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The PS4 will allow players to use their real names online at launch, Sony confirmed to Kotaku. This is an option that isn't available to Xbox One players, at least not in that console's launch window. Microsoft said its lack of real-name support stems from the need to prioritize certain features. ...

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Now, for a reading from the Book of MS, chapter eight, verse two: And lo, Microsoft had decreed the identities of the people were in peril, 'Those who wish to be renamed shall have it so and I shall not want for much,' And the people came, papers of identification in hand, They bestowed u...

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Good news for any Xbox Live members that have ever wanted a dead user's name: Microsoft has "begun the process of making previously used and unavailable (dead) Xbox Live Gamertags available," according to Major Nelson. Previously, any lapsed Gamertags -- caused by changing a Gamertag or closing a...

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Microsoft podcaster and Xbox spokesperson Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb's Gamercard has fallen victim to a hacker (or hackers) sometime this evening. A quick check on Xbox.com reveals the account is still being affected right now (though we have to imagine someone over in Redmond is hard at work on a f...

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360 Live [App Store link] certainly isn't the first Xbox 360 app to hit the iPhone, but it's definitely one of the most full-featured, offering gamertag management, complete friends list access, messaging capability, games library browsing (with achievements and all), and even a CoverFlow-style fri...

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Wait, but we've been using Xbox Live since its inception! Shouldn't our gamercard have a little seven in the upper right corner? According to Microsoft's Major Nelson, not exactly. In fact, the first ever gamertag created ("e," for Xbox Live operations manager Eric Neustadter), won't officially tu...

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The Consumerist reports that an Xbox Live user identified only as "Teresa" was supposedly banned from Xbox Live for identifying herself as a lesbian. Teresa said that she identified her sexual orientation in her profile, which resulted in harassment from other players on Xbox Live. She stated that...

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Is that Tilda Swinton in the middle? Having amassed an impressive Gamerscore by slogging through Cabela hunting games, forgettable anime beat-em-ups and the last Iron Man game, it's no surprise that Xbox Live users become agitated when their Gamertags are placed in jeopardy. Earlier this week, it ...

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The developers of Metaplace are pinging the public in search of feedback and good ideas with regards to the platform's planned "badge" system. The system resembles achievements on XBox Live; users and creators of virtual worlds may accomplish certain objectives such as becoming the first Metaplace ...

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Move over Major Nelson, thy reign has come to an end. According to Xbox.com, the most popular gamertag honor has been transferred to fourzerotwo, a lowly developer working on a little-known-game entitled Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. How did this underdog best the Voice of Microsoft's console? W...

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It's time to un-cork the champagne and celebrate! Our pals over at Gamertag Radio are celebrating their 100th episode by showing listeners some love and giving away a limited edition Halo 3 Zune. And all you have to do to enter the giveaway is listen to the podcast and send in your honest opinion of...

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Look at it. Admit that there's a part of you that wants that Halo 3 Zune. We don't care what you're a fanboy of, when you look at that box, that branding, that helmet (not included) your primal geek senses activate. Of course, that's when your primal wallet sense kicks in and suggests that you may...

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Are you caught up in the Twitter craze? It's a program akin to an away message or status update, telling people what you are doing (or, at least, what you want people to think you are doing). Self-proclaimed code / tea / etc. man Duncan Mackenzie has found a way to tie in his love of Twitter with h...

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If your gamertag is saddled with a Hotmail or MSN email address, you may know of the unbreakable bond between them. Discovered long ago, it is impossible to associate your gamertag with a new email address if your Windows Live ID was automatically created by a Microsoft site like Hotmail or MSN. Be...

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Being a Xbox MVP must be life, not only do you get a bunch of respect from the community, but you also get one sweet jacket from Microsoft. DeaconBlade over at Unscripted 360 received a special gift from Redmond, a custom Xbox 360 jacket featuring his very own gamertag lovingly detailed on the back....

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Over the weekend a group of hackers hijacked Windows Live IDs through Bungie.net and supposedly took over all accounts associated within those IDs. ZDNet.com compiled a list of sources who are confirming such hacks after a security researcher over at Digital Munition released a full disclosure repor...

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Playing on Xbox Live introduces you to a plethora of personalities, cultures, and interesting people. And unless you've been living under the 360's power brick, you know that on Xbox Live your online identity is your Gamertag. But what does your Gamertag really tell others about you? The guys over a...

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