Atari: Game Over Now Available on Xbox
Last summer, a team of excavators, archaeologists, filmmakers, and video game fans unearthed the industry’s biggest secret. And today, exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360, you can see the story of the biggest buried not-quite-treasure in gaming: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600. The new documentary “Atari: Game Over” tells the real-life tale of one of video game’s biggest urban legends: that, in 1983, Atari dumped thousands of unsold copies of the notoriously bad E.T. video game in a New Mexico landfill. Produced by Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producers Simon and Jonathan Chinn, and directed by comic book movie veteran Zak Penn, “Atari: Game Over” explores the video game industry’s first bubble and collapse, as well as the golden age of video games, through the lens of the excavation. Penn is perhaps best known for film-writing credits like “X2: X-Men United” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” action-heavy films with big budgets. And while the actual dig site scene is described as “similar to an action scene, but on a very low budget,” the making of a documentary was a different experience for the director. “A documentary is a search for the story,” Penn explained, “whereas I’m used to trying to preserve the story I’ve created.”
HBO GO Launches on Xbox One
Today, HBO GO is arriving on Xbox One in the U.S. Now you can get every episode from every season of your favorite HBO shows right on your Xbox One. That means you can watch the latest episodes from shows like “True Detective,” “Game of Thrones” and “Girls,” along with your favorite hits like “Entourage” and “The Sopranos.” What’s more, HBO GO on Xbox One features Kinect voice and gesture control so you can easily search the entire catalog with the wave of a hand or quick voice command. “Xbox is one of our subscribers’ favorite ways to access HBO GO and its incredible breadth of award-winning programming,” said Jeff Dallesandro, Vice President, Digital Domestic Network Distribution, HBO. “Now, Xbox One users can get in on the action and Kinect with the very best HBO series and films on this innovative, state-of-the-art device.” For more information on cable providers to authenticate the HBO GO app, please visit HBO’s website.
Many Thanks for One Year with Xbox One
Saturday, November 22, marks the official one year anniversary of Xbox One. It’s been an unbelievable year, but we never would have gotten to this point without our incredible fans. We want to thank you for being a part of an amazing 12 months by celebrating with you all weekend long. First, if you’re in one of our original 13 markets and have opted in to receive Xbox Marketing emails*, you’ll receive a personalized email detailing what you’ve accomplished since Xbox One launched last November. But that’s not all! To show our appreciation for your loyal and continued support for Xbox One, we’ll have several gifts available for our fans, celebrating one year on Xbox One. And in addition, fans will be selected at random to receive a special gift from us. While we’re just getting started in some markets, we remain committed to all of our incredible fans worldwide and we’re so grateful for your support over the last year. Thank you for helping us celebrate this incredible milestone.
Crunchyroll Launches Today; ENCORE PLAY & MOVIEPLEX PLAY Round Out Premium TV Apps Out Now
We’re launching three new apps today including MOVIEPLEX PLAY and ENCORE PLAY bringing you more choices in TV and movies and the beloved Crunchyroll, delivering your favorite Anime to Xbox One. MOVIEPLEX PLAY and ENCORE PLAY: Check out all of your favorite movies and shows on ENCORE Play with movies like Iron Man 3 and After Earth. Plus, watch your favorite shows like Magnum, P.I. and Murphy Brown. With more than 1,500 titles you’re sure to find something for everyone. MOVIEPLEX Play adds more than 200 great movies to the mix. Both are free with subscription through a participating television provider to Xbox One users in the U.S. Not a subscriber? Install the app and browse hundreds of great movies. If you like what you see, simply subscribe to MOVIEPLEX or ENCORE through a participating television provider and sign in. Crunchyroll: Watch your favorite Anime titles including Naruto Shippuden, Sailor Moon, Sword Art Online, and One Piece in HD with Crunchyroll on Xbox One.** Instantly view over 20,000 episodes of professionally subtitled Anime, Korean drama, and live-action titles in HD. Enhance your Crunchyroll app experience with voice and gesture control via Kinect for Xbox One.
The Best of Project Spark (So Far!)
Project Spark has captured the imaginations of gamers and creative minds everywhere, so it’s no surprise that the game has already generated some of the coolest, deepest, most interesting mods and custom levels anywhere. We wanted to share some of the very best with you, and they’re pretty impressive given the short time the game has been out. Keep in mind that any or all of these can be downloaded, completely free, to play on your existing copy of Project Spark for Xbox One or Windows 8, right now. Full.Red Creator: LostKauz So far, the coolest example we’ve seen yet of an entirely new, full-game experience on Project Spark is LostKauz’s “Full.Red” module. In order to create a complete game, you’ve got to do more than just use Project Spark’s toolset well – you’ve got to have a clear vision, an idea of what will make the game fun and challenging, and the determination to follow that through. Clearly, LostKauz had those elements in spades, as this challenging sidescroller exemplifies some of the many awesome worlds and details within worlds that you can create with Project Spark.