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Microsoft to Offer Free Xbox Live Following Outage

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Microsoft experienced an outage of its cloud storage service which affected users using Cloud Saved Games on its Xbox Live service. Microsoft has stated that everyone affected by the outage will be provided a 1 month extension to their current Xbox Live subscription. This offer compensates for the two day outage that occurred over the weekend. Microsoft stated that they were working around the clock to get the service up and running again and apologizes for the outage.

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XBOX Live Sparks Romance

Four teens from Iowa who reputedly ‘met’ on XBOX Live have absconded with one another. Corey Sunderman, who is 16 years old, and his friend Austin Boggs, who is 13,  are missing along with Jazlyn Visek, 15, and Skie Floyd, also 15. The boys had a small run-in with police on Friday night after they snuck out of Corey’s house to go skateboarding, and were brought home by police because they were out after curfew. Sunderman’s mom, Crystal, said that she took all of the shoes and put them in a bag in her room, expecting that the boys would not be able to run out again and skateboard without proper footwear. Instead of trying to sneak out again to go skateboarding, however, it appears that they got crazier ideas in their heads, grabbed some boots out of the garage, and were discovered to be missing on Saturday morning when Tony, Corey’s father, got up to go to work and found that his wife’s laptop and $400 from his paycheck were also mysteriously absent, along with a ’97 Jeep that had been parked outside the family’s home.

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Xbox Live Profile Data Resetting

Earlier today Xbox Live users were experiencing problems with the gaming history in their Xbox live profiles. A mess of crap was happening including an entire loss of gaming history and resetting precious GamerScores to zero.
It seems that loading up a game or earning an achievement would cause this loss of data for a majority of its users, resulting in achievement history being replaced and reset, games unlocking all of its achievements at once upon loading, loss of purchase history and profile data (such as the self-edited biographies or Avatar’s clothes).

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Complete Edition of Dirt 3 Announced

Codemasters announced on February 9th that there is scheduled to be a complete edition of the rally racing game “Dirt 3″ released sometime in March on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Joystiq reports that

“The $39.99 release will include the full game, 12 new tracks in two different new locations and lots of new cars and liveries to play around with.”

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Microsoft to Ditch Microsoft Points

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Microsoft Points, shortened to MSP, were used as currency to buy Microsoft Software. It was implemented for users of Xbox Live. As Microsoft and the gaming community and hardware are expanding into a more casual open media front there are rumors that Microsoft plans to get rid of the current system of having to buy Microsoft Points to buy software and other items from its online store/marketplace.

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