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  1. Every Star Wars Film Is Coming To Digital HD So You Can Download Them Legally

    Not that you ever would have done otherwise, of course.

    Yes, it's true; the force is with your streaming devices, because all six Star Wars films are about to be available for HD download for the first time. Though there appear to be no customizable options like "remove Jar-Jar from films," we can tell you that you are fully able to just not download Episode II if you so choose.

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  2. Xbox Technology Is Helping Kids With Muscular Dystrophy Qualify for Clinical Trials

    Some cool new research in progress at Nationwide Children's Hospital may mean more clinical research trials to benefit those with Muscular Dystrophy, and we have Xbox technology (and some awesome researchers) to thank for it!

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  3. Microsoft Now Accepts Bitcoin for Xbox Games and More Whether You Know What That Means or Not

    It's OK. You're not alone.

    That Bitcoin thing you keep hearing about but still don't exactly understand (just a guess) keeps expanding, and now Microsoft will let you use it to buy video games if you live in the US.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Everyone, Quiet! David Tennant Is Talking! About Xbox Kinect Sports! [VIDEO]

    Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff

    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. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  15. Microsoft Isn’t Happy British Spies Considered Spying on Gamers With Kinect

    A program they probably abandoned when realizing only children and drunk people use Kinect.

    Further proving British spies have their fingers firmly on the pulse of the technologically literate, new details in their probably incredibly useful Yahoo user spying program say that they were also eyeing Microsoft's Kinect as a way to spy on people. Is there no piece of technology we can trust? Luckily, who even uses Kinect?

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  16. The Immersion Gaming Headset Tries to Frustrate You into Staying Calm While Gaming

    The burning question here is, "Will it make Angry Birds just Birds?"

    The goal of the immersion headset is to help gamers learn to stay calm under pressure and perform better as a result. It aims to do that by increasing game difficulty as you lose your cool, so that you eventually learn that staying calm is much more productive than, say, putting your fist through your screen.

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  17. Things We Saw Today: Grumpy Cat As Black Widow

    Things We Saw Today

    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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  18. Xbox Continues to Confuse and Annoy Us With This Weird Xbox One Marketing Slogan

    It's really real, okay guys?

    Xbox sure does love to boast their ability to render amazingly realistic graphics with their gaming consoles, so it makes sense they'd want to highlight that fact in their most recent advertisements for the upcoming Xbox One. This was not the way to do it, grammatically speaking.

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

    The Truth Is Out There

    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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  20. 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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