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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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    BusinessWeek on PS3 and Kutaragi

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    I just saw that BusinessWeek has posted a new story about Sony’s PS3 business, "This PlayStation May Play Too Much ", by Tokyo-based Kenji Hall. Accompanying the story is an article called " Can Sony's Kutaragi Score Big? ". The articles recognizes...
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    Top Ten Bogus Rumors About the Xbox 360

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    Around these halls, people love rumors in the same way that we love American Idol. No substance or meaning, but crazy fun to watch ( especially when people make fools of themselves ). That's why I'm writing this post. An homage to the most foolish...
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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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    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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    On a Lighter Note (ok fine, a sweeter note)

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    One of the perks of working for a multi-national corporation is the free snacks. At multiple times throughout the day, people put out snacks, gift baskets with food in them, their baked goods, etc. In the kitchen yesterday, someone put out what I consider...
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    Happy Sappy Delusion Syndrome

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    Lots of commentary today in forums, news sites, and blogs, on the comments made by Greg Canessa, reported as "trash talking". I'm probably just cranky because of the officials in yesterday's SuperBowl, but I feel a rant coming on... I have to admit...
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    Xbox 360 Launches in Mexico and Colombia!

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    To the joy of many of our Xbox fans down south, the Xbox 360 launched in Mexico and Colombia yesterday. There was a small yet lively launch party that took place at Condesa located in Mexico City . One of our Xbox MVPs " ACDBulls " was there to provide...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility

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    ...finally! We've been waiting for word from the team certifying the original Xbox 360 titles. They finally handed over the list , we got an interview with Todd Holmdahl , and Xbox.com posted them both! But wait, that's not all! More titles are coming...
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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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    24 Xbox Marathon

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    With all of the excitement of Xbox 360, Xbox MVP Jonathan Cragle reminds us to not forget our roots. Jonathan will be hosting a 24 hour Xbox marathon starting at 2pm (PST) on Sunday February 12 th . He will be conducting this annual event with his original...
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    If You Could Spend a Day With Robbie and Peter...

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    So what happens at a day-long Sales & Marketing Summit? Most of you can go ahead and take a snooze, but if you care… J The day started with Peter Moore kicking off the meeting to a room full of employees from around the world. In fact, I’d guess...
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    Free Burnout Revenge download

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    Starting today, some retail stores will offer a Burnout Revenge download for free at their in-store Xbox 360 kiosks. To get the download, you'll need to bring in your memory card and insert them into a kiosk at BestBuy, Circuit City, GameStop, Target...
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    Major Nelson on the Dashboard Update

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    I don't have to tell you that Larry Hryb ( Major Nelson ) is your best friend in the Xbox product group. You can always count on him to keep you up to speed on what's happening with Xbox and Xbox Live. I ran into him in the cafeteria today, and we talked...
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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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    Microsoft to team with 4Kids

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    This morning we sent out a press release announcing a partnership with 4Kids , the company responsible for the licensing of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokémon and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We'll be working on development of a unique children’s entertainment property...
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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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    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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    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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    New Asia Pacific Launch Dates for Xbox 360

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    Just after the earnings announcements today, we announced some new launch dates in Asia Pacific for the Xbox 360. From the media alert : “The new launch dates have been set due to unprecedented global consumer demand stemming from challenges in...
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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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    Xbox, Sony, TWN, and Ubisoft Execs on "The Era of Connected Gaming"

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    If you're in San Jose tomorrow, you might stop by an event held by the Churchill Club . Xbox boss Peter Moore is on a panel with Raph Koster, Chief Creative Officer at Sony Online Entertainment, along with Lars Buttler, CEO at TWN, and Laurent Detoc,...
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