Monday, December 25, 2006

PlayStation 3 and Nintendo

PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii are the hot systems this Christmas, but don't forget about the wonderful Xbox 360. PlayStation 2, PSP, DS Lite and GameCube are options ... and you certainly want to have options when you get into buying mode.
There are also plenty of choices when it comes time to buying games for those systems. And for the sports fan, those choices are very solid, in some cases, splendid.
You really can't go wrong, especially if you're buying hockey, football or golf games.
MADDEN 07:
You'd think the concept might get a bit stale after all these years, but Madden just keeps on getting better. This year's addition of lead blocking gives the game a big boost. Xbox 360 owners are breathing a big sigh of relief. There've been big improvements on last year's version -- graphics are no longer the only reason to play. A must own for gaming football fans.
NHL 07:
With a great dynasty mode and the welcome addition of specialty players such as Snipers and Slap Shot Artists, the game is fresh and fun. With its blend of depth and enjoyment, EA's NHL installment is the king of hockey this year.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Halo 3 Brute animations

Halo 3, there aren't any real details about the story. However, during a rundown of new Brute animations, the video shows some new features of the game. The highlights include one Brute ripping the arms off of an unfortunate human, another Brute pushing a Warthog over, and a dual-plasma-sword-wielding Elite skewering a Brute. Gamers will also get a close look at the Brute's standard-issue weapon, a pistol which appears to have two scythes as bayonets, similar to the Brute Shot from Halo 2.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Halo 3

On Dec. 4, the special 60-second "Halo 3" advertising spot will be broadcast, one time only, on ESPN's "Monday Night Football." The ad, created by advertising agency McCann Erickson, will provide viewers with a unique and compelling look at Master Chief and the world of "Halo 3." It is easily one of the most anticipated ads of the year and promises to be the biggest event in appointment advertising this year. It underscores the innovative approach and driving influence the "Halo" franchise has commanded. The television spot will also be available for download exclusively for Xbox 360 users via Xbox Live Marketplace.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Bungie Halo 3

Bungie plans to kick off a Halo 3 public beta early next year, along with a bunch of new Halo 2 maps. In the meantime, they are teasing us with a new Halo 3 screenshot, and they will also have a Halo 3 commercial on TV, coming this December 4. But first things first: the Halo 3 multiplayer beta.
"Via the Xbox Live multiplayer public beta, a first of its kind for the Halo franchise, gamers will be able to play online via Microsoft's premier online entertainment network and participate in a pre-release version of the multiplayer experience of Halo 3. This beta also represents an opportunity for gamers worldwide to participate in the development of Halo 3. Through the resulting feedback, Bungie Studios will be able to further refine and hone the end result of Halo 3."
If all goes well, the beta should start in Spring 2007. Also around that time, Bungie will release a new set of Halo 2 multiplayer maps via the Xbox Live Marketplace. They will not be free, however, and you will need a hard drive to download them on Xbox 360. Yes, that last part kind of sucks, and the devs admit it as well (though they cleverly pass the blame on to Microsoft).

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Halo 3 public multiplayer

The biggest news by far has to be the announcement of a Halo 3 public multiplayer demo hitting Xbox Live this spring, which will give millions of fans a taste of things to come and more than likely spike the hell out of Xbox 360 sales figures.
Another move aimed at selling more 360s are new Halo 2 maps, also this spring, exclusively for the Xbox 360. The new maps will cost 'something' to download, and will more than likely really tick off regular Xbox Halo 2 fans to no end, effectively dragging them kicking and screaming into the next generation.
the announcement of an exclusive worldwide Halo 3 TV commercial set to air during Monday Night Football on December 4th.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halo 3 Spike Rifle and a Spike Grenade

Some of new features include two new weapons: a Spike Rifle and a Spike Grenade, and the appearance of an ATV vehicle called the Mongoose which was cut from Halo 2. You'll also now be able to record your multiplayer and singleplayer games and rewatch them.
Another revelation is that three versions of Halo 3 will be available when the game ships. There will be a regular no-frills version of the game, a collector's edition, and a Legendary edition which comes with a replica of Master Chief's helmet and includes special content spread over four DVDs. More details are in the December issue of EGM which should be reaching subscribers soon.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Halo 3 different editions

Halo 3 but more importantly some all-important information has been confirmed about the game.
New weapons in the game will include a spiker, a new brute weapon. A Spartan laser; which tears vehicles apart and a nail grenade that sticks onto walls and explodes, shooting nails everywhere. The ATV that was cut from Halo 2 will make an appearance, it will seat two people but won't have any weapons. The game will also contain a man cannon, which will shoot your character up into the air, ala Unreal Tournament.
In addition, 1Up has revealed that you'll also be able to save your own replays from single player and multiplayer. Finally, the article also reveals that Bungie are going to be releasing three different editions of Halo 3; a standard edition, collector's edition and a monster legendary edition. The legendary edition will include four disks: the first disk will contain the game, the second disk will contain documentaries and developer commentary, the third disk will include spin-off material (red vs. blue etc.) and the forth disk will have all the cut scenes from Halo 1-3 in high definition

Monday, October 23, 2006

Microsoft Corp.'s Halo 2

There's a long history of imaginative weapons in videogames, from the deadly energy sword players can wield in Microsoft Corp.'s Halo 2 to the turtle shells they fling like projectiles in Nintendo Co.'s Mario Kart series. But a stool-softener gun?
That's one of the unlikely weapons in a new computer game called Re-Mission, in which players control a miniature "nanobot" named Roxxi that's injected into a human body and blasts cancer cells to smithereens.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Halo 2 most played game over Xbox Live

Looking to the original Xbox, Halo 2 remained as the most played game over Xbox Live for the week. Ranking second on the Xbox chart was Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, followed by EA's Madden NFL 07. The Xbox port of Counter-Strike ranked fourth on the list, while Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 5 and Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory took the fifth and sixth positions on the chart.
Another Ubisoft release, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow, ranked seventh on the chart for the week, followed by LucasArts' Star Wars Battlefront II and Microsoft's popular racing title Forza Motorsport. The list of original Xbox titles being played over the online service was rounded out by Ubisoft's Rainbow Six 3 in tenth.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Verizon Wireless Halo

Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, and IN-FUSIO, the international mobile games publisher, today announced the launch of the Halo: Mobile Portal for Verizon Wireless Get It Now® customers to download on their wireless phones. The Halo: Mobile Portal is a way for fans of one of the best selling Xbox® games to stay connected to the Halo(TM) Universe, even when they are away from their Xbox or PC. By downloading the Halo: Mobile Portal, Verizon Wireless customers with select Get It Now-enabled phones can customize their phones with official wallpapers and tones of their favorite Halo characters and scenes, check their most recent Xbox Live Gamertag statistics, send messages, get gameplay tips and receive weekly updates on new limited edition content.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Halo 3 logo Bungie mobile phones


The highly anticipated Microsoft mainstay might not be finished for play, but its logo is good to go. Bungie’s revealed the artwork on its web site.

Bungie has posted a great piece on the making of the logo, which explains well how many steps went into making the design. And, if having a logo locked down wasn’t good enough, Bungie has some other big Halo-related news, too.
Bungie’s teamed up with Verizon to open the Halo Mobile Portal from In-Fusio. The portal offers Halo stuff for mobile phones, including ringtones. Cingular, T-Mobile and Sprint are expected to come online soon.

“Basically you can pimp your phone to include Halo themes, graphics, sound effects, music and even a feed of your Halo 2 stats from Bungie.net.”

Bungie’s also rolled out its first podcast. The 60MB file includes interviews, Halo 2 Vista details, news about the Halo 3 logo and more. The podcast can be downloaded directly from Bungie.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Halo 3 warthog

A super-deluxe killing machine, I tell you! Well ok, actually it's Bungie's latest weekly update that says so, referring to the smarter AI in Halo 3 - rather than the Warthog itself. Halo's trademark Hog may be going through some significant visual updates for the sequel, but it's the player's AI buddies who are turning it into a fine-tuned Covenant grinding machine, according to Bungie's webmaster Frankie.
He also drops another interesting tidbit about the AI, saying that beeping the Warthog's horn seems to bring any nearby Marine running and hopping straight into the gunner turret - although they will come based on suitability for the task at hand (more on that in a future update, he promises). In Halo 3, the AI gunner will also be more "persuadable" to pick a more relevant target, and have him stop trying to blast a lone grunt hiding behind a rock when a bigger menace approaches.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Game sales Xbox and Xbox 360

Xbox
North America: 1. Madden NFL 07 (EA Sports), 2. Halo 2 (Microsoft), 3. NASCAR 07 (EA Sports), 4. Star Wars: Battlefront II (LucasArts), 5. LEGO Star Wars (Eidos Interactive).
Japan: 1. Phantom Dust (Microsoft), 2. Project Gotham Racing 2 (Microsoft), 3. Halo (Microsoft), 4. Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (Tecmo), 5. Super Monkey Ball Deluxe (Sega).
UK: 1. Cars (THQ), 2. Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood (Ubisoft), 3. Halo Triple Pack (Microsoft), 4. Fable: The Lost Chapters (Microsoft), 5. Halo 2 (Microsoft).
Spurred by the upcoming release of LEGO Star Wars II, the Xbox sees increased sales for both Star Wars: Battlefront II and the original LEGO Star Wars. Few surprises are to be found in either Japan's or the UK's list, however, as easily recognizable names like Halo, Fable, and Dead or Alive continue to dominate in both regions.
Xbox 360
North America: 1. Saints Row (THQ), 2. Madden NFL 07 (EA Sports), 3. Test Drive: Unlimited (Atari), 4. Dead Rising (Capcom), 5. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (Ubisoft).
Japan: 1. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (Ubisoft), 2. Senko no Ronde Rev. x (Sega), 3. Condemned: Psycho Crime (Sega), 4. Perfect Dark Zero (Microsoft), 5. Call of Duty 2 (Konami).
UK: 1. Dead Rising (Capcom), 2. Saints Row (THQ), 3. Test Drive: Unlimited (Atari), 4. Enchanted Arms (Ubisoft), 5. Madden NFL 07 (EA Sports).
Saints Row, Dead Rising, and Test Drive: Unlimited are among the biggest titles the Xbox 360 has seen in recent memory, and all are strong performers in both the United States and in the UK. Japan, on the other hand, sees its biggest sellers in older titles like Perfect Dark Zero and Call of Duty 2

Sunday, August 27, 2006

supercomputer network PlayStation 3

Scientists in the US are planning on building a supercomputer network from idle PlayStation 3 consoles sitting in gamers' homes to tackle and help understand diseases like Alzheimer's and cancer.
The application has been created by US biologists Folding@Home, who already run a series of research projects using PCs across the globe.
The hope, is to use the massive processing power of Sony's next-gen console, the PlayStation 3, to do more than just play games.
Gamers will be able to download a small application directly to the console, that uses their PS3's processing power when they aren't battling the forces of evil.
The application will then crunch small packets of data before sending it back over the internet to a central computer where all of the results can be viewed together by Biologists.
The system is already used by a number organisations for PCs connected online, including Folding@Home and SETI to look at a wide variety of problems from mapping diseases to looking for extra-terrestial life forms.
According to Folding@Home in a statement on its website; "Using the Cell processor of the PS3, we should be able to do more folding than what one could do on a PC. Also, since the PS3 has a powerful GPU, the PS3 client will offer real time visualization for the first time."
The organisation has said that a network of 10,000 PS3 boxes would enable processing performance four times as fast as the most powerful supercomputer in the world, the IBM BlueGene/L computer in California.
Sony has announced that it is expecting to sell 12 million consoles in the first year alone and if the next-generation console goes as far as selling as many as the company's current PlayStation 2 console, the super computer network could be as large as 100 million machines offering processing time.
An interface is expected to be ready for when the console launches in November.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Xbox 360 Halo 3

The current leader in the console war, the Xbox 360 is packing a punch, here are 2 titles that make the Xbox 360 a must buy. Read here

Friday, August 04, 2006

Escapist on the Xbox platform's

The Escapist on the Xbox platform's best feature: Xbox Live. Oh yeah, except it's not about how great it is, it's about how much profanity there is.
Of course, Microsoft has taken measures to address this shortcoming with the 360's four different gamer "zones" and a feedback system. Takahashi writes, "Taking a cue from eBay, the service now has a feedback system where gamers can rate their rivals. Each player carries a reputation with him. By clicking on someone's gamertag, it's easy to file a complaint about someone. If the complaints pile up, Microsoft can remove the gamer from the service."

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Atari support both Microsoft's XBOX 360 Nintendo's Wii

According to Atari, Sony hasn't been very forthcoming with details in regards to the PS3 so it can't get the games out there for launch. "It's just that we're lacking information about the PS3 at this stage, because we have basically a rough release date and a high retail price point," said Atari CEO Bruno Bonnell to GamesIndustry.biz.
However, Atari explains that it will fully support both Microsoft's XBOX 360 and Nintendo's Wii this year. The company will have new titles on the market including Test Drive Unlimited for XBOX 360 and DBZ on the Wii. The company will also release Hot Pxl for Sony's PlayStation Portable. Bonnell echoed some of the sentiments expressed by Microsoft's Richard Teversham that many of our readers took issue with on Monday.
He feels that the PS3’s standard Blu-ray reader and full support for HD gaming will be enough to retain the hardcore gaming audience. "All this is driving me to think that Sony is picking up the high-end of the market, the hardcore, passionate fans. There will be a time they can reduce the price and access more people, but clearly that's a technical choice that Sony has made to be selective on the field at stage one

Friday, July 28, 2006

Halo games Bungie to dump the Halo franchise after 3

In this interview, Marty says, "We all want Halo to be the great ending to an epic trilogy. We look at what Peter Jackson did with the Lord of the Rings films - which each film bettering the previous one and that is what we are aiming for." Does that mean we won't be seeing another Halo game in the future? To people who understand that making video games is a business, the rumors (which are already half-disproved) that Bungie would end the Halo franchise anytime soon are ridiculous.
The first two Halo games combined have sold 14.3 million units. That puts the Halo franchise within the top 30 best-selling game franchises of all time. Without Halo, Microsoft might as well not have bothered with the Xbox; Halo and Halo 2 sold more units than the next six best selling games on the Xbox combined (if you're wondering, these games are Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Fable, GTA: Double Pack, Project Gotham Racing, and Need for Speed: Underground 2). With a Halo movie on the way, and the facts that Halo 2 sold more units than the first and is still the #1 game played on Xbox Live under Bungie's belt, it wouldn't be wrong to say that the Halo franchise is increasing in popularity.
The bottom line is that Bungie and Microsoft would have to be stupid to end their most lucrative franchise ever after #3. We don't claim to have any insider information, we don't dispute Marty's statement and we don't deny the possibility that Bungie will create new franchises, but based on pure business logic we'd expect to see at least another two games based on the Halo universe. From a business perspective, for Bungie to dump the Halo franchise after 3 would be sheer stupidity.I doubt that happens.

Monday, July 24, 2006

PlayStation 3 NVIDIA

the PlayStation 3 was due to launch in Spring 2006, as announced at E3 2005. However, at a business briefing in February, Ken Kutaragi, the creator of PlayStation, confirmed the rumours of a delay and pushed the launch to fall. At E3 2006, Sony revealed that the PlayStation 3 would be released in Japan on 11th November, and in Europe and North America on 17th November.

NVIDIA is producing the graphics chip for the PlayStation 3, called RSX or 'Reality Synthesiser'. Rumours suggest the chip's design was finished months ago, but neither NVIDIA nor Sony have revealed its final specifications, something graphics card enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

PlayStation 3's launch

According to Business Week, A Goldman Sachs analyst claims that Sony may lose up to $2 billion during the first year of the PlayStation 3's launch. The report claims that each PlayStation 3 will cost Sony $750 to produce while they will be retailing at $499 for the SKU with the 20GB hard drive and $599 for the unit with the 60GB hard drive.
Sony initially making a loss on each unit sold comes as no surprise as it is very common for console producers to take a hit on sales until production costs decrease- the PlayStation 2 only started raking in profits four years after it was launched while Microsoft has yet to make a profit from its Xbox series.
Sony has not made any official announcements on the manufacturing cost of the PlayStation 3 and analysts have speculated amounts from $500 to $800.
Currently known to be the most expensive console this generation, The PlayStation 3 will be launching in November this year. Its main competitors include the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii.

Friday, July 07, 2006

PlayStation 3 vs XBOX 360

Most people in the industry are predicting a successful launch for the PlayStation 3, selling out across the world, but it's the period following the launch that is casting doubt over the long term success of the console. Priced substantially higher than the competition at a staggering $599 (£425), the relatively low priced Xbox 360, and expected low price point of the Wii could well leave Sony and the PS3 in tricky situation.
Sony chief executive Howard Stringer doesn't see the high price as a problem though, noting that "you're paying for potential," and that "if the PS3 lives up to its total potential, then I don't think anyone will be worried about Nintendo or Xbox's cheaper price."
Sony is claiming that it has another trump card for its PlayStation 3 when compared to the XBOX 360. Sony is committed to distributing games digitally through its E-Distribution Initiative including first-party games. "Our first party projects are all unique to PS3. Some of our games, by virtue of their design and hardware demands, simply couldn't work on Xbox 360," said SCEA Santa Monica director of external production John Hight. Microsoft's XBOX Live Arcade, on the other hand, has been mainly limited to third-party efforts and classic titles.
Whether Microsoft will feel compelled to respond with its own first-party efforts on XBOX Live Arcade remains a mystery.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Halo 2 Windows Vista

Halo 2 for the PC won’t be out for a while, but Bungie’s been revealing some information about the title.
Although players of the PC game won’t be able to go head-to-head with gamers using the Xbox or Xbox 360, they will be able to track achievements using a mobile phone courtesy of the Live Anywhere service.
Running on Windows Vista only, the game will support up to 16 players at a time. It’s due out sometime in 2007 – with or after the Vista launch.Halo 2 willl be great to play on the computer for those gamers that don't have a Xbox.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

halo 2 cheat banshee Great Journey

On the final level "Great Journey", you will have to fly the banshee. You are told to enter the door in the huge structure. Fly up to the door and exit the banshee, make your way through the tight cave like hallways and open the door. Kill the brutes in this room, make sure you kill them all, do not use the banshee, they have brute shot and are good with plasma grenades.
After clearing the room, go back to your banshee and fly through the door, immediately start flying up, and you will notice a hole, fly through it. Continue flying through the holes you see and down through the door. Make your way to the right side of the room and down the long hallway (while in the banshee). A cut scene will take you out of your banshee to where the chieftain and 4 or 5 brutes are standing, after you kill them and the chieftain jumps to the center, make a 180 back to the hallway and get in the banshee.
Fly in circles around him, blasting him with all the banshee weapons. After a while, when his shields go down, you will have to land your banshee on the bottom level and engage the chieftain, shooting him, just pissing him off. When the brute reinforcements come, get back in the banshee and continue to bomb them and the chieftain until you are victorious.
NOTE: if you have trouble at any point, for example, if it seems it is taking forever to kill the chieftain, jump out of the banshee and engage him for a few minutes, just don't get killed (but if you do, your banshee will be waiting in the same spot you got it from) after a moment of fighting him on foot, jump back in it and continue, eventually he will die and you will be a lot safer in the air then down on his level.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Halo 2 PC DX9 cards Windows Vista

Work on Halo 2 PC is continuing apace, but players looking forward to the game should know a few things. The game looks to be Vista only and, despite the promise of the 'Live Anywhere' concept, will not be interconnected in the way that the Shadowrun game will be. The Bungie update clarifies on these announcements. From the article: "Will I need a DirectX 10 graphics card to run Halo 2 on PC? No. Although you will require Windows Vista to play Halo 2 on a PC, you won't necessarily need to upgrade your graphics card to do it. Halo 2, like some other Vista titles, will work just fine on a wide range of graphics cards, including DX9 cards. We will provide far more detailed minimum hardware requirements closer to the game's completion."

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Xbox 360 port of Battlefield 2 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

Here are the most recent results of the top ten games currently being played over Xbox Live. I have played the original until my fingers fell of the controller.
Halo 2 continues to prove its popularity as the top played game, followed by Activision and Infinity Ward's World War II first-person shooter Call of Duty 2. Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter ranks as the third most played game over the online community service.
2K Games and Bethesda Softworks' role-playing epic The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is the forth most popular game being played, followed by Electronic Arts and Digital Illusions' Xbox 360 port of Battlefield 2: Modern Combat in fifth. Surprisingly, the recently released Xbox Live Arcade game Uno ranks as the sixth most played game over Xbox Live, beating out both the demo for MotoGP 06 and Square Enix's Final Fantasy XI, which rank as the seventh and eighth most played games, respectively.
The top ten list is rounded out by EA Chicago's boxing game Fight Night Round 3 in ninth, and the demo for Capcom's E3 centerpiece Lost Planet as the tenth most played game over Xbox Live. We are still waiting on the release of Halo 3 next year.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Halo 3 Halo 2 for Windows Vista

"Halo 3 will utilise features and technologies that Bungie thinks are cool and appropriate to our game. No more, no less." We are, however, promised "some graphical features that you haven't seen yet, that sort of blow stuff away."
Games for Windows, about the upcoming version of Halo 2 for Windows Vista. Unangst told GamePro that he expects Halo 2 to be released "a little beyond [Windows Vista's] launch," and Donahue reaffirmed this, adding that the hit Xbox game would be released on PC "just after" the launch of Windows Vista.
The chances of cross platform online play between Xbox and PC gamers looks unlikely in Halo 2, with Unangst informing GamePro that such functionality would require "somebody to re-code the Xbox version." Halo 2 on Vista is, however, said to be an improvement on the Xbox original, boasting DirectX 10 visuals and an inbuilt map editor and modding system.
With Vista now scheduled for release in Q1 2007, the wait for Halo 2 on the PC will have to go on a little longer.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

'Halo 3' trilogy, Master Chief returns to finish the fight

The third installment in the highly successful 'Halo' series has been confirmed for release on the Xbox 360 next year.
Microsoft confirmed at the E3 conference in Los Angeles that the much anticipated sequel to the highly successful and critically acclaimed 'Halo 2' is in development and is expected to hit the shelves some time in 2007.
The games giant showed a 'Halo 3' trailer at the E3 conference, but details for the final installment in the trilogy remain sketchy at the present time.
A Microsoft spokesman said: "In this third chapter of the 'Halo' trilogy, Master Chief returns to finish the fight, bringing the epic conflict between the Covenant, the Flood and the entire human race to a dramatic, pulse-pounding climax."
'Halo 2' was one of the top-selling video games of all time, with around seven million copies sold worldwide since November 2004. It is also the most-played game on Xbox Live to date.I hope this is the last one can't take it any longer.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Halo 3

Although details are sketchy, Bungie has said that cinematics are going to be as vital a part of Halo 3 as they were in Halo 2 and Halo: Combat Evolved.
"As before, they will use the game engine to keep the player feeling like a part of the action."
Although not telling you much, the trailer shows off the level of detail gamers can expect when it is launched on Microsoft's Xbox360 games console
The epic saga ends with Halo 3, the hugely anticipated sequel to the highly successful and critically acclaimed Halo 2. In this third chapter of the Halo trilogy, Master Chief returns to finish the fight, bringing the epic conflict between the Covenant, the Flood and the entire human race to a dramatic, pulse-pounding climax. If this is indeed the end for the series, the more significant issue is the death of the multiplayer community, which was somewhat wounded with changes in Halo 2 but still representes one of the largest console-based competitive FPS scenes. Timing is some time next year.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Halo 3 hitting stores in the Spring of 2007

Microsoft had a big showing last year when the Xbox 360 was finally shown to the masses. MS knows they've got to pull out the big guns if they want distract attendees from their competitors big announcements. The biggest of these guns is undoubtedly Halo 3. Expect gameplay footage and a tentative release date for the game, possibly as early as this fall. While MS and Bungie have long said that, much like Halo 2, Halo 3 would "be out when it's ready", it's also no secret that MS, or at least Bill Gates, wanted to throw Halo 3 up against the PS3's launch. It's also been rumored that Bungie was forced to cut a large amount of content, including a large portion of the campaign, from the final version of Halo 2. With loads of finished content already laying around, and over two years of work, I wouldn't be shocked to see Halo 3 could be making an appearance on shelves this holiday season. However, most reports have Halo 3 hitting stores in the Spring of 2007, at the earliest. Hurry up I can't wait for Halo 3.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

GameCrazy to host a Halo 2 Tournament

Warfactory and the St. Louis Science Center present the first ever "LANetarium" event on May 27th, 2006 (Memorial Day Weekend). We will be using the main floor of the Planetarium to host a 150-person BYOC event featuring tournaments for Counterstrike 1.6 and Quake 4. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a LAN literally "under the stars" (without the bugs!) and experience competitive gaming action.
Thanks to sponsorshop from the US Army and Ranken Technical College, we will be offering $2000 in cash prizes for the winners of our tournaments, including a cool $1000 for the 1st Place at CS and $400 for Quake 4. If you're close to the St. Louis Area, you can't miss this event!
We've just recently announced our partnership with GameCrazy to host a Halo 2 Tournament at this event with an XBOX360 on the block for the grand prize!
We will also be featuring use of the Science Center's Omnimax Theater for event Finals! This will truly be a unique and exciting experience for any competitive gamer and a great warm-up for those of you with teams preparing for CPL or Quakecon! Please visit Warfactory for details and registration.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

halo 2 comic Marvel Comics, Bungie Studios, and Microsoft Game Studios

News just released about a Halo 2 comic book Marvel Comics, Bungie Studios, and Microsoft Game Studios are pleased to announce the creation of the Halo Graphic Novel. The Halo Graphic Novel (HGN) is an all-new hardcover anthology, consisting of one lengthy story and three shorter stories set within the Halo universe---all adding to the Halo mythos. In addition, there will be a collection of gallery pages featuring Halo inspired artwork from a variety of artists. By joining forces with an experienced industry veteran Marvel as the publisher and recruiting some of the comic industry's most talented artists and writers, Bungie Studios hopes not only to expand upon the incredibly popular Halo story line but also to raise the bar and set a new standard for what a graphic novel can and should be.
Fans of Halo and newcomers alike can get a taste of what this groundbreaking graphic novel has in store for them 6 weeks early! A 16-page, full-color Halo Preview comic will arrive in stores May 31st available for only $.99. A full color Halo poster showcasing the Phil Hale cover of the graphic novel will be in stores 6/28.
The Halo franchise, which includes Halo Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo for Windows, has sold over 14 million copies worldwide. In 2004, Halo 2 broke video game industry sales records by grossing over $125 million within its first 24 hours of release. Halo: First Strike, Halo: Fall of the Reach, and Halo: The Flood prose novels have each sold over 400,000 copies worldwide since first printing.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

FINAL FANTASY XI for Xbox 360

Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, announced today the European release of FINAL FANTASY® XI the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) for Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system.
Service is now live for FINAL FANTASY XI on Xbox 360 and the all-new expansion pack, Treasures of Aht Urhgan™, in Europe, North America and Japan. This is the first ever simultaneous service launch for the title and the World’s first Triple-cross-platform, Triple-Region MMO.
FINAL FANTASY XI for Xbox 360 is the first ever MMORPG for Microsoft’s Xbox 360, and includes the original Final Fantasy XI game and three additional expansion packs - Rise of the Zilart®, Chain of Promathia™ and the latest expansion pack release, Treasures of Aht Urhgan – also released today for Windows®.
FINAL FANTASY XI players from all over the world can unite in one gaming universe alongside Xbox 360 gamers for the first time ever, in a community of more than 500,000 players, and 1.7 million characters.
FINAL FANTASY XI is the first MMORPG capable of simultaneous multiplayer action across three different platforms, allowing players worldwide to combine forces on Windows, PlayStation®2 (U.S. and Japan only) and now Xbox 360.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Halo2 Tournament Clovis, CA

New just released on Halo2 contest Level One in Clovis, CA to host 2nd Halo2 Tournament on May 5th-7th
Following the success of the first level one halo 2 tournament, we have planned a second tournament. The tournament will take place May 5th and 6th with a side 2v2 event on the 7th.
May 5th ( Friday ) will be the FFA which each team is required to have 1 player participate in for seeding purposes, there will also be a 1st-8th place prize for the FFA.
May 6th ( Saturday ) will be the main 4v4 event. Game types and maps will be simular to our previous event with a new gametype thrown in the mix, Neutral Bomb.
Entry fee for the tournament will be 21$ per player with an additional 8$ per team that will be placed in the FFA pool. Pot amount will depend on how many teams enter the tournament, if it fills up with 32 the pot will be close to 2000$ with 40% going to first place and 2nd-8th being paid out. On top of cash prizes sponsored prizes will also be given out.
Level One is a Members Only facility, so in order to participate in the tournament you MUST be a member, membership fee is 20$ per year.
Level One Halo2 Tournaments are played on the XBOX360 and 52" HDTVs.
For more information please call us at (559)-322-4111

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

USA Network have announced a programming deal halo 2 contest

With a view to bring professional video game playing to a wider audience, Major League Gaming (MLG) and USA Network have announced a programming deal in which USA Network will air seven one-hour episodes, featuring the pro circuit and its players.
The episodes will air on USA Network this holiday season. MLG also announced that it has a new multiyear contract with Boost Mobile, under which that company's mobile phones will feature content.
Though video gaming fans have been able to follow competitions on game web sites, MLG's television deal marks the first time that TV viewers would be able to track the ups and downs of a pro tournament, watching video gaming as a new kind of extreme sport.Read complete article

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Halo2 Glitch: More Ammo

Glitch: More Ammo - This works in single and multiplayer.
For just testing this glitch it's easiest at the start of the first level because of all the guns lying around. First you need to find four one-handed weapons, a few of which must be the same type of gun.
To save confusion I'll just say the 4 guns are 3 SMG's and a Pistol. Pick up the Pistol and 1 of the SMG's (NOT dual-wielding) Your left hand should be empty.
Have the Pistol in your right hand and pick up one of the SMG's off the ground with your left hand. You should now have a pistol in your right hand, an SMG in your left hand, and another SMG in reserve, leaving only one SMG left on the ground.
Stand over it and even though you already have an SMG in reserve it will say "Hold X to pick up SMG" Hold X to swap your Pistol for the SMG on the ground. If you did it properly you will now be carrying all 3 SMG's, 1 in each hand and the third in reserve, giving you a maximum of 540 extra rounds rather than the usual 180, (or 360 if you dual-wield) This will work with any one-handed weapon.

Monday, April 03, 2006

WWE SmackDown PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

THQ's announced that it's planning to bring WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW to both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for its 2007 incarnation.
Due out this Christmas, WWE SVR 2007 is also set for release on the PS2, as is tradition, while it'll also be appearing on the PSP for the second time around.
Announced on the eve of WrestleMania 22, the new SmackDown includes an enhanced season mode, moves grapples to the right analogue stick, and even lets you get in among the fans in certain places.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

iPods from stores other than iTunes

Apple has so far refused to comment on the bill or on analysts' suggestions that the Cupertino, California company might choose to withdraw from the French online music market rather than share the proprietary technology at the heart of its business model.
Under the bill, companies would be required to reveal the secrets of hitherto-exclusive copy-protection technologies such as Apple's FairPlay format and the ATRAC3 code used by Sony's Connect store and Walkman players.
That would permit consumers for the first time to download music directly to their iPods from stores other than iTunes, or to rival music players from iTunes France.
Apple has most to lose because of its phenomenal penetration of the digital music market, according to analysts. Critics of the French move say legislators have no business forcing Apple to share its proprietary format -- arguing that customers know its limitations when they choose to buy an iPod.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Sony Online Entertainment PlayStation 3

Speaking about the PlayStation 3 at the special business briefing, Ken Kutaragi revealed the first details about the “PlayStation Network Platform”.
The competitor to Xbox Live is planned to launch along the console this November and is set to include all the features currently available on Xbox Live except for an XBLA-like offer.
Sony Computer Entertainment will run the service, which has been created with the help of Sony Online Entertainment.
At the same time, Sony will allow game publishers to connect to the network, which they promise will be more open to the Internet than Xbox Live.
PlayStation Network Platform features:
User registration
Avatar
Login ID
Friends List
Voice and Video Chat
Messaging
Lobby
Matchmaking
Score Ranking
Content download
Data upload-download
Online Shopping
Micro-payment
Kutaragi mentioned that there will be a basic service that will be free but didn’t specify which of the above features will be included in the basic package.
Sony also revealed the schedule for PNP development tools. By the end of this month, Sony will deliver the first PNP Development SDK, with a second update planned for April. Then, by the end of June they plan to deliver all functions on the server side. Finally in July developer will be able to test all functions and a full production environment will be available in September.

Friday, March 10, 2006

President David Reeves PlayStation

Digging his heels in and refusing to let the rumor mangers have their way, SCEE president David Reeves last week reaffirmed Sony's 2006 PS3 plans, claiming that word from the PlayStation daddy himself, Ken Kutaragi, is that production is “on track.
There are so many rumours out there, but no-one really knows the facts,he told MCV at last weeks DevStation, a developer-only event put together by SCEE.
I do know whats going to be happening and I am honestly very, very confident about it. When asked by one studio worker about suggestions of a delayed Euro launch, Reeves answered: It is my job to match day and date with the US launch. I am doing my best to make that happen.But lips remain tightly sealed on prices and exact timings, and as the wait for firmer details goes on, Reeves said PS3 plans are constantly influenced by the demands of integrating new technology like Blu-Ray, while making sure both hardware and a decent array of software is available from day one.
And Reeves remains unconcerned by the head start Microsoft has with Xbox 360:I think most people that will buy the first million Xbox 360s in PAL territories are also going to buy a PS3. thats the type of people they are.
Once its up to about the million installed base thats when it's all going to start.

Friday, March 03, 2006

motion sensing technology Xbox 360 controllers

It looks like Microsoft likes the Revolution controllers too, as the company has registered patents for motion sensing technology which many assume will go into future Xbox 360 controllers (or even PC stuff):
Last week, a post on the flash-game and movie site Razoric.com sparked rumors that Sony was hard at work on a Revolution-style controller for the PlayStation 2, and now there's evidence that Microsoft is exploring similar technologies.
A little over a week ago, a US patent was granted to Microsoft for a new method of spatial measurement. Basically, the setup proposed in the patent application can track an object's path through 3D space using multiple-range cameras in a more accurate and consumer-friendly manner than has previously been available. The patent was originally applied for in August of 2004.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Superman Returns Xbox and Playstation 2

Gamers will be able to achieve superhero status thanks to a range of impressive new features in the latest Superman game to hit the Xbox and the PlayStation 2.
In 'Superman Returns: The Video game', you explore and protect the truly living city of Metropolis.
As the Man of Steel, you'll hone your unworldly super powers such as flight, x-ray vision, heat vision, super hearing, super strength, super speed, and super breath to fight villains that only Superman can defeat.
In addition to this, 'Superman Returns: The Video game' allows players to control all of the hero's aerial twists and turns at speeds of more than 800mph. Or what is known in the industry as "faster than a speeding bullet".
'Superman Returns: The Video game' is set for release on the Xbox and Playstation 2 this coming June.

Monday, February 27, 2006

sell 6 million Xbox 360s expects PS3 announcements soon

Analyst P.J. McNealy with Amtech Research said in a report today that Microsoft is on track to sell 6 million Xbox 360s by the end of June, and 10-12 million by year-end; expects PS3 announcements soon.
Amtech and McNealy also conducted a survey involving 125 retailers last week. Twenty-six of them had Xbox 360 units in stock, although all but five of them only had the non-hard drive Core units. Stores that did have the $400 Premium Packs late last week sold out of units very quickly.
The report still said that stores with consoles in stock only had a paltry 1-3 units each, with only two of the surveyed stores having decent stock; one with 10 Premiums, and one with seven Premiums and six Cores.
Establishments surveyed included large retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart and Best Buy, as well as specialty stores like GameStop/Electronics Boutique.
Also touched on in the report was the possibility of new PlayStation 3 information surfacing at upcoming events such as this week's Destination PlayStation event.
"We expect Sony to give some directional information on the PS3 about launch plans and pricing, but we believe it is more likely that Sony will keep its commentary to a high level about the PS3 rather than specifics. The keynote address is expected to be tomorrow morning," the report read.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Xbox 360 Black would be forthcoming for the Xbox 360

A new report on UK games site Eurogamer.net today reveals that a new version of Black will definitely not be created for the Xbox 360, halting rumours suggesting that a new version of the game would be. Developer Criterion's Xbox title, released tomorrow, is not forward-compatible with the new machine, sparking rumours of a dedicated title for the 360.
"The only time you'll see it on the Xbox 360 is when we make BLACK 2 on it in a few years," developer Alex Ward told Eurogamer.net. He also confirmed that Criterion wanted to make Burnout compatible with the Xbox 360, but that so far Microsoft had been unwilling to assist with the appropriate emulation. "We'd absolutely love it if our Burnout games worked on 360," he explained, "but it's down to what Microsoft wants to do. It controls and decides what games its emulator works with. I've actually asked them four times myself for them to make it happen, but it's really not up to us."
Ward reiterated that no version of Black would be forthcoming for the Xbox 360, and that he hoped to put the speculation to bed. Still, at least we know that Black 2 is en route, even if it is only a distant proposition. More as we get it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Halo2 Weapons tips

Here are some general tips from an advanced player for all of you who are looking for an edge in this game. You may know some or all the things in this article depending on your skill level. Even if you are an expert player this article should help you remember the fundamental that make you a good player. This article focuses on individual fighting tips, perhaps a future article will address team strategy.
Weapon Combos: Read Here

Mythical Halo 3

Next Generation: Let's talk about Halo 3. Where are we up to?
Shane Kim: I call it The Mythical Halo 3 - we haven't announced any such game yet! Obviously the Halo franchise is very important to us. When you have Bill Gates being quoted fairly constantly, talking about a game, you know it's important to the company. But his recent comments reflect the position accurately. Which is that, if there were a Halo 3 we would be careful about how we announce and introduce it.
It's exactly the same way we talked about Halo 2, where people wanted it a year after Halo. That would not have accomplished anything.
It depends. If it's the game that everyone is expecting then, yes. For us it's about making a proper impact on the platform. It has to be something with huge significance, so we won't be rushed.
I don't think that's fair. Everyone is looking for a Halo and a GTA, but we have to realize there are only two of those titles in history, and they weren't those big legends before they launched.
It is easy to look back and say 'nothing the size of Halo came out', but the launch titles were all solid good games and there was some amazing work.
I would put this portfolio up against the original Xbox launch portfolio any day. I don't see the fact that there wasn't one game that everyone wanted to buy as a criticism. The strength was in the variety.
If you look at the attach rate that speaks to the quality of the portfolio of the highest attach rate in history which is an indication of real quality.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

GoForce 5500 graphics NVIDIA

NVIDIA unveiled its GoForce 5500 graphics processing unit for mobile phones and handheld devices. It's the first handheld GPU enabling true digital TV, high-fidelity surround sound, rapid multi-shot photography and console-class 3D graphics.
For many years, the capabilities of GoForce 5500 have been limited to home entertainment systems, personal computers, digital still cameras or the likes of Sony Play station or Microsoft's Xbox. NVIDIA says that this changes with the new GoForce GPU, as all of these features will be available to the mobile phone.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Xbox 360 and PS3 hardware for games

The first, not-so-surprising revelation is that the development kits do not look anything like the proposed PS3 hardware. Rather, they are contained in largish towers, similar in size to typical desktop PCs. This was the same for the early PS2 dev kits, and the first Xbox 360 development kits were actually re-branded Apple G5 towers, so this is not a huge surprise. More interesting is the fact that the sleek, curved PS3 models that have been demonstrated at various trade shows are actually empty shells, and it is not clear how Sony will manage to squeeze all the required components into the advertised case. Some developers have concluded that the existing case does not even have room for a 2.5 inch hard drive, suggesting that Sony will be forced to bump the dimensions of the box somewhat before release.
The controller on the dev kits is apparently a standard USB game pad, and developers are writing games with the assumption that the control scheme will remain unchanged from the PS2's Dual Shock configuration. The word is that Sony is changing the look of the controller after receiving massive negative feedback over their original "boomerang" concept design.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

New iPod for Apple

APPLE is soon expected to launch a low-priced iPod, with Microsoft also believed to be planning a portable music player of its own.
According to the New York office of UBS Investment Research, Apple is planning a new product line, introducing new iPods during the course of the year, and also has plans to launch a long-awaited Apple-made smart mobile phone within a year.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

iPod speakers Xbox360 vs Playstation PS3

Many of the people who got an iPod over the holidays may now be eyeing one of the new speaker systems so they can listen to their digital music without headphones. You just insert your iPod into a slot and the sound is channeled through external speakers.
Consumer Reports recently tested eight of these speaker systems, ranging in price from $90 to $300. Most work with the whole line of iPods, as well as other MP3 players. Testers say, at their best, these speakers are comparable to typical boom boxes or bookshelf stereo systems.
Consumer Reports found you get the best bass with the $250 Altec Lansing InMotion IM 7. For the best overall audio, check out the Bose SoundDock for $300. But it's not super portable. It weighs a little over five pounds and doesn't run on batteries.
If portability and battery-operation are paramount, Consumer Reports says you'll sacrifice some audio quality. Your best bet: the JBL On Tour for $100. It's quite small and runs on four AAA-size batteries.
Consumer Reports has also tested all the iPods on the market, including the newest one that can also play videos, but testers found the screen is easily scratched, as is the case with some of the iPod Nanos.
The March issue of Playstation Magazine (PSM) reveals that Sony are planning to launch a live service for the PS3 that will rival the Xbox live service provided by Microsoft.
The article is the latest in a war of words between Microsoft and Sony, the article reads, "Cast aside any doubts and start gazing skyward, because that's where Sony is aiming with plans that go far beyond simple leader boards and matchmaking -- or even the PS3, for that matter.It's very real, one source tells us. They (Sony) are dead serious about it. They've declared, and I quote, a 'full-on assault' on the latest version of Xbox Live.They are committed to matching Xbox Live [on the 360] feature for feature and then some."

Monday, January 30, 2006

Halo 2 expansion pack

Halo 2's multiplayer action is so sweet that it is known in the gaming culture as the all time best online multiplayer game out there, utilizing Microsoft’s X-box Live service, playing online has never been easier or more widely used. At any point during any day in any part of the world one can always find hundreds of online gamers going at it, head to head in X-box Live land. From the massive array of weaponry to choose from, to the many options to change the game up from team slayer with shotguns only. Read complete story

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Xbox Live headsets produced by Plantronics

The line of Xbox Live headsets produced by Plantronics, which includes the GameCom X10, the GameCom X20 and the GameCom Halo 2 Edition, is compatible with the Xbox 360 for use on the next-generation Xbox Live service.
Keep in mind that because you won't be using the Xbox Communicator with the 360, there is no volume or mute control, but the three headsets we tested performed well on the default volume level.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Electronic Arts today announced Medal of Honor Airborne

Electronic Arts today announced Medal of Honor Airborne
According to the company, players will assume the role of Boyd Travers, Private First Class of the legendary 82nd Airborne Division, as he battles his way across war-torn Europe beginning with the 82nd's first combat deployment to Sicily during Operation Husky through the harrowing jump into Normandy prior to D-Day until the triumphant crossing of the Rhine into the heart of Nazi Germany itself.Read Story

Monday, January 16, 2006

Halo 3 comments from Bill Gates

January 10, 2006 - Around last year's E3, Microsoft's Chairman Bill Gates caused a stir among Halo fans when, in an interview with Time Magazine, he stated that when rival Sony launched their PS3 next-generation console, they would walk right into the buzzsaw known as Halo 3. After months of speculation and silence from Bungie, the Microsoft-owned developers of the Halo franchise, Gates has publicly backed off of his previous comments by stating that they were nothing more than "speculation."
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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Xbox 360 sales

According to Reuters, about 600,000 Xbox 360s have been sold in the U.S. since the next-gen console’s launch on Nov. 22, 2005.Read Full Story

Friday, January 13, 2006

Xbox 360 review and games

For $399 you can buy a deluxe system including the unit, a wireless controller, a headset for multiplayer gaming online and a hard drive to store downloadable content. A $299 core system has just the console and a wired controller. The games are a whopping $59 apiece, $10 more than the average game.Read More and game review

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Xbox 360 Microsoft Game Studios

The big American console manufacturer published Conker: Live and Reloaded, Fantagram's Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes, and snuck out Fable: The Lost Adventures for a bargain price in fall 2005. Microsoft Game Studios made the full transition to Xbox 360 and it's not looking back. Third parties, however, will follow a different plan. The Xbox has a healthy installed base of more than 21 million units, and companies such as Electronic Arts, Activision, THQ, Eidos, and Take-Two and others will continue to develop well-established brands on these systems. But don't expect to see brand new IPs (i.e. original game content) on Xbox in 2006. Expect a flurry of games such as Tony Hawk, Madden, the 2K series, and more annual games to hit the good old Xbox in its final year of real support. All AAA games will come to next generation games.Read Full Article

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Xbox game sales

Xbox 360 - Week ending, 17th December, 2005:
1 CALL OF DUTY 2
2 PROJECT GOTHAM RACING 3
3 PERFECT DARK ZERO
4 FIFA 06
5 NEED FOR SPEED: MOST WANTED
6 CONDEMNED: CRIMINAL ORIGINS
7 KING KONG: OFFICIAL GAME OF THE MOVIE
8 KAMEO: ELEMENTS OF POWER
9 QUAKE 4
10 TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 06
11 GUN
12 AMPED 3
13 TONY HAWK'S AMERICAN WASTELAND
14 MADDEN NFL 06
15 NBA LIVE 06