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Xbox LIVE and WinPho sync gaming tipped for new Sonic

Xbox LIVE and WinPho sync gaming tipped for new Sonic

Upcoming game Sonic the Hedgehog: Episode II looks to be the first to support synchronized gaming between Xbox LIVE and Windows Phone, allowing gamers to pick up playback cross-platform as they move between console and mobile. Game manager Ken Balough confirmed the functionality in a video interview with Official XBOX Magazine that you can see after the cut, with the new Sonic itself attempting to channel the addictive 16-bit spirit of the early 90s.

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Microsoft fixes temporary Xbox Live Achievement fiasco

Microsoft fixes temporary Xbox Live Achievement fiasco

For several hours today, Xbox 360 players had a horrible sinking feeling in their gut when they look at their Xbox Live profile and saw that they had no achievements. For some, that meant it looked as though 6.5 long years of building up a horde of digital accomplishments had been wiped away in an instant. Luckily, the problem had been solved with no reported loss of data.

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Microsoft doubling Xbox Live Arcade Gamerscore points

Microsoft doubling Xbox Live Arcade Gamerscore points

The number of points that players will be able to add to their Xbox Live Arcade Gamerscore tally is about to increase. That is, at least, for players who spend a lot of time with downloadable Xbox Live Arcade titles. Microsoft has decided to double the number of points that can be achieved in those (not-so) bite-sized games.

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HBO Go Xbox 360 app coming on April 1

HBO Go Xbox 360 app coming on April 1

Hopefully this isn't an April Fool's joke, but HBO has announced that it will bring its streaming video service to the Xbox 360 in just a little more than a month. This would be the latest extension for the platform, which has already launched on set-top boxes like the Roku as well as Android and the iPhone/iPad. Of course, the service only works if customers have an existing HBO subscription with a participating provider.

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Warner Bros Gotham City Imposters gets free DLC on Xbox 360

Warner Bros Gotham City Imposters gets free DLC on Xbox 360

The downloadable game that features everything you love about the Batman universe, except everything that's actually part of the Batman universe, has just been handed a free pack of downloadable content. Gotham City Imposters, which as the name suggests is an action adventure starring characters that look like the classic heroes and villains but aren't quite, was released earlier this month so the launch of DLC is pretty quick.

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Microsoft plans to ditch Live, Zune branding in Windows 8

Microsoft plans to ditch Live, Zune branding in Windows 8

In the next generation of Microsoft's Windows operating system, you won't be signing into your Windows Live Mail account or your Windows Live Photo Gallery Account, or your Windows Live Messenger account. You'll be signing in, simply, to your Microsoft account. The "Live" branding is going away in an attempt to make all of Microsoft's products and services more tightly integrated. Ironically, that was the goal of the Live moniker in the first place, but it just isn't working. Windows Live Photo Gallery is just too long of a title.

 

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Microsoft says man’s last name too offensive for Xbox Live

Microsoft says man’s last name too offensive for Xbox Live

In the world of Xbox Live profile censorship, we've seen people get banned because they listed the actual name of their hometown (e.g., Fort Gay), we've seen gamers axed en masse because of a so-called "software error," and we saw gamers unable to express their sexual identity in their username (a stance that has since been reversed), and here's a new one to add to the pile - a man whose Xbox Live username was deemed too offensive for the online community, even though it's just his last name.

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Microsoft Xbox Live inadvertently posts Mass Effect 3 DLC

Microsoft Xbox Live inadvertently posts Mass Effect 3 DLC

Mass Effect 3 is no doubt going to go down as one of the biggest games in 2012, but it hasn't been released quite yet. So you can imagine the surprise of Xbox 360 users when they noticed that a piece of downloadable content was put up on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The DLC pack, called From Ashes, showed up on the digital marketplace but it did not appear to actually be downloadable. Someone clearly just hit a very wrong switch over at Microsoft headquarters. We bet he (or she) got a pretty stern talking to.

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Xbox Live Indie Games unofficially comes to Windows Phone

Xbox Live Indie Games unofficially comes to Windows Phone

The "Indie Games" section of Xbox Live on the Xbox 360 has become very popular among everyone from hardcore gamers to people who whose favorite game is Angry Birds. In the most recent update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard, the Indie Games channel receives even more prominence, showing that Microsoft really likes this section of content. On the software giant's other Xbox Live platform, though, a.ka. Windows Phone, there is no such initiative.

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Microsoft Is Right To Not Sell A PS Vita Competitor

Microsoft Is Right To Not Sell A PS Vita Competitor

Although the PlayStation Vita’s official launch date is February 22, those who invested in the First Edition Bundle were able to get their hands on the Vita on February 15.

I happen to be one of those lucky people. Against my better judgement, I decided to plunk down the $350 to get the Vita, a case, a 4GB memory card, and Little Deviants. And since I got my hands on the portable, I’ve been quite happy with the experience -- and somewhat impressed with the fun factor Little Deviants delivers.

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