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Microsoft hosting mixer for former OnLive employees

Microsoft will be throwing an industry mixer for the 50-ish percent of OnLive workers affected by the streaming company’s recent restructuring madness this Monday, August 27, at its campus in Silicon Valley. Hiring managers will be on site, scouting for Xbox-oriented positions at Microsoft’s offices in Mountain View, CA and Redmond, WA.

“We are eager to speak to individuals and teams affected by the OnLive transition,” reads the event’s public invitation. “We are looking to add key players who want to make a real impact in creating groundbreaking new products and services.”

Whether this is indicative of an expanded streaming presence in Microsoft’s future is anyone’s guess; it could simply be an example of the tech industry taking care of its own. An Xbox Kinect bundle will also be raffled off during the event, though we assume those attending will be more interested in finding gainful employment than winning a door prize.

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Report: Microsoft reduces staff at Vancouver studio, cans ‘Project Columbia’ for Kinect

Microsoft has confirmed that a “small” number of positions at its Vancouver-based development studio have been terminated. According to an official statement, the roles were no longer deemed necessary after development ceased on Microsoft’s free-to-play Flight, which was released in February, and an unreleased Kinect project known only as “Columbia.”

Project Columbia, as described in late 2011, was to be an educational Kinect title meant to engage young players by pairing books with interactive music and illustrations. It was being designed in collaboration with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit (and muppet-infused) educational organization.

A report on Kotaku brought the layoffs to light earlier today, after several former employees of the Vancouver studio shared the news on Twitter. A Microsoft Studios spokesperson claims “human resources is working with the affected individuals to find new roles within the company,” and that Microsoft remains invested in the British Columbia games industry.

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Deal: $50 gift card with 4GB 360 Kinect bundle at Gamestop

Purchasing the 4 gig Kinect/Kinect Adventures Xbox 360 bundle will run you about $300 no matter where you buy it, but only at Gamestop will purchasing one also net you a $50 gift card, which can then be spent on most of a new game, or 10 to 20 used Barbie and/or horse-related DS titles.
Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect with $50 GameStop Gift Card ($299.99, Gamestop)

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Fitness Games to Get You In Shape

The majority of people recognize the benefits of a regular exercise routine and healthy eating. This is why so many people have gym memberships and follow the latest diet fads. But even if you start a workout routine, you may stop this routine after a few weeks or months. That’s because most exercise regimens are boring or take too much time. Between work, family and other responsibilities, busy people don’t always have time to hit the gym before or after work.

You need a convenient and simple way to stay in shape, and if you have one of the latest video game systems in your house, an easy fitness program is at your fingertips. Practically every gaming system has at least one fitness game designed to make exercising fun and enjoyable.

Here is a list of the top four fitness games to keep you in shape.

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
Xbox 360 with Kinect

This interactive fitness game invites you to enter your age, weight and current exercise routine. With the Kinect controller in hand, this game evaluates your body size and then tailors each workout to help you meet your fitness goals. This fitness game offer more than one type of workout. There are cardio workouts, as well as workouts to strengthen and tone your muscles. The workouts are simple and easy-to-follow, but your interactive instructor is there to help if you fail to complete the movements as instructed.

EA Sports Active 2
Xbox 360
Playstation 3
Nintendo Wii

This is a fun and easy interactive fitness game that you can complete in your own living room. This game comes with wireless sensors and a resistance band. The menu features a long list of available workouts, and you can select a workout based on your fitness level. Perfect for busy people, you can choose a workout as short as 20 minutes or a workout that lasts a full hour. Plus, you can customize your workouts and design a program that you’re comfortable with. This fitness game offers a combination of circuit training, lower body training, cardio and upper body training. And the best part, the game keeps tracks of the amount of calories that you burn.

Wii Fit Plus With Balance Board
Nintendo Wii

Whether you’re looking to shed extra pounds or increase your level of physical activity, this fitness game is perfect if you don’t have a lot of time to exercise. Choose from a list of 20, 30 or 40-minute preset routines or create your own custom routine. The balance board keeps track of your weight and body mass index, and the game keeps an estimate of your calories burned. With more than 40 varieties of fitness activities, this game is ideal for the entire family.

Zumba Fitness
Xbox 360
Playstation3
Nintendo Wii

This fast-paced, calorie-burning workout is perfect if you want to dance yourself thin. Be prepared to have fun and sweat off the inches. This workout features nine types of dance styles, such as salsa, reggaeton and the mambo. The upbeat music encourages movement, and it’s the ideal choice if you’re hosting a fitness party. The latin-inspired dance moves offer an excellent cardio workout, and the movements are designed to work and tone different areas of the body, such as the legs, thighs, arms and abdomen.

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Crytek’s Ryse still in the works, Kinect will be ‘part of it’

Ryse , an Xbox-exclusive action game from Crytek, isn’t ready to be shown beyond the concept trailer released during E3 2011. I asked Phil Spencer, corporate VP of Microsoft Studios, about the game’s progress since Microsoft revealed its partnership with Crytek two years ago under the banner of ” Codename Kingdoms .” “We’re just not at a point right now to show the game, and instead of … we’re still working with Crytek, we’re still extremely committed to the relationship, but we want to make sure that we’re putting our best foot forward every time we show the game,” Spencer said. “You’ll see more about that game, no doubt.” Ownership of Ryse was rumored to have shifted between studios, from a downsized and redirected Crytek Budapest to Crytek’s Frankfurt studio. Ryse is alive and well, Spencer assured, though I got an inkling that the brutal, first-person combat shown in the initial trailer may not be entirely relegated to Kinect when we see it next. When asked if Ryse was still “a Kinect game” as before, Spencer replied, “Kinect will be part of the game, absolutely.” This year Microsoft highlighted several more games that are “better with Kinect,” even when you’re slouched in the couch. The most prominent example comes from Capcom’s mech action game, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor , which pairs several seated gestures with a traditional controller.

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