Using my Xbox Live data service?

If you’ve written an app, private or public, using my data feed of Xbox live info I’d really appreciate it if you’d let me know. This isn’t a required ‘sign-up’, but I want to start to keep track so that I could possibly create a page listing all the sites using it, and it may also be useful to be able to contact folks if I need to make a change or take the service down for an hour or so. Just comment on this post, or drop me a line at duncanma@microsoft.com.

Xbox.com Personalities answer a bunch of holiday questions

Trixie had all of us Xbox.com column writing folks answer a bunch of holiday themed questions recently, and I noticed tonight that the answers are all up on the site! Check out some interesting Q&A with Trixie, Major Nelson and others (including me, Xbox Dad).

Xbox.com Personalities at the Holidays

We asked the Xbox.com personalities to share some information on their holiday favorites. What did we learn? Egg nog, “A Christmas Story,” and Dean Martin pwn. Plus Major Nelson is a Grinch.

More Xbox Dad articles, Viva Piñata Party Animals and Xbox Live

I’ve obviously been busy, I never even posted a link to these articles here… I’ve written two new Xbox Dad article in the past few weeks, one all about Xbox Live (to coincide with the Xbox Live is Five event going on) and one that I wrote this week about Viva Piñata Party Animals.

Viva Piñata Party is a great game, the ‘party’ nature of it means that it is quick to get started, even for non-gamers, and the quick little matches means that you can pick it up and play even if you only have a little bit of time available.

New Xbox Dad column: My take on the Bee Movie Game

If you or your kids are all excited about the upcoming Bee Movie with Jerry Seinfeld, then you should definitely check out my latest article on Xbox.com. Along with the movie, an Xbox 360 game is also on its way…. and a demo is already up on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Not the most representative demo (more on that in the article!), but still fun and the game promises even more.

Xbox 360 Arcade System announced

packagearcadeConsole For the price of $280, you can now get a new edition of the Xbox 360 console. This one is similar to the original core system, but with HDMI output, a 256mb memory card (so you can play and save your games right out of the box), a wireless controller, and five full arcade games. Perfect if you are more of a casual gamer or if:

  • you have an existing 360 with a hard drive and would like one with a HDMI output
  • you need a DVD player and/or a Media Center Extender (play all your Zune and Windows Media Center or Windows Media Player content in the living room!

For that price, you can pick up this system instead of a DVD player with HDMI out and you get the network connectivity and media streaming features along with an amazing system for playing a ton of great games. Sure the name says Arcade, but you can fire up Halo 3, Gears of War or Lego Star Wars II…

Crazy stuff, and perfect for you family focused Xbox gamers… and perhaps soon to be a second 360 for my house, since I now have a TV with HDMI in and nothing to hook into it… and it would be great to have the ability to play my music, TV and movies on our second TV as well…

More info on Xbox.com

Xbox Dad article on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is up

I was a bit surprised to find that I enjoyed this game, although I enjoyed the last few books in the series and the latest movie, I really figured the game would only appeal to kids. The pace is slower than most adult/teen games, but that makes it into more of an exploration instead of just quickly moving from one task to the next. My wife watched it and thought it was similar to a much more interactive and complex form of the game Myst… there are some action elements where you have to move quickly, target the bad guys, etc… but for the most part you are figuring out puzzles, perfecting your spells and exploring a very open set of environments. You can see more of my thoughts on the game in this Harry Potter article on Xbox.com.