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  • Microsoft Offers Refunds on Unused Xbox Live Gold Time

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    Microsoft has just announced a whole list of changes to their Xbox Live service that will completely overhaul the overall experience for their average user. One of the biggest changes in this new move by Microsoft will allow gamers who make use of quarterly or yearly Xbox Live Gold subscriptions to receive refunds for any time they did not make use of on their Xbox.

    If an Xbox Live Gold user cancels their yearly or monthly subscription, they will receive a refund for the remaining time available on that subscription, which should then go into their Xbox Live account balance.

    On top of the changes to subscriptions, Microsoft is working hard to remove any paywalls on their current entertainment offering. Whilst Xbox Live Gold will still be needed for online multiplayer, services like Hulu Plus and Netflix will now be accessible without an active Gold subscription.

    These brand new Xbox Live changes will go live in June, and it's another portion of their efforts to make sure their customers are getting the best service possible. The Xbox One certainly went off to a rocky start, but a lot of work has gone into rectifying their previous mistakes, and making sure things are easier and more convenient on their customers in the future.

    This change was just announced after Microsoft revealed their brand new Kinect-less Xbox One SKU which can now be pre-ordered from online retailers for $90 cheaper than the Xbox One with Kinect.

  • YouTube Set to Acquire Twitch for $1 Billion

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    Over the past year, Twitch has transformed from a niche video game streaming community to a huge platform that hosts hundred's of thousands of viewers worldwide. Twitch now takes up a huge portion of the world’s internet traffic, and it's certainly turned a few heads.

    Some of those heads are the owners of big internet companies like Facebook and Google, and these companies are renowned for spending big on other businesses to buy out their own competition.

    It was inevitable really, but rumors suggest that YouTube is planning to acquire Twitch for a massive $1 billion, all in cash. For the small home-grown Twitch team, this is an offer that's going to be hard to turn down, so it's very likely that the internet's favorite video game streaming service will soon be handed over to YouTube.

    For a lot of gamers, this news comes as quite a shock - Youtube is already renowned for being incredibly strict on the content video game broadcasters can submit to their channels, and if these same rules move over to Twitch, it could potentially put a lot of streamers out of business, or certainly make their streaming lives a little bit harder.

    YouTube's acquisition of Twitch could also be bad for the average viewer, too. If YouTube decide to integrate their Google+ account system into Twitch, then the overall chat experience could be watered down a little.

    What are your thoughts on this? Would you be happy to see YouTube acquire Twitch, or would you prefer it if Twitch refused the $1 billion offer?

  • Hideo Kojima Explains Reason for Ground Zeroes, Announces new Second Screen App

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    Some people have been confused as to why the developers behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise have split Metal Gear Solid V into two separate titles, but Hideo Kojima has created a video to help gamers understand why, as well as to reveal the new second screen application that will work alongside the Phantom Pain.

    In simplicity, the Phantom Pain is not yet complete, but Kojima wants players to experience a taste of what's to come in the game, and to do this, they have decided to go for a second title, Ground Zeroes, to act as a prologue.

    Metal Gear Solid V is taking a huge leap from it's routes, and a lot of new gameplay mechanics are being opened up. Ground Zeroes will give players a small taste of what to expect in terms of gameplay content, but it will also give a bit of background history behind the characters and world of MGS, which will be perfect for players who aren't accustomed to the story of Metal Gear Solid.

    The story for MGS has always been quite complex, so personally I think that it's a good way to get players into the series. Of course, Ground Zeroes is not necessary to purchase, and gamers could wait for the Phantom Pain instead.

    In the video Hideo Kojima goes on to explaining the new app that will be paired with the Phantom Pain. This app will allow players to use their smartphone or tablet to access the in-game menus and interfaces. This means that the open world will continue to breathe on whilst players are nose deep in their inventory.

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