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But will there be a red wedding?
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a live-action The Legend of Zelda series is currently being developed by Netflix. According to mysterious sources quoted by the Journal, the series is still in its early stages of dev...

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Xbox Live Gold

Microsoft gives three month window for Xbox Live Gold refunds


That's a nice gesture
May 14
// Brett Makedonski
Microsoft made substantial changes to the Xbox Live Gold subscription program yesterday. Because it's altered a service that people paid for in advance, Microsoft's giving customers an out in the event that they're unhappy wi...
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Xbox

Games with Gold coming to Xbox One, June titles revealed


Entertainment apps set free from Xbox Live Gold
May 13
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft is coming up on the one-year anniversary of its Games with Gold program in which Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download two free games per month on Xbox 360 to own even if their membership lapses. In June, there wi...
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Xbox Live

Rumor: Microsoft to waive Xbox Live Gold requirement for Netflix, Hulu


It's staggering this hasn't been done already
May 12
// Jordan Devore
[Update: Microsoft has confirmed that entertainment apps are being set free.] As much as I've gotten used to the idea that Xbox Live Gold is a requirement for certain entertainment apps, that's not to say Microsoft shouldn't ...
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DTOID News for February 27th, 1999, apparently
Good evening, teens! Here’s today’s DTOID News update, which I’m turning into a weekly show so we can make more interesting things happen. Do you have Playstation Plus? Because depending on where you live, y...

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Pokemon

Pokemon will be hitting Netflix soon


Two movies as well as a few series
Feb 27
// Chris Carter
Fresh off of the news that a number of Pokemon movies and series have hit Hulu, it appears as if Netflix will be getting in on the action soon. Starting March 1st, Pokemon the Movie: Black and Pokemon the Movie: Whi...
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These are the 11 apps that are available at PS4's launch


Are you not entertained?!
Nov 07
// Brett Makedonski
When the PlayStation 4 finally releases on November 15 (one week!), Sony will have 11 apps raring and ready to be downloaded for your entertainment. The mainstays like Netflix and Hulu Plus are obviously included, along some ...
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Max for Netflix on PS3 gives you someone to talk to


Siri, call me 'Space Jam'
Jul 01
// Steven Hansen
The PlayStation 3 Netflix app is getting a Siri-like chatterbox you can talk to on lonely nights and feel less divorced from the rest of humanity. The "personalized conversation experience," Max, can help you find thing...
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Xbox Live

Netflix accessible to Xbox Live Free members this weekend


Go watch some Arrested Development
May 25
// Harry Monogenis
As many fans of the series already know, Arrested Development has been revived by Netflix for a fourth season, which is set to premiere this Sunday. To celebrate, Microsoft is allowing those with an Xbox Live Free Membership ...
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Molyneux: Next Xbox needs to focus on games first


Fable creator wants Microsoft to tone down the "all-in-one media hub" shtick
May 02
// Tony Ponce
Former Microsoft Games Studio director and current mobile developer, Peter Molyneux, is anxious to learn more about Microsoft's next Xbox, set to be unveiled on May 21. However, he fears that Microsoft might be playing up the...

Trends of this Generation: Consoles as media centers

Feb 12 // Daniel Starkey
Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, and a half-dozen other services now populate the dashboards and home screens of all the modern consoles. These electronics have become the centerpiece of the family living room. This is another paradigm shift which, in itself doesn’t seem too important, but when viewed within the larger context of consumer electronics makes an enormous amount of sense. Previous generations, particular the PlayStation line, have always had some limited playback options, but only with the Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3 especially did we truly begin to see where technological integration was taking us. And even since then, we’ve seen so many more additions to functionality and capacity for each machine, that they can hardly be called the same beast. The PC as we know it is dying, and has been for some time. Many people have switched their browsing to their mobile devices and use their televisions and home-theater setups to watch movies, play music, and organize their entertainment consumption. This trend gets a bit more interesting when the idea of the “second screen” is taken into account. Many people no longer simply sit and watch TV -- they will look up facts about the show on their phones or tablets, use Facebook, text their friends, and generally divide their attention. Microsoft’s Smartglass is the first of what will surely be many applications to begin taking full advantage of the fact that the current crop of media consumers doesn’t passively observe. This is one of the few changes that I welcome with open arms. Integration of media playback has simplified my life. I can switch from playing a game for review when my roommates are out, to queuing up some episodes of Archer or Downtown Abbey. My house hasn't rolled music playback into this new multimedia paradigm like Microsoft probably hoped we would, but everything is still nice and smooth. I don't need to drag a computer into the living room to play Netflix, or Amazon video, for example; everything we need is available on one system, all the time. I realize there's a lot of folks around who think that gaming consoles should be for games and games only, but honestly, I see no downside to these types of features on consoles. Anything that makes our lives easier should be a good thing, yeah? I can't help but wonder if all the people that think that consoles should only play games would really be okay with buying a Blu-ray player, setting up a second set-top box, getting another HDMI cable, and adjusting all of the appropriate settings. You'd also be saying goodbye to video streaming services.  These are all things that increase the financial viability of consoles as all-in-one devices, and in an era where the invulnerability of the game market is now a vestige of an age long past, consoles need all the mainstream appeal they can get. I, for one, can't wait for the day when I can do absolutely everything I need with one device, and that day may be coming soon.
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One Machine to Rule Them All
Yesterday, I looked at one of the most recognizable shifts we've seen in the past few years: motion controls. In the next segment for this editorial miniseries, I want to address integrating a number of disparate services int...

10 videogame films to watch on Netflix this weekend

Feb 01 // Allistair Pinsof
eXistenZ (1999) "Leading virtual-reality game designer Allegra Geller is testing a new prototype when an assassin wielding a daunting organic weapon attacks her. She survives the assault but must "portal" into her own game to get to the bottom of the intrigue." Why watch? Just as director David Cronenberg's Videodrome explored televisions subversive effect on our unconscious, eXistenZ does the same for videogames. Also, WILLEM DAFOE!!! The Thirteenth Floor (1999) "Two scientists have created a virtual reality 1930s Los Angeles so true-to-life that the occupants don't know they exist only in a computer chip -- until a homicide connects the parallel worlds of the simulated and the creators." Why watch? Overshadowed by The Matrix, The Thirteenth Floor quickly left theaters without even developing a cult following -- it certainly deserves one, as it's one of those great mind-benders that makes you ask the big questions about reality. Special When Lit: A Pinball Documentary (2009) "Special When Lit rediscovers the lure of a lost pop icon: pinball. This award-winning documentary joins fans, collectors, designers and champion players from around the globe who share the story of a phenomenon that once swept the world." Why watch? Though I prefer Tilt, a similar documentary, this one also does a good job of documented a scene and era that few know today. Before Call of Duty and Doom were the bane of politicians, pinball was. Strange, no? Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade (2007) "At the unassuming Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa, early gamers fought for bragging rights at the 1982 Video Game World Championships. See how competitive gaming started, and meet arcade owner Walter Day, who still oversees scoring." Why watch? It's a shame that King of Kong isn't on Netflix streaming right now, but, in all honestly, Chasing Ghosts is a much better film on the same subject. This humorous, feel good documentary takes a broader view at hi-score chasers without applying bias. Indie Game: The Movie (2012) "This captivating documentary follows several independent game designers as they painstakingly develop their games and hope for breakthrough success. It also explores the quirky sensibility these personalities bring to their art form." Why watch? A gorgeously shot time capsule of indie game development in the early-2010's. Read my full review on Flixist. Video Game High School (2012) "In a world where professional video gaming is the biggest sport on Earth, hapless young gamer Brian D gets the chance of a lifetime: to sharpen his skills with the best of the best by enrolling in the most elite private gaming academy in the world." Why watch? Originally a $600,000 web series, but it works just as well as a movie. If you want to zone out and see some mildly funny videogame references, it will do the trick. Postal (2007) "Clearly inspired by the provoking humor of "South Park," this dark, cheeky satire loosely based on a video game of the same name centers on jobless trailer-park resident Dude (Zack Ward) and his ethically challenged Uncle Dave (Dave Foley), who are desperate for cash. The men cook up a scheme to pinch a shipment of Krotchy dolls and sell them on eBay. Unfortunately, Al-Qaeda has the same idea ... but plans to lace the toys with avian flu." Why watch? Because you can't beat Verne Troyer getting molested by an angry horde of monkies. Double Dragon (1994) "In earthquake-ravaged "New Angeles," an evil tycoon holds half of the "Double Dragon," a medallion that -- when whole -- will give him mystical powers. But two teen brothers possess the other half -- and aren't about to give it up without a fight." Why watch? There is no arguing whether it's great or not -- I mean, it's God-awful. But, pair it with the Podtoid commentary and some beer and you have yourself a good time. Avalon (2001) "Set in futuristic Europe, Avalon follows the contestants of a virtual-reality war game played for money and points. The game, however, is illegal, and players quickly become addicted -- but one can only leave the game by winning. The primary action of this technology-saturated sci-fi thriller focuses on the elimination of a player whose soul has become trapped in the game. Mamoru Oshii directs this Japanese-Polish film." Why watch? This live action, MMO-influenced film by the director of Ghost in the Shell isn't nearly as embarrassing as you may suspect. It's actually pretty darn neat! WarGames (1983) "After unwittingly hacking into a supercomputer at North American Aerospace Defense Command, David moves his piece in a seemingly innocent video game -- and tells the computer to start preparing a real nuclear strike." Why watch? WarGames may have the most dated technology on this list, but it is the most timeless film. This one deserves all the praise it gets, from the tense-as-all-hell opening to the cathartic finale. ------------------------------------------- Looking for more films to watch? Explore our movies tag or visit our sister site Flixist!
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Shall we play a game?
With Netflix open to all subscribers on Xbox 360 this weekend, regardless of account type, now seems like a good time to highlight some Netflix streaming videogame films well worth watching. Be sure to add your own picks below!

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Netflix unlocked on Live

Microsoft gracious enough to unlock Netflix this weekend


But you still need a Netflix subscription
Jan 31
// Chris Carter
If you don't have an Xbox Live Gold account, you're used to...well...not being able to access basically anything on your console. But you're in luck, as this weekend, Microsoft will allow you the honor and privilege of using ...
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PS3 is the number one Netflix device in the world


PS3 now the primary development platform
Dec 04
// Dale North
Sony and Netflix have informed us that the PS3 is the world's most popular device for the streaming Netflix service.  Wait, didn't the Wii have that on lock not too long ago? Well, not anymore, it seems. &ldquo...
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Aww: Wii U Nintendo TVii service pushed back to December


Sneaky Nintendo
Nov 16
// Dale North
[Update: At least the Netflix app will be ready in time for launch, it just won't be a part of TVii.] A massive press release this morning from Nintendo detailed this weekend's Wii U launch and ran down all of the system's fe...
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Control Netflix on your PS3 with hidden app function


Sep 26
// Dale North
There's a pretty cool feature hidden in the iOS and Android Netflix apps that PS3 owners may want to try out. Engadget found a second screen remote control 'easter egg' that lets you control Netflix on your PS3. If both your ...
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Netflix 'Just for Kids' launches on Xbox 360


Aug 08
// Dale North
While you and I cruise the Netflix listings for nudie flix, you wouldn't want your kids doing that. Enter Netflix "Just for Kids," launched today on Xbox 360 as an addition to the current Netflix app. This new service, aimed...
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Netflix privacy policy changes after class-action lawsuit


Jul 30
// Dale North
Are you one of the bazillions that watches Netflix on their game systems, mobile devices or enabled TV sets? Current and former Netflix subscribers saw a message hit their inbox tonight informing them of a lawsuit filed again...
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Netflix, Flickr and Twitter apps now available for Vita


Feb 22
// Dale North
Many of you are unwrapping/charging/updating your brand new PS Vita systems right now. I'm happy for you! Know that several of the Vita apps have just hit the PlayStation Store and are ready for download. They all require web...
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Xbox 360 update addresses color issues


Feb 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
When next you turn on your Xbox 360, be prepared to download a patch. Microsoft has issued an update to the Xbox 360 which is intended to fix color issues many were experiencing after the console's most recent dashboard chang...
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Netflix doesn't have any plans to rent out videogames


Jan 25
// Jordan Devore
Back when Netflix was still pushing to split up its streaming service and physical-media rentals, the idea to rent out videogames was kicked around. We weren't pleased to hear that first part -- and its death was celebrated b...
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DTOID News Flash: Diablo III, CES, and delays galore!


Jan 10
// Tara Long
It's time for yet another quick news flash, courtesy of The Destructoid Show! Now that we've officially joined the Revision3 team, you can expect to see a lot more videos like this popping up on the homepage. On today's DTOI...
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CES: Netflix headed to PlayStation Vita in the US


Jan 09
// Jordan Devore
Speaking at Sony's CES 2012 press conference, Kaz Hirai came on stage to give us a little bit of gaming news in between the tech talk. Netflix is going to offer its streaming service on PlayStation Vita in the United States, ...
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Videogame workshop gets your grandparents game on


Oct 18
// Wesley Ruscher
My grandma is ace at bowling in Wii Sports -- and yes that is her throwing it down in the pic above (be nice and send some positive energy her way as she's currently in the hospital). But while she may have the natural bowlin...
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It only announced them last last month, but Netflix has already scrapped plans to re-brand its DVD-by-mail service as Qwikster. The company has instead decided to keep everything it does under the one name.  "We underest...

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Lights Out: Battlefield beta woes, Netflix and ICO on top


Oct 01
// Conrad Zimmerman
[Lights Out: A Destructoid Newsreel is a video series highlighting a selection of Destructoid staff and contributors, featuring a discussion of the news of the day over a spirited round of Team Fortress 2.] Time to wra...
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The DTOID Show: It's our TGS 2011 Wrap-Up!


Sep 20
// Tara Long
Greetings, viewers! We're back from the weekend with a hangover and a handful of news for ya!Now that Hamza "Harry" Aziz is back from terrorizing those poor Japanese women, we've been blessed with our remaining news from the...
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Following an outcry earlier this year when it added separate plans for its physical DVD mailing service and streaming, Netflix has completely rebranded the service for the former. Now called Qwikster, a post on the official N...

Preview: The new design of the Xbox 360 dashboard

Sep 11 // Wesley Ruscher
Performance, discoverability, and voice. These three simple things were etched into my brain as Albert Penello, Sr. Director of product management and planning at Microsoft, walked me through me the new dashboard last week. After meeting with Penello to check out this fall's dashboard refresh, I have to say Microsoft might finally have all the entropy they’ve created under control.With the new dash fired up, speed and performance improvements were instantly noticeable. Whatever your navigation tool of choice is -- be it controller or gestures/voice for Kinect users -- getting from one end of the dash to the other is lightning-quick. Everything has a home under a much-better-structured tab system. Friends now fall under the social tab, and all the apps you’ve come to love or hate are under an appropriate app tab that “potentially opens up the possibility to do non-gaming apps," Penello said. It's not in the plans as of now, he added, but is definitely something Microsoft has thought about or is open to, at the very least. Along with performance, Kinect integration is another aspect of the new dash I was taken back by. While the NXE eventually shoehorned in some functionality, support was very limited outside of starting and stopping videos with voice or pantomiming to pop up a separate interface. With the latest update, everything on the dash is Kinect-enabled. I watched Penello slide tabs over with his hands while sitting down as effortlessly as he would have with a controller. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Kinect support is just how well voice commands work. Like the gesture support, everything on the dash is accessible via speech. "The voice stuff is getting better and better all the time," Penello said. "A lot of the learning for voice is in the service; it's up in the cloud." And speaking of the cloud, it's still coming along with roaming profiles and some other unnamed gaming features.While the new look is quite sexy, it would be a complete waste if Microsoft couldn’t deliver on discoverability with the new dash. For starters, the new layout -- which is very similar to their Windows Phone 7 "Metro" setup -- is extremely easy on the eyes. No longer do ads clutter up the navigation experience, nor are you required to scroll endlessly though sections to find the latest deal of the week. Everything is organized, and thanks to Bing Search, can be discovered in a matter of seconds. As the cornerstone of this for the new dash, Bing Search makes finding content quick and reliable via voice or text. If it exists on XBLA, Zune, Netflix, or any other service on the network, Bing will find it. At the moment, Bing is limited to title search -- it can't handle in-depth searches on categories such as actors, directors, and genres -- but the possibility wasn’t ruled out. One thing that is cool about the search results is being able to have it display only movies, music or games via Kinect, simply by saying “Xbox show movies” or “Xbox show games.” My only concern with Bing, right now, is how it delivers its results. The user interface isn't final, and thus there is currently no way of telling which service content is being selected from. For example, the show 30 Rock exists on both Netflix and Hulu, but how Bing will separate the search in case of multiples is still undecided. However, it’s still quite amazing to be able to find content without having to enter any applications. Outside of design and functionality aesthetics, the biggest addition for gamers is the new “beacons” feature. Essentially, beacons are game invites that don’t expire. Want to play Halo or watch Netflix with friends, but don’t want to wait for them to get online to invite them? Set a beacon. Your friends will get an alert -- called a “toast” -- anywhere they are signed into Live (Windows Phone 7, Internet, and Facebook). They’re a great way to organize all online activities. For the Achievement whore, Gamerscore will now be tied to Facebook without the help of a third-party program. Don't worry about being bombarded with updates, though, as the process is completely manual. Get a rare Achievement and want to rub it in your friends’ faces? The choice is yours. One interesting thing about Facebook that Penello did discuss -- more as a vision than an actual feature -- would be the ability of sharing thoughts about a movie you just watched, straight from the dashboard, rather than logging onto Facebook afterwards and typing it up. Unfortunately, the much-anticipated Live TV, On Demand, UFC, and YouTube features weren’t ready to be shown. Microsoft is absolutely committed to delivering live TV and promised to have great announcements this fall. If they are as equally executed as the rest of the new dashboard, then Xbox 360 users have a lot to be excited for later this year. What do you think of this redesign? Order achieved?
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The current Xbox 360 dashboard is kind of a clusterf*ck. Netflix, Hulu, and ESPN integration are great (as I use them pretty much daily), but a redesign is clearly needed. You can point the finger at Microsoft for its stat...

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Wii is the most popular console for Netflix streaming


Jul 30
// Tony Ponce
Earlier this week, the Nielsen media research company posted a breakdown of Netflix and Hulu devices by usage. Though the PC is far and away the most common Hulu platform, the Netflix numbers are a tad more surprising. While ...

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