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Find out how Xbox invests in the PC gaming ecosystem

Xbox Blog – 5.4.21 (4.29.21)

“If you were to walk the (virtual) halls at Xbox today, I think you’d find that to us, the idea of the ‘player’ has come to mean someone who plays many kinds of games on many different devices. PC gaming is part of this,” writes Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios, on Xbox Wire.

Source: Find out how Xbox invests in the PC gaming ecosystem

Mind games: How gaming can play a positive role in mental health

Microsoft Blog – 5.4.21 (5.3.21)

As a child, John Kieswetter played video games with his younger sister and two cousins who lived nearby as often as he could.

Kieswetter kept playing into adulthood and became even more passionate about gaming. He enjoyed playing with friends and meeting new friends through gaming. Gaming was a community, and gamers were his people. Kieswetter is now an Xbox Ambassador who loves helping other gamers.

Source: Mind games: How gaming can play a positive role in mental health – Stories

Time flies in Google Earth’s biggest update in years

Google Blog – 4.16.21 (4.15.21)

For the past 15 years, billions of people have turned to Google Earth to explore our planet from endless vantage points. You might have peeked at Mount Everest or flown through your hometown. Since launching Google Earth, we’ve focused on creating a 3D replica of the world that reflects our planet in magnificent detail with features that both entertain and empower everyone to create positive change.

Source: Time flies in Google Earth’s biggest update in years

The Next Game-Changer Is in the Cloud

Western Digital Blog – 3.8.21 (3.3.21)

The Next Game-Changer Is in the Cloud

The most-played game of the 2000s was not Wii Sports, Grand Theft Auto, or The Sims. It was Minesweeper. The boxed minefields came preloaded on Windows starting in 1992, when the game was so mesmerizing that Bill Gates used to sneak into his friend’s office just to play. The original function of Minesweeper was to teach players how to use right- and left-click, but it was beloved decades beyond providing mastery of this skill. Microsoft didn’t remove Minesweeper until Windows 8 was released in 2012, at which point another game had taken the throne: an intriguingly purposeless indie sandbox called Minecraft.

Source: The Next Game-Changer Is in the Cloud

“You can actually feel like you’re in the same place”: Microsoft Mesh powers shared experiences in mixed reality

Microsoft Blog – 3.8.21 (3.2.21)

For years, Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté received countless proposals for virtual reality technologies, but they couldn’t match the magic of his intensely visual and mesmerizing live performances. Now, with a new platform provided by Microsoft, he’s rethinking that.

Source: “You can actually feel like you’re in the same place”: Microsoft Mesh powers shared experiences in mixed reality | Innovation Stories

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