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The high-stakes executive trading game between Microsoft and Electronic Arts continues! John Schappert – corporate vice president of LIVE, software and services at Microsoft since 2007 and, before that, founder of Madden-dev Tiburon at EA – is returning to EA to replace John Pleasants a...

June 18th 2009 at 4:31pm 0 Comments
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If there was one person we felt bad for during Microsoft's otherwise stellar press conference, it was Tony Hawk, whose motion-sensing skateboard peripheral for Tony Hawk: Ride seemed to be rendered obsolete literally moments after its introduction thanks to MS's new Project Natal. But Microsoft's J...

June 3rd 2009 at 7:44pm 0 Comments
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For the first two and a half years of the Xbox 360's lifespan, owners eagerly looked forward to regular "spring" and "fall" updates, packing more functionality into their consoles through (what Microsoft marketing would later call) the "magic of software." With the absence of a spring update this y...

October 11th 2008 at 12:01am 0 Comments
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Were you worried your procrastination would be irrevocable when you learned that Rocky & Bullwinkle – an Xbox Live Arcade title you'd flirted with for months – could have been summarily "delisted" from the 360's Marketplace for no reason other than a horrible review average and a no...

October 9th 2008 at 10:28pm 0 Comments
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Following his TGS keynote, Microsoft's John Schappert crammed himself into a stuffy hotel room with about a dozen representatives from various gaming outlets, including yours truly. Tasked with peppering Schappert with questions, we asked about the sales figures he cited in the keynote (were those...

October 9th 2008 at 9:01pm 0 Comments
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What's that you say? Microsoft's new Avatars system for the Xbox 360 is just a rip-off of Nintendo's Miis? Poppycock and slander! Microsoft man John Schappert has explained to MCV that Avatars are merely a natural development of Microsoft's online strategy. Like, obviously."It'd be remiss to say th...

July 31st 2008 at 8:08pm 0 Comments
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So, we're going to be talking to Xbox Live boss John Schappert in a few and we're just stumped about what to ask him about all the changes to Xbox Live ... OK, no, we're not actually stumped, we're professionals after all. But let it never be said that we didn't try to make you feel a part of the t...

July 14th 2008 at 6:05pm 0 Comments
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While the brunt of important info revealed during Microsoft's blogger breakfast has been uncovered already, those with an inside baseball interest in game journalism may be interested to hear the event in its entirety. Thrill as you listen to the sounds of bloggers munching delicious bacon. Gasp as...

February 22nd 2008 at 12:00am 0 Comments
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An enigma awaits GDC attendees who waltz into the Moscone Center's North Hall, the current home of Microsoft's XNA display. Placed amongst the various screens and demo stations running independent, XNA-powered Xbox 360 games is a sheet bathed in purple lights and mystery. "Coming Soon! Wednesday F...

February 18th 2008 at 7:18pm 0 Comments
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The Electronic Arts and Microsoft executive shuffle isn't over. Former EA Chicago studio head Kudo Tsunoda is the latest to move from the venerable game maker to Microsoft's Xbox division, according to GameTap. Tsunoda joins Xbox division head Don Mattrick and VP of Live John Schappert as recent EA...

January 25th 2008 at 4:35pm 0 Comments
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In a keynote entitled "A Future Wide Open: Unleashing the Creative Community," Microsoft will either discuss the implications of chasing Sound Blaster owners from their homes... or the "Xbox 360 platform's next step in democratizing game development," which is what it says here in the press release....

January 15th 2008 at 5:00pm 0 Comments