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Man stabbed stepdad with Knife after Xbox argument

Jul 24, 2014 - 11:16 AM - by garyopa
Cameron Hall flew into a rage when John Marsey walked into the gamer's bedroom, Durham Crown Court heard

A 20 year-old man stabbed his stepfather in an argument over a games console.
'There had been arguments earlier over an X-Box console and other family matters,' said Tony Cornberg, prosecuting.



When its comes to crime involving a gaming console, the Xbox is the clear winner, as we report the sad news of let another case of a violent act occurring after an argument had occurred involving the Xbox console.

"When Mr Marsey entered the bedroom, he saw Hall lying on the bed holding a Swiss army knife.

"Hall jumped up and shouted to Mr Marsey he was going to kill him.

"There was a struggle during which the knife was brought down on Mr Marsey's leg.

"Hall also made slashing motions at his face."

The court heard Mr Marsey was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he was treated for the 15mm deep wound.

Hall, 20 of Cotsford Park Estate, Horden, admitted unlawful wounding on February 8.

He appeared for sentencing via a video link from his cell in Doncaster prison.

In a victim impact statement Mr Marsey, described in court as only a few years older than Hall, said there had been many issues with Hall's behaviour and he had done his best for him in the six years he had been living with Hall's mother.

"I feel all that has been thrown back into my face," Mr Marsey added.

Matthew Collins, for Hall, said that his client had served more than five months in prison on remand.

"He has no previous convictions for violence and has shown genuine remorse for this offence," added Mr Collins.

Judge Christopher Prince sentenced Hall to a two-year supervision order.

The judge told him: "If I passed a prison sentence, you would be released from it in a matter of weeks.

"This sentence means you will be released immediately, but you will be supervised for a much longer period which will better protect the public.

"If you breach any of the terms of the order, you will come back before me and you should expect to go back to custody."

Hall was made the subject of a restraining order banning him indefinitely from contacting his victim.
Maybe this proves the theory that violent games do infact cause violent acts to occur in real-life, at least when it comes to the Xbox!

NEWS SOURCE: Horden man stabbed stepdad with Swiss army knife after Xbox argument (via) SunderlandEcho
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Son Discovers Father's 'Ghost' in Xbox Racing Game

Jul 24, 2014 - 9:52 AM - by garyopa
His 'ghost' still lived on in the game, challenging other players to beat its time.

Ten years after his father's death, one gamer discovered his dad's 'ghost' in an unlikely place -- inside an original Xbox game.


A young man decides to dust off the old original Xbox and fire it up, and he was shocked that his dad that passed away 10 years old was still living as 'ghost car' on the old console in racing game, from when they used to play the game together when he was a kid.

According to Yahoo! Autos, YouTube commenter 00WARTHERAPY00 lost his father when he was only six years old. Before he passed, the two played a racing game, RalliSport Challenge, together. He booted up the old Microsoft console a decade later and discovered his father had completed a lap the fastest.

His "ghost" still lived on in the game, challenging other players to beat its time. The commenter stepped up to the task:

"...And so I played and played and played until I was almost able to beat the ghost. Until one day I got ahead of it, I surpassed it, and... I stopped right in front of the finish line, just to ensure I wouldn't delete it. Bliss."
Have you ever experienced coming across a love one living on in one of your video gaming consoles?

NEWS SOURCE: Son Discovers Father's 'Ghost' in Xbox Racing Game (via) IGN
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Armed robber caught in the act by Xbox gamer

Jul 23, 2014 - 2:00 PM - by garyopa
Jay Georgiou was jailed for 8 years for robbery and possession of an imitation firearm

An armed robber who tied up three men in a flat raid was caught after one of the victim's pals heard the whole episode through his Xbox gaming headset


Gaming online with your buddies can end up saving your life, as what happen in this case that was helped with the open mic on their Xbox Gaming headset that their faraway online buddies heard the whole home invasion and were able to help bring one of robbers to justice, and now he is serving 8 years in prison for his crimes.

Jay Georgiou, 19, and an accomplice burst in on the trio at their home in Eastbourne, East Sussex, on April 1, while one of them was playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 with a friend in Brighton.

Georgiou, who wore a crash helmet during the robbery, hit one of the men with his imitation handgun and the robbers both threatened to shoot and stab them if they did not give them money and drugs.

They then tied up their victims and made off from the flat in Tenterden Close with laptop, mobile phones and the X-Box with games, Sussex Police said.

But a friend of the victims, who lived 25 miles away in Brighton, had heard the attack via his gaming headset and called police, who got a description and arrested Georgiou a mile away in Milfoil Drive two hours later.

Detective constable Richard Holder said: "This was a terrifying incident for the victims who appear to have been targeted entirely by mistake.

"The robbers were brutal in their treatment of the friends but Georgiou even stopped during the incident to take a phone call from his probation officer as he had missed an appointment.

"We will continue to work to track down the other robber involved so that he too can face justice like Georgiou."
This is not the first time we posted something like this, so maybe everyone should leave their Xbox on with Kinect even to capture more crimes as they happen, and make the world a safer place to game in.

NEWS SOURCE: Armed robber caught in the act by Xbox gamer is jailed for eight years (via) Mirror
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Xbox Tweets Third-Party Games As XB1 Exclusives

Jul 23, 2014 - 9:16 AM - by garyopa
Been deleted now, but the fallout from fanboys is still raging on various social networks

The official Xbox twitter page oddly tweeted out an image saying some huge third-party games are Xbox One exclusives. That’s kind of misleading.


Xbox Marketing Team has been making alot of mistakes recently, and the biggest one was Tweet this week, showing bunch of games that is not exclusive but saying under the picture that Xbox One has the best exclusives, making the image very misleading.

The tweet showed images of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sunset Overdrive, Assassin's Creed Unity, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2 and Evolve. Out of the games listed, only three of them are Xbox One exclusives. If you want to get technical, only Sunset Overdrive is a real Xbox One exclusive. Forza Horizon 2 is getting an Xbox 360 version. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a remake that contains old Halo games. It's an Xbox One exclusive sure, but the older games were released for the Xbox and Xbox 360 too.

The official Xbox twitter page shouldn't have misled people into thinking all of these games are Xbox One exclusives. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is also coming to Xbox 360, PC, PS4 and PS3. Assassin's Creed Unity is coming to PC and PS4. As for Evolve, that game is coming out on PC and PS4 too.

It's worth mentioning many people saw this marketing blunder and Xbox deleted the original tweet. Kotaku managed to grab a screenshot of the original blunder. All in all, most of these games are not Xbox One exclusives. Activision, 2K and Ubisoft didn't sell all their games to be Xbox One exclusives.
The fallout from Tweet is still raging on various social networks, with rants from fanboys from both next-gen consoles, so in the end maybe Microsoft was smart making this mistake, they got alot of free press coverage over it, and tons of people talking about XB1!

NEWS SOURCE: Xbox Tweets Third-Party Games As Xbox One Exclusives (via) AttackOfTheFanBoy
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Microsoft ships 11.7 million Xbox consoles in 2014

Jul 22, 2014 - 8:17 PM - by garyopa
Overall, shipments of both of its Xbox consoles added up to 11.7 million in 2014; last year, during which Microsoft only shipped Xbox 360s, it sent 9.9 million units of hardware to retail.

The company shipped 1.1 million units of Xbox hardware (including both the X360 & XB1) to retailers during the quarter, a modest year-on-year gain of just 100,000 units despite having a new system!


The fiscal-year-end results for Microsoft is finally out, but sadly we don't know how well or how badly their new flagship Xbox One console is doing, as they decided to combine the 'shipped numbers' for both generations of consoles, so it hides how well or bad XB1 is doing.

Today, Microsoft released its fourth quarter 2014 and full-year 2014 results for the period ending June 30th, 2014. The company overall saw revenues of $86.8 billion for 2014, a notable increase from last year's $77.8 billion.

Microsoft overall saw still-gigantic profits (operating income) of $27.76 billion for the year, up from 2013's $26.76 billion. For the fourth quarter, it saw operating income of $6.4 billion, up from $6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013 -- this despite some significant setbacks, including a $692 million loss associated with its new phone business, acquired from Nokia. Growth of cloud services and Windows revenues more than offset that, however.

Following an internal re-organization, its newly christened Computing and Gaming Hardware division, which contains both the Xbox and Surface tablet hardware, saw quarterly revenue of $1.4 billion, a slight increase from $1.1 billion in the same quarter of 2013, and $9.6 billion for the year, a leap from $6.4 billion the year prior.

The company shipped 1.1 million units of Xbox hardware (including both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One) to retailers during the quarter, a modest year-on-year gain of just 100,000 units despite having a new system on the market.

Overall, shipments of both of its Xbox consoles added up to 11.7 million in 2014; last year, during which Microsoft only shipped Xbox 360s, it sent 9.9 million units of hardware to retail. The Xbox One was on sale for more than half of the fiscal year, having launched on November 22 in North America, parts of Europe, and elsewhere.

Xbox hardware revenue for the quarter grew by $104 million, which the company mostly chalks up to the higher price of the Xbox One. As promised, Microsoft used the quarter to draw down existing inventory of Xbox systems, it said. The company didn't provide any information on the performance of its first-party games or Xbox Live business.
So what you think of Microsoft results, and their trick of 'combining' the results of both consoles in their year-end figures?

NEWS SOURCE: Microsoft ships 11.7 million Xbox consoles in 2014 (via) Gamasutra
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Xbox One TV ad uses Rocky to show they're WINNERS

Jul 22, 2014 - 9:59 AM - by garyopa
Xbox One gets off the ropes with a motivational quote from Rocky

Xbox One apparently sees itself as the console for the ultimate underdog — Rocky Balboa — in a 30-second YouTube spot it put out Monday.


Xbox One may have been loosing the last few rounds in the next-gen console war with Sony, but it seems their marketing dept. thinks they are like Rocky and will be WINNERS in the end, as next few rounds will be packed with the best games coming out this holiday.

While "Xbox One: Best Games" probably was conceived, created and approved well before last week, it airs at a time when the console is figuratively on the ropes. Despite a hot holiday start, Xbox One has been outsold by its PlayStation 4 rival in North America for the past six months, according to the market research firm NPD.

Further, Microsoft just announced the largest round of layoffs in company history, with the closure of the ambitious Xbox One Entertainment division - after little more than a year in operation - among the dismissals.

So, here's Rocky Balboa to rally the troops. The quote comes from this scene in 2006's Rocky Balboa, in which the boxer's son tries to talk him out of fighting a much younger Mason "The Line" Dixon.

Polygon reached out to Microsoft on the off-chance there was some subtext to this particular advertisement. We received the following statement from a spokesperson:

The ad campaign highlights the games coming to Xbox One this holiday - the largest and most critically-acclaimed lineup of games for Holiday 2014 honored at this year's E3. Xbox One is the only place to play the best exclusives and all of the biggest blockbusters of the year. The ad pays tribute to the competitive spirit of gamers and celebrates how gamers rise to the challenge in a game. We're excited about the amazing games coming to Xbox One this year and look forward to playing with Xbox fans around the world.
Of the games shown, Xbox One-exclusive Sunset Overdrive launches Oct. 28. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a high-definition anthology of the first four games in the series, arriving Nov. 11. Assassin's Creed Unity launches Oct. 28 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches Nov. 4, and both will also be available on PlayStation.
So after viewing the ad below, what you think of Microsoft using Rocky's voice to promote their great line-up of games?


NEWS SOURCE: Xbox One gets off the ropes with a motivational quote from Rocky (via) PolyGon
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Lacrosse Video Game for PlayStation, Xbox and PC

Jul 21, 2014 - 3:32 PM - by garyopa
This guy wants to make a Lacrosse game on consoles & looks like plenty of people want him to make it

After two months Carlo Sunseri, the founder of Crosse Studios has managed to raise $135,481 in the pursuit of making his dream game: a Lacrosse simulator that matches the quality of FIFA or Madden.


There has not really been a 'Lacrosse' game on consoles before, but finally this guy whom already has produced ones for Android and iOS platforms has successfully raised over $130k on his 'IndieGoGo' project page to produce one finally for both last-gen consoles and now even next-gen consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4 thanks to them reaching their stretch goal with still 3 days to go.

After two months Carlo Sunseri, the founder of Crosse Studios has managed to raise $135,481 in the pursuit of making his dream game: a Lacrosse simulator that matches the quality of FIFA or Madden. That's enough to reach a stretch goal of creating the game on last gen platforms, PC and the PS4 and Xbox One.

Carlo has made Lacrosse games on the Android and iOS, but "now is the time to expand" he says, to take his brand of playable Lacrosse to the big leagues of console gaming. I literally know nothing about Lacrosse. In fact my only experience with Lacrosse was when Chris Klein played it in American Pie. That is literally the only time I've seen it being played.

Lacrosse 15 is a console sports simulation where authentic lacrosse gameplay, high quality graphics, multi-year dynasty mode, competitive online multiplayer, real-time RPG leveling, and in-depth character customization are seamlessly integrated and delivered over Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the PC. Xbox ONE and PS4 will be included if we can reach our stretch goal of $115k!

So if this game can get funded, maybe it gives hope for other minority sports to appear on consoles, thanks to crowdfunding sites.

NEWS SOURCE #1: Lacrosse Video Game for PlayStation, Xbox and PC (via) IndieGoGo
NEWS SOURCE #2: This Guy Wants To Make A Video Game About Lacrosse (via) Kotaku
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Xbox One August Updates Brings 3D Blu-Ray Support

Jul 20, 2014 - 10:22 AM - by garyopa
Plus Mobile purchases and More 'social' Friends features

Microsoft has announced what will be coming to the Xbox One this August, including 3D support for Blu Rays, remote purchasing of content on Xbox.com and Smartglass.


When the next round of dashboard updates roll in for your Xbox One console in August, you will be glad to know finally 'low battery' for the controller will work, along with playing your 3D Blu-Ray movie discs, and if you have friends on will see what they are doing in nice new social column.

  • Activity feed updates: We're adding new ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed. The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. We'll add the ability to post text to your feed, and to "like" and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message).You'll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares your items. Each user will get a personal feed on their profile, so you can see what specific friends have been up to. And, with SmartGlass, you can see what your friends have shared to their activity feed and "like" specific posts (additional activity feed support coming in future SmartGlass updates).
  • Expanded Friends area on Home: Right from Home, see what's going on with your friends. Stay up-to-date with their current activity, the top trending games your friends are playing, and a leaderboard to see who has been working the hardest on their Gamerscore. We're doing an extended preview on this, rolling it into the early access preview this month to a subset of our preview audience so we can refine it until it's ready for the entire Xbox One market.
  • Mobile purchase: One of the most requested features on Xbox Feedback. Using Xbox SmartGlass or on Xbox.com, you can remotely purchase games and Add-on content. No more waiting to begin downloading when you get home - if your console is set to automatically take updates, your console will begin downloading your purchase.
  • Low battery notification: You asked for it, now a notification will pop up when your controller battery is getting low.
    Disable notifications during video: Adding the ability to turn off notifications based feedback we heard from you.
  • Enabling 3D Blu-ray: An update to the Blu-ray player app will enable 3D Blu-ray functionality on Xbox One.
  • OneGuide in Brazil, Mexico, Austria and Ireland: Live TV listings can be configured for four new countries as part of this month's Preview program. And now there is an OneGuide Issue Reporter available under the TV & OneGuide settings, Troubleshooting section.
  • Last seen time in Friends list: Direct from Xbox Feedback, the friends list will now show how long it's been since a friend has been online. For example, "Last seen 20m ago: Forza Motorsport 5."

See more about the features in video below.


NEWS SOURCE #1: Xbox One August Updates Brings 3D Blu Ray Support & Mobile Purchases (via) TheSixthAxis
NEWS SOURCE #2: Next Xbox One Update (via) MajorNelson
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Microsoft Giving Away 21 Collectible Xbox One Consoles

Jul 19, 2014 - 9:28 AM - by garyopa
At San Diego Comic Con 2014 Next Week - July 24th - 27th

Microsoft is going to be bringing 21 limited edition Xbox One consoles to San Diego Comic Con 2014 taking place next week, featuring current and upcoming games, and some of the Xbox partners.


Microsoft is trying to pull in some Xbox fans to the next Comic-Con by releasing limited edition consoles there, a whole lot of 21 different looks for their Xbox One console.

The consoles feature exclusive titles like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, and Forza Horizon 2. Third-party games also get the spotlight, with representation from Dragon Age: Inquistion, Disney Infinity, Skylanders, Evolve, and a truly gruesome looking The Evil Within deco.

In order to win, you need head over to the Xbox Gaming Lounge in the Manchester Grand Hyatt Seaport Ballroom, take a photo of your favorite, follow Xbox on Twitter, and tweet a picture with two hashtags (#XboxOne and #XboxSweeps).
Here is picture of them all below, and don't worry if you can't make it to San Diego next week, see the links below for more info.


If you had chance to win or buy one, which one would be your selection of choice?

NEWS SOURCE #1: Microsoft Giving Away 21 Collectible Xbox One Consoles (via) GameInformer
NEWS SOURCE #2: Xbox Collectible Console Sweepstakes (via) Official Rules
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Buy me Xbox Games, or I will release 'porn' of you

Jul 19, 2014 - 5:23 AM - by garyopa
A JILTED Wigan teenager has admitted launching a revenge porn plot against an ex-girlfriend

The 19-year-old’s admission to blackmail came after he threatened to distribute sexy photos of the former partner to her family and friends after she dumped him – unless she bought him Xbox games.


This one sick gamer thought he would be able to blackmail his ex into her buying him more video games for his Xbox in exchange for him not releasing 'porn' he had collected up over the years of her.

The 19-year-old's admission to blackmail came after he threatened to distribute sexy photos of the former partner to her family and friends after she dumped him - unless she bought him Xbox games.

The pair had been conducting an online relationship for four years but in fact only met face to face once - in 2012.

The victim had herself sent Jepson the images, during the course of the relationship, which he then tried to use in the backmail when she called it off.

The pictures never were distributed but, instead of coming up with the demanded goods, the woman reported the crime.

Jepson's house was raided by police on May 16 last year, his computer seized as evidence and it was the search of the hard drive which uncovered the child porn.

Jepson, of Helvellyn Road, Norley, was further remanded on bail by Liverpool Crown Court to await sentence on August 15.

He was ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders' Register in the meantime.

He pleaded guilty to blackmailing a woman between November 17, 2012 and May last year involving making unwarranted demands for computer games with menaces.
Hopefully, now he will be behind bars and not have access to 'gaming console' for a while again.

NEWS SOURCE: Revenge porn fail (via) WiganToday
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