2010: Year in Review

The Escapist Staff | 31 Dec 2010 16:00
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November 4th, 2010

Latest Xbox Dashboard Update Makes Pirates Sad


Xbox 360 videogame pirates that recently updated the dashboard will find their illegal abilities sorely reduced.

A major dashboard update hit Xbox 360 consoles on November 1, adding Kinect compatibility, features such as a Netflix search and ESPN streaming content, and it moved things around enough to anger independent developers. According to new information, Microsoft evidently also included a stealth update that protects the Xbox 360 from piracy.

The update, being referred to as "AP 2.5," apparently locks out copied games from Xbox Live and will stop them from booting up at all. The method of its operation is not yet clear, but AP 2.5 basically involves a new disc check.

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November 5th, 2010

Warning: Don't Play Dance Central Naked


Your Xbox 360 Kinect unit will take pictures of you dancing to Dance Central, whether you're wearing clothes or not.

Since its gala launch earlier this week, Microsoft's Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360 has been put through its paces by press and consumers alike. The new hardware has been revealed to have some startlingly bizarre and unexpected benefits, but it's also been revealed to have some unexpected flaws. Some users have reported that Kinect has trouble recognizing them depending on circumstances like the lighting - but not, it turns out, if you aren't wearing anything at all.

One unlucky gamer posted an inquiry into what may be the most hilarious Kinect-related incident yet to the Dance Central support forums. The user asked how to delete the pictures the system automatically snaps while you're busting a move. Why?

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November 21st, 2010

Black Ops Swastika Emblems Will Earn Xbox Live Ban


Xbox Live's chief enforcer is not going to put up with swastika use in Call of Duty: Black Ops no matter what you say.

Players of Call of Duty: Black Ops have the ability to create their own emblems for use during play, a feature that has the potential for offensive use. Director of Xbox Live policy and enforcement Stephen Toulouse has taken to his blog to make sure that players know they can't use the swastika as an emblem despite its historical significance unrelated to the Nazi party. Doing so will earn an Xbox Live ban, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

He writes that even if you point out that the swastika goes back thousands of years and has been used as a symbol in various religions such as Buddhism, it's not acceptable for use on Xbox Live. When asked if it could be used freely, he replied: "No, of course you can't, we'll ban you."

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