Xbox Live Privacy Case Dismissed by U.S. District Court in Seattle

September 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The U.S. District Court in Seattle Washington has tossed out Mendoza v. Microsoft, a case filed in 2013 over alleged violations of privacy by Microsoft on its Xbox Live service for Xbox 360. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman threw the case out on Thursday on the grounds that plaintiffs lacked legal standing and largely based their allegations on what the court categorized as "conjecture" about Microsoft's privacy policies.

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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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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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Doctor Who Coming to Minecraft for Xbox 360

August 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new deal between Mojang, BBC, and Microsoft Studios will bring a number of Doctor Who-themed characters and assets to the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft. The content will come as part of several DLC skin packs for the game (yes, you'll have to buy them).

"We’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to bring Doctor Who content to our loyal fans," Digital Entertainment and Games Director at BBC Worldwide UK Rikesh Desai said.

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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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ConsterSleaker: if you think there's only been "a handful of" incidents, you have your head stuck *somewhere* - I'm assuming it's sand.09/20/2014 - 5:38am
prh99Most of it's agitprop clickbait anyway.09/20/2014 - 5:27am
prh99A good reason to stop reading reguardless of view pointhttp://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/apr/12/news-is-bad-rolf-dobelli.09/20/2014 - 5:22am
Andrew EisenWell this is unique! A musical critique of the Factual Feminist's "Are Video Games Sexist?" video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K4s7cV4Us409/20/2014 - 2:41am
Andrew EisenSome locked threads. Some let them be. So, no, I'm not seeing a problem here. No corruption. No collusion. No ethical problem with privately discussing ethics.09/20/2014 - 12:48am
Andrew EisenAnd still, in the end, Tito made up his own mind on how to handle his site. All 150 or so members went off to handle their own sites in their own ways. Some talked about it. Some didn't. Some changed disclosure policies. Some didn't.09/20/2014 - 12:40am
Andrew EisenThere were two comments other than Kochera and Tito's. One pointed out the Escapist Code of Conduct, another comment was in support of Tito.09/20/2014 - 12:40am
Andrew EisenKochera privately expressed his disagreement on how Tito decided to do something. No, I don't consider that crossing a line nor do I consider the exchange an example of the group pressuring him.09/20/2014 - 12:36am
Kronotechnical reasons. Anyways, I need to get to sleep as well.09/20/2014 - 12:29am
KronoAnd he wasn't the only one pushing Tito to censor the thread. If Tito had bowed to peer pressure, we likely wouldn't have gotten this http://goo.gl/vKiYtR which grew out of that thread. Said thread also lasted until a new one needed to be made for09/20/2014 - 12:28am
Krono@Andrew So it's an example of Kuchera crossing the line from reporter to advocate. And an example of the group pressuring for censorship.09/20/2014 - 12:21am
E. Zachary KnightAnyway, I am off to bed. I will probably wake up to all of this being knocked off the shout box.09/20/2014 - 12:20am
E. Zachary KnightKrono, that is the type of reading too much into things that bugs me. Ben did no such thing. Greg had the last word in that part of the exchange. The rest was about how to approach the story and Quinn.09/20/2014 - 12:19am
Andrew EisenSo?09/20/2014 - 12:13am
KronoExcept that the forum thread wasn't harassment, and Kuchera continued to push for the thread's removal after Tito made it clear he didn't consider it harassment.09/20/2014 - 12:12am
Andrew EisenPersonally, I see nothing wrong with someone offering their opinion or the other person making up their own mind on how to run their site.09/20/2014 - 12:06am
E. Zachary KnightKrono, I read nothing of the sort in that email chain. I read Ben giving advice on what to do when a forum thread is used to harass someone and spread falshoods about them and others.09/20/2014 - 12:05am
KronoThat's exactly what Ben Kuchera was doing to Greg Tito.09/19/2014 - 11:58pm
Krono@EZK So you see nothing wrong with one journalist pressuring a journalist from a different organization to not only not run a story, but to censor a civil discussion already taking place?09/19/2014 - 11:56pm
E. Zachary KnightI write for a number of blogs and talk to people who write similar blogs all the time for tips and advice. I see nothing wrong with that.09/19/2014 - 11:50pm
 

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