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NerdyBirdy Nov 24, 2021
Community

Gratitude For Gaming

In many parts of the world, the end of the year is traditionally a time for reflecting and expressing gratitude for the positive experiences and moments of the last year. Despite the challenges and disruptions of the last two years, we all also have cause for gratitude and giving thanks. For millions around the world, […]

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NerdyBirdy Nov 22, 2021
Blog

Transgender Awareness Week: Celebrating Transgender Achievements in Gaming

Last week was Transgender Awareness Week, a time not only to celebrate the achievements of the transgender community, but also to draw awareness to the challenges and struggles that transgender people still face. Each year, Transgender Awareness Week culminates in International Transgender Remembrance Day, an official holiday to observe and memorialize those who have been […]

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NerdyBirdy Nov 10, 2021
Blog

November and NaNoWriMo: Celebrating the Best Writing in Gaming

For thousands of writers and authors, November is more than a month of fall colors and Thanksgiving. It’s also a time of frantic, non-stop writing. As National Novel Writing Month, November is the host of NaNoWriMo, an online drive for writers to complete a novel-sized manuscript before the month ends. The inhuman task of writing […]

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CloneTroopah Nov 3, 2021
Blog

Is Cloud Gaming a Way Back to Old Games?

Written by CloneTroopah Returning to Roots Plugging In Gaming has changed over the years. A lot. Some of us have grown up playing Doom on DOS and Windows 95, jury rigging LAN parties together with cables. Others have grown up in the peak of Halo’s and Gears of War’s popularity, squeezing into an already packed […]

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NerdyBirdy Oct 27, 2021
Community

The Creepiest, Spookiest, and Most Fantastical Games to Play This Halloween

With its focus on the scary and supernatural, Halloween is the perfect time to curl up with a spine-tingling and skin-crawling new video game. While horror is not the most common gaming category, we’ve compiled a list of games perfect for the spookiest night of the year. From family-friendly frights to truly terrifying gaming experiences, […]

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Fifthpaw Oct 22, 2021
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Xbox Ambassadors with Disabilities Share Their Gaming Stories

Highlighting and amplifying community voices has always been important to the Xbox Ambassadors community. So, in celebration of the disability community this month, we reached out to our Xbox MVPs and Community Champions who are a part of the community and asked them to share their own gaming stories. Here are their stories in their […]

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NerdyBirdy Oct 21, 2021
Blog

Inktober at Xbox: Celebrating Visually Artistic Games

Video games are an inherently visual medium. While all video games must put significant resources towards the writing, music and technical development of the game, the visual graphics, artwork, and design will always remain a critical focal point. In honor of this month’s Inktober, we thought we’d highlight some of the most visually noteworthy and […]

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NerdyBirdy Oct 8, 2021
Blog

Could Video Games Be Good For Our Mental Health?

It’s not exactly a secret that mental health and wellness is a serious concern for millions of Americans. Our mental health affects every aspect of our lives, from work and relationships to the enjoyment of leisure and new experiences. As mental illnesses often have a debilitating effect, it’s become increasingly important for many to prioritize […]

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Otter Oct 1, 2021
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First 30 Days of Season 24

Introducing the bard As you read this, you may want to put on some tunes. This season’s theme is The Bard. Space Cat is going to take a cat nap while our new dog friend enters the scene. A selection of our activities this season will reflect this musical theme. Visit the Missions page for […]

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NerdyBirdy Sep 30, 2021
Community

Should Video Games be Considered as Art?

What is Art? In 1865, the French painter Edouard Manet first exhibited his painting, Olympia, in the Paris Salon. Olympia, which depicts a nude woman being brought flowers while lying on her bed, caused immediate public outrage. The painting was viciously condemned by art critics and the larger public, with the frenzy reaching a fever […]

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NerdyBirdy Sep 21, 2021
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Nostalgia Gaming: Why We Keep Going Back

Some of my most enduring childhood memories involve watching my older brother and sister play videogames on an old Super Nintendo in our shared bedroom. At the time, console gaming was still in its infancy, and most of the games of the time were relatively simple and unsophisticated. Side scrolling adventures, 2D fighters, and basic […]

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NerdyBirdy Sep 17, 2021
Announcements

Hey Ambassadors!

Hey Ambassadors! I’m NerdyBirdy. So much of my childhood and young adult years were shaped by gaming. I can still remember watching my older brother playing 16-bit RPG’s on a Super Nintendo, or eagerly awaiting the release of the first Xbox with my friends in Middle School. As a kid, gaming was my safe space. […]