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About Gamerscore Blog

This blog is written by employees of Microsoft. 

  • Tony Hynes (Bastelyon), Online Community Lead Mgr, Xbox Global Mktg
  • Cesar Menendez (cesarisok), Online Community Mgr, Xbox Global Mktg
  • John Porcaro (stalalem), Group Mgr, PR & Communications, Xbox Global Mktg
  • Michael Wolf, PR Manager, Xbox Live and Games for Windows, Xbox Global Mktg

Even though we do our best to make sure this information is accurate, the views and expressed by each employee are their own, and may not reflect the position of the company. 

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    Bill Gates on Xbox 360

    Engadget , one of my favorite sites (and one of my favorite podcasts) had the chance to sit down with Bill Gates last week at CES. Peter Rojas did the interview, and posted the transcript on the site... Some highlights from The Engadget Interview: Bill...
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    Xbox 360 Pricing for Hong Kong and Taiwan

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    For those keeping track, Microsoft announced our pricing for Hong Kong and Taiwan. The console is planned to go on sale on March 2. The Xbox 360 will be made available in Hong Kong and Taiwan in both versions, costing from US$380 for the Xbox 360 and...
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    Welcome Tony!

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    A special "hey howdy ho" goes out to the newest member of the Xbox team, Tony Hynes (posting as Bastelyon)! He's already familar to many of you, since he's been running the Xbox MVP program (along with Major Nelson ). He'll be moving to our team in the...
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    Final Fantasy XI Xbox 360 Beta

    The Final Fantasy XI beta testing period for the Xbox 360 has officially begun. You can register for the beta right now at Square Enix's PlayOnline Web site . After you apply you'll need to get a copy of the February issue of the Official Xbox Magazine...
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    Major Nelson Corners Peter Moore at CES

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    For those that missed it, Larry Hryb, aka Major Nelson , visited with Peter Moore just before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicked off. You can listen to the interview in its entirety on Larry's podcast, but for those short on time, Xbox.com shares...
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    Hey, gamers: we're getting another manufacturing partner

    For those of you lucky enough to have your Xbox 360s, move along, nothing to see here. If you're waiting on yours, good news for you: we've brought another manufacturing partner onboard, Celestica , as Peter Moore outlined in the CES keynote. They should...
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    Back from Holiday

    Ah, so much better without the post-launch, pre-holiday frenzy. Nothing exciting to report on my end, other'n getting some time in on Kameo and hanging out with the kids. I'm jumping back into things with a full inbox, and with CES news hitting the wire...
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    FS Planet Shows Off Flight Sim X

    Last night, Bill Gates did a demo of Flight Simulator X, the eagerly anticipated upgrade to the Games for Windows franchise giant (read the press release ). Joystiq points to enthusiast site, FSPlanet that has some screen shots you gotta check out......
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    All Your CES 2006 Coverage Belong to Us

    Hey there, everypeoples. Cesar again. I wanted to point everyone to some online spots where you can get CES coverage. Bill G will be onstage delivering a keynote, joined by my boss' boss' boss, Peter Moore. Bill's page on Microsoft.com has a link to the...
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    Financial Times comments on Moore's law; Xbox 360

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    Hey there, everypeoples. Cesar here (back from break). A buddy at work sent over a very interesting Financial Times editorial (requires registration) called "The future is here - and it works." A very optimistic peice, the author talks about the simultaneous...
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    Bush to Santa: Xbox 360

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    On Saturday Night Live, Dick Cheney playing Santa asks President Bush what he wants for Christmas... Excuse me. Excuse me, kids. President coming through. Hey Dick, what's up? Hello Mr. President. I though we agreed to do this in private like...
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    Press Releases and Media Alerts this week

    Couple of press releases/media alerts made their way out this week. I'm keeping them archived on this blog, but not posting them on the front page. Click the link in the right column to see them. If you want to, you can subscribe to the RSS for Press...
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    Economist Offers Explanation of "Great Xbox 360 Shortage"

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    Interesting analysis of the Xbox 360 shortages, this time by Tim Harford , columnist for the Financial Times , and author of The Undercover Economist . In an article called " The Great Xbox 360 Shortage of 2006 ," he opens with this quote: Gaming...
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    Not Quite Blown Away...

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    Joystiq points to " 10 reasons the Xbox 360 doesn't quite rock - yet , a well-written wish list from Dave Kramer (aka Gamewatcher), over at Gamestay.com . As someone who's been using the system for some time, I actually have to agree with many of the...
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    Zero Hour Interview Video

    A few weeks back , I wrote about an interview Peter Moore and J Allard gave to members of the Xbox online community, including gamers from the PMS Clan , several Xbox MVPs , Dave and Rob from Geek Speak Radio , Gamer Andy , CyberAthlete from GamerTag...
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    Introducing Spartan 458

    Frankie, over at Bungie.net , posted the story behind Spartan 458's special appearance in Dead or Alive 4. From " Go Tell the Spartans: The Making of SlugFest " Here's a list of things Nicole, Spartan 458 is NOT. She's not a character who...
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    Xbox Live Arcade Caught Your Attention?

    Cool that Xbox Live Arcade is adding more and more games. Like TriXie , I’m finding myself playing those games more and more. I loaded up my account with points, and I’ve downloaded several of the games (ya, I have to pay for ‘em just like you). I...
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    Backwards Compatibility Update 1.2

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    [Update: The FAQ is now live on Xbox.com .] As you all know by now, we recently released an update to the backwards compatibility emulator for the Xbox 360. After the release, we saw some questions online that we wanted to answer, so David Reid , Larry...
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    Michael Wolf is at Japan Xbox 360 Launch

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    My co-worker Michael Wolf just sent this email to our team, with a pretty good recap of the launch so far. Edited just a bit, so mistakes are probably mine... After an adventurous flight to Tokyo, we landed in the Daitabashi office amidst a sense...
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    IBM Paper: Xbox 360 CPU Design

    TeamXbox's Cesar Berardini writes about a new paper published by IBM, about the Xbox 360 CPU design: Application-customized CPU design . "IBM has made public a Fall Processor Forum 2005 paper that explores the customized IBM PowerPC processor...
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    Peter Moore Interview on G4TV

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    In an interview from G4TV , Peter addresses some questions about Xbox 360 availability, the SKU mix, supply and demand, and lots of good information about Xbox Live and Xbox Live Arcade. Worth checking out. "Yes, (replenishment) is happening. We...
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    It's Good to Play Together (...or Jump In)

    Alan Moore writes about how community is changing gaming, citing Aleks Krotoski's article in the Guardian's, "With the public in charge, reality rules" : A few months ago, I was dumbstruck when a deity in the UK games business suggested that the...
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    New Microsoft CEO Named (for one day): Kiyaan Vazirzadeh

    While we were all down at Zero Hour, our hallway was still abuzz with final preparations for the launch. One thing that you'll hear about tomorrow was that the film crew of "Three Wishes" was here, with 10 year old Kiyaan Vazirzadeh. From Presspass :...
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    Chris Early and Shawn McMichael Interview on Xbox Live Arcade

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    John Hattan, in an interview last month on gamedev.net , talked to Microsoft's Chris Early and Shawn McMichael about Casual Gaming. He asked what it would take to get Microsoft to look at including a game in Xbox Live Arcade. "There are two ways...
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    Wearing Your Zero Hour Hoodie In Public

    Method Director (gamertag HuRt MoToR) would hate to be me . "...I'd hate to be in the marketing department at Xbox. It's a no-win situation. If I were a marketing dude (and I'm surrounded by them every day), then every red blood cell in my body...
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