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Microsoft's Summer of Arcade: Missing in Action

By Steve Watts, Aug 15, 2014 11:00am PDT

This summer passed us by without any Summer of Arcade or similar promotion from Microsoft, even as Sony continued its PLAY program. Why?

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"I doubt the architecture change is the stumbling block. Most of these developers have been ..."

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Halo: Spartan Assault invading Xbox One and 360 with co-op

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 29, 2013 8:40am PDT

Microsoft has, somewhat disingenuously, used Halo: Spartan Assault to advertise "having Halo" on Windows 8, when it's really only a so-so twin-stick shooter set within the same pointless fiction. Still, if you fancy having a bash but not buying Windows 8, good news: the game...

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"I thought the Surface touch controls were well implemented. "

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Ascend: Hand of Kul out F2P on XBLA

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 26, 2013 7:30am PDT

Microsoft announced back at E3 2012 that it was bringing a free-to-play action-RPG to Xbox Live Arcade, then seemed to forget about it. Well, Ascend: Hand of Kul quietly launched yesterday, so give it a go if you fancy murdering monsters without paying a penny, at least to c...

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"Just got a beta code for this last week.. lol Played it for a few hours.. nothing fancy."

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Foul Play for PC and Xbox 360 offers gentlemanly brawling

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 14, 2013 9:30am PDT

Yes, yes we're very quaint here in England. Top hats, monocles, all of that, everywhere (or in trendy East London where I live, anyway). Continuing the stereotype we titter at knowing the world believes, Mediatonic is bringing gentlemanly side-scrolling fighting to PC and Xb...

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Skydive: Proximity Flight lands on Xbox 360 and PS3 this fall

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 01, 2013 4:45pm PDT

Dejobaan Games has cornered the futuristic base-jumping market with its AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! games, but if you want to skim desert canyons and lush forests rather than dystopian cityscapes, Skydive: Proximity Flight may be more your bag. Developer Gaijin Entertainmen...

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"NOT the same thing. If someone said hey lets go Sky Diving and you showed up and it was Wing ..."

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LocoCycle's Xbox One version in development for less than six months

By Ozzie Mejia, Jul 23, 2013 5:00pm PDT

It turns out that the Xbox One version of Twisted Pixel's LocoCycle hasn't been in development for very long -- about six months, to be precise.

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"It's rare that a game inspires such apathy in me... my levels of not caring are staggering on ..."

- Gwyndion see all 4 comments

Super Time Force trailer: six minutes of gameplay

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 17, 2013 7:30am PDT

Super T.I.M.E. Force's retro cartoon trailer was thoroughly pleasant, but how about a little gameplay? A new three-minute gameplay vid shows how the heroes reverse and loop time to explode enemies and rescue each other from imminent death.

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Fez XBLA getting patched after cert fees dropped

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 05, 2013 8:00am PDT

Fez creator Phil Fish became, very much against his will, the poster boy for railing against Xbox Live Arcade patch certification costs last year. But now that Microsoft has dropped patch certification fees, hooray, a new Fez patch is coming to XBLA.

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State of Decay update 2 out today

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 28, 2013 6:00am PDT

It started in Australia but didn't stay there for long. Within hours it was rolling across borders and drifting across seas, a wave of undead crashing against shores. The second State of Decay title update is rolling out today, I'm saying. The patch notes list a grand 56 cha...

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Girl Fight trailer shows girls fighting

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 24, 2013 6:45am PDT

If you'd feel a little silly playing a video game that is ostensibly about sexy girls in sexy costumes fighting each other, relax: Girl Fight all goes down in virtual reality as an evil corporation experiments upon abducted women. Look, come watch the new trailer and you'll ...

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"Hoo boy here we go. And no chix 'n chainmail. Such a waste. "

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State of Decay declared 'fastest selling original game ever' on XBLA

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 18, 2013 7:05am PDT

The open-world zombie 'em up passed 500,000 sales within its first week, publisher Microsoft Studios has announced, declaring it "the fastest selling original game ever on Xbox Live Arcade." What now? Undead Labs is still working on patches, apparently doesn't have too much ...

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"That quote makes it sound like the issue was that they didn't have a distribution platform for ..."

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State of Decay first title update not working

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 17, 2013 6:00am PDT

The promised first update for open-world survive 'em up State of Decay went live over the weekend, or so it seemed. Unfortunately, the fixes it was supposed to bring were clearly not in effect, and after a bit of checking developer Undead Labs has confirmed that "the update ...

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"Which is a damn shame. The game really strains the 360's hardware."

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LocoCycle preview: standing on her own two wheels

By Steve Watts, Jun 13, 2013 1:20pm PDT

Twisted Pixel's LocoCycle continues the developer's trend for off-the-wall humor, but seems more mechanically sound.

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State of Decay update coming as sales pass 250k; PC version won't be 'soon'

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 10, 2013 6:00am PDT

Just when everyone seemed bored stiff of zombies, State of Decay launched last week to shake a little life into the genre. That sentence contained two jokes. The open-world zombie 'em up sold a whopping 250,000 copies in its first two days on sale, developer Undead Labs anno...

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"I agree, there are some bugs but the game itself is pretty much the zombie game I have been ..."

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State of Decay shambling onto Xbox 360 tomorrow

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 04, 2013 8:00am PDT

Open-world zombie survive 'em up State of Decay will debut on Xbox 360 this Wednesday, developer Undead Labs has announced at short notice. It'll cost 1600 Microsoft Points ($15) on Xbox Live Arcade but, alas, there's still no word on when the PC version will arrive.

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"Sorry, I know people that correct their own typos are annoying but I used "since" instead of ..."

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