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Online Games Firm “Twisted Pixel” acquired by Microsoft

Microsoft has once again began to expand its number of game studios by acquiring Twisted Pixel.As reported on The Major Nelson web site today, Microsoft has acquired Twisted Pixel, Texas-based game development team which is well-known for its smaller downloadable game titles. The company recently released its first retail game, the Kinect exclusive title “The Gunstringer”, which was published by Microsoft.The  Financial terms of the deal were kept undisclosed. Twisted Pixel joins the bandwagon of other game developer studios owned by Microsoft such as Rare (makers of the Kinect Sports games) and Lionhead (creators of the Fable RPG series).

Formed in 2006, Twisted Pixel became renowned for downloadable games such as The Maw, Comic Jumper, Splosion Man and its sequel Ms Splosion Man. All of those games were Xbox Live Arcade exclusives with the exception of The Maw which was also released for the PC. Until now there is no idea as to what sort of games will be developed by the  Twisted Pixel game team as a new Microsoft Studios game development team.

It has been a long time since Microsoft acquired a game development studio. On the contrary, in the past few years Microsoft has brought an end to a number of its internal game teams, namely, Ensemble Studios, the creators of its Age of Empires series which was shut down in 2009. Microsoft also closed its ACES Studio the very same year, which was responsible for its long running Microsoft Flight Simulator series.Hopefully,this newly acquired fir will bring in some exciting games to the fore and will continue the legacy of Microsoft’s games franchise.

Microsoft: Sign into Windows 8 with Windows Live ID

Tired of managing your multiple accounts on multiple machines,setting  preferences each and every time you change the machine? Well,that all can be a thing of the past with the introduction of Windows 8′s  new feature that allows the users to sign in once with their  Windows Live ID and forget about managing settings every single time across devices, apps, and services, allowing the users a uniquely personal experience with Windows.

Microsoft has explained in detail of how this will help its users on its official blog,Building Windows 8.

Signing in with an ID allows you to:

  • Associate the most commonly used Windows settings with your user account. Saved settings are available when you sign in to your account on any Windows 8 PC. Your PC will be set up just the way you are used to!
  • Easily reacquire your Metro style apps on multiple Windows 8 PCs. The app’s settings and last-used state persist across all your Windows 8 PCs.
  • Save sign-in credentials for the different apps and websites you use and easily get back into them without having to enter credentials every time.
  • Automatically sign in to apps and services that use Windows Live ID for authentication.

If you are tired of having to personalize all of the PCs that you use, this should be a welcome feature to the Windows platform.  This is just one of the many new features that will be coming to Windows 8 and expect Microsoft to announce many more over the coming months.


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