Posts Tagged ‘Xbox’

This Day In Gaming History – April 18th

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1994
  • Super Metroid is released by Nintendo R&D1, Intelligent Systems, & Nintnedo for the Super Nintendo in North America.

2002

  • A price cut is announced for the Xbox by Microsoft in the United Kingdom. It would be reduced down from £299.99 to £199.99 (a drop of £100.00) on April 26th.

2005

  • Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict is released by Epic Games & Midway Games for the Xbox.

2006

  • Dreamfall: The Longest Journey is released by Funcom & Aspyr for the Xbox in North America.
  • Final Fantasy XI is released by Square Enix & Square Enix Product Development Division 3 for the Xbox 360 in North America.
  • Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan is released by Square Enix for the PC & PlayStation 2 in the U.S.

2008

  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 is released by Ubisoft & Ubisoft Montreal for PC in Europe.
  • Legacy of Ys: Books I & II is released by Nihon Falcom & Dreams for the DS in Japan.

2012

  • The House of the Dead 4 is released by Wow Entertainment & Sega for PlayStation 3 via PSN in Europe.
  • Trials Evolution is released by RedLynx, Ubisoft Shanghai, & Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360.

2013

  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is released by CyberConnect2 & Namco Bandai Games for PC, PlayStation 3, & Xbox 360 in Japan.
  • Papo & Yo is released by Minority on PC via Steam Worldwide.

Source: Chronology of Video Game Systems & Wikipedia

This Day In Gaming History – April 11th

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1983
  • Minoru Arakawa & Howard Lincoln of Nintendo begin negotiating with Atari regarding the manufacturing and distribution of a Nintendo video game system. Nintendo showed off a prototype version of the Family Computer (Famicom) which ran Donkey Kong & Popeye.

1991

  • In a major victory for Atari Games’ Tengen subsidiary, U.S District Court judge Fern Smith overturned the previous ruling preventing Tengen from selling NES cartridges, thus allowing the company to once again sell their games on the platform. This was subject to the pending outcome of an appeal.

1992

  • The second home console from Nintendo, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or SNES, is released in the UK & Ireland Price for a MRSP of £149.99.

2003

  • Microsoft lowers the price of the Xbox in Europe. It is reduced to €199.99 (~$277.43 in 2014) on the mainland, and £129.99 (~$217.49 in 2014) in the UK.

2006

  • Tomb Raider: Legend is released by Crystal Dynamics & Eidos Interactive for PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox, & Xbox 360 in North America.
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is released by EA Games & Digital Illusions for the Xbox 360 in North America.

2007

  • The 20 GB PlayStation 3 model is discontinued by Sony. This left only the 60 GB model available for purchase in North America until the release of the 80 GB model in August of 2007.

2008

  • Assassin’s Creed is released by Ubisoft & Ubisoft Montreal for PC in Europe.
  • Mario Kart Wii is released by Nintendo & Nintendo EAD Group No. 1 for the Wii in Europe.

2012

  • Skullgirls is released by Reverge Labs Lab Zero Games, Autumn Games, Konami, & Marvelous AQL for Xbox Live Arcade Worldwide.
  • Legend of Grimrock is released by Almost Human Ltd. for PC.

2013

  • Defiance is released by Trion Worlds & Human Head Studios for PC, PlayStation 3, & Xbox 360 in Australia.
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is released by Team Ninja & Tecmo Koei for PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360 in Australia.
  • Gemini Rue is released by Wadjet Eye Games for iOS Worldwide.

2014

  • Day 1 of PAX East 2014 is scheduled to be held in Boston, MA at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
  • Kinect Sports Rivals is scheduled to be released by Rare & Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One in Europe.
  • Titanfall is scheduled to be released by Respawn Entertainment & Electronic Arts for the Xbox 360 in Europe.
  • Disney Magical World is scheduled to be released by h.a.n.d. & Nintendo for the 3DS in North America.
  • Football Manager 2014 is scheduled to be released by Sports Interactive & Sega for the PlayStation Vita Worldwide.

Source: Chronology of Video Game Systems & Wikipedia

Phil Spencer Promoted To Head Of Xbox Division

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Microsoft & new CEO Satya Nadella have announced the promotion of Phil Spencer to become the new head of the Xbox Division of Microsoft.  All Xbox teams will now be under Mr. Spencer’s leadership. Microsoft is combing the Xbox, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Studios teams into one large team and this will be the main team Mr. Spencer leads. He also is tasked with leading the Xbox Music & Xbox Video teams.

Source: All Games Beta & Microsoft

Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer of Xbox Leaves Microsoft

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It must be that time of year for video game staff departures as now we have news that Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer of Xbox has left Microsoft. Mr. Whitten is leaving to take the same positiong at Sonos, which is a California based consumer electronics company focusing on audio equipment. One of their main products is the Sonos Wireless HiFi Music System. Mr. Whitten issued a statement regarding his departure and to fans:

I started at Xbox on April 1, 2000, when the console was just a vision of what gaming could be. Over the last fourteen years, I’ve worked with an amazing team of highly passionate people who are driven to make gaming and entertainment the best experience for our Xbox fans. Since then, we’ve shipped over a hundred million consoles with tens of millions of people on Xbox Live. And, we are just getting started. There are amazing things on the horizon and I am so excited to see where this talented group of men and women will take Xbox.

One of the best parts of Xbox has been its fans. I want to thank you for making Xbox what it is today and what it will be in the future.

Since the beginning, it’s always been about gamers. In my heart, I am a gamer and Xbox has been my family. While today I am announcing my departure from Microsoft, I have the utmost confidence in this amazing team and our products.

See you on Xbox.

Marc Whitten (Gamertag – Notwen)

Source: All Games Beta

Random Game Facts – Peter Moore & Shenmue

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Source: DidYouKnowGaming & lordcanti

Civilization Revolution & Dungeon Defenders Added To Games with Gold

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Microsoft has announced the games that will be available in March for Games with Gold. The games are:

Source: All Games Beta & Xbox Wire

Deals & Sales – Grand Theft Auto V Is 33% Off For Xbox 360

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If you haven’t picked up Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V yet and want to get it on the Xbox 360, you’ll be able to do so for 33% less as it is currently on sale for $40.19 on the Xbox Marketplace. They don’t seem to list an expiration date for the deal, but I would imagine it’s probably only valid through the 31st.

Source: Xbox Facebook & Xbox Marketplace

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Canada – Deals & Sales – Xbox 360 Sale

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Microsoft is holding weekly & daily sales for our friends up north in Canada through at least the end of the year. Weekly deals include The Wolf Among Us for FREE, DuckTales: Remastered for $7.49, Civilization Revolution for $7.49, Diablo III for $40.19, Grand Theft Auto V for $40.19 and more. Daily deals include Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate for $13.19 and Left 4 Dead 2 for $10.19. Check out more at the links below.

Source: Xbox Canada & Xbox Marketplace Canada (1 & 2)

Deals & Sales – Halo Waypoint Store Sale

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Speaking of sales, Microsoft also is running a sale on the Halo Waypoint Store website as well. Everything (it says some exceptions in fine print) is 20% off now through December 31st.

Source: Halo & Halo Waypoint Store

Xbox Entertainment Studios’ First Documentary To Be Atari E.T. Excavation Film

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Xbox Entertainment Studios today announced an original documentary series to debut exclusively on Xbox in 2014.  Xbox will produce the series with two-time Academy Award winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man and Man on Wire) and Emmy winning producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s 30 Days and PBS’s American High)  through their new multi-platform media company, Lightbox.

“Our collaboration with Xbox offers an unparalleled opportunity to make a unique series of films around the extraordinary events and characters that have given rise to the digital age,” said Simon Chinn.   “Our goal is to produce a series of compelling and entertaining docs which will deploy all the narrative techniques of Simon’s and my previous work. It’s particularly exciting to  be partnering with filmmakers like Zak Penn who come to this process from other filmmaking disciplines and who will bring their own distinctive creative vision to this,” added Jonathan Chinn.

“Jonathan and Simon Chinn are the perfect team to spearhead this series for Xbox.  They are consummate story tellers and they plan to match their creative sensibility with the best talent in the industry” commented Nancy Tellem, president, Xbox Entertainment Studios. “These stories will expose how the digital revolution created a global democracy of information, entertainment and commerce, and how it impacts our lives every day.”

The first film in the groundbreaking series investigates the events surrounding the great video game burial of 1983.  The Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to “ET the Video Game,” buried millions of unsold game cartridges in the middle of the night, in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Fuel Entertainment, an innovator in cross-platform content development, secured the exclusive rights to excavate the Atari landfill and approached Xbox. Lightbox will document the dig planned for early next year.

Filmmaker and avid gamer Zak Penn (X-Men 2, Avengers, Incident at Loch Ness) will direct. This episode will not only document the excavation, but place the urban legend of the burial in the context of the precipitous rise and fall of Atari itself.

“When Simon and Jonathan Chinn approached me about this story, I knew it would be something important and fascinating,” said Penn.  “I wasn’t expecting to be handed the opportunity to uncover one of the most controversial mysteries of gaming lore.”

Shooting begins in January.  The series will air exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in 2014 and will be available globally in all markets where Xbox Live is supported.

Source: All Games Beta