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About Ryan Thompson

Ryan is a ludomusicology graduate student at the University of Minnesota currently researching interactive audio and how it is changing modern gaming.
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Xbox One Dashboard controller navigation to be made easier
6 years ago

Xbox One Dashboard controller navigation to be made easier

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For anyone who has spent significant amounts of time with the Xbox One, it’s clear the user interface was designed with a Kinect in mind. In light of the …
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Halo Mash-Up Pack for Minecraft
6 years ago

Halo Mash-Up Pack for Minecraft

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Anyone who has ever wanted to explore a Blood Gulch made entirely of blocks or guide Master Chief through their Minecraft worlds is soon going to have those opportunities …
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Partial refunds for Xbox Live Gold subscribers after paywall comes down

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Microsoft recently announced that it will no longer be requiring an Xbox Live Gold subscription for access to entertainment apps such as Netflix and Hulu. In June, Xbox Gold …
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Games for Gold titles in June for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One
6 years ago

Games for Gold titles in June for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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The Games with Gold program will celebrate its first anniversary this June.  To celebrate, Microsoft is expanding the program to include the Xbox One. Additionally, Xbox Live Gold members …
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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Trailer and release date
6 years ago

Valiant Hearts: The Great War Trailer and release date

The team at Ubisoft that created Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends is creating a sidescrolling adventure puzzle game. Valiant Hearts: The Great War tells the story of five characters and how …
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Xbox E3 briefing June 9
6 years ago

Xbox E3 briefing June 9

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Major Nelson just revealed that the Xbox E3 2014 media briefing will take place at 9:30 am PDT on Monday, June 9. Historically, these conferences have featured new game …
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Xbox Originals coming this June
7 years ago

Xbox Originals coming this June

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Xbox Originals

Microsoft recently announced that next month it will begin publishing original programming for the Xbox platform under the moniker “Xbox Originals.” Given the recent success of original programming by Netflix such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, it’s not a surprising announcement that Microsoft is entering the same arena, especially given its marketing history of talking about the Xbox One not as a video game console, but as an entertainment platform.

The Xbox Originals programming will come to Xbox 360 and Xbox One, so people yet to upgrade won’t be missing out on the content.

The biggest show announcement is a Halo television series, for which Stephen Spielberg will serve as executive producer and collaborate with 343 Industries and Amblin Television. Additionally, Microsoft lists a Halo digital feature as well, which will be produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (from Battlestar Galactica, among others). These big names signal a big commitment by Microsoft to making these adaptations worthy of the franchise, and releasing them exclusively to the Xbox platform is a fantastic way to add value relative to the competition on the console front.

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Composer interview: Super Time Force
7 years ago

Composer interview: Super Time Force

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Xbox Wire recently posted an interview with Jason “6995” DeGroot, composer for Capybara Games’ highly anticipated downloadable title Super Time Force. DeGroot describes the soundtrack as based “around NES …
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Powerstar Golf Course Coyote Canyon DLC revealed
7 years ago

Powerstar Golf Course Coyote Canyon DLC revealed

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Powerstar Golf

At PAX East last weekend, Zoë Mode revealed the upcoming free DLC course for Powerstar Golf, Coyote Canyon. Pixxel of Ubisoft’s FragDolls hosts a video preview alongside Design Director Craig Leigh and Community Manager Rukari Austin courtesy of The Next Level.

Leigh reveals that the course is based off of a real-life national park that was converted to be a golf course. The rocky environment looks fantastic, and the green grass really pops against the earthy background. Free content-rich updates to games are always welcome — hopefully it plays as well as it looks. There’s no specific release date, but it is very likely that this will be released in the near future.

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Grave coming to Xbox One
7 years ago

Grave coming to Xbox One

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Broken Window Studios recently announced via its Kickstarter campaign its upcoming title Grave will release for Xbox One. Grave is a procedurally generated, open-world survival-horror game. The trailer (below) …
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