Larry Hryb (pronounced Herb), known by the pseudonym Major Nelson, is the Director of Programming for Xbox Live, the Microsoft gaming network with over 12 million members as of May 14 2008, a position he has held from 2004 to present. His blog "Xbox Live's Major Nelson" provides an "inside" look at operations at Microsoft's Xbox division. He picked the gamertag Major Nelson after a character by the same name on the 1960s U.S. television comedy I Dream of Jeannie after it was recommended to him by his TiVo. Prior to taking the position at Microsoft, he was a former programmer with radio broadcaster Clear Channel Communications. Hryb graduated from Syracuse University in 1989.
On November 6, 2006, he celebrated his '200th' podcast, which was marked with a nearly two and a half hour show. Hryb openly admits that he added to the show number and the figure doesn't accurately reflect the number of shows made. Hryb switched to a #1xx numbering around July 18, 2005, when he did show #136 after the previous '7/10/05 Blogcast'. Major Nelson was interviewed on the Video Game Outsiders Podcast (show #50), where he said the following: "About a year and a half ago, I started numbering my shows at 100...it makes it sound cooler, bigger numbers are always better." On a recent podcast, Major Nelson made a comment about his podcasts specifically stating "My podcasts have a long tail". Major Nelson and his co-host Eric Neustadter regularly jest about each others gamerscore and gaming habits.
Downloads overload Xbox.(Inside Moves)(Microsoft Corp. launches service for movie and television downloads)(Brief article)
Nov 28, 2006; Movie and TV downloads made their way to videogame systems for the first time over the holiday, but not without some major...