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5:00 PM on 03.15.2010

A disco dungeon crawl: hands-on with Frobot

One thing I really like about the WiiWare service is that for every poorly made title released, there are some really neat products coming not long after. Cave Story, the Bit.Trip series, Super Meat Boy, and Mega Man 10 ...

Ben Perlee


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Terra Battle launches on October 9th

Terra Battle, the highly anticipated RPG from Hironobu Sakaguchi, launches worldwide on October 9th. Find out more




2:20 PM on 11.12.2009

THE Xbox LIVE system update hitting November 17th

THE big Xbox LIVE System Update is dropping on November 17th according to Web site Fast Company, who reportedly received launch confirmation from LIVE general manager Marc Whitten.This is the update that adds Twitter, Faceboo...

Brad Nicholson

9:40 AM on 09.30.2009

Buy the Mako from Mass Effect for your Xbox Live Avatar

Over on the Xbox Live Marketplace, a new prop has appeared in the Avatar Store. You are now able to purchase an RC replica of the Mako craft used to cart Commander Shepherd and crew around the surface of alien worlds in Mass ...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:00 PM on 08.16.2009

Xbox Gamer Spotlight not so fantastic

You know that tab you flip by every week on your Xbox Dashboard? The one where they spotlight a different gamer once a week? You've seen it and possibly thought, "Hey, it would be kind of cool to be featured." Hold ...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 07.26.2009

SDCC: Avatars get Gears of War COG and Locust uniforms

Here we go. Now that Microsoft is confident in charging money for its useless Avatar clothing, we're finally getting stuff that almost approaches interesting. No more sunglasses or silly shoes, we're actually getting videogam...

Jim Sterling



New Xbox Experience update launches August 11 photo
New Xbox Experience update launches August 11
by Jim Sterling

Microsoft has revealed that the Summer update for its New Xbox Experience will arrive on August 11. If you didn't know by now, the update will bring with it a fresh batch of features, including Games on Demand, friends list sorting, unlockable Avatar awards, Netflix improvements and ... ahem ... premium Avatar clothing.

The Twitter and Last.fm additions will not, sadly, be part of the update. Microsoft has confirmed that these features will come with the fall update. Gotta keep the audience waiting for more, eh? 

We'll patiently wait until next month for this update, as well as brace ourselves for the torrent of "This update bricked my Xbox 360" stories that seem to inevitably follow every major update that Microsoft makes. We'll look forward to reading all of those while paying several dollars for our Avatar's steampunk jacket!

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12:20 PM on 07.20.2009

Have you seen these full commercials on your Xbox 360?

Switch on your Xbox 360 and you may find that the Xbox Live subscription you're already paying for has been further subsidized by all-moving, all-talking ads -- full on commercials that have been smuggled onto your dashboard ...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 07.17.2009

Avatar premium clothing confirmed: Let's buy pretend hats!

We all knew it was coming, and today is has been confirmed that Microsoft will soon be charging for a range of pretend clothes with which to adorn your twee little Avatar. Images of the NXE's summer update reveal a whole new ...

Jim Sterling

10:20 AM on 07.08.2009

MS believes Avatars are more popular than Gears of War 2?

According to Xbox Australia, NXE Avatars are ranking amongst the country's most popular wastes of time. Being "played" more than likes of Gears of War 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV, the Avatar Editor would rank at numbe...

Jim Sterling

11:20 AM on 06.26.2009

Left 4 Dead NXE theme comes with free OXM issue

A hot new Left 4 Dead premium theme is available, and you can buy it from your local UK newsagent! It comes wrapped in this weird thing called Official Xbox Magazine Issue 49, but you can throw that away and to get your hands...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 05.16.2009

How to improve Xbox 360 Avatars

When Microsoft revealed the New Xbox Experience, an unwitting world found itself stunned by the revelation of Avatars. This unique and original phenomenon turned the world of gaming on its head, introducing a new social eleme...

Jim Sterling





8:20 AM on 05.15.2009

There is a Crackdown Xbox 360 theme you can spend money on

If you like shelling out money for JPEGs, then you'll drop your trousers with delight with the news that a funky Crackdown theme is now available for your Xbox 360. It can be yours for the silly price of 240 Microsoft Points,...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 05.13.2009

New motherf*ckin' shoes for your Avatar!

Microsoft's plan to turn thousands of Xbox Live homophobes gay continues apace, with community manager and sensual funfair Major Nelson confirming that six new pairs of shoes are available for your smirking, soulless Avatars ...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 04.28.2009

Avatars vs Home? MS survey suggests so

A new survey from Microsoft suggests that Avatars could soon be in direct competition with PlayStation Home, after questions surrounding a "Virtual Setting" for Xbox Live's twee little freaks have appeared to gage p...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 04.25.2009

1 vs 100 is free for Xbox Live Gold members

Remember 1 vs 100? It was that ridiculous game show tie-in idea that Microsoft used as one of the key selling points of the New Xbox Experience before everybody forgot it existed. Well, 1 vs 100 is due to to launch this Sprin...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 04.22.2009

Fo Shizzle and other stupid things: Hip Hop Avatar clothes

Check it out, mah homie dawgs, Microsoft has released some new Avatar clothes fo sho, and they gutz a hip hop vibe. Now you can get down with the hardcore thugz like Will Smith and Vanilla Ice. Wicked to the max, dudes. Radic...

Jim Sterling