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Stephen Toulouse joins Black Tusk Studios' Gears of War team

Stephen Toulouse had worked with Microsoft for 17 consecutive years before he left in February 2012 for "complex and personal" reasons, eventually landing at third-party peripheral creator GAEMS in July of that year. A recent episode of the Major Nelson Radio podcast notes that Toulouse was at one...

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Ex-Xbox Live security guy, Stephen Toulouse, joins GAEMS

Stephen Toulouse, former director of Xbox Live policy and enforcement, is gearing up to join GAEMS, a third-party peripheral developer focused on hardcore, high-quality mobile accessories for console gamers. Toulouse is now director of operations and product management for GAEMS, based in Redmond, ...

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Microsoft's Stephen Toulouse to resign in mid-February, destination unknown [updated]

One day after his 17th Valentine's Day with Microsoft, director of Xbox Live policy and enforcement Stephen "StepTo" Toulouse will step down from his current position and head out into the unknown. "On the 16th, I'm going to head down to Dallas to visit my family. Then I'm off to JocoCruiseCrazy! I...

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Kmart sold Modern Warfare 3 early, copies wind up on eBay [update 2: pre-release probably OK?]

Rumors have been circulating today that Kmart stores have been selling copies of Modern Warfare 3 prior to its official debut next week. It's clear that a handful of copies were definitely sold, as several eBay listings for the game have been popping up (and taken down) all day. At least one l...

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Stepto on Xbox Live hacker: 'He's not trying to help'

"He got an old cell phone [number] of mine, and yeah, he called it occasionally," Xbox Live director of policy and enforcement Stephen "Stepto" Toulouse told us of the contact he'd had with the apparent hacker known as "Predator," who took control of Toulouse's Xbox Live account this past weekend...

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Xbox Live hacker: 'All accounts are open' to attacks [update]

He only had access for a limited period, but a self-proclaimed "hacker" managed to finagle his way into Xbox Live policy enforcement lead Stephen Toulouse's Xbox Live Gold account over the weekend. The hacker calls himself "Predator," and has created a six-minute video showing off his exploits. P...

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Microsoft's Toulouse explains why swastikas are banned on Xbox Live

An Xbox Live user recently inquired to professional banhammer-wielder Stephen Toulouse whether or not he could use a swastika as his Call of Duty: Black Ops emblem, to which Toulouse responded, "No, of course you can't, we'll ban you." Apparently, this sparked quite a reaction from gamers who witne...

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PAX 2010: Stepto's Law of Xbox Live ban protests

During the Xbox Live Enforcement panel at PAX this past weekend, director of policy and enforcement on Xbox Live, Stephen Toulouse (a.k.a. Stepto), recited "Stepto's Law" for the audience. The complex formula is used to determine the validity of a complaint issued by a banned Xbox Live user. The la...

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Microsoft fires off salvo of Halo: Reach pirating permabans

If you were one of the ne'er-do-wells who thought downloading a leaked copy of Halo: Reach and then playing it online was a really, really great idea, you might have received a stern email from Microsoft like the one recently dug up by MaxConsole. The document informs these red-handed pirates that ...

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PAX East: Tour Microsoft's N.E.R.D. Cambridge office with us

click to New England-size Just because you don't live in the Northeast (or couldn't afford to hop on a bus/train/plane/cattle cart to PAX East 2010) doesn't mean that you can't tour Microsoft's New England Research & Development Center with us. Sure, you might not be here in the physical sens...

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