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  • Microsoft lists what’s coming to XBLA, Lara Croft DLC goes free for a bit

    Major Nelson has posted the schedule for Xbox Live for the remainder of August and it’s looking pretty jam packed.

  • Major Nelson’s Gamertag gets hacked

    Xbox’s Larry Hyrb, aka Major Nelson, has had his Live profile hacked.

  • Nelson confirms most of X10 line-up in not-so-cryptic mash-up

    The Major’s confirmed most of the line-up for X10 in a tweet that ain’t so indecipherable.

  • Xbox Live for original Xbox to shut down on April 15

    Major Nelson’s announced that Xbox Live services for the original Xbox will shut down as of April 15.

  • New games to be announced at X10, says Nelson

    Some good stuff is going to be revealed at X10 in San Francisco next week, according to Major Nelson.

  • Microsoft hiring for loads of different positions

    Major Nelson has posted on his blog that Microsoft is currently hiring folks for Team Xbox.

  • Halo 3 is most popular Live game of 2009

    Nelson’s posted the most popular Live titles of last year, with Halo 3, unsurprisingly, coming out on top.

  • Call of Duty Classic now up on Live

    Nelson’s confirmed that Call of Duty Classic is now available on Live. Yours for 1,200 MSP. Blurb: For the first time ever, Infinity Ward’s 2003 award-winning game that launched a franchise comes to consoles. Relive the original Call of Duty experience in HD. Online multiplayer on Xbox LIVE, including Leaderboard support. Winner of over 80 […]

  • MS: “We have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360″

    Xbox Live director of programning Larry Hyrb aka Major Nelson has posted on his blog that Microsoft has “no plans” to introduce a Blu-ray add-on for the Xbox 360. It comes as earlier this morning, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer seemed to have confirmed that an add-on for the 360 would be forthcoming. However, Hyrb says […]

  • Datel unhappy about 360 third-party memory unit barring

    Datel’s expressed “disappointment” at Microsoft’s decision to disallow use of third-party 360 memory units in the console’s November software update. “We are following this issue and awaiting the outcome like everyone else,” a rep told CVG. “If the Major Nelson blog is to be taken at face value then we’re disappointed to see that Microsoft […]

  • Army of Two, Midnight Club: LA and Sonic added to 360 GoD

    Nelson’s confirmed that Army of Two, Midnight Club: LA and Sonic Unleashed have all been added to 360′s Games on Demand service. Buy them. You may as well. Apparently, “THE BEST WAY TO SEE LOS ANGELES IS AT 245 MPH.” You can’t argue with that.

  • Nelson – PS3 will soon be “off,” covered in “dust”

    We don’t care if this is old. Nelson told HipHopGamer at E3 that PS3′s going to be gathering dust soon thanks to Metal Gear: Rising going multi-plat. “I’m going to be happy when I come to your place next time and I see your PS3 off with dust on it,” said the exec. “That’s all […]

  • 360 update to ditch non-MS memory units

    Nelson’s confirmed that unMicrosoft 360 storage devices won’t work with the machine when its November software update goes live. “One of the changes is that unauthorized Memory Units will no longer work with the Xbox 360,” said the exec. “If you’ve moved your profile or saved games onto one to ‘back it up,’ you’d better […]

  • 360 system update today in prep for Twitter and Facebook [Update]

    Nelson just confirmed that Xbox 360′s firmware will be upgraded today in preparation for the inclusion of Facebook, Twitter and functionality. “Sometime over the next few hours when you sign in to Xbox LIVE you’ll receive a prompt to accept this mandatory update,” said the exec. “If you are signed into LIVE already, you […]

  • Shaun White and C&C3 added to Live GoD

    Nelson brings word that Shaun White Snowboarding and Command & Conquer 3 have now been added to 360′s Games on Demand service. There’s no pricing through there as it varies by region. Looks as though you can’t get C&C3 in the US, for some reason. Take that, Americans.

  • Lode Runner cut to 800 MSP on Live

    Nelson’s confirmed that Lode Runner’s this week’s Live deal, down to 800 MSP from its normal 1,200. Go crazy. Or, alternatively, buy it.

  • Major Nelson podcast has Felicia Day, Beatles Rock Band, Stephen Toulouse

    Major Nelson’s podcast number 330 is loaded to the gill with stuff. Want proof? It’s 321 minutes long and contains chats with Xbox Live boss Stephen Toulouse, The Guild’s Felicia Day, development manager at Tiburon, Ryan Ferwerda chatting about Madden NFL 10, Josh Randall, the creative director behind Beatles Rock Band and Dan Maher, Xbox […]

  • PayPal now supported on US Live accounts

    Blimey. Nelson’s confirmed that American 360 users can now buy Live content with PayPal. You can’t actually buy stuff through your 360, but you can associate your PayPal account with your account and do it that way. Hit the link for full details. No word on whether or not this is going to make […]

  • Xbox forums down this morning

    Nelson’s noted that that the My Xbox section of and the Xbox forums will be down for maintenance this morning. It’s only for an hour, from 2.00-3.00am PST (9.00–10.00am BST), so try to suffer in silence.

  • Ashes demo up on Live

    Codies has posted an Ashes 2009 demo on Live, as the Major confirms. Blurb: The Ashes, the most exciting and thrilling confrontation in international cricket, is brought to you in the official game of this summer’s tournament; Ashes Cricket 2009 … download the demo now to get the most authentic cricket experience possible, without having […]

  • Marvel Vs Capcom 2 goes Live

    Marvel Vs Capcom 2 is now up on Live, says the Major. Blurb: Fans asked, and Capcom listened! One of the most popular fighting games of all time returns! MvC 2 brings legendary characters from throughout Marvel and Capcom history to duke it out in an insane tag-team fighting experience. Featuring an unprecedented 56-character roster […]

  • Madden 10 demo on Live now

    Nelson’s confirmed the posting of the Madden NFL 10 demo on Live. That’s the good bit. The bad bit is that you can only get it if you’re American. Screw you, America.

  • Xbox Live Deal of the Week is Ikaruga

    The Major has announced that a cut-price Ikaruga is the latest Xbox Live Deal of the Week. Normally at 800MS Points, the game is now at 400 for the next week. Remember, it’s for Gold members only. Get it here.

  • Live ads will enhance, not interfere, says Microsoft

    Following news yesterday that Microsoft was planning in the incorporate ads into Xbox Live in the coming year, Major Nelson’s gone on the record to say the introduction won’t get in your way. Phew. “I need to let you know that you don’t need to worry about a huge influx of ads across the dashboard,” […]

  • Greenberg: MS E3 was “historic” – Sony did a “good job” too

    Xbox 360 product boss Aaron Greenberg has said he believes Microsoft’s E3 performance was nothing short of “historic.” He also revealed that he owns a PS3, plays games on it and reckons Sony did a “good job” in LA earlier this month. “Last year there were so many big games that we showed. We had […]

  • Behold: the Twitter 360

    Nelson’s posted a picture of a Twitter-branded 360, meaning we now immediately want one. But probably never will. We may get a Twitter tattoo, though, on our nether regions. For a “laugh”.

  • Next update will make 360 dash “faster” / “out later this year,”says the Major

    Speaking in this week’s podcast, freshly back from Iraq, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson has said the next system update will make the dashboard “faster.” “We are making the guide faster,” he said whilst also confirming that he’s “intimately involved” in its development. “The team has done some really good stuff around making performance enhancements,” he […]

  • Ballmer – New Xbox in 2010: Greenberg and Nelson – No there isn’t

    God’s sake. To cut a very long-winded story short, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer said at The Executive’s Club of Chicago last night that a new Xbox 360 will hit the store shelves in 2010. The machine, said Ballmer, is to have a “natural interface,” with built-in camera with the ability to recognize movement and voice. The […]

  • Xbox Live Marketplace issues fixed, says Nelson

    If you’ve been having trouble accessing Xbox live Marketplace content since Live went back online following maintenance yesterday, fret no longer. It’s all fixed now, Nelson just said in a blog post. You can all get on and download Sam & Max now. And Rocket Riot, which is supposedly great.

  • Live down for 24 hours next Tuesday

    According to the Major Live will be down “from 7:01AM UTC (12:01 AM PST) for up to 24 hours” for scheduled maintenance. Live itself and the My Xbox section of will be completely offline while the work’s being done, and the official Xbox forums will go into read-only mode. More details through there.