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  • Microsoft second-quarter results exceed expectations; Xbox One, Surface sales strong; Revenue up 14%

    01/29/2014 7:09:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 01/27/2014 | BY RYAN NAKASHIMA
    Microsoft Corp. reported revenue and earnings for its fiscal second quarter that topped Wall Street expectations, as the company sold 3.9 million Xbox One consoles to retailers and doubled revenue from its line of Surface tablets from a quarter earlier. Net income in the quarter through December climbed to $6.56 billion US, or 78 cents per share, from $6.38 billion, or 76 cents per share, a year ago. Revenue rose 14 per cent to $24.52 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of 68 cents per share on revenue of $23.67 billion. Departing CEO Steve Ballmer, who announced he’d step...
  • Priorities: Man Runs Into Burning Home and Suffers Smoke Inhalation to Save ... His Xbox

    01/27/2014 6:50:49 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    KMBC.com ^ | Jan 24, 2014 | Brenda Washington
    Man suffers smoke inhalation trying to get Xbox out of burning home • Fire possibly started in electrical junction box OLATHE, Kan. —A man suffered minor smoke inhalation early Friday morning when he ran back into his burning home to retrieve an Xbox, according to Olathe firefighters. Fire crews were called to the home in the 800 block of Loula Street about 3:30 a.m. Two men lived in the home. They were awakened by smoke alarms sounding. Authorities said both men got out, but one man went back into the home to get the video game system and was overcome...
  • RIP, WebTV: Microsoft to shut down MSN TV on Sept. 30

    07/07/2013 9:53:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    CNET ^ | July 7, 2013 9:34 AM PDT | Steven Musil
    Microsoft is pulling the plug on MSN TV, a service formerly known as WebTV, as Apple ramps up its set-top box efforts. The pioneering service, one of the first to offer Internet access via television sets, will shut down September 30, Microsoft revealed in an e-mail to subscribers and an FAQ posted to its Web site. WebTV, which was founded by Web entrepreneur Steve Perlman in 1996, was acquired by Microsoft for $425 million in 1997. …
  • Xbox One DRM restrictions dropped after gamer outcry

    06/20/2013 4:32:23 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 33 replies
    guardian.co.uk/ ^ | Wednesday 19 June 2013 17.28 EDT | Keith Stuart
    Microsoft responds to global outcry and removes daily online requirements and restrictions to pre-owned sales. Xbox president, Don Mattrick, thanks gamers for 'candid feedback' Microsoft has sensationally abandoned its controversial plans to restrict the sharing of Xbox One games, and has also removed daily online authentication requirements for its forthcoming console. In a statement released on the Xbox website on Wednesday, Don Mattrick, the president of Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, wrote that the company had listened to "candid feedback" from gamers. Before listing the changes, his explanation reads, "You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today...
  • Microsoft boss defends Xbox One price

    06/18/2013 7:03:01 PM PDT · by Caipirabob · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Mon, Jun 17, 2013 4:09 PM EDT | Chris Morris
    ...Arguing the value of a system versus its cost is old hat in the video game industry. It's the go-to tool for any console manufacturer facing criticism about pricing decisions, but given Microsoft's other recent PR stumbles specifically, confusion about its policy on used games (which is still persistent, despite the company putting out a clear statement on the matter right before E3) and its required internet connection -- Mattrick's argument is falling flat. "Isn't this pretty much what Sony was saying last gen about their outlandish pricing?," noted one forum user on GameSpot. "The sign of a wise man...
  • Official PlayStation Used Game Instructional Video

    06/13/2013 10:46:56 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 6-10-2013 | Sony
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWSIFh8ICaA Step-by-step how to lend games to your friends. http://www.playstation.com/ps4
  • Microsoft's new Xbox will track EVERYTHING you watch on TV - reward you for watching the ads

    05/28/2013 7:54:30 PM PDT · by opentalk · 37 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 28, 2013 | VICTORIA WOOLLASTON
    •Application submitted to the US Patent and Trademark office shows Microsoft's plans for tracking viewing habits of Xbox owners.• The company plans to reward viewers who watch adverts or shows with credits and achievements.• The new Kinect sensor can follow eye movements, track your reaction to shows using heart-rate monitors and see you in the dark. Microsoft has submitted a patent that could see the company track every TV show and advert watched via its Xbox One console and other devices. The application called 'Awards and Achievements Across TV Ecosystem' was submitted to the US Patent and Trademark office earlier...
  • Hacker Xbox Hoax Leads to Police Raid on Unsuspecting Family

    02/05/2013 1:41:15 PM PST · by Altariel · 3 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | January 31, 2013 | Mario Aguilar
    An Oviedo, Florida family was woken up by police with guns surrounding their house in the middle of the night. This terrifying and potentially scarring event is brought to you by Microsoft Xbox.WFTV reports that the cops and family were the victims of a hacker hoax conducted on an Xbox at another house in town. How does that work? Hackers busted into a teenager's Xbox demanding information about a video game, and when he wouldn't help them, the internet criminals used his account to file a false report about a murder and hostage situation. The cops traced the account to...
  • Big Brother alert: Microsoft wants to know how many friends you've got in your living room

    11/10/2012 11:16:00 AM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk ^ | november 9, 2012 | mic wright
    One of Microsoft’s latest patent applications is a humdinger. It proposes to turn the Kinect camera into a snitch for movie studios, reporting back just how many friends you’ve got in your living room and what they’re watching. Think that sounds alarmist? Here’s what it actually says: “The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken.” It’s that blatant – a system to spy on private viewing habits. If put into practice, Microsoft’s plan could mean that the film you’re watching suddenly stops...
  • Microsoft Polls Xbox Gamers About First Debate: Romney Wins [Video]

    10/05/2012 11:15:26 AM PDT · by South40 · 12 replies
    Scientific American (Yahoo) ^ | 10/5/2012 | Larry Greenemeier
    CLick here to view the video Xbox Live gamers paused from their usual Wednesday night online multiplayer battles against interstellar invaders and zombies to weigh in on the first presidential debate. Xbox users, jacked in through their Internet-connected consoles, are in a better position than most people to answer a quick poll, and Microsoft, which delivers gaming and other entertainment via the Internet through its Xbox Live service, took advantage of its captive audience to conduct some political research. Microsoft acknowledges the limited scope of the poll, says it is still analyzing the data, and hasn't widely publicized the survey...
  • Ohio teen collapses from dehydration after playing Modern Warfare 3 on Xbox for 4 days

    08/09/2012 2:50:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Ohio teen collapses from dehydration after playing Modern Warfare 3 on Xbox for 4 daysBy Associated Press, Published: August 8 COLUMBUS, Ohio — A four-day Xbox gaming marathon apparently was too much for one 15-year-old Ohio boy. WCMH-TV reports that the Columbus teen collapsed and was hospitalized Tuesday after becoming severely dehydrated. His mother says he emerged from his bedroom during the four days only to pick up snacks or take a quick shower.
  • Will Microsoft's new Windows Tablet be a Zune or an Xbox 360?

    06/17/2012 8:54:11 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 48 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/17/2012 | Ewan Spence
    It looks like Microsoft are about to launch their own Tablet device, probably running a version of Windows 8 (and yes, I’m assuming Taniyama-Shimura once more). I’m fully expecting a lot of commentators to talk about how inexperienced the Redmond based company is at making hardware. So let me point out two counter-examples before the big event for your consideration. I’ll start with the Xbox 360. It’s had a pretty rough ride in terms of hardware with the Red Ring of Death and numerous issues early in the life cycle of the platform, but as Microsoft have understood the issues,...
  • A right to bear virtual arms? Xbox Live removing guns from Avatar Marketplace

    12/27/2011 6:47:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    geekwire.com ^ | 26 December, 2011 | Todd Bishop
    Looks like there’s no such thing as a Second Amendment in the world of virtual goods. A new policy taking effect Jan. 1 will remove “gun-like” items from Microsoft’s Xbox Live Avatar Marketplace, the online store where gamers can buy items to dress up and accessorize their avatars, according to a forum post by a community manager for Epic Games, the company behind the blockbuster Gears of War franchise for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console. Virtual weapons affected by the new policy include the Gears of War Lancer, the combination chainsaw/assault rifle being brandished by my Xbox Live avatar in the...
  • Microsoft confirms $8.5 billion Skype purchase

    05/10/2011 11:09:01 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 26 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 05/10/2011 | TT/The Local/pvs
    Skype, the IP telephony company founded and part-owned by Swedish entrepreneur Niklas Zennström, has been bought bought by US software giant Microsoft, the firms confirmed on Tuesday afternoon. The statement confirmed speculation over the deal to buy the firm, whose product allows users to conduct video and telephone calls over the internet. Microsoft confirmed that the deal is worth some $8.5 billion, dwarfing the $6 billion the US firm paid for online advertising firm aQuantive in 2007 and its largest acquisition since its founding in 1975. The news of the pending deal has shocked analysts who consider the price to...
  • Microsoft Labels Autistic Boy A Cheater On Xbox Live

    01/26/2011 11:52:40 AM PST · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    http://www.gameinformer.com ^ | January 26, 2011 | Jeff Cork
    There's a bit of a she-said, they-said situation going on near Seattle, with the mom of an 11-year-old boy saying Microsoft reset his gamerscore unfairly and the company saying it was done because he was cheating. Regardless of the truth, the boy has been branded a cheater on Xbox Live and has to earn whatever achievements he had before all over again. Jennifer Zdenek told Q13 FOX News that her son Julius Jackson went online recently only to discover that his gamerscore had been reset and his account branded as belonging to a cheater.
  • Man Played Video Game While He Was Being Gang Raped

    11/04/2010 5:08:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, November 04, 2010 | Eman Al Baik
    Alleged sodomy recorded on video and mobile phoneTwo Emiratis, with other two fugitives and a person who is now dead, allegedly forcibly sodomised another Emirati and recorded the act on a video camera and a mobile phone. According to the accusation sheet, in October 2009, AMH, 27, jobless and AIM, 28, employee, participated and assisted the other two fugitives and a third who later died, to sodomise SAM in AMH’s house. AMH brought the victim to his house and the men sodomised him as the video recording that was found on his mobile shows. Four recording sketches each were for...
  • Xbox Blocks W.Va. Gamer Over Town's Name: Fort Gay

    09/08/2010 10:30:19 AM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 30 replies
    CBS News ^ | Sep. 08, 2010 | AP
    (AP) MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Microsoft Corp. and the chief rules enforcer for Xbox Live are apologizing to a small West Virginia town and a 26-year-old gamer accused of violating the online gaming service's code of conduct by publicly declaring he's from Fort Gay - a name the company considered offensive. The town's name is real. But when Josh Moore tried to tell Seattle-based Microsoft and the enforcement team at Xbox Live, they wouldn't take his word for it. Or Google it. Or check the U.S. Postal Service website for a ZIP code.
  • Barack Obama's warning against iPod, Xbox

    05/11/2010 5:40:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies · 762+ views
    Sifty ^ | 05/10/10
    Barack Obama's warning against iPod, Xbox 2010-05-11 05:30:00 US President Barack Obama has criticized new forms of technology, such as the iPod and the Xbox. The leader, while addressing students at Hampton University, Virginia, also pointed out that journalists and news outlets these days have become obsessed with superficial coverage. "You're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank all that high on the truth meter," the Telegraph quoted him as saying. He added: "With iPods and iPads...
  • The President's Trick Or Tweet

    05/10/2010 5:45:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 782+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 10, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Free Speech: President Obama, while addressing college graduates, condemns our access to new media as a subversion of democracy. Is the iPad a threat to democracy or exactly what Thomas Jefferson had in mind? At Hampton University in Virginia on Sunday, the president lamented that in an age of text messaging, the Internet and the iPad, information and its unfettered exchange had become a diversion that was putting a strain on democracy. We are not making this up. The "24/7 media environment," he told the students, "bombards us with all kinds of comments and exposes us to all kinds of...
  • Obama bemoans 'diversions' of IPod, Xbox era (What!)

    05/09/2010 8:35:41 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 68 replies · 1,285+ views
    HAMPTON, Virginia — US President Barack Obama lamented Sunday that in the iPad and Xbox era, information had become a diversion that was imposing new strains on democracy, in his latest critique of modern media.
  • Steve Ballmer To Create U.S. Debt-Reducing Game

    04/14/2010 6:40:53 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 20 replies · 522+ views
    Edge Online ^ | April 14, 2010 | Staff
    President Obama's administration has asked Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer to create a game about reducing the U.S. deficit. Erskine Bowles, co-chair of Obama's fiscal commission, wants the game to be made so the general public can have a go to balancing the budget, reports USA Today. Such a game, should it be created, would be part of the U.S. Government trying to find a solution to addressing the United States' $12.8 trillion debt. Democratic Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska says the game could "go viral."
  • U.S. Video Game Sales Earn Low Score

    03/11/2010 7:42:02 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 11 replies · 408+ views
    IBD's Click ^ | 3/11/2010 | Patrick Seitz
    The video game industry posted another disappointing sales month in the U.S. in February, with revenue down 15% from a year ago. Sales of video game hardware, software and accessories totaled $1.26 billion, vs. $1.48 billion in February 2009, the NPD Group said late Thursday. Sales of game consoles took the biggest hit last month, with revenue down 20% to $426 million. “Honestly, I had expected the industry to perform somewhat better this month,” said NPD analyst Anita Frazier. “Nonetheless, strong new releases, and Easter gift-buying bodes well for industry performance in March.”
  • Windows Phone 7 Series: Everything Is Different Now

    02/15/2010 10:29:50 AM PST · by aft_lizard · 13 replies · 620+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 2-15-2010 | matt buchanan
    It's astounding that until this moment, three years after the iPhone, the biggest software company in the world basically didn't compete in mobile. Windows Phone 7 Series is more than the Microsoft smartphone we've been waiting for. Everything's different now. Today, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft is publicly previewing Windows Phone 7 for the first time. The brand new, totally fresh operating system will appear in phones this year, but not until the holidays. All of the major wireless carriers and every likely hardware maker are backing it, and they'd be stupid not to. It's awesome. Further details...
  • Buffalo Grove boy dials 911 after parents take away his Xbox video game

    11/23/2009 10:50:04 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 39 replies · 1,688+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | November 18, 2009 | Tribune Staff Report
    A 15-year-old boy told Buffalo Grove police that his parents had taken away his video game system and asked whether they were within their rights. They were, police told him. The teen called 911 about 12:50 p.m. Sunday but then hung up, said Cmdr. Steve Husak. Officers went to the house, and after hearing the story, told the youth that his parents have the authority to take away his Xbox as punishment.
  • Banned Xbox 360s Flooding Craigslist, Ebay

    11/14/2009 8:30:54 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 12 replies · 1,294+ views
    PC World ^ | Thursday, Nov 12, 2009 | Matt Peckham
    Beware of banned Xbox 360s loosed in ballooning numbers on auction sites and distribution lists featuring online classified ads. In the wake of Microsoft's ban of "a small percentage" or "around 600,000" or "up to one million players" (depending who you read), the Xbox-excommunicated are apparently leaping overboard to offer their 'modified' Xbox 360 systems rife with dozens of games, extra controllers, special revs of custom firmware, all for anywhere from a buck to the price of a new system on up to boutique (perhaps joke) pricing of over a thousand dollars. Last Wednesday, November 4, Microsoft's Larry 'Major Nelson'...
  • Angry Barry

    09/02/2009 1:40:15 PM PDT · by AreaMan · 4 replies · 726+ views
    Arrogancy Games ^ | 2 Sep 2009 | AreaMan
    Angry Barry is a political parody high definition 2D side scrolling beat em up in the tradition of classic titles such as Bad Dudes. It is a purely independent title created with an ‘indie’ mentality – making whatever game you want to make without corporate pressure dictating what is created. This game is released for X-Box Live (on X-Box Live, check your Community Games tab, and then go to Action/Adventure games) for the lowest cost possible (400 points), and will be released in the coming months for the PC. In ‘Angry Barry’ you play the role of the titular...
  • Palin-signed Xbox gets million-dollar eBay bid

    08/06/2009 3:41:31 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies · 798+ views
    adn.com ^ | August 6th, 2009 | Edmonton Journal
    A Canadian who is selling a Sarah Palin-signed Xbox 360 video game system on eBay said he drove three days up the Alaska Highway specifically to meet the outgoing governor at one of the Governor's Picnics. David Morrill of Vimy, Alberta, said he pushed to the front of the greeting line and asked Palin to sign the Xbox as proof he met her. It was "one of the greatest thrills of my life," Morrill told the Journal. He has received one anonymous bid for his Xbox, for which he's asking at least $1.1 million.
  • An Xbox 360 Autographed by Sarah Palin, $1.1 Million

    08/06/2009 6:06:13 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 8 replies · 659+ views
    http://gadgetcrave.com ^ | August 6, 2009 1 | By Jared Newman
    Forget the Xbox 360 elite; have you heard of the Xbox 360 Palin? Sure, it’s got the same hard drive and performance specs as your average Pro model, but this edition was somehow signed by Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate. There’s even a picture that proves she put her John Hancock on the top side of the console. Reportedly, a man from Alberta, Canada, grabbed the signature at a governor’s picnic in Wasilla last month, just before Palin left office. So if you’re interested in all things Idahoan-turned-Alaskan-turned-political-trainwreck, head over to Ebay where...
  • Former terror detainee stars in Gitmo Xbox game

    06/02/2009 9:16:34 AM PDT · by EnigmaticAnomaly · 21 replies · 703+ views
    Variety News ^ | Courtney C. Radsch
    A former Guantanamo “terrorism” detainee who walked away a free man in 2005 will shoot his way out of the U.S. prison in a new Xbox 360 video game based on the camp. Moazzam Begg, who spent nearly two years in the U.S. detention camp without charges, will play himself in the game, which could rake in Ł3 million ($5 million). Rendition: Guantanamo lets players control a detainee trying to shoot his way out, meaning the game's creators needed to know the layout of the prison. Begg has been consulting on the project, under development for more than a year...
  • Yule be in tears at Christmas

    12/24/2008 9:23:33 PM PST · by Cyberrat · 29 replies · 1,249+ views
    The Sun ^ | 12/24/08 | STAFF REPORTER
    THERE can be only one thing worse than not getting the present you want this Christmas – and that’s finding your most wanted gift is just an empty box. But that’s exactly what happened to this young lad – who thought he was unwrapping the Xbox360 console he had been dreaming of all year.
  • Obama ads everywhere (Embedded in Video Games!)

    10/14/2008 10:06:02 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 21 replies · 2,792+ views
    Politico ^ | October 14 | Ben Smith
    A reader who spends too much time with his Xbox sends over many more images of Obama ads embedded in video games. LINK to screenshots of ads: http://www.politico.com/static/PPM106_obamascreenshots.html
  • 13 Year Old Steals Dad's Credit Card to Buy Hookers

    05/13/2008 2:06:53 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 46 replies · 235+ views
    Money.co.uk ^ | May 09, 2008 | unknown
    A 13 year old from Texas who stole his Dad's credit card and ordered two hookers from an escort agency, has today been convicted of fraud and given a three year community order. Ralph Hardy, a 13 year old from Newark, Texas confessed to ordering an extra credit card from his father's existing credit card company, and took his friends on a $30,000 spending spree, culminating in playing "Halo" on an Xbox with a couple of hookers in a Texas motel. The credit card company involved said it was regular practice to send extra credit cards out as long as...
  • America Supports You: Troops Battle Pro Athletes Via Xbox

    02/15/2008 3:23:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 678+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2008 – Deployed troops have no doubt been in fights they’d rather have avoided, but thanks to a new program, they can now pick their battles, and have some fun doing it. “Pros vs. GI Joes” is a California-based troop-support group that’s offering servicemembers deployed throughout the Middle East the chance to challenge professional athletes on their favorite Electronic Arts game via Xbox Live. “(It’s) not your typical ‘support the troops’ nonprofit organization that packages up all the good stuff that our troops miss when they’re deployed,” said Greg Zinone, founder of Pros vs. GI Joes....
  • Distracted Kid In Videogame Call Of Duty 4 (Youtube video)

    02/01/2008 7:55:26 PM PST · by lowbridge · 10 replies · 93+ views
    This is a scream. Some kid playing an online multiplayer game of Call of Duty 4 gets distracted from the gameplay to ogle a poster of a half naked girl. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR-QIMrqC-o
  • Call of Duty 5 Confirmed (Xbox 360)

    12/30/2007 6:29:27 PM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies · 296+ views
    http://xbox360.ign.com/ ^ | December 3, 2007
    Call of Duty 5 Confirmed Guitar Hero 4 and more in the works too. by Martin Robinson, IGN UK UK, December 3, 2007 - Activision Blizzard has confirmed that Call of Duty 5 and Guitar Hero 4 are both in development just hours after news of the company's merger hit the wire. And while the news is unlikely to come as a shock, if Activision Blizzard's recent boasts are anything to go by we could see both of the series reaching bigger and better heights. Indeed, during a conference call held today Activision CEO Robert Kotick and Jean-Benard Levy spoke...
  • Microsoft Cuts Xbox 360 Price to $349

    08/07/2007 11:16:04 AM PDT · by PAR35 · 62 replies · 1,040+ views
    AP via Excite ^ | Aug 7 2007 | JESSICA MINTZ
    SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) (MSFT)'s Xbox 360 video game console will be $50 cheaper starting Wednesday, confirming fuzzy snapshots of leaked advertisements posted by bloggers in late July. The company said its most popular console, which comes with a 20-gigabyte hard drive, will cost $349. A basic console without a hard drive or wireless controllers will retail for $279, $20 less than its current price, while the Xbox 360 Elite, a black version with a 120-gigabyte hard drive and high-definition video support, will drop $50 to $449. - snip - Sony Corp. (SNE) slashed the price of its...
  • Police: PA Boy (13) Stabs to Death Brother Over Video Game

    07/17/2007 12:00:01 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 100 replies · 4,819+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 17 JUL 07 | dcbryan1
    Police: Pa. Boy Stabs Brother Over Game Jul 17 01:16 PM US/Eastern LANSDOWNE, Pa. (AP) - A 13-year-old boy fatally stabbed his brother with a steak knife after the 16-year-old refused to turn over a video game controller, authorities said. Jahmir Ricks was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Antwan Ricks at their home outside Philadelphia. The older boy died of a single stab wound to the chest, police said, and a bent and bloody knife was recovered from the home. Lansdowne police said the younger boy told them, "I just stabbed my brother," when they arrived at...
  • Microsoft lengthens Xbox 360 warranty

    07/06/2007 2:25:12 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 28 replies · 869+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 4:55 pm PDT July 5, 2007 | Ben Silverman
    No longer content adhering to the adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," Microsoft on Thursday announced that it will extend its Xbox 360 warranty coverage to three years from date of purchase. The warranty covers any consumer who experiences the general system failure indicated by three flashing red lights, more commonly referred to as the "red ring of death." Both shipping and repair costs will be covered. The new warranty will represent a $1 billion pre-tax charge on Microsoft's earnings for the year's final quarter. This marks a notable setback for the company's Entertainment & Devices division, who...
  • Microsoft plans over $1 bln charge for Xbox repairs

    07/05/2007 2:13:23 PM PDT · by Daus · 14 replies · 753+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/5/2007 | NA
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday "an unacceptable number of repairs" to its Xbox 360 will force it to take a charge of more than $1 billion for its most recent quarter, and it announced a new, extended warranty for the video game console.
  • Nintendo continues Winning Ways... DS/WII continue to dominate.

    05/21/2007 9:07:34 AM PDT · by HamiltonJay · 9 replies · 315+ views
    Wii on winning spree, scores fourth consecutive win over rivals by Shubha Krishnappa - May 19, 2007 - 2 comments Among the trio of next generation gaming consoles, Nintendo has emerged as the numero uno in April for the fourth consecutive month after selling 360,000 of the popular video game devices in the United States, repeatedly outshining both its rivals Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 in the US video game consoles market. After attaining the top position in the first three months of the year, Nintendo has once again performed exceptionally well by selling nearly four times as...
  • Wii sales for February trounce Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (I bought a 360 and a Wii)

    03/20/2007 2:52:39 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 18 replies · 731+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Sat Mar 17, 1:14 PM ET | Unknown
    Sony's new PlayStation 3 video game has gone from top dog to underdog in record time. Despite the buildup and hype around its arrival in November, the PS3 has been outsold so far — at a rate of almost 2-to-1 — by the Nintendo Wii. In February, the Wii was the top-selling console video game system with an estimated 335,000 sold, outpacing the Microsoft Xbox 360 (228,000) and the PS3 (127,000), according to The NPD Group.
  • Surgeons who play video games more skilled: study

    02/20/2007 1:04:02 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 5 replies · 323+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Mon Feb 19, 4:15 PM ET | Yahoo
    CHICAGO (Reuters Life!) - Playing video games appears to help surgeons with skills that truly count: how well they operate using a precise technique, a study said on Monday. There was a strong correlation between video game skills and a surgeon's capabilities performing laparoscopic surgery in the study published in the February issue of Archives of Surgery. Laparoscopy and related surgeries involve manipulating instruments through a small incision or body opening where the surgeon's movements are guided by watching a television screen. Video game skills translated into higher scores on a day-and-half-long surgical skills test, and the correlation was much...
  • Castle Crashers is racist, claims strange interpretation (Xbox game)

    10/20/2006 9:07:15 PM PDT · by minus_273 · 2 replies · 451+ views
    Joystiq.com ^ | James Ransom-Wiley
    GameTrailers recently received an alarming phone message referencing a Castle Crashers clip that the site had posted during PAX 06. A babbling voice was insisting that The Behemoth's upcoming Xbox Live Arcade title was racist, depicting "brown and black characters" being slaughtered by "pure-white characters." It sounds absurd -- it is absurd. But for someone who seems so obviously removed from mainstream gaming culture and the intentions of The Behemoth, could Castle Crashers be rationally interpreted as racist?
  • Mother: Father Killed Child Over Video Game

    09/24/2006 4:47:31 PM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 14 replies · 1,575+ views
    NBC 10 Philadelphia ^ | September 11, 2006 | N/A
    PHILADELPHIA -- A 25-year-old North Philadelphia man has been charged with killing his young daughter. The mother said 17-month-old Alayiah was violently punched by Tyrone Spellman over a video game. "My baby is gone at the hands of her father," Mia Turman said tearfully. "I have to put her in the ground, I shouldn't have to do this." As the 21-year-old took a nap inside their row-home on the 1500 block of 29th Street, Turman left Alayiah in the care of Spellman, who also goes by the name Anwar Salahuddin. Turman said that when she woke, "I asked why my...
  • X-box Murders Ringleader Sentenced to Death

    09/23/2006 8:35:46 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies · 548+ views
    Associated Press. ^ | September 21, 2006
    DAYTONA BEACH, FL (AP) -- A judge delivered death sentences Thursday to the ringleader and a participant in the bloody beating deaths of six people over an Xbox video game system. Troy Victorino, 29, and Jerone Hunter, 20, were sentenced by Chief Circuit Judge Bill Parsons after their convictions on first-degree murder for the 2004 slaughter of six people in a Deltona house. Neither man showed emotion when the verdicts were read. A jury recommended death for both Hunter and the 6-foot-7, 270-pound Victorino, but the final decision of life in prison without parole or death rested with Parsons.
  • Video Games Can Save Your Life

    03/13/2006 1:12:22 PM PST · by strategofr · 43 replies · 1,064+ views
    strategy page ^ | March 10, 2006
    The U.S. Army has discovered a remote control gun turret that works, and cannot get enough of them. The army wants over 9,000 CROWS (common remotely operated weapon stations), but is only getting 15 a month. There should be about a thousand CROWS in service by the end of the year. The idea for CROWS has been around for nearly half a century. Years of tinkering, and better technology, eventually made the remote control gun turret effective and dependable. CROWS us a real life saver, not to mention anxiety reducer, for troops who drive through bandit country a lot, and...
  • Freeping Gamers! (Jan-06)

    01/13/2006 4:48:31 PM PST · by Safrguns · 88 replies · 1,578+ views
    This monthly thread is dedicated to Freepers who also enjoy online gaming. Post here to find fellow gamers, arrange online games, or share screen shots, reviews, helps and tips. Separate Ping lists are created and maintained for each game.Official game site links are available for most games listed. We currently have 92 gamers playing over 95 different games. Top Games: Battlefield/Battlefield 2 (19 gamers) World Of Warcraft (16 gamers) Unreal Tournament (9 gamers) City Of Heroes (10 gamers)
  • Microsoft downplays Google threat

    01/05/2006 11:10:16 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 10 replies · 458+ views
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, 5 January 2006
    Bill Gates has played down the threat posed to Microsoft by competition from internet search giant Google. Google's meteoric rise and rivalry with Microsoft has increasingly become a fixation of the press, Mr Gates said. "People tend to get over focused on one of our competitors. We've always seen that," the Microsoft chairman said. Speaking before a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Mr Gates said computer giant IBM posed a greater threat to Microsoft. "IBM has always been our biggest competitor. The press just don't like to write about IBM," he told the Reuters news...
  • Man accused of molesting teen he met through Xbox online community

    01/04/2006 3:57:04 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 391+ views
    AP ^ | 1/4/6
    Santa Rosa, Calif. - A 26-year-old man was arrested on charges he molested a teenage boy he met through Microsoft Corp.'s popular Xbox Live online video game community, authorities said. Ronnie Brendan Watts, of Placerville, delayed entering a plea Wednesday to charges that include using the Internet to solicit a minor, said Donna Edwards, a spokeswoman for the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office. He is due back in court Jan. 20. Santa Rosa police arrested Watts on Dec. 15 after the 14-year-old boy revealed details of the alleged relationship to his mother. Detectives said Watts contacted the boy in October...
  • Freeping Gamers! (Thread 21)

    12/23/2005 5:56:08 PM PST · by Safrguns · 73 replies · 1,079+ views
    If you are a Freeper, and also like online gaming, post here to find fellow gamers, share screen shots, reviews, helps, and tips. Gamer tables are updated and published weekly. We currently have 86 gamers playing over 60 different games. Top Games: Battlefield/Battlefield 2 (19 gamers) World Of Warcraft (15 gamers) Unreal Tournament (9 gamers) City Of Heroes (10 gamers)