Microsoft increasing investment in dashboard ads

Microsoft increasing investment in dashboard ads

Jan 9, 2013

If you know somebody who regularly clicks on video ads in the Xbox 360 dashboard, you now have a perfectly valid reason to punch them in the face; a relatively small level of interaction has proven enough for Microsoft to enthusiastically declare the ads’ success, and threaten plenty more funding for them. As reported by Eurogamer (amongst others), these...

Kinect Party trailer is kind of nuts

Kinect Party trailer is kind of nuts

Dec 7, 2012

Kinect Party may be a generic name when compared to its predecessor Double Fine Happy Action Theater, but if this newly released trailer isn’t lying through its teeth, a massive dose of maniacal absurdity is on the horizon. The motion-controlled silliness includes families wading through molten lava, game journalists dancing about dressed as hotdogs, and...

Microsoft drops U.S. RRP of official 360 microphone

Microsoft drops U.S. RRP of official 360 microphone

Aug 22, 2012

The magic of 21st Century gaming. What better reason to buy an Xbox 360 than to shout across the room at your TV, having your voice commands recognised precisely fifty percent of the time as you struggle to match the exact inflections used by videogame QA testers? This crazy ‘microphone’ idea could only possibly be improved if there were, one day,...

An armchair view of E3 2012: Microsoft

An armchair view of E3 2012: Microsoft

Jun 4, 2012

Xbox 360 Conference: June 4th 5:30pm GMT   It’s that time of year again when I sit here blathering away about the nonsense that goes on at each of these E3 conferences and each year it seems more and more pointless when everything gets ‘leaked’ in the days leading up to the event. Anyway, I hope there isn’t so much Kinect this year, as...

My Elderly Aunt Skyrim

My Elderly Aunt Skyrim

May 31, 2012

Although the most recently announced Skyrim patch at time of writing introduces mounted combat, I’d like to take a step back and talk about the Kinect patch. Yes, this is the patch which only acknowledges the existence of Kinect’s microphone (and yet whenever people ask ‘why not have headsets supported?’, Microsoft execs put their...