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XBox 360 = DVR…soon!

January 8th, 2007 . by jb

Gates speaks it upAt the CES conference yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that the XBox 360 will be able to be used as a DVR, even while gaming!  Another nifty feature is that you'll be able to chat with friends while watching TV shows.

With this announcement, and the ability to download movies and TV shows, the 360 is really driving the "living room centerpiece" idea home. 

Now where's our larger hard-drives to support all this content?!

[Source: GamesIndustry

Free Gears Content

January 8th, 2007 . by Josh

January 11th will mark the day that two new Gears of War maps will be released for free on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The two new maps are called Raven Down and Old Bones.  Heres some details about these new maps:

Raven Down: A Raven Helicopter has gone down in the middle of a large scale battle with the omnipresent Locust Horde. Gears have taken out the Seeder and gamers join Delta Forces moving into the crash site from all angles to search for survivors.

Old Bones: In an attempt to eradicate any traces of human history and culture, the Locust Horde has emerged under Sera's Capitaline Museums and has begun to destroy them brick by brick. Each gamer's mission is to help the Delta Force recapture the museums before all remnants of humankind's existence are obliterated. 

 For some screenshots of these two new maps, check our source link at Kotaku.

[Source: Kotaku

Xbox Live Weekly Activity 1/1

January 6th, 2007 . by Josh

Once more Major Nelson has granted us sight into the most played games on the two Microsoft consoles. And once more, we are not surprised as to whats on top.

Xbox 360:

  • Gears of War
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas
  • Madden NFL 07
  • Oblivion

XBL Arcade:

  • UNO
  • Assault Heroes
  • Pac-Man
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Texas Hold-em

Original Xbox:

  • Halo 2
  • Madden NFL 07
  • Battlefield 2: MC
  • Star Wars: Battlefront 2
  • Call of Duty 3

[Source: Major Nelson]

Bioshock Release Confirmed

January 6th, 2007 . by Josh

According to 2k games their upcoming shooter titled, Bioshock, will be released for the Xbox 360 and the PC in June.

For the PC this is a welcomed game since, at least to me, PC games have been trash over the last year. The PC is in dire need of some good games to be released, the mod community can only do so much to keep PC gaming ahead of the consoles. 

[Source: Kotaku

Game Releases 12/24 – 12/30

December 24th, 2006 . by Josh

Yeah, the week of Christmas. But what does it offer? Well here is a list of games coming out.

Playstation 2:

  • Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer

Playstation Portable:

  • Bubble Bobble Evolution

That's it folks, only Sony consoles seem to be getting games this week. Sad isn't it?

Xbox Live Weekly Activity

December 23rd, 2006 . by Josh

Ah, another week has ended. But let us see just which games all of the Xbox 360 users flocked to this week.

Xbox 360:

  • Gears of War
  • Call Of Duty 3
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Assault Heroes
  • Madden NFL 07

 Xbox Live Arcade:

  • Assault Heroes
  • Novadrome
  • RoboBlitz
  • Contra
  • Small Arms

Original Xbox:

  • Halo 2
  • Battlefield 2: MC
  • Madden NFL 07
  • Counter-Strike
  • Star Wars: Battlefront 2

Well atleast Gears of War and Halo are on top. But the list never really changes, so I guess it's safe to say Xbox users really love their Halo 2 and Gears of War.

[Source: Major Nelson

Virtua Fighter 5 To 360?

December 21st, 2006 . by Josh

Apparently it's true, According to Next-Gen.biz Sega will be releasing the famed fighter on Microsoft's Xbox 360 in the late summer of 2007.

People thought VF5 would be a Sony exclusive but it seems that wasn't the case. But honestly, with game development costs as high as they are now, do people STILL think there will be many exclusives? Hell no, won't happen.

[Source: Next-Gen

The Double Platinum King

December 21st, 2006 . by Josh

News flash, fat people love Burger King. But apparently they love Burger King styled video games as well.

Blitz Games announced that their three games based around the Burger King "King" have sold 2 million copies in four weeks.

"We created the Burger King Xbox games as a unique form of all-family interactive entertainment, and we're thrilled with the response thus far," said Russ Klein, president of global marketing at Burger King.

"Most videogames are considered a blockbuster when they reach the one million mark in sales, and this collection has achieved twice that."

[Source: GameIndustry]

Gears of Platinum

December 15th, 2006 . by Josh

There has been a lot of Gears of War news lately. Apparently people like this game, I'm not sure why, but I figure it's because theres actually a good Xbox 360 game.

Today brings us to Gears of War going double platinum (aka selling over 2 million copies worldwide) making it the Xbox 360's quickest selling title all year. Not bad for a game thats only been out since November.

[Source: Next-Gen

Xbox 360 Compatibility Update

December 14th, 2006 . by Josh

Well it's about freaking time Microsoft. But for all the folks who complained and complained to Microsoft about Psychonauts not being in the last few backward compatibility updates, it's there now! Fear not, Microsoft heard your consistent bitching and got it in there. Of course, it only took them over a year.

Here is a list of the newly supported games:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer 
  • Burnout 3: Takedown UPDATED
  • Conker: Live and Reloaded 
  • Dead Or Alive Ultimate 
  • Destroy All Humans! 
  • Dynasty Warriors 4 / Shin Sangokumuso3  
  • Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick 
  • Ex Chaser   (Japan Only)
  • Family Guy 
  • Far Cry: Instincts 
  • Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy  I-Ninja 
  • Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude 
  • Mortal Kombat: Armageddon 
  • MotoGP 
  • Incredibles/ Mr. Incredible (J) 
  • Muzzle Flash  (Japan Only)
  • MX Unleashed 
  • Open Season 
  • Pariah  Plus Plumb 2  (Japan Only)
  • Psychonauts 
  • Psyvariar2 Extend Edition  (Japan Only)
  • Rainbow Six: Lockdown 
  • Rapala Pro Fishing 
  • Rent-A-Hero No. 1  (Japan Only)
  • Scarface 
  • Shark Tale 
  • Shenmue II 
  • Soul Calibur 2  North America only
  • Splinter Cell: Double Agent 
  • Tenerezza  (Japan Only)
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 
  • Ultimate Spider-Man 
  • Wakeboarding Unleashed: Featuring Sean Murray 
  • Whacked! 
  • Winback 2: Project Poseidon 
  • Xiaolin Showdown

[Source: Major Nelson]

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