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7:00 AM on 04.15.2014

That new Xbox One system update is rolling out now

A brand new Xbox One update is rolling out on your console now, and Major Nelson has posted a recap of what to expect. First off, you can see a progress bar for game saves and updates, and the friend list has been given notif...

Chris Carter


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Dumb Idiot Ideas: The Difficult Kinect Challenge photo
Dumb Idiot Ideas: The Difficult Kinect Challenge
by Max Scoville



This week, we filmed a wonderful short piece in which Bill and I discussed the lack of video games that let us play as actual animals. Unfortunately, Bill's microphone cut out mid-discussion, and the camera's face-tracking started focusing on an animated GIF of some dogs having sex I had up on my monitor behind me. 

So, here's what we did instead. 

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Dumb Idiot Ideas: The Xbox Tattletale Program photo
Dumb Idiot Ideas: The Xbox Tattletale Program
by Bill Zoeker

Max had to leave early this week to go stay in a horse cottage and attend a zoo wedding or something, so we farted out Dumb Idiot Ideas pretty quickly. I had the idea: what if the Xbox One, with all of its voice recognition, had a parental control that alerted parents when their kids acted like dicks online? Shitty kids are probably the biggest reason I don't do more online multiplayer, and I know I'm not alone in wishing there were some way to curb that nuisance. Enjoy our thoughts, and Max's strained trash-talking.

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14-year Xbox veteran Marc Whitten leaves Microsoft photo
14-year Xbox veteran Marc Whitten leaves Microsoft
by Steven Hansen

Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer of Xbox, joined Microsoft in 2000, helping to build the original Xbox and Xbox Live, and release two subsequent consoles. Microsoft has announced his departure from the company to take the same role at Sonos, which makes speakers and things. 

"I have had the extreme pleasure over the last 14 years to work on the greatest product with the greatest team and for the greatest community,” Whitten said. "Xbox is so special because of the amazing team I've had the opportunity to work with and because our fans are the most incredible fans on the planet. It has been the highlight of my career to work on a product so loved. It's incredibly tough to leave but I am confident the best days are ahead for Xbox fans, in the capable hands of a very talented team."

Tretton, now Whitten. Crazy times.

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5:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Rare designer talks canceled Donkey Kong Racing

Announced at E3 2001, Donkey Kong Racing was going to be Rare's sequel to Diddy Kong Racing for the GameCube. I distinctly remember seeing images of it in magazines at the time, thinking it was a true score for the console, a...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 02.26.2014

Oh really? Xbox One named a 'Product of the Year'

Microsoft can add a bit more hardware to the Xbox One's trophy case. The Xbox One has been named the Product of the Year in the home entertainment category by the Consumer Survey of Product Innovation. While more than 45,000 ...

Brett Makedonski

10:15 AM on 02.24.2014

Saints Row IV, Metro: Last Light close out Xbox sale

It's been a whole seven days since the latest Xbox Ultimate Games Sale got underway, but we're already at the end. Time sure flies. Tomorrow, we'll be back to the dull and daily grind of full-priced games. Microsoft's sending...

Brett Makedonski

9:00 AM on 02.22.2014

Day five of Xbox sale lets you practically steal Payday 2

Oh, Major Nelson; you and your wacky price-slashing antics. Back for another round of "Some Good Deals and Some Really Old Games." In case the name didn't give it away, that's where Xbox offers some good deals, and throws in ...

Brett Makedonski

6:30 PM on 02.20.2014

Third day of Xbox sale is for the dragons and zombies

While the Xbox Ultimate Games Sale continues to roll on, the third set of daily deals features mostly Games on Demand titles that have been out for a while. Apart from FIFA 14 and Dead Island: Riptide, the likes of Left ...

Brett Makedonski

5:00 PM on 02.19.2014

Let's take a look at some of the new Halo toys

New York Toy Fair took place last week, and the official Halo Twitter showed off some of the upcoming toys we can expect. Highlights include Master Chief wearing the cloak from the Halo 5 teaser, an electronic Mantis with wir...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:45 AM on 02.18.2014

Xbox has another Ultimate Games Sale going on

Microsoft kicked off another one of its Xbox Ultimate Games Sales last night, and while the Xbox One isn't represented, there are some fairly solid savings on 360 titles. As is the case with these type of things, the lion's s...

Brett Makedonski





10:05 AM on 02.14.2014

Halo 2 Anniversary coming this year says voice actor

Just like Halo: Combat Evolved in 2011, it's looking as if Microsoft will similarly celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of Halo 2. While the fairly predictable rumor had been swirling around for a while, a voi...

Brett Makedonski

1:15 PM on 12.20.2013

Castlevaniamania takes over today's Xbox sales

Today's Xbox Live sale is just like your old drinking buddy that got a girlfriend and can't be bothered to make time for you anymore -- totally whipped. Three Castlevania titles and a whole lot of downloadable conte...

Brett Makedonski

9:30 AM on 12.19.2013

Here's a non-fantasy RPG being made with CryENGINE

The developer Warhorse just announced a new role-playing game, one that won't have monsters and wizards running around. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a medieval role-playing game being created with the CryENGINE for PC a...

Joshua Derocher

8:30 AM on 12.17.2013

Ubisoft inspired by Rockstar to delay Watch Dogs

Ubisoft's North American President, Laurent Detoc, says that the company was inspired to delay Watch Dogs because of the success of Grand Theft Auto V. Detoc told IGN recently that "the guys at Rockstar have showed us again t...

Joshua Derocher

8:30 AM on 12.10.2013

GTA Online's content creation tool is out today

Get ready to create your own content for GTA Online, because the game's content creation tool is out today. You will be able to create deathmatches, team deathmatches, races, GTA races, and rally races. Any player created mis...

Joshua Derocher