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Microsoft announces Play To Earn rewards on Xbox Live

Microsoft announces Play To Earn rewards on Xbox Live

In an effort to get Xbox Live users to play more of Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade games, the company will be launching a new "Play To Earn" rewards system on Xbox Live on April 1 that will reward gamers with free items and Microsoft Points in exchange for playing XBLA games. The new program is only available to Xbox Live Reward members, so if you aren't a member, get signed up now to take advantage of the new rewards.

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Microsoft confirms LIVE accounts hacked, pulls Xbox Entertainment Award app

Microsoft confirms LIVE accounts hacked, pulls Xbox Entertainment Award app

Microsoft has issued a statement confirming that some of its "high-profile" Xbox LIVE accounts that are said to belong to both former and current employees have been hacked, reports the folks over at ars technica, which was cyberattacked yesterday by the same hacking group. Known as Team Hype, the hackers are suspected to have caused a host of grief, including having possibly caused a police raid on Brian Krebs, a security reporter.

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Xbox Live Games on Demand sale starts today

Xbox Live Games on Demand sale starts today

Last week, we told you about a major sale coming our way this week, with over 60 Xbox 360 games being discounted all week long, with different sales every day. Larry Hyrb, head of Xbox Live, has announced that the sale has begun, and to start the week off, Microsoft is going big with heavy discounts to several Halo titles.

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Xbox Live Games on Demand sale coming next week

Xbox Live Games on Demand sale coming next week

If you're an avid Xbox Live user, and prefer the convenience of downloading games instead of going to the store to buy them, you're in luck. From February 26 to March 4, Microsoft is holding the "Ultimate Game Sale," where they'll be discounting a handful of popular Games on Demand titles, some of which are 85% off.

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Netflix and Hulu AdZone access on Xbox Live is free this weekend

Netflix and Hulu AdZone access on Xbox Live is free this weekend

Microsoft is unlocking two of the most popular video-streaming services on Xbox Live this weekend. Xbox Live Silver members will be able to access Netflix without having to pay for a Xbox Live Gold membership. As for Hulu AdZone, you'll still need a Gold membership on Xbox Live, but you won't need a Hulu Plus subscription like usual.

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Crysis 3 Open Beta hits Xbox 360

Crysis 3 Open Beta hits Xbox 360

Eager gamers desperate for a taste of Crysis 3 can get their teeth into the title early, today, with the Crysis 3 Open Beta opening up for Xbox LIVE Gold members. The premature access - which comes ahead of Crysis 3's general availability in February 2013 - is based around two unique maps, Museum and Airport, and gives a teaser of the multiplayer experience on the Xbox 360.

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Call of Duty unsurprising tops Xbox Live activity list for 2012

Call of Duty unsurprising tops Xbox Live activity list for 2012

Many gamers played a bunch of different games on Xbox Live throughout 2012, but there are a handful of titles that obviously rise above the rest in terms of activity. Today Microsoft's Major Nelson released a list of the top 20 Xbox Live titles of 2012, and we're seeing some entries that are predictable and others that are somewhat surprising. Care to guess which game landed at the top of the list?

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NHL GameCenter launches on Xbox Live

NHL GameCenter launches on Xbox Live

The NHL season officially starts tomorrow, folks, and after months without the sport, fans are most likely eager as ever to finally see their favorite team take the ice again. On top of that, Microsoft has announced that NHL GameCenter is launching on Xbox Live today, just in time for you to get settled in and start watching the games again.

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Xbox Live account migration tool nutshells the process

Xbox Live account migration tool nutshells the process

This week the folks at Microsoft have revealed a feature that should very well have been part of the ecosystem all along: the Xbox Live account migration tool. This process allows you to port your Xbox Live account from place to place with minimal hassle - that's country-to-country, mind you. The pieces of this puzzle you can always take with you are different from those that cannot move region to region - this being the reason why the tool has taken so long to develop.

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Minecraft XBLA sales reach 5 million in 2012

Minecraft XBLA sales reach 5 million in 2012

Minecraft has undoubtedly taken the gaming world by storm -- it's unique gameplay elements have made it a popular choice among casual gamers all around the world. It turns out that as of December 31, 2012, Minecraft sales in the Xbox Live Arcade store alone reached 5 million during 2012, according to the game's developer for Xbox 360.

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Xbox Live Countdown to 2013 sale wraps with deals on Skyrim, Oblivion [Update]

Xbox Live Countdown to 2013 sale wraps with deals on Skyrim, Oblivion [Update]

Today marks the final day of the Xbox Live Countdown to 2013 sale, and the promotion seems to be going out with a bang. Microsoft and Bethesda have dropped prices on both Skyrim and Oblivion, along with some DLC for each. Skyrim has shaved 50% off its normal Games on Demand price, coming down to $29.99, while Oblivion has dropped down 33% to just $9.99.

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Microsoft promises a month’s free Xbox LIVE for Cloud Saved Games downtime

Microsoft promises a month’s free Xbox LIVE for Cloud Saved Games downtime

Microsoft has promised one-month of free Xbox LIVE Gold service to any gamers affected by the Cloud Saved Games system going offline, having finally fixed the issues that caused the unexpected downtime. The free service extension, which will be applied automatically to eligible gamers' accounts according to Microsoft's Major Nelson, will be tagged onto the end of current subscriptions.

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