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Games For Windows sale: $0.99 game every day through Wed.


Dec 03
// Dale North
While the console guys have had it good this holiday, there hasn't been much in the way of PC deals other than some rare Steam discounts. The Games for Windows Marketplace has your fix now, and for only $0.99.  Every day...
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Take a theoretical look at the Microsoft store


Jul 26
// Matthew Razak
I know, I know. You just can't wait to finally get to step foot inside a Microsoft retail store and buy 360 games straight from the source. It's possibly going to be the most exciting moment of your life. You've already appli...
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Why OS Why? Windows Vista on a PS3?


Aug 06
// Dale North
I never understood the whole make your console a computer obsession. I mean, don't you have to use a perfectly working computer to learn how to make your console a computer? Can't you just continue to use that first computer...

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Microsoft dominates the competitive gaming scene


Oct 06
// Dale North
Microsoft quietly came in and rounded up all of competitive gaming, leaving no room for the PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii to play along.Between the Xbox 360 and Windows PCs, Microsoft exclusively sponsors the World Cyber Game...
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Microsoft finally supports DivX in new Media Center Extenders, Xbox 360 next?


Sep 06
// Dale North
Microsoft's Media Center Extender idea wasn't the most well-received. The extender devices (mostly from third parties like D-Link and Cisco) were supposed to connect to Windows PCs to pipe the Windows Media experience to your...
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Rumor: Live Arcade on PC by Christmas


Aug 15
// Dale North
Thanks, Santa. This is just what I always wanted. Now I can play Live Arcade games with my non-Xbox 360 owning friends. Better yet, I can play Uno with my mom! CVG thinks that we should expect to see the Live Arcade that we a...
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New E3 Gears of War footage is ... gone (update)


Jul 07
// William Haley
Now that this has been posted in the Dtoid clogs approximately five million thousand billion times, here is the Gears of War E3 trailer that Gamevideos let slip a little bit early. Hey, everyone confuses their July 6ths with ...
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Blame Master Chief's wang for the Halo 2 Vista delay (update)


May 24
// Robert Summa
Wow, can't say I saw this one coming: It seems the blame for the delay in Halo 2 for Vista being released is a little thing called "partial nudity." Talk about dedication. I guess those boys at Bungie just could...
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Call in sick, make muffins: Spring Update hits Xbox 360 today


May 09
// Topher Cantler
Ah, the sweet sounds of spring. Birds are chirping happily in their trees, lawnmowers in the distance are taking their first laps around the yard, and if you listen closely, you can hear a chorus of exploding frag grenades, o...
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Windows LIVE Beta officially begins


Apr 05
// Niero Gonzalez
If you signed up for the Windows LIVE Beta, watch your inbox today like a hawk. Microsoft is apparently sending out notices that the testing will soon begin for the few and Vista'd. The high priestess sends this on elect...
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Shadowrun: now with 20 percent more superlatives


Apr 05
// Earnest Cavalli
Shadowrun is an upcoming multiplatform release for the Xbox 360 and Windows PCs that will allow online play bridging the two disparate platforms. We can all agree on that, right? Good. Now that that's settled, I want to m...
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New Unreal Tournament 3 details, scans


Apr 03
// Niero Gonzalez
If you took our advice and did your part to save the dinosaurs, this is going to be yesterday's news, but nevertheless it didn't stop PS3forum members from posting eight juicy pages of new Unreal Tournament 3 screen...

Destructoid interview: Charles Manning of PLAYXPERT

Mar 26 // Robert Summa
DESTRUCTOID: I admit, I've never heard of PLAYXPERT before. Can you kind of break down what it's all about?Charles Manning: What we're doing is we built this in-game community management tool set. It allows gamers to do things they already do, but in the games. We're streamlining the toolsets and facilitating the community. Basically, we're making it so players can avoid the alt tab. Gamers have to deal with a variety of tools, blogs, forums, clan sites and we're here to help with that.DESTRUCTOID: So what is it exactly?Charles Manning: We built this overlay technology with a widget architecture, that has a community-generated mechanism. DESTRUCTOID: Does this overlay slow things down at all? If not, how did you solve that issue?Charles Manning: We wanted to take the engineering problem and hit it head on. With other overlays, they often limit the approach. They can conflict with things like Punkbuster and frame rates. What we did was we went about 1,000 layers deeper and are working with Direct X directly. Lag or slowdown isn't noticeable at all because of this. And, the program can work on almost every PC-based game out there. We don't support Direct X 7, just 8, 9 and 10. DESTRUCTOID: How can someone get this software?Charles Manning: We had a series of small test cases and had an invitation-only closed beta group. The only people that have seen it before are what we call inner circle members. Right now it's only available online to those people. But, once you're in the inner circle, you can invite someone else in.DESTRUCTOID: Is this thing free or do I have to sell my car for it?Charles Manning: It's free, but there are two different models: You have free product download and use that is subsidized by advertising but you can also have a premium package solution where you can buy specific features or widgets. DESTRUCTOID: How much is this premium service and why should I pay for it?Charles Manning: Premium is $2 per month with a 12-month commitment. What you're getting is a full set of clan management tools. You get a fully-integrated community widget that allows you to link in your clan forum or you can use our clan forum system. You can even have a delegated or federated forum, full scheduling system so you can plan raids, etc., and do attendance tracking. We are charging for one or two of the widgets, but the overall platform is free. DESTRUCTOID: This thing seems perfectly built for World of Warcraft. Have you all worked with Blizzard at all in developing this? Charles Manning: We haven't been very involved with Blizzard. We look forward to working with them and plan on reaching out to them, but technically we are not really a mod in that traditional sense. The value of that is that technically there's no reason why we need to have approval from Blizzard to be doing what we're doing. We are a separate program, but we see a lot of opportunity to partner with publishers. we even want to think about widgets that can ship with a particular game itself. DESTRUCTOID: Anything specific in the works?Charles Manning: We're talking to a handful of publishers and one of the things they like is that they can unbind these community features from the game. You can slap on a community set and not have to impact developers, which could lead to less delays.DESTRUCTOID: Is this PC only for now? No Mac love?Charles Manning: It's PC only. We are looking at crossing the platform at some point, but we're just doing some basic research. DESTRUCTOID: What about Vista?Charles Manning: The program works with Vista as well. We've had Vista in house since the end of summer and have been doing testing and refreshing each time. The exciting thing is that it works with Direct X 10.  DESTRUCTOID: Since the program is basically invite-only right now, when do you plan on opening up to the public?Charles Manning: We may open it up by the summer.  [Editor's note: If you want or need an invite to join, then please e-mail me at [email protected] I have a few invites left to give out] 
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Chances are you've never heard of PLAYXPERT. In fact, I'm willing to bet 99.99% of you never have. So why are we running an interview with the CEO of PLAYXPERT, Charles Manning? Because if you play World of Warcraft ...

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Halo 3 hits Amazon's best sellers! Huh?


Mar 24
// Niero Gonzalez
If you think the $130 price tag an early snatch-up of the Halo Legendary Edition would slow down the hardcore fans, a gander at Amazon's best selling list will shut you face. People will sell their kids and kidneys (in ...
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Ys coming to Vista with mega bonus disku


Mar 15
// Niero Gonzalez
Our twisted stepcousin has deciphered Nipponese details of a Nihon Falcom offering to bring a bonus disk to Ys Origin, running on the surely bug-free Windows Vista. Some regard Ys as a mediocre game that was only big durin...
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Destructoid Gadget for Windows Vista!


Mar 07
// Topher Cantler
A while back, our friend Mike Szegedy hooked us up with a Dtoid Widget so Mac users could sip our RSS kool-aid from the comfort of their dashboards.Now thanks to another loyal fan by the name of EvilSmeevil, you Windows users...
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GDC 2007: Live for Windows Vista price announced


Mar 07
// Robert Summa
Via Game Informer, Microsoft finally got around to revealing the price of what their Games for Windows version of Xbox Live would cost you. Here are the penny-pinching details:While Microsoft was quite quiet about Live for Wi...
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Become big in Japan: writers wanted


Feb 07
// Niero Gonzalez
We interrupt your video game Web site for this important Destructoid Network announcement. Our sister site Japanator is currently looking for new intern writers, as we are currently in the process of redesigning and are look...
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Poor people can play Crysis too!


Feb 06
// Robert Summa
If you were worried that you and your old Dell might not be able to play the graphic-heavy Crysis, then put those fears to rest. According to Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli, just about everyone should be able to enjoy the game. From ...
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Alan Wake to be a 360, PC exclusive


Feb 06
// Robert Summa
Sorry PlayStation 3 fans, more bad news. The anticipated mystery-of-a-mystery game Alan Wake has just been confirmed to be an exclusive for the Xbox 360 and PC (Vista is being pushed here). Now go be like Justin and cry me ...
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Microsoft bites back at critics of gaming in Vista (with golden teeth!)


Feb 03
// Earnest Cavalli
Since the recent launch of Microsoft's soon to be ubiquitous OS, Windows Vista, the Internet has been abuzz with tales of woe and grief regarding gaming under the new electro-regime.Enter Rich Wickham.Rich is the head of ...
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Bill Gates tries to raise hipster score with Daily Show appearance


Jan 30
// Robert Summa
In case you missed it last night, here's the ever-so-cool Bill Gates speaking with The Daily Show's Jon Stewart about the magical magicness of Windows Vista. Quick poll: Who was funnier? Bill Gates or Jon Stewart? Oooh, I can't wait to see the results.
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Windows Vista: An inside look at the wow that was supposed to start now


Jan 30
// Robert Summa
Yesterday, here in New York City, I was able to attend the Microsoft Windows Vista press event in Times Square. After waiting out in the cold for way too long, I was let inside a place of wonder and magic ... and oh yeah, f...
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Save the dinosaurs, get free gaming mags


Jan 20
// Niero Gonzalez
The magazine publishing industry needs your help. Actually, it doesn't -- it needs you to forget that video game news is not readily available and more current on the internet. It also needs you to muster up that nostalgi...
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John Carmack hates Vista, maybe you should too


Jan 12
// Earnest Cavalli
John Carmack is a great many things. He's an idol to programmers, a model of the American dream and a giant lizard. Wait, no, scratch that last one. John Carmack is not a giant lizard.Gamesindustry.biz posted a few choice...
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Last year's launch of two new consoles has overshadowed gaming on the PC, which has prompted the debate that seems to come and go every five years -- is PC gaming dead or has it become niche? Yesterday we were given the l...

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CES 2007: Upcoming Windows games aim to impress


Jan 09
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft recently unveiled their Games for Windows lineup at CES and I honestly can't believe how great the list is. Who knew other genres besides first-person shooter actually existed?If you happen to be at work and you can't view this video or you just enjoy reading the names of PC games, then look over the full list of titles after the break.
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Live headed to Windows Vista


Jan 08
// Ishaan
We all knew it would happen eventually. This is just the official confirmation straight from the horse's mouth. Once again, GamesIndustry.biz brings us news of the various ongoings at CES. "Windows Vista marks the b...

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