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Interview with Community Games Developers

Friday, February 29th, 2008

From guardian.co.uk (http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/games/archives/2008/02/28/xna_and_the_future_of_bedroom_coding_part_one.html ):[QUOTE]We speak to the developers behind Microsoft’s first batch of freely available community-developed Xbox 360 games. It’s the revenge of bedroom coding!Meet ‘Walaber’, developer of JellyCar, Brian Cable, responsible for Proximity HD, James Silva of The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai fame and Jeff Pobst and Michael Austin of Hidden Path Entertainment, creators […]

Next-Gen.biz Feature: Is Xbox 360 Past Its Peak?

Friday, February 29th, 2008

From next-gen.bi (http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9148&Itemid=2 ):[QUOTE]Seven years after the introduction of its first console, Microsoft is waging a new war with Xbox 360 - against itself. Phil Spencer, the general manager of Microsoft Game Studios Europe, believes the war can still be won.Wondering just how big or small a part of Microsoft the division is? That total […]

360 vs PS3: 4 Recent Multi-platform Examined

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

From gamepro.com (http://www.gamepro.com/microsoft/xbox360/games/features/164668.shtml ):[QUOTE]GamePro examines four recent multi-platform titles (Assassin’s Creed, Burnout Paradise, Call of Duty4, Devil May Cry 4) to determine which console has the better games–PS3 or Xbox 360. What we discovered challenges the common wisdom that “Xbox 360 is better.”While we can’t definitively name one console as having better multi-platform releases across […]

Getting a new Gamertag? Get Catan for free

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

From xbox360fanboy.com (http://www.xbox360fanboy.com/2008/02/27/getting-a-new-gamertag-get-catan-for-free/ ):[QUOTE]Microsoft has a new promotion (http://ebm.email.xbox.com/c/tag/tBHxaszAlyGDmB0CHdcAxiQuUU1/doc.html ) for those gamers who are just getting into the the Xbox Live scene. Those gamers who have just created a Gamertag can register via a .NET site (http://email.xbox.com/a/hBHxaszAlyGDmB0CHdcAxiQuUU1/xbox5 ) to receive a download code for the XBLA version of the classic tabletop game Settlers of […]

EU hits Microsoft with record 899 million euro anti-trust fine

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

From AFP via google (http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jyFAIOBxj20EH4ahzTcAzjmaBa_w ):[QUOTE]EU competition regulators dealt a new blow to Microsoft on Wednesday, fining the US software giant a record 899 million euros for defying a landmark 2004 anti-trust ruling.The fine, equal to 1.4 billion dollars, is the biggest ever levelled against a single company in an EU antitrust case and brings […]

(UK) ELSPA: Chipping Operation Smashed

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

From the ELSPA press release (http://www.developmag.com/press-releases/35367/Chipping-Operation-Smashed ):[QUOTE]Two men, who peddled a while-you-wait console chipping service at a Midlands computer fair while simultaneously selling pre-chipped Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii consoles have been arrested.The men, who operated a stand alongside other genuine businessmen, were caught offering the ’service’ at the Robin Park Sports Centre in Wigan, […]

Microsoft Restores Downed Live Services

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

From informationweek.com (http://www.informationweek.com/software/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=206900544 ):[QUOTE]Microsoft has fixed a technical glitch that locked out thousands of users around the world from their Windows Live accounts, Hotmail e-mail, and other Microsoft online services, the company said.”An issue began that has caused some consumers worldwide to experience difficulty logging in to their Windows Live ID accounts. This issue has […]

Democratizing Game Distribution: The Next Step

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

From the official XNA Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/xna/archive/2008/02/26/democratizing-game-distribution-the-next-step.aspx ):[QUOTE]We’re thrilled about the responses we’ve been getting about our community games announcement! I know many of you have more questions. We’re investigating getting a video done that covers our GDC session talk, but in the meantime encourage you to read this article I wrote for Gamasutra […]

New Info on 360 Death Rate Study

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

From xbox360.ign.com (http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/855/855113p1.html ):[QUOTE]Independent warranty company SquareTrade says the 16 percent Xbox 360 failure rate it reported earlier this month is just a starting point and that the actual figure could be higher.For its study, SquareTrade tracked 27 Xbox 360 Elites, 57 Cores and 956 Premiums. Out of the 171 claims reported (60 percent), 102 […]

HDScape HD to Blu Exchange. Should we be Allowed to Rip HD DVD discs?

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

From hdscape.com (http://www.hdscape.com/cat_upgrade.cfm ):[QUOTE]Upgrade Your HDScape HD DVD to Blu-ray for $11.95.For a limited time, we will exchange your HDScape HD DVD titles for the same title in the Blu-ray format for only $11.95 plus $.99 flat shipping and handling. We will begin with US customers and based upon our experience, we will determine the […]