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Xbox One and Windows 10: New Best Friends By Clip Syndicate The Xbox One has always been a big black box full of promise. Would it be more than a game console? With Microsoft's Windows 10, it looks like the Xbox One's big convergence moment is finally here. Microsoft wants your Xbox to be your Everybox. For one, universal Windows apps will work on Xbox One. That was just announced during Microsoft's Windows 10 event by Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Operating Systems for Microsoft.

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Windows 10 Adds Xbox Social Network and Game Streaming By Clip Syndicate Microsoft will attempt to bridge the gap between gamers on Windows PC and Xbox One by adding an Xbox app to all copies of Windows 10 on its release. The Xbox app on Windows 10 will allow gamers to play online with other users across different devices, stream Xbox One games to their Windows 10 PC or tablet and keep track of their friends across multiple platforms. Microsoft made the announcement during its Windows 10 Consumer event in Redmond, Washington, on Wednesday. ...Read More »
Nintendo Discontinues Its Beloved Rewards Program By Clip Syndicate Nintendo announced its closure of its long-time loyalty program, Club Nintendo, on Tuesday. Club Nintendo, which let customers collect coins from game purchases and exchange them for various prizes on the Club Nintendo website, has been beloved part of the gaming experience in the U.S. since 2008. The company will replace it with a new customer loyalty program, the details of which will be announced later this year. ...Read More »
Nintendo to Shutter Club Nintendo Rewards Program By Clip Syndicate Game maker Nintendo has decided to discontinue its Club Nintendo rewards program, the company announced on Tuesday. The closure suggests Nintendo is seeking to modify the customer experience for gamers. Nintendo's console, the Wii U, has been stumbling in the US market, trailing far behind both Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One. ...Read More »
For Video Game Industry, 2014 Couldn't Escape Slumping Software Sales By Clip Syndicate Looking back on 2014, the video game industry can say it succeeded and it failed. New hardware has flown off store shelves, into more players' hands and at a faster rate than last-generation devices nearly a decade ago. But players still aren't buying enough games. The holiday season, an opportunity for game makers to rebound, proved that not even the biggest companies with the most highly anticipated franchises could entice consumers to spend their money on new titles. The problems are twofold. Game console makers like Sony and Microsoft are in a vicious price war, slashing prices and tossing in free games to get as many devices sold as possible. Microsoft, for example, dropped the price of its Xbox One in the US during the holidays, but consumer response was so strong that it chose to reinstate the cut starting January 16.

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GameStop's December Same-store Sales up 4.4 Percent By Clip Syndicate Video game retailer GameStop said December comparable store sales rose 4.4 percent, driven by higher demand for games such as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Grand Theft Auto V and Far Cry 4. Shares of the world's largest retailer of video game products rose about 10 percent to $36 in extended trading. New software sales grew 5.8 percent during the nine-week holiday period ended Jan. 3, the company said on Tuesday. Sales in the mobile & consumer electronics category rose 28 percent.

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'Grand Theft Auto V' Release Date for PCs Delayed Another 2 Months By Clip Syndicate Bad news for PC gamers. Rockstar has further delayed the launch of Grand Theft Auto Five until March 24. The game was originally slated to come out in two weeks, on January 27th. That's two months after the re-release in November and more than a year and a half after its original release. THe company said, "Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be.." So hang on a bit longer gamers.

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Witness the Awe as 3-year-old Sees 'Star Wars' for the First Time By Clip Syndicate When Sam Blakeman's son wanted to watch something involving space, Blakeman knew just the thing. He cued up that shining classic "Star Wars: A New Hope" and then got busy making his own little movie of his son's reaction to the rolling opening credits, chill-inspiring score and the first battlelicious scene. Little James' reaction at first seems a little too frenetic, perhaps a wee bit overacted as he's egged on a bit by his dad. But then the lasers start flying and viewers can watch his expression resolve into one of pure awe at the amazingness unfolding on the screen before him. In other words, the Force has awoken in yet another "Star Wars" devotee. Rock on, little Jedi.

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Electronic Arts Must Face Ex-NFL Players' Lawsuit Over Video Games By Clip Syndicate A federal appeals court on Tuesday said Electronic Arts Inc must face a lawsuit by former National Football League players that accuses the video game maker of using their likenesses in the Madden NFL series without permission or proper compensation. The panel also rejected other First Amendment defenses that it called "materially indistinguishable" from those it had rejected in 2013, in a similar lawsuit against EA on behalf of college athletes whose likenesses were used in video games. District Judge Richard Seeborg allowing the case to proceed against EA, which is based in Redwood City, California.

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CES: Samsung Highlights Ultra HD, Streaming Media Service Milk By Clip Syndicate Samsung executives took the stage at its annual CES press conference to highlight the company's continued focus on Ultra HD technology. The Korean electronics giant unveiled during the hour-long event a new line of curved SUHD TVs. Made using Samsung's non crystal semiconductor technology, which allows for the expression of brighter colors. The sets star at 43 inches and get as large as 88 inches. The SUHD TVs come powered by Tizen, an operating system that turns the sets into smart TVs with access to streaming video content, video games and a live TV second screen experience. In addition, Samsung announced an expansion of its multimedia service Milk, which began with Milk Music and later expanded to Milk Video, into virtual reality.

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