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Calculords, My Single Shining Moment for the Potential of WinRT Calculords, My Single Shining Moment for the Potential of WinRT

Windows Runtime, maybe better known by its acronym, WinRT...now that sure is an ancient term, isn’t it? Except that it really isn’t; it only first came into being from Microsoft in 2012, less than a decade ago—with the advent of Windows 8—only barely predating the current gaming console generation.

The Red Ring of Death, a Blessing in Disguise The Red Ring of Death, a Blessing in Disguise

The Xbox 360 is a console that many look back upon with mixed opinions. This mixed reception attributes itself heavily to the phenomena known as: “The Red Ring of Death”. The bane of the Xbox owner was seeing those three lights. For many it was a curse, but for some enterprising individuals, it was a gift. One of…

The Generation Of Feedback The Generation Of Feedback

Remember this scene? At the beginning of the current generation, Microsoft’s new console could have heavily restricted the use of pre-owned games (and by extension, ‘lent’ games). People complained. Sony answered with this scene on how this wouldn’t be a problem with them. Microsoft then rethought that strategy (among…

E3 2018 In Review - The Final Act of a Generation Begins E3 2018 In Review - The Final Act of a Generation Begins

I’m not quite sure when I realized it.

Jump Force Made Its E3 2018 Premiere in the Most Surreal Manner Possible Jump Force Made Its E3 2018 Premiere in the Most Surreal Manner Possible

Anime in America, for the last several decades, has been playing the long game, slowly but surely crawling closer to the mainstream. As someone who was a fan back when it was still significantly more niche by orders of magnitude, this has been gratifying, yet also weird. Jump Force has brought those sentiments on…

ThePickyGamer's Reactions To The EA, Microsoft, And Bethesda Conferences At E3 2018 ThePickyGamer's Reactions To The EA, Microsoft, And Bethesda Conferences At E3 2018

Not being terribly familiar with the non-Nintendo gaming companies, I decided to list my hopes for each conference instead of legitimate predictions. Let’s see if my prayers were answered, if they were denied, or if I got something that I didn’t even ask for! This is part one, which will be covering EA, Microsoft, and…

I'm Going To E3 And All I Care About Is Gaming Chairs I'm Going To E3 And All I Care About Is Gaming Chairs

I do some video game industry-adjacent work as a staff writer for The Completionist, and a bunch of us from the office are going to E3. I’ve never been before; I’m really looking forward to. I remember reading about the show in Nintendo Power and being convinced that this was what Heaven was, just booth after booth of…

ThePickyGamer's Personal Hopes for Nontendo's E3 2018 (Not A Typo) ThePickyGamer's Personal Hopes for Nontendo's E3 2018 (Not A Typo)

The rough draft was 1151 words. I’m now allowing 100 for each conference. Let’s go!

Why Microsoft Has Not A Switch-like device Yet? Why Microsoft Has Not A Switch-like device Yet?

With the Nintendo Switch, you have a gaming machine that you can carry around and, once you get home, you can drop* it in a dock and play in a Big Screen.

After sacrificing one crew to a Kraken, having a ship eaten by a giant shark, and limping back to base in a sinking galleon, I finally beat the otherwise peaceful The Hungering Deep expansion in Sea of Thieves. Grogs all around!

Austrian retailer pulls Xbox One consoles amidst Gamepass announcement Austrian retailer pulls Xbox One consoles amidst Gamepass announcement

Just as Microsoft announced their plan to include all their new In-House games in their Xbox Game Pass subscription service the same day they launch, Austrian retailer Gameware AT reacted by pulling all their Xbox One consoles, quoting that “Why would we wanna put in the work into selling their consoles, when…

TAY: Open Forum TAY: Open Forum

Welcome to the Open Forum, hosted by Kotaku’s reader-run blog,TAY. Feel free to join in the topic discussion, talk about anything here, or check out the other articles on TAY, TAYClassic, and AniTAY. Is this is your first time on TAY? Then scope out this TAYTorial!

Old Habits Die Hard, Especially at Microsoft's Xbox Division Old Habits Die Hard, Especially at Microsoft's Xbox Division

Ask any Windows gamer about Microsoft’s support, and you might get a few dirty looks. Ever since Microsoft made Windows Vista a requirement for Halo 2 in 2007, it’s been a series of indignities, studio closures, and Console War friendly fire, culminating in Rise of the Tomb Raider becoming a timed exclusive on Xbox…

Hot Take: E3 2017 Hot Take: E3 2017

If you’re a regular Kotaku-ite or TAYer you might know that this is where it started. Hot Takes are now a year-ish old, and I’m bringing it back around to where it began: E3. A good subtitle for this year’s E3 could be “Let’s bore you with things you already know!” or “That thing you knew about a month ago because of…

The Last Night: The Prettiest Game from Microsoft's E3 Conference, and One You Should Think Very Carefully About Before Buying The Last Night: The Prettiest Game from Microsoft's E3 Conference, and One You Should Think Very Carefully About Before Buying

Okay, E3 2017... not a great year if I’m honest, but each conference so far has had stuff I’m interested in. Anthem and Battlefront 2 from EA, the Xbox One X (or Xb O X for short... wait a minute...), Forza, Crackdown, and OG Xbox backwards compatibility (which I’ll be sure to cover in a few weeks time... yay) from…

Hot Take: E3 Hot Take: E3

E3 came with a whimper, left with a… well it kind of left with a whimper too.

Forza Horizon 3 is Implementing One of My Favorite Game Design Fantasies Forza Horizon 3 is Implementing One of My Favorite Game Design Fantasies

You ever have that occasional night when out of boredom you name off games or features you’d love to see in a future release, but rarely expect to actually see happen?

TAY: Open Forum TAY: Open Forum

Welcome to the Open Forum, hosted by Kotaku’s reader-run blog, TAY. Come on in and join the topic discussion, or comment about anything. Feel free to check out the other articles on TAY, AniTAY and TAYClassic. Is this is your first time on TAY? Then check out this TAYTorial!

Here Are the Microsoft Twitter Bot’s Craziest Racist Rants Here Are the Microsoft Twitter Bot’s Craziest Racist Rants

Yesterday, Microsoft unleashed Tay, the teen-talking AI chatbot built to mimic and converse with users in real time. Because the world is a terrible place full of shitty people, many of those users took advantage of Tay’s machine learning capabilities and coaxed it into say racist, sexist, and generally awful things.

The Problem With Tim Sweeney's Slam Against Microsoft The Problem With Tim Sweeney's Slam Against Microsoft

I originally wrote this as a comment on the actual post but decided to turn it into an article.

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