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Game Buzz | Episode 38 - Mattrick's Moment

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Matt Gardner
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Game Buzz | Episode 38 - Mattrick's Moment

This week on Game Buzz, we discuss Don Mattrick jumping ship from Microsoft to Zynga; we take a look at the suggestion that the Xbox One dashboard has been designed purposefully around advertisement opportunities; and we ask how on earth Microsoft managed to mess up a good thing in Games With Gold. Outside of the Redmond omnishambles, we talk a little bit about Broken Age and how unfettered ambition could spell danger for the crowdfunding model; we shake our heads at the recently leaked EA survey for SimCity; and we try and solve the specs vs. games debate.

Game Buzz | Episode 38 - Mattrick's Moment. Recorded 5th June, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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Microsoft's Mattrick Leaves For Zynga

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Don Mattrick, Mark Pincus, Microsoft, Xbox One, Zynga

Microsoft's Mattrick Leaves For Zynga

Don Mattrick, the man who introduced the world to the Xbox One, is leaving Microsoft to replace Mark Pincus as the CEO of social gaming leviathan Zynga.

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Game Buzz Extra | Xbox 180 - Microsoft's U-Turn on DRM and Used Games

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Matt Gardner
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Consumer rights, Don Mattrick, DRM, Game Buzz, GameStop, Microsoft, Podcast, Pre-owned games, PWNCAST, Xbox 180, Xbox One

Game Buzz Extra | Xbox 180 - Microsoft's U-Turn on DRM and Used Games

Following on from Microsoft's announcement yesterday that the Xbox One will now work in a similar fashion to the Xbox 360 when it comes to online requirements and pre-owned games, we pick apart Microsoft's U-turn, we ask what this means with regard to consumers, and weigh up the positives and the negatives of the decision.

Game Buzz Extra | Xbox 180 - Microsoft's U-Turn on DRM and Used Games, Recorded 20th June, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Click the banner or the title link above to play the podcast, or right click and select 'Save Link As' to download the file onto your hard drive.

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BREAKING: Microsoft Backtrack On DRM, Used Games Policy For Xbox One

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Don Mattrick, DRM, Microsoft, Pre-owned games, Xbox 180, Xbox One

BREAKING: Microsoft Backtrack On DRM, Used Games Policy For Xbox One

In a spectacular U-turn, it appears that Microsoft have backtracked on their draconian requirement for the Xbox One to connect to the internet every 24 hours, and on their confusing approach to the issue of used games.

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Mattrick Defends Xbox One's Price: "We're Over-Delivering Value"

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Matt Gardner
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Don Mattrick, Microsoft, Xbox One

Mattrick Defends Xbox One's Price: "We're Over-Delivering Value"

Don Mattrick reckons that the Xbox One is a bit of a steal at $499, suggesting that Microsoft are "over-delivering value" when compared to "other choices" that consumers might make.

He pointed out that in context, though he didn't exactly specify, paying $499 for a high-end consumer electronics product is not "ridiculous" these days.

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Xbox One: Microsoft Investing $1 Billion Into New Games

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Matt Gardner
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Don Mattrick, Exclusives, Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One: Microsoft Investing  Billion Into New Games

Microsoft's Don Mattrick has suggested that people are underestimating Microsoft's focus on games when it comes to the Xbox One.

Probably because they said sod all about them in the console reveal. Maybe.

In a pre-show chat with OXM, Mattrick stated that he felt audiences will be satisfied that Microsoft have made securing exclusives a "core goal".

We just ran through our script and counted the number of exclusives, and looked at the amount of money that we're spending and the deals that we have, exclusive windows and [things to create differentiation]," said Mattrick. "I think, candidly, people are way, way under-indexing how hard we're punching.

"We're going to come out with detail on things and people are going to go, 'oh my god. Like, 'they were focused, they made this a core goal, core activity'. There are great hits, there's innovation, and there are world class creators plugged in. You know, I keep track of it all, and I hope everyone here does - we kind of look back at all the different years and at what we shipped, how many units have sold. There's a lot of hyperbole about things, but I think we're going to deliver."

Let's hope so.

Mattrick: Xbox One Won't Require Always-On, MS Working To "Support" Second-Hand Market

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Always-on internet, Don Mattrick, DRM, Pre-owned games, Used games, Xbox One

Mattrick: Xbox One Won't Require Always-On, MS Working To "Support" Second-Hand Market

Were you confused by Microsoft's baffling waffle regarding the Xbox One's internet requirement or lack thereof? Well, we were. However, Microsoft’s president of interactive entertainment, Don Mattrick, has attempted to set the record straight.

Although the internet will underpin the basis of Xbox One, the console will apparently not require a constant online connection, and Microsoft are working to "support the second-hand market".

Damage control already, eh Mattrick?!

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Microsoft Dismiss Valve Competition Threat

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Console wars, Don Mattrick, Gabe Newell, Microsoft, Valve

Microsoft Dismiss Valve Competition Threat

Does Microsoft see Valve as a competitor in the battle for the living room? Not really. Don Mattrick, Xbox president of Interactive Entertainment, has stated rather emphatically that although Valve are clearly  looking to innovate in that space, Microsoft's main competition will arise from more traditional, familiar names.

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Mattrick: Halo 4 Will Work With Surface

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Matt Gardner
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News
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343 Industries, Don Mattrick, Halo 4, Microsoft, MS Surface, SmartGlass, Tablet gaming

Mattrick: Halo 4 Will Work With Surface

Quick little tidbit for you MS fans out there. Microsoft’s president for interactive entertainment business, Don Mattrick, reportedly announced at GameBeat 2012 that the upcomin Halo 4 will work with the new MS Surface tablet, although he didn't reveal any details as to exactly how this relationship will work.

Microsoft demonstarted their SmartGlass technology on tablets at E3 this year, so there's a possibility of connected supplemental content there. The USB port on the Surface tablets is ripe for controller inputs - could Halo 4 be playable on the go? [VentureBeat]