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Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership | £28.85 | Simply Games | Xbox 360

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Matt Gardner
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Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership | £28.85 | Simply Games | Xbox 360

  • What: Xbox LIVE 12 Month Gold Membership
  • Where: Simply Games
  • Current Price: £28.85

Amazon were the lowest, but now Simply Games have stolen the rug from out underneath them with a sneaky price drop. Anything under £30 is usually a bit of a steal, so treat yourself to a further saving here. Not quite as cheeky as exploiting a glitch for a month per pound deal, but a good price all the same.

Klei Entertainment Announce Mark of the Ninja

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Klei Entertainment, Mark of the Ninja, Stealth Games, XBLA, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Klei Entertainment Announce Mark of the Ninja

Klei Entertainment, the team that brought us claret-spilling, 2D action-fest Shank and its sequel, have announced a new game: Mark of the Ninja.

Hit the jump for more details...

Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Increases XBLIG Visibility...Only In North America

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Indie Games, Metro update, XBLIG, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Increases XBLIG Visibility...Only In North America

The criticisms of the Metro dashboard update that went live across Xbox LIVE at the end of last year have been well documented. Indie developers in particular decried the "burying" of the XBLIG service behind a swathe of navigation options. However, an Xbox 360 dashboard update went live over the weekend that looked to increase the visibility of Xbox LIVE Indie Games, amongst other things.

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Why We Love . . . Microsoft Points

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Microsoft, Microsoft Points, Virtual currency, Windows Phone 7, Xbox Live

Why We Love . . . Microsoft Points

A bit of a special Why We Love today, in which we take a peek at the recent rumour surrounding Microsoft's alleged abandoning of the Points scheme in favour of "real" currency, and what such a move could entail.

Rumours have been flying around over the past week or two suggesting that Microsoft Points - the currency currently used to purchase or rent content across Xbox LIVE, Zune Marketplace and Windows Phone 7 - will soon be canned in favour of actual "real" money. For many this will be a joyous relief, and event worthy of celebration as an outdated and potentially confusing model is jettisoned in favour of a simple marketplace that everyone can understand.

Crucially, it will bring Microsoft more in line with its competitors on the mobile gaming battlefield, where transactions are very much one-to-one: you always know where you are with your purchases. In an industry where the lines between gamers and non-gamers, hard core and casual, are becoming every more blurry, such transparency is vitally important.

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Infinity Ward Pledge To Remove MW3 Map Profile Lock

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty Elite, DLC, Modern Warfare 3, Xbox Live

Infinity Ward Pledge To Remove MW3 Map Profile Lock

Yesterday we reported that Modern Warfare 3's Elite maps are locked to a single Xbox Live profile, which means that other Gamertags on the same console can't access the content despite it being guaranteed in the Xbox Live terms of service. It seems that this state of affairs was an accidental error rather than a purposeful lockout, and Infinity Ward have promised to fix the issue "as soon as possible." More details below.

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Call Of Duty Elite Maps Locked To Single Gamertag

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty Elite, Infinity Ward, Modern Warfare 3, Xbox Live

Call Of Duty Elite Maps Locked To Single Gamertag

Call Of Duty Elite has laid out its schedule to deliver an inordinate number of small DLC drops to paying members over the next nine months, but eagle-eyed Elites have spotted what could very well be a contravention of Xbox Live's download terms. The new Modern Warfare 3 DLC maps are only playable by the Elite-enabled Gamertag that downloaded them, even though the terms state that "you can use this item on the first Xbox 360 console you downloaded it to. Access to this item will also be granted to all users on this first console." According to the forums, Activision isn't even certain whether this restriction will be retired when the first full-blown DLC pack becomes available in March.

This will likely irk gamers who are used to downloading DLC content to share with family, housemates or friends. Note, however, that you can still play the maps in split-screen so long as the Elite account leads the lobby. [via Joystiq]

REPORT: Xbox 360 To Keep Redeemable Codes After Ditching Microsoft Points

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Matt Gardner
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Microsoft, Microsoft Points, Xbox 360, Xbox Live

REPORT: Xbox 360 To Keep Redeemable Codes After Ditching Microsoft Points

Remember how we reported that Microsoft were allegedly thinking about getting rid of their Microsoft Points scheme by this year? Well it seems that another source has added to this rumour, suggesting to Eurogamer that consumers will "still be able to use redeemable codes to buy DLC and other products after Microsoft phases out Microsoft Points".

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Xbox LIVE Newsbeat: January 24th - February 6th

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Bastion, L.A. Noire, Major Nelson, Puddle, Quarrel, Syndicate, XBLA, Xbox Live, Xbox Live Deal of the Week, Xbox LIVE Newsbeat

Xbox LIVE Newsbeat: January 24th - February 6th

Half Price L.A. Noire DLC, Puddle and Quarrel Released, Syndicate Demo Dated

Microsoft have announced that a co-op demo for EA and Starbreeze's upcoming shooter Syndicate will be arriving on January 31st. Furthermore, all of L.A. Noire's DLC is half price for the next week as part of the Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week and, better still, Bastion is half price the week after. There's literally going to be no excuse for not playing Supergiant's splendid smash hit.

Whilst waitingthe end of the month to roll around, check out our Syndicate co-op preview and read our Bastion preview.

Hit the jump for the full list of Xbox LIVE updates for the next two weeks...

REPORT: Microsoft Points To Be Discontinued By Year End?

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Digital Distribution, Microsoft, Microsoft Points, Windows Phone 7, Xbox Live, Zune Marketplace

REPORT: Microsoft Points To Be Discontinued By Year End?

Well this is interesting. According to a new report, Microsoft appear set to discontinue the use of Microsoft Points when it comes to transactions in the virtual marketplaces in a move that will affect the way consumer purchases operate across Xbox LIVE, Zune and Windows Phone.

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RedLynx Talk Multiplayer In New Trials Evolution Video

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Microsoft, RedLynx, Trials Evolutlion, XBLA, Xbox Live

RedLynx Talk Multiplayer In New Trials Evolution Video

RedLynx's director of marketing and public relations, Jason Bates, has revealed more about the upcoming puzzle-platformer in a new Inside Xbox vid. In the interview he reveals more about the four-way multiplayer as well as the new track editor.

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Report: Microsoft Quietly Tightens Xbox.com Security?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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brute force, hacker, Hacking, Microsoft, Xbox Live, Xbox.com

Report: Microsoft Quietly Tightens Xbox.com Security?

Jason Coutee, the whistleblower who potentially outed the Xbox.com password weakness that could be behind the galling prevalence of illictly-accessed Xbox Live accounts, has reported that Microsoft may have secretly beefed up their security by limiting login attempts to 20. Partly to address the brute force issue, but also to possibly discredit the report without having to make a public admission of having an Achilles' heel. Full report after the break.

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Microsoft: Xbox.com Brute Force Hacks Are An "Industry-Wide Issue"

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Jonathan Lester
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brute force, Hack, hacker, Microsoft, Xbox Live, Xbox.com

Microsoft: Xbox.com Brute Force Hacks Are An "Industry-Wide Issue"

Microsoft has officially responded to this weekend's compelling report suggesting that the recent spate of illegally-accessed Xbox Live accounts were facilitated by brute force attempts made through the Xbox.com website. In a statement, the Redmond giant contends that the issue is "industry-wide" and there is no specific "loophole" that hackers are taking advantage of. As always, they recommend following a stringent online security regimen and employing strong passwords to deal with the issue - though suggest that phishing and fraud still has a lot to answer for. Full quotes and details after the break.

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Report: Xbox.com Password Flaw Behind Recent 'Hacking' Woes?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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brute force, Hack, Microsoft, Xbox Live, Xbox.com

Report: Xbox.com Password Flaw Behind Recent 'Hacking' Woes?

When Is A Hack Not A Hack?

When it's brute force. According to a new report from AnalogHype who were contacted by an eagle-eyed hacking victim, the recent spate of unauthorised Xbox Live account access may stem from a vulnerability in the Xbox.com website. Jason Coutee, a network infrastructure manager who had his Xbox Live account hacked earlier this year, noticed that Xbox.com allows users to make eight incorrect password attempts before CAPTCHA challenges them... which can be reset by clicking 'try with another Live ID.' Hackers can therefore run simple automated password-generating scripts and gather lists of Windows Live IDs from numerous online sources.

This is definitely a rumour at present, but a compelling one nonetheless. It certainly explains the sporadic nature of the accessed accounts, since it isn't technically a hack at all, rather a brute force attempt. The FIFA 12 connection, which heavily suggested a loophole in the EA servers, could be explained away simply because it's one of the best selling games of the year with plentiful DLC. We hope that Microsoft will at least issue a statement soon since users are still falling prey to unauthorised access months after this issue was first reported, .

Microsoft Puts Web TV Subscription Work On Hold

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Felix Kemp
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Microsoft Puts Web TV Subscription Work On Hold

Scared Off By Licensing Costs?

Last week, rumours emerged that Microsoft was planning a DVR-esque device to be integrated in to future Xbox consoles. Work on the project had split off from previous work inside Microsoft on a patented set-top box where the company could deliver television and films to customers. Well, it appears they instead turned their attention to an online model not dissimilar to Netflix, until Microsoft was presented with the licensing costs for such an endeavor, which appears to have put a spanner in the works.

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Asura's Wrath Demo On LIVE, PSN

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Felix Kemp
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Asura's Wrath Demo On LIVE, PSN

"Unleash Your Rage In Two Epic Boss Battles!"

Asura's Wrath hits shelves in Japan today, while the rest of the world must wait little over a month for Capcom's rage-soaked action-adventure title from .hack// and Naruto: Ultimate Ninja studio, CyberConnect2. If you're a little jealous that our Japanese cousins can enjoy what Capcom describe as an "interactive cliffhanger-action game", then rest easy, as they've released a demo on Xbox LIVE and PSN to sate our appetites; for now.

The Asura's Wrath demo is free for Gold subscribers and all PSN users, clocking in at just over half a gigabyte. And in suitably bombastic style, the demo isn't an introduction to the story of a combat appetizer, but a two-course sampling of not one, but two "epic boss battles". You'll face off against the planet-sized Wyzen, then come face to face with the sword-master, Augus. On the Moon's surface, naturally. Check it out, and tell us what you think. Asura's Wrath is due in Europe next month. [Xbox LIVE]

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Microsoft Raise XBLIG Size Cap, Change Price Plan

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Matt Gardner
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Indie Games, Microsoft, XBLIG, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live, XNA

Microsoft Raise XBLIG Size Cap, Change Price Plan

Microsoft have announced that, as part of their New Year plan, XBLIG devs will now be able to submit games through the App Hub up to sizes of 500MB. Previously, CCGAME bundles submitted for XBLIG consideration had to adhere to a maximum file size of 150MB...but no longer!

Check out the changes to XBLIG after the jump...

Great Big Fallout DLC Sale | 400 Microsoft Points Each | Xbox Live

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Jonathan Lester
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Bethesda, DLC, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox Live
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Fallout 3 | Fallout: New Vegas

Great Big Fallout DLC Sale | 400 Microsoft Points Each | Xbox Live

On the third day of Christmas, the Major sold to me...

...some cut price Dee Ell Seeeeeeeeeee!

For Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, specifically. If you haven't already gotten involved or are waiting for the complete edition of Fallout: New Vegas, there are definitely a couple of bargains to be found here. Because they vary massively in quality and value, I've tried to provide a little guidance too.

Fallout 3 DLC (400 Microsoft Points each)

Fallout: New Vegas DLC (400 Microsoft Points each)

PSA: Xbox 360 Gets 4OD & Demand Five

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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4OD, Demand Five, TV, Xbox Live

PSA: Xbox 360 Gets 4OD & Demand Five

Just a quick heads-up for Xbox 360 Gold Members who are patiently waiting for their promised TV content. As of today, Microsoft have added 4OD (Channel 4's On Demand service) and Demand Five to the console, which finally gives us some decent free telly to watch. Excuse me while I toddle off to watch Dark Mirror again... followed by ninety hours of Come Dine With Me and whatever terrible content Channel Five has these days.

BBC iPlayer will follow next year. Hurry up.

Skyrim Patch 1.3 Released On Xbox LIVE

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Bethesda Softworks, Patch, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Xbox Live

Skyrim Patch 1.3 Released On Xbox LIVE

Backwards-Flying Dragons Be Gone

Bethesda is slowly but surely addressing the host of issues plaguing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim players at present, rolling out another patch for Xbox 360 players. Patch 1.3 adds "general stability improvements", as well as targeting issues such as magic resistance and physics problems that resulted in the - admittedly fantastic - backwards-flying dragon whose glitched presence forces the frame-rate to a relative standstill.

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Modern Warfare 3 Matchmaking Problems On LIVE?

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Infinity Ward, Modern Warfare 3, Sledgehammer Games, Xbox Live
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Modern Warfare 3 Matchmaking Problems On LIVE?

Unsupported LIVE Regions Afflicted

If you're looking to play Modern Warfare 3 in countries where Xbox LIVE's extensive reach doesn't... well, reach, then you might find the Activision shooter's matchmaking won't work. Xbox Support took to Twitter to alert fans in unsupported regions that Modern Warfare 3 won't be accessible online. "COD: MW3 multiplayer online is only accessible if you're in an eligible Xbox Live region," they told followers, with Croatia one of the countries affected.

Don't surrender all hope just yet, though; as Infinity Ward's community chief, Rob Bowling, told followers the two MW3 teams are "actively discussing" the issue and "talking to users affected". However, he admits to no "ETA at this point", with the likes of Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Finland reporting such issues. We'll have more for you on this as it develops. [Twitter]