The maps ar Tombstone and Desolation - remakes of Hang 'Em High and Derelict, respectively.That's right kids Frankie can't spell. It seems like April 17th that Andy, Josh, and Charlie will be back on the Halo 2 grind. I do have to argue that Hang 'Em High wasn't as popular as Sidewinder or Blood Gulch.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Anyways, yes. The Xbox 360 Elite is coming. We can now confirm or deny what were once rumors.
So, what if you just want the bigger harddrive? You can buy the 120 GB harddrive seperately for $179. And there is some sort of cable/transfer system so you can transfer your 20 GB harddrive's contents to the bigger one.
However, there are limitations. You can only load one 20 GB harddrive onto the 120 GB harddrive. Every time you load a harddrive onto a 120 GB harddrive, it first wipes the 120 GB harddrive clean. After it transfers, it wipes the 20 GB harddrive clean. You can't load from a 120 GB harddrive to a 20 GB harddrive.
I'd like to point out that as people start buying up the individual 120 GB harddrives, you might be able to get some 20 GB harddrives for cheap on eBay... Also, if you are technically savy, Joystiq once again points out that you can actually use a SATA Western Digital BEVS drive for your 360.
And in other non-gaming news, I'm now sporting a goatee!
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
First, Mass Effect will be released in the United States on June 5th and in Europe on June 22nd. Sweet.
I might be able to defeat Mass Effect by the time the second game comes out. The Darkness is now confirmed for June 25th in the US. June 29th for Europe.
So in June, first I get to be "Jack Bauer" in space, fighting back the robots, and later I get to be a gangster turned master of the darkness.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Shivering Isles adds about 30 hours of gameplay to the already lengthy Oblivion world. In Shivering Isles, your character can explore a new world known as the Realm of Sheogorath where madness and chaos reign. There are also 10 added achievements totalling 250 extra points.
I'll probably get this when Xbox Live comes back online because I've been feeling like getting some more Oblivion in recently(I downloaded some of the very minor additions to it in the past but haven't played them all yet).
I know it's been mentioned here before, but word on the wire, (and by wire I mean Wired) is that we should hear an "official" announcement from the big M this wednesday about that beautiful black bastard...the 360-Elite. Seems Chris Kohler received word via email from a Microsoft PR rep about this "big" news. Well I will be officially holding my breath starting now, so someone be sure to wake me if I pass out before the news....gasp....
You some crazy bitches. It's just a game, so get a life. Let us make more money and you keep buying Devil May Cry. By the way, thanks for giving us your name, now we have blacklisted all your names from buying the game you Devil May Cry babies. Ugh!No that was my quote. Here is Capcom's:
We are certainly moved that people are so passionate about our products that they would go to such extremes. At the same time we feel that allowing more people access to our content pleases far more people than it displeases (after all, we're not denying DMC 4 to anyone that was already going to get it). It really is the best decision for the company and for consumers.I'm a little lost as to why the fans would only want it on one console. If Halo moved to the Playstation 3 I would say "Enjoy and about time that console got a real game."
Oh and one more thing, I signed the petition as well. Check out petitioner 7767. That's me.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Some of the stunts include driving boats past events with big signs saying "Xbox 360 (hearts) You", handing out chairs to people waiting in line with links to a site saying that Sony is late in coming to the Next Gen game, and sending out text messages of "The Xbox 360 team wishes you a good night" to game journalists.
One of the best things I saw was that Microsoft sent some bloggers £146 worth of Foster's. £146 is supposedly the difference in price between a Xbox 360 and PS3 although my calculations put it as $286.47 which seems wrong.
Hey, Microsoft! We're bloggers! But please, Bud Light instead of Foster's. Foster's gives me a headache.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Not included is the HD-DVD drive (why the HDMI connections) and no confirmation if IPTV software/hardware will be built in. Maybe they are saving that for another Xbox 360 release. Boo.
Some analyst over at Goldman Sachs says that Sony will cut the price of the PS3 worldwide by $100 in October. Rumors have been coming out since before the PS3 was launched that the price would come down, but this one seems a little more credible. However, it remains to be seen if it is true. People have been guessing for a long time that the Xbox 360 price would drop by $100 and it still hasn't.
If you're really into the PS3, this news probably doesn't affect you. But if you feel like sitting around sans PS3 and waiting to see if the price comes down, you've got a target date to look forward to.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Namco has also followed suit and is releasing Warhammer: Mark of Chaos, Ace Combat 6 and Beautiful Katamari on the Xbox 360 as well. I'm starting rumors that Mario Galaxy will come to both PS3 and Xbox 360, while Halo 3 will also release on the Wii with 33 person MP mode. Boo yaka.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Jack Thompson recently sued Take Two... again. Recently, Take-Two has decided to countersue Jack Thompson for "nuisance lawsuits."
Now Jack Thompson is back in the news saying he has been praying for Take-Two to sue him and that he will be able to use this lawsuit to destroy them.
You can read his whole e-mail over at Joystiq.
It is the first Playstation game to cross into the Xbox Live Arcade. It is also the first Xbox Live Arcade game to exceed the previous 50 MB size restriction. I definitely plan on getting this one and killing me some undead.
I stumbled across a multiplayer beta of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. for the PC over at WorthPlaying. It's around 500 MB. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it to work. It keeps crashing on me, but some of you might have better luck.
The beta's in Russian. There's a patch to change the menu into English, but when you're installing the beta, it's all in Russian. ... Maybe I installed it wrong since I can't read the buttons...
Saturday, March 17, 2007
If it's Sony, then I say good job Sony. Don't make the same mistake that X-Box 360 made with a 2 sku system. It only causes problems for the system later.
Friday, March 16, 2007
When I first got my DS I asked Charlie what the headset port in the front was for. He said for a headset. I said "What headset you douche bag?" He said "It's not out yet you f#%@!ing tard!" About 2 years later it is making its debut. According to IGN, a DS headset is coming out near the release of some Pokemon game on April 22nd. Gamestop says the headset comes out April 23rd and will run you $14.99. Not bad and about time.
TOTAL HARDWARE SALES DS - 485,000
NPD Data for the month of February shows one company clearly kicking butt. Can you tell which one?
Wii - 335,000
PS2 - 295,000
360 - 228,000
PSP - 176,000
GBA - 136,000
PS3 - 127,000
NGC - 24,000
The unbeatable Playstation name was good enough to sell 598,000 systems. We won't discuss Microsoft because they only have one system on the list, which is strange, because I would guess somebody had to buy a regular Xbox last month somewhere, right?
TOTAL HARDWARE SALES
DS - 485,000
We all had a good laugh at Jeff last week when he mentioned his uncontrollable anticipation for SingStar. For those not hanging out with Jeff and his American Idol friends, SingStar is a PS3 game that allows users to sing against their friends. The players are graded on how well they sing based on tone and pitch. It's got online playability and news has been released that it will be released on Blu-Ray with 30 smokin tracks (the smokin is my word not theirs).
Players will also be able to upload their performance for all to see and heckle at. The videos on the Blu-Ray disc will be in HD, so make sure you upgrade your TV. Word is that new songs will cost ₤1.49 (AUD $3.64 / EURO 2.17). Where's Jeff? I'm going to let him borrow my pair for a while.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
But I say that even this post is not new. The concept of an interactive online world has been around for along time. Cyberpunk stories usually have an interactive internet as part of their world. Anyone who knows about Shadowrun (which was first developed in 1989) knows about the concept of the internet being a place where people have avatars and wander around a world that looks like the real thing.
Remember, basically everything has been thought of in one form or another at one time. So, is PS3 Home a new concept? No. Just look at all the comparisons to Second Life. But Sony has the capability of actually pulling it off and putting it into the mainstream.
Some of you may remember the cartoon Captain N: The Game Master which ran 1989-1993.
In it, a high school student named Kevin gets drawn through his TV into Video Land, a land filled with characters from Nintendo games including Mega Man, Kid Icarus, Mother Brain, GameBoy, Link, and Donkey Kong among others. Kevin helps the good guys fight Mother Brain and her group of bad guys.
Well, remember it or not, it's coming to DVD soon. Those of you who enjoyed it can relive the fun. Those who have never heard of it can check it out. I remember it. It wasn't groundbreaking, but it was enjoyable. Of course, I was in high school at the time...
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Shadowrun will be the first game to be cross platform on both Games for Windows and Xbox Live. The second game that will be cross platform is Uno. Which seems less exciting to me.
I did find out that Halo 2 Vista owners will only be able to play Halo 2 Vista owners. I swear I read that it was a cross platform game. Several other people on the Bungie forums thought it as well. Boo.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Spacewar! and Star Raiders were before my time. And I've never heard of Sensible World of Soccer but not a bad list overall. How does one get a job on this committee?
There's a rumor burning across the internet that Shadowrun will be released in April.
Looks like that rumor is probably false. I've been waiting since Day One to enter the beta so I ran over and checked the beta forums. The moderators over there say that no date has yet been set and it's probably not April.
The mass invites for the beta haven't even gone out yet! They just recently patched the beta. More educated guesses place Shadowrun's shelf date in May or June.
This definitely is sounding more like Second Life with all the ads and virtual purchasing features. I'll be keeping my eye on this.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
With all the recent announcements of no splitscreening/no standard def support, etc, Bungie is keeping it real.
Frankie's weekly Bungie update assures gamers that Halo 3 will still have splitscreen co-op play. It will still be like Halo 2 where splitscreeners can't play on ranked games.
And Bungie still understands that a number of gamers still play on standard definition TVs so they aren't making text or symbols that SD users can't read clearly like many games have been doing lately(Dead Rising, Fight Night Round 3, etc.)
Some new developments are that weapons will actually appear a little bigger when they are on the ground so users can see them better.
And muting annoying players should be easier than ever.
0:00 - Called Charlie to bring into the call
0:20 - Opening Song by Engine Down
0:45 - Introductions with guest Jeff and I think Andy
1:37 - Games We Are Playing: Crackdown, Viva Pinata, Red Steel
2:10 - Jeff talks about how long it takes to get your 360 back from repair and don't mention you have it plugged into a power strip
4:10 - Games We Are Looking Forward To: Jam Sessions, TMNT, TMNT Arcade on XLA, Mass Effect in June, Andy's looking forward to the GTA IV trailer, Two Worlds, Blue Dragon, Lost Oddessy, and No More Heroes
7:36 - Ragging on Red Steels controls
8:40 - Gaming News: GDC News
20:30 - PS3 Home: We discuss the PS3's new online community interface
33:47 - Little Big Planet: We try to figure out what the game/game developer software is all about. Great press release reading by Andy.
38:50 - Singing Star: Jeff reveals his girly side
40:10 - Additional news from Josh: Halo 2 Vista, Steven Spielberg making a Wii game for EA, GTA IV countdown site, CliffyB and the weapon upgrade element that was left out of Gears of War, and Apple TV may play games.
45:10 - Game Ideas: Josh submits his idea for mini games to be available while waiting in lobbies
46:30 - What we would like to see in Next-Gen or This Gen:
47:10 - Rants: SSX on the Wii makes Jeff act the fool, Andy goes off on video game manuals and their lack of info
52:04 - Andy rags on the Gametap and Jeff questions Andy's copy of Windows
53:00 - Andy hates on press releases
54:00 - Josh goes off on Epic's douchebag lawyer, Zachary R. Bishop, and Jeff sides with the terrorist leader, Zach
57:30 - Josh tries to wrap it up, but Andy refuses to let it end
58:00 - We talk about destructible furniture on PS3 Home
59:55 - Josh wraps it up and the shot outs go out. Thanks again Jeff. Outro music by Ben Davis
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Ugh. Our lawyers are trying to do their job and protect our trademarks but I guess they didn't realize this wasn't a commercial project and they fired off a standard form letter. It is unfortunate when this happens but the problem with trademarks is you HAVE to protect them and Emilio's work looks so amazingly professional, right down to a cool package!, that they probably failed to notice this was a one-off gift for non-commercial use. What we need to do is come up with some sort of permission letter for things like these so that we're properly protecting our future commercial rights but not stopping people from doing cool fan art like this.Way to go Mark. *Gives Mark a soft punch to the arm*
On behalf of Epic I apologize to Emilio and anyone who was offended by this.
Epic Games, Inc.
While the Xbox 360 requires all games to have achievements, Sony is considering making trophies optional for developers. They are leaning towards not forcing companies to come up with trophies for every game they make.
I, however, think this would be a mistake. As we talked about in Podcast 3, achievements really bring something to gaming so knowing that there are trophies for every game would also help Sony.
Sony also said if they did make it mandatory, it might be something as simple as getting a trophy for owning the game. To that, I say lame!
Sounds like the "Am I hot?" website but for Miis! Eric can enter his 200 Miis he has created. I like the Dr. Venture Mii he created.
Now he is taking it all back and apologizing for his comments. Now he says "I do not think the Wii is a piece of shit. Nintendo needs to be applauded for trying to interface on the controller front, the user interface front, on making games accessible, on making a console that you don't need to mortgage your house to afford."
Way to think before you speak(especially at a podium with a microphone), Chris.
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Epic representative, Zachary R. Bishop (The Douchebagger), has sent a letter to an Emilio Lopez to remove any Gears of War logos from a Munny doll he made or they will take legal action. A Munny is a figurine that you can customize to your liking, but apparently Epic's I-Hate-Freedom department says that fans of the game and franchise aren't allowed to do such "illegal" acts. Everyone should write Marc Rein, VP of Epic Games, and tell him that he should put a big Gears of War style boot in the ass of Zach.
Hey Epic, do like Bungie and allow your fans to have the freedom to do things with your precious IP. Without your fans you wouldn't have a Gears of War franchise. And fire that Zach Douchebag guy.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Written by Joshua and Ashley Earles-Bennett at 2:19 PM
Some interesting things I saw were that since the 360 came out, over 300 million achievements were achieved for over 7.5 million gamerscore.
Also, more than 6 billion Microsoft Points have been purchased. After using the handy Microsoft Points Converter website, I found out that 5 billion MSP is equal to $62,475,000. (I also discovered that the converter doesn't covert numbers higher than 2,147,483,647.)
And out of the 10 million Xbox 360s out there, 6 million of them are members of Xbox Live.
Most the stat sheet boils down to "Yay! Xbox Live kicks ass!" And I actually agree. Here's to you, Microsoft.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
If you're already an Xbox Live Gold member, good news! You're already a Live for Windows Vista Gold member! Your achievements and gamertag will be the same for both.
Live for Windows Vista will work exactly like Xbox Live. There will be a free Silver package. The Gold package retails for $49.99 for a year subscription, $19.99 for three months and $7.99 for one month.
Not many more details are available, but I'm betting you'll need a Gold membership to play most Windows Vista games online just like Xbox 360. And definitely for cross platform games.
Written by Joshua and Ashley Earles-Bennett at 10:36 AM
Monday, March 5, 2007
The developers said they really wanted Split Screen capabilities and did a lot of work on it, but they basically ran out of time.
This makes me sad. Just as sad as the fact that they haven't invited me to the beta yet. I signed up on the first day of the beta selection and have played every Shadowrun game made. Please, let me in!
Sunday, March 4, 2007
The first one is that Gears of War is trying to change their achievements so they don't require "ranked" games. I don't know if this is possible, but it'd definitely help me out since I play mostly player matches.
The other one is that they want to release a version of Dead Rising that is co-op. The rumor mill also says that there would be a patch which would be downloadable to make current versions co-op as well. That would be awesome. However, I highly doubt it.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
I looked deeper into it because I was interested. I highly doubt a March 2007 Xbox 360 release. I imagine the May release I saw for Europe to be closer to the US release. However, I saw that it is supposed to be crossplatform. Windows and 360. This peaked more interest because I didn't think that was available yet.
It's not. While the game should have crossplatform capabilities in the future, at release it will not. That's pretty disappointing but not unexpected.
However, the game still looks good. While originally touted as an "Oblivion killer," I don't think it'll be that in depth. But it still should be fun.
Single player and multi-player modes seem to be very different. Single player you can only be a human and have some quests. Multiplayer(up to 8 players in a world) allows you to choose from a list of races and you have different quests. You cannot use your single player character in multiplayer and vice versa.
Previews of the game seem to indicate a "card type" of skill/item/magic system. You can stack the cards on each other, making them better. You apparently can ride more than just horses, such as big lizards and other mounts. And of course, you can be good or a self-centered jerk. It's up to you. Necromancy is not in the world, but you can release it upon the world. So if you want to learn necromancy, others will start to use it against you. All in all, this game bears watching.
I decided to check it out this week. I had seen the site before but thought that the $15/month was too much to try it.
Interesting? Yes. Nostalgic? Yes.
Also frustrating! Older, DOS games like from Infocom or Sierra will not save. It always has an error or says the disk is full or copy protected. Those games were not made to be played in one sitting.
Now I'm playing X-Com which I think I actually still have on CD around here. It's fun, but every so often it crashes out. Also, I accidentally built my base in Africa. Africa is very safe from aliens, but everyone else is pissed at me.
Also, you have to download every game you're going to play through Gametap. But you can only run them through Gametap.
So I'll probably end out the month, but that's it. Still, it's worth the 99 cents to play some old games from when I was a kid. But no save on Space Quest I means that the desert is frustrating and I get eaten. And I don't feel like going through the ship again.
Friday, March 2, 2007
As part of the truce, Sony will pay San Jose-based Immersion $97.2 million in damages and interest, as stipulated in the original court award that Sony was appealing. Sony will also pay $22.5 million in licensing payments through 2009 plus an unspecified amount of fees and royalties. In total, Sony will cough up at least $150.3 million to settle the litigation, when factoring in $30.6 million in compulsory license payments the Japanese company has already paid.
Not a bad chunk of change for Immersion. Apparently their stock jumped 32% after this news broke. So how long will it be till we see a sixaxis controller with rumble now that Sony has the permission? I'm guessing PS4.
As part of the truce, Sony will pay San Jose-based Immersion $97.2 million in damages and interest, as stipulated in the original court award that Sony was appealing. Sony will also pay $22.5 million in licensing payments through 2009 plus an unspecified amount of fees and royalties.
In total, Sony will cough up at least $150.3 million to settle the litigation, when factoring in $30.6 million in compulsory license payments the Japanese company has already paid.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
And supposedly exclusive episodic downloadable content for GTA IV will be released for the Xbox 360 in 2008. Of course, rumors also exist that the PS3 will get entirely different exclusive downloadable content for GTA IV...
Hopefully with all the great sandbox games lately, GTA IV will step it up even more.
I think maps should always be free. 6 months from now the online community for this game will have dramatically decreased (hopefully to the levels of Prey). No one is going to want to buy these maps if there is no community to support them. Plus the developers just divide up their gaming pool by not allowing certain players to play against each other because of different maps. Boo to you Capcom. Boo.