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December 22nd 2006, 8:10 am PT

Demo: Pro Evolution Soccer 6

Xbox Live Gold members can now download the PES6 demo from the Xbox Live Marketplace*

Name: Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (PES6) Demo
Price: Free
NOT Available in: Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan or The United States.
Dash Details: With over 150 individual moves, techniques and tricks at your disposal, Pro Evolution Soccer 6 enables you to play the Beautiful Game in any way you see fit. Now experience the premiere of this million-selling series first time ever on Xbox 360.

*Available to Silver members after December 29th.

December 22nd 2006 at 8:10 am | Archive | No comments

December 22nd 2006, 8:06 am PT

Trailer: Battlestations: Midway Walkthrough

Name: Battlestations: Midway Walkthrough Trailer (480p/720p)
Price: Free
NOT Available in: Japan
Dash Details: Date: May 3rd 1942. Location: Tulagi Island, Pacific Ocean. Objective: Capture the Tulagi Island from the Imperial Japanese Forces. Units at your disposal: 1x aircraft carrier (and its full compliment of dive bombers, torpedo planes and fighters) 2x destroyers and 1x squadron of B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers. Plan of attack: Well, take a look at this walkthrough video and find out…..

December 22nd 2006 at 8:06 am | Archive | No comments

December 21st 2006, 5:19 pm PT

Crackdown Demo Details

It’s coming next month. Details and screen shots on Xbox.com.

December 21st 2006 at 5:19 pm | Archive | No comments

December 21st 2006, 2:57 pm PT

Alpha Dog: Pictures & Theme

Name: Alpha Dog Picture Pack
Price: Free
Available in: U.S.
Dash Details: Get the Alpha Dog Gamer Picture Pack now and see Alpha Dog – In Theaters 1-12-07. Be sure to download the trailer from Video Marketplace as well. This content is brought to you free of charge courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Name: Alpha Dog Theme
Price: Free
Available in: U.S.
Dash Details: Get the Alpha Dog Custom Theme now and see Alpha Dog – In Theaters 1-12-07. Be sure to download the trailer from Video Marketplace as well. This content is brought to you free of charge courtesy of Universal Pictures.

December 21st 2006 at 2:57 pm | Archive | No comments

December 21st 2006, 2:02 pm PT

COD3 Updated

Next time your pop your COD3 disc in, youll get promoted for a title update. Whats in it? Head over to the COD3 forum for details.

December 21st 2006 at 2:02 pm | Archive | No comments

December 21st 2006, 9:57 am PT

How the Wii controller works

The New York Times takes a look at the Wii controller in it’s ‘How it Works’ series. It’s a nice look behind the technology, complete with easy to understand graphics.  (login required)

December 21st 2006 at 9:57 am | Archive | No comments

December 20th 2006, 10:56 pm PT

Video Marketplace content update

New following content is now available on the Xbox Live Video Marketplace (U.S. only):

TV

  • Star Trek: TOS Season 2 (4 episodes in HD)
  • UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter Season 1
  • UFC – 5 new fights
  • 8th and Ocean – Season 1
  • Reno 911 – Season 2
  • Jackass Gumball Rally

Movies (all in SD)

  • Ghost and the Darkness
  • Barbarella
  • Joe’s Apartment
  • Strange Brew
  • Fighting Temptations

 Edit: Tonight some new content went up, including the entire first season of ‘The Flintstones’ and ‘The Jetsons.’

 

December 20th 2006 at 10:56 pm | Archive | No comments

December 20th 2006, 8:25 pm PT

Splinter Cell Double Agent: AU

There is a Splinter Cell Double Agent auto update now available on Xbox Live. If you sign in to Xbox Live and you have the game in your tray, youll automatically get prompted for the update. Complete details of what is in the AU will be posted on SplinterCell.com later today.


Edit: Details of the AU are posted here.

December 20th 2006 at 8:25 pm | Archive | No comments

December 20th 2006, 8:10 am PT

Trailer: Halo 3 ViDoc ‘Et Tu, Brute?’

Name: Halo 3 ViDoc “Et Tu, Brute? Trailer (480p/720p)
Price: Free
NOT Available in: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Republic Of, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan
Dash Details: In the second Bungie Vidoc we take a long hard look at the ferocious new antagonist for Master Chief, the Brute. Now that a tentative alliance has formed between Humans and Elites, the fighting focus of Halo 3 switches to the monstrous Brutes. These tenacious foes have improved graphically with the advent of the Halo 3 engine and the power of the Xbox 360, but more importantly, their tactics, weapons, vehicles and AI have all followed suit, making the Brutes the worthiest opponents the Chief has ever faced. See how the designers, artists and programmers set about the herculean task of replacing a fan favorite the mighty Elite with an unforgettably ferocious adversary. See how Brutes behave in packs and as individuals with brilliant new animation and AI. Take a first look at the new Brute graphics, weapon and armor designs and finally, get the first ever public glimpse at Halos legendary Campaign.


Frankie gives your more details at Bungie.net


Edit: The trailer is now posted on Xbox.com

December 20th 2006 at 8:10 am | Archive | No comments

December 20th 2006, 7:15 am PT

Arcade: Novadrome

Name: Novadrome
Price: 800 Points
Available in: All Xbox Live regions
Dash Details: Single Player, Xbox Live Multiplayer 2-8, HD (High Definition). Blast, smash and crash your way to victory as you fight friends and foes alike for survival in the combat-driving, multi-player arenas of Novadrome! • Choose from frantic 8-player gameplay or single-player combat driving action set in a far-out alien world. • Play against your friends and blow them up for only 800 points! • 24 distinct off-road buggies to choose from • 15 arenas of non-stop action • 6 event types for pure Novadrome fun!

December 20th 2006 at 7:15 am | Archive | No comments

December 19th 2006, 8:46 pm PT

Various Markeplace Content

I am catching up on some of the Markeplace content I have missed over the past few days, so here ya go:

In Game Content:

Name: Need for Speed: Carbon – Supreme Car Bundle
Price: Free
NOT Available in: France
Dash Details: Tear up the track with the Supreme Car bundle, brought to you free courtesy of Castrol Syntec. Includes the following cars, 2005 Renault, 2006 Volkswagen Golf R32, 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8, 2006 Ford Mustang GT, 2005 Aston Martin DB9, 2005 Porsche Cayman S

Name: Madden 07 – Classic Stadium: Pittsburgh Steelers
Price: 300 Points
NOT Available in:  Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, and Taiwan
Dash Details: create history in the Pittsburgh Steelers Classic Stadium, created from the ground up in full detail for the Xbox 360.

Name: Madden 07 – Classic Stadium: NY Giants
Price: 300 Points
NOT Available in: Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, and Taiwan
Dash Details: -create history in the NY Giants Classic Stadium, created from the ground up in full detail for the Xbox 360.

Name: Rapala Pro Tournament Fishing California Delta Bonus Level
Price: 150 Points
Available in: Canada and the U.S.
Dash Details: This is a bonus fishing level – California Delta. It will be available for you in the Free Fishing mode

Name: Viva Piata – Accessory Pack 4
Price: 90 Points
Available in: All Xbox Live Regions
Dash Details: This accessory pack for Viva Piata includes the following: 1.Conga’s Top Hat 2.Sunflower Hair Flower 3.Poppy Hair Flower (Accessories will fit on most Piata. Accessories can be obtained from Paper Pets in the village.)

Themes:

Name: Rapala Pro Tournament Fishing Theme 1
Price: 150 Points
Available in: Canada and the U.S.
Dash Details: Rapala Tournament Fishing game theme

Name: Rapala Pro Tournament Fishing Theme 3
Price: 150 Points
Available in: Canada and the U.S.
Dash Details: Rapala Tournament Fishing game theme

Name: Rapala Pro Tournament Fishing Theme 3
Price: 150 Points
Available in: Canada and the U.S.
Dash Details: Rapala Tournament Fishing game theme

Gamer Pictures:

Name: Rapala Pro Tournament Fishing Picture Pack
Price: 100 Points
Available in: Canada and the U.S.
Dash Details: Rapala Picture Pack

December 19th 2006 at 8:46 pm | Archive | No comments

December 19th 2006, 8:29 pm PT

Pictures and Themes: Blitz: The League

The following Blitz: The League content is available for Xbox Live members:

Name: Blitz: The League Theme
Price: 150 Points
NOT Available in: Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Republic Of, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Details: Download this picture theme.

Name: Blitz: The League Picture Pack
Price: 100 Points
NOT Available in: Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Republic Of, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Details: Download this picture pack.

December 19th 2006 at 8:29 pm | Archive | No comments

December 19th 2006, 3:15 pm PT

Pictures and Themes: Star Trek Legacy

The following Star Trek Legacy content is available for Xbox Live members

Name: Romulan Gamer Picture Pack
Price: 100 Points
NOT Available in: Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Details: A Romulan-themed picture pack featuring ships from various eras and the Romulan Empire icon

Name: Klingon Picture Pack
Price: 100 Points
NOT Available in: Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Details: A Klingon-themed picture pack featuring ships from various eras and the Klingon Empire icon.

Name: Borg Picture Pack
Price: 100 Points
NOT Available in: Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Details: A Borg-themed picture pack featuring ships from various eras and the Borg Collective icon.

Name: Federation Picture Pack
Price: 100 Points
NOT Available in: Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Details: A Federation-themed picture pack featuring ships from various eras and the Starfleet icon

Name: “Original Series” Theme
Price: 150 Points
NOT Available in: Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Details: A Star Trek Legacy theme featuring ships from The Original Series.

Name: “Enterprise Era” Theme
Price: 150 Points
NOT Available in: Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Details: A Star Trek Legacy theme featuring ships from the Enterprise era

Name: “”The Next Generation” Theme
Price: 150 Points
NOT Available in: Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Details: A Star Trek Legacy theme featuring ships from The Next Generation

December 19th 2006 at 3:15 pm | Archive | No comments

December 19th 2006, 2:37 pm PT

Give me a call today

Today on the Sirius Satellite gaming show that I sit it on each week (Tuesdays on Maxim Channel 108) we’ll be taking live calls for the second half of the show. That means today from 2:30p-3:00p ET (11:30a-12n PT) you can call dial 888–99–MAXIM (U.S.only) to join the conversation. The topic is ‘The Best and Worst Games of 2006.’ If you have some time, I’d love to hear from you.

December 19th 2006 at 2:37 pm | Archive | No comments

December 18th 2006, 11:33 pm PT

OXM Podcast

Since I did not do a show this weekend due to my challenges with electricity, you can swing over and pick up the Official Xbox Magazine Podcast to get your fill of Xbox chatter. Feel free to download this episode which is my personal favorite ; )

December 18th 2006 at 11:33 pm | Archive | No comments

December 18th 2006, 3:48 pm PT

Saints Row: The Ho Ho Ho Pack

The following Saints Row in game content is available for Xbox Live Gold members*

Name: The Ho Ho Ho Pack
Price: Free
NOT Available in: Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Details: Santa Claus ensemble includes coat, hat, boots and hair. Happy Holidays!

(*This content will be available for Silver members after 12/25)

December 18th 2006 at 3:48 pm | Archive | No comments

December 18th 2006, 2:14 pm PT

Major is back on the grid

My power came on late last night and the broadband returned this morning, so I am slowly getting back on track and thawing out from the deep freeze hitting the Northwest. What a heck of a weekend. You never really realize how debilitating no power is until you are sitting in the dark for four days. 
One of the items I did not get to post during my communication blackout was the announcement that ‘Gears’ sold 2 Million copies. I am sure some of you saw this already, but since I am just getting back up to speed, I thought the good news was worth repeating. Ok, now let me go poke around and see what’s new on Marketplace and start catching up on the 400+ unanswered emails I have in my in-box, and start chipping away at the hundreds of unread items on my feeds. Did I miss any other good news?

Edit: Thanks to Xbox360Fanboy for the rousing welcome back .

December 18th 2006 at 2:14 pm | Archive | No comments

December 17th 2006, 1:10 am PT

Major Nelson is OTG

Sorry I have not been able to post for the past couple of days, but as you may (or may not of) heard the Seattle area was hit pretty hard with a freak wind storm Thursday night. Since then, my house is without power, heat, cell phone coverage (all my local towers are offline) or connectivity. I am therefore, officially OTG (off the grid) in every way, shape or form. In addition, my Xbox office is also powerless. While much of Seattle proper is online, the Eastside of Lake Washington is still in the dark. The area that I live in was one of the hardest hit (northeast of Seattle) and after walking around my neighborhood, I don’t expect to get power back until for another couple of days at the least. Everywhere I look, there are trees down, power lines lying in the middle of the road and every house and business is standing still in an eerie darkened silence. For obvious reasons, I will not be able to produce a show tomorrow, since my entire studio is dark (UPS’s only last so long, does anyone know any good deals on Generators?) and I have a plenty of things to deal with on the home front. (Like keep warm.) On my next show I’ll be sure to tell the story of how one of the skylights in my house blew off at 1:30 in the morning at the peak of the storm. Until then I need to stay close to home to keep things in order, but I wanted to post this update for to explain my unscheduled absence.


Thanks.


Major Nelson/Larry


Posted at Starbucks in Lynwood, WA


Edit: Some guys from the local Power Company just came in and told my my area my not be on for 3-5 more days

December 17th 2006 at 1:10 am | Archive | No comments

December 14th 2006, 9:07 pm PT

December ’06 Back Compat Update

Just in time for the holidays and now with Psychonauts! The backwards compatibility update is now available over Xbox Live. This free update brings the complete list of original Xbox games that you can play on your Xbox 360 to over 300. Remember, your original Xbox games will look better than ever on Xbox 360 running in 720p and 1080i with anti-aliasing.  You can also play cross-platform between Xbox 360 and the original Xbox over Xbox Live.

December 2006 Back Compat titles added/updated:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer  
Burnout 3: Takedown UPDATED 
Conker: Live and Reloaded  
Dead Or Alive Ultimate  
Destroy All Humans!  
Dynasty Warriors 4 / Shin Sangokumuso3   
Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick  
Ex Chaser   (Japan Only)
Family Guy  
Far Cry: Instincts  
Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy  
I-Ninja  
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude  
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon  
MotoGP  
Incredibles/ Mr. Incredible (J)  
Muzzle Flash  (Japan Only)
MX Unleashed  
Open Season  
Pariah  
Plus Plumb 2  (Japan Only)
Psychonauts  
Psyvariar2 Extend Edition  (Japan Only)
Rainbow Six: Lockdown  
Rapala Pro Fishing  
Rent-A-Hero No. 1  (Japan Only)
Scarface  
Shark Tale  
Shenmue II  
Soul Calibur 2  North America only
Splinter Cell: Double Agent  
Tenerezza  (Japan Only)
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie  
Ultimate Spider-Man  
Wakeboarding Unleashed: Featuring Sean Murray  
Whacked!  
Winback 2: Project Poseidon  
Xiaolin Showdown 

Here is a PDF of the complete list. You can always get this list from Xbox.com, but this file may be handy for those of you that work in a store, or like to carry the list with you.

[Download the December 2006 Back Compat list in PDF format] (75k)

Don’t have Xbox Live, but still want to get the update? Head over to Xbox.com to download the update in .ISO form.

[Download the update (ISO) from Xbox.com]

December 14th 2006 at 9:07 pm | Archive | No comments

December 14th 2006, 2:31 pm PT

Next Generation Top 25 People of the Year

Next Gen has posted their Top 25 People of the Year and while I wont spoil the fun of discovering who number 1 is (hint: I speak to him frequently), I am humbled to be on the list alongside many of the people I admire most in the video game entertainment industry. Thanks :)

December 14th 2006 at 2:31 pm | Archive | No comments

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