Is Bill Gates learning from the modding community?

Microsoft maybe interested in embracing modders. A lot of interesting data came out of Ars Technica's interview with Matt Lee, a Microsoft software developer in the Xbox division. The nice thing about Matt Lee was that when the interview was over, he answered some questions in the discussion. A lot of it was clarifying points he made in the main article, but then he shared this story with arstechnica.com

""...allow me to share a related story. A little over a year ago, one of the people in my group modded an Xbox, installed Avalaunch, and put all sorts of Xbox mod scene apps on the box, like XBMC, RSS readers, etc, along with some "backup" games. :rolleyes: He brought this box along to a meeting with Bill Gates. Bill saw a demo of this, was quite impressed, and asked something along the lines of "How can we engage this community?" - instead of saying something like "How can we squash this?" It's long been on the back of everyone's minds in the Xbox group - how can we get students and hobbyists involved without disrupting the console business model? The good news is that it's still on the radar, we'll see what happens in the future."

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MoonDust6543d ago

To be able to destroy him. Or at least to block him from online.

shotty6543d ago

Microsoft doesn't hate modders, look at windows if they want they can prevent pirated windows from running on your computer but what do they do instead they prevent you from accessing the betas. They are fine with modding an xbox but when you start pirating games then the developers get worried then Microsoft has to jump in and stop that. What you need to know is developers will make games aslong as they make money, they won't make a game if people buy bootleged ones, which in turn would mean less developers making games. This is why MMO are popular on PCs it's because the money is made through subscription fees and not much on the actual game since it's mostly downloaded :). Since more and more people are dependant on xbox live for media and other entertainment microsoft can use it to fight piracy.

Marriot VP6543d ago

XBL online modders can suck my cahones

DG6543d ago (Edited 6543d ago )

I want to record on my 360. And no I dont want to buy a WinMedia PC + a new video card to do it. If he wasnt so greedy and made the 360 a viable substitution for TiVo PS3 or any console would stand no chance. IMO MS is doing the same thing with Win Media as Sony is doing with Blue Ray and both have their heads up their @$$!

USMChardcharger6543d ago

as far as the TiVo deal...it is suppose to happen with direct tv. It has been said that at some point they are to add a direct tv blade to the menu.
don't know when or if it will come to be, but it is suppose to.

Grown Folks Talk6542d ago

i just started working for direct tv. my trainer said he has actually seen how the deal is going to play out. word is you'll be able to stream content, get on demand content, and hd downloads through the 360. a 100gig hard drive for storing that content would be nice. if i was microsoft, i would drop the 20gig to $30, release a 100gig for $90-$100, and put out the hd-dvd add-on for $100. just me though.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order Is The Last Of Its Kind

Wolfenstein: The New Order turns ten years old today, so we decided to play it again and discovered just how much of an extinct kind of game it is.

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SovereignSnaKe14h ago

It's an outstanding game and so was The Old Blood. Also a lost era of gaming. Interesting, I received a physical copy of The Old Blood 9 years ago today from Poland. It was digital only in North America initially upon release so I had to import.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order - A Highly Rated FPS That Hasn't Stood the Test of Time

Wolfenstein: The New Order launched 10 years ago today, but can it stand up to the modern FPS titles it inspired?

Seth_hun20h ago

I disagree. Its still a fantastic game, with very good gunplay and a surprisingly loveable cast of characters and a good story trough many different and interesting setpieces

hiawa2317h ago(Edited 17h ago)

All The New Order needs for my tastes is a this gen enhancement patch.

ChasterMies16h ago

I played New Order a couple of years after launch and I give it an 8/10. The shooter holds up because it is focused on being a good shooter. There is no crafting, no RPG elements, no open world find the question mark Weapons are fun. Enemies are fun. Levels offer a nice mix of stealth and shooting. You get to be the predator; this isn’t a game about fending off waves of enemies while a robot companion unlocks a door. Most importantly, New Order is the last of a dying breed of single player shooters.

Skuletor15h ago

Singleplayer shooters are still getting released every year, just look up "boomer shooters" and you'll find an an abundance of them. AAA fps campaigns, not so much.

Last year had Trepang2, RoboCop: Rogue City, Turbo Overkill, Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun, Dread Templar, Sprawl and more

DustMan11h ago

The games you mentioned are not from AAA developers. Wolfenstein likely had a budget that was probably as big as all those games you mentioned combined. I'm not knocking the new wave of retro shooters. I absolutely love them (I think some get much higher review scores than they deserve though). I just really wouldn't describe Wolfenstein as purely a boomer shooter based on the relatively cohesive story, with cut scenes and is fully voice acted. Full set piece moments.

AA development seems to be focused keeping the single player solo experience alive. But the big developers are only concerned about the MTX and milking players who enjoy multiplayer.

ChasterMies3h ago(Edited 3h ago)

The age of AA shooters. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. I like less expense, shorter games.

Abear2115h ago

Weird all the Wolfenstein articles.

Can you guess what will be announced at Xbox showcase?

DefenderOfDoom215h ago

What Machine Games did with Wolfenstein franchise is awesome. The game play definitely to me , is still very fun to play !!!

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