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  • By RuneX, in Frontpage,


    Greetings and salutations! Welcome to our Xbox community article for the week. This news series is our way to report and share with you on what is going on with the AJSA in the Xbox community on a weekly basis. We'll have updates on current projects, upcoming activities, community content ranging from interviews to Youtube videos, event recaps and more. These articles will always contain a copy our Game Nights schedule for the week to keep folks informed about what titles we're featuring and supporting. If you're interesting in getting involved with us on Xbox I'd encourage you to check out our 'Xbox Community Guidebook' where you can get up to speed on what we're all about and how you can start playing with us. If you need help and/or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any member of the AJSA Xbox Staff for assistance. We'll be more than happy to help you out with any questions you have regarding the community!
    Xbox Reports
    - Minecraft Two Year Anniversary Recap -
    On Friday August 16th we celebrated our Two Year World Anniversary in our Xbox community Minecraft Realm. Since we founded the world back on August 7th, 2017, this world has been our Minecraft home playing host to all our adventures since. This past Friday we celebrated this momentous milestone with a special Anniversary event. In recap...
    We went on a journey back to where it all started.....the Mansion! This was our original base back on Minecraft: Xbox One Edition. As part of a restoration project, we've been upgrading the Mansion courtyard and interior to fit to current times. We also went back the to Empire Sick Building, Wookie Mountain Empire and the Underwater Sea Base in a trip down nostalgia lane. We unveiled the Amphitheater of the Architects, a special Anniversary monument built by AceyRenegade dedicated all the architects who have played an important role in the history of the world. Also includes and showcases all major landmarks from 2017 to present day. The Chamber of Remembrance was also unveiled. Connected to the Amphitheater, the Chamber documents our world history. We chronicled all our Quests, Expeditions, Game Nights, Architects and significant milestones from 2017 to present day. The final piece of the Anniversary was unveiled which was the Arboretum, the Realm's Garden of Trees.  Members were challenged to craft their own custom trees, showcasing their own unique and individual styles, in honor of the Anniversary.
    - Summer Games Conclusion -
    The finale to our Summer Games series is here. After three months worth of activities, this weekend will represent our last slate of Game Nights as part of this community project. Thank you to any and all who came out to play these past few months across our catalog of Game Nights. This was certainly a unique and interesting adventure. I hope you had a good time and enjoyed yourself!
    To mark the last set of Summer Game sessions, we're featuring:
    Jackbox Party Pack 2 - Friday Aug 23rd Battlefield V - Saturday August 24th Minecraft - Sunday August 25th [Closing Ceremony] Refer to the schedule included further down in this article for more details.
    Please be aware that following the conclusion to the Summer Games this Sunday night, we are going on a TWO WEEK BREAK. There will be no officially scheduled Game Nights during this period.
    - Summer Games 2019 Recap -
    As part of the Summer Games series, we played these titles:
    Battlefield V COD: Black Ops 4 COD: Modern Warfare Remastered Division 2 DOOM Forza Horizon 4 Friday the 13th: the Video Game Gears of War 4 Ghost Recon: Wildlands GTA Online Halo: Master Chief Collection Jackbox Party Minecraft Mortal Kombat 11 Overwatch Rainbow Six: Siege Red Dead Redemption 2 Rocket League Sea of Thieves Star Wars: Battlefront II Weekend Game Night Schedule | August 23rd to 25th

    How can I attend an Xbox Game Night? - For new members and/or first time Game Night participants, we highly encourage you to add all the hosts as your friend on Xbox Live (Gamertags are listed for every host below). We also encourage you to join the community Xbox Club (all hosts can be found in the Club roster as well). We use the Club for a variety of purposes to unite members of the community and play together. As an extra reminder for new members, please make sure to review our AJSA Code of Conduct.
    To learn more about the AJSA on Xbox One, visit out our Community Information thread.
    For Game Nights and other community activities we use Xbox Live parties created from the Club for communication (text or voice), gatherings, and other purposes. In the case of an emergency where Xbox Live is down and we need to absolutely group up, we will use the AJSA Discord channel as a backup. All Game Night parties will be visible to Xbox Club members listed under the Club "Multiplayer" page.
    When our Game Night sessions are live, please join our Club parties to get invited to our lobbies. Please message the host if you require an invite to the party. If this is your first time playing with us, we will introduce you to the other members in attendance and we'll all exchange friend requests to get you set up and comfortable.
    If you would like to give advance notice to a host that you would like to participate in a particular Game Night, you are completely free to do so. If you have any questions, please reach out to any members of the AJSA Xbox One staff and we will be happy to assist you.
    All Game Nights are casual gatherings aimed at bringing people together to have a good time and enjoy their games in a group setting. Trash talking and bad attitudes are not tolerated. We're here to have a good time, help each other out, and build meaningful friendships! To view a monthly outline of all upcoming Xbox Game Nights, please view our monthly schedule here. --------------------
    Jackbox Party Pack 2 - Summer Games
    Friday August 23rd - 7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]

    To kick off our last weekend of the community Summer Games series, we're trying out Jackbox Party Pack 2 for the first time as an Xbox Game Night this Friday evening. Recently made available via Game Pass, the Jackbox Party Pack 2 features a variety of amusing mini-games like Fibbage and Quiplash best played in a group. This will be unlike any other Game Night we've ever done before.
    To play, follow these simple instructions:
    Only the host [Rune] needs to launch the game. You do not need Jackbox Party Pack 2 open on your Xbox One to join a lobby. To join the lobby, you will need to go to Jackbox.tv on your phone, laptop or PC Upon entry to the Game Night Xbox Live Party, you will be given a code to enter on the Jackbox.tv website This will allow you to vote and enter submissions during the mini-games To watch the full game unfold, you will need to watch the stream of the host. Open up Mixer on your Xbox One, PC or laptop, go to mixer.com/rune_x to watch Game Night Summary
    - Activities -
    Quiplash XL, Fibbage etc - Date & Start Times -
    Friday August 23rd, 2019 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Join the Game Night party via the Club or through the profile of the host to get started.
    - Host -
    Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] Please contact the host if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this Game Night.
    --------------------
    Battlefield V - Summer Games
    Saturday August 24th - 7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]
      
    Squad up with the AJSA Platoon as we play this WWII shooter across game modes like Conquest and Operations. Players across all skill levels welcome, we'll adjust squads to ensure everyone has a partner!
    Game Night Summary
    - Activities -
    Conquest & Operations - Date & Start Times -
    Saturday August 24th, 2019 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT - Install Size -
    Prepare your download in advance! Battlefield V is 57GB.
    - Host -
    Sick [Gamertag: Sickshock6] Please contact the host if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this Game Night.
    --------------------
    Minecraft - Summer Games
    Sunday August 25th - 7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]

    The conclusion of our community Summer Games series here on Xbox One. For our Closing Ceremony, we are returning to Minecraft this Sunday night for our Olympic Celebrations. Join up in our Realm to take part in a series of Olympic mini-games and festivities as we close out this near three month long project. Thank you to all who have come out to play this Summer. 
    Game Night Summary
    - Activities -
    Olympic Mini-Games Summer Games Closing Ceremony - Date & Start Times -
    Sunday August 25th, 2019 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Join the Game Night party via the Club or through the profile of the host to get started and invited to our lobby.
    - Xbox Game Pass Status: ACTIVE -
    Do you have a subscription to the Xbox Game Pass? You can download Minecraft for free.
    - Install Size -
    Prepare your download in advance! Minecraft is less than 1GB.
    - Host -
    Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] Please contact the host if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this Game Night.
    --------------------
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    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Blake Hester speaks with developers about the time and cost of trying to get the little details right in games, a year after her reporting on the culture of Riot Cecilia D'Anastasio interviews employees about progress made, consoles now require loot box odds disclosure and FTC reveals relationship between streamers/youtubers and loot box creators, recent political blaming of video games for US shooting have Joshua Rivera discuss why we are past the point where games require defending while Rowan Kaiser covers why companies and the ESA are afraid to aggressively call out bad faith attacks, Colin Spacetwinks uses increasingly ridiculous Call of Duty interviews to talk about PR speak and useful idiots that benefits corporate PR, Jacob Geller tells the story of the decade long quest to find the final secret of Shadow of the Colossus, threats against multiple game studios, Richard Meredith on the ignored difficulty of releasing PC games on every storefront, and more.
     
     
    Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods)
     
    Morgana Won't Be Such A Bedtime Dictator In Persona 5 Royal

     
    GreedFall's new gameplay trailer shows off stealth, skills, and romance
     
    River City Girls Character Spotlight: Misako
    River City Girls Character Spotlight - Kyoko
     
    Skullgirls studio launching Indivisible in October
     
    Double Fine’s Rad is a game about disrespecting your elders to save the planet

     
    New Impressions Of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's Campaign And Development
    The Origins Of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Reboot
    129 Rapid Fire Questions About Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
     
    Longtime WWE 2K Developer is No Longer Leading the Series
     
    Vampire: The Masquerade—Coteries of New York detailed

     
    New Guilty Gear Will Be a "Complete Reconstruction" of the Series
     
    An enhanced version of System Shock 2 is in the works
     
    Still There is a dark, pensive game starring a space lighthouse keeper, out this year
     
    Gears 5 lets you create custom maps for Escape, and here’s how it works
     
    Shapeshifting Guns, An Evil Fridge And 7 Best And Worst Control Features
     
    Grandson Makes WWII Game Based on 92-Year-Old Grandmother's Tragic Memories
     
    Borderlands 3 - FL4K Character Trailer: "The Hunt"
     
    Remnant: From the Ashes - Official Corsus Gameplay Trailer
     
    The Killing Floor 2 devs will sell weapon DLC for real money to keep the game going
     
    Shogun 2’s Fall of the Samurai expansion is now a Total War Saga game

     
    Just Cause 4 expansion adds hoverboards with gosh dang KICKFLIPS
     
    Battlestar Galactica Deadlock DLC adds new campaign and ships later this month

     
    Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony to require loot box odds disclosure

    FTC panel reveals troubling relationship between streamers and loot box creators
    Epic Games promises loot box transparency going forward
     
    Epic hit with class-action suit over hacked Fortnite accounts

     
    Discord is launching in-server streaming later this month with new 'Go Live' feature

    Discord Explains How It Handles Harassment, Doxxing, And Threatening Behavior

     
    Borderlands 3: Take-Two Addresses Investigation Into Streamer Leaks
    Time To Break The Silence And Fill You In
     
    Outer Wilds publisher says 'we're not going anywhere' following bankruptcy speculation

     
    Ninja 'disgusted' after Twitch accidentally promotes porn stream on his dormant channel
    Ninja gave out his number to the internet, but it’s a silly marketing scheme
     
    Police are investigating a possible shooting threat at Twitch's headquarters, but say there's no longer an 'active threat'

     
    Bandai Namco Is Investigating a Potential Bomb Threat At Its US Office

     
    40-Year-Old Man Arrested For Threatening Square Enix With “A Repeat Of Kyoto Animation”

     
    Subnautica dev to G2A: 'You now owe us $300,000'
     
    Xbox open to some first-party games appearing on other consoles

     
    Paradox reports significant revenue increase in expansion-heavy Q2 2020

     
    Fortnite's Teenage World Champ Swatted Live on Stream

     
    A Look Back At Some Of The Games Australia Has Banned

     
    We Do Not Need To Defend Video Games From Politicians

    Walmart Removes Violent Video Game Signage, Still Sells Guns
    The video game industry must stand up against the right’s bad-faith attacks
     
    Video Game Consoles Won't Get Pricier In America, At Least For Now

     
    A First-Person Adventure Is One of the Coolest Mario Maker Levels Yet
     
    Esports News
     
    Apex Legends tournament pulled from TV following US shootings
     
    You Should Watch Ultra Fight Da ! Kyanta 2’s Tournament at Evo 2019

     
    Russia wins Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Nations Cup, UK manages not to come last

     
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
     
    Dog shelter simulator To The Rescue hits Kickstarter goal after two days
     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    The 18-month fence hop, the six-day chair, and why video games are so hard to make

     
    Riot Employees Say Company Has Made Real Progress Fixing Its Sexism Issues

     
    After It Doxxed 2000 Journalists, Why Should We Ever Trust the ESA Again?

     
    For MMO diehards, there's only one conversation: is the genre dying or already dead?

     
    Perfect Character Balance Is 'Boring,' Says Samurai Shodown Director

     
    Launcher Builds
     
    Meet the YouTubers Using Math to Unlock the Depths of Monster Hunter: World

     
    Deep-Pocketed Collectors Are Fueling A Retro Game Gold Rush
     
    Planning Novigrad

     
    “Killing Nuance,” by Reid McCarter

     
    Fire Emblem Doesn't Just Need Gay Characters, It Needs Queer Life

     
    One of Judgment’s Biggest Enemies is Male Entitlement

     
    Baba is You is a Postmodern Masterpiece

     
    Redesigning Hitman's Agent 47
     
    The Decade-Long Quest For Shadow of the Colossus’ Last Secret
     
    09 to '19: A Decade of Approachability in Fighting Games
     
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
     
    Fire Emblem With Sax
    Fire Emblem Voice Actor

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    EVO announcements, winners, and rivalries. People Make Games investigates the truth of Civilization's Nuclear Gandhi bug, new gameplay for Mount and Blade 2 and The Outer Worlds, phone numbers and addresses of journalists and Youtubers leaked by E3 organizers, Radek Koncewicz looks at 10 JRPGs from the fifth console generation to analyse the generation's effects on pacing and structure, Moira Hicks examines how the magical realism of Metal Gear is used to better communicate the horrors of war and American imperialism while Reid McCarter explores how A Plague Tale does the same with the Hundred Years’ War, Noah Caldwell-Gervais gives his thoughts on the gameplay and worlds of Horizon Zero Dawn vs Days Gone and shares his critique and retrospective of the Alice series by discussing how it subverts the work it was based on, Archipel speaks with Koji Igarashi about development and alternative funding, and more.
     
     
    Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods)
     
    Here's an hour of side-quests from The Outer Worlds—including a murder investigation
    You can kill every character in The Outer Worlds
    The Outer Worlds Is Just As Screwed Up As Real Life
    How I wasted my hour with The Outer Worlds
    'The Outer Worlds' and Having Politics vs. Just Referencing Politics
    You can kill everyone in The Outer Worlds. It’s a development nightmare.
    The Outer Worlds Brings the Stupidity of Capitalism to Space
    We Talk About World Building in Obsidian's New Game The Outer Worlds
     
    Watch 20 minutes of Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord beta footage
     
    The upcoming RPG Warsaw taught me an important piece of Polish history
     
    Ooblets is an Epic exclusive, and its creators say it's 'nothing to get worked up about'
    Epic condemns “misinformation and abuse” after harassment of Ooblets devs
    Regarding what’s been happening
    Epic Store Rage Has Gotten Out Of Hand
     
    A new Borderlands 3 trailer introduces Moze and her best friend Iron Bear
    Borderlands 3 - Official Amara Character Trailer
     
    Zachtronics’ next game is a visual novel
     
    Making family matter in Children of Morta

     
    Dark Envoy is a Divinity-like CRPG in which you save or doom the world and get an airship
     
    The Oriental Exorcist ChinaJoy 2019 off-screen gameplay
     
    New Guilty Gear title announced
     
    Granblue Fantasy: Versus EVO 2019 Percival gameplay
     
    The King of Fighters XV announced
     
    The First 15 Minutes of Rebel Galaxy Outlaw Gameplay (1080p 60fps)
     
    New Gameplay Today – Trails Of Cold Steel III
     
    The Good Life, Swery's life sim RPG, is delayed until 2020

     
    New Details On Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's Multiplayer
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer feels fantastic - but there's cause for concern
    How Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will offer the “ultimate multiplayer playground”
     
    Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 Takes The Intense Restaurant Sim On The Road
     
    Azur Lane: Crosswave ‘Story Mode’ gameplay
     
    Soulcalibur VI DLC character Cassandra launches August 5; Season Pass 2 featuring Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown announced
    There Wasn’t Originally A Plan For A Season Pass 2 For SoulCalibur VI
     
    Valve apologise for leaking Street Fighter V DLC characters
     
    Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – Winds of Magic sends in the cow men on August 13
     
    Total War: Three Kingdoms is getting a free horde mode
     
    Rocket League won’t have loot boxes later this year

     
    Ducktales Remastered Will Be Delisted From Digital Stores On August 8

     
    E3 Expo Leaks The Personal Information Of Over 2,000 Journalists
    The List of 2,000 Journalists the Video Game Lobby Doxed Is the Last Thing It Had to Offer
    Betrayal, Disappointment & Anger - The Story of the ESA
     
    Amidst Controversy, Twitch Confirms That Breastfeeding On Stream Is Allowed

     
    Mixer's clothing guidelines are very concerned about cleavage
     
    Rockstar hires testers full-time after criticism – “things have been better since last year”

    Nearly 60% of Take-Two’s revenue in the first quarter came from microtransactions and DLC
     
    US president Donald Trump blames videogames for fueling violent culture

      Tencent aiding with localization, online services for the Switch's move into China

     
    Best XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen mods
     
    Esports News
     
    GO1 Breaks Down In Tears After Defeating SonicFox, Winning Dragon Ball FighterZ At Evo 2019

     
     
    Dragon Ball FighterZ Evo 2019 Grand Finals
     
    Samurai Shodown Evo 2019 Grand Finals
     
    Mortal Kombat 11 Evo 2019 Grand Finals (Sonicfox VS Dragon)
     
    EVO 2019's best story was the unstoppable rise of Pakistani Tekken player Arslan Ash
     
    Smash Bros. Takes Center Stage At The Biggest Fighting Game Event Of The Year

     
    Under Night’s Community Found Validation and Explosive Growth at Evo

     
    Who Won at EVO 2019? Here are the Results and How They Did It
      The voice of Solid Snake says EVO “failed to consult me or Konami” on that Tekken 7 gag
     
    Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)
     
    Psychonauts 2 investors are getting guaranteed profits before the game even launches

     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    What it's like to get laid off in the games industry

     
    Player Two: An Interview with Ben Babbitt

     
    The moral panic over Fortnite and the “purpose” of play

     
    Thousands of people have come together for the most moving game of the year

     
    THE JRPG STARTUP COST, PART II

     
    Making penises in games: it's hard

     
    How Metal Gear Eschewed Realism to Convey the Horror of Imperial Violence

     
    A Plague Tale: Innocence Is the Anti–Assassin’s Creed

     
    'Hotline Miami' Showed the Futility of Ultra-Violence as Critique

     
    The Dark Side of the Video Game Industry | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix
     
    How the Simulation of a Hitman Level Works
    Revealing the Tricks Behind Hitman's Level Design
     
    History Respawned: Astrologaster
     
    Rage 2 and Game Feel
     
    Why Does Celeste Feel So Good to Play? | Game Maker's Toolkit
     
    Did Nuclear Gandhi ever really happen in Civilization?
     
    Monster Mash-- Horzon: Zero Dawn vs. Days Gone
     
    Manic Pixie Dream Worlds: A Critique of American McGee's Alice Games
     
    Good Game Design - Super Mario Maker 2: Building Better Creators
     
    Iga's Lair - an alternative path to game creation
     
    BringBackKI 2019 Killer Instinct: Lead Designer Developer Interview
     
    What Makes Metroid Music Sound Like Metroid Music?
     
    The History of Sleeping Dogs
     
    Death and Religion in Final Fantasy X
     
    Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura Retrospective | A History of Isometric CRPGs (Episode 7)
     
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
     
    What to do when Bolivia hates you

    By RuneX, in Frontpage,


    Hello and welcome to our Xbox community article for the week. This news series is our way to report and share with you on what is going on with the AJSA in the Xbox community on a weekly basis. We'll have updates on current projects, upcoming activities, community content ranging from interviews to Youtube videos, event recaps and more. These articles will always contain a copy our Game Nights schedule for the week to keep folks informed about what titles we're featuring and supporting. If you're interesting in getting involved with us on Xbox I'd encourage you to check out our 'Xbox Community Guidebook' where you can get up to speed on what we're all about and how you can start playing with us. If you need help and/or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any member of the AJSA Xbox Staff for assistance. We'll be more than happy to help you out with any questions you have regarding the community.
    Xbox Reports
    - Summer Games August Update -
    The Summer Games have been a wild ride to say the least. Our latest community Game Night series has seen us travel far and wide across many different gaming worlds wrapped into our own giant Summer vacation. We've featured games such as Forza Horizon 4, Overwatch, Battlefield V, Sea of Thieves, DOOM, Rocket League, and more since we started back in June. We've accomplished numerous milestones and overcome many different challenges together as a group in this Summer Games series.
    August will mark the conclusion to this three month long series and we plan to go all out. One of the main highlights for August will be our Two Year Anniversary for Minecraft here on Xbox. On August 7th, 2017 our Minecraft world was born and we've been playing (and building!) in that world ever since. When we moved over to the new bedrock version of Minecraft on console, we took the world with us (by transferring/uploading the world in the new version) to keep playing in it.
    We're also featuring titles such as Gears of War 4, Jackbox Party, Overwatch, and more. To officially end the Summer Games, we will be having a special event for Minecraft on August 25th which will serve as our 'Closing Ceremony' filled with Olympic styled mini-games for members to compete in.
    Thank you all for your support and engagement in the Summer Games series. We're looking forward in playing with you across all the titles outline for this month as the Summer comes to an end. Cya at the events!
    - July 2019 Recap -
    Our Game Nights for July 2019 included these titles as part of our Summer Games series:
    Battlefield V DOOM Friday the 13th: the Video Game Grand Theft Auto V Halo: Master Chief Collection Mortal Kombat 11 Overwatch Red Dead Redemption 2 Rocket League Sea of Thieves Star Wars: Battlefront II I'd like to extend my deepest thanks to all our hard working game organizers who dedicate their time and effort to ensure these Game Nights were possible.
    - August 2019 Outline -
    Our Summer Games community series will be wrapping up this month. To close out the series, we're showcasing a complete package of Game Nights to end the project on a high note. We're featuring a mix of titles across various different genres to hit all the notes this month. Many titles are included with the Xbox Game Pass, making it easier for members to get involved in our gaming sessions. Thank you to everyone who has been part of this Summer Games journey and I hope that this months lineup of games will make everyone happy and satisfied on how we're closing out the series.
    Week One [August 9th to August 11th]
    Fri. August 9th - Gears of War 4 - 7:30pm EST Sat. August 10th - COD: Modern Warfare Remastered - 7:30pm EST Week Two [August 16th to August 18th]
    Fri. August 16th - Minecraft - 7:30pm EST [Two Year World Anniversary] Sat. August 17th - Overwatch - 6:30pm EST Sun. August 18th - The Division 2 - 7:00pm EST Week Two [August 23rd to August 25th]
    Fri. August 23rd - Jackbox Party - 7:30pm EST Sat. August 24th - Battlefield V - 7:30pm EST Sun. August 25th - Minecraft - 7:30pm EST [Closing Ceremony + Olympic Mini-Games] All Xbox Game Nights are planned a month in advance.
    Please be aware that Game Nights titles and times are subject to change.
    AJSA Gaming Youtube
    - Friday the 13th Game Night -
    Our latest Xbox video on the AJSA Gaming channel on Youtube features highlights from our Friday the 13th Game Night held on Saturday July 13th, 2019. This was part of Summers Games series where we took a field trip down to Camp Crystal Lake with Camp Supervisor Sickshock6! You can check out all the shenanigans and brutality here:
    Weekend Game Night Schedule | August 9th & 10th

    How can I attend an Xbox Game Night? - For new members and/or first time Game Night participants, we highly encourage you to add all the hosts as your friend on Xbox Live (Gamertags are listed for every host below). We also encourage you to join the community Xbox Club (all hosts can be found in the Club roster as well). We use the Club for a variety of purposes to unite members of the community and play together. As an extra reminder for new members, please make sure to review our AJSA Code of Conduct.
    To learn more about the AJSA on Xbox One, visit out our Community Information thread.
    For Game Nights and other community activities we use Xbox Live parties created from the Club for communication (text or voice), gatherings, and other purposes. In the case of an emergency where Xbox Live is down and we need to absolutely group up, we will use the AJSA Discord channel as a backup. All Game Night parties will be visible to Xbox Club members listed under the Club "Multiplayer" page.
    When our Game Night sessions are live, please join our Club parties to get invited to our lobbies. Please message the host if you require an invite to the party. If this is your first time playing with us, we will introduce you to the other members in attendance and we'll all exchange friend requests to get you set up and comfortable.
    If you would like to give advance notice to a host that you would like to participate in a particular Game Night, you are completely free to do so. If you have any questions, please reach out to any members of the AJSA Xbox One staff and we will be happy to assist you.
    All Game Nights are casual gatherings aimed at bringing people together to have a good time and enjoy their games in a group setting. Trash talking and bad attitudes are not tolerated. We're here to have a good time, help each other out, and build meaningful friendships! To view a monthly outline of all upcoming Xbox Game Nights, please view our monthly schedule here. --------------------
    Gears of War 4 - Summer Games
    Friday August 9th - 7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]

    We're kicking off the last slate of events for the Summer Games with Gears of War 4 this Friday night! In this one last ride, we're revisiting Gears of War 4 one final time before the release of Gears 5 in September. Our main goal for this Game Night is to complete all 50 Waves of Horde Mode together as a squad to finally overcome and defeat the Swarm. Recently Gears of War 4 was announced as a Games with Gold title, allowing members with Xbox Live Gold to download the title for free. Members of all experience levels welcome to join!
    Game Night Summary
    - Activities -
    Horde Mode [All 50 Waves!] Casual Online & Customs - Date & Start Times -
    Friday August 9th, 2019 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT Join the Game Night party via the Club or through the profile of the host to get started and invited to our lobby.
    - Xbox Game Pass Status: ACTIVE -
    Do you have a subscription to the Xbox Game Pass? You can download Gears of War 4 for free.
    - Xbox Games With Gold Status: ACTIVE -
    Do you have a subscription to the Xbox Live Gold? You can download Gears of War 4 for free.
    - Install Size -
    Prepare your download in advance! Gears of War 4 is just over 100GB!!!
    - Host -
    Rune [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya] Please contact the host if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this Game Night.
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    COD: Modern Warfare Remastered - Summer Games
    Saturday August 10th - 7:30pm EST [12:30am GMT]
     
    In celebration of the Multiplayer Reveal of Modern Warfare and the announcement of an Open Beta, we're going back to where it all started. For the first time this Saturday we're featuring Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered as a Game Night. Not to be confused with the new Modern Warfare, this game is a remaster of the 2007 Call of Duty title of the same name. This session will also serve as a 'going away' party for longtime community Officer StraightUpMelon who is returning back to college later this month and this game was personally selected by him! Let us go out there and kick some ass!
    Game Night Summary
    - Activities -
    Casual Online & Customs Prop Hunt - Date & Start Times -
    Saturday August 10th, 2019 7:30pm ET 6:30pm CT 4:30pm PT 12:30am GMT - Install Size -
    Prepare your download in advance! Modern Warfare Remastered is 72GB.
    - Host -
    Melon [Gamertag: StraightUpMelon] Please contact the host if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this Game Night.
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