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Friday, December 23, 2005

Ebay 360 Scam
News at GameSpot: "The hot holiday item, if one believes the media hype, is the Xbox 360. Short supply and high demand have left many holiday shoppers looking for the console empty-handed. While the thought of parents looking into the teary eyes of children left without an Xbox 360 this Christmas is saddening, imagine the same scenario with said parents paying upwards of $800 for a worthless photo of the gaming system. "


This is really funny if you ask me. Any electronic people freak out about and wait in line for and beat each other up for is just nonsense. IT'S JUST AN XBOX!!!!!!!!! My prediction is that there will be plenty of systems to go around about a month, maybe less after Christmas...is it that hard to wait...seriously...some people are just stupid...bottom line.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Put down the Xbox and nobody gets hurt!
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today brought attention to a recent raid of a game store selling pirate game products in L.A. Law enforcement officials charged two store owners and another man associated with the ACME Game Store on Melrose Avenue for 'conspiring to commit criminal copyright infringement and to traffic in a technology used to circumvent a copyright protection system.' The store apparently sold modified Xbox consoles, which had games illegally pre-loaded onto the system's hard drive.

'We thank these government agencies for their commitment to combating intellectual property theft, and we will do whatever we can to support a successful prosecution of those charged in this pirate ring,' said Douglas Lowenstein, president of ESA. 'Our industry will continue to support all government efforts to fight game piracy in its many different forms.'"

Source: GameDAILY
IGN.com presents The Best of 2005
IGN.com Best of 2005 Report: "It's that time of year again. Grab a snifter of your favorite brandy (or, for those of you not old enough, a glass of your favorite chocolaty drink -- we suggest warm Ovaltine), take a seat in that comfy recliner (yes, the one that seems to gently caress your supple buttocks in the way that makes you uncomfortably comfortable) and relax by the fire as we take you on a journey through the year that was 2005. "

Monday, December 19, 2005

Halo 3 Rumor

Gamespot .com Report:
What we heard: Bungie, the developer of the megasuccessful Halo franchise, is aptly named. The company is adept at dangling tiny morsels frightfully close to gamers' noses, only to snap them back out of reach before any concrete information can be grabbed.

The Redmond, Washington-based studio is at it again in its Bungie Weekly Update, a post on its Web site put up every Friday. According to the most recent news, the company's various camps met up for a "Bungie Fair," where they demonstrated what they've been recently working on in the company's next project. The presentations vary in media type, but "some gameplay tests, demos and experiments, are surprisingly polished and playable."

Sunday, December 18, 2005

NPD Releases Xbox 360 Sales Data
NPD Releases Xbox 360 Sales Data News Story From 1UP.com: "Folks, the dust has settled. Earlier this week, industry marketing research firm, the NPD group, released its Xbox 360 sales data for the month of November. And luckily for all the pundits and critics out there, Paul Thurrott's Internet Nexus has posted some numbers. The results from all the hype and hoopla surrounding one of the most exciting (and for some, frustrating) console launches in gaming history are, if nothing else, interesting to behold. The fact that Microsoft's flagship launch title, Perfect Dark Zero, was outsold by existing current-gen titles like Madden and Need For Speed Most Wanted must be disappointing for their first-party portfolio. Furthermore, Call of Duty 2 being the best-selling game on Xbox 360, and one of the best in November overall -- who saw that one coming? "
It's Simple Econonon..mics
Why Do Consoles Sell Out? News Story From 1UP.com: "If you remember your basic economics, you should remember this: that in a free market society there shouldn't be such thing as a massive sellout. Right? You know how it works - supply and demand; when demand is greater than supply, as it is for the Xbox 360 in North America right now, then economic theory says that prices should go up until there's a balance. And indeed that's what we see in free-er marketplaces like Ebay, where last week the Xbox 360 was selling for between $500 and $1000. "
MMmmMMmm PORN...
GameDAILY Report: "San Diego-based Naughty America (www.naughtyamerica.com), an adult entertainment Web site, is the first porn company to enter the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game business. Next spring, the company will launch Naughty America: The Game, an Adults Only (AO) rated game that will follow the traditional MMO business model."
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones / Gspot Game Guide
Gamespot covers the new Prince of Persia game from start to finish in it's new game guide. I just got this game and have been playing it for 3 days now, and I have certainly enjoyed the experience. The great feel of the fighting styles of both sides of the prince, and the puzzle solving make for a great game experience all together. I definatley recommend checking this game out, and checking out the game guide at Gamespot.com.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

IGN: Man vs. Machine: NFL Week 15
See who wins week 15 in the NFL as predicted by Madden 06. - IGN.com story
IGN: At The Core: Feature Premiere
IGN.com starts off it's At The Core feature with industry guest Rob Kay: Lead Designer - Guitar Hero. They talk a little about the Revolution - Check It Out



Related News: Revolution Demo Tour
Gspot's Best and Worst of 2005 awards kick off
Check out the Best and Worse of 2005 in the gaming world at the Gspot!

Friday, December 16, 2005

"First to market has never been an advantage"
"Although Microsoft's Xbox 360 is currently in high demand and short supply, some analysts estimate that the 360 could have an installed user base of nearly 10 million worldwide by the time the PlayStation 3 hits American shores. Sony Computer Entertainment America president Kaz Hirai, however, doesn't seem concerned by this at all."
- GameDAILY Biz Report
Federal Legislation on Violent Games
"Senators Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman promised in November to introduce federal legislation on violent video games when congress reconvenes. Today, they and Senator Evan Bayh unveiled the bill known as the Family Entertainment Protection Act." - GameDAILY report
Xbox 360: Glitch Claims
"Since the launch of the Xbox 360 on November 22nd, things haven't exactly turned up all roses for Microsoft. The enthusiasm for the new high-definition gaming console soured slightly after many consumers were unable to purchase one on launch day due to massive console shortages amongst retailers. Soon after, stories of faulty consoles and other technical complications began to run rampant on Internet forums, including those here at TeamXbox.com." - TeamXbox.com Full Story
PSP vs. DS: A Buyer's Guide
Two great new toys in the portable genre, the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP are hard to choose between. So Gamespot is here to help out with their buyer's guide, breaking down each system. Find out exactly what system is the right purchase for you.

GameSpot's Buyer's Guide

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Is that a...why yes I think it is...
"More first hand reports are coming in of Costcos you can and cannot find Xbox 360s at..."Kotaku.com

The elusive Xbox 360 is showing up here and there all across the US. Alot of people are reporting to Kotaku.com that they have found Xbox 360's at different Costco locations. My best advice is to keep checking your local stores, keep in mind that all different stores in all different locations get all different numbers of shipments..

If you capture one anytime soon let me know about it!