March 10th 2014, 9:08 am PT

Enter the Microsoft Stores Titanfall E3 Sweepstakes and you could join me in LA

To celebrate the Titanfall launch, Microsoft Stores want to send you to the next huge event in the industry: E3.

From today through March 16, all Microsoft retail stores will host an online and in-store contest where fans can enter for a chance to receive a trip to the most exciting event in the gaming industry, the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles June 10-12, where I’ll show you some of the highlights. 

A total of five winners will receive a VIP prize package including round trip airfare for them and a friend to LA, two nights’ hotel stay, a $3,000 Microsoft store gift card, admission to the Xbox press briefing where all the latest Xbox news is announced and new trailers are revealed.

Here’s the fine print: Rules and eligibility. Customers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico can enter for their chance to win on, in-person at Microsoft retail store locations, or via mail. More information on the E3 Sweepstakes can be found here, including official rules and eligibility.

Good luck!

March 10th 2014 at 9:08 am | Contests, E3 | 11 comments

January 3rd 2014, 12:34 pm PT

Perfect Your Prognostication: NFL Playoff Face Off

Last week’s NFL regular season finale was among the best in memory, with teams advancing to the Playoffs or heading home for good in ways that defied prediction. Will the postseason be just as unpredictable? It’s time to find out.
This morning, the NFL on Xbox One debuted a new way to predict performances in upcoming Playoff contests, including the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLVIII. Participants will also be entered for a chance to win tickets to attend Super Bowl XLVIII or Super Bowl XLIX, as well as other exciting prizes.

All you have to do is launch the Xbox One’s NFL app (“Xbox, go to NFL”), and you’ll see a special Playoff Face Off category along the bottom. This week, answer questions such as “Which receiver will have the most yards on Wild Card Weekend?” (I selected Desean Jackson), “Will any kicker make a field goal of more than 50 yards?” (Probably not in Green Bay!), and “Will any games go into overtime?” (Your guess is as good as mine)

Accurate predictions can net you achievements, and we’ll update the questions every Tuesday. For more details and prizing info, head over to Xbox Wire. Good luck!

January 3rd 2014 at 12:34 pm | Contests, Xbox One | 80 comments

December 13th 2013, 5:05 pm PT

Try the Dead Rising 3 demo and you could win a copy of the game

Dead Rising 3
A demo for Dead Rising 3 is now available for Xbox One owners.

Download it and give it a try this weekend because I have 5 copies of the game to give away.

How can you win one?

All you need to do is download and play the demo, then leave a comment below (don’t @ reply me on Twitter) and tell me your favorite way to take zombies out.  What is your preferred weapon, weapon combo or vehicle of destruction?
Or using “Xbox, Record That” and show the coolest thing you’ve done in the game, upload it to SkyDrive and drop the link in the comments.  On Monday I’ll choose five random winners and send them a code for a digital copy of the full game.

Have fun and good luck!


The rules: Deadline to enter is 9:00 pm PT on Monday December 16th 2013. 5 randomly selected winner will be notified by e-mail or Twitter. One entry per person. Read this if you have questions about the Disqus commenting system. Contest is open to all regions where the Dead Rising 3 demo is available.

Note: If you do not have an e-mail address or Twitter name associated with your Disqus login, you must include your Twitter information in your comment to be eligible. Any winner who does not respond to my notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. For faster notification, follow me on Twitter where I can DM you if you won.
You currently can not add demos to your Xbox One download queue from or SmartGlass.
You’ll need to start the download from your console.

Update: If you are one of the following commenters, please check the email associated with your Disqus account…you won :)

Winner 1
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Winner 5





December 13th 2013 at 5:05 pm | Contests, Xbox One | 808 comments

November 22nd 2013, 7:25 am PT

Xbox One Controller Design Contest

The Xbox One era has only just begun, but it’s not too soon to leave your mark on the next generation of gaming. Show the world your artistic talent and you could win up to $1,000 in the process. Your canvas? The new Xbox One Wireless Controller.


From now until December 31, 2013 you can submit up to 3 unique designs for the Xbox One Wireless Controller for a chance to win up to $1,000 and more. A panel of blue-ribbon judges, including Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, will sort through the entries and put the top 10 up for a public vote in January.

How can you get started? Visit the Contest website and follow instructions to download the Xbox One Wireless Controller design template. Then put your creativity to work designing the Xbox One controller you’ve always wanted.

Good luck – we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

November 22nd 2013 at 7:25 am | Contests, Xbox One | 64 comments