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Xbox Live avatars

The next generation of Xbox Live avatars may be upon us


Run for cover
Jan 09
Miis were introduced in 2006, but Microsoft cleverly got on the bandwagon in 2008 with Xbox Live avatars. Although they weren't as cute, they were far more customizable -- and of course more profitable as the publisher sold t... read
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Games with Gold

Go download your free D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die and MX vs. ATV Alive


D 4 free
Jan 05
I'm downloading Swery's Dark Dreams Don't Die right now. You should do the same, assuming you have an Xbox One and an Xbox Live Gold membership. The quirky adventure game is free throughout January as part of Microsoft's Game... read
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Xbox Live deals

Xbox Live deals: Game of Thrones, Revengeance, Rock Band Blitz


Some deals require Xbox Live Gold
Dec 23
I never know quite which deals to highlight: do I talk up mostly newer games that haven't been on sale time and time again, or do I stand my ground by highlighting old favorites that most (but not all!) of us already own? Hmm... read
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Tower of Guns

Tough but fun roguelike FPS Tower of Guns coming to PS3, PS4, Xbox One


Face full of bullets, more like
Dec 12
Tower of Guns was in a recent Humble Indie Bundle, which means I played a little of it but didn't stick around quiiite long enough for it to take hold of me. It's good, though! Hard, too. The roguelike first-person shooter o... read
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Games with Gold

I don't know WTF #IDARB is but I want it


Debuting on Xbox One as a Games with Gold title in February
Dec 11
I've heard that title before, #IDARB. I know it's coming to Xbox One. But other than that, I'm clueless. Brett came into chat today wondering about it, and Nic said the game looked "amazingly silly" on Giant Bomb months ago.... read
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Deals with Gold

There are a ton of games on sale for Xbox Live's deals of the week


The perfect time to buy Valiant Hearts
Nov 25
It probably has something to do with Black Friday, but maybe Microsoft just felt like selling a lot of stuff. Regardless of the reasoning, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will find the most bountiful selection of discounts in rece... read
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Sunset Overdrive trial

Gold subscribers can play Sunset Overdrive for free tomorrow


FYI: The game is 23.17 GB
Nov 21
So here's a cool thing: Microsoft and Insomniac are opening up Sunset Overdrive for Xbox Live Gold subscribers for 24 hours. The punk-rock shooter will be free to play -- the whole game, including co-op -- from 12:01am Easter... read
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$50 Steam, PSN Gift Cards going for $40 at Best Buy via eBay


Gift cards, the easiest Xmas gifts ever
Nov 13
Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. Loaded title above but some solid deals. A rare and a rather surprising deal just showed up for eBay this m... read
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Terraria

Had enough yet? Terraria headed to PS4 and Xbox One next week


Just remembered that I own Starbound
Nov 06
There's no stopping Terraria. I played, and I do mean played, the 2D sandbox game years ago on PC, and it was quite the time sink. Back then, I didn't imagine it'd come to any other platforms, but it has -- to consoles, handh... read
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Games with Gold

October's Games with Gold are among my favorites


Viva Piņata: Trouble in Paradise, Red Faction: Guerrilla, and Volgarr the Viking
Oct 30
Two of my favorite Xbox 360 games will be free next month for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise is up first on Saturday, November 1. You'll have through November 15 to download the adorable... read
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Xbox Live has a dedicated weather news app now


WeatherNation launches
Oct 08
Xbox Live does just about everything, now including streaming weather news. WeatherNation has launched for the Xbox 360, bringing 24/7 streaming weather news to users, straight from their television network. It will also feat... read
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Korra

Legend of Korra will have difficulty levels Platinum fans expect


And a final boss that will 'blow your mind'
Sep 29
This first "behind the scenes" video for Platinum's Legend of Korra game isn't great, but fans of Platinum's intense action fare might be happy to hear that there will be a high difficulty level just for them. Could've ... read
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Free Xbox games

October's Games with Gold are Bad Company 2, Darksiders II, and Chariot


That last one is for Xbox One
Sep 25
Here are your Games with Gold for October. Xbox 360 owners with an active Xbox Live Gold account will be able to download Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for free from October 1 - 15, followed by Darksiders II from October 16 - 31... read
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Games with Gold

Download Halo: Reach for free with Xbox Live Gold


Super Time Force is still up for grabs on Xbox One
Sep 16
Now through September 30, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download Halo: Reach for free through Microsoft's Games with Gold program. And those of you with an Xbox One still have the rest of the month to nab the excellent Super... read
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Jojo

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure HD has been delisted on the Xbox Live Arcade


Sad
Sep 11
It's  a sad day when something gets delisted on a digital storefront. In terms of physical media we don't really have anything comparable, as so many copies are generally out in the wild after any release -- even the rar... read
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Xbox Live Rewards

Xbox Live Rewards program slightly revamped


New reward methods
Sep 08
The Xbox Live Rewards program is getting a little simpler. From now on, if you spend $150 a year, you'll actually get 1% back. Yeah, that doesn't sound like a lot, but if you earn more ranks you can get up to 5%, and if you'r... read
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Destiny

Last-gen Destiny players can upgrade to current-gen for free this year


Digital copies only, though
Sep 05
If you're planning to buy Destiny on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and think you might migrate to Xbox One or PlayStation 4 eventually, consider going for a digital copy (I know) -- you'll be able to upgrade to the current-genera... read
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Games with Gold

September Games with Gold: Super Time Force, Halo: Reach, and Monaco


Super Time Force is only free on Xbox One
Aug 28
Next month's Games with Gold lineup is among the service's best yet. Xbox 360 owners who are subscribed to Xbox Live Gold can nab Monaco: What's Yours is Mine for free from September 1 - 15, followed by Halo: Reach from Septe... read
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Xbox Live

This George Washington Xbox Live skin is available with a charitable donation


Call of Duty Endowment foundation
Aug 27
The Xbox 360 is still getting a steady source of menu skins, and this labor day George Washington menu is no exception. Donations to the Call of Duty Endowment are available at $1, $5, $10, and $20 increments, and any am... read
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Korra

See more of Platinum's Legend of Korra game


Is Pro-Bending a sport?
Aug 26
We're in a great point in technology that 2D properties can be faithfully represented in 3D instead of looking weird and uncanny. Platinum's Legend of Korra game looks pretty neat, even to someone who hasn't watched the... read
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Platinum Games

Platinum's The Legend of Korra releasing in October


Here's hoping this will be a treat for fans
Aug 25
Months later, I'm still wrapping my head around the fact that action studio extraordinaire Platinum Games is behind an Activision-published videogame adaptation of The Legend of Korra. Potential -- real potential -- for a lic... read
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Stop. Just. Stop.

DDoS attackers now tied to Xbox Live outages


Group claiming responsibility for PSN issues is at it again
Aug 24
Xbox Live users are now reporting intermittent sign-in issues, and the group claiming responsibility for today's PlayStation Network attacks and bomb threat is again taking credit. Microsoft seems to be aware of the... read
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Microsoft

Microsoft seems to be testing the waters for a 24 hour free trial system


Details are scarce
Aug 21
Hm, could we have another Xbox Live feature out in the wild? One attentive reddit user happened to find a peculiar listing for Max: The Curse of Brotherhood on the Xbox One beta program noting something called "Free Play... read
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Xbox ads

The guy responsible for Xbox 360 banner ads says he's sorry


They were conceived as a way to promote Xbox Live Arcade games
Aug 15
When I think of the dashboard on Xbox platforms, I think "ads, everywhere" -- but it wasn't always this way. In a blog post on Gamasutra, software developer Allen Murray writes about how he was "one of the people -- if not TH... read
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Deals

There's a huge Capcom sale on Xbox Live


Including the Dead Rising, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry series
Aug 05
More than 20 Capcom games are 50 to 75 percent off in this week's Xbox Live sale and, better yet, you don't even need to be a Gold subscriber to take advantage of the deals. Here are the sale prices: Asura's Wrath - $9.99 Bi... read
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EA Access

Just FYI: EA Access doesn't require Xbox Live Gold


Unless, y'know, you want to participate in multiplayer
Aug 04
I had assumed EA Access would require an active Xbox Live Gold membership to use given the way these things usually go but it turns out that's not the case. When the subscription service launches later this summer, it'll just... read
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Games with Gold

PSA: Xbox Live Gold members, go get yo' free games!


Except for Dishonored; you get to wait for that
Aug 01
As you flip the calendar from July's impossibly cute picture of a puppy to August's impossibly cute picture of a puppy, you should be reminded that there's a new stable of free games to download on Xbox One and Xbox 360 for X... read
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Trials DLC

Ride hard and crash harder in the new Trials Fusion DLC


Looks like Tetanus City
Jul 29
RedLynx's Trials Fusion gets an injection of Borderlands flavor today, as the game's first add-on takes players to the outskirts of society where rogues reside in the wastelands. Titled Riders of the Rustlands, the... read
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Games with Gold

August Games with Gold: Dishonored, Crimson Dragon, more


Next month's Xbox One and 360 titles announced
Jul 28
Microsoft has come out with its August lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold members and the highlight here is unquestionably Arkane Studios' stealth title Dishonored. You'll want to clear hard drive space for it in a coupl... read
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Xbox One

Xbox One's August update adds mobile purchases, 3D Blu-ray support


And a Gamerscore leaderboard for friends
Jul 18
Once the next Xbox One system updates goes live for all console owners in August, you'll be able to buy, download, and install games and DLC while away from home using Xbox.com or Xbox SmartGlass. With file sizes as large as... read






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