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NerdyBirdy Sep 8, 2022

National Video Game Day ’22: Xbox Ambassadors Share Their Stories

Happy National Video Games Day! To celebrate, we asked Xbox Ambassadors how they would describe the impact that gaming and gaming communities have had on them. We received hundreds of responses highlighting the positivity and importance of gaming. TheMOHAAMaster I had met a friend when we were young teenagers through playing Call of Duty United […]

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NerdyBirdy Sep 2, 2022

How to Make New Friends in Gaming

Everyone interacts with gaming differently. For some, gaming is a solo activity best enjoyed on their own. But for others, gaming is an inherently social activity. Whether they’re playing party games with all their friends sprawled across their living room or planning online raids, gaming isn’t complete without their social circle. But what if you […]

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NerdyBirdy Aug 19, 2022

Why Representation in Gaming Matters

Our media and culture shape all of us. Whether deliberately or inadvertently, we all find examples or role models to follow in the music, movies, and books we listen to, watch, and read. Because of media’s influence on our lives, we must understand the importance of creating characters and narratives that can be honest, thoughtful, […]

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NerdyBirdy Aug 5, 2022

How Video Games Bring People Together

The Importance of Human Connection One of the most important aspects of any life is a person’s connections and relationships. Our friends, families, and partners provide love, support, and care to our lives. And our larger circle of acquaintances and surrounding community help us to maintain our overall health and wellbeing. These cumulative interactions are […]

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NerdyBirdy Jul 15, 2022

Accessible Games on Xbox Game Pass

Accessibility in gaming has come a long way in just the last several years. Features such as visual contrasts, subtitles, or even different difficulty settings have grown from accessories to industry standards. It would be unthinkable today for a contemporary game studio to craft a gaming experience without planning and accommodating for accessibility. In honor […]

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NerdyBirdy May 12, 2022

The Power of Storytelling in Gaming

Gaming is centered on stories. Stories are what bring games to life, what makes them so compelling and irresistible to play. While many games emphasize gameplay mechanics or impressive graphics or visual displays, the storytelling of a game is what binds each of these elements together into a cohesive whole. A story is what transforms […]

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NerdyBirdy Mar 7, 2022

The Resurgence of Story Based Games

One of the most popular gaming genres in recent years is also one of gaming’s oldest. While many think of the quintessential video game to be a third-person shooter, action, or fighting game, many of the first video games revolved around narratives and plot over gameplay and mechanics. 1977’s Zork, one of the first commercially […]

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NerdyBirdy Feb 4, 2022

February’s Top New Releases on Xbox

The Month’s Top New Releases Every month is an exciting opportunity to discover new releases and play your next favorite game. This February is no exception. From remastered collections of older classics to eagerly anticipated unveilings of AAA mainstays, this month has a full slate of launches and releases. Dyna Bomb – February 1st While […]

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Zatomas Jan 27, 2022

5 Ways You Can Support Indie Games

#XAIndieLovers: 5 ways you can really support indie games Written by Zatomas How many indie games lovers are out there? I am sure there are a lot! Last summer, we launched an #XAIndieLovers blog posts series featuring some of our favorite titles from Xbox Game Pass, but what can we concretely do in our everyday […]

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NerdyBirdy Jan 21, 2022

Our 8 Most Anticipated New Games for Xbox in 2022

As a gamer, there’s few things more thrilling than the release of a new game. Nothing quite compares with those first few hours as you start piecing together the story and gameplay of a new playthrough. A great game brings together compelling storytelling, engaging mechanics and stirring soundtracks to create deeply enriching experiences. And as […]

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NerdyBirdy Dec 30, 2021

End of Year Lists: The 10 Best Games on Xbox in 2021

We’ve finally arrived at the moment we’ve all been waiting for. It’s time to list the best games to come out on Xbox in 2021. The ultimate category of our end of year lists, this edition features a diverse lineup of games, from long-awaited releases, to under-the-radar surprises. Of course, no list could conclusively claim […]

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Oraclea Dec 29, 2021

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 […]