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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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    Xbox Live Dashboard

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    You've heard a lot about the new Xbox Live, and no doubt you've seen plenty of screen shots. Not a lot have seen how it works while you're playing a game, and since the simple "one click" access is one of the coolest features, it's worth checking out...
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    Frustrated Gamers

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    After reading all the comments, trackback posts, and linked articles, I can definitely say I get a real sense of everyone's frustration. I've forwarded your comments/suggestions/outrage to the appropriate folks, and you should know it's being heard. I...
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    Neil Thompson Addresses Supply Question

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    Neil Thompson (Xbox's Senior Regional Director, Northern & Eastern Europe) and Stephen McGill (head of Xbox UK Marketing) were interviewed in a podcast today by the Guardian . I've worked with these guys before, and I agree with Aleks Krotoski that...
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    Back (Compat) to the Future

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    I had a quick chance to talk to David Reid , who sits down the hall from me here at Xbox. Dave’s one of the people here that oversaw backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 – and I had a few questions for him. John and I are seeing some of the same questions...
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    Free Mince Pies for Queued Punters

    Hearing stories of the launch of Xbox 360 in Europe. According to Owen Clay's Weon blog , Asda is offering mince pies for those standing in line. He thinks "it's almost worth queueing for the free grub and then leaving!" Love the artwork, Owen... ...
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    Ladies and Gentlemen: Cesar Menendez...

    Cesar's been on the Xbox marketing team for some time, and he'll be posting on this blog. He's been involved in the Xbox online community for a while, and was part of the team responsible for Colony and Zero Hour. We'll be adding others as we get closer...
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    Yeah, but wait'll you see the Tetris movie.

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    Roger Ebert’s been causing a bit of a stir among the online community when he said about video games : "I believe books and films are better mediums, and better uses of my time.” Chris Remo of shacknews takes a great position on this : ...
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    All I Want for Christmas is my Xbox 360

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    Peter Moore gave an interview to OXM UK (Official Xbox Magazine) called " Absolutely no regrets - The Peter Moore interview ," last week at Zero Hour . He offers some detail on the launch, including hints about shortages at retail. OXM asked Peter...
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    USA Today: Xbox does second round of 360's

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    I noticed this story by Mike Snider, in USA TODAY: Xbox does second round of 360s . I told you Molly was hard at work yesterday ! Those who missed out on the early Xbox 360 mania may get a second chance this week to find the new game system in stores...
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    Keep Checking Back for Xbox 360

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    Today, a couple of us spent a good deal of the day today pouring over feedback from forums and blogs. There are a couple of particularly nasty rumors that I’d love to address. I know Molly continues to work with the mainstream press, so you should expect...
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    Corporate Communications Starring Employees

    Here's a cool idea! We just published an online catalog of Xbox 360 branded merchandise. Rather than hire some models, we feature some of the employees of Xbox . You'll find some folks you might know , including a fellow PR team member, along with lots...
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    Xbox 360 Marketing: Best or Worst?

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    I saw that Scoble linked to my blog, hoping to help a customer leaving comments who had questions about our “ Xbox 360 Marketing Campaign .” I noticed a linked blog entry from “Shaded” called “ Xbox 360 marketing smokescreen ,” where he asks why we didn...
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    Xbox 360: The Sky is Not Falling (except for you, and you over there...)

    A full day into the official launch of the Xbox 360, we have our share of work cut out for us. With any new hardware launch (or software launch, for that matter), you find problems that might not have been clear during the design. I’ve been working with...
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    The Xbox 360 Festivities Continue

    Now that the Xbox 360 can be found in the wild, it's time for employees to celebrate its launch. It's been a loooong year for everyone involved in the launch, and it promises to be hectic for some time to come, especially for those involved in the European...
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    Midnight Madness

    Flew back just in time to attend the Midnight Madness event in Bellevue. The lines were crazy! And for Seattle, it was cooooold. There were a handful of folks from the marketing and PR team from Redmond. The mood was festive, even though a lot of them...
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    Xbox Community Members Meets with J, Peter

    Peter and J were crazy-busy with the launch of the Xbox 360. They kicked off Zero Hour, then did back-to-back interviews with the press backstage in the "green room." J and Peter both wanted to make sure they got time with members of the community, so...
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    30 Hours of Xbox 360 Gameplay

    As thousands of gamers made their way into the hangar, they were greeted with 400,000 square feet of Xbox 360 systems and high-def Samsung displays. Everything was bathed in green light, giving the building an unearthly feel. Throughout the night, folks...
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    Zero Hour Begins

    Got into Palmdale around 3PM. Coming over the hill into Antelope Valley, I saw the hangar in the distance. As I got closer, I was struck at the immensity of the place. We told everyone there would be "military grade" security at this place. They...
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    Robbie Bach, Power Player

    I picked up my copy of BusinessWeek from my mailbox today, and saw this profile on Xboss Robbie Bach, in an article called " Robbie Bach is Ready to Rumble ." The article quotes Pete Higgins, former head of Microsoft's "Interactive Media Group," the...
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    The Xbox 360 "Power Brick"

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    Time to come clean, I guess. There have been rumors flying around about the Xbox 360 "brick." Some have thought that it was only that big on the dev kits. Nope. It's that big. The Microsoft PR team, in an official Q&A earlier today, approved this...
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    Peter Moore On Xbox 360 Shortages

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    In a surprisingly open interview with Seattle PI reporter (and blogger ) Todd Bishop ( Questions Surround Xbox 360 Shortage ), Peter Moore addressed ongoing rumors that the shortage of Xbox 360 consoles was planned to create media hype. Gotta give...
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    Under Construction: Xbox 360 Zero Hour

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    Some of you saw this already (on sites like xbox365.com , teamxbox.com , or TriXie's blog ). We got some pictures of the preparations for Sunday's big show. For those of you going, you'll be intimately aware of the room after spending 30 straight hours...
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    Ballmer Likes Xbox 360's Chances in Japan

    From Next-Gen.biz: Ballmer Boosting Xbox 360 : "Speaking in Tokyo earlier today, he said, "We have very strong momentum, particularly in the northern parts of Europe, United States and Australia. I know for sure, 100 percent, we will do much better...
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    What's New with Xbox Live

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    We just released information about what's going to be available on Xbox Live when Xbox 360 ships next week. There are going to be at least 400 pieces of downloadable Xbox Live Marketplace content—including free demos for games like FIFA Soccer 06, Kameo...
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    Xbox 360 Launch Linup Announced

    We finally posted the launch lineup press release! Read all about it on Xbox.com ! Several weeks ago, Peter Moore promised 15-20 titles on Day One. The official list comes in at 18, with more to come in the following weeks. Amped 3 (2K Sports...
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