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Xbox

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

Everyone, Quiet! David Tennant Is Talking! About Xbox Kinect Sports! [VIDEO]

Doctor Who/Broadchurch/Gracepoint star David Tennant is lending his vocal talents to Kinect Sports Rivals, a game debuting next month on Xbox One. I don’t care about sports but I do care about David Tennant and his wonderful voice. Hmm, torn. Either way, watch this video, he’s adorable and you’ll learn what the last video game he played was. Hint: His answer made me flail.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Grumpy Cat As Black Widow

Also available in NerdMashup’s Etsy store, Grumpy Cat as Captain America, Nick Fury, Thor, Wonder Woman, Batman, and more. (via @Deensey)

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The Truth Is Out There

Jennifer Hepler Did Not Quit BioWare Because Of Harassment, Plus Updates On Xbox Support

Yesterday, we started noticing traffic on a story from February 2012 -”Inclusion: What Jennifer Hepler’s Story is all About.” It was a while later we realized the traffic was as a result of a new story popping up saying the BioWare employee was quitting her job there as a result of the terrible harassment she received, including threats against her children. But here’s the thing, according to Jennifer Hepler herself – that’s not why she quit. This story just happened to bookend a week when we posted about another instance of video game related harassment so we’re going to fill you in on the latest for both. 

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Today in things that make us scream incoherently

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

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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Consider the Following

Microsoft Comments On Xbox Rape Joke Controversy At E3

Microsoft has responded to accusations one of their game producers used a rape joke in a recent presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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Cautiously Optimistic

A Rebooted Heroes Might Be Coming To an Xbox Near You

In news I didn’t think I’d see today, or ever: Xbox might pull a Netflix and bring a much-beloved show of their own back from the grave.

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Excelsior!

Captain America & Iron Man Assemble Into Custom XBOX Designs

Microsoft should hire Zachariah Perry Cruse to create his unique XBOX designs for the masses. I’m sure they’d sell like hot cakes. Cruse normally makes video game and movie props but take a look at two of his Marvel-inspired custom jobs for the XBOX.

(via Kotaku)

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Awwwwww

Monday Cute: Otter Playing With XBox Controller

Did I mention that the otter was also edible? Mike’s Amazing Cakes baked this one up, for what purpose we do not know. I’m going to assume it was on customer request… but who knows? I’m just glad to see the little guy doesn’t have a head set. I have a feeling I know what that lobby sounds like. More pictures below!

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Pros and Cons

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

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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Firsts

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

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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