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Major Nelson says Season Pass DLC is ‘dangerous’ for multiplayer games

Multiplayer online shooters that lock some of their map content behind paywalls risk fragmenting their community. That’s according to Microsoft’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hyrb, who in IGN’s latest Podcast Unlocked episode praised 343 Industries for making Halo 5’s post-release map downloads free to all players, GameSpot reports. [DLC passes can …

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Inside Xbox canned in US

Microsoft has discontinued production of its Inside Xbox programmes in the United States. First-party on-console shows such as Major’s Minute, Featured Videos and Insider Moves will no longer be available in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, according to Xbox’s Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb. "We want to express our …

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360 dash app usage rises 50%

The amount of consumers using entertainment apps on Xbox Live globally increased by 50 per cent from November to December. On average, over 60 per cent US Xbox Live Gold members accessed these apps for one hour each day. Entertainment apps include YouTube, Blinkbox, Netflix and MSN. Several went live …

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Microsoft resurrects dead Gamertags

A wealth of Gamertags that were previously taken are now available to Xbox 360 owners. Microsoft is currently sifting through the dead or unused accounts on its servers to free up any Xbox Live identities that were tied to them, according to Major Nelson. The Xbox icon warned: This process …

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XBLAs Desination Arcade delayed

The launch of Microsoft’s Destination Arcade has been delayed until Wednesday, July 21st. The slip was revealed by the company’s Larry Hyrb on his Major Nelson blog, and will see the revamped interface mark the start of the latest Xbox Live promotion. Announced last week, Destination Arcade is a new …

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NXE boosts Xbox Live sales

Microsoft’s Major Nelson has revealed the NXE has provided a significant boost to Xbox Live Arcade sales. Posting on his blog, the Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb revealed several statistics from the aftermath of the New Xbox Experience’s launch. In the first week following the redesigned interface’s debut, …

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Microsoft: We need another Crackdown

A sequel to 2007’s much loved open world shooter Crackdown could be in the pipeline, according to Microsoft’s Major Nelson. Speaking on his latest Major Nelson podcast, Xbox Live’s director of programming Larry Hryb told Microsoft Games Studios head Phil Spencer: I’m here to tell you on behalf of the …

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Xbox.com gets pre-E3 overhaul

Microsoft has given a fresh lick of paint to its official home for Xbox 360 online – Xbox.com . The site contains much the same info as before, covering current titles, upcoming games, Xbox Live, hardware, forums and support. There’s also a dedicated E3 page, fronted by Xbox Live guru …

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Halo 3 takes control of Xbox Live

It may not be surprising, but Microsoft’s current Xbox blogging daddy Major Nelson has confirmed that Halo 3 has already claimed the crown of Xbox Live’s most active title. Bungie’s predecessor Halo 2 had held the crown for some considerable time, though it had faced stern challenges recently from the …

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Halo 3 takes control of Xbox Live

It may not be surprising, but Microsoft’s current Xbox blogging daddy Major Nelson has confirmed that Halo 3 has already claimed the crown of Xbox Live’s most active title. Bungie’s predecessor Halo 2 had held the crown for some considerable time, though it had faced stern challenges recently from the …

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