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Microsoft Xbox Live “Entertainment” features to be free this weekend

Microsoft Xbox Live “Entertainment” features to be free this weekend

Microsoft is giving its non-paying Xbox Live customers another one of its Xbox Live Gold preview weekends from April 19 to April 23, but unlike in the past, this one won't give users the ability to participate in online games. The only premium features that are being unlocked are things like Netflix, Vudu, and Crackle - the online entertainment features. This is so that Microsoft can start getting people who don't even play online games to upgrade to the Gold level.

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Wedbush Securities report: gamers want physical media

Wedbush Securities report: gamers want physical media

A new report suggests that gamers aren't shifting into a digital distribution model as quickly and massively as people in the industry might think. The report, from Wedbush Securities, looks at the world of downloadable games as more of a complement, not a substitute, to the long-running tradition of going out to the store and picking up a box. People just aren't ready to give up their packed bookshelves.

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New York AG kicks thousands of sex offenders off online games

New York AG kicks thousands of sex offenders off online games

With cooperation from Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Electronic Arts, Blizzard, Warner Bros, and Disney Interactive, New York's top prosecutor has been successful in banning online gaming accounts of more than 3,500 registered sex offenders. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the crack-down, known as "Operation Game Over," was a success. It was the first sting operation of its kind, and it could be the first of many.

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Comcast Xbox fine print removes “private IP” reference

Comcast Xbox fine print removes “private IP” reference

After coming under fire for its Xbox Live streaming service, which apparently tapped into a private IP network, because of potential net neutrality issues. Critics slammed the service because in the Xbox Live FAQ, Comcast said its content was "being delivered over our private IP network and not the public Internet." That raised concerns that Comcast was not playing by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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Bethesda’s Skyrim updated on PC only

Bethesda’s Skyrim updated on PC only

The latest patch has gone live for Bethesda's hot-selling role-playing game The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, but as to be expected, it is only available for PC players. For those playing on the Xbox 360 and PS3, the game remains at version 1.4. PS3 players in particular still have reason to be sore because that version still has some memory bugs. The PS3 version of the game game under increasing scrutiny.

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South Park Digital Studios announces South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge launch date

South Park Digital Studios announces South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge launch date

The newest downloadable Xbox Live Arcade game based on everyone's favorite foul-mouthed cartoon characters will launch on March 30. South Park: Tenorman's Revenge puts players in the shoes of the fictional Colorado town's young inhabitants as they face off against arch rival Scott Tenorman in various scenes and environments from the show. And yeah, all those classic South Park tropes are included.

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Xbox Live adds Comcast, HBO, MLB, beats Apple iTV to the living room

Xbox Live adds Comcast, HBO, MLB, beats Apple iTV to the living room

Microsoft has released today as promised an update for Xbox Live that adds Comcast Xfinity, MLB.tv, and HBO Go content to the Xbox 360 console. The Xbox's abundance of content paired with streamlined navigation, centralized search, and Kinect-powered voice and gesture control shows Google TV how it's supposed to be done and scoffs at the much rumored and yet to be seen Apple iTV.

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Microsoft’s Xbox Live will add Comcast and HBO Go tomorrow

Microsoft’s Xbox Live will add Comcast and HBO Go tomorrow

Attention, Xbox 360 owners - you'll be prompted to download an Xbox Live update tomorrow. And if your home cable provider is Comcast, and/or you happen to be a fan of the many original shows on HBO, it'll be an update worth downloading. Both content providing companies will be adding their stamp to the growing catalog of Xbox Live streaming video content when the new firmware update is rolled out.

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