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Xbox One won't allow indies to self-publish g - Video Game News, Videos and File Downloads for PC and Console Games at Shacknews.com
"Independent developers cannot self-publish their own games on Xbox Live Arcade. Instead, they must get a publishing deal--either with Microsoft Game Studios or with a third-party partner. Games published on Xbox Live Indie Games are exempt from that policy, but that marketplace isn't necessary seen as viable." Seriously? How do we live in a world where Sony and even Nintendo get this, and MS don't? (This isn't saying XBLIG is going, but given how effective XBLIG was...) Compare that to Sony's attitude to indies making Real Games, and it just makes me sad.
xboxoneoneone1!  microsoft  games  indies  xbox  xboxone 
may 2013 by infovore
“Project Natal Must Never Be Completed” by John Connor, Leader of the Human Resistance | Hardcasual
"This is John Connor, leader of the Human Resistance... Microsoft’s Project Natal must never be completed, no matter what the cost. This machine, with its RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone, and custom processor running proprietary software, as well as its ability to track up to four human users for motion analysis, is clearly the precursor the killing machines of the near-future that haunt my dreams every night."
humour  games  terminator  natal  microsoft  parody 
june 2009 by infovore
bitquabit - Zombie Operating Systems and ASP.NET MVC
"And that is why, in 2009, when developing in Microsoft .NET 3.5 for ASP.NET MVC 1.0 on a Windows 7 system, you cannot include /com\d(\..*)?, /lpt\d(\..*)?, /con(\..*)?, /aux(\..*)?, /prn(\..*)?, or /nul(\..*)? in any of your routes." Madness.
microsoft  history  os  operatingsystems  dos  windows  fail  insanity 
june 2009 by infovore
Dubious Quality: Console Post Of The Week: E3
"Sony acts like a character in a Charlotte Brontë novel--they seem to think they have an entire lifetime to seize the moment."
e3  billharris  analysis  games  consoles  microsoft  sony  nintendo  quotation 
june 2009 by infovore
E3 EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft’s Natal To Deliver 1:1 Teabagging on Xbox Live | Hardcasual
"When we assembled a focus group of Xbox Live players, they immediately asked for one feature we hadn’t even considered - in-depth tracking of the groin area, for post-kill celebrations. We were proud to help them find a new revolutionary way to teabag - and believe me, these ain’t no waggle controls." Hardcasual goes for the soft targets, as usual. Ahehe.
teabagging  microsoft  humour  natal  games  hardcasual 
june 2009 by infovore
E309: the 7 things you need to know about Microsoft's press conference - Offworld
If you want a wrap-up of the Microsoft keynote, you could do no better than Brandon's wrap-up for Offworld - spot on, nicely detailed, and covering all the facts with great illustration. Whilst their titles - L4D2, Forza 3, etc - are obviously real assets, it's their commitment to the 360 as a platform in the living room that was impressive.
e3  entertainment  blog  offworld  microsoft  games  technology  media  writing 
june 2009 by infovore
PC Pro: News: Q&A: Microsoft defends return to DRM
Microsoft on their new MSN Music service, weighed-down by DRM. I don't normally link to stuff about DRM, but frankly, every single response in this is comedy gold.
interview  music  microsoft  mobile  comedy  drm 
february 2009 by infovore
Kodu - Microsoft Research
"Kodu is a new visual programming language made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. The programming environment runs on the Xbox, allowing rapid design iteration using only a game controller for input." Which is interesting. I know it's only a research project, but it'd be lovely to play with some time.
programming  games  teaching  microsoft  tools  xbox  resarch  kodu 
january 2009 by infovore
How I Turned Down $300,000 from Microsoft to go Full-Time on GitHub
"If you want a recipe for restless sleep, I can give you one. Add one part “what will my wife think” with 3,000 parts Benjamin Franklin; stir in a “beer anytime you damn well please” and top with a chance at financial independence."
microsoft  development  business  software  github 
december 2008 by infovore
BBC NEWS | Technology | The end of an era - Windows 3.x
Microsoft no longer offer Windows 3.x licenses (and obviously haven't offered support for the product for a while). Program Manager, File Manager, come in; your time is up.
microsoft  computing  windows 
november 2008 by infovore
Seth's Blog: What advertising can't fix
"Microsoft may very well not be broken. The world needs reliable bureaucracies that mollify the needs of corporations and individuals in the center of the market. But if it is broken, advertising isn't going to fix it."
marketing  microsoft  strategy  google  apple  advertising  sethgodin 
september 2008 by infovore
Xbox 360 defects: an inside history of Microsoft’s video game console woes » VentureBeat
"One thing is clear. Microsoft has to move beyond its mentality of being a software company that can launch fast and fix later. With global markets and global launches, the consequences of such a cavalier approach to hardware quality can start to pile up." Detailed, long article from Dean Takahashi on the myriad problems with the 360 hardware, and how Microsoft responded.
xbox360  xbox  microsoft  games  manufacturing  hardware  massproduction 
september 2008 by infovore
Games Convention 2008: Team Fortress 2 Updates Coming To Xbox 360 Later This Year
"Given that Valve is being forced to charge for the update, they wanted to ensure that 360 owners were getting their money's worth." Such a shame they have to charge for it - but still, more TF2 on 360, and that's a good thing from my perspective.
valve  microsoft  live  downloadablecontent  dlc  tf2  teamfortress2 
august 2008 by infovore
Penny Arcade! - For Your Consideration
"You read a lot (in incandescent threads devoted to the topic) about how ten dollars is the "sweet spot" for Live Arcade titles, and that may be the case, but we should entertain the idea that its creator wasn't trying to make an "Xbox Live Arcade Game." Perhaps he was trying to make a good game, the best game he could, and Microsoft's Broadening Initiative For Digital Content was the last thing on his mind." Tycho is pretty much right; the whole Braid-pricing issue isn't just a non-issue, it's maddeningly stupid, and people - including Microsoft - need to get over it.
braid  microsoft  dlc  jonathanblow  games  pricing  economics  pennyarcade 
august 2008 by infovore
YouTube - Stupid Internal Microsoft Vista SP1 Video
Silly, overproduced, over-expensive video to pep up the Microsoft sales team for managing to get their heads around the sheer number of SKUs for Vista. This is what Big Companies think is a valuable use of money
parody  brucespringsteen  awful  video  microsoft  embarassing  shameful  waste  vista 
april 2008 by infovore
Official Google Blog: Yahoo! and the future of the Internet
"We believe that the interests of Internet users come first -- and should come first -- as the merits of this proposed acquisition are examined and alternatives explored."
google  yahoo  microsoft  takeover  business  acquisition  internet  openness  freedom 
february 2008 by infovore
Social science research influences computer product design
Initial press release for Microsoft's "Bob". Never mind!
bob  microsoft  interface  ixd  ux 
april 2007 by infovore
Microsoft is Dead
"I'm glad Microsoft is dead. They were like Nero or Commodus—evil in the way only inherited power can make you. Because remember, the Microsoft monopoly didn't begin with Microsoft."
microsoft  web20  business  essay  paulgraham  internet  software 
april 2007 by infovore
Flickr Photo Download: dowconzki apple ad
Lovely Photoshop job on the Mitchell & Webb Apple ad.
apple  microsoft  mac  pc  mitchellandwebb  peepshow  funny 
february 2007 by infovore

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