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December 19th 2005, 8:00 am PT

Show #155 (WMA) The Holiday edition

This weeks show:
Interview: A look inside the Xbox Live feedback system
Inteview: Perfect Dark Zero Producer
Xbox Week in Review
Vote for my best show
Name the game
…and much more!

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Link dump (links to things I mention in this episode):
http://www.8bitpeoples.com/discography_gfx.php?artist=The%208bitpeoples#8BP038
http://www.chrispirillo.com/
http://www.cesweb.org/
http://www.joystiq.com/entry/1234000647072397/
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/backwardscompatibility.htm
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=Mephiste
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/p/perfectdarkzero/default.htm
http://www.majornelson.com/2005/12/06/xbox-live-marketplace-rss-feed/
http://www.majornelson.com/2005/12/12/free-kameo-holiday-theme-now-available/
http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/
http://www.smarthome.com/
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/personality/directorscut/20050727-majornelsonradio.htm

December 19th 2005 at 8:00 am | Archive | No comments

December 17th 2005, 4:57 pm PT

Hear me on “Sound and Vision” Radio Saturday

I have no idea how big this show is (or isn’t) but I’ll be a guest on the nationally broacast show “Sound and Vision Radio.” I am scheduled to be on at 2p ET/11a PT Saturday 12/17 (Today) if you want to listen in. Let me know if you hear this, because I don’t know how many markets may get this show. The PR team asked me if I would do it, and I said sure..so we’ll see how it goes.

[Read about Sound and Vision here]

December 17th 2005 at 4:57 pm | Archive | No comments

December 17th 2005, 3:12 am PT

“Greatest game ever” now available in the Marketplace

Some call it the “Greatest game ever.” Whatever you want to call it, ‘Robotron:2084′ is now available in the Xbox Live Marketplace. Have fun :)

[Robotron:2084 information on Xbox .com]

[Read about Robotron on Wikipedia]

December 17th 2005 at 3:12 am | Archive | No comments

December 16th 2005, 12:41 pm PT

Let’s play PDZ Friday

On my last blogcast I mentioned that I was thinking about hosting a 32 player Perfect Dark Zero match from the fast connection in my office at the Xbox HQ. The boss is out tomorrow, (Friday 12/16/05) let’s do it.

I will be on at 3p PT / 6p ET on Friday 12/16 for an hour to play Perfect Dark Zero (click here to see what time that translates to in your time zone.)

Send me a message and let me know you’d like to play, and I’ll invite you in. My friends lists or message inbox will fill up fast, but I will be clearing it off as quickly as I can, or you can send ‘e’ or ‘Rednex’ a friends request or message…tell them you want him to play in the PDZ game. Both e and Rednex work on the Xbox Live Operations team, so they’ll be happy to help manage the requests :)

December 16th 2005 at 12:41 pm | Archive | No comments

December 15th 2005, 10:11 pm PT

Having trouble with Windows Media Connect?

Jake Ludington (a Media Center MVP) posted an article that may help you if you are having problems getting Windows Media Connect on your PC to work with your Xbox 360. Coincidentally, I’ll see Jake tonight, since he is the engineer and c0-host of the Chris Pirillo where I am tonight’s in studio guest to discuss the Xbox 360.

[Read the article here]

Edit: Wolfman claims he found the fix first. Details here.

December 15th 2005 at 10:11 pm | Archive | No comments

December 15th 2005, 9:59 pm PT

Xbox 360 on ‘The Daily Show’

Justin over at Xbox360Insider .net posted a video clip from a last night’s ‘Daily Show.’ In this clip, you’ll see why the Xbox 360 is this year’s hottest holiday gift.

[Watch the video here]

December 15th 2005 at 9:59 pm | Archive | No comments

December 15th 2005, 3:58 am PT

Today’s Marketplace Newness

Now available on the Xbox 360 Live Marketplace:

The “MI:III” Movie trailer (free)

The following Ridge Racer 6 content:
Free:
Car Unlock – BARADUKE FIERA
Car Unlock – neucom ABEILLE
Car Unlock – KANTARIS PROPHETIE
Car Unlock – KILIK WILD GANG
Car Unlock – ELECTROSPHERE BAYONET
Car Unlock – DRAGONSABER STARNOSE

Premium:
Background Music – Highride
Background Music – Warp Trooper
Background Music – Bassrider
Background Music – Pulse Phaze
Background Music – Chrome Drive
Background Music – Synthetic Life

December 15th 2005 at 3:58 am | Archive | No comments

December 15th 2005, 1:34 am PT

Geometry Wars High Score Video

Joystiq just posted a video of Striker’s 2-million point run in Geometry Wars . Striker is currently ranked #1 in GeoWars, and is one of the developers for Xbox Live. I’ll see if I can get him for a future blogcast to talk about his winning style. As a side note, he also kicks ass at Halo 2.

[Read the story here]

December 15th 2005 at 1:34 am | Archive | No comments

December 15th 2005, 12:56 am PT

First Xbox 360 “Book”

Not sure who Doug Thompson is, but it looks like he has the first book on the Xbox 360. I placed “book” in quotes, since I looked at the PDF preview of a few pages and the writing style is a cross between a church bulletin and a consumer electronics manual. Hey Doug, what’s your gamertag?

[Details on the book here]

December 15th 2005 at 12:56 am | Archive | No comments

December 14th 2005, 9:44 pm PT

Spartan 458 is a what?!

Bungie just published this story that explains how Master Chief (technically “Spartan 458″) got to appear in the upcoming DOA4. I won’t ruin it, but you’ll be a little surprised at who is under that armor.

[Read the story here]

Edit: I know that is not Master Chief, so I updated the headline since after I read it, I realized it was misleading and I need to stop posting right after I wake up.

December 14th 2005 at 9:44 pm | Archive | No comments

December 14th 2005, 11:25 am PT

BC FAQ Updated

The Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility FAQ has been updated. Ignore the 12/9 date on it…that’s when it was written, not when it was posted (which was a few moments ago.)

[Read the FAQ here]

December 14th 2005 at 11:25 am | Archive | No comments

December 14th 2005, 8:56 am PT

“Lost Planet” trailer on Marketplace

A new “Lost Planet” (Capcom) game trailer in 480p/720p now just went up on the Xbox Live marketplace. I just grabbed the 720p version, and it looks great.

[Details on "Lost Planet" from Gamespot]

December 14th 2005 at 8:56 am | Archive | No comments

December 14th 2005, 5:33 am PT

“Wik & the Fable of Souls” now available

Try Wik Now!
We have a new Xbox Live Arcade title on the Xbox Live Marketplace. You can now download a demo of “Wik & the Fable of Souls.” Wik is a funky little character that sort of grows on you…so download and give it a try.

December 14th 2005 at 5:33 am | Archive | No comments

December 13th 2005, 4:53 am PT

Free “Kameo Holiday Theme” now available

The free “Kameo Holiday Theme” (pictured above) is now online and available for download in the Xbox Live Marketplace. If you are into Kameo in a Santa hat, then this Xbox 360 theme is for you.

Also, I forgot to mention that the Fifa ’06 Demo is also available. This was actually out on Friday and some people noticed that I neglegted to post about it. Sorry about that, the post was sitting in my drafts folder..

December 13th 2005 at 4:53 am | Archive | No comments

December 12th 2005, 11:23 pm PT

Engadget’s Xbox Office Tour

Last Friday Ryan and Peter from everybody’s favorite gadget blog, Engadget, dropped by for a quick tour of the Xbox offices. You can read their write up and see the photos here.

December 12th 2005 at 11:23 pm | Archive | No comments

December 12th 2005, 8:00 am PT

Show #154 The one after all the launches

This weeks show:
Xbox 360 Launches in Japan
Interview: Xbox Live Arcade Portfolio Manager
Inteview: Backwards Compatability Marketing Manager
Xbox Week in Review
Name the game
…and much more!

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Format:
1:12:17, 20.7Mb, MP3

Link dump (links to things I mention in this episode):
http://www.chrispirillo.com/
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/backwardcompatibilitygameslist.htm
http://www.engadget.com/
http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&ie=UTF-8&ncl=http://www.betadot.com/xbox-360-japan-launch-meh/2005-370/
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/livearcadexbox360/default.htm
http://joystiq.com/entry/1234000860061821/
http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3145804
http://www.bungie.net/News/Story.aspx?link=C100E8CB-9C2A-479F-8FEA-03EBC171FA6E

December 12th 2005 at 8:00 am | Archive | No comments

December 12th 2005, 8:00 am PT

Show #154 (WMA) The one after all the launches

This weeks show:
Xbox 360 Launches in Japan
Interview: Xbox Live Arcade Portfolio Manager
Inteview: Backwards Compatability Marketing Manager
Xbox Week in Review
Name the game
…and much more!

Get the blogcast
[RSS] Add the Major Nelson Blogcast feed to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically (WMA).
[WMA] Download the show ( This is an enhanced WMA show).
Format:
1:12:17, 25.1Mb, WMA

(Comments are closed on this post. If you want to post about this blogcast, please visit the posting that contains the MP3 version of this show)

Link dump (links to things I mention in this episode):
http://www.chrispirillo.com/
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/backwardcompatibilitygameslist.htm
http://www.engadget.com/
http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&ie=UTF-8&ncl=http://www.betadot.com/xbox-360-japan-launch-meh/2005-370/
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/livearcadexbox360/default.htm
http://joystiq.com/entry/1234000860061821/
http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3145804
http://www.bungie.net/News/Story.aspx?link=C100E8CB-9C2A-479F-8FEA-03EBC171FA6E

December 12th 2005 at 8:00 am | Archive | No comments

December 10th 2005, 5:53 am PT

Update to the update

There is an update to yesterday’s BC update. You’ll get the prompt to d/l the free update when you try to play an original Xbox game on your Xbox 360 (and you are connected to Xbox Live.) Don’t have Live? Xbox.com has a download that you can burn to a CD/DVD that contains the update.

This fixes the Halo 2 widescreen issue which cropped up last night after the update went out.

December 10th 2005 at 5:53 am | Archive | No comments

December 9th 2005, 11:09 pm PT

We had a new CEO for one day only

And he was a fifth grader. Details here.

Summary for those to lazy to click: A fifth grader had a wish to be the Microsoft CEO for a day, and his wish was granted. His visit was documented for the NBC show “Three Wishes” which airs tonight in the US on NBC.

December 9th 2005 at 11:09 pm | Archive | No comments

December 9th 2005, 11:10 am PT

Xbox 360 BC list updated

The backwards compatibility team has updated the list of original Xbox games that can be played on your Xbox 360. If you have an Xbox 360 with the HDD, and you are connected to Xbox Live, you’ll automatically get a prompt to download the auto update when you toss in an original Xbox game disc. Thanks to the team for listening to the community feedback and working hard to make more titles work in BC mode. (Splinter Cell…cool!)

[See the complete list here]

[Details on how Backwards Compatibility works on the Xbox 360 here]

Note: The Xbox.com team called out which titles are new additions to the list, and added an updated date to the page so you can easily tell when it has been updated

Edit: There was a problem w/ Halo 2 running in wide screen mode, so the update was pulled down. The team worked through the night to fix it, and will have the new update available later today (Friday.)

Edit: Locking this post so you can comment on the update to the update post I made.

December 9th 2005 at 11:10 am | Archive | No comments

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