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Microsoft preps new Xbox Live beta for Xbox 360

Microsoft is getting gamers ready to test an updated version of its Xbox Live service for Xbox 360, promising better overall system performance and setting the stage for the company’s shift away from Microsoft Points to local currency. It’s part of the company’s plan to continue releasing updates for its existing game console even after… Read More

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Game over? Heavily-funded iPad device maker Discovery Bay Games vanishes without explanation

It looks like time has run out on Discovery Bay Games, a Seattle-based maker of gaming accessories and add-ons for tablet computers. Sources tell GeekWire that the company closed its doors in May. We contacted Bob Belknap, VP of Finance at Discovery Bay Games, but he would neither confirm nor deny the closure. Belknap said he “couldn’t… Read More

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Your old Microsoft Points will be worth ‘equal or greater value’ as real currency

Microsoft confirmed earlier this week that it will be shifting away from its Microsoft Points virtual currency for purchasing games and other items on Xbox Live, as transactions will soon take place with your local currency. But what about the gamers who have Microsoft Points outstanding? What will happen to those points? Microsoft cleared that… Read More

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Report: Xbox One to hit shelves in November 2013

It looks like you’ll be able to buy an Xbox One this November. That’s what Rare development director Danny Issac just said during an interview with Geoff Keighley on the GameTrailers’ E3 pre-show. I guess Xbox One launches in November! Guy from Rare just said it on the pre-show during Kinect Sports Rivals demo. #GTE3 —… Read More

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The Startup Game! An 8-Bit Entrepreneurial Adventure

It’s time to break out of your cubicle and play the startup game! Land some seed funding, build your team, create a product, take on some venture capital and battle the final boss in this one-of-a-kind entrepreneurial adventure. We’re pleased to present this special video, “Adventure of the Startup Kid,” which was created by the… Read More

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Always on? Study says 72% of U.S. gamers now play online

The number of people who play video games without an online connection is quickly dwindling, according to the results of a study released today. The report by the NPD research firm found that 72 percent of U.S. gamers now play games online, up 5 percentage points from last year. It’s not a huge surprise, but the… Read More

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Game of the Year? Vote here in the GeekWire Awards

The Seattle region may be known for operating systems, airplanes and coffee, but video games play a huge role in the technology scene, and today we’re pleased to present a new GeekWire Awards category that recognizes this important field. Below you’ll find the five finalists for Game of the Year — the top video games… Read More

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Xi3 responds after Valve tries to distance itself from Piston gaming console

Two months ago at the Consumer Electronics Show, a new partnership between hardware manufacturer Xi3 and Valve seemed bright and happy. The two companies had announced a “development stage system optimized for computer gameplay on large high-definition television monitors” — a device called the Piston that can run Steam-based games on your TV. Xi3 even said it received an investment… Read More

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Nintendo sued over 3D patent in 3DS handheld console

Not only is Nintendo dealing with less-than-stellar Wii U sales, but now the company is being sued over 3D technology used in its 3DS handheld console. Reuters is reporting that inventor and former Sony employee Seijiro Tomita is suing Nintendo over 3-D images he claimed to develop. Tomita says that Nintendo used his patent without… Read More

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Nintendo wants WiiU.com domain, files cybersquatting complaint

The latest sales numbers of Nintendo’s Wii U are not good, so maybe a new website at WiiU.com can help the cause. Unfortunately for Nintendo, someone else owns the WiiU.com domain name. And so today the company filed a cybersquatting complaint with the World Intellectual Property Forum to snatch it back. According to domainnewswire.com, WiiU.com was registered back… Read More