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E3 2019: Xbox Impressions

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Fred is joined by Andy (42 Level One), Chip (The B-Team), Chase (Scarcasm Live), and special guest Normii to discuss Microsoft’s massive plans for the next year.


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2018 in Review Day 1: Microsoft

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The GH101 panel of hosts and guests assemble to discuss Microsoft in 2018.

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December 26, 2018 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Celebrating 15 Years of Xbox

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It’s about two weeks late, but the original Xbox is 15 years old now and we figured it was high time to celebrate.  As the first attempted console/PC hybrid, there’s a lot to say and talk about surrounding the history, development, and release of the original Xbox.  Fred and Jam go through all of it, including the launch titles and gaming enthusiast opinions, before finishing strong with a slew of notable games for Microsoft’s first console.


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Written by Fred Rojas

November 30, 2016 at 11:00 am

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E3 2016: All Games Xbox Press Conference Impressions

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Microsoft comes out swinging with big plans for the Xbox both this year and next.  The All Games crew breaks down all of the games, known and previously unknown, as well as hardware and back end announcements from the press conference.  #YearOfTheFist


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Collector’s Cache: Unboxing of 20 Mystery Xbox Games

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Fred found a pack of 20 “mystery” original Xbox games at a local used game store.  He’s expecting it to all be terrible, but who knows what may be inside.  Discover the ups and downs of random boxes as he opens it and reveals each game one by one.

Written by Fred Rojas

April 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Backward Compatibility on the Xbox One: How’s the List?

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It’s almost time.  That famed firmware coming November 12, 2015 to the Xbox One that not only brings NXE (New Xbox Experience/Windows 10) but also backward compatibility with Xbox 360 games.  Honestly many users will never use this feature, despite what Microsoft marketing has you believing.  Then again, this seems to be the first generation where many of my friends straight up sold off last gen’s console and entire library to help fund their newest purchase, so who knows.  Either way you will soon be able to play Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One, which will broaden the library of games you can play and hopefully see you returning to the classics that graced last generation.  Oh wait, there’s a catch.  You don’t get every game from the Xbox 360 and in fact you don’t even get 10 percent of every game released – digitally as well as at retail – but rather a list of exactly 104 titles available at launch.  If you didn’t see a long list of games you don’t intend to ever replay coming, then you probably don’t have much experience with how things like this work.  Now given how well the backward compatibility fared on the Xbox 360 for original Xbox (a good majority of the games were eventually playable in some form) we may very well see an impressive list spawn but for now there are only a strong handful of games worth boasting about.  They are all long games though so you could probably kill about six months trying to replay what will be available.  As of this morning the official list is out, I personally have been using the feature for almost six months, and the following article will tell you how it works, what to expect, and give my take on what games are worth utilizing this feature for.

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Written by Fred Rojas

November 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

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Extra Credit: Top 10 Xbox Games

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xboxMicrosoft’s big clunky box from 2001 may have been laughable at first, but whether you were aware or not it hit like a limited interest storm that holiday.  From a certain shooter to the catalog of Sega and a myriad of PC ports, there’s no denying the Xbox started to bridge the gap between console and computer.  Fred and Jam duke it out once again with 40 more of their favorite titles to see which 10 remain in this month’s Top 10 Xbox games.


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July 2, 2015 at 11:00 am

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Podcast: Gaming History X: This is Next Gen?

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This week we celebrate Jam (@Jamalais) coming on board as a permanent co-host, a slew of retro news, and onto the more modern topic of contemporary consoles.  Now that the gang’s all here, we dissect the current state, conditions, and factors of the previously called “next gen” and loosely discuss the upcoming future.


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Written by Fred Rojas

March 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Xbox 360 Retrospective

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This week Fred is joined by Steve (@r9cast) of the R9 Cast and Norma (@normii477) of Knuckleballer Radio and Zombiecast to discuss the beloved Xbox 360.  They discuss the console launch, launch titles, significant advances, hardware setbacks, and a bunch of other ups and downs in Microsoft’s second, and currently most notable, console.

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Written by Fred Rojas

November 20, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Podcast: Gaming History X – Xboned: Microsoft Market Perception

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This week we are trying something new.  Fred is flying solo (just this week) and he’s talking about Microsoft’s poor messaging of the Xbox One, the way it should have been handled, and in true GH101 fashion the myriad of consoles that have failed in the past.


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June 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

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