Xbox thief gets busted

December 29, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  

Xbox 360

Jeremiah Gilliam, 22, broke into at least 200 cars and several homes. One of the things this light-fingered Bronx resident stole was an Xbox 360. Which he promptly took home, plugged in, logged on and played online. On the stolen Xbox account.

The original owner of the console noticed that someone was online with his account, and phoned the police. They contacted Microsoft and the relevant ISP, and an arrest followed.

Gilliam has been charged with grand larceny.

1 vs 100 Live Free Over Christmas

December 23, 2009 by Andy Giff  

The popular trivia game 1 vs 100 will be free over Christmas

The popular trivia game 1 vs 100 will be free over Christmas

Major Nelson has revealed more news via his blog recently, this time about the increasingly popular 1 vs 100 Live.

All Xbox Live members, including Silver will be able to play 1 vs 100 over the course of a few days in the Christmas period, with a “special holiday episode” on Boxing Day. I assume the special episode he is referring to will be in the USA, but there may be one in the UK too.

The actual quote:

“1 v 100 Live will be free for all Xbox Live members (Gold and Silver) from Dec. 24th to the 28th (in regions where it is available.)”

I would definitely recommend giving it a try, and I know I will be online on it at at least one time in the next few days…

November NPDs

December 22, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  

Modern Warfare 2

The NPD Group compiles sales figures for the USA on a monthly basis, including video game software and hardware. It shouldn’t be surprising that Modern Warfare 2 was top of the heap in November, with over 6 million sales. The usual Wii suspects abound, but console sales reveal a surprise – the PS3 is back at the bottom of the pile again.

Here are the rankings:

Software
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360) – 4,200,000
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PS3) – 1,870,000
3. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) – 1,390,000
4. Assassin’s Creed II (Xbox 360) – 794,700
5. Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360) – 744,000
6. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) – 720,200
7. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) – 679,000
8. Assassin’s Creed II (PS3) – 448,400
9. Dragon Age: Origins (Xbox 360) – 362,100
10. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) – 315,000

Home consoles
1. Wii – 1,260,000
2. Xbox 360 – 819,500
3. PlayStation 3 – 710,400
4. PlayStation 2 – 203,100

Handhelds
1. Nintendo DS – 1,700,000
2. PSP – 293,900

Children get access to Xbox 360 social networking

December 22, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  

360 Twitter

The Xbox 360 team has released an update to the Twitter, Facebook and Last.FM applications on Xbox LIVE that allows users with a child account and parental approval to have access to these applications. Microsoft mouthpiece Major Nelson notes:

Be sure to set Automatically log in or Remember me when setting up the application for the first time, otherwise you will be prompted for parental permission every time you launch the application.

European Collector’s Edition of Heavy Rain Unveiled, Along With Confirmation of DLC

December 21, 2009 by Thomas Mulrooney  

Heavy Rain Collector's Edition (EU)

Sony has unveiled the European Collector’s Edition of Heavy Rain through their EU Playstation Blog. Thankfully it doesn’t include useless tat, so even those who don’t have deep enough pockets to spend on night-vision goggles may want to read on.

As well as the snazzy box – that apparently gives the impression of 3D rain-drops due to a ‘special embossing’ on the slipcase – you will also get a voucher that entitles you to extras that us lowly peasants won’t get (at least some of it anyway).

  • Heavy Rain: Chronicle One – The Taxidermist. This is going to be the first piece of downloadable content for the game, and expands upon the original ‘Taxidermist’ demo that was shown at E3 last year. This will eventually be available for anyone to buy through PSN, but those that buy the Collector’s Edition will get it early.
  • The Heavy Rain Official Soundtrack – Recorded at The Abbey Road Studios (where acts like The Beatles and Pink Flyod recorded tracks) and features ‘powerful orchestral themes’.
  • Dynamic XMB theme

Details of pricing and avenues of release are yet to be announced, so in the meantime you can check out the full image of the Collector’s Edition box and read a few more details here.

Team Fortress 2 Updated – Free to Play This Weekend

December 19, 2009 by Andy Giff  

The new Team Fortress 2 update ends the battle between soldiers and demomen...

The new Team Fortress 2 update ends the battle between soldiers and demomen...

To celebrate the release of the latest Team Fortress 2 update, Valve is giving Steam users the chance to play the game online for free this weekend.

The new update entitled “The War” brings two new maps and a new item for the soldier class. Users of Valve’s popular online content delivery system, Steam can download the game and play for free over the course of this weekend only (so act fast!)

The game is also 50% off to buy over the same weekend, so if you enjoy playing it for free then you can buy it cheap and keep playing. I am in the process of downloading it right now, and I would advise that you do the same!

Rubber Soul DLC Released For Beatles Rock Band

December 16, 2009 by Andy Giff  

Rubber Soul is the latest full album to be released as DLC for The Beatles Rock Band

Rubber Soul is the latest full album to be released as DLC for The Beatles Rock Band

Yesterday Harmonix released the last of their announced DLC albums for The Beatles Rock Band, “Rubber Soul”. For 1440 Microsoft Points players can download the full album, or individual tracks can be bought for 160MSP a piece.

“Drive My Car”, “I’m Looking Through You” and “If I Needed Someone” are already on the disk, but this DLC includes great songs such as “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown”, “Nowhere Man” and “The Word”.

It could be the most fun to play of the three albums that have been released so far, and probably the best value too. If I was going to buy any of the albums that are currently available I would go for this one, but I’ll probably just pick a couple of tracks. Now if they were to release the full “Help!” album…

Everquest Gets 16th Expansion – Underfoot

December 15, 2009 by Thomas Mulrooney  

everquestlogo

That’s right kids; Everquest is far from dead and now has a new expansion from SOE. The expansion pack, called Underfoot, will be the sixteenth expansion for the long-running MMORPG.

Underfoot costs $39.99 and includes all currently released content – which means all the current expansion packs – plus new zones, quests, raids, updated tradeskills and an achievement system. SOE clearly don’t believe this game is dead yet.

You can find out more and buy the expansion from the game’s official website.

Army of Two: The 40th Day Demo Lands This Week

December 14, 2009 by Thomas Mulrooney  

armyoftwo-40thday

A demo of upcoming Army of Two: The 40th Day will be hitting PSN and Xbox Live this week, 17th December to be exact.

The demo will contain the majority of the game’s first level, with Salem and Rios shooting their way through Shanghai. Explosions, badda-boom and all that crap.

I’m looking forward to checking this one out, even though I haven’t got around to completing the first game yet (I blame my brother for never having the time for it). The trailer here certainly makes it look like more of the same fun that made the first one such a joy to play in co-op.

First Left 4 Dead 2 DLC Announced, Meet Some Old Friends…

December 14, 2009 by Andy Giff  

The characters from the first Left 4 Dead game will return in the form of DLC

The characters from the first Left 4 Dead game will return in the form of DLC

Valve has announced the first piece of downloadable content for Left 4 Dead 2, with a little bit of information that will certainly please fans of the game.

The DLC entitled “The Passing”, is a new campaign set after the events of “Dead Centre” features a cross-over between Ellis, Coach, Rochelle, and Nick (L4D2) and Bill, Francis, Zoey and Louis (L4D1). Valve had hinted at something like this, and while players are still controlling the new characters, it could make for an interesting plotline.

“The Passing” should be released in “Early Spring 2010″, and no information has been released about pricing just yet.

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