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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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Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition hits 4 million sales

Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition hits 4 million sales

For Mojang, Minecraft is the gift that keeps on giving. Perhaps it would better to call it the cash cow that keeps producing that sweet, sweet money, but whatever you want to call it, it's safe to say that it's one of the most popular indie games ever created. That's evidenced in the latest sales numbers for the Xbox 360 edition: 4 million sales less than 5 months after release. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a success.

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Terraria coming to Xbox 360, PS3 next year

Terraria coming to Xbox 360, PS3 next year

Well here's a surprising bit of gaming news: it turns out that indie gem Terraria will be making its way to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network next year. Publisher 505 Games announced the console version of the much-loved PC title today. Sadly, there isn't a solid release date for the console version of the game yet, with 505 Games and developer Engine Software merely saying it'll be out "early next year."

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Xbox 360 Essentials Pack sets gamers up for cheap

Xbox 360 Essentials Pack sets gamers up for cheap

Microsoft has introduced a package for gamers that will be rocking a fully-supplied Xbox 360 this October for an inexpensive sum - this package containing everything a user would need to make total use of their gaming and multimedia-playing system. This pack will be popping up for $79.99 and will be containing no less than a basic wireless controller, an HDMI cable, a remote control, and 3 months of Xbox Live Gold. This package will be priced at $55 lower than you'd normally pay for each of these items on their own.

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Fan interest for TimeSplitters 4 not high enough yet, Crytek says

Fan interest for TimeSplitters 4 not high enough yet, Crytek says

Sad news coming out of Crytek today, as it seems that the long-awaited TimeSplitters 4 will have to wait a bit longer. We've been hearing rumors of TimeSplitters 4's existence for years now, but in an interview with VG247, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said that fan interest is not yet high enough to justify making the game. However, don't despair TimeSplitters fans, as Crytek might have something for you anyway.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD rockets to 120,000 sales

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD rockets to 120,000 sales

Nostalgia is proving to be a powerful thing for gamers, with developer Robomodo confirming that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD has sold around 120,000 copies in its first week of availability. That number is pretty impressive on its own, but what makes it even more impressive is the fact that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD hasn't yet launched on PC and PS3, meaning those numbers are for the Xbox 360 version alone. Robomodo's Josh Tsui tells Gamasutra that day-over-day sales of the downloadable title have been "staying very consistent" throughout its first week.

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