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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    Xbox 360 Fully Committed to HD-DVD

    Happens to the best of ‘em. Last week, a story from Japanese website IT Media quoted a comment from Peter Moore about the expandability of the Xbox 360. In a classic case of taking something out of context, the story ended up making headlines on some...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    On the Back-Compat rumors circulating

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    There are smart and savvy gamers out there. Folks who know exactly what to do with a statement that starts with something like “I have a friend who works with a guy who knows a girl on the Xbox team responsible for backwards compatibility and I heard...
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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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    Xbox CFO Bryan Lee Speaks at Harris-Nesbit Media & Entertainment Conference

    Some of you like to hear about the slickest moves for Halo 2. Others like hearing about the latest developments with XNA. Others (you know who you are...) love to hear all about the numbers: finances, research, business results. So you don't feel...
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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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    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 News from Today's Earnings Announcement

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    With our Q2 earnings announcement complete, a bit more of the story emerges from the number crunchers. As a public company, there’s a lot we can’t say, especially in a blog post. Because the company is owned by shareholders, we have to tell them what...
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    Dance Dance Revolution in West Virginia Schools

    I know when I play Xbox, I tend to firmly plant my buttocks into the corner of our couch, pop my feet up on the cushions, and grab the controller in a very ergonomically-unfriendly position--for hours at a time. Gotta get this game! (I know my kid's would...
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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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    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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    J Allard at eg: Games Designed by Players

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    Yesterday J Allard joined Jon Stewart, Naomi Judd, Bill Nye, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Quincy Jones, Will Wright, and a host of luminaries in the entertainment and technical worlds, at a conference called eg , the Entertainment Gathering . Cnet’s John Borland...
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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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    My Nephew Kevin Jumped In...

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    Just got an email from my nephew. He's been asking about the best way to get an Xbox 360. A lot of folks (even internally) have been using the tool on http://untitlednet.com . It worked for Kevin (gamertag= Pain Bringer 9 )... Great... One more entry...
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