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Microsoft Job Posting Suggests Move to Web, Console and Mobile

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259w ago - According to Arstechnica (linked above), a new [Register or Login to view links] suggests that Microsoft is looking to create a gaming platform that goes beyond just the Xbox 360 to the Web, console and mobile devices.

The job posting from August 10, 2009 states Microsoft is looking for a LIVE Community Director in the Entertainment & Devices Division.

This suggests that Microsoft is looking to bring the Xbox Live, Windows Mobile, and other similar properties closer together. More specifically, there's talk of a "casual and social gaming platform" that would be available via more than just one device.

To quote: The LIVE Engagement Team is looking for a LIVE Community Director to manage its LIVE community strategy and execution across a range of properties, from Xbox LIVE to Windows Mobile.

This senior position will play a vital role in the community space as the LIVE Engagement team builds and program's Microsoft's next-generation, LIVE-enabled casual and social gaming platform across the Web, the console, mobile and beyond.
 

Job Listing Suggests Microsoft is Working on 300K-player Game

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270w ago - A job listing found on both [Register or Login to view links] and Microsoft's careers [Register or Login to view links] is seeking out an engineer to work on a "game" that will support up to "300,000 players in real-time."

The job ad states that Microsoft is working on "building an extremely high performance system to extend console games to the server in new ways" and that it's "creating a completely new set of Web services" for Xbox Live and Xbox.com integration.

It sounds to us like Microsoft is planning to overhaul the Dashboard and Xbox Live service and combine it with an MMO-like system (given the 300K-player support).

Or, it could be building a separate virtual world interface like Sony's PlayStation Home. What do you think Microsoft could be working on?
 

Countdown Suggests Next Metal Gear Solid to Focus on Raiden?

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270w ago - As a follow-up from speculation earlier today, the countdown timer on Kojima's Web site finally counted down and revealed a picture of a boss (pictured below).

It could be Raiden, but no one is sure of who it is yet... but his hat does have a strange symbol that would seem to point to Metal Gear 5.

It does appear the recent rumor of the NEXT title being Lords of Shadow may have just been that, a rumor, though.

More details to come as they are available, and feel free to share your comments below.
 

Grand Theft Auto IV PC Bugs: Rockstar Suggests Solutions

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295w ago - Rockstar compiled a list of possible solutions to user-reported Grand Theft Auto IV PC bugs:

Installation

You must have Vista Service Pack 1 or Windows XP Service Pack 3 installed PRIOR to installing and running Grand Theft Auto IV PC.

Right-click 'My Computer -> Properties' to see if you have the latest Service Packs installed, and if not check Windows Update and download before trying to install the game.

Installing on a non-English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, or Russian Operating System

There is a known issue with non-English, French, Italian, German, Spanish or Russian operating systems, where unsupported characters will appear on the initial installation screen (this screen then remains present in the background throughout the installation process).

To bypass this issue and install the game:

- Select the larger button at the bottom left of the initial installation screen and you will be moved on to a language select screen.
- Select either English, French, Italian, German or Spanish and the rest of the installation will continue in that language.
- At the end of the installation, the screen containing unsupported characters...
 

The Wii Keyboard: Just exactly what the Name Suggests

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316w ago - Next time you sit down to write your Great American Novel, perhaps you should consider tapping the opus out on your Wii with Logic 3's weird and somewhat awful - though excellently named - Wii Keyboard.

There's not much meat on these bones - it's simply an add-on for Nintendo's console that allows you to type on a QWERTY pad rather than light-sabering all over your apartment to name your new Mii "Death Bringer."

The keyboard is due out July 18th (in the UK at least), and will nab a tidy £14.99 (or about $30).
 
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