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6:00 AM on 03.20.2015

Mysterious Halo 5 Guardians countdown on tumblr

A Halo 5 Guardians tumblr with a countdown clock and the hashtag #HUNTtheTRUTH has been discovered. The countdown ends under three days from now. Oh boy. Who wants to take a guess at what is revealed? A second season of Halo:...

Jed Whitaker

2:30 PM on 03.19.2015

Conker returns in episodic form starting next month!

Great news, Conker fans: he is finally coming back in his own episodic game. Sort of. Remember when Microsoft announced Conker would be in Project Spark? Well, Conker makes his debut in Project Spark on April 23 for Windows ...

Jed Whitaker

12:30 PM on 03.19.2015

No Marcus Fenix Collection, says Black Tusk

Microsoft-owned Black Tusk Studios is heading up the future of Gears of War with a new game on Xbox One and, assuming that goes okay, more to come. Recent rumors have pointed to a series collection, which seems inevitable eve...

Jordan Devore







Microsoft is cool with pirates upgrading to Windows 10 for free photo
Microsoft is cool with pirates upgrading to Windows 10 for free
by Jordan Devore

Microsoft is launching Windows 10 this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages, which is good to know but not all that inherently interesting. This, on the other hand, sure is: during the operating system's first year, it'll be a free (permanent) upgrade for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 users including those who are running pirated versions of Windows.

"We believe customers over time will realize the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies," a Microsoft rep told Eurogamer.

Guess that means we can all play Gigantic together. Dibs on the owl guy.

Windows 10 Launching This Summer in 190 Countries and 111 Languages [Windows]
Microsoft will allow pirates free upgrades to Windows 10 [Eurogamer]

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4:30 PM on 03.16.2015

You can switch Dead Rising 2 and Off the Record over to Steamworks tomorrow

I have no memory of writing about the plan for Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record to drop Games for Windows Live in favor of Steamworks, but I did so last year and slipped in a gif of Resident Evil's Chris punchi...

Jordan Devore



Grab a free copy of BioShock Infinite on Xbox Live photo
Grab a free copy of BioShock Infinite on Xbox Live
by Jordan Devore

March is already half over (have you filed your taxes yet?), which means more free Xbox games.

With an active Xbox Live Gold membership, you can now download BioShock Infinite for free on Xbox 360. Love it or hate it, there's no denying the game's heavenly opener. Every once in a while I'll get the urge to see the ascension to Columbia again on YouTube. "Halleluiah."

Rayman Legends is the one and only free Xbox One title this month, but it's so good I don't even mind. That and the recently-released Ori and the Blind Forest make for a blissful combination.

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Gigantic made me gigantic in the pants photo
Gigantic made me gigantic in the pants
by Jed Whitaker

At PAX East this year I walked past many of the larger booths and gave them little attention, as I am typically more interested in indie games. I got invited to a press-only demo for Gigantic -- a game I only knew of by seeing the signs for the booth on the show floor -- by fellow Destructoid editor Rob Morrow, so I went to see what it was all about. I'm glad I got to get hands-on time with the game, otherwise I wouldn't know just how fantastic Gigantic is.

When I first laid eyes on Gigantic it was breathtaking. The colorful graphics pop off the screen and are reminiscent of something you'd expect to see from Pixar or DreamWorks. The characters are all unique and really stand out from the equally colorful environments. The animation of character movements are all really fluid, especially for the game only being in alpha.

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3:00 PM on 03.13.2015

One screen of ODST in Master Chief Collection sums up the past four months

Halo 3: ODST is getting added to The Master Chief Collection sometime in the near future. It's going to be free for anyone that owned The Master Chief Collection prior to December 19, and it'll likely be paid D...

Brett Makedonski



Xbox to indie devs: There's a place for your game on Windows 10, no matter the size photo
Xbox to indie devs: There's a place for your game on Windows 10, no matter the size
by Brett Makedonski

Microsoft announced last week at GDC in San Francisco that it was introducing cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. That opens a world of possibility in ways for developers to deliver games to their audience. Some will likely take full advantage; others will be more reserved. But, the option's there, nevertheless.

Following Xbox boss Phil Spencer's talk, I sat down with ID@Xbox program director Chris Charla to discuss what this new ecosystem meant for independent developers. There was a lot of ebb and flow to the conversation, but the main takeaway was "There's a place for [indie devs] -- no matter what size or scale the game is -- on Windows 10."

Charla was the man that was brought aboard by Microsoft almost two years ago to try to keep Xbox in the never-ending arms race to court independent developers. The Xbox 360 generation saw Microsoft use up a lot of goodwill in that department, and it needed to re-establish its name. That's what ID@Xbox was built for: to recruit developers that bring a different flair to the Xbox stable of games.

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10:30 AM on 03.11.2015

Xbox One's March update is out, and brings screenshot capability

The biggest update is the screenshot feature, which according to Microsoft, was "one of the most requested features." You can now say "Xbox take a screenshot" and you're good to go, or use an Xbox button double-tap and Y but...

Chris Carter



Very Quick Tips: Ori and the Blind Forest photo
Very Quick Tips: Ori and the Blind Forest
by Chris Carter

Ori and the Blind Forest may not be the most complicated metroidvania in the world, but there are a few tough decisions to make from time to time.

Here are a few quick tips to ease you in.

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Review: Ori and the Blind Forest photo
Review: Ori and the Blind Forest
by Chris Carter

Every so often I come across a game that just makes me smile. I mean, I play videogames almost daily because I have fun doing it, but certain titles have me grinning from ear to ear the entire journey for a myriad of different reasons.

Ori and the Blind Forest is one of those games. It's just plain enjoyable from start to finish, and doesn't waste your time.

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9:00 PM on 03.09.2015

Remember Kudo? He's now looking after a bunch of studios at Microsoft

Kudo Tsunoda, the guy who demonstrated Project Natal (now Kinect) at E3 2009, has been off working on Microsoft's crazy holographic headset HoloLens. He's going to keep at that but will also now lead a bunch of Xbox teams, i...

Jordan Devore



Windows 10 makes it even easier for gameplay videos to go viral photo
Windows 10 makes it even easier for gameplay videos to go viral
by Brett Makedonski

The latest generation in gaming has brought with it an emphasis on sharing. Screenshots and gameplay videos can be relatively easily captured and uploaded for anyone's audience to see. It's a smart way to drive interaction -- whether it's to share an unbelievable kill streak in Halo, or something as irreverent as a lunatic stabbing goats in the butt.

With the announcement that Windows 10 will, in part, contribute to the "Xbox ecosystem," it really opens the door to the accessibility and possibility of sharing content. In what was called a "platform demo" at GDC in San Francisco last week, we got a first-hand look at how simple Windows 10 will make this process.

Available for any game played on Windows 10 (even non-native Xbox titles) is a Game DVR that operates similarly to the "Xbox, record that" function of the Xbox One. Mapped to the Windows + G command, the DVR captures the past 30 seconds of gameplay, regardless of what's playing.

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11:45 AM on 03.09.2015

Xbox One gets a $350 Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle

Ahead of Halo 5: Guardians, Microsoft is attempting to both make and sway Chief fans with a new Xbox One bundle that comes with a code for Halo: The Master Chief Collection and a box with pictures of Master Chief on it. The b...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 03.06.2015

We'll need Windows 10 (or an Xbox One) for Gigantic

Motiga's team action game Gigantic is looking fabulous in this new trailer out of PAX East. While that's no surprise, this is: the Seattle-based studio is partnering with Microsoft to bring the game to Windows 10 as "a key l...

Jordan Devore