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Xbox Live, like every other online community, has long struggled with troublemakers and rabble-rousers, otherwise known as trolls. Microsoft maintains their various codes of conduct with due diligence, but they need help. Specifically, your help.

MS has just unveiled a new beta program called Enforcement United, which asks everyday users to be help keep tabs on fellow members. Basically, it allows ever members to snitch on others, whom they believe to be in violation of the rules.

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It's a brand new month, which means Microsoft has whipped up another batch of full-sized, retail games for Xbox Live Gold members at no cost.

Between now and the 15th, you can nab Crackdown, which is usually 800 Microsoft Points (that's $10 in non MS-moon money), and after that till the 31st, you score both Dead Rising 2, normally $14.99.

MS is also includes that game's DLC prequel Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, usually 400MSP or $5, for free as well, which is nice. Though, as before, it would appear that Microsoft almost doesn't want anyone to find out. Read More...

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When it comes to the Xbox One, one not so high profile, yet regularly asked question is how Japan fits into the picture. Especially given that original Xbox and Xbox 360’s cold reception in the East already.
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Microsoft and the Xbox One are not all that bad, you guys!

Please? Not in my beautiful, beautiful face!

Ok, so I unabashedly declared Sony undisputed winner of E3 2013 (how brave of me). But that cloud of doom hanging low on the shoulders of Microsoft made my heart sad and I really hate kicking a guy when he's down. So I'm here to say to all those Xbox loyalists to lift up your heads and dry your eyes because it's not that bad.

First, let's talk about how Microsoft screwed the pooch in May and then again this week-- just bear with me.
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By Joseph Leray

Hidden inside a Halo Waypoint update is the sad but unsurprising news that 343 Industries will be shutting down the PC multiplayer servers for "Halo 2" next month.

“We’ve been monitoring the population for months, and it’s been peaking consistently at approximately 20 players or less,” the post reads. “Those that own this game can continue to enjoy Multiplayer over LAN after that date,” but the service end-date for online play is February 15.
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I won't wax on about how the promises of one Peter Molyneux never quite live up to reality, nor will I harangue skeptics about the potential of Kinect. Like many other Kinect titles, Fable: The Journey relies a bit too much on a few gimmicky motions to feign a sense of gameplay while the machine furrows its brow in a vein attempt to figure out what this hu-man is trying to do. Truthfully, Journey isn't a terrible game per se; it's just kinda... there... as a show piece of several game-like mechanics cobbled together to form an interactive product. That said, I enjoyed what worked (when it worked) and when it wouldn't... well I didn't have a controller to throw in anger.

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Earlier this year, at E3 2012, Microsoft introduced the crowd to their new SmartGlass technology that adds a second screen to games in much the same way Nintendo's Wii U will. Not too long after that they revealed the Microsoft Surface tablet. Now, it looks like Halo 4 may be the first game to come packed with Surface functionality. Read More...

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Comic Con International in San Diego is right around the corner and if you thought Microsoft was going to miss out on one of the world's greatest geek festivals you'd be sorely mistaken. Fans and press alike will not only have the chance to check out Halo 4 multiplayer, but several highly anticipated titles, including Forza Horizon, Fable: The Journey, Assassin’s Creed III, Resident Evil 6, Borderlands 2, Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, Deadlight, Tomb Raider and Gears of War: Judgment! Head past the break for Microsoft and Xbox 360's full San Diego Comic Con 2012 schedule! Read More...

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Rumors about what’s next for Sony and Microsoft have been flying for the last few years and have ramped up even more after Nintendo unveiled the Wii U at last year’s E3. With MS remaining silent we have to turn to wild speculation and fanboy dreaming. Well, if you dream about Powerpoint presentations then you are the most boring person the world but more importantly you'll have to check out the supposedly leaked document that some nosy enthusiasts have sniffed out detailing the direction the new Xbox.

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According to a recent report from MCV the next Xbox console from Microsoft will not be equipped with an optical disc drive and their sources claim this information was revealed under what they consider “the strictest NDA” they have ever seen. Read More...

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