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  1. Games for Girls? How About Games for Everyone?

    Gender-neutral games are too hard to animate.

    The portrayal and treatment of women in and around video games is a sore subject for a lot of us. It’s been talked about to death, and yet it still doesn’t seem like we’re making much progress. It’s a very polarizing but uniformly upsetting issue that lingers on in this otherwise great community like cat pee on an oriental rug.

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  2. NSA Tried to Find Terrorists by Playing Online Games, Genius Plan Somehow Failed

    "Freeze, scumbag! Drop the duck!"

    You'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than... Xbox Live? OK, we might not be willing to repeat some of the trash talk we've heard there, but it's a bit amusing to imagine a bunch of intelligence agents deciding that it's a good place to do surveillance for terrorists. It's much easier to imagine they just thought it'd be fun.

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  3. Looking For Help With Rape Threats On Xbox Live? Prepare To Be Frustrated.

    Today in things that make us scream incoherently

    We don't have time to cover every story that lands in our paths here at The Mary Sue but if we feel it's warranted, we will try and give something a signal boost. Doing so today lead us on a tour of Xbox Live Support we wished we hadn't taken and prompted us to write this article on the experience.

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  4. Xbox Live Update Apparently Includes Significant Price Hike, Possibly Thanks to Currency Conversion

    Microsoft is either trying to quietly increase their prices, or they're just not good and converting points to pounds.

    Xbox Live is ditching its silly Microsoft Points system in favor of people using real money. It's a good move, but some beta users in the U.K. are noticing a problem -- with the switch to real money, the price of games has increased. Is Microsoft trying for a quiet price hike, or is it just a bug to be worked out before the real money option rolls out to the public?

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  5. PSA: Xbox Live Ultimate Game Sale Starts Today

    Because it's way too hot everywhere, and going outsidetro do anything right now is the act of an insane person.

    As if Steam, GOG, Greenman Gaming, and the PSN hadn't been doing enough to empty your wallet, Microsoft has also jumped on the digital summer sale bandwagon. While Xbox Live isn't exactly known for its great prices, its Ultimate Game Sale has some pretty insane discounts to check out.

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  6. Microsoft Clarifies Harassment Policies for Halo 4, No Changes To Be Made To Xbox Live’s Code of Conduct

    Pros and Cons

    Last week, I discussed a GameSpot interview with Halo 4 execs Kiki Wolfkill and Bonnie Ross, in which it was stated that discriminatory behavior in-game — specifically sexism — would result in a lifetime ban. Given Xbox Live’s high profile, the interview had done the rounds at many major tech and gaming sites, and a lively debate ensued. As I mentioned in my original article, there were a lot of questions being asked, primarily regarding whether or not this rule applied to other forms of abuse, and how this new policy would be implemented. On Tuesday, Destructoid reported that they had contacted Microsoft in order to clear things up. The verdict? Xbox Live views all types of harassment as equally reprehensible (hooray!), but they won’t be making any changes to their existing Code of Conduct (hmm).

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  7. Halo 4 Execs Bring Out The Banhammer, Threaten Lifetime Suspensions For Sexism on Xbox Live

    Essay

    Start a discussion about harassment in games, and two words are bound to come up: Xbox and Halo. Seeing as how the latter is one of the most successful game franchises ever, which runs on one of the world’s most popular consoles, this perhaps has to do less with the game itself and more with the fact that it represents a huge chunk of the gaming community. Heated competition undoubtedly plays a part as well, but whatever the reason for it, if you want to show someone just how bad things can get in multiplayer gaming, Halo’s the poster child. Which is why it was a pretty big deal earlier this week when Gamespot published an interview with Kiki Wolfkill, executive producer of Halo 4, and Bonnie Ross, head of Microsoft subsidiary 343 Industries (the game’s developer). With Halo 4 poised for launch next Tuesday, they had a message for their players: Sexist language on Xbox Live will get you a permaban.

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  8. L’Oreal Creates First Xbox App Specifically Aimed at a Female Market, Knows What It’s Doing

    Firsts

    AllthingsD, after they make sure we know that videogame consoles aren't just for gaming anymore, has the scoop on a new marketing app coming to Xbox Live, from a company that you wouldn't necessarily associate with the platform. L'Oreal. But for Jacqueline Corbelli of BrightLine, the marketing firm that built the app for L'Oreal, it makes nothing but sense.

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  9. Get Those Cheevos: Microsoft to Offer Xbox Live Discounts Based on GamerScore

    Everybody responds differently to the idea of Xbox 360 achievements (or PS3 trophies) differently. Some find the addition of arbitrary goals and an overarching progression system for gaming as a whole to be highly motivating, while others feel like they ruin the experience. Either way, I think everyone with a high GamerScore — either because they're completionists or because they play a lot of games — agrees that they deserve to be rewarded for their efforts. Well, Microsoft is finally answering the call, launching a new Xbox Live rewards system that provides discounts on Xbox Marketplace for players who have earned enough achievement points.

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  10. Report: Microsoft Planning To Launch $99 Xbox With Subscription Plan

    You pay for your phone service one month at a time, and the same with your cable and your Internet. A report by The Verge suggests that soon, Microsoft will be bringing gaming into the subscription space with a $99 Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle with a monthly payment plan. The bundle is said to come with a 4GB Xbox and cost $15 a month, which includes Xbox Live Gold, and potential access to some video streaming content.

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