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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Gears of War 4 and Torchlight now free with Gold.
by Errkal » Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:36 am

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Haha I meant the Gears on, although little'un would love that one.

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Gears of War 4 and Torchlight now free with Gold.
by Monkey Man » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:37 pm

Phil Spencer Is Exactly Who You Think He Is

How the video game industry’s most progressive exec is forging Xbox’s future.


A few months later, Spencer took over as head of Xbox. Whatever jubilation he felt was short-lived; a few weeks into the job, he got a call from Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO. "I don't actually know a whole lot about why we're in gaming," Nadella told him.

It seemed like a good time to ask that question. Spencer was facing a lot of internal scrutiny from his own team. Many developers who had worked on the Xbox One felt let down by Microsoft's big vision; it was, as some told Spencer, not in line with "the soul" of what Xbox was. "Satya was transparent that there could be a future where gaming isn't a business that Microsoft should be in," Spencer told me. "But it's better to have it above the table than below the table, right?" Spencer tried to work out what to say to Nadella. He looked at where Xbox had failed, and how the brand could be saved--if at all. When he finally called Nadella back, it was to say this: "If we're going to stay in the gaming space, then let's make sure we're all-in. The last thing I wanted to do was run the gaming organization here as kind of an afterthought of the company and kind of half-in, half-out. Let's go fix who we are."

"One of the first calls we got after the Minecraft acquisition was from Sony saying, ‘Are you going to pull it off PlayStation?'," Spencer said. "And I'm like, ‘Why why would I do that? People like playing it on PlayStation.'"

Three years ago, Spencer got an Xbox Live invitation to play Destiny with a man named Keith Garlington ("Hitman"), a father of two who runs a funeral home in Arkansas. "Phil had talked a lot publicly about being a dad and not having enough time to play games, so I just sent him a message saying, ‘Hey, I'm a dad too," Garlington told me recently. Spencer and Garlington now play together a few nights a week. They're usually joined by Amin Cooper ("Megatron"), who works construction and lives in New Jersey. The three men talk about life, work, and family as they drive around in Forza and co-op on Destiny 2 strikes. "We know each other's wives' names. We know each other's kids' names. We know what we're all doing next weekend," Spencer told me. "What other social construct would put these three random people together like this?"

That I only care about cross-platform play because we're ‘losing.' There's no way for me to disprove that other than to say it's not true.

The first person Spencer bumped into was Steve Singer, Nintendo America's vice president of licensing, who, upon spotting Spencer, promptly gave him the middle finger. It was all for show, of course--the two men hugged warmly and talked shop out of earshot. Even inside the booth of a direct rival, Spencer's fans weren't far off. A young volunteer in a red Nintendo shirt spotted him and jogged over to say hi; it turns out the two know each other from Xbox Live.

For his part, Schafer was initially skeptical of the acquisition. Firstly, it wasn't something that he'd been thinking about. Secondly, he was worried about potentially putting Double Fine's identity at risk. "Like, do we all change our emails to Microsoft emails and paint all the walls green?" he told me. What ultimately changed his mind was a phone call to the folks at Ninja Theory, who told him that Microsoft's insistence on letting first-party studios just keep doing what they wanted with minimal interference was true. "They said, ‘We are still who we are. They're letting us make the kind of games we want to make.' And that was a huge thing for me. I could see how it makes sense--it makes sense not to have them convert us to making Forza DLC or something."

When the discussions became more serious, Spencer invited Schafer out for a drink during this year's DICE Awards. He laid out what the acquisition would mean for Microsoft, and what it would mean for Double Fine. "I've worked with a lot of different publishers over the years and they all have their own personalities and styles--but Phil is just a very legit individual," Schafer said. "

A lot more at the link - https://www.gamespot.com/articles/phil- ... 05-10aaa0b

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Gears of War 4 and Torchlight now free with Gold.
by BID0 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:26 am

Forza 6 is free now

The complete add ons collection is also £3.99 for 4 days.

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Gears of War 4 and Torchlight now free with Gold.
by Monkey Man » Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:09 pm

Forza 6 is getting delisted on Sep 15th as well.

Castlevania Lords of Shadow now free with Gold.

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Forza 6 and Castlevania Lords of Shadow now free with Gold.
by KK » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:46 am

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When you're doing a bit of painting and decorating and you forget to cover your furniture with an old sheet edition is now available to pre-order exclusively at GAME: https://www.game.co.uk/en/1tb-xbox-one- ... tv-2647691. It comes with NBA 2K20 and 2 months of NowTV.

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Forza 6 and Castlevania Lords of Shadow now free with Gold.
by mcjihge2 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:05 pm

Forza Horizon 6 is free with games for gold, and all the DLC is £4 for the next 3 days. Not sure if that offer will get extended. But i thought it was good so took it.

I had bought the Nascar DLC when it was cheap months ago, so now ive got the Porsche one too. These story modes are quite interesting with the slick presentation and voice overs. I also like looking at the leaderboards and seeing by how much ive beaten all the people on my friends list. A good change of handling and scenery from horizon. The down sides are the dodgy mod cards you can buy, and menus are slow. Forza 6 is a good game, and I think its worth it.

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Forza 6 and Castlevania Lords of Shadow now free with Gold.
by KjGarly » Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:29 pm

mcjihge2 wrote:Forza Horizon 6 is free with games for gold, and all the DLC is £4 for the next 3 days. Not sure if that offer will get extended. But i thought it was good so took it.

I had bought the Nascar DLC when it was cheap months ago, so now ive got the Porsche one too. These story modes are quite interesting with the slick presentation and voice overs. I also like looking at the leaderboards and seeing by how much ive beaten all the people on my friends list. A good change of handling and scenery from horizon. The down sides are the dodgy mod cards you can buy, and menus are slow. Forza 6 is a good game, and I think its worth it.


I went with getting all the DLC too, isn't it usually about £8 a pack so about £70 odd worth.

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Forza 6 and Castlevania Lords of Shadow now free with Gold.
by KK » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:12 pm

If you cancel Gold do the games then lock up like PlayStation Plus?

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Forza 6 and Castlevania Lords of Shadow now free with Gold.
by KjGarly » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:22 pm

KK wrote:If you cancel Gold do the games then lock up like PlayStation Plus?


Yep till you renew your sub.

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Forza 6 and Castlevania Lords of Shadow now free with Gold.
by Pedz » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:31 pm

[quote="KjGarly"][quote="KK"]If you cancel Gold do the games then lock up like PlayStation Plus?[/quote]

Yep till you renew your sub.[/quote]


360 games don't though.

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Forza 6 and Castlevania Lords of Shadow now free with Gold.
by Photek » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:58 pm

KK wrote:If you cancel Gold do the games then lock up like PlayStation Plus?

Yeah 360 games are for keeps.

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Forza 6 and Castlevania Lords of Shadow now free with Gold.
by rinks » Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:27 pm

I just bought three season passes in the sale - Batman: Arkham Knight, Forza 6 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Great bargain prices, but I now have 136 items in my download queue.

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Forza 6 and Castlevania Lords of Shadow now free with Gold.
by Ste » Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:04 pm

World War Z is in the weekly games with gold sale.

I seem to be the only one on my friends list whose got it. I've managed to beat the levels on hard with randoms but think it needs some proper communication to beat it on very hard do it would be good if some of you banana splits bought it.

If you liked Left 4 Dead I think you'd like this.

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Forza 6 and Castlevania Lords of Shadow now free with Gold.
by Monkey Man » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:48 pm

Hitman Season 1 & Earth Defense Force 2025 will be the first set of Games with Gold for September according to the weekly Xbox show with Larry - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flS8PFZtfow

Also ID@Xbox has launched its own channel -



Today marks the launch of the ID@Xbox YouTubechannel! Click here to give it a visit. With this channel, we are going to present the very best in Independent games coming to Xbox One and Windows PC, and maybe even some fun original programming along the way. ID@Xbox has been around since 2013 (ed – holy cow has it been that long?). The very first ID@Xbox game, Strike Suit Zero, shipped on April 4, 2014, and since then we’ve helped Independent developers, both big and small, launch nearly 1,500 games on Xbox.

We know there’s a community out there that’s passionate about Independent gaming – we interact with them every day on social media, at shows and events, on Mixer, and in games. And we’re extremely passionate about Independent games ourselves, if you hadn’t guessed! With this channel we simply want to share stuff that we think is awesome and see what you think. Please feel free to jump in the comments and let us know what you like and want to see more of, and what games you’re excited about.

We’ve created a video to celebrate the launch – check it out to meet some members of the ID@Xbox and hear what some of our favorite games are. The ID@Xbox YouTube channel is live now and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss any of the amazing content from Independent games going forward.

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2019/08/29/ ... e-channel/

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Forza 6 and Castlevania Lords of Shadow now free with Gold.
by more heat than light » Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:18 pm



Really glad I busted a gut finishing Hitman before it was removed from Game Pass. :fp:

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - September Games with Gold announced (p56).
by KK » Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:21 pm

https://gears.rockstarenergy.com/ is now operational. Purchase a special edition can of Rockstar Energy (99p) and it’ll unlock 7 days of Xbox Live Ultimate and in-game Boosts for Gears 5, along with an entry into a daily prize draw to win a digital copy of Gears 5 and Gears Xbox One X consoles. A second can will unlock another 7 days of Xbox Live Ultimate and more Boosts, cans 3 to 4 more Boosts, and can 5 limited edition weapons.

Drink responsibly kids (or die of a heart attack trying to win something).

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Hitman Season One & Earth Defense 2025 now with Gold.
by rinks » Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:07 pm

New Plants vs Zombies game, in the Garden Warfare series, has just been released, in a Founders version.

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Hitman Season One & Earth Defense 2025 now with Gold.
by DarkRula » Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:27 pm

I want to get it, but I'm not entirely sure how much I'll actually play it. I loved the previous games, but the amount of time I actually spent on them definitely wouldn't make anyone think I did. It's cheap, so there's that, and the new content drops will at least keep me playing up until the true release.

I am curious if this is a model that EA are considering for future games, or if this is just a one-off.

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Hitman Season One & Earth Defense 2025 now with Gold.
by rinks » Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:02 pm

DarkRula wrote:I want to get it, but I'm not entirely sure how much I'll actually play it. I loved the previous games, but the amount of time I actually spent on them definitely wouldn't make anyone think I did. It's cheap, so there's that, and the new content drops will at least keep me playing up until the true release.

I am curious if this is a model that EA are considering for future games, or if this is just a one-off.


I’m in. There seems to be a load more single-player content this time. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have a free-to-play element planned.

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PostRe: Xbox Chat - Hitman Season One & Earth Defense 2025 now free with Gold.
by DarkRula » Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:05 pm

I'll more than likely get it tomorrow, anyway. It's been a while and I doubt the other games have servers full of people. And the solo stuff does look good. More like an adventure game than a shooter campaign.

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