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Xbox Games with Gold will no longer include Xbox 360 titles

As of October 2022, Microsoft will stop offering free Xbox 360 titles through Games with Gold. The company announced the change in an email sent out to Xbox Live Gold subscribers in the US, Canada and other parts of the world. “We have reached the limit of our ability to bring Xbox 360 games to the catalog,” the company states in the message. “However, Games with Gold will continue to include exciting Xbox One titles and exclusive savings each month.”

The email adds that Xbox users can redownload any 360 titles they claimed through Games with Gold regardless of whether they continue to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold. 

“No other Xbox Live Gold benefits will be impacted by this change,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Engadget. “We’re always looking at ways to evolve the Xbox experience based on community engagement, feedback and shifting company priorities. We have reached the limit of our ability to bring new games to the catalog from the past due to licensing and technical constraints. We will continue to focus on providing Xbox One titles through the Games with Gold program.”

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Introduced in 2013, Microsoft added Games with Gold to Xbox Live Gold in response to the success of Sony’s PS Plus service, which was the first to offer free monthly games to customers. Microsoft later extended the perk to include the Xbox One. In recent years, the allure of the bonus has waned with the introduction of Xbox Game Pass. After Microsoft recently dropped the Xbox Live Gold requirement to play free-to-play games online, it felt like the company was preparing to reconfigure the service, and this announcement adds to that. See the full email from Microsoft above.

Update 12:47PM ET: Added comment from Microsoft.

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Latest New World update has good news for broke players, bad news for gold sellers

Overnight, New World received its weekly update, and there were some big changes contained in this one. While we received the usual round of bug fixes, Amazon also implemented some changes concerning the gold cost of attribute respecs and the Azoth cost of weapon skill tree respecs, meaning that players should be able to change their builds much more frequently. In addition, Amazon detailed some measures it’s implementing to combat all of the gold sellers players have undoubtedly seen in chat.

New World update 1.0.5 changes

In its patch notes for update 1.0.5, Amazon dove right into a hot button topic among the New World player base: coin sellers. It seems that no matter the MMO, there will always be accounts looking to sell currency, and in New World it’s not any different. Amazon starts off by saying that it has banned and suspended many of the gold-selling accounts that players have been reporting.

The company will now also require that new accounts hit player level 10 before they can participate in player-to-player trades or make currency transfers. Accounts will also have to be older than 72 hours to do both of those things. In addition, Amazon has moved some gold rewards from early main story quests to later quests to avoid giving sellers an early way to grind out gold, and the Trading Post will no longer be accessible before new players accept the “Introduction to the Trading Post” quest.

While we wait to see if those changes have any noticeable effect on the number of gold sellers spamming the chat, this week’s patch also fixed a number of issues. First up is a fix for an item duplication bug that affected storage sheds and crafting stations, along with a fix for the gold duplication bug that sprouted up after Amazon disabled wealth transfers earlier this week.

In a rather huge change, Amazon announced that it has reduced attribute respec costs by 60%, while the Azoth cost for weapon respecs has been decreased by 75%. This is exciting news for players who like to switch builds frequently or, like the author of this article, can’t seem to decide on a weapon combo and stick with it for any length of time. The coin cost of chisels has also been reduced by up to 50%, though that depends on the tier. Sadly, players can no longer equip two of the same type weapon, so if you want to put both weapons slots to use, you’ll have to pick two distinct weapon types for them.

Amazon has also fixed issues affecting spell strike consistency, the resilient item perk (which reduced all damage instead of just critical hit damage), and group scaling passives for the Great Axe, Hatchet, and Warhammer. We’re also getting a number of fixes for Outpost Rush and a slate of general bug fixes, which you can read about over in the full patch notes.

Amazon talks present and future changes for New World

In addition to sending this patch live, Amazon also published a lengthy developer blog post in which it discussed many features, covered this recent patch, and talked about future changes that are on the way. The blog post can be found on the New World forums and is worth reading from beginning to end for anyone currently playing, but there are some things that stick out to us.

First, Amazon’s blog post includes a lengthy section on the economy and gold deflation, which has been a big concern for players. In short, Amazon says that the economy is “performing within acceptable levels,” but does acknowledge that the gold generated at level 60 – New World‘s level cap – does become more “narrow” than it is at earlier levels. Amazon says that the recent fix for tier IV and V Azoth Staffs and the reintroduction of Outpost Rush should help late-game players earn more gold, as those were intended to be end-game gold grinds.

Amazon also revealed a whopper of a change by confirming that all Trading Posts in the world will be linked, meaning you can buy any product from any Trading Post. Transaction taxes from the settlement you’re buying from will still apply, and expired items will be returned to the settlement where they were listed. This is a big change, and it should normalize prices while ensuring that you don’t need to travel to a central settlement just to buy things. In addition, Amazon will also be ramping up the coins gained from Expedition bosses, so expect more gold from your Expedition runs.

There’s a lot more contained within New World‘s latest dev blog, but these are among the biggest changes. Some of these changes are already in the game as of the most recent patch, while others will be coming with the month’s major release later on in November.

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New World Players Have Found a Way to Duplicate Gold

Players won’t be able to give each other gold in New World, effectively shutting down the game’s economy, due to a bug that duplicates the game’s main currency. The shutdown was put in place after Amazon Game Studios was made aware of the exploit, and it extends to all player-to-player, guild treasury, and trading post transactions.

While currency plays a large part in just about every MMO out there, the shutdown is especially alarming for New World. Making money is a huge part of the game that’s impacted by which faction players are part of and what taxes they have to pay when trading. Players can even form companies, or guilds, which regulate taxes in settlements, or can simply give players a larger name as they dole out their wares.

However, with trade effectively locked down, the flow of gold to both companies and players will drop off dramatically. According to a statement from Amazon Game Studios posted on the New Worlds forum, players will be able to resume trade “once the gold duplication exploit has been investigated and we are ready.” Players who have abused the exploit are also in the developer’s sights, with Amazon Game Studios promising that they will be “actioned against.”

New World‘s gold duplication bug is the latest in the game’s long list of problems. When it launched in October, players struggled to get into servers, with Amazon Game Studios even preventing players from making new characters for a time. The game also had a nasty reputation for bricking expensive graphics cards while it was in beta.

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Xbox Live Games with Gold for November offers up two indie gems

Just as Sony has revealed the PlayStation Plus games for November, so too has Microsoft announced the next batch of titles that will be available through Xbox Games with Gold. As always, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be getting four different games to download next month. Two of these games will be Xbox One titles, while the other two are Xbox 360 games playable through backward compatibility. All of the games offered through Games with Gold will be playable on Xbox Series X|S, even though none were made specifically for the platform.

The first game on offer will likely please fans of physics-based gameplay. Moving Out will be free for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One owners, and as the name suggests, it’ll put players in the role of movers, tasking them with moving marked items without damaging them. The game can be played solo or in co-op with up to four players total, and we imagine that co-op play gets particularly zany.

Kingdom Two Crowns is the next game on tap for Xbox One and Xbox Series X players. Kingdom Two Crowns is a strategy game that blends tower defense and resource-management mechanics. Despite how complex that sounds, there isn’t a ton of hands-on gameplay, as players will mostly be riding their horse across the screen and collecting money to fund their kingdom’s defense. Kingdom Two Crowns may not be a big name, but it has some stellar user reviews on places like Steam, so it could be well worth the bandwidth to download it.

For the backward compatible games, we’ve got Rocket Knight and Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes, both for Xbox 360. While Lego Batman 2 likely needs no introduction, it’s worth highlighting Rocket Knight for anyone who grew up with the Sega Genesis. Rocket Knight, of course, was the main character in Sparkster and Rocket Knight Adventures, and he made his return to starring in video games with the Xbox 360.

As always, Microsoft is staggering these game releases throughout the month. Moving Out will be available November 1st-30th, while Kingdom Two Crowns will go free on November 16th and remain available through December 15th. Rocket Knight, meanwhile, will be available from November 1st-15th, and Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes will close the month out with availability from November 16th-30th.

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Tokyo Games Awards First Gold Made From Recycled Electronics

Chinese air rifle shooter Qian Yang became the first athlete to receive a gold medal at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Games just hours after the first events kicked off on Saturday. She’s also the first-ever athlete to receive a gold medal made from recycled electronics.

With the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee announcing more than four years ago its intention to make the medals using precious metals harvested from donated electronics, and Japan’s Olympics delayed by 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Games’ first award ceremony using the unique medals has been a long time coming.

During the medal-making campaign that asked members of the public to donate discarded devices, the organizing committee was deluged with everything from smartphones and digital cameras to handheld gaming consoles and laptops.

In just 18 months the campaign received 47,488 tons of equipment, as well as more than 5 million mobile phones handed in at stores run by local cell phone provider NTT.

Its quest to make some 5,000 medals for Japan’s Olympic and Paralympic Games got off to a great start when organizers reached the targeted amount of bronze of around 2,700 kg within just 14 months of the campaign’s launch. After 18 months, the committee revealed that 28.4 kg of gold (93.7% of the targeted 30.3 kg) and 3,500 kg of silver (85.4% of the targeted 4,100 kg) had been collected from donations, with the campaign able to reach its goals by the time it ended in March 2019.

Helping to launch the campaign four years ago, Japanese Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Kohei Uchimura said, “Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals will be made out of people’s thoughts and appreciation for avoiding waste. I think there is an important message in this for future generations.”

This year’s Games is the first Olympics and Paralympics to have all of the awarded medals created from recycled materials, though it’s worth noting that the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, took a similar path, with 30% of the sterling silver used to make the gold and silver medals extracted from recycled materials that included old car parts, mirror surfaces, and X-ray plates. Whether Paris 2024 follows the example of the two preceding Olympic Games remains to be seen.

As for Chinese champion Yang, the athlete scored another first on Saturday when she became the first-ever Olympic winner to present her own medal by taking it from a disinfected tray and putting it around her neck — a procedure deemed necessary for the entirety of this Games as part of coronavirus measures.

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Xbox Live Games with Gold for July 2021 brings back a crude classic

It’s very nearly July, and that means there’s a new batch of Xbox Live Games with Gold right around the corner. Microsoft revealed what that next round of free games is today, and though there aren’t any particularly big titles in the lineup, there is one game that’s sure to please fans of a certain obscene, alcoholic squirrel.

Yes indeed, this could be one of those months where it’s actually a backward-compatible game that gets the lion’s share of attention from Xbox Live Gold subscribers. That game is Conker: Live & Reloaded, an OG Xbox game that is a remake of the N64 classic Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Those who may not be familiar with Conker’s Bad Fur Day should know that even though its graphics make it look like a game for kids, it’s actually anything but. In other words, keep the kids away from this one.

On the Xbox One side of things, the free games for July include Planet Alpha, a colorful puzzle platformer, and Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break. Rock of Ages 3 is actually more recent than we’d expect most Games with Gold to be, as it only released a year ago on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC, and Stadia.

The final backward-compatible game for the month will be Midway Arcade Classics, and some older Xbox players who were around for the arcade era could definitely get some mileage out of that one. Midway Arcade Origins originally launched for Xbox 360 and includes 30 classic Midway arcade titles, including Defender and Gauntlet. It also has Root Beer Tapper, a personal favorite of the author of this article.

Planet Alpha will be available to Xbox Live Gold members from July 1st to July 31st, with Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break available from July 16th to August 15th. As is the case every month, the two backward compatible titles will split July down the middle, with Conker: Live & Reloaded up for grabs for the first half of the month and Midway Arcade Origins available for the second half.

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Xbox Live Games with Gold for April put us in the boots of Vikings and truck drivers

April is nearly upon us, which means today Microsoft revealed a new batch of Xbox Live Games with Gold titles. While April doesn’t seem like it’s going to be some kind of bang-up month for the service, there will still be some interesting games up for grabs. At the very least, we can expect a pretty wide collection of genres on offer in April.

The first game on offer is Vikings: Wolves of Midgard, an Xbox One action RPG from 2017 that could be worth a download for fans of games like Diablo or Path of Exile. Players will going toe-to-toe with the “beasts of Ragnarok,” in this game, so this is definitely one for fans of Norse mythology. Players also have their choice of weapon style – as they should in any good action RPG – and will use those weapons to cut through hordes of enemies.

The second Xbox One game up for grabs next month will be Truck Racing Championship. As the name suggests, you’ll be racing semi trucks across 14 different circuits, with 45 trucks to pick from. You can’t really get a pair of games that are as far apart in genre as Vikings: Wolves of Midgard and Truck Racing Championship are, so at least Microsoft is keeping things interesting in April.

Then we have the two retro offerings from the days of the Xbox 360: Dark Void and Hard Corps: Uprising. Dark Void got a fair bit of attention for itself around the time it was new thanks to its flying mechanics, while Hard Corps: Uprising took the run-and-gun gameplay of Contra and upgraded it for the then-modern era.

As a reminder, all four of these games are playable on Xbox Series X|S through backward compatibility, so those of you who have already managed to snag one of Microsoft’s next-gen consoles can partake in the Games with Gold action as well. Vikings: Wolves of Midgard will be available April 1st – 30th, Truck Racing Championship will be available April 16th – May 30th, Dark Void will be available April 1st – 15th, and finally, Hard Corps: Uprising will be available April 16th – 30th.

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Razer DevCon revealed: 4 hours of Chroma, Gold, and THX

There’ll be a bunch of Razer news appearing in early May, thanks to a new event called Razer DevCon. This new event will likely follow along with developer events tied to companies like Apple and Google, delivering talks on the latest in Razer-made developer-friendly software and opportunities for Razer-made software integration. This event will take place on May 7, 2021.

This event will take place on May 7, 2021, starting at 10AM PST. This event will be virtual (at least, it’ll be virtual here in 2021, in the future this may change). It’ll be broadcast on the official Razer Twitch channel only. You can find that channel at Twitch (Razer) right now, too. They also have an event coming up (on that Razer Twitch channel) on the 4th of March for hardware products from the Razer Store).

Users will find a series of technology-focused panels with “over four hours” of discussion “led by industry veterans” from Razer and Activision Blizzard, as well as Renaud Ostrowski (Audio Artist at Vibe Avenue Studios), and Frank Rosay (Game Producer at iLLOGIKA). Focus will be on Razer Chroma for hardware, Razer Chroma for software, Razer Gold and Silver, and THX Spatial Audio.

Registration for this event is open to “all PC, Console, and Mobile gaming eco-system developers.” Razer also made a point to suggest that “developers and enthusiasts from outside the gaming world” are also welcome “as Razer is expanding into the mainstream consumer space.”

There’ll be an “exclusive special attendee’s pack available only at Razer DevCon 2021.” They’ve also suggested at Razer that there’ll be “additional prizes and awards” announced soon. It’s unlikely we’ll see any brand new hardware announced during this event, but it’s not impossible. Stay tuned as we learn more about the ins and outs of this event between now and then!

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Best Cheap Xbox Live Gold Deals for February 2021

If you are into gaming, you are undoubtedly aware that playing your favorite game online can unlock extra features, like multiplayer. To do this on an Xbox 360 or Xbox One, or the all-new Xbox Series X, though, you’ll need an active Xbox Live Gold subscription. To make this a little lighter on your wallet, we’ve scoured the web and rounded up all the best Xbox Live Gold deals in one place, including Xbox Live Gold 1-Month, Xbox Live Gold 3-Month, and Xbox Live Gold 6-Month subscriptions.

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What is Xbox Live Gold?

Xbox Live Gold is a subscription membership that is required if you want to play games online with Xbox One, Xbox 360, or Xbox Series X. Regularly, a subscription for Xbox Live Gold costs $10 per month or $60 per year. Xbox Live Gold also gives members access to additional benefits such as free games every month and discounts on selected digital games.

Whether you’re playing solo, with a single friend, or as a part of an online cooperative with a bunch of strangers, you need Xbox Live Gold to do it. Your subscription also gives you access to the party system and voice chat so you can communicate with your cohorts while you play.

Every month, Microsoft offers free games to Xbox Live Gold members through its Games with Gold program. These games are only available for a limited time (two weeks or one month) and can be redeemed via the website on your Xbox console. You can then download and keep the game for free. The good news about this feature is that if you let your subscription lapse, you get the game back when you renew your subscription, though you cannot play the game while the subscription is inactive. 

If you have an Xbox 360 and have games that you redeemed via Games with Gold, you don’t have to worry about losing those games if you decide to upgrade to an Xbox One. Microsoft has guaranteed that all Xbox 360 games that have been released through Games with Gold will be playable on the Xbox One via backward compatibility.

Your Xbox Live Gold membership also includes Deals with Goldwhich gives subscribers exclusive deals on digital Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Xbox Series X games. The deals change every week, and you can view the current deals on the Deals with Gold website. If you purchase a game through Deals with Goldit is yours to keep, even if your subscription lapses or expires.

It should be noted that Xbox Live Gold is different than Xbox Live Silver (now called Xbox Live Free. The free version has limited features that allow you to create a friends list, create a profile and Gamertag, preview games, stream video content from the Zune network, download games and add-ons from the Xbox Live Marketplace, send and receive messages with other Xbox Live users as text or voice, and make video calls to friends using Video Kinect (if you own a Kinect). The glaring difference between the two services other than the price is that you cannot play online with Xbox Live Free.

Is Xbox Live Gold required to play Fortnite?

Fortnite is one of the most popular games of the past decade. While it’s free to download and play, you will need Xbox Live if you want to do so on an Xbox One, Xbox 360, or Xbox Series X. So, if you don’t want to miss out on the hottest online game that everyone is playing, get yourself one of the Xbox Live Gold deals we outlined above.

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Another Monster Hunter Nintendo Switch – this one’s tricked out in black, gray, and gold

Today we’re taking a peek at the newest Nintendo Switch with Monster Hunter special edition fittings. This is not the first time this console was released as a special edition for the Monster Hunter game series. The first version was released with special decorations for the game Monster Hunter XX, the first Monster Hunter game on Nintendo Switch. This new version was made for Monster Hunter Rise!

The new Monster Hunter Rise Nintendo Switch is decorated with markings in several colors – black, light gray, and gold! This version of the machine not only covers the front of the dock, but the controllers, and the backs of the controllers, and the back of the display, too.

Some special edition consoles emblazon said console with a single emblem, a tiny icon, or a simple re-coloring of elements. This one is wild. This one’s more like a tricked-out low-jacked classic vehicle with pinstripes and flames (so you know it’s going fast!) Now, if only they were allowed to go the extra mile, like Microsoft did with the Gears of War 4 Xbox One S! THAT was a custom console worthy of its name!

The only unfortunate part of this Nintendo Switch Monster Hunter package is the limited edition nature of its release. If you live in Japan or the UK, you might see this version of the Nintendo Switch in stores soon. The device will be cost approximately 38,400 yen in Japan, right around $370 USD (roughly), and you’ll get Monster Hunter Rise preinstalled on the console – with a code for extra downloadable content.

The old version had some light gray ink decorations for the first Monster Hunster XX. That Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch was released all the way back in June of the year 2017. Imagine being Nintendo, so well equipped to sell their devices that they’re able to release newly decorated versions year after year, while Microsoft and Sony aren’t able to keep store shelves stocked for more than a few minutes at a time.

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