Report: Microsoft in Talks to Buy Mojang for $2 Billion

September 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Bloomberg report citing three individuals with knowledge of the deal, claims that Microsoft is in talks with Marcus Persson to buy Minecraft maker Mojang AB for an estimated $2 billion.

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PSA: How to Upgrade to Next-Gen Minecraft

September 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

With Minecraft finally hitting Xbox One today and PlayStation 4 yesterday, we thought it would be a good idea to post a video and a link explaining how PS3 and Xbox 360 users of the game can upgrade over to the game's next-generation counterparts.

First, for those who own the PS3 version of the game and want to upgrade to the PS4 versions, we point you to this PlayStation Blog post explaining how to make that happen. The process is pretty simple and straightforward.

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Microsoft Tweaks Xbox Live Rewards Program

September 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has revamped its Xbox Live Rewards program, adding some new ways for players to earn credits for things they likely already do on Xbox One and Xbox 360. One of the changes is a new star system, which gives players higher rebate rates on purchases. You'll have to spend a fair amount of money buying things to earn stars, though - for example, members who spend $150 annually will earn one star. The star offers a one percent rebate. You can get up to five percent by earning stars, though Xbox Live Gold members will see that percentage amount doubled.

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Buy an Xbox One, Get a Free Game

September 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has announced a promotion today that will give anyone who buys an Xbox One a free copy of one retail game. The promotional deal will run next week - from Sept. 7 – 13 - and applies to all Xbox One SKUs including the Xbox One with Kinect, Xbox One without Kinect, the Destiny Xbox One bundle, and other bundles currently available at retail.

The free Xbox One game can be any Xbox One retail game in stores including - but not limited to - Destiny, Titanfall, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, Watch Dogs, Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, etc.

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'Minecraft' Hits PS4 Today, Xbox One Tomorrow

September 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The next generation versions of Mojang's popular world building game Minecraft are finally launching this week in the U.S., UK, and Europe. The first version of the game to be released is for the PlayStation 4 - after the game failed the certification process last month. Tomorrow the Xbox One version of the game will be released. Both are digital downloads, with retail releases promised at a later date to be determined.

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Report: Xbox One on Track for Sept. 23 Release in China

September 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft's Xbox One is on track to hit its target release date in China, according to Shanghai-based Dragon TV. According to the news outlet, Microsoft's Xbox One console is on schedule for its September 23 release in China. Microsoft's next-gen console has already made it through the customs process in Shanghai and is now being readied for shipment across the country.

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Free-to-Play Game 'Warframe' Launches on Xbox One

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Digital Extremes has launched Warframe on the Xbox One console worldwide today. Warframe is the first free-to-play game to be released through the ID@Xbox indie game development program. Digital Extremes' game is a third-person action game set in an evolving multiplayer sci-fi world.

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Microsoft Reveals September's 'Games With Gold' Offerings

August 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has revealed September's Games With Gold freebies for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Beginning Sept. 1, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can score Super Time Force on Xbox One and Monaco: What's Yours is Mine for their Xbox 360. Crimson Dragon, which is currently free on Xbox One, will remain available in Sept. as well. Starting September 16, Halo: Reach for Xbox 360 will be downloadable at no cost until the end of the month.

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Kinect Stand-Alone Coming in October for $149.99

August 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this year Microsoft decided to create a SKU that separated its Kinect motion sensing camera device from the Xbox One that sells for $399.99. At that time it said that it would release a stand-alone retail version of the device in the "fall," and did not provide a price point. Today Microsoft has revealed the pricing for the standalone Kinect, and a special Kinect bundle that will launch at the end of this year.

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Survey: Brand Loyalty Not A Factor in Current Console Cycle

August 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from Re/code featuring data from a recent Nielsen study seems to indicate that console brand loyalty isn't all it's cracked up to be...

According to the Nielsen study, 31 percent of PlayStation 4 owners already owned an Xbox 360 or Wii, but not a PlayStation 3. Around 17 percent didn't have any of the last generation consoles.

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Microsoft: 24-Hour Free Game Unlock Listing Was an Error

August 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday we reported that Microsoft was considering offering Xbox One users a 24-hour trial on select games. But a Microsoft executive says that the image captured by various outlets - taken after an Xbox One title update - was a "mistake."

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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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Microsoft: 'Rise of the Tomb Raider' Deal has an Expiration Date

August 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Despite what was said at Microsoft's Gamescom Xbox briefing yesterday, and by Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix executives following the event, Rise of the Tomb Raider isn't an exclusive in the sense that it will never ever appear on any other platforms. According to what Microsoft's Phil Spencer tells Eurogamer, the game's exclusivity has an expiration date.

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Former Microsoft CEO Now Owns The L.A. Clippers

August 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has officially purchased the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion. Rochelle "Shelly" Sterling - a principle owner of the team - and the National Basketball Association announced completion of the deal today. The deal had to get by a few hurdles - namely a probate court fight between Shelley and her husband Donald Sterling. The agreement to sell the Clippers to Ballmer was actually reached on May 29 but faced a challenge in June from Donald Sterling.

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Crystal Dynamics Tries to Explain Why 'Rise of the Tomb Raider' is an Xbox One Exclusive

August 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After hearing the announcement that the next Tomb Raider game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, will only be available on Xbox One, some fans were very displeased - most notably those who do not own or plan to buy an Xbox One. Developer Crystal Dynamics - a division of Eidos (which is owned by Square Enix) - tried to explain why it made this decision.

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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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'Madden' and 'Sunset Overdrive' Xbox One Bundles Coming

August 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The $399.99 Kinect-less Xbox One will soon be joined by two other bundles that include games. The first is a limited run Madden NFL 15 bundle that includes a code for EA's annual NFL game and the standard Kinect-free Xbox One with all the trimmings. That bundle will launch on August 26 and will be priced at $399.99.

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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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Xbox One Set for Sept. 23 Release in China

July 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft will be the first console maker to launch a console in China since the government lifted its 14-year ban on home console systems in January of this year. Today Microsoft revealed that it plans to launch the console system on Sept. 23 for approximately $600, or ¥3,699 RMB.

Microsoft has partnered with China-based BesTV to manufacture and sell the system in the region. One of the conditions the government put on console makers is that the systems had to be manufactured in the country.

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Sony: 'EA Access' Offers No Value to PS4 Owners

July 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Sony rep. tells Game Informer that the company does not think EA Access offers a real value to PlayStation 4 owners. Electronic Arts announced the program yesterday, and revealed that it would be exclusive to Xbox One. Sony seems to be fine with that.

"We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect," they said.

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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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Report: Microsoft Signs Another Deal for Xbox One in China

July 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has partnered with China's third-largest telecommunications company to sell Xbox One starting in September, according to Reuters. Reuters is reporting that China Telecom Corp. has inked a deal with Microsoft that will allow the company's 30 million customers to purchase the system by signing a contract. Xbox One systems will also be available for purchase at retail.

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Microsoft Ships 1.1 Million Units of Xbox Hardware in Q4

July 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft revealed its fourth quarter 2014 and full-year 2014 results for the period ending June 30th, 2014. The company said that it saw revenues of $86.8 billion for 2014, up from $77.8 billion law year.

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NPD: Watch Dogs, PS4 Dominate U.S. Retail in June

July 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This should come as a shock to absolutely no one: Ubisoft's action/hacking game, Watch Dogs was the best selling game in North America for the month of June, according to data released by NPD Group this week. The open-world action game managed to beat out Mario Kart 8 and Minecraft on PS3 and Xbox 360. UFC came in third, with FIFA 14 placing a respectable fifth on the charts.

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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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Xbox One Sales Doubled in June Thanks to Kinect-Less Bundle

July 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft announced that Xbox One sales in the US in June were twice as much as they were in May thanks to the retail release of the Kinect-less bundle.

"Since the new Xbox One offering launched on June 9, we've seen sales of Xbox One more than double in the US, compared to sales in May," said the firm in an announcement late Wednesday afternoon.

The figures are based on "internal data based on retail calendar and sold through numbers" from Microsoft.

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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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Michael ChandraSo be smart, and if you want to be part of the good guys, separate yourself from the bad guys. Don't attack those upset you won't.09/18/2014 - 6:30am
Michael ChandraMeanwhile, Gamergate is tainted and wise people already use a different tag to defend decent arguments. Keeping it up is like going #KKK while arguing about PoC.09/18/2014 - 6:30am
Michael ChandraSo while claiming to be unfairly attacked for the actions of a selected few, you unfairly attack an entire crowd for the actions of a selected few? #notagamer #butahater09/18/2014 - 6:30am
james_fudgeQuiknkold: Let me ask you- how many of those 'gamers are dead' articles did you see here? Because apparently i'm part of some vast conspiracy.09/18/2014 - 5:18am
NeenekoAh, that old straw man. That is one of the ironies about the discussion, the whole point is showing how good people can still have problems with sexism and not realize it.09/17/2014 - 9:11pm
Andrew EisenYes, there have been a handful of op-eds suggesting that the term “gamer” has become tainted (two that I know of) but that’s the opinion of only a few. I've seen an equal number from those who disagree.09/17/2014 - 8:55pm
Andrew EisenExcept, you haven't provided a single example of a site that’s actually calling gamers a "collective of Sexist White Bigoted Basement Dwelling Manchildren."09/17/2014 - 8:55pm
TechnogeekIf you want to make the stereotype of gamers less painful, try calling people out when they do bad shit rather than handwave it away as "not all gamers". Even if it is a few bad apples, that'll still more than enough to spoil the barrel.09/17/2014 - 8:53pm
quiknkoldI'm not going to Sell Gamergate anymore. It can sell itself. But I will sell the integrity of the Gamer. That we are still good people, who create and donate to charitys, Who engage with those around us and just want to have a good time.09/17/2014 - 7:35pm
quiknkoldpeople should not be harrassed and punished for the actions of a few. I've always welcomed and accepted everybody who wanted to join in. Who wanted to make them, or play them. I love good strong female protagonists, and want more.09/17/2014 - 7:35pm
quiknkoldOne of the tennants of Gamergate is to stand up against Harrassment. That Gamers arent like those assholes. We can argue for days if the Sexism or Antifeminism or corruption is there or not, But the one thing I believe in and wear on my sleave is that09/17/2014 - 7:35pm
quiknkoldBut there were these websites, attacking me and people like me, for the actions of a few. and then others joined in on Twitter and other places. there was a hashtag that said "explain in 4 words a gamer" and it made me sick.09/17/2014 - 7:35pm
quiknkoldManchildren who are awful people and that the Identity of the Gamer should die. This hurt me personally. I've always identified as a Gamer. Even in my childhood years, I was a Gamer. All my friends are Gamers. Its one of the core parts of my identity.09/17/2014 - 7:34pm
quiknkoldUltimately, With the whole Gamergate thing, I jumped on it due to the harassment. A small number of assholes harrass Anita and Zoe, and then all the publications lumped together Gamers as this collective of Sexist White Bigoted Basement Dwelling09/17/2014 - 7:34pm
quiknkoldEZacharyKnight : Lemme ask you a question. We have people who cling to walls, people who fire lasers from their eyes, people who can shapeshift....and yet fabric needs to be upheld to RL physics?09/17/2014 - 6:54pm
james_fudgebody paint?09/17/2014 - 5:33pm
E. Zachary Knightquiknkold, I stand corrected on the buttcrack thing. Still, I know of no fabric that actually does that.09/17/2014 - 5:05pm
Andrew EisenSo... it's unethical to discuss the ethics surrounding public interest vs. personal privacy?09/17/2014 - 4:45pm
prh99The source for the game was just released not long ago, it's at https://github.com/keendreams/keen09/17/2014 - 4:43pm
prh99An Indiegogo champagin bought the rights to the early 90's game Keen Dreams to make it open source and release it on GOG etc. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/let-s-get-keen-dreams-re-released-legally09/17/2014 - 4:42pm
 

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