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NerdyBirdy Jan 13, 2022
Blog

The Importance of Community: Finding Connection Through Gaming

Connection and community have always been an essential part of healthy living. As social animals, we’re meant to seek out relationships with others. It’s what makes us human and is necessary for us to build friendships, families, and societies. These associations not only fill out our life, they’re also just plain good for us. Strong […]

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Taxel Jan 5, 2022
Community

Meet the Xbox Ambassador Community Champions

In October of 2020, we introduced the Xbox Ambassadors community to a new community role – Community Champions. This blog is a resource for those who are curious about the role, the current roster of Community Champions, and what they do.   What is a Community Champion?  Community Champions are trusted and recognized Xbox Ambassadors. They […]

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Taxel Jan 5, 2022
ambassador of the month

Viper7 is January’s Xbox Ambassador of the Month!

We’ve got a new Ambassador of the Month and Community Champion – Viper7! Viper7 is a longtime member of our community, a Play Host on the XA Twitch channel, and an advocate for accessibility in gaming. He was featured last Season on a recent community panel for National Disability Employment Awareness Month where he shared […]

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Oraclea Dec 29, 2021
Blog

How Forza Horizon 5 Put Accessibility into the Driver’s Seat

Written By Oraclea Forza Horizon 5 took home several honors at the 2021 Game Awards, including the award for Innovation in Accessibility. The award is a great honor for Playground Games, who made accessibility one of the core pillars of the game’s design, and whose efforts have been rewarded with one of the highest accolades […]

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NerdyBirdy Dec 7, 2021
Gaming

Xbox Ambassadors 2021 End of the Year Lists: Best New Soundtracks

As we approach the end of the year, it’s a great time to highlight and celebrate some of the best new releases that we’ve seen this year for Xbox and PC. From eagerly anticipated new AAA titles, to undiscovered new indie darlings, we’re showcasing the best of Xbox over 2021. For this week, we’re focusing […]

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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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Otter Nov 1, 2021
Announcements

Next 30 Days of Season 24

Coziness and friendship  Happy November, everyone! We made a list of cozy games that you can play on your own or with friends. These games are available on Xbox Game Pass and can be played on either your console or PC.  Carto: This charming game is an adventure wrapped around a unique, world-altering puzzle mechanic. Use this power to guide Carto […]

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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
Blog

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 […]