Microsoft Chalks Up Win With Earnings Report

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The three-month period ending September 30th – which Microsoft almost inexplicably refers to as the first quarter of its 2011 fiscal year – was good to the company.  Microsoft shared its earnings report this afternoon, and it beat analysts’ estimates by a large margin. The consensus estimate regarding revenue, for example, was $15.8 billion.  Microsoft reported $16.2 billion, instead.  Then, …

Microsoft’s Project Natal Could Cost $200

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Several Swedish retailers are currently listing a price for Microsoft’s full-body motion controller Project Natal, and if the price is real, it’s much higher than expected. The price listed on all these websites is 1,499 SEK or approximately 197 U.S. dollars. Even if we consider the fact that prices for games and gaming equipment in Sweden are a bit higher …

Unlock In-Game Weapons for Splinter Cell Conviction via Text Message

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Ubisoft, developer and publisher of the popular Xbox 360 game Splinter Cell Conviction, has developed a text messaging campaign that rewards mobile marketing subscribers with a unique in-game weapon. The company used Twitter, Facebook and e-mail lists to promote the campaign, promising the in-game weapon to players who would text “WEAPON” to 44144*. When a player complied, he or she …

4 Reasons the iPhone Is a (Video)Game Changer

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When it comes to innovation and accessibility, the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are collectively the most exciting gaming platform since the early 90s. Who would have thought a cell phone would become the most diverse and innovative video game console? For this, credit can only partially be given to Apple. Though Apple created the platform, the initiative and passion …

Netflix via Wii Is Almost Here

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Netflix has announced that it’s entered the final stages for the rollout of Netflix for the Wii. Starting in the next few days, several lucky customers are going to get the new Netflix via Wii to so that Netflix can gather final feedback. The announcement, from Netflix Vice President of Marketing Jessie Becker, is short but sweet: starting today, Netflix …

Project Natal Sacks PlayStation Move in Reader Vote

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Last week, Sony announced the PlayStation Move, a new motion-based controller to compete with both the Wii and, more importantly, Microsoft’s upcoming Project Natal full-body motion controller. That’s why we made the topic of the latest edition of our Web Faceoff about Sony and Microsoft’s upcoming next-generation gaming controllers. We asked you to tell us which excited you more: Microsoft’s …