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Microsoft Hiring for Xbox Successor

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It's been nearly 6 years since the Xbox 360 was released in North America. If past console lifespans are any indication, the 360 is getting a bit long in the tooth. If any of the big three are ready for an update, its Microsoft. Some job listings are pointing in that direction.

Some listings posted on LinkedIn discovered by the Beyond3Dforums, show Microsoft looking for various jobs. Including, a senior engineer, a graphics architect, and a senior performance architect. Also spotted in each post was "next generation console architectures from conception through implementation". Surprisingly, Microsoft may be in earlier stages then originally thought.

Microsoft has not responded to the posted jobs. Lets hope we see something soon.

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Gears of War 3 Beta Update: Finalized Details

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Since last week's vague announcement of the Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta and its tentative details and projected date of mid-April, a fierce plague of anticipation had stricken the Xbox community. But, now, that same anticipation will surely grow to overwhelming avidity due to the newly confirmed official dates and details.

April 25th kicks off Epic Games’ forthcoming multiplayer beta for Gears of War 3. Still unsatisfied? Well, if this doesn’t suit your fancy, then with a purchase of Bulletstorm Epic Edition, April 18th will mark the beta’s start for you. However, do note that from the 18th to the 25th the only game mode that will be available will be Team Death Match, but all four map areas will be present.

As of the 25th, the beta will be in full force providing the 2 remaining game modes, Capture the Leader and King of the Hill. According to Microsoft the beta will also feature “special events and playlists”.

As mentioned previously, exclusive items will be available to those who participate in the beta. Once earned, these items can then be ported over to the full version of the game upon it’s launch on September 20. 2011. The full list of in-beta items follows after the jump.

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MyGamerCard.net Closes Down

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Due to a decrease in support from Microsoft and list of other problems, the popular site MyGamerCard.net is being shut down. The site provided customizable Gamercards, in various shapes and sizes, as well as slices of other related information.

Here's part of their farewell message:

"...In the past few years, that love for community has been lost by Microsoft. The closure of customer-to-company community-centric interfaces (that weren't tech support (no disrespect towards the awesome @Xboxsupport!)) was a huge blow for Xbox fans. Especially those who really felt like they had a connection to the company they were spending their disposable income on. Similarly, the Xbox Community Developer Program – the program that was essentially created for MyGamerCard and a select few similarly broad-minded community projects – stagnated, with extremely few updates or new data features (despite constant requests), and waning communication as Xbox was not allocating any time to the program... Thank you again for your praises, suggestions, and criticisms; awards, interviews and invites; and Tweets, Friend Requests, emails, and posts. But most of all, thank you for being a part of MyGamerCard!"

You can find the rest of their farewell here. Leave a comment on your thoughts, or if you used MyGamerCard.net.

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Gears of War 3 Beta Details Emerge

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Gears of War 3, undoubtedly one of the Xbox 360’s most anticipated games this year, not only receives a release date, but a multiplayer beta that will include exclusive extras for Gears heads to use in the retail copy upon release.

Gears 3 hits store shelves on 9/20, but if you can’t wait that long to get locked n’ loaded and ready for action, then maybe the multiplayer beta will serve as a little taste to tide you over until emergence day.

Microsoft and developer Epic Games have announced that the beta will take place sometime around mid-April. Aside from just playing the beta, the gamers will also have a chance to acquire a Gold Retro Lancer and Cole Train in classic Thrashball pads.

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