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  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • Sony casually reminds us that PS3 Network is free (and Xbox Live costs money)

    [photopress:ps3freexblnot.jpg,full,center] What’s a guaranteed way to stir the hornet’s nest that is the console wars? If you’re Sony you start an ad campaign reminding people that its PlayStation Network is completely free. The not so subtle “what doesn’t this ad say?” is that Xbox Live costs $50 per year. And then both camps started calling each other names. Read More

  • Xbox Live outage = Undertow

    For all of our troubles over the holidays, the Xbox team is bestowing upon all Gold and Silver members a free download of Undertow. That’s pretty weak sauce if you ask me. Granted, I won’t be throwing a fit and trying to sue Microsoft for $5 million, but a free game certainly doesn’t make me feel better about the situation. Beginning next Wednesday at 2:00 a.m. PST… Read More

  • Who would sue Microsoft over the Xbox Live outage?

    Not from Texas, but they are d-bags. I’m just as pissed as everyone else over the Xbox Live outage over the holidays, but suing Microsoft probably isn’t going to get you very far. The three douches from Texas who are suing Microsoft are seeking an excess of $5 million in damages. That alone warrants some finger pointing and name calling, but their lawyer is an even bigger d-bag. Why? Read More

  • Microsoft blames server strain, lack of staff for Xbox Live downtime

    [photopress:cod4xbl.jpg,full,center] Xbox Live’s downtime around Christmas was due to server strain, with an unexpectedly large number of people (10 million) trying to sign up and play online. Microsoft simply wasn’t prepared for that number of people using the Live servers, hence its shoddy performance, and subsequent free Live Arcade game. Microsot also says that, when the… Read More

  • The Xbox team speaks out about the outage

    Here it is, folks. What we’ve been waiting for from the Xbox team. Dear Xbox LIVE Members: During this past holiday season you helped us break a number of Xbox LIVE records. This included our largest sign-up of new members to Xbox LIVE in our 5 year history and just yesterday you broke the record for the single biggest day of concurrent members ever on the service. As a result of… Read More

  • Xbox Live downtime could lead to recompense

    Gamers who tried to log onto Xbox Live last week faced a problem: they couldn’t. That’s a hell of a problem, since the only major difference between Gold and Silver membership is the ability to play multiplayer games online. Now Microsoft is hinting that it’s going to do “something” to make it up to Gold members. Quoth the PR rep: we will definitely be doing… Read More

  • Reprobate uses Xbox Live, Google, text messaging to stalk Spokane teen

    If you drive across the country to rape a 15-year old girl and her sister whom you’ve met playing Xbox Live, it’s likely not a good idea to text message them and tell them you’re on your way. That’s what this cyber-savvy creep did in Spokane did over the weekend, driving from New York to Washington to stalk the girls. The details are pretty typical of such a case… Read More

  • December update bans XBoxen

    The second Y number is six — for monthly subscription savings! I haven’t seen much mention of this but it seems that the December update officially bans hardware modded XBoxes, resulting in sad clowns up and down the Eastern Seaboard. This involves the DVD-burner firmware hack that came out when the XBox was still new and exciting and I’m not going to admit to any… Read More

  • Take to the skies with Dream Theater

    They look like a surly bunch. I like what the Xbox team is doing with Game With Fame. It’s fun to play against celebs and see how their mettle holds up. A couple months ago it was Jimmy Eat World getting teabagged by 12-year olds in Halo 3 and now the lads from Dream Theater (I don’t know who they are, either) will take to the skies in an attempt to mow you down in Crimson Skies… Read More

  • Social networking bug bites Xbox Live

    Babies don’t like you, d-bag. The Fall Dashboard Update holds a lot of hidden things we don’t know about, but we know for sure that on December 4th you’ll be able to view the friends lists of other XBL members from the Dashboard. Oh joy! Cyber stalking on Live. Now you can heckle the friends of the 12-year old girl who kicked your ass in Halo. Read More

  • Idle hands: Play Xbox Live using your cellphone's data connection

    When you live in the middle of nowhere it pays to be resourceful, like Tom Hanks was in “Cast Away.” Now, let’s imagine Hanks was in the middle of rural America and couldn’t get an affordable broadband connection. What to do? You turn to your cellphone, of course. One guy recently opined on how he managed to connect his Xbox 360 to Xbox Live using nothing more than… Read More