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  1. Officially Official: Microsoft Buying Minecraft and Its Developer for $2.5 Billion, Creator Leaving the Company

    What do you think Mojang will build with all that gold?

    Reports were creeping around the Internet last week that Microsoft was looking to buy Minecraft developer Mojang, along with the game itself, for $2 billion. The sale is now officially happening with an even ridiculously higher price tag of $2.5 billion, and we're one step closer to every tech company just buying every other tech company until there's a giant tech mega-corporation that rules the world... and builds everything out of poorly-textured cubes.

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  2. Xbox Kinect Can Be Used to Collect Crime Scene Data, Help Police… Kinect the Dots

    ( •_•)>⌐■-■ ... (⌐■_■) YYYYEEEEAAAAAHHHHH!

    No stone has been left unturned in the quest to find something, anything, that the Xbox Kinect is good for, and it may have paid off: The Kinect seems pretty useful for investigating crime scenes. I can only guess that it wound up in this role after its prominent part in the case of how the PS4 murdered the Xbox One.

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  3. News and Video Replay From Microsoft’s Gamescom 2014 Xbox Press Conference

    The press conference is Xbox Done.

    Microsoft held their Gamescom press conference at the unholy early hour of 8AM ET, but we'll forgive them, since Gamescom is in Germany. If you missed it, you can catch the full replay with tons of gameplay footage and post-show coverage, or you can take a look at the highlights below.

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  4. Atari: Game Over Documentary Trailer Makes the E.T. Video Game Look Fun for the First Time Ever

    And if it's not, we can always just toss it back in that hole.

    At first glance, this trailer about a bunch of buried cartridges of a really terrible game might look a tad overdramatic, but there's an incredibly interesting story about the video game industry's near dissolution lying just under that initial impression. Luckily, Microsoft didn't bury all of its Xbox TV content in the desert when they axed Xbox Entertainment Studios, and this documentary will premiere on Xbox Live in the fall.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Stressed-Out Dragons

    Here, there be high blood pressure.

    Mittie Paul's art explores dragons that hoard "out of financial anxiety and whatnot."

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  6. Watch the Xbox E3 2014 Press Conference Live Right Here at 12PM ET

    Drink every time they say, "Halo."

    2014's Electronics Entertainment Expo kicks off right here today with Microsoft's Xbox press conference streaming live at 12:30PM ET (pre-show starts at 12PM). Get ready for the biggest news in gaming this week as all the biggest names show off what we'll be playing in the coming year. What will we see from Xbox? Only one way to find out.

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  7. Xbox One Dev Kits Now Have More Graphics Power, Yes, It’s From Dropping Mandatory Kinect

    Achievement unlocked: 1080p.

    "No, your console doesn't have more graphical power. Mine just has a lot of untapped potential. You'll see," the argument that is as old as gaming goes. Well, in the case of the Xbox One, it's actually kind of true. Now that Kinect is no longer mandatory, developers have some extra graphical power to work with that was previously sealed off.

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  8. Is the Halo 5: Guardians Announcement a Delay or Just an Announcement?

    If your response is, "Who cares, man? HALO 5!" I won't judge.

    Last year at E3, Microsoft announced that, in 2014, the "journey with Halo on Xbox One begins." Today, Halo 5: Guardians was announced for Xbox One for... fall of 2015. Some fans and journalists see this as a delay, but with rumors of other Halo plans this year, was this always the plan?

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  9. Microsoft Set to Unleash a Flood of TV Content for Xbox Consoles With Xbox Originals in June

    And we all know how hard it is to stop The Flood.

    Microsoft sees game consoles as just another avenue to sell you entertainment in your living room, and they're making that clear with an extensive list of television content that will be coming to Xbox consoles starting in June. Forty-eight million Xbox Live users could make this a huge success for Microsoft. Look out, Netflix.

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  10. Five-Year-Old Discovers Xbox Account Password Security Hole, Uses His Powers to Play Age-Inappropriate Games

    Well, I did always suspect Microsoft's coders were five years old, so...

    Microsoft, long a bastion of computer security, has been bested by the finest mind in computer hacking: a five-year-old trying to play age-inappropriate games on his dad's Xbox.

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