xbox live

  • The behind-the-scenes story of Xbox Live

    The behind-the-scenes story of Xbox Live

    You gamers should know how great Xbox Live can be, but do you know how the service came about, or what Microsoft’s plans for it in the future are? (You may also know how incompetent many XBL players are—playing Team Fortress 2, it never ceases to amaze me that on my team of eight players, six were engineers, one was a useless dunce, and I was the only scout trying to get the briefcase. Read More

  • Madden 09 demo on Xbox Live

    Madden 09 demo on Xbox Live

    The demo for Madden 09 is now—or will be in the next few hours—available on Xbox Live. (PS3 owners: a demo is salted to appear on PSN around the same time.) Go crazy, football fans, playing the same game you’ve been playing for the past 20 years. That’s two NFL stories in as many days. Clearly something has gone wrong here. Read More

  • Tidings from Microsoft's Gamefest 2008

    Tidings from Microsoft's Gamefest 2008

    The very exclusive Microsoft Gamefest conference is in full swing right now somewhere here in the Northwest, and they’ve dropped a couple of newsworthy items. First of all is the revision of the Games for Windows – LIVE system they’ve got going on. Starting today every multiplayer feature of LIVE is free on Windows: chat, shared friends lists with the 360, achievements, and… Read More

  • 60GB Xbox 360 on the way says leaked e-mail

    60GB Xbox 360 on the way says leaked e-mail


    Remember this? We should know for sure by E3, but for now it looks like Microsoft will release a 60GB Xbox 360 sometime this month. An internal e-mail, which I refuse to copy-paste here out of respect for the original source, Xbox Family, supposedly sent from Microsoft to GameStop and Best Buy details the company’s plans. In addition, Microsoft will release a stand-alone 60GB hard drive… Read More

  • Happy Bungie Day!

    Happy Bungie Day!


    If you haven’t already been informed of this then I have great news for you! Today is Bungie Day and to celebrate you can download a gaggle of Halo 3 goodies from Xbox Live that include themes, gamer pics, and the ultra frosty Cold Storage map as well as a price drop for the Legendary Map Pack down to 600 MS points. I guess I should dig up my copy of Halo 3 and take out Gear of War. Yes… Read More

  • Video: G4's Adam Sessler is a little tired of all the name-calling, racism found on Xbox Live

    http://www.g4tv.com/lv3/26397 Do you guys know Adam Sessler, the host of G4′s X-Play? He has a problem with all the swearing, racism and general malfeasance found on Xbox Live and other forms of online gaming. And with good reason: a lot of the “trash talk” on XBL is non-sensical bunk. But, is telling 10-year-olds to lay off the swearing really going to work? They’re… Read More

  • Microsoft thinks it needs to simplify the Xbox Live interface

    Microsoft thinks it needs to simplify the Xbox Live interface

    Microsoft believes it can, and ought to, make changes to the Xbox Live interface. While the Marketplace and general Live interface was designed, maybe, for a couple hundred items, there’s now more than 17,000. Too confusing, too cluttered for the average consumer. Basically, Microsoft is looking to re-organize the way XBL is laid out. How that happens, when that happens—in time for… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Gears of War special edition comes with picture packs, trailers

    CrunchArcade: Gears of War special edition comes with picture packs, trailers

    New, exciting info on the upcoming special edition of Gears of War for the Xbox 360. The special content is split into two halves, GoW junk and GoW 2 junk. (I use the word “junk” with only the upmost of sincerity.) As far as the GoW</i< stuff goes, gamers can expect picture packs (!), themes (!!), a special message from CliffyB (!!!), and two multiplayer map packs (~!). As… Read More

  • Mandatory, yet contentless Xbox Live update imminent

    Mandatory, yet contentless Xbox Live update imminent


    Other than some under-the-hood code to prepare for the big spring update, there are “no other changes or enhancements in this update…in other words no new features.” And what of the vaunted spring update? “At this point we have nothing to announce.” Why would they even release this update now, when they have nothing to say? Why not release the update and the… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Xbox-Live outage last night really happened

    CrunchArcade: Xbox-Live outage last night really happened

    In trying to log into Xbox Live last night, I kept getting error messages left and right. Naturally, I assumed it was just Time Warner behaving as expected (read: awfully), but it turns out there was a legitimate problem last night. Kotaku speculates that the just-released Call of Duty 4 map pack may have had something to do with it. I just logged in now (had to download an Orange Box… Read More

  • Rumor: Netflix coming to Xbox Live April 1

    Rumor: Netflix coming to Xbox Live April 1

    Whatever upgrade is being done to Xbox Live on April Fools is anyone’s guess, but recent surveys and speculation might lead some to believe Netflix is coming. Was Monday’s meltdown a result of this? Hmm… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Xbox Live scheduled downtime

    CrunchArcade: Xbox Live scheduled downtime

    I just logged onto Xbox Live and found this message waiting for me and thought I’d share. Read More

  • CrunchArcade: MS enforcing Xbox LIVE Terms of Use

    CrunchArcade: MS enforcing Xbox LIVE Terms of Use

    Microsoft is on the prowl for cheaters on Xbox Live. Those who have been known to tamper with their Gamerscore or Achievements are probably waking up to a horrifying discovery. Their accounts have been reset to zero and they’ve been publicly labeled as cheaters. Yikes. Major Nelson Read More

  • Couple meets because of Xbox Live, later has baby

    [photopress:xblbaby.jpg,full,center] You’re looking at the first baby conceived because of Xbox Live. The baby girl’s parents met while playing Rainbow Six Lockdown, the daddy in the Bronx and the mommy in Georgia. The story is that the two would-be parents didn’t initially see eye to eye—you sunk my battleship! or somesuch—but then decided to meet each other in… Read More

  • Microsoft rolls out GTA IV contest: Win a trip to NYC for game's launch

    [photopress:gta4sweep.jpg,full,center] Grand Theft Auto IV is supposedly coming out for the PS3 (and maybe exclusively thereafter?), but you wouldn’t know it listening to Microsoft. Redmond is having itself a little contest to celebrate the cultural phenomenon that is GTA. The grand prize is a trip to New York for the game’s launch (I imagine there’ll be some sort of party). Read More

  • Bungie not giving up on Halo 3, wants to kick COD 4's ass

    Bungie not giving up on Halo 3, wants to kick COD 4's ass

    Just because Bungie is out on its own doesn’t mean they’re abandoning their baby, Halo 3, just yet. A new map pack is due in the Spring, but they’re getting their ass beat by COD 4 on the Xbox Live charts. “We have a lot of awesome new content coming up. We’re not walking away from Halo 3,” Bungie’s community lead Brian Jarrard told Eurogamer last week… Read More

  • XNA-developed Community Games head to Xbox Live

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    Little Gamers is one such game Also mentioned in Microsoft’s Game Developers Conference keynote was that it will let independent developers release their XNA-created games on Xbox Live. The XNA toolkit came out in 2006 but there previously hadn’t been a way for devs to release their work for mass consumption. Seven such games, dubbed… Read More

  • Rumor: Microsoft announcing Netflix service through Xbox Live

    Rumor: Microsoft announcing Netflix service through Xbox Live

    GDC is underway in San Francisco and the physical format war is dead. So what do the two have to do with one another? Well, it appears Microsoft might make an announcement this week at GDC about a partnership with Netflix. Microsoft definitely played their cards right by not including an internal HD DVD drive and downloadable content appears to be the next big thing. Microsoft has been known… Read More

  • Naked Gun,1408 other Paramount content coming to XBox Live

    Naked Gun,1408 other Paramount content coming to XBox Live


    Satan! Satan! It looks like XBL fans will have even more sexy content for playback tomorrow. Expect Paramount titles like Stardust, Disturbia and A Might Heart as Paramount officially signs with XBL. Xbox 360 signs Paramount to Xbox Live Marketplace, for classics like Naked Gun [TechDigest] Read More

  • "LOST" and many others joining Xbox LIVE

    "LOST" and many others joining Xbox LIVE

    So, who saw “LOST” last night? It sucked, right? Welcome to another season of agony and blue balls. If you’re just joining the craze then gawd help you because you just might become as bitter about the show as me. If you need to catch up then do so on your Xbox. Infiltrating LIVE is ABC, Disney Channel and MGM. So, yeah, you can download HD episodes of “LOST”… Read More