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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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Win FREE Mobile Wi-Fi for Life from Karma!

The winner is posted below on the widget. Thanks for entering everyone!

Karma In today's world, no one has time to be tied down. We're always on the move, and that means we don't always have access to reliable Wi-Fi to keep us connected to our digital world. Well all of that is now a thing of the past with one perfect little device from a company called Karma. Keep reading for all the details, and to see how you can enter to win free Wi-Fi for LIFE!

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A few days ago we opened up a quick contest for a free supply drop code for the multiplayer action in the new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare game for the Xbox One. As promised, we've closed it down and picked a winner in time for folks to put to use in their Day Zero edition of the game, available at midnight in whichever part of the world you're in. So who won?

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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. Last week, we streamed Zombie Driver: Ultimate Edition and dished out codes to seven lucky viewers.

Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific), we'll be playing Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition from The Digital Lounge. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out three Xbox One codes for Another World, plus several Playstation 4 and WiiU codes! Even our unfortunate non-Xbox One owning brethren are welcome.

Update: I managed to beat the game and earn all the Achievements I needed during the stream! Thanks for your support, everybody. Keep reading to check out the replay and list of winners.

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#TrickOrWP

Windows Central's No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween Contest!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! We have had a fantastic time with our Halloween Contest the last several years, and we can't wait to see how you guys top it this year! While you're out getting spooky, be sure to snap a photo with your Windows device (you can include other mobile gadgets too, but you know... we love Windows best). Then Instagram it using hashtag #TrickOrWP. We'll put together all the photos received into a sweet video for the blogs. And beyond that, you can win some awesome prizes for taking part. Full details below!

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With the launch of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare just a few days away, we've got a quick giveaway for you fine folks who'll be grabbing yourselves a copy. With the new, special edition, Call of Duty Xbox One controller that we took a look at earlier this week, comes a download code for a free, in-game, multiplayer supply drop. And we're giving it away to one of you.

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A week ago we announced that we were evolving from Windows Phone Central to Windows Central, and with our name change would be a lot more coverage on all things Windows. On top of bringing you all the Windows Phone news, we're ramping up our coverage on everything else Windows offers, including gaming! As you probably already know, this means we're bringing you as much quality Xbox One Twitch streams as we can. Later this week you can catch some Halo: The Master Chief Collection game play on Wednesday and Thursday, and every stream is a chance to chat (and sometimes play along with) the Windows Central staff and win tons of prizes.

In the meantime, we have an Xbox One Titanfall bundle to give away this week here on the blog!

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This week saw some exciting changes around here. WPCentral became Windows Central, a big change that is evidence of many fun things to come. With that change comes a lot of rebrandings, and as I was looking around my office, I realized that I have a bunch of WPCentral items that need to go to make room for new Windows Central goodies. So this weekend, we're working on clearing the old things out!

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Weekly photo contest: Boats

I'm on a boat! Well, not really, but you might be. This week we're going to go out and capture some boats for our weekly photo contest. Those boats don't have to be in the middle of the Pacific, as you can see the image above here is on dry land. Just go find a boat and take a cool picture with your Windows Phone.

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