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May 28th 2013, 9:16 am PT

Win a pass to see the Xbox E3 2013 Media Briefing

If you are in the LA area and you want to attend the Xbox E3 2013 Media Briefing on Monday, June 10th at The Galen Center on the campus of USC this is your chance. I’ve got 250 tickets to giveaway so you can watch the show and see for yourself the games we have planned for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.  

Hit this link if you are in the LA area and want to enter to win.

Who: You
What: The Xbox E3 2013 Media briefing
Why: Be the first to see our line up of Xbox One and Xbox 360 Games
Where: The Galen Center on the campus of USC (directions)
When: Monday, June 10th,  2013. Briefing begins at 9:30am, but you’ll need to check in by 8:30am.
How: Enter using this form I have set up on my SkyDrive.

Deadline to enter is Monday June 3rd at 12n PT. If you are chosen, an email will be sent to you after this time with information on how to obtain your pass. Due to the way the registration works you’ll only win one pass.

Some details:
Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email.
If you are randomly chosen, you’ll win a single pass to they event. You must be able to be in Los Angeles on the morning of June 10th by 8:30am. Winners will not receive tickets to E3 show floor or any other related events. Winner must be over 18 due to the M rated content that will be shown at the briefing.

Update: The contest is now over. Check your email, winners have been notified!

May 28th 2013 at 9:16 am | E3, Events, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 389 comments

May 21st 2013, 10:20 am PT

Xbox One Architecture Panel


Watch live video from xboxlivearcade on TwitchTV

Today a 3p ET/12n PT/190:00 GMT join me and the following special guests to discuss the Architecture of Xbox One. Here you’ll hear more about the design decisions behind the ultimate all in one gaming and entertainment box.

Above is the replay of the panel.

Todd Holmdahl, Corp. Vice President, IEB Hardware
Nick Baker, Distinguished Engineer, Console Architecture
Boyd Multerer , Director of Development
Dan Greenawalt , Creative Director Turn 10 Studios

 

   
   

May 21st 2013 at 10:20 am | Events | 98 comments

May 21st 2013, 6:46 am PT

#XboxReveal Day: Where to watch

Watch the main event today at 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox LIVE and Xbox.com. If you are in the US or Canada, you can also watch the broadcast on Spike TV. 

Note: The Xbox.com version should be viewable on most mobile devices.

If you have a Windows Phone 8, download the free Live Event Player to view watch the stream.

The full show will be available later in the day for viewing via video on demand on Xbox.com and Xbox LIVE.

PLUS later today at 3p ET/12n PT/19:00 GMT I am hosting a special #XbxoReveal recap show that will ONLY be streamed on Twitch.tv During this time I’ll be joined by guests who will go into more detail about our #XboxReveal announcements. This will be available later in the day on Twitch.tv for playback as well.

If you can’t join us for the live event, you can follow me on Twitter where I’ll be sharing the news throughout the day.

Follow me on Twitter for additional updates.

May 21st 2013 at 6:46 am | Events | 21 comments

May 20th 2013, 12:48 pm PT

Watch #XboxReveal on your Windows Phone 8

If you want to watch the #XboxReveal event from your Windows Phone 8 device, download the free Live Video Player app and you can watch it on the go.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

May 20th 2013 at 12:48 pm | Events, Windows Phone | 44 comments

May 19th 2013, 11:55 am PT

#XboxReveal and Panel reminders

If you want to add a reminder to your personal calendar, I have created two iCalendar .ICS files that you can grab and add to your calendar so you’ll be reminded and won’t miss a thing:

Download an .ics for the #XboxReaveal event on Tuesday, May 21st @ 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT
(You can watch this on via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox LIVE and Xbox.com.
If you are in the US or Canada, you can also watch the broadcast on Spike TV.)

Download an ics for the post show panel I’ll be hosting at 3p ET/12n PT/19:00 GMT
(This panel will only be available globally on Twitch.tv, and if you are in the US on the Twitch.TV Xbox app)

 

May 19th 2013 at 11:55 am | Events | 40 comments

May 14th 2013, 10:00 am PT

One week until #XboxReveal

We are one week away from the #XboxReveal event. You can join us Tuesday, May 21st @ 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox LIVE and Xbox.com.
If you are in the US or Canada, you can also watch the broadcast on Spike TV.

PLUS, today I announced that we’ll be teaming up with Twitch and I’ll be hosting an exclusive post-show at 3p ET/12m PT. You’ll only be able to watch the special show via the new Twitch app on Xbox 360 and also online globally on www.twitch.tv. During the show I’ll be joined by some guests who will go into more detail about our #XboxReveal announcements.

Here is a preview of the special structure we are building on the Xbox campus where we’ll be holding the #XboxReveal event

WhoSay - Photo from Larry Hryb

May 14th 2013 at 10:00 am | Events | 163 comments

May 9th 2013, 12:25 pm PT

Yes, Xbox will be at Gamescom this year

You may have already seen this from our friends in Europe , but I just wanted to make sure you know that Xbox will be back at Gamescom this year. I am very much looking forward to returning to Cologne in August as we have a lot to share with you this year.

 

May 9th 2013 at 12:25 pm | Events, Industry | 26 comments

April 24th 2013, 10:01 am PT

#XboxReveal

On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox LIVE and Xbox.com. If you are in the US or Canada, you can also watch the broadcast on Spike TV.

On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19-days later at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games.

We are thrilled to pull back the curtain and reveal what we’ve been working on.

A New Generation Revealed
Xbox Campus, Redmond WA
Tuesday, May 21st @ 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT

Follow me on Twitter where I’ll share updates leading up to the event.

Xbox Reveal on Xbox.com

April 24th 2013 at 10:01 am | Events, Industry, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 627 comments

March 20th 2013, 9:50 am PT

Xbox 360 at PAX East 2013

As you get ready to map out your plan of attack on the Boston Convention Center this week for PAX East 2013, be sure to include the Xbox Booth #524 where you’ll find the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experiences for spring and summer in one huge space.

 

Below is an overview of Xbox activities at PAX East. For more detailed PAX East info, download the Guidebook app on your Windows Phone!

Hands-On Gaming (Xbox Booth #524)

Dance Central 3: Dance Central 3, from the #1-selling dance franchise for Kinect is back at PAX East in a big way! Stop by the Xbox booth and take the Dance Central stage to cut a rug to your favorite songs. From disco grooves of the 70′s to current chart-topping dance hits, you can find a beat to shake your money-maker in front of thousands of your closest friends.

Halo 4 (Castle Map Pack): Come play Castle Map Pack, the first consumer hands-on experience at PAX East! The War Games Map Pass allows players to extend their gameplay experience with new locations and bonus content (2 unique helmets and an emblem). The Castle Map Pack is the third of the series, offering larger, more open spaces, in three very different settings and map styles. Castle map pack introduces nine new achievements, three new maps, and a new “Castle DLC” playlist.

Gears of War: Judgment (Maxim Map Pack): Microsoft, Epic Games and MAXIM are delivering even more adrenaline-fueled action to Gears of War fans with the upcoming post-launch release of two free, MAXIM-sponsored multiplayer maps – Haven and Capitol – as well as a new mode called “Execution.” First consumer hands-on experience at PAX East! For more details including a first look at Haven, head over to Maxim Online at www.maxim.com/gow-haven.

Xbox LIVE Arcade Games:

The Xbox booth has four addictive titles that are sure to keep you coming back for more! Be sure to stop by and check out a diverse range of games – from motorbikes to mindless zombies, platforming to poker, the Xbox LIVE Arcade team and the awesome developers behind each title are ready to provide you with innovative, fun, and challenging games for you to check out!

Max: Curse of the Brotherhood

Motocross Madness

State of Decay

World Series of Poker: Full House Pro

Xbox Games for Windows 8:

Adera

Disney Fairies: Hidden Treasures

Endless Skater

Gunpowder

Gunstringer

The Harvest

Monsters Love Candy

Solitaire

Taptiles

Special Events and Panels

Halo Team Autograph Signings:
Location: Xbox Booth #524
Day/ Time: Friday, March 22 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Halo 4 Multiplayer: Past, Present, and Future
Day: Friday, March 22 
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Main Theater
Halo 4 delivered a unique set of multiplayer experiences, immersing players in an episodic campaign with Spartan Ops, while delivering more breadth and depth in the expanded War Games sandbox. You’ve played the Majestic Map Pack and may even have had a chance to play Castle Map Pack on the floor here at PAX. Come prepared to hear 343 Industries’ Burnie Burns, Kevin Franklin, Andy Dudynsky and Jessica Shea, as well as Certain Affinity’s Tom Potter discuss where we’ve been, where we are, and what is on the horizon for Halo 4 Multiplayer.

Finally, don’t miss the Podcast we we will be recording in front of you the live studio audience. If you can’t make the trip to Boston this year, you’ll be able to watch the recording (and many of the panels) on the Official Twitch.TV PAX channel. Update: Looks like there was a change of plans and the room we will be in is not set up for streaming. If that changes I’ll tweet the link. Sorry.

Major Nelson Podcast!
Saturday 5:30pm – 6:30pm | NAGA Theatre
Join us as we hang out, take your questions and talk about games, PAX and whatever else we think of.
Special Guest Ken Levine will also drop by to talk about “Bioshock Infinite”.

I’ll update this post as I get more information – See you at the show this weekend.

   

March 20th 2013 at 9:50 am | Events | 96 comments

January 2nd 2013, 8:51 am PT

Countdown to E3 2013

And it’s on…

http://www.e3expo.com/

January 2nd 2013 at 8:51 am | E3, Events | 369 comments

November 9th 2012, 8:45 am PT

Call of Duty: Black Ops II World Launch Live from Times Square

COD: Black Ops II

Call of Duty: Black Ops II launches next week and you will be able to watch the official launch Live from Times Square in New York City.

The event will be streamed over Xbox LIVE, CallofDuty.com and broadcast on Spike TV at 12m ET/9p PT. It kicks off with a special pre-show program that starts at 11:45pm ET / 8:45pm PT, but the pre-show will only be viewable on Xbox LIVE and CallofDuty.com. (US and Canada only.)

 

Follow me on Twitter and I’ll remind you when the live stream starts.

November 9th 2012 at 8:45 am | Events | 9 comments

October 17th 2012, 8:23 am PT

Results from the second US Presidential debate

Following the US  Presidential debate last night that was carried on Xbox, I though you’d like to see the following data from the interactive polling that was conducted on Xbox LIVE :

  • More than 100,000 Xbox LIVE community members engaged in the 2nd presidential debate, responding to approximately 70 polling questions in real time.
  • There were well over 2,000,000 individual responses to poll questions.
  • Most poll questions averaged 35,000 to 40,000 respondents per question.
  • Among the approximately 2,000 Xbox Undecided/Swing Voters who weighed in:
  • 51% of undecideds declared Obama the victor, while 17% declared Romney the victor. 32% remained unsure of a winner.
  • Among those who leaned Romney prior to the debate, 19% thought Obama won the debate, compared with 2% of pre-debate Obama leaners who thought Romney won the debate.
  • 28% of undecideds either leaned or decisively supported Obama post-debate. 10% either leaned or decisively supported Romney post-debate.
  • 52% of undecideds declared Obama the most truthful, and 17% declared Romney the most truthful.
  • Among those who leaned Romney prior to the debate, 22% thought Romney was the most truthful, compared with 2% of pre-debate Obama leaners who thought Romney was most truthful.
  • 56% of undecideds thought Obama was specific enough about his plans, while 17% thought Romney was specific enough about his plans.

The final debate will be on October 22nd

October 17th 2012 at 8:23 am | Events, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 98 comments

August 20th 2012, 9:22 am PT

Xbox PAX Prime Meet up

PAX Prime is next week here in Seattle, and in addition to our live show, we’re also hosting a Community Meet up on Saturday September 1st at Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub. This event is open to everyone (no PAX passes required to attend) and is open to all ages.

Plus, the first 360 people thought the door will receive an Xbox 360 lanyard and a special Xbox LIVE rewards item. Stop down and join us!

When: Saturday, September 1st, 2012 from 9am – 10:30am
What: Xbox Meet up brought to you by Xbox LIVE Rewards
Where: Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub
1916 Post Alley, Pike Place Market
Seattle, WA 98101
Look for the signs
(Directions)
Note: Approximately 7 blocks from the Convention Center. Look for signs near the entrance in Post Alley between Stewart and Virginia.
Why: Come meet me, e, lauralollipop, DMZilla and other members of the Xbox team

Free breakfast – while supplies last.

Plus we’ll also have some prizes to give away

   

FYI: The Pub was featured on Ghost Adventures.

August 20th 2012 at 9:22 am | Events, PAX | 10 comments

August 2nd 2012, 8:21 pm PT

Watch the Mars Rover landing on your Xbox 360

A quick reminder that ‘Curiosity’ is scheduled to touch down on the surface of Mars this weekend.
In case you missed it, keep an eye out for the special Mars Rover section of your Xbox 360 dashboard right on the main page.  From here you can take a quiz about the mission, learn about the incredible engineering that has gone into the mission and much more. Plus, from her you’ll be able to join NASA TV live from Mission control at the JPL during the final moments before landing. Don’t forget that while you are waiting for the big moment you can play the free Kinect Mars Rover simulator available for download and get a few achievements and Gamerscore.

August 2nd 2012 at 8:21 pm | Events, Geeky | 52 comments

July 1st 2012, 8:59 pm PT

Heading to Australia

I am travelling to Australia today to judge in the annual Imagine Cup competition. This year, I’ll be judging the finalists in the Game Design Xbox/Windows Category.  That means that while I am on the road and working from Sydney I’ll be updating the blog and tweeting as usual although at what may appear to be strange hours due to the extreme time difference from my normal work cycle. Other than that, there should not be any interruption in regularity. I’ll be back in the US later next week.

July 1st 2012 at 8:59 pm | Events | 17 comments

June 28th 2012, 9:45 am PT

Xbox 360 Comic Con 2012 Schedule

Xbox will be at the 42nd annual Comic-Con International in San Diego next month with a whole bunch of stuff going on. On the show floor, you can find us at Booth #5252.

 

Show Hours:
Preview
: Wednesday, July 11, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, July 12, – Saturday, July 14: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 15: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The full list of Xbox 360 Comic-Con International 2012 activities include:

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get early hands-on with the most anticipated blockbuster of the year, “Halo 4”! Comic-Con marks your first chance to play visceral and immersive multiplayer of “Halo 4.” So bring a friend and get ready to jump into the action!

Additionally, you’ll have a chance to receive special prizes at the booth and meet the creative visionaries behind “Halo 4” and “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” during special signing events. Check back here or Halo Waypoint for more details and exact times.

 

Xbox Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel
Legends Room – Hard Rock Hotel
207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Get an early taste of the upcoming Xbox 360 blockbusters and Xbox LIVE Arcade titles with us. Be sure to stop by the Xbox Lounge at the Hard Rock to play highly anticipated games like “Forza Horizon,” “Fable: The Journey,” “Dance Central 3,” “Assassin’s Creed III,” “Resident Evil 6,” “Borderlands 2,” “Hitman: Absolution,” “Sleeping Dogs,” “Deadlight,” “Wreckateer,” and more. And, after you try some of the new games, check out the HBO GO and Crackle apps on Xbox LIVE.

Xbox 360 at NERD HQ
Block No 16 Union and Spirits
344 7th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Thursday, July 12 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday, July 13 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.;
Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, July 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Xbox 360 is joining forces with Zac Levi’s Nerd Machine again this year as the official console of NERD HQ, a four-day offsite experience exhibiting the best of technology, gaming and entertainment at Comic-Con. Check out blockbuster titles including the intense and reborn Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider,” a brand-new map from “Gears of War: Judgment,” “Hitman: Absolution,” and more playable titles.

Xbox Panels:

 

The Fiction of “Halo 4”
Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 12, 4:45pm – 5:45pm

“Halo 4” heralds the return of one of gaming’s most iconic heroes, the Master Chief, in a new, epic sci-fi saga. Expanding and enriching the narrative, 343 Industries, with very special guests, will share how the development of stories across the Greg Bear Forerunner saga, the Karen Traviss Kilo-Five trilogy, “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” “Halo 4” Campaign and “Halo Infinity Multiplayer” have become connective tissue for “Halo 4.” Don’t miss the exciting premiere of the “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” trailer as well as Q&A with our special guests! Panelists: Brian Reed, Franchise Writer, Armando Troisi, Narrative Director, 343 Industries, and “Forward Unto Dawn’s” director, cinematic director and writers (to be announced). Moderated by: Frank O’Connor, Franchise Development Director, 343 Industries.

 

“Gears of War”: Past, Present & Future
Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Friday, July 13, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

G4 TV Host Morgan Webb, will serve as moderator as legendary video game developer Epic Games comes together to discuss the past, present and future of the “Gears of War” franchise. The creative and technical minds behind one of the most successful game franchises in history will be on hand to share experiences with attendees. Panelists include: Epic Games’ Design Director Cliff Bleszinski and Director of Production Rod Fergusson, writers Tom Bissell and Rob Auten, and the voice of Baird, Fred Tatasciore. This panel will feature an extended Q&A session.

 

“Halo 4”: A New Campaign and “Halo Infinity Multiplayer”
Room 6DE, San Diego Convention Center
Saturday, July 14, 3:15pm – 4:15pm

“Halo 4” marks the beginning of a new saga in the blockbuster franchise that has shaped entertainment history and defined a generation of gamers. Developed by 343 Industries, get a glimpse at how they have taken “Halo 4” in new directions, introducing an ancient threat and the Master Chief’s greatest challenge, as well as an innovative and fresh new take on multiplayer in War Games and Spartan Ops. Panelists: Kiki Wolfkill, Executive Producer, Josh Holmes, Creative Director and Frank O’Connor, Franchise Development Director and others to be announce soon.

June 28th 2012 at 9:45 am | Events | 15 comments

June 14th 2012, 6:00 am PT

Xbox changes strategy for gamescom and TGS

As you saw at E3, we have a solid line-up of games launching this holiday, along with other entertainment experiences. We’ve changed our approach a little, though. This year, Xbox will be focusing on smaller, more localized promotions and experiences for press, partners, retailers and customers around the world. Which means that as you might have seen on some of the news sites today, we won’t be taking part in gamescom or Tokyo Games Show this year.

Both are still  important shows for the industry, and we do wish the organizers well.

June 14th 2012 at 6:00 am | Events | 100 comments

May 30th 2012, 9:51 am PT

Where to Watch the Xbox E3 2012 Media Briefing

On Monday, June 4th at 12:30p ET/9:30a PT we’ll kick off E3 2012 with the Xbox 360 Media Briefing. For the first time ever you’ll be able to watch the briefing streamed directly to your Xbox 360 over Xbox LIVE. In addition, Spike TV will also be airing the briefing live. If you are hanging out on Facebook, you’ll be able to watch the stream over there as well. Won’t be near your PC? Then point your mobile browser to Xbox.mobi where they’ll have a mobile version of the stream hosted.

If you are near your computer, you’ll also want to hit up Xbox.com/e3 where you can watch the stream as well as participate in an interactive chat with other viewers that I’ll be hosting along with Julie Alexandria.

Regardless of how you watch it, it will be presented live and commercial free. Plus if you miss it…you’ll be able drop by Xbox.com/e3 after the briefing to watch a replay.

Following the briefing, watch the Xbox 360 dashboard for video coverage directly from the show floor.

Update: The streams will be available in all regions.

An Xbox LIVE Gold membership will be required to watch the stream on the console. Anyone can watch it via Xbox.com/e3

I’ll also be posting from the show floor to Twitter and Google Plus:

Twitter:

Google Plus:

May 30th 2012 at 9:51 am | E3, Events, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 71 comments

May 3rd 2012, 9:00 am PT

Spike TV to present “Xbox: Entertainment Evolved” From E3 2012

Today Spike TV announced that they’ll be carrying our 90-minute E3 Briefing ‘Xbox: Entertainment Evolved’ LIVE from LA next month. Tune in to Spike TV on Monday, June 4th at 12:30p ET/ 9:30a PT to catch all the news .

In addition, for the first time ever you’ll be able to watch the event on Xbox LIVE.

Promo video below:

SPIKE  
E3 All Access Live Preview
www.spike.com
Spike Full Episodes Spike Video Clips Spike on Facebook

May 3rd 2012 at 9:00 am | E3, Events, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 50 comments

April 17th 2012, 10:36 am PT

Our Next Google Hangout On Air

In lieu of a podcast this week, were going to do a Hangout On Air! Join us this Thursday April 19th at 10p ET/ 7p PT (What time is this in your time zone) where we’ll talk about what we’re playing, PAX East, take some of your questions and try to have fun for an hour or so.

Once we are live, I’ll post a link on Twitter or you can just add me to circle and you’ll see the Hangout pop up in your feed.

PLUS, this month I am trying something different. Since Google + has a limit of 500 comments on a post and you need to refresh the page to see new comments, I am also going to create a Cover It Live session (below) where we will take your questions and you can chat with others while watching the LIVE session.

I am hoping it provides a better experience than the G+ comments.

April 17th 2012 at 10:36 am | Events | 13 comments

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