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Jessica Conditt

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Jess is a professional nerd, specializing in gaming, comics, journalism, rum and writing. Native to Arizona, she has had plenty of time to sit indoors, out of the extreme desert heat, and play a variety of tan-obliterating games – and then write bitter, pale reviews on them. Jess has written for online gaming outlets since 2008 and graduated from ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2011 with a degree specializing in digital media.

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Spencer: 'They're putting a gaming person at the head' of Xbox

Phil Spencer is the new head of Xbox, which now includes the Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios teams. He's been with Microsoft for 25 years, starting as a programmer, but his focus has always been on Xbox, he tells Joystiq in a phone interview. "What I think Xbox is...

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Phil Spencer is the new head of Xbox

Phil Spencer, former VP of Microsoft Studios, is now head of Microsoft's Xbox division, overseeing Xbox, Xbox Live and Microsoft Studios teams. Spencer reports to Software EVP Terry Myerson. "In this new job, Phil will lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music and Xbox Video teams, and Microsoft...

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Supernatural high school RPG Mind Zero due out in May on Vita

Mind Zero, the dungeon-crawler RPG from publisher Aksys, is due out for Vita on May 27. Mind Zero follows Kei, a high school student who winds up connected to a "MIND," a sentient and deadly weapon. The government attempts to take down Kei and his MIND, and with the help of his friends, Kei...

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EA Flash Sale on the PlayStation Store: Battlefield 1943, Crysis 3

The PlayStation Store is flashing everyone this weekend. Wait, that didn't come out right. EA is flashing everyone this weekend on the PlayStation Store. That's better. The EA Flash Sale offers a lineup of games for up to 75 percent off, now through Monday, March 31 at noon PT. Games on sale...

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Titanfall matchmaking updated to discourage dominating teams

Titanfall's matchmaking system has been updated in the new "Improved Matchmaking (Beta)" playlist in Classic MP mode. The new program changes up the teams more frequently – if one team is kicking the snot out of another, the dominating team's skill level will be updated and it'll be paired...

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Humble Weekly Sale pays tribute to open-source games, charities

The Humble Weekly Sale offers a slew of open-source games for PC, Mac, Linux and Android, plus their soundtracks. Games up for grabs for any price you want are Magical Diary, NEO Scavenger, Offspring Fling and Planet Stronghold. Pay $6 or more to get Anodyne, Defender's Quest: Valley of the...

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OlliOlli developer's next game stars a lot of death and a pixelated bunny

OlliOlli studio Roll7 is working on a new game with publisher Devolver Digital, a 2.25D, cover-based, pixelated shooter called Not a Hero. Yes, 2.25D. It hits between 2D and 2.5D, a side-on perspective with isometric elements. Players take on the role of Steve, a gun-for-hire tasked with...

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Strike Suit Zero: The Director's Cut begins next-gen launch on April 8

Interstellar combat game Strike Suit Zero: The Director's Cut launches worldwide on Xbox One on April 8, and on PS4 in the US the same day – the UK PS4 launch is on April 9. The UK price is £16 on Xbox One and £15.40 on PS4. Last we heard, Strike Suit Zero: The Director's...

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Oculus Rift launch date unaffected by Facebook acquisition, Luckey says

Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR won't speed up the Rift's development or push forward a launch date, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey told Game Informer. "There are things that are fixed in time that need to happen that no amount of money or partnership can move," Luckey said. ...

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Dungeon of the Endless trailer stars circus pugs

Dungeon of the Endless is out now on Steam Early Access and it's getting some extra features – at GDC, Amplitude Studios told us that the roguelike dungeon defense game is getting four-player co-op and a visual log that tracks player progress with a series of collectible, digital cards. ...

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