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Sunday Sitdown: Make Microsoft Software Great Again 

Sunday Sitdown: Make Microsoft Software Great Again 
7 months ago

Sunday Sitdown: Make Microsoft Software Great Again 

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I once infamously claimed that Windows 8 was fine. I said – publicly – that people who didn’t like Microsoft’s efforts to modernize Windows should be “dragged kicking and screaming” into the modern era. I’ve aged enough to know that comment was pretty, though I’m sure I could probably dig up worse things I’ve said on Twitter. By the time Microsoft was ready to release Windows 10, I’d matured. Sure, I liked the operating system and the Surface Pro 4 that the company introduced soon after its Windows 10 launch. I’d been using the new software for months. It was fine, but I urged people to hold off on upgrading. I wanted normal users to take themselves out of the line of fire. I didn’t want anyone loading the operating system on their device and finding a completely broken experience.
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Sunday Sit-Down: To Those Who Fear Halo 5 for PC
1 year ago

Sunday Sit-Down: To Those Who Fear Halo 5 for PC

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Offer users the latest iPhone with 16GB of storage and they happily open their wallet. Take away a core selling point of your entertainment console at launch and no one seems bothered. I’ve managed to make it through the last few years or so exclusively covering technology by telling myself there’s very little that entertainment lovers will rise up against. Late last week, one of the executives in charge at 343 Industries managed to stumble upon one thing that will get folks up in arms.
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Sunday Sit Down: Free Xbox Live on Windows 10 PC raises eyebrows
2 years ago

Sunday Sit Down: Free Xbox Live on Windows 10 PC raises eyebrows

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This past week’s announcement at the Game Developer Conference attracted an awful lot of raised eyebrows. Microsoft, makers of the Xbox One, wanted to let a new generation of PC gamers and developers know that it was back and that it wasn’t going to stop until it built a platform that every gamer could enjoy, regardless of what Microsoft product they preferred. What Xbox head Phil Spencer laid out was bold. The full spectrum Xbox Live services are coming to Windows 10. It wasn’t until later in the week that we got the most shocking news about Xbox Live on PC though.
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Sunday Sit-down: We’re all real Windows 10 users, right?
2 years ago

Sunday Sit-down: We’re all real Windows 10 users, right?

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Technology reporting has a strange problem. No, I’m not talking about the lack of ethics in video game journalism — because that’s you know, a questionable stance already. Instead, I’m talking about technology writers trying to put themselves in your shoes and then judging the rest of the world based on what they think you think.
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Sunday Sit-down: Windows 10 and Xbox Gaming Essentials
2 years ago

Sunday Sit-down: Windows 10 and Xbox Gaming Essentials

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Sometimes we as users get so wrapped up in success. We tend to focus with laser-like precision on the things that our favorite sports teams, companies and people do correctly that we forget they make small but crucial mistakes. Microsoft, makers of the Xbox One, hasn’t made small crucial mistakes when it comes to PC gaming. No, they’re entire legacy in PC gaming is a giant joke worthy of a Saturday Night Live parody featuring Kenan Thompson. Now, Microsoft has big gaming announcements planned for Windows 10.
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Sunday Sit-down: What a Difference the Xbox One Price Makes
2 years ago

Sunday Sit-down: What a Difference the Xbox One Price Makes

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Price tags are a funny thing; they can ruin your day or change your entire outlook on life and success. A price tag with a number you can actually afford to pay without being destitute is a beautiful thing. A price tag with a number too high will force you into existential questions like, “Why am I working?” and “Who thought that was affordable.” The price tag of Microsoft’s Xbox One console has straddled both extremes this year. That’s sort of amazing.
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Sunday Sit Down: The Game Awards rocked
2 years ago

Sunday Sit Down: The Game Awards rocked

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My road to living room gaming was not paved with the sweet smell of fresh ink wafting from a classic copy of Nintendo Power or Game Informer. Even after I picked up an original Xbox, then the Xbox 360 a few years later, I had no wish to read a gaming magazine. I had no regular interactions with the gaming community in general. One thing I did do every year was settle in front of a television set each December to watch the Video Game Awards.
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How many different versions of digital games do we need?
2 years ago

How many different versions of digital games do we need?

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At some point a guy told me that digital games were the answer to our salvation. I distinctly remember someone at a pulpit preaching about how the end-times of overly complicated game shopping were near. People held their hands up and screamed “testify.” We then all broke into song. A good time was had by all
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