan of letting other devs take a stab at their IPs, NB is doing a Pokemon fighting game based on Tekken.08/26/2014 - 9:41am
 

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