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April 3rd 2014, 9:07 am PT

Join Us, New England! Microsoft Store Event Invitation

The Event is over. Thanks to everyone who came by to say hello! See you at PAX East

As we detailed earlier this week, Xbox has a lot going on next week for PAX East: games to play, panels to attend, and one special event open to everyone, whether they’re going to PAX or not.

To kick off the big gaming weekend in Boston, we’re holding a community gaming meet-up next Thursday, April 10th at the Microsoft retail store in nearby Natick, MA. We’ll have a number of new and unreleased games for you to play, including the first ever public demonstration of multiplayer mode in Harmonix’s upcoming Fantasia: Music Evolved.

Fantasia

We’ll also be raffling off great prizes, including a Titanfall Xbox One system and a pair of 3-day passes to the completely sold out PAX East expo. Sound good? Here’s everything you need to know:

When: Thursday, April 10th 7:00 PM
Where: Natick Mall Microsoft retail store in Natick, MA
Who: everyone is welcome

Kinect Sports Rivals StrikeSuit Zero #IDARB Age of Mythology: Extended Edition

Games available to play:

  • Disney’s Fantasia: Music Evolved
  • Kinect Sports Rivals
  • ID@Xbox titles:
    • #IDARB
    • Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut
  • Age of Mythology: Extended Edition (Microsoft Surface Pro)

Bonus for you early arrivers: we’re giving away a year of Xbox Live Gold for the first 50 people!

If you’re planning on attending, please let us know by RSVPing on this event’s page on Facebook.

This event is free, and you don’t need PAX tickets to attend. See you there!

April 3rd 2014 at 9:07 am | Events, ID@Xbox, PAX | 7 comments

March 31st 2014, 10:04 am PT

PAX East Primer: Here’s Everything Xbox in Boston

PAXEAST

Moving this post to the front page for the weekend for easy reference

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:

Special Events

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.

Panels

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).

pin_spark

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.

Killer Instinct: MLG-hosted tournament — Booth #862

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).

Age of Mythology Extended

Update:

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

March 31st 2014 at 10:04 am | Events, Industry, PAX, Xbox One | 26 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 22nd 2011, 2:43 pm PT

Xbox 360 at PAX Prime 2011

With way more content than could possibly fit in one booth, Xbox 360 can be found in five different places at PAX this year, including four booths on the main show floor and over Halo Fest.

Celebrate everything Halo at Halo Fest, the largest Halo experience ever (located on the 3rd floor of the Annex in the Convention Center.)  Information on Halo Fest including panels, schedule & programming can be found either on IGN [our event media partner] or by checking into Halo Waypoint. You can also follow Waypoint on twitter for up-to-the-minute information! Remember: your PAX pass gets you free admission to Halo Fest, so drop by and check it out!

Update: This must read post has all the details about Halo Fest.

Outside of Halo Fest, here is the full list of the Xbox 360 / PAX Prim activities this year.

Xbox 360 Booth #412
Come on by to get your hands on Gears of War 3 Horde mode, the first US consumer hands-on for Forza 4, and the recently released Age of Empires Online, PLUS Electronic Arts’ upcoming sports releases Madden 12 and FIFA 12.

Xbox 360 Booth #432
Mass Effect 3 has landed… in the Xbox 360 booth! Come on by to check it out, along with a slew of Xbox LIVE Arcade titles: Trials Evolution, Skulls of the Shogun, Crimson Alliance, Splatters, Orcs Must Die, Ms. Splosion Man, Retro City Rampage, Sonic CD, War of the Worlds and Trine 2.

When you’re done giving those a shot, sharpen your blade and take on the Attack of the Fruit Ninja Challenge. You’ll have the chance to win a custom Xbox 360 console and Windows Phone, a Kinect sensor, Fruit Ninja Kinect and fruit for a year!

Xbox 360 Booth #232
Our Kinect-dedicated booth continues to deliver the most anticipated Kinect titles of 2011 utilizing our incredible controller-free technology. Come by to try Kinect Sports: Season 2, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Kinect Star Wars, The Gunstringer and Xbox LIVE Arcade titles Hole in the Wall.

We’ll also be showing Sega’s Rise of Nightmares and kicking off a zombie-spotting promotion that could award you exclusive prizes including a copy of the game. Keep your eyes peeled for Rise of Nightmares’ zombies straight from the game wandering around PAX, then snap and tweet their photo along with the hashtag #RiseatPAX for your chance to win!

Xbox 360 Booth #145
Dream. Build.Play 2011 Challenge
Dream.Build.Play is Microsoft’s global competition that challenges independent game developers to create new and innovative games using XNA Game Studio. Stop by the booth to play the 21 amazing Semi-Finalist games, and find out who will take home the top prizes on Sunday.  Winners of the Dream.Build.Play competition receive a share of $75,000 in cash prizes and the opportunity to receive an Xbox LIVE Arcade publishing contract.

Panels
We have four fantastic panels at PAX Prime this year designed to unravel some of our mysteries as well as have a lot of fun. See you there!

@XboxSupport: Customer Support in 140 Characters or Less
Wolfman Theatre
Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm
What is the Elite Tweet Fleet? Come meet and chat with members of Microsoft’s @XboxSupport Twitter handle about the joys and challenges of providing support for Xbox and Xbox LIVE in less than 140 characters. Members of the Tweet Fleet and Forums Support team will be on hand to answer questions and discuss helping customers through social media.

Major Nelson Radio: Live!
Unicorn Theatre
Friday 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Join me, e, lollipop and Stepto as they record the podcast with you, the studio audience.  Fun WILL be had.

We Make Xbox and Xbox LIVE. Ask Us Anything
Unicorn Theatre
Saturday 5:00pm – 6:00pm
What does it take to work on Xbox? How do we determine what cool features to add? What was it like in the early days of creating Kinect? Who has the highest Gamerscore? Ask us anything. We mean it! Join an expert panel moderated by Xbox LIVE’s own Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb as the people who work on creating the Xbox itself, as well as Xbox LIVE, take your questions.

Running Xbox LIVE
Unicorn Theatre
Sunday 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Ever wonder what it takes to run a world-wide entertainment service? Join members of the Xbox LIVE operations team as we walk you through the history and present of Xbox LIVE. Learn about the early days of the service, see what it’s like to prepare for a major game launch, get a look inside how teams making the hardware and software have to take into account how it all comes together on Xbox LIVE, and how we take into account safety and enforcement. Hear some great stories over the past 9 years of the service. We promise we won’t get too technical on you too! (PLEASE NOTE: This presentation will not include Q&A as we encourage you to join us for our separate open Q&A session)

General PAX Info
EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
Friday, August 26th, 2011 – 8:30am to 6pm (press only until 10am)
Saturday, August 27th, 2011 – 9:30am to 6pm
Sunday, August 28th, 2011 – 9:30am to 6pm

See the PAX website for extended event hours and other evening activities.

August 22nd 2011 at 2:43 pm | Events, PAX | 20 comments

March 11th 2011, 3:30 am PT

See us at PAX and get a Gears of War prop

 

If you are attending PAX East this weekend, keep an eye out for me, Eric Neustadter (Xbox Operations) Laura Massey (Xbox development) Stephen Toulouse (Xbox Enforcement) and Eric Doty (Xbox Community Manager) and ask one of us for your special PAX East only Avatar Prop. This year, it’s a special Gears of War 3 Thrashball Cole plushie. This is a limited edition item that you can only get from one of us here at PAX East. You can catch us Friday morning at the Tweet-up or at many of the scheduled events throughout the weekend

 

 

March 11th 2011 at 3:30 am | Gears of War, PAX | 19 comments

March 9th 2011, 2:00 pm PT

The official Xbox PAX East Schedule

 

Many of us are getting ready to head out to Boston for PAX East this weekend, and I wanted to share with you the full schedule of Xbox activities so you can budget your time accordingly. 

 

Before the show kicks off join me, e, Stepto, Laura ‘lollip0p’ Massey and Eric ‘DMZilla’ for the Xbox Tweet-up Friday morning.  Then head over to the convention center to get your PAX started. The schedule of Xbox activities include:

 

Xbox booth #836

  • Gears of War 3 – First public hands-on with content from the upcoming multiplayer beta, featuring 20 stations of Versus Multiplayer
  • Fable III – PC version highlighting newly announced features like Hardcore mode and 3-D functionality

Xbox Kinect booth #736

  • Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do – First public hands-on with 20 new family-friendly, full-body games, only on Kinect for Xbox 360
  • Michael Jackson: The Experience – First public hands-on experience on Kinect for Xbox 360
  • Kinect Sports
  • Dance Central

Xbox LIVE Arcade and Homefront booth #850

  • Homefront – Get an early hands-on with the gripping action before it hits stores on March 15
  • Fire Pro Wrestling – Bring your Avatar into the ring like a real wrestler! Perform special moves and team up with your friends
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet – Blending exploration, intense shooter action, and puzzle-solving with gorgeous visuals, rich storytelling and Hollywood quality presentation, “Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet” draws you into an epic journey full of surprises, danger and wonder
  • Section 8: Prejudice – A sci-fi first person shooter with dynamic combat, where every decision drastically impacts the battlefield
  • The Gunstringer –Take control of an undead marionette in an epic Wild West stage production that requires your puppeteering and quick draw shooting skills to exact revenge on the Gunstringer’s enemies – all controller-free on Kinect
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War – The Cold War is decided when ’80s era action toys come alive and wage war! “Toy Soldiers: Cold War” blends intense first person combat with addictive action strategy, whether you’re scrapping solo or jumping into the fray with friends 
  • Trenched – Join The Mobile Trench Brigade and protect humanity from the evil Monovision menace in this Tower Defense Shooter from Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Productions

Booth events:


Cliff Bleszinski signing
Saturday, March 12, 2 – 3 PM ET, Xbox core booth #836 

Meet the “Gears of War” design director during this exclusive signing appearance

 

Carnival Games cotton candy giveaway and Barker photo opportunities, Friday and Saturday from 1 – 3 PM ET, Xbox Kinect booth #736

 

Panels:


Xbox LIVE Enforcement
hosted by Stephen "Stepto" Toulouse

Friday, March 11, 6:30 – 7:30 PM ET

Manticore Theatre

Xbox LIVE Community Panel: Some Assembly Required and Batteries Definitely Not Included
hosted by Eric “DMZilla” Doty, Saturday, March 12, 2 – 3 PM ET, Naga Theatre

 

Major Nelson Live Podcast
Join the entire cast for an unforgettable hour of dysfunction. Plus, Cliff Bleszinski will stop by and update us on the Gears news.

Saturday, March 12, 5 – 6 PM ET

Manticore Theatre

 

Plus, don’t miss the Halo: Reach Tournament featuring the Defiant Map Pack, Sunday, March 13, 1 – 5 PM ET

Boston Convention Center – Console Tourney, Level 1, Room 102

Sign up at the tournament desk (same location) starting Friday, March 11 at 10 AM ET

 

One more things: Daylight savings kicks in Sunday morning. Adjust accordingly.

 

See you at the show

 

March 9th 2011 at 2:00 pm | PAX | 27 comments

September 2nd 2010, 4:05 pm PT

PAX Prime weekend (and how you can win a Halo Console)

 

As we head into PAX Prime this weekend in Seattle, I’d like to point out some things to add to your long TO DO list. We’ve got a whole team of people headed to to the event and we have so much stuff for you to see, we needed four booths show it all off:

Booth 412 (in the same area as the Xbox booth from last year) we’ll have Halo: Reach, Fable III and Gears of War 3.

Booth 670  We’ll be showing off new tiles for Xbox LIVE Arcade, Games for Windows and Windows Phone 7

Booth 682  Stop by and try out Kinect. We’ll have Kinect Adventures, Kinect Joyride, Kinect Sports and more

Booth 822  Halo: Reach

 

While you are planning what sessions to attend over the three-days, allow me to shamelessly plug one that has the potential be slightly entertaining: Join me, e, lollip0p and Stepto Sunday morning at 10:30am as we record the show live in front of a studio audience at the luxurious Benaroya Hall. I know it’s an early session, but we’ll try to make it worth your while; in addition to being able to observe the dysfunction for yourself, we have some cool prizes to give away including a few of the just announced controllers and one lucky attendee will walk away with the very first Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo: Reach Console.

 

See you this weekend!

 

Edit: Let us know if you plan on joining us

 

September 2nd 2010 at 4:05 pm | Events, PAX | 22 comments

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