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Kinect in focus: Xbox’s app chief talks Smart Homes & Cortana

Kinect in focus: Xbox’s app chief talks Smart Homes & Cortana

When you have a product like Kinect, so closely associated with gaming, how do you convince everybody else that they should be installing a motion-tracking camera in the home? Microsoft is looking to smart home technology and health, among other things, to do just that with Kinect for Windows v2, though a stealthy spread through Cortana and smartphones may be just as vital. We caught up with Microsoft’s Michael Mott, general manager of Xbox applications and developer relations, to find out how virtual assistants and home automation could make Kinect-tech the next must-have.

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GBA games hit Wii U and 3DS: here’s the first wave

GBA games hit Wii U and 3DS: here’s the first wave

There’s a whole new (old) wave of games coming to Nintendo’s current collection of modern consoles. Both the GameBoy Advance and the Wii U will be getting a set of games throughout April, starting this week with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Metroid Fusion, and Advance Wars. If you’ve played the last on that list of games, you know why the full collection of GameBoy Advance titles has been long awaited on a Nintendo digital front.

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Xbox One ET game landfill digging a go-go

Xbox One ET game landfill digging a go-go

The folks responsible for the next generation in video game documentary-making have decided to start by digging a hole in the ground. If you’ll have been following along with Xbox One-exclusive video coverage over the past few weeks, you’ll know that a group of explorers are set to take their first episode of video game documentary madness to New Mexico, where they’ll be tasked with digging in the location where legend has it there’s booty to be found.

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GameSpy shuts down May 31: will your game be affected?

GameSpy shuts down May 31: will your game be affected?

There’s a brand called GameSpy out there in the gaming technology universe that runs multiplayer and CD key authentication for a wide variety of games. While part of GameSpy was a video game news site, there was also an online matchmaking service - now owned by Glu Mobile - which will be shut down on May 31st, 2014. There are a number of games that will be affected by this shutdown.

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Mario Kart 8 gets new items, characters, and tracks

Mario Kart 8 gets new items, characters, and tracks

One of the most anticipated games for the Nintendo Wii U since that console launched is Mario Kart 8. The racing game has been a mainstay for Nintendo consoles for years. Mario Kart 8 will be a Wii U exclusive and Nintendo is offering some details on new features that will be seen in the game. Mario Kart 8 is set to launch on May 30.

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WebGL plants game in Oculus Rift with one line of code

WebGL plants game in Oculus Rift with one line of code

It’s not every day that you see an internet-based 3D engine pushing a game to virtual reality with one line of code. That’s what’s been demoed this week as HTML5 loomed over the crowd at Microsoft’s BUILD 2014 developers convention. It’s just one line of code with the Babylon.js 3D engine and a game is converted from 2D to fully Oculus Rift-ready.

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Titanfall Matchmaking v2 released as BUILD 2014 sings Azure praises

Titanfall Matchmaking v2 released as BUILD 2014 sings Azure praises

This week at BUILD 2014, representatives of Microsoft’s cloud computing technology Azure spoke up on the launch and continued serving of Titanfall. The game’s sessions are all hosted on the cloud - over 100,000 Azure virtual machines were being used on launch day. Also hosted in the cloud - as the entire game is there, as it were - is matchmaking, now hitting its second version, live today.

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