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Halo 4: A Success Case Study of HDInsight, Microsoft's Hadoop on Azure

Besides a bit too many businessy words, this is a nice story of using HDInsight, the Hadoop solution for Windows developed by Microsoft and Hortonworks:

Behind the scenes, a powerful new Microsoft technology platform called HDInsight was capturing data from the cloud and feeding daily game statistics to the tournament’s operator, Virgin Gaming. Virgin not only used the data to update online leaderboards each day; it also relied on the data to detect cheaters, removing them from the boards to ensure that the right gamers got the chance to win.

But this new technology didn’t just support the Infinity Challenge. From day one, the Xbox 360 game has been using the Hadoop open source framework to gain deep insights into players. The Halo 4 development team at 343 Industries is taking these insights and updating the game almost weekly, using direct player feedback to tweak the game. In the process, the game’s multiplayer ecosystem continues to evolve with the community as the title matures in the marketplace.

Original title and link: Halo 4: A Success Case Study of HDInsight, Microsoft’s Hadoop on Azure (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)

via: http://www.microsoft.com/enterprise/it-trends/big-data/articles/Changing-the-Game-Halo-4-Team-Gets-New-User-Insights-from-Big-Data-in-the-Cloud.aspx