Have you always wanted to have a wood burning fire place in your gaming room?

Here I’ll show you how to use your Xbox One for a virtual fireplace. It’s simple:

    • Open up Internet Explorer on your Xbox One (Say: Xbox, Go to Internet Explorer)
    • Open up the address bar.
      (Click this menu button or Say “Show Address Bar” while voice commands are active)
    • Navigate to my blog via this short URL: mjr.mn
    • Scroll to this post
    • Click this link for the video on YouTube
      (You may see a brief error about needing Flash, but then IE will pull in the HTML 5 version of the video)
    • Click the full screen icon in the lower right of the video.
    • Sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of a real wood burning fireplace for the Holiday.

And you’ll never miss a game invite. Have a great Christmas everyone!

Tip: Use SmartGlass to open up IE, and type in the URL.


We are now just over two weeks away from the first Halo appearance on Xbox One! Today, 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games announced that Halo: Spartan Assault will be available worldwide for digital download on December 24th for $14.99. The Xbox 360 version will follow in January 2014.

Good news for those that have already purchased Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 – anyone who purchases the game on one of those platforms before December 15th will be eligible to purchase the Xbox One version of the game at the discounted price of $4.99.

As an Xbox One title, there are 1000 Achievement Points up for grabs, which means new Achievements and higher values to gun for. In case you missed it, Halo Waypoint published the full, updated Halo: Spartan Assault Achievement list here.

For more on Halo: Spartan Assault, including Q&A with the Executive Producer and details on the new all-new co-op mode, head on over to Xbox Wire.

Xbox Meet Up In Seattle

If you are in the Seattle area, please join us for the Xbox Meet Up at the Microsoft Store in the University Village on Thursday evening, August 29.

Please join me and members of the Xbox team to play a few of the Xbox One games that will be featured at PAX Prime the following day. That’s right, this is a a sneak peek at some of Xbox One titles launching later this year. In addition to the games and demos of the Xbox One controller, we also know that an Xbox Community event wouldn’t be complete without free giveaways.

Here are the details:

Where: The Microsoft Store, University Village (Directions)
When: Thursday, August 29 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Why: Come get a sneak peek of some of the Xbox One games being shown at PAX Prime and meet a few members of the Xbox team. Plus, take the Xbox One controller for a spin and experience the improvements we’ve made to the best controllers in gaming.

For those of you who like to save money, during the event you will receive $25.00 off a $75.00 purchase*. *Excludes Surface and Surface Accessories, Xbox One and Xbox One Accessories

Please note, the event is free and open to the public. You do not need a PAX ticket to attend.

I expect a large crowd, so we recommend you get there early. I look forward to seeing you there.

Update: The first 50 people who show up will get a free year of Xbox Live! 
Also, we’ll have 500 “World Of Tanks” beta codes on hand to giveaway as well.

Update 2: We’ll have Forza 5,  Killer Instinct,  Ryse, and Project Spark at the event to see and play!

Larry Hryb @majornelson

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Arcade: Action Packed Bundle

Action Packed BundleContent: Action Packed Bundle
Price: 1600 Microsoft Points
Check availability in your Xbox LIVE Region
Dash Text: This bundle includes five full Xbox LIVE Arcade titles: “The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile," "Bloodforge," "Dungeon Fighter LIVE,” “Islands of Wakfu,” and “Unbound Saga.” PLEASE NOTE: this bundle pack offers these games together at a discounted rate over individual purchases. The games in this bundle are available as individual downloads in the Xbox Games marketplace and are exactly the same. Be aware that it is possible to download the same game twice. If you already own one of these games there is no additional discount on this bundle, nor do you receive an additional copy of the game you already own. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see http://www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Purchase the game bundle and add it to your Xbox 360 download queue


Lego Casino Royale

A shot for shot remake of the opening scene from Casino Royale done entirely in Lego.

Keep an eye out for the “water” in the bathroom scene.



Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE takes the renowned METAL GEAR franchise into exciting new territory by focusing on delivering an all-new action experience unlike anything that has come before. Combining world-class development teams at Kojima Productions and PlatinumGames, MGR REVENGEANCE brings two of the world’s most respected teams together with a common goal of providing players with a fresh synergetic experience that combines the best elements of pure action and epic storytelling, all within the expansive MG universe. The game introduces Raiden as the central character; a child soldier transformed into a half-man, half-machine cyborg ninja, equipped with a high-frequency katana blade and a soul fueled by revenge.

Add the demo to your Xbox 360 download queue

Like the demo? Purchase the full game


Watch the 2012 VGAs on Xbox LIVE tonight

Tonight at 9p PT/6p PT the 10th Annual Spike TV Video Game Awards (The ‘”VGA Ten”) will take place in Los Angeles and broadcast to 14 countries. Tune into Spike TV or for a more immersive, interactive experience watch the event streamed live to your console over Xbox LIVE. The live stream will utilize SmartGlass for a unique second screen experience just for Xbox LIVE Members. The show will see the return of hosts from the past 10-years and will also be simulcast on MTV 2, MTV Tr3s, Spike.com and GameTrailers.com

Before things kick off be sure to download and install the SmarGlass app for your device so you won’t miss a minute of the action tonight.


Windows Phone



If you want to hear more about the VGA’s from Geoff Keighley, download my latest podcast to for his behind the scenes perspective.

Spike VGA’s on Xbox.com

MNR – The early years: Volume 1

No new show this week. Instead I’ve uploaded a collection of my earlier shows that have never been re-released, including the very first show I ever did . It’s pretty loose and rough around the edges but you can hear my  timely thoughts on Halo 2 , Pocket PC and more for about 11 minutes. Proceed at your own risk.

The rest of the collection has some pretty awesome moments, like Corporeal’s performance that opened our 2007 E3 Show (track 3 below),  the exclusive interview with Ken Levine where he announces the original Bioshock Demo that surprised everyone in August of 2007 (track 29)  Marty O’Donnell’s conversation about game audio in Halo 3 (track 38) and my interview with Ridley Scott (track 28) just to name a few.

So here it is…MNR – The early years Volume 1. Enjoy.

Note: Since I am sharing this collection on Soundcloud, this collection will not appear in iTunes like the weekly shows, so you’ll have to manage the download manually.