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Weekly photo contest: Holidays

Happy holidays! This is the time of year when holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years and others occur at the same time (more or less). So that's probably why we're going to make 'holidays' as our theme for the weekly photo contest. Head out and capture something festive!

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With 12 Days of Hidden Gems beginning today, it's time to let everybody know the details on how they can participate in the event for a chance to win some amazing prizes. The full official sweepstakes rules are available at the link below, or you can keep reading for the general summary of what you need to know.

View Official 12 Days of Hidden Gems Sweepstakes Rules
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Tis the season for a Windows Central giveaway and this time round we've got an Xbox One TV Tuner for one lucky reader to win! Currently available in selected European markets that support DVB-T2, DVB-T and DVB-C free-to-air TV signals, in our recent review we concluded that this is definitely worth picking up if you're not a Cable TV subscriber but want to get in on the TV integration with your console. But one of you won't have to pick one up. Read on to find out how you can win!

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Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. Last week, we streamed Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones and dished out a whopping 22 game codes to lucky viewers.

Tonight we're playing two more downloadable games: Sixty Second Shooter Prime from Happion Labs and Nutjitsu from NinjaBee. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out five Xbox One codes for each game (10 codes in all)!

Update: The stream has ended, but you can still check out the replay of both games - plus a quick bonus game of Onigiri (the first Xbox One MMO)!

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Weekly photo contest: Sunset

This week we're going to go out and capture sunset with our Windows Phones for the weekly photo contest. Our very first photo contest started way back in July! The theme then was sunrise and a lot of you wanted to see a sunset theme at some point in the future. As 2014 winds to a close I figured we better sneak in a sunrise contest. So let's do that this week.

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Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch every weekend, and sometimes during the week as well. Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) we have a very special stream in store for you guys at Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch.

I'll be streaming two Xbox One games that have only been released in Japan: puzzle game Puyo Puyo Tetris and an MMORPG called Onigiri. You can totally play both of these games on any Xbox One, even if you don't live in Japan.

Update: The stream has ended. We gave out some extra cool prizes during the stream: two Titan Ones, the accessory that lets you use any USB controller with your Xbox or Playstation consoles, plus Xbox Live gift cards and more. Check out the video replays and winners after the break.

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Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. Last week, we streamed horror game Outlast and dished out codes to nine lucky viewers.

Tonight 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) we'll be playing two amazing story-driven adventure games from Telltale Games: Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones. We're just showing the early parts of each game, so the stream won't spoil too much. We want you guys there, chatting along. To that end, we're giving out four Xbox One codes for Tales, plus a ton of Steam codes for both games!

Update: The stream has ended and a ton of people won prizes. Continue reading to check out the full replays of both games!

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Weekly photo contest: Animals

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving last week! We took a break from the weekly photo contest for the holidays, but we're back! This week let's go out and capture animals! Not with a cage or trap, instead use the camera on your Windows Phone to get some great animal photos.

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It has been a busy holiday week of Xbox One Twitch streaming for the good folks at Windows Central, as we've already shared Kalimba, Thomas Was Alone, Pier Solar, and Geometry Wars 3 with our readers. Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) we continue with the game-playing festivities, showcasing a unique downloadable ID@Xbox game.

Are you in the mood for a scare? Then join us as we play Outlast from Red Barrels Games. This will be our first horror game on the stream; hopefully yours truly can take it! Does Outlast give The Evil Within and Alien: Isolation a run for their money in creepiness? You'll have to tune in to find out!

The stream has ended, but you can still watch the whole thing right here. I was not prepared for Outlast's beautiful 3D graphics and overwhelming sense of dread. Give it a watch and you might hear me freak out once or twice. Congrats to the winners and everyone who joined us for the live stream!

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Yesterday we kicked off our holiday week of Xbox One Twitch streams by showcasing platforming games Kalimba and Thomas Was Alone. Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) we continue with the game-playing festivities, showcasing two recently released Xbox One titles.

First we'll stream Pier Solar and the Great Architects, a beautiful retro Role-Playing Game (RPG) from ID@Xbox developer Watermelon. After that, we'll stream Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions. The latest in the twin-stick shooting series that started on Xbox comes from Lucid Games and Activision's Sierra label.

The stream has ended, and a good time was had by all. Read on to check out the archive videos and contest winners!

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We've got a busy week of Xbox One Twitch streaming lined up for you guys, and plenty of great prizes to sweeten the deal! Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific) we'll give you a chance to see two new and upcoming 2D platformers.

First we'll stream our first look at Kalimba, the latest game from Press Play, makers of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Tentacles. Kalimba won't launch until December 17, so tune in to see it early! After that, we'll stream Thomas Was Alone, the clever and artistic ID@Xbox platformer from Mike Bithell and Curve Digital.

The stream has ended, but you can still watch the archive videos to see what each game was like. Don't miss them!

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Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game on Twitch for one hour and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. We took last weekend off from streaming because I was all kinds of sick with a cold. But I'm almost over the cold, so this week I'm back, baby!

Saturday 11/22 at at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific), we played not one, but two games! To start with, we knocked some balls around in Pinball FX2. See the recently released South Park tables in action, plus several more! After that, we played an hour of Grand Theft Auto V's campaign.

We gave out Pinball FX2 "South Park Pinball" codes for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Steam to many of the readers who participated in the stream! It was a lot of fun, and you can catch up on the whole thing by watching the archived videos embedded in this post.

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The raffle for the Microsoft Lumia Holiday Gift Package has ended over the weekend, so it's time to announce the winner! We had over 4,000 entries, but there could be only one winner. As a reminder, this package includes: a Lumia 1520 (red, green or white), Lumia 1520 cover (red, green or white), Microsoft zip-up hoodie, Microsoft water bottle, Portable charging stick, and a $20 Microsoft Store gift card. The winner is...

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The release of this month's hottest Xbox One exclusive, Halo: the Master Chief Collection is only a week away. As Tuesday the 11th draws near, more and more news and tidbits about the collection continue to trickle out. The multiplayer update has finally become available to download for digital preorders, and a new commercial rolled out today as well.

Now that the multiplayer update is locked and loaded, Windows Central can finally deliver the multiplayer Twitch preview that we've wanted. Join us at Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch tonight at 11pm Central (9pm Pacific, Midnight Eastern) to watch Sam Sabri and me play the Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer maps. Warning: I'm not that great at Halo (Sam is better), but that's part of the fun.

Update: The stream is over. Thanks to everyone who watched and chatted with us!

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