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Most of Xbox’s 45 new entertainment apps not available in Canada

- June 4th, 2014

In an attempt to boost the entertainment side of its Xbox experience, Microsoft has announced 45 new TV, movie and social media apps for the Xbox One and 360 that will launch before the end of the year.

This will bring its total number to 225 Xbox apps available worldwide, the company said in a blog post.

Unfortunately, only 10 of these new apps will be available in Canada.

It’s understandable that many of the TV channel apps, such as Comedy Central, ShowTime Anytime and HBO GO would not be available here, as these channels either don’t exist in Canada, or have secured broadcast deals for their programming with Canadian networks.

But the crux of the announcement seemed to adding Twitter-TV integration to the Xbox One.

As Xbox Live’s director of programming Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) explains in the above video, Twitter will be built into the One’s TV guide apps so you can see what TV shows are trending and lets you favourite and retweet tweets  about the show you are watching from your own Twitter account.

But for some reason, Twitter is also one the apps not available here.

Similarly the video app Vine, which is owned by Twitter, will also not be coming to Canada. At least, not anytime soon.

In fact, the only app featured in the blog post, that will be coming in this country is the Xbox One version of the Major League Gaming app,  which had previously launched for the 360.

In addition to the MLG app, Canada will get apps for the Anime and Asian drama channel Crunchyroll, Filmbox Live, the Korean drama channel KDrama, a GoPro video channel, NBA, NHL, Sky News, TuneIn radio and the music video channel Vevo.

Most of these apps are not exclusive as they are already available for other platforms, such as the PlayStation, Android, many smart TVs or online.

So I’m not sure this will drive many Canadians to buy an Xbox One if they don’t already have one.

Microsoft is going digging for old Atari games

- April 10th, 2014

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Video game legend has it that in 1983, Atari Inc. buried thousands of copies of the huge flop E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, along with unsold computers, consoles and copies of Pac-Man, in a landfill in New Mexico.

There were news stories about it at the time, but details differed. The E.T.-centric aspect is only a theory, and some skeptics have suggested the whole thing is nothing but an urban legend. But now, Microsoft is setting out to discover the truth.

Become a part of gamer history. Unearth the truth behind the ultimate urban legend. We’re excited to announce that the excavation of the long-rumored “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game burial site will occur on April 26, 2014 and will be open to the public. Spectators are invited to watch the team uncover the infamous Atari game cartridge grave.

The Atari Corporation – faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game – allegedly disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1983. Fuel Entertainment took an interest in the legend, and in December 2013, with help from local garbage contractor Joe Lewandowski, acquired the exclusive rights to excavate the Alamogordo landfill. Fuel Entertainment brought the opportunity to Xbox Entertainment Studios, and now, as part of a documentary series (developed by Xbox Entertainment Studios and two-time Academy Award® winning producer Simon Chinn and Emmy winning producer Jonathan Chinn, through their multi-platform media company, Lightbox), the team will excavate the legendary New Mexico landfill to reveal the true story of Atari’s bizarre burial.

If you’re in Alamogordo on April 26 between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., you can head over and watch live as massive corporations attempt to unearth E.T.

Microsoft releases ‘misogynistic’ document

- November 27th, 2013

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Microsoft, you’ve done gone goofed once again and came off entirely misogynistic in the process.

Earlier Wednesday morning, Microsoft released this “press release” about their latest console, the Xbox One. Intended to be funny, the backlash the company received over it, from both men and women, was overwhelming.

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Sneak peek at Xbox One content

- November 6th, 2013
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While there’s no giant Xbox One in Toronto, the city is host to the new Xbox One headquarters where people can come and try out Microsoft’s next-generation console, which goes on sale Nov. 22.

The venue at 11 Bloor St. W. will be open to the public from Nov. 7 to Dec. 29. But on Tuesday, members of the media got to try it out the selection of games first. And it was an impressive display.

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