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  1. Today, Microsoft announced that they would be bringing Xbox Live to Android and iOS devices, officially lending its support to the wider world of mobile game development. This move isn't entirely unprecedented. Xbox Live support has been available on mobile before, however it was only included in apps and games developed by Microsoft itself, like Minecraft. This new move will put Xbox Live within reach of any developer who wants to integrate their app or game into the wider Xbox Live ecosystem. Microsoft initially teased back in February that they might be making an announcement related to mobile soon. The move, revealed today, will allow apps and games across the mobile world to access the suite of services associated with Xbox Live. Developers will be able to use the tools released by Microsoft to connect as many or as few Xbox Life services with their project as needed. Now we know, thanks to The Verge, the full extent of the program and tools. Microsoft's new mobile development kit (SDK) will enable devs to add Gamerscore, open up clubs, friend lists, and include account family settings. On top of that, developers will be able to implement a single sign-in for Xbox Live and grant devs online protection for their apps and games. The new SDK will come together with Microsoft Game Stack, a collection of tool sets designed to get developers up and running with Microsoft's cloud technology, something the tech giant has been pushing across a wide variety of its services outside of gaming. A rumor has been going around the industry that Xbox Live integration will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch, though a rep from Microsoft didn't deny that it's in the works. However, even if Xbox Live comes to Nintendo Switch, it's unlikely to make its way onto Sony's flagship platform, the PlayStation 4. Microsoft, for its part, appears to be very willing to partner with companies many might consider to be rivals, but Sony's reticence makes the possible team up all but impossible. While it might seem like a similar roll out on a rival platform would be impossible, Minecraft on Switch does implement an Xbox Live sign-in. That puts the Switch in a similar position as the mobile market was prior to this announcement. The ability to put Xbox Live on Switch is already out in the wild with Minecraft; all it would take is the okay from Nintendo and some additional fine-tuning of the software for it to work well on Switch. We could very easily see the next battle for gaming supremacy take place not in hardware, but in the realm of software support and service features. If that's the case, Xbox Live just created a huge lead for itself. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  2. Today, Microsoft announced that they would be bringing Xbox Live to Android and iOS devices, officially lending its support to the wider world of mobile game development. This move isn't entirely unprecedented. Xbox Live support has been available on mobile before, however it was only included in apps and games developed by Microsoft itself, like Minecraft. This new move will put Xbox Live within reach of any developer who wants to integrate their app or game into the wider Xbox Live ecosystem. Microsoft initially teased back in February that they might be making an announcement related to mobile soon. The move, revealed today, will allow apps and games across the mobile world to access the suite of services associated with Xbox Live. Developers will be able to use the tools released by Microsoft to connect as many or as few Xbox Life services with their project as needed. Now we know, thanks to The Verge, the full extent of the program and tools. Microsoft's new mobile development kit (SDK) will enable devs to add Gamerscore, open up clubs, friend lists, and include account family settings. On top of that, developers will be able to implement a single sign-in for Xbox Live and grant devs online protection for their apps and games. The new SDK will come together with Microsoft Game Stack, a collection of tool sets designed to get developers up and running with Microsoft's cloud technology, something the tech giant has been pushing across a wide variety of its services outside of gaming. A rumor has been going around the industry that Xbox Live integration will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch, though a rep from Microsoft didn't deny that it's in the works. However, even if Xbox Live comes to Nintendo Switch, it's unlikely to make its way onto Sony's flagship platform, the PlayStation 4. Microsoft, for its part, appears to be very willing to partner with companies many might consider to be rivals, but Sony's reticence makes the possible team up all but impossible. While it might seem like a similar roll out on a rival platform would be impossible, Minecraft on Switch does implement an Xbox Live sign-in. That puts the Switch in a similar position as the mobile market was prior to this announcement. The ability to put Xbox Live on Switch is already out in the wild with Minecraft; all it would take is the okay from Nintendo and some additional fine-tuning of the software for it to work well on Switch. We could very easily see the next battle for gaming supremacy take place not in hardware, but in the realm of software support and service features. If that's the case, Xbox Live just created a huge lead for itself. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  3. I wrote an article about gaming and friendships. If you'd like to check it out, it's here: http://www.playsomevideogames.com/gamers-who-are-we/ I wonder if any of you have similar stories of building long lasting friendships as a result of gaming?
  4. July is nearly here and for Xbox gamers that means a new lineup of free games. As always, there are two Xbox One games and two 360 titles with the latter being added to the backward compatible list. The July Free Games with Gold are an interesting lot and range from indie multiplayer to a third person shooter. Adventure platformer Grow Up will be available for download during the entirety of July. It initially released in 2016 under Ubisoft and is the sequel to 2015's Grow Home. From July 1 to 15, Xbox 360 title Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is up for download. The game is also a sequel and was developed by IO Interactive (the Hitman series). During the second half of the month (July 16 - August 15) Runbow and LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game will be downloadable for players. Runbow is a multiplayer racing game that plays with its title through a unique color mechanic. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean first released in 2011 and is a more adorable retelling of the series' first four movies. June Game With Gold Watch Dogs is still free from now until July 15. View full article
  5. July is nearly here and for Xbox gamers that means a new lineup of free games. As always, there are two Xbox One games and two 360 titles with the latter being added to the backward compatible list. The July Free Games with Gold are an interesting lot and range from indie multiplayer to a third person shooter. Adventure platformer Grow Up will be available for download during the entirety of July. It initially released in 2016 under Ubisoft and is the sequel to 2015's Grow Home. From July 1 to 15, Xbox 360 title Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is up for download. The game is also a sequel and was developed by IO Interactive (the Hitman series). During the second half of the month (July 16 - August 15) Runbow and LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game will be downloadable for players. Runbow is a multiplayer racing game that plays with its title through a unique color mechanic. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean first released in 2011 and is a more adorable retelling of the series' first four movies. June Game With Gold Watch Dogs is still free from now until July 15.
  6. There was once a game called Advent Rising. It was hyped up as the next great science-fiction adventure that would transcend games and become something more. Unfortunately, it released in 2005 with a multitude of bugs in an era where patching post-release was a rarity at best. Advent Rising caused the implosion of its development studio, GlyphX Games. A group of individual developers escaped the studio's downfall, banding together to form Chair Entertainment. The newly minted indie studio went on to develop and release Shadow Complex in 2009. The 2.5D metroidvania sidescroller adopted a more realistic aesthetic and spawned a series of novels authored by Orson Scott Card. The game released and seemed to fill a niche in the indie gaming world that hadn't been filled in quite that same way before. With a recent remaster, it seems like a perfect time to ask the question: Is Shadow Complex one of the best games period? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Tales of Phantasia 'The Koan of Drums' by djpretzel (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01500) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
  7. There was once a game called Advent Rising. It was hyped up as the next great science-fiction adventure that would transcend games and become something more. Unfortunately, it released in 2005 with a multitude of bugs in an era where patching post-release was a rarity at best. Advent Rising caused the implosion of its development studio, GlyphX Games. A group of individual developers escaped the studio's downfall, banding together to form Chair Entertainment. The newly minted indie studio went on to develop and release Shadow Complex in 2009. The 2.5D metroidvania sidescroller adopted a more realistic aesthetic and spawned a series of novels authored by Orson Scott Card. The game released and seemed to fill a niche in the indie gaming world that hadn't been filled in quite that same way before. With a recent remaster, it seems like a perfect time to ask the question: Is Shadow Complex one of the best games period? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Tales of Phantasia 'The Koan of Drums' by djpretzel (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01500) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday View full article
  8. Outlast 2 may have been been delayed until 2017, but players can at least get their hands on a small bit of the game this month. Red Barrels, the developer behind the psychotic horror game Outlast and its upcoming sequel, has released a demo that provides the public with a free slice of gameplay from Outlast 2. The demo is available digitally via Steam (PC), Xbox Live (Xbox One), and PSN (PS4). However, it will only be available for a limited time. Red Barrels will be pulling the demo from digital storefronts on November 1, so download it before then if you want to scare yourself silly. We were pretty impressed with Outlast 2's E3 showing earlier this year, with writer Alissa Gould calling what she saw "terrifyingly fantastic." Though it is a shame the title won't be releasing this year, a horror demo around Halloween might just be the perfect consolation to help us - outlast - the delay.
  9. Outlast 2 may have been been delayed until 2017, but players can at least get their hands on a small bit of the game this month. Red Barrels, the developer behind the psychotic horror game Outlast and its upcoming sequel, has released a demo that provides the public with a free slice of gameplay from Outlast 2. The demo is available digitally via Steam (PC), Xbox Live (Xbox One), and PSN (PS4). However, it will only be available for a limited time. Red Barrels will be pulling the demo from digital storefronts on November 1, so download it before then if you want to scare yourself silly. We were pretty impressed with Outlast 2's E3 showing earlier this year, with writer Alissa Gould calling what she saw "terrifyingly fantastic." Though it is a shame the title won't be releasing this year, a horror demo around Halloween might just be the perfect consolation to help us - outlast - the delay. View full article
  10. When Braid released on the Xbox 360's fledgling Xbox Live service, it changed everything for the indie games industry. It broke the barrier between artistic game development and more entrenched industry institutions. Its legacy is hard to ignore. The discussion in this episode gets a bit heated, so you know you're in for something good. Does Braid stand as one of the best games period? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod Outro Music: FTL 'Faster Than Rock' by Little V (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03137) New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday View full article
  11. When Braid released on the Xbox 360's fledgling Xbox Live service, it changed everything for the indie games industry. It broke the barrier between artistic game development and more entrenched industry institutions. Its legacy is hard to ignore. The discussion in this episode gets a bit heated, so you know you're in for something good. Does Braid stand as one of the best games period? Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod Outro Music: FTL 'Faster Than Rock' by Little V (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03137) New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
  12. Hey there, Extra Lifers! My name is Joshua, and I am an Extra Life veteran of about 5 years. Some of you may know me from the Live Chat team in years past, and others may know me as the President of the Orlando, FL guild. Over the years I've always created small guilds, channels, linkshells, what-have-yous in games that I either play regularly or plan on playing for Extra Life. I thought that it would be a cool idea to keep us connected while we game, especially coming up on Game Day. So, here's a list of the communities that I've made, and would LOVE you to add your own. Chances are, someone out there is playing the same game as you =p Here's a basic outline: Post the game, the applicable server, and the "owner" of the community along with your Extra Life community ID, and I'll edit this post and add it to the list. If you want to join a community listed, just get in contact with the recruiter. =) If the community has a specific "In-Game" type, list that too. (Linkshell, Player Channel, etc) MMORPG Communities: Final Fantasy XIV: Lamia Server "Extra Lifers" - Crysola Tsara (Novus'Olm / Joshua) - LinkshellGuild Wars 2: North America Megaserver "Extra Life Community <FTK>" - Crysola Tsara [novusolm.9032] (Novus'Olm / Joshua) - Casual/Communication Guild
  13. In a new LinkedIn job posting noticed by DualShockers, Microsoft is looking for a software engineer to help make the Xbox One "the most secure and trustworthy consumer computing devices in the world." The posting paints the position rather cheerfully: Are you passionate about consumer Devices and Security? Enjoy your Xbox for Entertainment and Gaming? Would you like to build a device so secure, that it is a nightmare for the most skilled hackers, yet a delight for all our customers? Have you ever found yourself thinking about how to protect a game or app running on the Xbox console or prevent anyone from cheating when playing online? If so, then we might have a very good opportunity for you! Applicants are expected to hold a BA or MS in computer science as well as six years of experience in software design and development. Cyberspace is becoming a more tenuous place for gaming as more people learn how to carry out basic DDOS attacks and more advanced hacking maneuvers. Good to see that Microsoft is at least trying to hire people to do something about it.
  14. In a new LinkedIn job posting noticed by DualShockers, Microsoft is looking for a software engineer to help make the Xbox One "the most secure and trustworthy consumer computing devices in the world." The posting paints the position rather cheerfully: Are you passionate about consumer Devices and Security? Enjoy your Xbox for Entertainment and Gaming? Would you like to build a device so secure, that it is a nightmare for the most skilled hackers, yet a delight for all our customers? Have you ever found yourself thinking about how to protect a game or app running on the Xbox console or prevent anyone from cheating when playing online? If so, then we might have a very good opportunity for you! Applicants are expected to hold a BA or MS in computer science as well as six years of experience in software design and development. Cyberspace is becoming a more tenuous place for gaming as more people learn how to carry out basic DDOS attacks and more advanced hacking maneuvers. Good to see that Microsoft is at least trying to hire people to do something about it. View full article
  15. More free stuff! Microsoft is unlocking Xbox Live Gold's features for everyone with Xbox 360 starting today. From today until the 12th, Xbox 360 owners can enjoy the benefits of a Gold membership for free. The offer does not extend to Xbox One owners. There is, unfortunately, one exception. Players who don't have a full Gold membership won't have access to Games with Gold or Deals with Gold promotions during the free weekend. View full article
  16. More free stuff! Microsoft is unlocking Xbox Live Gold's features for everyone with Xbox 360 starting today. From today until the 12th, Xbox 360 owners can enjoy the benefits of a Gold membership for free. The offer does not extend to Xbox One owners. There is, unfortunately, one exception. Players who don't have a full Gold membership won't have access to Games with Gold or Deals with Gold promotions during the free weekend.
  17. Publisher Perfect World Entertainment and developer Cryptic Studios have announced that their MMO set within the Forgotten Realms Dungeons and Dragons universe will be appearing on consoles early next year. Not many details are readily available about the console version of Neverwinter at this time. However, it should include all of the content that appears on PC, including the upcoming fourth expansion that releases on August 14 called Tyranny of Dragons. "Neverwinter is our premier title to bring to console players,” said Perfect World Entertainment CEO, Alan Chen. “Consoles are a perfect fit for action-oriented MMORPGs like Neverwinter, and we are thrilled to be one of the first publishers to bring premium free-to-play titles to leading next-gen platforms. Being able to bring Neverwinter to the Xbox One is a critical achievement for Perfect World. It is our first step taking our games beyond the PC market.” It is important to note that while Neverwinter will be free, it does require an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Neverwinter will release on Xbox One sometime during the first half of 2015.
  18. Publisher Perfect World Entertainment and developer Cryptic Studios have announced that their MMO set within the Forgotten Realms Dungeons and Dragons universe will be appearing on consoles early next year. Not many details are readily available about the console version of Neverwinter at this time. However, it should include all of the content that appears on PC, including the upcoming fourth expansion that releases on August 14 called Tyranny of Dragons. "Neverwinter is our premier title to bring to console players,” said Perfect World Entertainment CEO, Alan Chen. “Consoles are a perfect fit for action-oriented MMORPGs like Neverwinter, and we are thrilled to be one of the first publishers to bring premium free-to-play titles to leading next-gen platforms. Being able to bring Neverwinter to the Xbox One is a critical achievement for Perfect World. It is our first step taking our games beyond the PC market.” It is important to note that while Neverwinter will be free, it does require an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Neverwinter will release on Xbox One sometime during the first half of 2015. View full article
  19. EA has revealed plans for a new service for the Xbox One that will allow players to access a library of EA titles and provide discounts to other EA products. What does a subscription to EA Access net paying customers? During the initial beta phase of the program, buyers will have access to a vault of EA's titles on Xbox One which includes FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. EA promises more titles will be added to the vault soon. Besides the game collection, subscribers will receive a 10% discount on all digital content purchased on Xbox One. The final benefit of a subscription is trial access to new titles up to five days before their official release. Trials will be available for Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. EA Access will begin at $4.99 per month or $29.99 annually on Xbox Live. It will soon be available for purchase at physical retailers like Gamestop as well as online vendors like Amazon. On the surface the subscription to EA Access seems like a bargain at around $30 a year for over $100 worth of games (and that is just initially). However, I can't shake a distaste for being beholden to a third-party developer/publisher for access to games that I've purchased. What do the fine people of the Extra Life community think about EA Access?
  20. EA has revealed plans for a new service for the Xbox One that will allow players to access a library of EA titles and provide discounts to other EA products. What does a subscription to EA Access net paying customers? During the initial beta phase of the program, buyers will have access to a vault of EA's titles on Xbox One which includes FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. EA promises more titles will be added to the vault soon. Besides the game collection, subscribers will receive a 10% discount on all digital content purchased on Xbox One. The final benefit of a subscription is trial access to new titles up to five days before their official release. Trials will be available for Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. EA Access will begin at $4.99 per month or $29.99 annually on Xbox Live. It will soon be available for purchase at physical retailers like Gamestop as well as online vendors like Amazon. On the surface the subscription to EA Access seems like a bargain at around $30 a year for over $100 worth of games (and that is just initially). However, I can't shake a distaste for being beholden to a third-party developer/publisher for access to games that I've purchased. What do the fine people of the Extra Life community think about EA Access? View full article
  21. In response to lackluster sales and a large number of requests from would-be Xbox One purchasers, Microsoft has unveiled a cheaper Xbox One that will be sold without the Kinect. The new model of Xbox One will retail at $399 and will hit the market on June 9. the Kinect will be available separately sometime later this fall. This news comes hand in hand with the announcement that a variety of paid for services will no longer be locked behind Xbox Live like Netflix, Twitch, HBO GO, and various sports apps. What do you think? Will this and the reversal on used games/always online be enough to bring in more customers for Microsoft?
  22. In response to lackluster sales and a large number of requests from would-be Xbox One purchasers, Microsoft has unveiled a cheaper Xbox One that will be sold without the Kinect. The new model of Xbox One will retail at $399 and will hit the market on June 9. the Kinect will be available separately sometime later this fall. This news comes hand in hand with the announcement that a variety of paid for services will no longer be locked behind Xbox Live like Netflix, Twitch, HBO GO, and various sports apps. What do you think? Will this and the reversal on used games/always online be enough to bring in more customers for Microsoft? View full article
  23. Treyarch announced today that new DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops II titled Vengeance will be available on Xbox Live beginning July 2. This will be the third multiplayer DLC pack for the popular first-person shooter. The map pack will include four new places to compete against fellow gamers: Cove, Detour, Rush, and Uplink. Cove takes place on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean on which a smuggling plane has crash landed. Covering a destroyed suspension bridge, Detour pits players head to head in confined, close-quarters combat. The Rush map actually takes place on a paintball course, while Uplink is a remake of the much loved Summit map from Call of Duty: Black Ops. Vengeance will also include a new zombie map called Buried that takes place in an subterranean mining town from the Old West. Players will meet up with old characters from previous zombie modes and have access to a new weapon called the Ray Gun Mark II. Who else is ready to blast some zombies and celebrate freedom?
  24. Treyarch announced today that new DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops II titled Vengeance will be available on Xbox Live beginning July 2. This will be the third multiplayer DLC pack for the popular first-person shooter. The map pack will include four new places to compete against fellow gamers: Cove, Detour, Rush, and Uplink. Cove takes place on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean on which a smuggling plane has crash landed. Covering a destroyed suspension bridge, Detour pits players head to head in confined, close-quarters combat. The Rush map actually takes place on a paintball course, while Uplink is a remake of the much loved Summit map from Call of Duty: Black Ops. Vengeance will also include a new zombie map called Buried that takes place in an subterranean mining town from the Old West. Players will meet up with old characters from previous zombie modes and have access to a new weapon called the Ray Gun Mark II. Who else is ready to blast some zombies and celebrate freedom? View full article
  25. Yesterday, Twitch.tv launched their long awaited app on Xbox Live. Nearly a year after the application was announced at E3 2012, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can finally get their hands on a console-based streaming app. Gamers can browse by game, featured content, and the most popular channels at any given time. The app is also compatible with the Kinect motion and voice controls. For people who are very into watching livestreams of gaming content, the app might seem a bit lacking in a few departments. Notably, there is no cross platform functionality, meaning you can’t connect the Twitch app with an existing Twitch.tv account. You also can’t favorite channels or bookmark them for future use. The inability to see offline channels is also a bit perplexing. Perhaps with time, more features will be added to the app. However, if you are simply looking for a service that streams live video game content like tournaments, speedruns, or Let’s Plays, the Twitch app will get the job done. Just to reiterate, the service is only available for those with an Xbox Live Gold membership. You can check out Twitch.tv to see what kinds of content you'll be able to view with the new app.
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