Three decades after it was rumored that thousands of unsold Atari 2600 games and accessories, highlighted by E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, were secretly dumped in a New Mexico landfill, the urban legend has been confirmed. Hundreds of fans and media attendees gathered in Alamogordo as a loader dug deep into the earth in search of evidence. After just a couple of hours and 30 feet of debris passed by, E.T. once again saw daylight.
For those of you who couldn’t make it out to New Mexico, Xbox Wire has full coverage of all the goings-on. Cameras were rolling for the filming a documentary on the event that will be airing soon, but I brought my own crew to bring you this inside look at a once-in-a-lifetime event. Enjoy:
As it turned out, folks around the world were following along with the dig via Twitter. Here are a few of our favorite moments as the first cartridges were brought to the surface in real time:
This weekend, you’re invited to join us in digging into the greatest mystery in videogame history: are there really millions of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Atari cartridges buried in the New Mexico desert?
While the dig (and resulting Xbox Entertainment Studios documentary) is the focal point of the weekend, it’s also a fine time to celebrate the last 30 years of gaming. To that end, we’d like for you to join us this coming Friday in Alamogordo, New Mexico for a retro fan meetup. The details:
What’s going on: Prep for the big dig by playing classic Atari games, courtesy of Gamers Anonymous. Enjoy complementary food and soft drinks, and we’ll be raffling off prizes, including Xbox One games and an Xbox One system.
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As you get ready to map out your plan of attack for PAX East 2014 at the Boston Convention Center from April 11th – 13th, be sure to include the Xbox presence (booth #524) in your agenda.
From the newly released Kinect Sports Rivals to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare to Titanfall, we’ve got something for everybody. Catch up with some of our most engaged members of the Project Spark community (and try it out for yourself), or go hands on with ID@Xbox titles Super Time Force and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut.
Check back here for updates, and be sure to follow @Xbox and the #PAXEast hashtag on Twitter to keep up with the latest details on all our activities at PAX East 2014.
No tickets? No worries – you can still join us at a special event at the Natick Mall Microsoft retail store on Thursday, April 10th. For more details on all the great content we’ll be showing off this year, read on:
Microsoft Store Xbox Event – Thursday, April 10th 7:00 PM | Natick Mall, MA
Before heading into the 70,000 human abyss at the Convention Center, let’s kick off PAX East together, New England! Join Xbox’s Major Nelson on Thursday, April 10th at 7pm at the Natick Mall Microsoft retail store for the first ever public demonstration of multiplayer mode in Harmonix’s upcoming Fantasia: Music Evolved. Attendees will also get to play unreleased ID@Xbox games, the newly released Kinect Sports Rivals, and enter to win prizes including a pair of tickets to the sold out PAX East event.
Great news – you don’t need PAX tickets to attend, everyone is welcome! See you there.
Project Spark – Playing is Creating: How to transform from an everyday gamer to a creative visionary with Project Spark – Saturday, April 12th 12:00 PM | Albatross Theatre
Have the dream of creating your perfect game? Interested in seeing what an engaged and passionate community can create? Do you love playing new, different, and unique games? Join Team Dakota as we share the vision and reality of the limitless possibilities of Project Spark. We will showcase some of the amazing games, worlds, and content that our community has created. Learn more about Project Spark: Where Players Create and Creators Play. Currently available in beta and launching soon on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 8.1!
Titanfall – Looking Back & Moving Forward – Saturday, April 12th 4:30PM | Main Theatre
Come meet members of Respawn Entertainment, including co-founder and CEO Vince Zampella, Producer Drew McCoy, Lead Designer Justin Hendry, Software Engineer Jon “Slothy” Shiring, and Community Manager Abbie Heppe, as they revisit the making, the launch, and the future of Titanfall.
Major Nelson Radio – Live! – Saturday, April 12th 6:00 PM | Albatross Theatre
Hello New England….we are baaaaaaaaaaaaack! Major Nelson Radio returns to PAX East with more fun than ever before. We hope.
Join Larry Hyrb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, e, and JEF United as we record an episode of the award winning podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of the studio audience. We will have prizes, guests and probably fun. Note: Clowns are not permitted at the recording.
Hands-on Gaming & Entertainment
Kinect Sports Rivals – Built for the power of Xbox One, Kinect Sports Rivals captures your likeness as a champion and plunges you into a world of sports competition. Sign up to compete against friends, rivals, and the entire world in the Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship for a chance to win the grand prize of ten thousand dollars cash and a trip of a lifetime.
Titanfall – Winner of Over 85 Awards – Titanfall is the first next-gen shooter that combines pure adrenaline, wall-running, double-jumping action with powerful, fast-paced titan warfare to set the new bar for online multiplayer gameplay. Stop by, as we’ll be featuring 24 stations for you to get hands on time with what GameSpot called “A Leap Forward for Shooters”.
Project Spark – The ultimate creation game that lets anyone build unique and instantly playable levels, experiences, and worlds, Project Spark will showcase exciting new content on Xbox One and Windows 8.1 at PAX East. In addition to Team Dakota, the development team behind Project Spark, providing hands-on and guided demos of the game, several of Project Spark’s superstar community members will showcase their own games and levels created within the game. Consumers who come by the booth and try the game for themselves can receive an exclusive “Pinny Arcade” pin (limited quantity).
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare will be showcasing the Garden Ops mode, which pits four Plant team members against waves and waves of zombies and bosses who are out to destroy your garden, featuring content from the Garden Variety Pack update including a new map, a slew of additional character upgrades, and a host of fresh Pirate Zombies for players to face in the Sharkbite Shores map. Boss Mode allows players to employ SmartGlass to support their teams with a top-down view of the battlefield, employing enemy intel, health drops, revive stations and explosive artillery strikes. Players will also have a chance to receive The Super Duper Pack and Craaazy Pack giving players a mix of customization and consumable items, and are guaranteed to include at least one Uncommon item, one Rare item, and a high likelihood of a Rare character piece.
ID@Xbox – Recently highlighted at GDC, ID@Xbox is how independent game developers participate in the momentum of Xbox One. We’re showing off two of the titles – Super Time Force and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut in the Xbox Live area of the booth.
Twitch – With Twitch on Xbox One, you can broadcast and watch your favorite games live. Just say “Xbox, Broadcast” to show the world what you’re playing. Once you’re done broadcasting, use Twitch to watch the games you love, chat with the players you follow, or even join a broadcaster’s game.
Also playable: Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome & Killer Instinct
Other Recommended Fun
State of Decay – Booth #1039
For the first time, come play “Lifeline”, the new DLC for State of Decay, at the Undead Labs booth (#1039) during PAX! State of Decay is the hit zombie survival game which fans have turned into a multi-million unit franchise. Available on both Xbox 360 and Steam*, Lifeline will put you into the boots of Greyhound One — a military unit sent to ground-zero of the zombie apocalypse to rescue a group of scientists who might be the key to fighting the plague. *State of Decay game required, sold separately.
Powerstar Golf- Booth #836
Powerstar Golf will reveal a brand new course for the first time at PAX East! Play the course at Ubisoft’s Booth (#836), where Powerstar Golf will be one of the titles featured in Ubisoft’s “The Next Level” Tournament. Also, make sure to watch the trailer playing throughout the weekend in the booth.
Fighting game enthusiasts at PAX East 2014 will have a chance to flex their competitive muscles playing Killer Instinct on Xbox One for the chance to win a variety of great prizes at the Turtle Beach booth (#862). Gamers in attendance can register for one of the 32 open slots available for each of the 3 days. All gameplay will happen on the Xbox One, using Killer Instinct FightSticks and customized Turtle Beach XO SEVEN headsets. All participants will also receive an exclusive Killer Instinct FightStick pin!
Twitch – Booth #936
Make sure you swing by the Twitch booth (#936) to catch Capcom Pro Tour action throughout the weekend. Twitch will also be giving away awesome swag bags to the first 250 people who come check out how easy it is to stream on next generation consoles including Xbox One. Can’t make it? Watch it all from the Twitch app on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One.
Age of Mythology Extended – Booth#492
The Battle for Heaven and Earth Begins again!After the successful release of Age of Empires II :HD, Microsoft Studios is now bringing you Age of Mythology Extended an updated combination of the award-winning Age of Mythology and the Titan expansion. Stop by the Age of Empires booth (#492) where you will be able to demo Age of Mythology: EX before it’s release or have your picture taken in the OneDrive photo stand and earn their your own Anubis Pinny Arcade pin and AOM:EX kraken bandana (while supplies last).
Saturday at 11am in the Que Room: Your chance to have a poster signed by a Titanfall Respawn developer Saturday at 2pm at the Xbox Booth: Your chance to play alongside a Titanfall Respawn developer Sunday at 2pm at the Xbox Booth: Your chance to play alongside a Titanfall Respawn developer
The 2014 Call of Duty Championships, presented by Xbox, are on NOW. With teams from around the world battling it out for their share of $1 million in prize money, the competition is sure to be fierce. Here’s how you can follow the action live:
GDC is in full swing here in San Francisco, making this a perfect time to update you on the ID@Xbox program.
Today, we’re showing 25 games coming to Xbox One through ID@Xbox, developed by teams all over the world. These titles include a wide range of genres, with many of them taking advantage of Xbox One features such as local 8-player gameplay and Kinect integration. Check out the full list of titles over at Xbox Wire.
Look for ID@Xbox game titles in the Xbox Games Store in the coming weeks, but if you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can try them today!
Join us at Loft One San Francisco (530 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94107) beginning at 7pm, and be the first to go hands-on with these awesome indies. No GDC badge needed. We’ll even be raffling off some new Xbox One-compatible headsets.
More details here. Hope to see you tonight, and we’ll have more info on these games closer to their respective release dates.
GDC is quickly approaching, and we have some ID@Xbox games to share during the event. As you may have seen, Chris Charla recently unveiled the latest wave of ID@Xbox developers and we’re excited about what these new updates will mean for gamers on Xbox One. So excited, in fact, that we’re inviting Xbox fans to come play them – next week!
This coming Tuesday, March 18th, we’re hosting the ID@Xbox Showcase in San Franciscoto go hands-on with ID@Xbox titles for the first time. Come enjoy the experience with refreshments, developer access, and new ID@Xbox games in a great lounge setting. Sound good? (Hint: it is)
Here’s what you need to know:
When:Tuesday, March 18th beginning at 7pm. Your session will last approximately one hour.
Note: The Loft isn’t a huge venue (we can fit approximately 50 fans in at a time), and this event is 1st come, 1st served. After one hour, we will clear the venue and allow a second group of about 50 fans in to play.
The line is already forming, the stage is nearly set, and Titanfall launches… TONIGHT.
While you’re waiting for midnight in your neck of the woods, why not join us live from SXSW in Austin? Both in-person or on Twitch, we’ll be celebrating Titanfall’s release from 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Watch right… here:
Here’s what to look for tonight: developer walkthroughs of new Titanfall maps, answering fan questions, and unveiling an amazing new collaboration in the Titanfall universe. We’ll also be holding Twitter contests throughout the stream, we’ll announce how to enter during the broadcast.
Last week, we invited you to join us to celebrate the launch of Titanfall, and the response has been incredible. While more people have RSVP’d via Facebook than can even fit in the building, this will be a first come-first served event.
And here’s a way to become even… first-er:
Join us this Sunday, March 9th at 5pm for a casual meet-up at the Microsoft Store in Austin @ The Domain. The first 50 people to arrive at the store will be granted VIP access to Monday night’s launch party. Just line up in the designated area outside the store (but not before 4pm!)
We’ll also be playing games and raffling off prizes (including an Xbox One), so feel free to come on by even if you’re not looking to attend Monday’s launch party. We look forward to meeting you (and receiving your recommendations for good local BBQ).
Located at the Microsoft Studio at 323 Congress, the celebration (Facebook event page here) will kick off at 9pm, featuring exclusive opportunities to meet the developers behind Titanfall, cool giveaways, and of course, lots of Titanfall gameplay. A special performance by Childish Gambino, one of the most exciting young talents in music, mixing a unique blend of hip-hop genres, will cap the evening.
Attendance will be on a first come, first served basis – although we’re planning other ways for folks to get into the event – keep an eye on Twitter for more details on that.
If you won’t be in Austin, we don’t want you to miss the special celebration, and we’re building a special Twitch broadcast just for you. Tune in to our Twitch live stream at twitch.tv/xbox or on the Twitch Xbox app starting at 10pm Central (11pm Eastern, 8pm Pacific) on March 10 for incredible gameplay action, special appearances from Vince Zampella, Abbie Heppe, and Yusuf Mehdi, the legendary team from Rooster Teeth Productions, Xbox Live Gamerscore and achievement leader Stallion83, Xbox’s own Major Nelson, GameTrailers TV and Spike TV host Geoff Keighley, Twitch’s Jon Carnage and many, many more.
Additionally, over 6,000 midnight openings will take place at retailers nationwide to celebrate the launch of Titanfall on March 11.
Titanfall is less than two weeks away, we hope you join us at the very beginning.
Join me this Saturday March 1st at 11am at Westfarms Mall for the Grand Opening of the newest Microsoft Store. Then later that day I’ll be back for the very first official Connecticut Xbox Community Event from 6:30pm – 8:30pm where we will have hands on time with “Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare” as well as a special Q&A with Titanfall Community Manager Abbie Heppe - PLUS I’ll be giving away an Xbox One Console to one lucky attendee…it could be you.
As someone who grew up in Central Connecticut I am really excited to come ‘home’ and I look forward to meeting you! See you Saturday.
The Super Bowl is the biggest entertainment event of the year, and that means the fun extends far beyond MetLife Stadium this Sunday. Even if you’re not a lifelong fan of the Broncos or Seahawks – heck, even if you’re more into videogames than football – there may be something Super Bowl-related for you to enjoy. Here’s what Xbox will be up to this weekend, no ticket required.
Super Bowl Boulevard – Xbox has taken up residence on the most famous street in the nation. Drop on by to play games, enter sweepstakes, or take a selfie with a very special Xbox One console. Look for the Xbox tents on Broadway between 36th & 37th St. Open Wednesday through Saturday, Noon-11pm, free!
If you’re an Uber user in Manhattan, pay extra attention when booking a trip in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. If you hop in one of our luxury Xbox One SUVs, not only will you get a short free ride, you’ll also get a prize giveaway, with the chance to receive the grand prize of two tickets to Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII!. Look for the Xbox One option within the app this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening, and see all the details over on Xbox Wire.
If you’re not in New York, fire up the NFL App on your Xbox One to participate in the final round of the NFL Playoff Faceoff. New Super Bowl-related questions await your prediction – don’t miss your chance to earn these special Achievements and to enter for a chance to win tickets to the *next* Super Bowl.
Additionally, look for Xbox at the Madden Bowl, on NFL Honors, and on NFL Fan Pass. Wherever you are, get the 7-layer dip ready and have a great Super Bowl!
This Friday December 20th at 6pm, I’ll be at the Microsoft Store at the Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, Puerto Rico for my final Xbox event of the year. On site, we’ll have the Killer Instinct cabinet (with the Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade FightSticks) for you to play, as well as FIFA, Peggle 2 and more Xbox One titles. Prizes? Yup…we’ll have some of those as well including a chance for you to win an Xbox One during the event. I am also bringing a small number of consoles for purchase – so if you want to get your hands on an Xbox One for Christmas you may want to stop by.
9pm: Xbox One lands in South America, as Brazil is the first nation in the Western Hemisphere to welcome Xbox One. Bem-vindos! (Xbox Brasil Facebook, Twitter)
11pm: Xbox One Countdown to Launch kicks off on SPIKE, SPIKE.com, Xbox Live, Xbox.com and via GameTrailers.com and the GameTrailers app. Watch launch festivities from Times Square and Los Angeles, and enjoy a live performance from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
In the U.S., the ultimate midnight celebration will take place in Times Square in New York City. The world of Xbox One will come to life as zombies, Roman soldiers and supercars converge on the Best Buy Theater, where awaiting fans will be among the first in America to receive their consoles and countdown to midnight with great games, entertainment and special surprises. This is also place to come if you didn’t pre-order; we’ve got a couple thousand Xbox One systems for sale!
On the west coast, Xbox fans in Los Angeles are invited to make history at Milk Studios, which will be transformed into a gamer haven, with gameplay stations for Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct, and other Xbox One game titles. Fans will countdown to midnight amidst killer games, entertainment and special surprises. The first 500 people to purchase an Xbox One or Xbox One game will enjoy an exclusive concert with deadmau5.
Think you’ve got a Killer Instinct? You could have a chance to prove it at the Killer Instinct Ultra Fighter Tournament in select Microsoft retail stores on Xbox One launch night, November 21st.
One Grand Prize Winner in each store will receive the Ultimate Xbox One Gaming House, which includes an Xbox One, all launch night titles, 1 year of Xbox Live, PLUS a trip to Jacksonville, FL to play in a final showdown
on stage on Saturday, November 23rd, to determine the Killer Instinct Fastest Fighter Champion. Major Nelson will be on hand to personally bestow this Killer Instinct Championship Belt to our grand champion!
Registration is FREE and is on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 6pm. Click on the participating store links to learn more:
How can you improve your odds of winning? Stop by your local Microsoft retail store today, check out Xbox One, and sharpen your Killer Instinct skills in preparation for the tournament. Major Nelson will be waiting for you in Jacksonville, FL on November 23rd to crown the ultimate Killer Instinct Ultra Fighter!
Later this week, I am headed to London for the Battlefield 4: Showdown. I’ll be commanding the US troops while Graeme Boyd, my counterpart in Xbox Europe, will lead the European team. The entire event will be played on Xbox One and streamed live on Xbox Live on Friday November 1st at 6:00pm local time in London (2 pm ET/11am PT) and available on demand shortly after the event. Tune in and get a first look at the Battlefield 4 Second Assault expansion pack, which debuts during the broadcast and brings four re-imagined Battlefield 3 maps to Battlefield 4.
Today at the Tokyo Game Show, Microsoft showcased a first look at “Crimson Dragon,” the flight-based shooter from the creator of the critically acclaimed “Panzer Dragoon” series, and unveiled new gameplay for “Dead Rising 3,” the next blockbuster installment of Capcom’s award-winning zombie action series, coming exclusively to Xbox One on Nov. 22.
“Crimson Dragon” Takes To New Heights in Tokyo
Microsoft Studios, in partnership with Grounding and Land Ho! today unleashed new footage of “Crimson Dragon” for the first time at Tokyo Game Show. Created and directed by acclaimed developer Yukio Futatsugi (creator of “Panzer Dragoon”), the flight-based shooter features action-packed gameplay and a vibrant new user interface.
Launching exclusively for Xbox One for $19.99 (USD) on Nov. 22, “Crimson Dragon” enables you to harness a powerful dragon and take to the skies in this thrilling shooter where humanity has been driven to the brink of extinction on a planet ruled by dragons. It’s up to you and your friends to control the winged beasts as you battle for supremacy. Purchase and play “Crimson Dragon” before Dec. 31 and receive an exclusive dragon to help you rule the skies.
Capcom Showcases Co-op Multiplayer and Super-combo Weapons for “Dead Rising 3”
Microsoft and Capcom Vancouver enticed fans with a first look at co-op multiplayer and Super-combo weapons, a brand-new addition to the celebrated franchise.
In “Dead Rising 3’s” online co-op mode, you can take on the zombie horde with a friend over Xbox Live, with the ability to hop in or out of each other’s game at any time. When playing in a friend’s game, you’ll not only help them advance, but also contribute to your story progression and earn experience points that carry back into your own game. Any mission you finish in a friend’s game will also register as “complete” in yours, so you’ll never have to go back and replay a co-op mission to advance your single-player story, unless you want to experience it again.
Co-op players will assume the role of Dick, a wise-cracking trucker who sees the main character Nick Ramos as his best chance at getting out of the overrun city of Los Perdidos, and plays a key role in the “Dead Rising 3” story.
In addition to showcasing co-op, Capcom revealed Super-combo Weapons – a new tier of Combo Weapons that requires at least three components (and oftentimes multiple steps and blueprints) to craft, and features unique abilities that let you decimate crowds of zombies with devastating effect. Examples include the Ultimate Powershout, a deadly concussive horn made of traffic cones; the Ultimate Grim Reaper, a flaming scythe made of a katana sword, a scythe, a gas canister and a mask; and the Massive Bomb, a mini-nuke that obliterates every zombie in your vicinity – along with your clothes.
Not only are Super-combo Weapons ultra-powerful, but they can also be customized into a wide range of different variants with unique abilities. For example, the fan-favorite “Freedom Bear” from “Dead Rising 2,” a life-size stuffed bear turret armed with twin machine guns, can be customized into eight different variants in “Dead Rising 3” with modifications like grenade launchers, a push cart and a boombox lure to confuse the zombies. With hundreds of Combo and Super-combo Weapons, “Dead Rising 3” takes customization to the next level in the ultimate zombie sandbox and gives you and your friends a virtually limitless number of ways to fight back against the undead horde.