Renowned Xbox gamer becomes the first to reach 1 million Achievement points

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It took eight years and three months, but insatiable gamer Raymond Cox has finally done what he set out to do: reach the unthinkable Xbox Live Gamerscore of 1 million.

Cox, who goes by the username Stallion83, hit the milestone late last night after finishing a game of Titanfall. It was a momentous achievement, but hardly the first for him.

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Report: NSA spying on online games

Spies nsa-spying-warcraftaren’t just listening in on your phone calls and reading your e-mails. They’re also monitoring your gaming.

Based on new information disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, a joint report by The New York Times, ProPublica and The Guardian alleges that U.S. and British spies have conducted surveillance and gathered data in online games such as World of Warcraft and Second Life.

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Xbox Live subscriptions continue to rise

With xbox-live-substhe successor to the Xbox 360 likely to hit stores before the end of the year, you’d think people might hold off on things like an Xbox Live subscription at this point in the console cycle. But apparently the online service is more popular than ever.

Microsoft reports Xbox Live subscriptions hit 46 million worldwide in the most recent fiscal quarter. That’s up 18 percent from a year ago.

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Immigrant uses Xbox Live record to gain residency

Jose immigrant-xbox-liveMuñoz came to the U.S. illegally when he was a one-year-old – but today, he’s a legal resident. And it’s all thanks to his love of video games.

For the past three years, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has given people who immigrated illegally as children the opportunity to obtain legal residency, allowing them to work and purchase property in the U.S. The catch? Applicants have to be able to show residency since 2007.

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Microsoft hands out free consoles to its most dedicated users

Microsoft is sending out some early holiday gifts to long-time Xbox Live users.

With the 10th anniversary of the online service upon us, the console maker has been sending some of its oldest subscribers a special present: A brand new, limited-edition Xbox 360.

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Runaway teens planned escape on Xbox

Microsoft’s Xbox Live is more than just a matchmaking service for gamers — it’s also a popular social networking tool. Authorities in Iowa, however, believe it was the genesis for a runaway plot conceived by four Iowa teens.

Two teenage girls from the town of Shellsburg and two teenage boys from Atlantic (which is about 200 miles away) were reported missing Saturday. According to police and parents, the runaways met though the online game service.

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UFC pay-per-view headed to Xbox

Just days after announcing a slew of alliances with cable channels and services, Microsoft is adding Ultimate Fighting Championship events to its growing roster of non-gaming programming.

Starting Dec. 1, Xbox 360 users will be able to order pay-per-view events as well as access a library of live and on-demand content. The first pay-per-view will be the company’s UFC 140 event on Dec. 10.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Hackers vs. Gamers

Given how fierce the console wars can get – and how loyal some users are to one brand – it’s not surprising there was a little bit of schadenfreude when Sony announced it had been hacked and shut down the PlayStation Network in April.

As the sophistication and extent of that data breach came to light, though, feelings began to change fast. If a company as big as Sony could be caught unaware by an attack this big, was Microsoft really any more prepared?

Read more in the August edition of Official Xbox Magazine

Xbox scammers bilk Microsoft for $1.2 million

That long string of numbers and letters you have to type in when redeeming a Microsoft Points card might seem random, but a group of hackers recently discovered it wasn’t.

Today, Microsoft is licking its wounds after taking a $1.2 million loss once that information was made public.

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