April 20th 2014, 12:11 am PT

A look behind the scenes of the Xbox Live Operations Center

If you’ve ever wondered what goes into running a service like Xbox Live, then you’ll want to read this OXM story. In Disaster Squad: behind the scenes at the Xbox Live Operations Centre @thevowel takes you on a tour where you’ll get a look at the dedicated team that has been running Xbox Live every minute, of every hour of every day for over 10-years.

April 20th 2014 at 12:11 am | Gaming | 24 comments

April 8th 2014, 6:10 am PT

LEGO The Hobbit Now Available on Xbox One

LEGO The HobbitContent: LEGO The Hobbit

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The interactive game of LEGO The Hobbit allows gamers to play along with their favorite scenes from the films, and follows the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he is recruited by the Wizard Gandalf to aid Thorin Oakenshield and his Company of Dwarves.










April 8th 2014 at 6:10 am | Gaming, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 57 comments

April 8th 2014, 5:49 am PT

Kinect Sports Rivals is Now Available on Xbox One

KSRContent: Kinect Sports Rivals

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Become a Champion! Cutting-edge Kinect technology scans your likeness to put YOU in the game. Wake Racing, Climbing, Target Shooting, Soccer, Bowling and Tennis are all in play with power-ups, equipment and outfits specific to each event. With the power of Xbox Live, your friends are always there to challenge whether they’re online or not. Find your play style, customize your experience and choose a team worthy of your skill. Kinect Sports Rivals: it’s YOU vs. the world!






April 8th 2014 at 5:49 am | Gaming | 50 comments

March 21st 2014, 10:01 am PT

2014 Call of Duty Championship is Coming to Xbox This Month

The world’s best Call of Duty players will soon come together to shoot it out for their share of $1 million, in the first-ever eSports world championship on Xbox One.

Watch the 2014 Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, on Xbox Live or on Sunday, March 30 at 6pm EST, 3pm PST. You can also catch opening-round action on Friday and Saturday March 28-29. Join the conversation and cheer your favorite team on Twitter using #XboxCOD. You can learn more about the 32-team field at

March 21st 2014 at 10:01 am | Gaming | 60 comments

March 18th 2014, 8:00 am PT

Project Spark Goes to Open Beta on Xbox One

Our friends at Team Dakota have just announced that Project Spark is now in open beta on Xbox One. That means Xbox One owners can join the existing community of Project Spark players and creators without needing a beta code.

To get started, just search for “Project Spark” in the Xbox One store and install the game. Once the installation is complete, launch the game and start creating!

I’ll be joining Team Dakota’s live developer Twitch stream today at Noon PST. Join in on the fun by searching for “Project Spark” on the Xbox One Twitch App, or by clicking here. EDIT: Or just watch right here:

Watch live video from Project_Spark on

Note: In some cases, users that were already in the beta key queue may need to click the “Request Beta Key” button, then exit and relaunch the game to get in for the first time.



March 18th 2014 at 8:00 am | Gaming, Xbox One | 20 comments

March 17th 2014, 10:51 am PT

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is coming to Xbox 360 April 9th


Earlier today, Phil Spencer announced that Max: The Curse of Brotherhood from Press Play Games is coming to Xbox 360. It will be available on on April 9th for US $14.99.



March 17th 2014 at 10:51 am | Gaming, Xbox 360 | 77 comments

February 3rd 2014, 2:52 pm PT

A look at Murdered: Soul Suspect

I had the chance to drop by Air Tight Games here in Redmond, WA and took a look at their newest title “Murdered: Soul Suspect.”  Check it out:

February 3rd 2014 at 2:52 pm | Gaming | 20 comments

January 29th 2014, 10:04 am PT

Race for Your Nation in Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason

Starting February 1st, players can compete to represent their country in Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason, a free download for Xbox One. At the end of the month, the world’s best racers will receive special metallic wake racers, and the players from the winning nation will unlock a special wake racer inspired by that country’s flag. There are also daily challenges for everyone to earn points and unlock prizes that they can take into the full game of Kinect Sports Rivals when it launches. Find all the details and download links over on Xbox Wire.

Kinect Sports Rivals Gold Wake Racer

With the stakes set, we asked KSR developer Rare for some tips to trim your top time:

  • If you grab the throttle just before GO you can get a boost start to the race
  • Experiment to find the best course through the race, it isn’t always obvious…
  • You can get an extra kick when steering hard into a corner by letting go of the throttle then quickly grabbing it again
  • You can trick over the big waves, just lean forwards or backwards to flip!
  • You lose speed when you turn a lot so try to find a good racing line with gentle corners
  • When you are doing a flip, try taking one or both hands off to get extra points and fill your power up more quickly!

Those tips should get you off the line quickly, so get racing. Humming your national anthem during the race is optional, but recommended.

January 29th 2014 at 10:04 am | Gaming | 69 comments

January 21st 2014, 8:54 am PT

Download Lightning Returns Demo Here

The final chapter of the Lightning saga, LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII, is just 3 weeks away. However, you don’t have to wait until February 11th to get a handle on the garb-swapping battle system – you can download the demo right now.

You’ll guide Lightning as she traverses the chaos-infested Yusnaan palace of her old ally, Snow. Here’s a nice touch: players who complete the demo and activate Outerworld services within the game to submit their battle score will unlock the ‘Siegfried’ outfit in the full retail game. Note: you want this!

Add the demo to your Xbox 360 download queue

January 21st 2014 at 8:54 am | Demo, Gaming, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 25 comments

January 12th 2014, 6:45 pm PT

Unlocking and using the SUAV in BF4

A few tips on how to unlock (and use) the SUAV in Battlefield 4

January 12th 2014 at 6:45 pm | Gaming, Xbox One | 38 comments

April 11th 2013, 11:53 am PT

Earn Achievements with these Free Windows 8 Games

If you are on Windows 8, you can download these free games an earn Achievements.

Monster Island

Gravity Guy

iStunt 2



April 11th 2013 at 11:53 am | Gaming, Windows | 26 comments

October 12th 2011, 3:00 am PT

Microsoft Studios Acquires Indie Game Developer Twisted Pixel


Today we announce that Twisted Pixel is joining the Microsoft Studios Family. Read the full press release below while I go and check the policy on shipping BBQ through interoffice mail:

Microsoft Studios Acquires Indie Game Developer Twisted Pixel

Acclaimed studio behind Xbox LIVE Arcade’s “Splosion Man” and Kinect for Xbox 360’s “The Gunstringer” to incubate new game and entertainment experiences for Microsoft Studios.

As a step in continuing to deliver Microsoft Studios’ innovative game and entertainment offerings, Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based game developer Twisted Pixel, the creative minds behind Xbox LIVE Arcade titles such as “Splosion Man” and the recent Kinect for Xbox 360 title, “The Gunstringer.”

From its beginnings in 2006 as independent studio developing award-winning Xbox LIVE Arcade titles, Twisted Pixel will now bring its talented team of developers to Microsoft Studios to help incubate and develop the future of game and entertainment offerings on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 platform.

“Twisted Pixel has an incredible track record of innovative, critically acclaimed, and most importantly, fun, games,” said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president, Microsoft Studios. “Microsoft Studios is home to cutting-edge entertainment experiences, and the incredible creativity of the Twisted Pixel team will help drive further innovation around Kinect and Xbox LIVE.”

“It is really exciting for us to solidify our long-standing relationship with Microsoft Studios, who we consider to be the leader in digital distribution and creating new innovations in gaming like Xbox LIVE and Kinect,” said Michael Wilford, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twisted Pixel. “As part of the family of Microsoft Studios we look forward to bringing even bigger and richer experiences to Xbox and Twisted Pixel fans around the world.”

With today’s announcement, Twisted Pixel becomes the latest member of Microsoft Studios, joining such prestigious and globally-recognized game creators as Lionhead Studios and Rare Ltd., on a team whose charter is to create exclusive experiences that differentiate Microsoft’s platforms.

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October 12th 2011 at 3:00 am | Gaming, Industry | 56 comments

March 25th 2011, 5:13 pm PT

What are you playing this weekend ?

The weekend is finally (or already) here.
What game(s) are going to be occupying your time this weekend?
Anyone going to pick up a 3DS?

March 25th 2011 at 5:13 pm | Gaming | 135 comments

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