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December 31st 2006, 9:16 pm PT

Show #206 The one about 2006

This weeks show:
Special End of Year Show with:
Co-host: e
and special guests:
Trixie
Elle
Stiffy
LetsKillDave
Lit Bomb

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Format:
01:19:20, 23.6 MB, MP3


Link dump (links to things I mention in this episode):
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=e
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/MessageCenter/SendMessage.aspx?ru=%252fen-US%252fprofile%252fprofile.aspx%253fpp%253d0%2526GamerTag%253de&gt=e
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=stiffy
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=letskilldave
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=elle
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=Lit%20Bomb
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=Trixie%20360
http://www.cesweb.org/default.asp

December 31st 2006 at 9:16 pm | Archive | No comments

December 31st 2006, 7:15 pm PT

Show #206 (WMA) The one about 2006

This weeks show:
Special End of Year Show with:
Co-host: e
and special guests:
Trixie
Elle
Stiffy
LetsKillDave
Lit Bomb

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 blogcast. [?]

Format:
01:19:20, 23.6 MB, WMA


Link dump (links to things I mention in this episode):
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=e
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/MessageCenter/SendMessage.aspx?ru=%252fen-US%252fprofile%252fprofile.aspx%253fpp%253d0%2526GamerTag%253de&gt=e
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=stiffy
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=letskilldave
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=elle
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=Lit%20Bomb
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=trixie360
http://www.cesweb.org/default.asp

December 31st 2006 at 7:15 pm | Archive | No comments

December 31st 2006, 4:27 pm PT

Just posted on the Video Marketplace…

Xbox Live members in the U.S. can download ‘Superman Returns’ in either SD or HD from the Video Marketplace.

December 31st 2006 at 4:27 pm | Archive | No comments

December 30th 2006, 8:06 am PT

Top Xbox Live Games of 2006

Here are the top games for 2006, based on Xbox Live connectivity.
The following rankings are based on data collected from 1/1/06 12/29/06:









































































































































































































  2006 Top Xbox 360 Titles (UU’s)
1 Gears of War
2 Hexic HD
3 Call of Duty 2
4 Ghost Recon 3
5 Oblivion
6 PGR3
7 Perfect Dark Zero
8 Call Of Duty 3
9 UNO
10 EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3
11 Saints Row
12 Geometry Wars Evolved
13 DEAD OR ALIVE 4
14 Texas Hold ‘em
15 Madden NFL 07
16 DEAD RISING
17 Need for Speed Most Wanted
18 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
19 BFMC
20 Splinter Cell Double Agent
  2006 Top Arcade Titles (Purchased)
1 UNO
2 Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting
3 Geometry Wars Evolved
4 Marble Blast Ultra
5 PAC-MAN
6 DOOM
7 Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
8 GALAGA
9 Gauntlet
10 Frogger
11 Bankshot Billiards 2
12 SmashTV
13 Contra
14 Zuma
15 Texas Hold ‘em
16 Bejeweled 2
17 Feeding Frenzy
18 Small Arms
19 Cloning Clyde
20 LUMINES LIVE!
  2006 Top Original Xbox Titles
1 Halo 2
2 Battlefield 2: MC
3 Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
4 Madden NFL 2006
5 Counter-Strike
6 Splinter Cell Chaos
7 Forza Motorsport
8 Call of Duty 2
9 Ghost Recon 2
10 PGR 2
11 Rainbow Six 3
12 NFS Most Wanted
13 Ghost Recon 2: SS
14 Rainbow Six 3 BA
15 Ghost Recon AW
16 Far Cry Instincts
17 Madden NFL 07
18 Conker: Live Reloaded
19 Tony Hawk Am Wasteland
20 RS 4: Lockdown

Remember, UU’s is the number of Gamertags that have played a game. In the case of Arcade titles, that list is ranked by purchased games. That is why the Arcade titles may be ranked out of order on the top list. Some Arcade titles may be purchased by one Gamertag, but played by multiple Gamertags.

December 30th 2006 at 8:06 am | Archive | No comments

December 29th 2006, 3:19 pm PT

Pictures: FIFA 07

Name: England Premiership Picture Pack
Price: 200 Points
NOT Available in: Mexico
Dash Details: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Ham United, Wigan Athletic.


Name: France Ligue 1 Orange Picture Pack
Price: 200 Points
NOT Available in: Mexico
Dash Details: AJ Auxerre, AS Monaco, AS Nancy-Lorraine, AS Saint-Etienne, CS Sedan-Ardennes, ES Troyes AC, FC Lorient, FC Nantes-Atlantique, FC Sochaux, Girondins Bordeaux, Le Mans UC 72, LOSC Lille Mtropole, OGC Nice, Olympique de Marseille, Olympique Lyonnais, Paris Saint-Germain, Racing Club de Lens, Stade Rennais FC, Toulouse FC, Valenciennes Anzin FC.

Name: Germany 1. Bundesliga Picture Pack
Price: 200 Points
NOT Available in: Mexico
Dash Details: 1. FC Nrnberg, 1. FSV Mainz 05, Alemannia Aachen, Arminia Bielefeld, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Bayern Mnchen, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia M’gladbach, Eintracht Frankfurt, Energie Cottbus, FC Schalke 04, Hamburger SV, Hannover 96, Hertha BSC, VfB Stuttgart, VfL Bochum, VfL Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen


Name: Mexico Primera Division Picture Pack
Price: 200 Points
NOT Available in: Mexico
Dash Details: Amrica, Atlante, Atlas, Cruz Azul, Guadalajara, Jaguares de Chiapas, Monarcas Morelia, Monterrey, Necaxa, Pachuca, Quertaro, San Luis, Santos Laguna, Tiburones Veracruz, Tigres U.A.N.L., Toluca, U.A.G., U.N.A.M.

Name: Spain Primera Division Picture Pack
Price: 200 Points
NOT Available in: Mexico
Dash Details: Athletic Club de Bilbao, Atltico de Madrid, Club Atltico Osasuna, FC Barcelona, Getafe CF, Levante UD, Nstic de Tarragona, Racing de Santander, RC Celta de Vigo, RC Deportivo, RC Recreativo, RCD Espanyol, RCD Mallorca, Real Betis Balompi, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Real Zaragoza, Sevilla FC, Valencia CF, Villarreal CF.

Yes, I see the irony that the Mexico Primera Division pack is not available in Mexcio.
 

December 29th 2006 at 3:19 pm | Archive | No comments

December 28th 2006, 7:00 pm PT

Dean’s Best Games Of The Year

Our good friend Dean Takahashi has posted his best games of the year list. For the most part, Id have to agree with himalthough he left off The Outfit.  [;)] What games are on your ‘best’ list?

December 28th 2006 at 7:00 pm | Archive | No comments

December 28th 2006, 2:10 am PT

Yup…we know

If youre having some issues connecting to Xbox Live, or getting into a game (matchmaking) the operations team is aware of the issues and are working on it.

I just heard from the Ops team…and we are all set now. They are debriefing now…so I’ll see if I can get anything out of e to share on my show this week.


December 28th 2006 at 2:10 am | Archive | No comments

December 27th 2006, 10:54 pm PT

Video Marketplace Top Downloads

I have received quite a bit of email me asking to post the top downloads on the Video Marketplace (in addition to the Xbox Live activity list I post each week.) Here are the top 10 TV and Movie downloads between Dec. 11 and Dec 17th.

Top 10 movie downloads:
1. Mission Impossible III – SD only
2. Nacho Libre – SD only
3. V for Vendetta – HD Available
4. Poseidon – HD Available
5. Swordfish – HD Available
6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – SD only
7. ATL – HD Available
8. The Lake House – SD only
9. Clockwork Orange, A – SD only
10. Clash of the Titans – SD only

Top 10 TV episodes:
1. South Park – SD only
2. Enterprise – HD Available
3. UFC – HD Available
4. Chappelle’s Show: Uncensored – SD only
5. Jericho – HD Available
6. The State – SD only
7. Avatar: The Last Airbender – SD only
8. Robot Chicken – SD only
9. Drawn Together – SD only
10. The Venture Bros. – SD only

Edit: Added SD/HD versions

December 27th 2006 at 10:54 pm | Archive | No comments

December 27th 2006, 8:15 am PT

Arcade: New Rally-X

Name: New Rally-X
Price: 400 Points
NOT Available in: Korea
Dash Details: Single Player, HD (High Definition). Collect all the flags while avoiding enemy cars! With new features such as the Lucky Flag, which awards you points depending on your remaining fuel. Collect the Special Flag to double the points of all remaining flags! NEW RALLY-X, the sequel to RALLY-X, was released in 1981. It featured new courses and adjustments to the enemy cars, improving the overall game balance, as well as new graphics and BGM!

This is an update to the arcade classic

December 27th 2006 at 8:15 am | Archive | No comments

December 27th 2006, 8:09 am PT

Theme: Godfather Happy Holiday Theme

Name: Happy Holiday Theme
Price: Free
Available in: All Xbox Live regions.
Dash Details: Get in the holiday mood with this exclusive theme from The Godfather. Featuring “The Don” brought to your dashboard for free. Also included, a never before seen logo from The Godfather The Game. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!


Edit: It’s now free on the marketplace.

December 27th 2006 at 8:09 am | Archive | No comments

December 27th 2006, 8:05 am PT

Pictures: Galaga and Pacman

Xbox Live members can now download the following content from the Marketplace:

Name: PAC-MAN Picture Pack
Price: 190 Points
Available in: All Xbox Live regions
Dash Details: A Gamer Picture Pack consisting of 12 Gamer Pictures based on game characters and illustrations featured in PAC-MAN.

Name
: GALAGA Picture Pack
Price: 190 Points
Available in: All Xbox Live regions
Dash Details: A Gamer Picture Pack consisting of 12 Gamer Pictures based on game characters and illustrations featured in GALAGA.

December 27th 2006 at 8:05 am | Archive | No comments

December 27th 2006, 4:15 am PT

Picture: Multiplayer Mayhem Month Gamer Picture – CANADA

Xbox Live members in Canada can now download the following content from the Marketplace:

Name: M3 Gamer Picture
Price: Free
ONLY Available in: Canada
Dash Details: Download this gamer picture

December 27th 2006 at 4:15 am | Archive | No comments

December 26th 2006, 7:04 am PT

What did you get/give for Christmas?

Now that Christmas 2006 is in the books, how was it?  What is the best or worst gift that you received? Any duds? Any fun surprises? I’d love to hear your stories.

December 26th 2006 at 7:04 am | Archive | No comments

December 23rd 2006, 6:02 pm PT

Show #205 The one about Small Arms with e

This week’s show:
Co-host: e
Xbox News
What does finishing a game mean?
Interview: Creators of ‘Small Arms
CES
…and much more!

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[iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (MP3) Listen in iTunes? Submit a review
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Format:
01:35:28, 27.3 MB, MP3

Link dump (links to things I mention in this episode):
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/stormwatch/
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/news/2006/1222-xbox360warrantyextended.htm
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=e
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/MessageCenter/SendMessage.aspx?ru=%252fen-US%252fprofile%252fprofile.aspx%253fpp%253d0%2526GamerTag%253de&gt=e
www.gamingbits.com/content/view/1406/2 
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/l/lostplanet/default.htm
http://www.gastronautstudios.com/
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=Gastronauts
http://forums.gastronautstudios.com/
http://www.childsplaycharity.org/
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/11/15
http://www.cesweb.org/default.asp
http://www.oxmpodcast.com/

December 23rd 2006 at 6:02 pm | Archive | No comments

December 23rd 2006, 6:02 pm PT

Show #205 (WMA) The one about Small Arms with e

This week’s show:
Co-host: e
Xbox News
What does finishing a game mean?
Interview: Creators of ‘Small Arms
CES
…and much more!

Get the blogcast
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 blogcast. [?]

Format:
01:35:28, 27.3 MB, WMA

Link dump (links to things I mention in this episode):
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/stormwatch/
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/news/2006/1222-xbox360warrantyextended.htm
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=e
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/MessageCenter/SendMessage.aspx?ru=%252fen-US%252fprofile%252fprofile.aspx%253fpp%253d0%2526GamerTag%253de&gt=e
www.gamingbits.com/content/view/1406/2 
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/l/lostplanet/default.htm
http://www.gastronautstudios.com/
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=Gastronauts
http://forums.gastronautstudios.com/
http://www.childsplaycharity.org/
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/11/15
http://www.cesweb.org/default.asp
http://www.oxmpodcast.com/

December 23rd 2006 at 6:02 pm | Archive | No comments

December 23rd 2006, 10:13 am PT

Top 10 for week of 12/18

These lists are based on global unique users connected to Xbox Live. If the Xbox 360 list and the original Xbox list were combined, then Gears of War continues to be the top Xbox Live title.

Xbox 360 Top Live Titles (UU’s)
1  Gears of War
2  Call Of Duty 3
3  Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
4  Assault Heroes
5  Madden NFL 07
6  Call of Duty 2
7  Oblivion
8  Ghost Recon 3
9  Saints Row
10 Tony Hawk’s Project 8 Demo

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions)
1  Assault Heroes
2  Novadrome
3  RoboBlitz
4  Contra
5  Small Arms
6  DOOM
7  Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting
8  PAC-MAN
9  LUMINES LIVE!
10 UNO

Original Xbox Top Live Games
1  Halo 2
2  Battlefield 2: MC
3  Madden NFL 07
4  Counter-Strike
5  Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
6  Forza Motorsport
7  Call of Duty 3
8  Conker: Live Reloaded
9  Ghost Recon 2
10 Call of Duty 2

December 23rd 2006 at 10:13 am | Archive | No comments

December 22nd 2006, 11:04 pm PT

Just a little more Markeplace content before the holiday

I am headed out the door for the holiday, but I wanted to post a few more MP items that went up today:

Name: Test Drive Unlimited 1971 Dodge Challenger RT in-game content
Price: Free
Available in: All Xbox Live regions
Dash Details: Contains free 1971 Dodge Challenger RT for users to view and race with. In-game currency still required for purchase at respective dealer.

Name: Test Drive Racers Guild Download Set
Price: 350 Points
Available in: All Xbox Live regions
Dash Details: Premium set includes the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, McLaren F1 GT, Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe, Ruf Rt 12, Alfa Brera, 1971 Dodge Challenger RT and Edonis. In-game currency still required for purchase at respective dealer.

Name: Forza Motorsport Showdown Trailer
Price: Free
Available in: Canada and the U.S.
Dash Details: Forza Motorsport Showdown Trailer

Name: GDI Talent Theme
Price: 150 Points
Available in: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Dash Details: Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars™ features one of the most stunning casts of any game. Download this theme featuring the actors who play GDI characters. Includes Billy Dee Williams as Director Redmond Boyle, Michael Ironside as General Jack Granger, Grace Park as Lieutenant Sandra Telfair, and Jennifer Morrison as Kirce James.

Name: Nod Talent Theme
Price: 150 Points
Available in: Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan or The United States.
Dash Details: Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars™ features one of the most stunning casts of any game. Download this theme featuring the actors who play Nod characters. Includes Joe Kucan as Kane, Tricia Helfer as Kilian Qatar, and Josh Holloway as Ajay. There are no refunds for this item.

Name: Command and Conquer Debut Trailer Trailer
Price: Free
Available in: It’s the year 2047 and all hell’s broken loose. Align yourself with GDI, Nod, or the Alien Invaders and command entire armies to victory. This will be the largest battle ever waged in your living room.

Have a great weekend/holiday. I am working on a show for this weekend which will probably be posted before Sunday.

 

December 22nd 2006 at 11:04 pm | Archive | No comments

December 22nd 2006, 3:16 pm PT

Reminder: Today is the last day to register for the Arcade Tournament

Today (December 22nd) is the last day to register for the ‘2006 Global Xbox Live Arcade Challenge’ You wouldn’t want someone else to win the Hitachi 42” Plasma Screen, now would you?

[Details on Xbox.com]

December 22nd 2006 at 3:16 pm | Archive | No comments

December 22nd 2006, 12:01 pm PT

Xbox 360 Warranty increased to one year

Good news for our friends in Canada and the U.S. The Xbox 360 standard warranty is now one-year for all new purchases, as well as those folks that are still within their first year of ownership.


Complete details on Xbox.com

December 22nd 2006 at 12:01 pm | Archive | No comments

December 22nd 2006, 9:10 am PT

Oblivion: Mehrunes Razor(Free!)

Looking for a reason to return to Cyrodiil for the Holidays? How about a a free expansion pack? Bethesda is giving away* one of their most popular downloads for Oblivion Mehrunes Razor for a limited period of time. Starting today, you can download Mehrunes Razor for free. This offer is only for a limited timefrom now until December 31st 2006. On Monday, January 1, 2007 it will go back to its standard price.

Be sure to thank Bethesda for this little Holiday gift.

*Like the original release, this is not available in Mexico, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy or Japan.

December 22nd 2006 at 9:10 am | Archive | No comments

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