GDC Whispers: Phil Harrison Has Left Microsoft

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GII reports that Phil Harrison has quietly left Microsoft, though executives within the company attending the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week have refrained from providing confirmation or commenting on it. When asked by Eurogamer about rumors that Harrison had left Microsoft, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that "he couldn't say anything about that."

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Xbox 360 Getting Its Own 'Preview Program'

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has finally extended the Xbox One Preview program to Xbox 360 owners. Despite the age of Microsoft's last-generation console, Microsoft revealed this week at GDC that it will extend the preview program to the system later this year. The preview program allows Xbox 360 owners to try out dashboard and other system-wide changes before they are officially deployed.

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Games With Gold Titles For March Revealed

February 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft announced what titles you can score for free during the month of March through Games With Gold, the company's free games giveaway program for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Xbox One owners who also have an Xbox Live Gold account can download Rayman Legends for free during the month.

Xbox 360 owners who also subscribe to Xbox Live Gold can get the Tomb Raider reboot in the first half of the month. On the 16th of the month Xbox 360 owners can download Irrational Games' Bioshock Infinite.

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PSA: First Major Update of 2015 Hits Xbox One Today

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The first major update of 2015 for Xbox One went live this morning, adding a number of tweaks, adjustments and new features to Microsoft's next-gen home console.

The new update introduces Game Hubs (which let Xbox One users keep track of statistics related to specific titles) improved sync and disconnect times for Xbox One controllers (the time has been reduced to around two seconds), improvements to the Live TV OneGuide (it now tracks trending shows on Xbox and Twitter - US-only), improvements to party chat, and more transparent dashboard tiles.

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Microsoft Reveals 'Games With Gold' Titles For February

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has revealed the three games that will be part of February's Games With Gold free game giveaway for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

Xbox One owners will be able to score #IDARB (It Draws a Red Box) free of chart from February 1 to February 28. The game is described as "an offbeat, crowdsourced multiplayer action game."

Xbox 360 owners will be able to grab puzzle adventure Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for free from February 1 - 15. From February 16-28 Sniper Elite V2 will be made available free of charge.

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'The Elder Scrolls Online' Coming to PS4 and Xbox One This Summer, Game Going Free-To-Play

January 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Elder Scrolls Online will be going free-to-play later this year and it will be coming to both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 too. Zenimax Online announced that its MMO based on the popular Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games will be released on June 9 for Xbox One and PS4. And with it coming to next-gen consoles the company also revealed that the game will be free-to-play, meaning no subscription fees. To play all you'll need to do is buy it for your favorite platform.

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Microsoft Clarifies Rules on Game Streaming

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has made a clarification to its rules for people who want to stream its Xbox games after some in the community expressed confusion. Last week Microsoft updated its Game Content Usage Rules acknowledging that fans could participate in partner programs to earn revenue for ads on Let's Play videos and game streaming as long as they followed a few rules and conditions.

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UK Man Arrested For Christmas Day Attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A series of tweets this morning from the official Twitter account for the UK law enforcement agency South East Regional Organized Crime Unit reveals that an unnamed 18-year-old has been arrested in South Port, England for his alleged part in the Christmas day dedicated denial of service (DDoS) attacks that took both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live offline.

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Microsoft Announces 'The Simpsons' Skin Pack for 'Minecraft'

January 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While this particular deal was apparently finalized prior to Microsoft acquiring Minecraft and its maker Mojang, it does nonetheless show you that Microsoft may have some big ideas for the ultra popular sandbox building game.

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Get 'The Witcher 2' For Free on Xbox 360 Beginning Today

January 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Starting today CD Projekt RED's popular action-RPG The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on Xbox 360 is free as part of Microsoft's Games With Gold free game monthly giveaway program for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Beginning today you can download the game for free and own it even if you let that Xbox Live Gold account expire. You'll have until the end of January to add it to your library.

Xbox One owners still have until the end of January to get D4: Dark Dreams Don't Lie through Games With Gold.

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Microsoft Lets Users Stream and Monetize Xbox Content

January 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has officially said that, "hey people can stream its game content." Microsoft has given user the greenlight to stream gameplay and make Let's Play videos featuring its content on Twitch and YouTube. Microsoft also said that it has no problem with users monetizing this content either, but they'll have to agree to a few terms first. The 16 rules or conditions are covered under Microsoft's new "Game Content Usage Rules."

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Finish Law Enforcement Questions Teen About Xbox Live And PSN Cyber Attacks

January 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has questioned a teenager in connection with Lizard Squad and its international hacking antics, according to Polygon. The law enforcement agency is looking into a 17-year-old identified only as "Ryan" for his alleged participation in DDoS attacks against PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, according to the report. There's some conflicting reports on whether the teen is still in police custody or if he was questioned and sent home.

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FBI Investigating Christmas Day Attacks on PSN, Xbox Live

December 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to Daily Dot, the FBI is investigating the Christmas day outages on both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live that left many new PS4 and Xbox One owners unable to play their games on the holiday. The hacker group known as Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the Christmas day attacks.

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How Kim Dotcom Tried To Save Christmas

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

TorrentFreak details at great length how Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom did his best to get hacking group Lizard Squad to stop DDoSing PlaySation Network and Xbox Live on Christmas. While it's debatable if the peace offering made by Dotcom really did stop all the Lizard Squad attacks, it shows that he at least made a strong effort to do something on behalf of gamers.

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Hackers Ruin Christmas for Xbox and PlayStation Users

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the Christmas holiday hacking group Lizard Squad claimed credit for taking both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network offline, much to the consternation of Xbox One and PS4 owners - particularly those who got one of the newer consoles for Christmas. Both networks were the targets of a concentrated series of DDoS attacks on Christmas, making it difficult to log in to either service all Christmas day.

Both Microsoft and Sony acknowledged that their services were experiencing downtime after angry users took to social media to complain to and at both companies.

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'The Interview' Available on YouTube, Xbox Consoles, and Google Play

December 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony Pictures will release the controversial comedy "The Interview" on YouTube's movies service, and Xbox platforms, according to The Washington Post. The film is already available for on demand viewing ($5) or as an HD download ($15) through Google Play.

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Games With Gold Freebies Revealed for January

December 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has announced the free games that Xbox Live Gold subscribers can get for free in January as part of its ongoing free game giveaway programs, Games With Gold. Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to pick up a free copy of D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die, MX vs. ATV Alive and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition next month, Microsoft announced today.

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Zampella: Almost Eight Million Playing 'Titanfall' Now

December 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Respawn Entertainment founder Vince Zampella admits that he may have erred on the decision to make the PC version of Titanfall Origin-only and revealed just how many people are currently playing the game. Speaking to Game Informer, Zampella describes the game as "obviously pretty successful."

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PSA: 'Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins' Will Be Removed From XBLA, PSN By Month's End

December 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Capcom's Unity Blog is reminding PlayStation and Xbox family console owners that one of its games will be removed from those marketplaces later this month. In other words, if you want to buy Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins from Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network you'd better do it sooner rather than later.

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'SSX' Now Free on Xbox Live

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

From now until the end of the year Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download the popular EA Sports extreme snowboarding game SSX for free on Xbox 360 through Microsoft's ongoing Games With Gold freebie game giveaway program. The game normally retails for $19.99 on Microsoft's digital marketplace.

SSX takes the place of the Xbox 360 game The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief, which was available for free in the first half of December.

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Xbox One Version of 'Assassin's Creed Unity' Requires 40 GB Download With Latest Update

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The fourth major update to Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity was supposed to offer a refurbished version of the game's Paris map and provide some fixes for continued problems with framerates. But something bad happened in the process: The download, which was already a whopping 6+ GB, apparently ballooned to 40 GB for the Xbox One version of the game. Ubisoft is blaming patch downloading process on the system for the gigantic download too:

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Report: Microsoft Working On Its Own Game Streaming Technology

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a report from ZDnet reporter Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is secretly working on its own game streaming service currently codenamed Arcadia (named after the United Earth Government Colony of the same name in the Halo universe).

Foley claims the Arcadia team within Microsoft's Operating Systems Group is building a streaming app and game service built on Microsoft's Azure cloud.

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'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' Gets Another Update

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A brand new update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been released offering some new tweaks and fixes to matchmaking, parties, the roster, and more. According to the Halo Waypoint web site, the following changes are in the latest update:

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Leaked Windows 10 Build Shows Xbox App, Cortana Support

December 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A leaked build of Windows 10 has shed some light on some interesting game-related features that will likely be revealed at Microsoft's Windows 10 press event in January.

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Microsoft publishing 'Rise of the Tomb Raider'

December 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft confirmed today that it is publishing Square Enix's Rise of the Tomb Raider, making it an Xbox family exclusive. The game is the sequel to Crystal Dynamics' 2013 Tomb Raider reboot of the popular series that managed to sell over 6.5 million copies across multiple platforms. It is also being developed by the wholly-owned Square Enix development studio.

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Games With Gold Offers 'Worms Battlegrounds' And 'SSX' For Free

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This month's freebies from Microsoft for Xbox Live Gold subscribers offer some old favorites and some interesting new franchises for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. On Xbox One players can score Team17's popular strategy game Worms Battlegrounds, which will be available all month long as a free download from now until Dec. 31. Volgarr the Viking, a game that promises an old school hardcore gaming experience, is also still available for free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

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Microsoft Apologizes For Late Payments to Xbox Live Indie Game Developers

December 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has issued an apology to members of its Xbox Live Indie Games development community who have not been paid in the most recent round of payouts. The apology came after a member of the Destructoid community posted a rather scathing blog post about the situation, which was then shared across social media.

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343 Industries Apologizes for Problems With 'Halo: Master Chief Collection'

November 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a public letter to the Halo community, 343 Industries apologized for the ongoing problems with matchmaking online for its recently released Halo: Master Chief Collection for Xbox One.

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Microsoft Gives 'Limbo' to Xbox One Early Adopters for Free

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft celebrates the Xbox One's one year anniversary by giving "early adopters" of the system Limbo for free. The recently released game from Copenhagen, Denmark-based studio Playdead is a dark 2D puzzle-platformer that was originally released on Xbox 30 in July of 2010. It was later released on PC, PS3, Mac, and PS Vita. The game is also available to everyone else too but if you are not an early adopter you'll have to put some money down to get it.

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Microsoft and Sony Deny That Their Systems Were Compromised

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend both Sony and Microsoft said that, despite the claims of hacking group DerpTrolling, none of its systems have been compromised recently. On Friday the group, which claimed responsibility for DDoS attacks on Blizzard's World of Warcraft servers during the launch of its latest expansion, said that it had infiltrated Microsoft and Sony's online services and had stolen passwords and usernames. It then posted a number of usernames and passwords to Pastebin to prove this.

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Andrew EisenPM - Yep, that's the one.03/06/2015 - 12:53am
TechnogeekBest case, it was some marketing douchebag who thought they could pander to both sides at once.03/06/2015 - 12:49am
TechnogeekAlso, this was the mistake tweet: http://i.imgur.com/4eLWNHx.jpg03/06/2015 - 12:48am
TechnogeekBecause nothing says "open, diverse gaming community" like buddying up with Breitbart.03/06/2015 - 12:47am
Papa MidnightAndrew Eisen, I believe this is the picture that you seek: http://i.imgur.com/Gdk60pa.jpg03/06/2015 - 12:30am
Papa MidnightSurely, Goth_Skunk, you say that in jest?03/06/2015 - 12:28am
prh99Craig R. Cause quite a few of them are not, they're bullies with different politics.03/06/2015 - 12:23am
MechaTama31What was the "mistake" tweet?03/06/2015 - 12:18am
MechaCrashWhatever you say, Goth.03/06/2015 - 12:02am
E. Zachary KnightGoth, they could have fooled me.03/05/2015 - 11:16pm
Goth_SkunkI don't understand. GamerGate supports an open, diverse gaming community for all as well. Google's statement is contradictory.03/05/2015 - 10:59pm
TechnogeekAnd as far as the Card thing went, I basically balanced it out personal guilt-wise by donating an amount equal to the Shadow Complex purchase price to the ACLU.03/05/2015 - 9:44pm
TechnogeekWelp, look like the Gerberghazi crowd is going to have to use Bing now. https://twitter.com/googlecloud/status/57365320825126093003/05/2015 - 9:42pm
Goth_SkunkAhh! I misinterpreted your statement about being left with almost every game in existence. I interpreted it as 'If you boycott games he's been involved with, you're boycotting almost all of them.'03/05/2015 - 9:31pm
Andrew EisenGoth - Card has been involved with only a small handful of games so if one were to boycott games for his involvement, they wouldn't be missing out on many games.03/05/2015 - 9:29pm
Goth_Skunk@Craig: Only if you're not interested in seeing it end.03/05/2015 - 9:27pm
Craig R.Instead of calling people the "anti gamergate faction", you could just call them "sane"03/05/2015 - 9:23pm
Goth_SkunkWhat do you mean 'almost every game in existence'? Card is a writer, not a game developer.03/05/2015 - 9:18pm
Andrew EisenBut I too wonder how many people who cry boycott actually follow through. I vaguely remember a few years ago a bunch of people boycotting one of the CoD games and were all found playing it on Steam.03/05/2015 - 7:53pm
Andrew EisenAn interesting quandary but not equivalent as boycotting games that Card was involved with leaves you with... well, almost every game in existence.03/05/2015 - 7:51pm
 

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