In December of 2013 we reported on Microsoft’s plans for an exclusive documentary for Xbox Live users. The documentary will investigate the events surrounding the great video game burial of 1983 that the Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the video game “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”  Millions of unsold game cartridges were buried in the middle of the night in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Two companies, Fuel Entertainment and LightBox Interactive plan on digging up portions of an old Alamogordo landfill located near First Street and White Sands Boulevard to search for Atari “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” game cartridges purportedly buried there in the 1980s. The documentary is currently in production but has run afoul of typical government bureaucracy.  The New Mexico Environment Depart has halted a planned excavation of an old city landfill so two companies can look for old video game cartridges. “No one is allowed to ...

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During a talk at GDC 2014 aimed at ID@Xbox developers, Frank Savage, partner and development lead at Microsoft, said that rather than just ding players for poor, unsportsmanlike behavior on Xbox Live, players may be rewarded for exhibiting exemplary behavior. Don’t expect Rewards from Microsoft anytime soon, because Microsoft hasn’t determined what those rewards might be, and this idea is still in the “brainstorming” stages. Polygon reports: In an effort to promote better behavior on Xbox Live, Microsoft is planning to give rewards to Xbox One owners who contribute positively through their online interactions. Instead of simply penalizing players for bad behavior, the Xbox maker hopes to “actively encourage them to be better” in future Xbox Live updates. If your reputation is “soaring because you’re this amazing player that everyone wants to be with,” Xbox Live’s reputation algorithm may recognize that and dole out unspecified rewards. It’s Microsoft’s way of saying, “Thanks for being ...

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Microsoft’s Rare Studios is releasing their Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One in April. The all-new Kinect sensor with Xbox One offers the most precise motion detection, giving you the chance to experience motion based gaming like never before. You can now download Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason and get a chance to win exclusive rewards before the game is released. Xbox One and Rare Studios present the only game where you become a champion to compete with your friends and their champions! Watch to see how the all new Kinect technology scans and pulls you right into the game then, for the first time, jump into Kinect Sports Rivals to master six great sports! Win to earn perks and achievements to get an edge on your competition. Enter this massive world of online play and prove YOU are #1! Kinect Sports Rivals, built for the power of Xbox One, scans and creates a digital ...

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Xbox Live deals for this week is now live in Xbox Games Store. You can get games  with savings of up to 80 percent and it will be available till March 17th. “Soulcalibur V” – regularly $14.99, now 75 percent off – continues the epic story of the legendary soul swords 17 years after the events of “Soulcalibur IV,” and features a fluid 3D battle system and guest appearance by Ezio Auditore, the Master Assassin from “Assassin’s Creed.” Content Title Content Type Discount % Eternal Sonata Games on Demand 37% – 50% Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Games on Demand 50% Soulcalibur V Games on Demand 75% Sanctum 2 Arcade 67% Retro City Rampage Arcade 50% Doodle Jump Arcade 80% Giana Sisters Arcade 67% Capsized Arcade 50% Hexodius Arcade 50% Foul Play Arcade 67% Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Arcade 67% Find all these details in Xbox Store. ...

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Microsoft had a bad a today as Xbox Live core service went down making thousands of Xbox Live users who tried to play online only Titanfall game were disappointed. Microsoft quickly acknowledged the issue and started fixing it. Microsoft has now announced that Xbox Live service is now up and running. Just reboot your Xbox One console and start enjoying your online games. Xbox Live Core Services: Were you experiencing issues signing in to Xbox Live? We are very happy to say that our team has fixed the problem and the Live service is ready and waiting. If you are experiencing any lingering issues, try a cold reboot of your Xbox by powering down, unplugging, waiting 10 seconds, plugging back in and powering back on. Thanks for all your patience while our team was working. Have fun! Source: Xbox ...

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Microsoft is running a great deal on 12 months of Xbox Live Gold subscription. If you own a Xbox 360 or Xbox One console, then it is a must have subscription for you. Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership is now available for just $39.99 (actual price $59.99). Xbox Live Gold is your ticket to the most exciting social entertainment network in the world on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Experience unrivaled multiplayer gaming, HD movies and TV shows, live events, music, and sports. You also get access to premiere entertainment apps, Internet Explorer, and Skype on your TV. With Xbox Live Gold, you’ll be connected with friends, family, and more than 48 million people around the world. Find the deals from the links below. Microsoft Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Card – Microsoft Store. Microsoft Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Card – Amazon. ...

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A new report from The Verge claims that Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox LIVE support to iOS and Android games. Currently, Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox games offers achievements, friend lists, and game matchmaking. Microsoft is planning to expand it to other platforms as well. Over the last weekend, we reported about Microsoft’s plan for cross-platform games. Microsoft is claiming that they are renewing the focus on gaming and game development technologies. Also, Microsoft is working on a  modern framework that is open source, light-weight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS and Android. In the coming wave of Windows product release, we are renewing the focus on gaming and game development technologies. We are looking for strong Software Development Engineers who are passionate about game technologies to join our team. “New Devices and Gaming” is looking for passionate and experienced developers to join ...

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Microsoft has announced that Civilization Revolution And Dungeon Defenders will be available as free games for Xbox Live Gold members in March. Starting Saturday (March 1st) Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution (Normally US $29.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through March 15th . Then on March 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Dungeon Defenders (Normally US $14.99) for free. The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month. Source: Major Nelson ...

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If you are a Xbox user, you might have already heard of Xbox Live Gold service which allows you to experience multi-player gaming, Video Kinect, lots of video apps on Xbox platform. You need to subscribe to Xbox Live service which will cost you around $60 per year. Often, Microsoft announces free Xbox Live Gold weekends which will allow any Xbox Live user to experience Gold services. Microsoft yesterday announced that Xbox Live Gold member benefits for Xbox 360 will be free for all Xbox Live subscribers from 14-16 February in the U.S. and Canada. If you’ve always wanted to check out the latest entertainment experiences on Xbox 360, now is your chance. Xbox Live Gold member benefits for Xbox 360 will be free for all Xbox Live subscribers from 14-16 February in the U.S. and Canada. During this free Gold weekend, all Xbox Live entertainment apps and online multiplayer ...

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A new Microsoft career listing for the job of Software Development Engineer on the Music, Video, Reading (MVR) team has revealed that Microsoft is working on a groundbreaking Reading app for Windows devices. This is also a category where Microsoft jumped in before anyone else, but left the market after years. Microsoft Reader is a Microsoft program for the reading of e-books, originally released in August 2000. Soon, we may see Microsoft entering this e-books market again. Microsoft also has an investment in Barnes and Noble which they can use for securing content for their reading platform. The Music, Video, and Reading team has been brought together in Devices & Studios (DnS) as THE Microsoft team laser-focused to deliver the next generation of media content experiences across devices powered by the services and magic of Xbox LIVE. Our Mission: We will build amazing experiences that consumers and partners love and ...

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Microsoft is offering free Xbox games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers of Xbox 360 users from last year. For this month of February, “Dead Island” and “Toy Soldiers: Cold War” are available free for Xbox Live Gold members. Dead Island: Experience a holiday paradise gone mad after a zombie outbreak in “Dead Island,” where the player’s only chance to survive is to escape from the island! “Dead Island” combines first-person action with a heavy focus on melee combat, character development and customization of a vast array of weapons. All of these features are presented in a dark zombie story with a campaign that can be played with up to four players in co-op mode. Toy Soldiers: Cold War And starting Sunday, Feb. 16, download “Toy Soldiers: Cold War.” Light up the toy box alone or jump into the fray with friends in a co-op campaign, enjoy hours of intense first-person ...

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Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten spoke with Engadget at CES on Xbox One sales, updates on game streaming functionality and more. First of all, Microsoft is happy about the reception of Xbox One among consumers and working to bring it to more markets. Marc also acknowledged that consumers are finding it difficult to fully explore the social side of the gaming in Xbox One than that of Xbox 360. Microsoft is already working to fix that experience and expect an update soon. “The feedback we’ve gotten is pretty valid; some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360. So you’re gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we’re going to fix those things. As a person who’s been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it’s ...

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Amazon is now offering a great deal on Xbox LIVE subscription. When you buy an Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Subscription, you will get a $20 Xbox Live Gift Card. Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Subscription costs $60, so with free $20 Xbox Live gift card, you are essentially buying the 12 month subscription for just $40. From October 27 – November 9, purchase a 12-Month Gold Membership and get a $20 Xbox Live Gift Card. The promotional code for the $20 Gift Card will be emailed within two business days after your order is placed. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time. Limited to one per customer order. Source: Amazon ...

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Microsoft reported its financial quarter results yesterday with record 1st quarter revenue beating expectations. They are now reporting under new financial segments. The most part of the former Online Services Division is now part of Devices & Consumer Other segment. It includes Bing, Xbox Live, Office 365 Home premium and few others. While this division has not started making money, they are now losing money less than before. Here are the highlights of the results, Search advertising revenue up 47% Driven by continued revenue per search improvements and query volume growth Bing U.S. market share at 18.0% up 210 basis points Xbox LIVE transactional revenue, up >25% Over 2 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers D&C Other revenue increased $235 million or 17% mainly due to higher advertising revenue, which increased $106 million or 13%. While the growth was due to search advertising revenue, display advertising revenue decreased 31%. Microsoft cited that lower ...

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Halo 3 game is now available for free for Xbox Live Gold Subscribers. As part of the “Games for Gold” program, Xbox Live Gold customers can download the game for free from Xbox Live Store. The offer is valid from October 16 until October 31. Microsoft is attempting to win more Xbox Live Gold customers by giving away two major titles a month. You can buy 12 month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription from Amazon here.   ...

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Microsoft has released their first Xbox game Wordament with Xbox Live Achievements support for Android devices. Similar to Windows Phone and iOS versions, this game can be downloaded for free. Game Description: “Why play against one person in a turn when you can play against thousands at once? Wordament® is a real-time continuous word tournament. Players compete on the same board with everyone at once. Rounds offer challenges such as two- and three-letter tiles, themed words, speed rounds and more. You can be a champion in many ways: find the most words possible, earn the best score, find the longest words, best your Frenemies, or beat your top score. How you win is up to you. Wordament tracks your progress by maintaining rich statistics about your gameplay including your best word found, total score, best word count, first place finishes and more. Xbox Leaderboards show you who’s rocking it for ...

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