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Sam Charchian Reflects on 15 Years at Microsoft, Sony

Sam Charchian is a video game industry veteran, with 10 years of service at Microsoft and five more at Sony. Originally from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Charchian knew from a young age that he had to be a computer programmer. His passions for programming and video games led him to a career that included launching Xbox Live, and working with some of the biggest developers in the industry.

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“Game Changers” at Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota currently has “Game Changers,” an interactive history of gaming with over 140 playable games. Displays cover the history of development studios and design legends, along with concept art and interviews. OiO recently stopped by to get our hands on the history of our favorite medium.

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Former MLB Pitcher on Balancing Career and Gaming

Steve Johnson is a recently retired right-handed pitcher who amassed a 6-1 record and a 4.26 ERA over 76 major league innings in parts of four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners. The Baltimore native is the son of a successful pitcher on one of the best pitching staffs in the history of Major League Baseball (Dave Johnson). An avid gamer, Johnson recently took some time to talk about balancing his passion for video games with the demands of being a professional athlete.

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XBox E3 Briefing – E3 2018

We have progressed to Day -1 of E3 2018 and it is time for Microsoft to literally take the stage. So let’s just jump right into it!

Why E3 2018 is Important to XBox

Ever since E3 2013, Microsoft has been doing their best to recover from the unfortunate messaging they placed around the launch of the XBox One. Fighting from behind from that moment on, the team at XBox, led by Phil Spencer, have been attempting to right the ship and try to return the brand to the glory days of the XBox 360.

While the XBox One is still dwarfed by the PlayStation 4 in sales by about a 2-to-1 margin, Microsoft is continuing to double-down on trying to please and entice fans with programs that are placing gamers first. With their extremely noble effort on backwards compatibility, now having numerous Original XBox and XBox 360 games up-rezzed and available on XBox One, and XBox Game Pass, a subscription service allowing access to an ever-changing list of games, they have done a lot to right the wrongs of the past.

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A Lonely Seadog – Three Hours with Sea of Thieves

Rare’s Sea of Thieves promises a pirate’s bounty. The shared world pirate adventure allows you and your friends to crew a ship, explore islands, hunt for treasure and plunder other players. An amazing premise, but my first three hours with the game left me feeling salty.

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Opinion: I Suck at Dark Souls

It’s been 18 grueling hours. I’ve stopped playing for six or more months….twice. And now, finally, I realize that this game is actually fun.

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Outside is Overrated Podcast Episode 3 – Metal Gear

In Episode 3 of OiO, we meet Brian, a new co-host who is an unabashed video game nut. Tom Awesome discuss Metal Gear, with brief forays into the highlights of married life, a discussion on The Rock’s genetic makeup, and a glowing review of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

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Battlefield 1 Trailer

Battlefield 1 will launch in October, allowing players to wage World War I across land, air and sea. The game boasts dynamic weather and intuitive damage, allowing you to impact the environment as you battle the other team.

The game will feature massive vehicles, including airships, dreadnoughts and armored trains. Battles will support up to 64 players. For more information on the game, visit the game’s website.

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