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Happy Birthday Xbox Live!

Happy Birthday Xbox Live!

Microsoft's little online gaming service that could - otherwise known as Xbox Live - turns 10 years old today. Launched back on November 15, 2002, which just so happened to be one year after the launch of the original Xbox, it's safe to say that Xbox Live took the gaming world by storm, despite the fact that Microsoft has been charging for access since the beginning. Why is the birthday of Xbox Live so significant? Because Xbox Live was the first service for consoles that got online gaming right.

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Microsoft sending out free Xbox 360s to Live veterans

Microsoft sending out free Xbox 360s to Live veterans

Some of us got our first introduction to Xbox Live through the Xbox 360, but Xbox Live was around long before the 360 was on store shelves. The online gaming service has been up and running since 2002, which means that it turns 10 years old this year. To put a finer point on that, Xbox Live will be turning 10 years old on November 15, and Microsoft has something special planned for some of the gamers who have been there since the start.

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343 Industries cracks down on Halo 4 sexism

343 Industries cracks down on Halo 4 sexism

We wish we could say otherwise, but unfortunately, sexism is something that runs rampant in our online gaming communities like Xbox Live and PSN. It seems that women who take their game online risk becoming the target of some kind of sexist comment every time they do, but fortunately, 343 Industries and Microsoft are going to do something about it. Trolls be warned, because if you begin flinging sexist remarks around in lobbies or in private messages while playing Halo 4, you might just earn yourself a lifetime ban from Xbox Live.

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Minecraft surpasses Modern Warfare 3 on Xbox Live activity chart

Minecraft surpasses Modern Warfare 3 on Xbox Live activity chart

When it comes to the Xbox Live activity chart, we're used to seeing some kind of Call of Duty game at the top. This is not an occasional thing either - week after week, you can expect the latest Call of Duty title to rank at number one in terms of Xbox Live activity. These days, however, Minecraft is on the scene, and it has something to say about Call of Duty's continuing dominance.

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Minecraft 1.8.2 update hits Xbox 360 tomorrow

Minecraft 1.8.2 update hits Xbox 360 tomorrow

Get ready, Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition players, because you've got a massive update headed your way. Update 1.8.2 is scheduled to launch tomorrow, and it adds a ton of new stuff for you to see and do. PlayXBLA originally reported an October 16 launch date for update 1.8.2, which was later confirmed by 4J Studios, the developer that handled the porting duties when Mojang decided it was time to bring Minecraft to the Xbox 360.

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Halo 4 pirates feel the wrath of Microsoft’s banhammer

Halo 4 pirates feel the wrath of Microsoft’s banhammer

Halo 4 will definitely be one of the biggest games of the year, so it really isn't much of a surprise that some Xbox 360 owners are eager to download a pirated version of the game that popped up on torrent sites over the weekend. Microsoft isn't taking this leak lightly though, as MCV reports that the company is handing out permanent Xbox Live bans to anyone caught playing the game with their console connected to the Internet. In other words, you might want to think twice before taking advantage of those Halo 4 torrents.

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Presidental Debate streaming video feed on Xbox Live, YouTube tonight

Presidental Debate streaming video feed on Xbox Live, YouTube tonight

Just a friendly reminder for all of you politically motivated folks out there, the first of three presidential debates will be going down tonight. Those with a subscription to Xbox Live Gold will be able to stream the debate on their Xbox 360, with Microsoft giving users the ability to participate in polls as Mitt Romney and Barack Obama verbally duke it out on stage. The debate kicks off at 9PM Eastern Time, and Major Nelson says that those who watch three of the four scheduled debates (one of those is the vice presidential debate, keep in mind) will get a free Halo 4 suit of armor for their avatar.

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