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Shane Kim: Console gaming will never “go away completely”

It’s a brave new world. Where console giants once ruled, app stores and social behemoths are setting up shop. Some console gamers, then, see their hobby as living on borrowed time. Former Microsoft big wig Shane Kim, however, doesn’t feel sky chunks raining down on his head just yet.

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  • Ex MGS boss Kim joins Zipline

    Ex Microsoft Game Studios head Shane Kim has joined mobile games group Zipline. Kim will be brought in to advise on the company’s game development platform Moai, which is being used by Harebrained Schemes for Crimson, the first game to be published under Bungie’s Aerospace program. Kim, who was also recently added to GameStop’s board […]

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  • Ex-president of MS's IEB to sit on GameStop board

    Shane Kim, ex-corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, has been appointed to GameStop’s board of directors, the company announced in a statement this morning.

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  • Microsoft corporate shuffle: Phil Spencer moves up while Shane Kim moves out

    After 19 years of faithful service to Microsoft, Shane Kim has decided to leave the company in order to spend more time with his family. Kim, for those just tuning in, is corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, and one of the most prevalent “faces” of the not-actually-micro mega-company’s gaming division. He’ll be […]

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  • Natal is about "winning" this generation, says Kim

    Natal. It’s not a camera. It’s not a motion sensor. It’s not a knee-jerk reaction to Wii. According to Xbox super-chief Shane Kim, Natal is about bringing “hundreds of millions” of players to Xbox 360 – and winning this console generation. “The generation isn’t over, and we’re not winning yet,” Kim told OXM. “Our goal […]

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  • Kim: 360 "not anywhere near" day-and-date full-game digi releases

    Shane Kim’s said that Xbox Live won’t be offering full games via Xbox Live simultaneously to their retail release any time soon. “When it comes to us saying we want Games on Demand to enable day-and-date release of new titles, then there’s certainly a lot of work we would need to go through,” the exec […]

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  • Kim: Xbox Live mobile is a matter of "when"

    Xbox boss Shane Kim has told Kikizo that Live is still on the way to mobile devices. Just in case you thought he’d forgotten. “For us, it’s a matter of focusing on ‘when’, because if we chased after a mobile or handheld opportunity, we would not have the resources and ability to do things like… […]

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  • Kim talks third-party, MGS coming to Xbox 360

    According to Microsoft VP Shane Kim, the company feels it has claimed a victory in the third-party sector with Metal Gear Solid Rising coming to Xbox 360. Speaking with Gamasutra at E3, Kim talked about exclusivity and how it benefits consoles. “I still think exclusive content is really important,” he told the site. “First of […]

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  • Kim: Microsoft is not leaving the gaming space

    With Xbox 360 becoming a home entertainment system that offers not only games, but Netflix and soon Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm, Shane Kim wants to assure gamers that the console is still all about games. “It happens to be a great video game console,” Kim told Kotaku. “That’s not going away. We want to make […]

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  • Shane Kim says Natal launch will be as big as Xbox 360's

    Shane Kim has said that when Project Natal launches it will be as big of a deal as when Xbox 360 hit the market. “Conceptually, the launch of Natal will be like the launch of Xbox 360,” he told Kotaku at E3. “It’s going to be that big. We’re not just going to ship it […]

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  • Kim: Project Natal will "reinvent the industry"

    Xbox super-boss Shane Kim’s told GI that Project Natal, the camera-based 360 control system aired for the first time at E3 last week, is going to change games completely. And possibly save the world. “If we’d just come out with something that looks and feels like the Nintendo Wiimote, I think you could have fairly […]

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  • Microsoft and Sony hail "rebirth" of E3

    Microsoft corporate VP Shane Kim and new Sony European president and CEO Andrew House both agree that E3 is back baby and this year’s conference was the good-old-days reborn. “It’s great to see it back,” said Kim. “We’re an entertainment business and we should act and talk like an entertainment business. “We shouldn’t go hide […]

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  • Kim: "Rare is intimately involved with Project Natal"

    No Rare at E3. Why? The UK dev’s too busy making games that make you jump around your living room like an idiot. “Rare is intimately involved with Project Natal in a number of different dimensions,” Xbox boss Shane Kim told Kotaku at the show this week. “They’re doing an awful lot of work, even […]

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  • Kim: Xbox 360 has a ten-year life-span

    Xbox boss Shane Kim has told Venturebeat that Xbox 360 will be on the market until 2015. “We firmly believe that the Xbox 360 has a life cycle through 2015 (10 years after the launch),” he said, talking at E3 this week. “Project Natal is a great innovation. It will work with every Xbox 360 […]

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  • Project Natal and 3DV unrelated, says MS

    Microsoft’s Shane Kim and Aaron Greenberg has said that Project Natal and the company’s recent acquisition of 3DV tech have nothing to do with each other. Project Natal has been in development “for a long time.” “No, we built this in house,” echoed Greenberg. “None of those rumours did justice to what we were actually […]

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  • More 360 first party titles to come in 2009, says Kim

    Microsoft’s Shane Kim’s told G4TV that what we all saw yesterday wasn’t Microsoft Game Studios’ complete line-up for 2009. “We didn’t put every Microsoft Game Studios game that’s coming out this year on stage, so I don’t think you can use that as the only proxy,” said Kim. “But there’s no question that we have […]

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  • Xbox division prepping for "tough times," says Kim

    Speaking at a Reuters media summit in New York, Xbox boss Shane Kim said yesterday that Microsoft’s entertainment unit is preparing for “tough times” next year, and that he’s not expecting the same level of growth seen in the games industry in 2009 as has been seen in 2008. “Who knows, maybe flat performance will […]

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  • Kim: NXE will tranform Live into "social and entertainment network"

    Xbox boss Shane Kim’s told Forbes that tomorrow’s NXE launch heralds a major step in a journey from Xbox Live as was to a Facebook-esque networking tool. New Xbox Experience is “a big part of [Live's] transformation from a multiplayer matchmaking service to a social and entertainment network,” he said, adding that “Microsoft will be […]

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  • Xbox boss – Don't bash Nintendo

    Shane Kim loves Nintendo, essentially because the company can make money out of things that don’t appear to be games. He told VentureBeat: “I can tell you how that conversation goes at Microsoft. They say, ‘I don’t think that’s a game,’” Kim said in regards to Wii Fit. “But the guy at Nintendo says, ‘I […]

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  • Kim on console MMOs: "We haven't been able to crack the code"

    Speaking to Edge, Xbox boss Shane Kim’s admitted that the console MMO conundrum is still vexing Microsoft, and no answers are yet on the near horizon. “I’ll admit MGS has not had success in the MMO space, and that happened under my leadership, so I take full responsibility,” he said. “It’s a tough and challenging […]

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