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August 5th 2014, 7:29 am PT

Where to find/follow/stalk me on social media

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With all of the social media sites out there, I wanted to take a moment to let you know where you can officially find me out there on the interwebs.

A good place to start is this very blog….but if you are here, you probably already know that.

RSS: If you are one of those old school folks that uses RSS (Like me!) I offer a full feed you can subscribe to here.

Xbox Live: On Xbox Live I am, of course, Major Nelson. If you own on Xbox One…be sure to follow me over there that way you can jump into any multiplayer games with me or get a notification when I start streaming on my Twitch channel.

Podcast: The podcast is in this section of on the blog, as well as posted on my Soundcloud channel. You find the show in iTunes here.

Twitter: Since November 22, 2006…I’ve been on Twitter which is the best place to track the latest Xbox news, sales and information (among other things I tweet.) My Vines will appear there as well.

Reddit: If you Reddit, you can find me as /u/majornelson  http://www.reddit.com/user/majornelson/ –  I lurk in /r/XboxOne and will drop in on conversations now and then.

Flickr: I post photos over here on my Photostream

Google PlusThis is me on Google Plus and here on my YouTube channel – While I am not as active on G+, I post over there as often as I can and that’s also where we’ll do the occasional Hangout.

Instagram: Into Instagram? I’m over there as well posting occasional objets d’art or short videos.

SnapChat: I am snapping there as “themajornelson“. I am just starting to use SnapChat, so I am still experimenting the best way to use it. Follow me and join the experiment!

NeoGaf: If NeoGAF is your place, I’m over there as  “Major Nelson”

Tech Support/Questions: If you need tech support or help with your Xbox, you should hit up Xbox Support on Twitter. They are standing by ready to help.

Email? Yea…you can reach me here. While I try to read everything I receive, I don’t have time to reply to every email.

I’ve been playing around with Medium here. But since I’ve already got a blog…not sure what I’ll do over there.

Any other social networks I should take a look at ? I’d love to know what you use and how.

 

August 5th 2014 at 7:29 am | Gaming | 41 comments

July 14th 2014, 11:45 am PT

My Xbox One Twitter List

If you are looking to make your Twitter timeline a bit busier, I’ve updated this Twitter list with some of the game publishers, developers and more widely known individuals working on Xbox One games and related projects. Everyone on the list is here. If you think of any I should add please drop them in a comment below. If you want to embed the list in your own blog, I’ve shared out the embed code here. Here is what the embed looks like:

July 14th 2014 at 11:45 am | Gaming | 38 comments

June 12th 2014, 6:29 pm PT

E3 2014 Binaural Audio Experiment

Pop the headphones on and listen to this special Binaural audio visit the the E3 Show Floor

 

Update: I’ve seen a lot of questions about how I captured this audio. Here is the equipment list:

Recorder: Zoom H1
Microphones: In-Ear Binaural Mics

Yup..pretty simple. I  record as WAV and upload to Soundcloud as a WAV. You want to avoid compression as much as possible to ensure maximum Binaural effect.

June 12th 2014 at 6:29 pm | E3, Gaming | 27 comments

April 28th 2014, 6:09 am PT

Xbox Originals Coming this June to your Xbox

Today we’ve announced the list of projects slated for the Xbox Originals program. Including details on the documentary that was behind this weekend’s discovery of the Atari E.T. games in a desert landfill.  Starting this June, you’ll have more reasons to love your Xbox: Xbox Originals – premium dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, unscripted shows, and live events. Available only on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other Microsoft devices, every Xbox Original will offer interactive capabilities, as well as unique interactive features customized on a per-show basis, making it a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Committed Projects

“Halo” television series
The “Halo” television series is a groundbreaking original series based on the award-winning “Halo” franchise. Award-winning filmmaker, director and producer Steven Spielberg will executive produce the live-action TV series, created in partnership with 343 Industries and Amblin Television.

“Every Street United”
“Every Street United” is an unscripted series of eight, thirty-minute episodes and a one-hour finale, featuring legendary soccer players Thierry Henry and Edgar Davids, focused on the global search for soccer’s most gifted and undiscovered street stars scouted across eight countries (United States, England, Argentina, Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands, Ghana and South Korea). The series culminates this July in a 4v4 street game finale in the shadow of the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

Each episode will feature unique and incisive narratives about the grassroots street stars and the communities that shaped them. Industry veteran and eight-time Emmy-Award winning producer, director, writer and editor Jonathan Hock (“Streetball,” “30 for 30: The Best That Never Was”) is directing the series. Emmy-Award winning producer Mike Tollin and Mandalay Sports Media are executive producing. Professional soccer luminaries, Henry and Davids, will serve as coaches for the 4v4 street game in Rio. “Every Street United” will premiere in June 2014. All episodes will be available through Xbox Video for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 8 (PC and Surface) and Windows Phone 8.

Bonnaroo
Xbox owners around the globe can experience the magic of the 13th annual Bonnaroo music and arts festival with a live concert destination on Xbox Live Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15, 2014, brought to viewers in partnership with Superfly Presents. With the Bonnaroo app, fans can enjoy live music like never before, with a virtual experience featuring the best performances, multiple stages, biggest artists and amazing SuperJams, and explore this year’s lineup to see the best of Bonnaroo’s past with exclusive performances. Fans can also join the conversation with fellow virtual-Bonnaroovians and get connected to their friends and the festival. Xbox is the exclusive broadcasting partner for Bonnaroo and the only location to get all of the interactive features.

“Signal to Noise”/“Atari: Game Over”
Xbox is creating a new six film documentary series, “Signal to Noise,” (working title) with two-time Academy Award winning producer Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man” and “Man on Wire”) and Emmy winning producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s “30 Days” and PBS’s “American High”), through their multi-platform media company, Lightbox. The series will expose little known stories of how modern technology has radically altered the way we interact with our world.

The first installment, “Atari: Game Over” (working title), explores the fabled Atari mystery, dubbed “The Great Video Game Burial of 1983.” As the legend goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the E.T. video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Fuel Entertainment took an interest in the legend, and in December 2013, with help from local garbage contractor Joe Lewandowski, acquired the exclusive rights to excavate the Alamogordo landfill. Fuel Entertainment then brought the opportunity to Xbox Entertainment Studios. The team will head to the landfill in question to determine if the story is true, interviewing a cast of characters related to the game and its mystery along the way. “Atari: Game Over” is directed by writer/director Zak Penn (“X-Men 2,” “Avengers,” and “Incident at Loch Ness”). It will air exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in 2014.

“Humans”
“Humans” is a bold new drama co-produced with UK broadcaster Channel 4. Award-winning UK production company Kudos (“The Hour,” “Utopia,” “Broadchurch”) will produce the hour-long, eight-episode series, which will share a premiere broadcast window on the Xbox platform and Channel 4 in the UK in 2015.

Executive produced by Jane Featherstone (“Life on Mars,” “Broadchurch”) and Derek Wax (“The Hour,” “Sex Traffic”), and written by British writing team Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” “Spooks: The Greater Good”), “Humans” is an English-language adaptation of Sveriges Television and Matador Film’s acclaimed Swedish series, “Real Humans.” “Humans” is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences. Casting for “Humans” will begin in May 2014, and production will commence later this summer.

“Halo” digital feature
343 Industries and Scott Free Productions are creating a “Halo” digital feature to be released later this year. The project will be executive produced by Ridley Scott and Scott Free TV President, David Zucker. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Pillars of the Earth,” “Heroes”) will direct.

Projects in Development

“Deadlands”
Xbox Entertainment Studios has committed to a script based on the successful pen-and-paper role playing game created by Shane Lacy Hensley. “Deadlands” is a genre-bending alternative history of the Weird West, filled with undead gunfighters, card-slinging sorcerers, mad scientists, secret societies, and fearsome abominations.

“Extraordinary Believers”
Xbox Entertainment Studios is developing an innovative, hybrid stop-motion show dubbed “Extraordinary Believers” (working title) with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, creators of the Emmy-Award winning “Robot Chicken,” the longest running stop-motion show on television. The executive producers on the project are Seth Green, Matt Senreich, and creators/writers/executive producers are Eric Towner and John Harvatine IV.

“Fearless”
“Fearless,” (working title) is an unscripted series currently in pilot production starring Paul de Gelder, an Australian Navy bomb clearance diver and shark attack survivor who takes on an adrenaline-fueled quest to aid individuals who risk their lives to make the world a better place. “Fearless” will be produced by Australia’s International Emmy-Award winning production company, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (CJZ).

“Gun Machine”
Xbox Entertainment Studios acquired the rights to “Gun Machine,” a hardboiled detective thriller based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Warren Ellis. Ellis will executive produce with Brett Conrad (“The Killing,” “Sons of Anarchy,” Netflix’s upcoming “Marco Polo”) who has signed on to write the pilot script about a detective tracking a serial killer who is tied to a mysterious collection of guns used in infamous New York murders.

Untitled JASH Comedy/Variety Half Hour
In this unique comedy format developed by Xbox Entertainment Studios with JASH (a comedy collective founded by Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric and Reggie Watts), the biggest names in comedy will showcase the people that make them laugh. Each week, a different comedian will host/curate a show featuring new and unsung talent, in various video formats. Sarah Silverman will host the pilot episode and Daniel Kellison (“Late Night/Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Crank Yankers”) will executive produce. The series has a pilot commitment and will begin shooting in June.

“Winterworld”
Xbox Entertainment Studios and IDW Entertainment are co-developing a limited event live-action series based on Chuck Dixon and artist Jorge Zaffino’s seminal graphic novel series “Winterworld,” in which our world has been encased in ice from pole-to-pole. The surviving humans have formed tribes that war, enslave and trade with one another in an effort to survive the infinite winter. Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment, and Rick Jacobs and Dave Alpert from Circle of Confusion (“Walking Dead”) will executive produce.

More details on Xbox Wire

April 28th 2014 at 6:09 am | Gaming, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One, Xbox Originals | 183 comments

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 | 57 comments

April 8th 2014, 6:10 am PT

LEGO The Hobbit Now Available on Xbox One

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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

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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 Xbox.com on Sunday, March 30 at 6pm EST, 3pm PST. You can also catch opening-round action on MLG.tv 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 CallofDuty.com/eSports

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 www.twitch.tv

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

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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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