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December 19th 2007, 7:01 am PT

Arcade: Sensible World of Soccer (Updated again)

Content: Sensible World of Soccer
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Japan
Dash Text: [ESRB: E (EVERYONE)] Single Player, Xbox LIVE Multiplayer 1-2, Local Multiplayer 1-2, HD (High Definition). Sensible World of Soccer is the classic 90s football game reborn with enhanced graphics! Take on your friends online now in this fantastic pick up and play football game. Play a quick game, or manage your team over a full season with a fully immersive tactics editor.This game uses technology of Massive Incorporated (“Massive”) that enables in-game advertising. Massive may collect your Internet protocol address and other anonymous information for the purposes of transmitting and measuring in-game advertising. Massive does not store or use this information for discovering your identity. Please see Massive’s privacy policy: http://www.massiveincorporated.com/site_network/privacy.htm. Trademarks and copyrighted material in in-game advertising are the property of the respective owners. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/Live/accounts.


Edit: This game has been pulled. Ill post an update when it is available again. In the meantime, if you downloaded this busted version, please delete it and when the new one is available youll be able to downloaded it again (at no charge if you purchased it.) While you do that, Ill go yell at some folks for letting this happen. Apologies and the moment the proper version is available Ill update this post.

Update: The team is hard at work troubleshooting the problem, but it will take some time. Thanks for your patience.

Update: Ok folks, I am being told that I wont have another update until tomorrow (12/20) mid-day (PT). The teams are working through the night and doing everything they can to get this released as quickly as possible.

Update: It is now available for download. Have fun!

December 19th 2007 at 7:01 am | Archive | No comments

December 19th 2007, 7:00 am PT

Arcade: TEMPEST

Content: TEMPEST
Price: 400 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Australia, Japan, Korea and New Zealand
Dash Text: [ESRB: E (EVERYONE)] Single Player, HD (High Definition). The blaster is back! There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/Live/accounts.

December 19th 2007 at 7:00 am | Archive | No comments

December 19th 2007, 2:56 am PT

Rock Band Content (Various Tracks)

Content: “My Iron Lung”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: United States
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “My Iron Lung”–Radiohead. PLEASE NOTE: Many Rock Band song game tracks are available as both a multipack and as a single game track. These song game tracks are exactly the same (unless expressly noted as a special version or remix). Be aware that it is possible to download the same song game track twice so please carefully consider your purchases. For music credits, visit www.RockBand.com. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Content: “Brass In Pocket”*
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: United States
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track. *”Brass In Pocket” is a cover version of a song made famous by The Pretenders. PLEASE NOTE: Many Rock Band song game tracks are available as both a multipack and as a single game track. These song game tracks are exactly the same (unless expressly noted as a special version or remix). Be aware that it is possible to download the same song game track twice so please carefully consider your purchases. For music credits, visit www.RockBand.com. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Content: “Buddy Holly”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: United States
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Buddy Holly”–Weezer. PLEASE NOTE: Many Rock Band song game tracks are available as both a multipack and as a single game track. These song game tracks are exactly the same (unless expressly noted as a special version or remix). Be aware that it is possible to download the same song game track twice so please carefully consider your purchases. For music credits, visit www.RockBand.com. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

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December 19th 2007, 2:52 am PT

Demo: Kane and Lynch: Dead Men

Content: Kane and Lynch: Dead Men Demo
Price: Free
Availability: Not available in except Japan
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (Mature) BLOOD,DRUG REFERENCE,INTENSE VIOLENCE,STRONG LANGUAGE] A flawed mercenary and medicated psychopath in a brutal tale of hate, loss and revenge. Featuring hard-edged criminal action, co-op play explosive squad-based combat and back-stabbing online multiplayer experience that will blow you away.

Size: 520.04 MB

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December 18th 2007, 5:51 pm PT

Thanks to everyone that voted

Never underestimate the power of Twitter. Thanks to everyone that emailed GameDaily and threw my name in the ring. Just to be on the same list of candidates that included Jade Raymond and Ken Levine (just to mention a few) is very humbling. Thanks to you, the community, for the passion and support that makes this all possible. Have a great Holiday all.

 

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December 17th 2007, 10:33 pm PT

LIVE Activity for week of 12/10

Xbox 360 Top Live Titles (UU’s)
1 Halo 3
2 Call of Duty 4
3 Gears of War
4 Guitar Hero III
5 Assassin’s Creed
6 Mass Effect
7 Madden NFL 08
8 Burnout Paradise Demo
9 Guitar Hero II
10 Forza Motorsport 2

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions)
1 Arkadian Warriors
2 Sonic The Hedgehog 2
3 GripShift
4 UNO
5 Marble Blast Ultra
6 Bomberman LIVE
7 Bankshot Billiards 2
8 Geometry Wars Evolved
9 Small Arms
10 Worms
The arcade list is based on full versions purchased.

Original Xbox Top Live Games
1 Halo 2
2 Fable
3 Battlefield 2: MC
4 Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
5 Counter-Strike
6 Madden NFL 08
7 Call of Duty 3
8 Crimson Skies
9 Rainbow Six 3
10 Ghost Recon 2

These lists are based on global unique users connected to Xbox Live or in the case of Arcade, full versions purchased that week.

December 17th 2007 at 10:33 pm | Archive | No comments

December 17th 2007, 3:00 pm PT

This week on Arcade: Sensible World of Soccer and Tempest

Both hit Arcade this Wednesday with Sensible World of Soccer priced at 800 points and Tempest at 400 points.

December 17th 2007 at 3:00 pm | Archive | No comments

December 16th 2007, 6:45 pm PT

Show #260 The 2007 End of Year Special

This week’s show: 
Co-host : e
Geeking out at Child’s Play
Interview: Mario and Josh, GripShift (20:56–35:13)
Interview: Ralf Herbrich and Joaquin Quionero Candela, TrueSkill (35:14–1:15:08)
Interview: Brian Jarrard, Bungie and Halo 3 (1:14:09–1:51:05)
Interview: Jesse Alexander, Co-executive producer ‘Heroes’ (1:51:06–2:32:15)
Name the Game
Xbox 101
Plus, listen and you could win an Xbox 360 and HD DVD player signed by the cast of ‘Heroes’!

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Format:
03:06:46, 53.4 MB, MP3 (Yes….over three-hours)

Link dump (links to a few of the things I mention in this episode):
http://www.childsplaycharity.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil_Wheaton
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000696/

http://www.majornelson.com/archive/2007/12/13/geeking-out-child-s-play.aspx
http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbackup/2007/12/the-joy-of-mutu.html
http://flickr.com/photos/thekiko/2109505140/
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/g/gripshiftxboxlivearcade/
http://www.sidheinteractive.com/
http://rpgvault.ign.com/articles/832/832692p1.html
http://research.microsoft.com/mlp/apg/
http://research.microsoft.com/mlp/apg/trueskill.aspx
http://atom.research.microsoft.com/trueskillranking/rankcalculator.aspx
http://www.dreambuildplay.com/main/default.aspx
http://research.microsoft.com/aboutmsr/labs/default.aspx
http://nips.cc/Conferences/2007/
http://xnagamefest.com/presentations.htm#LIVE
http://www.bungie.net/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0018504/
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=snapmanifesto
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alias_%28video_game%29
http://www.thelookandsoundofperfect.com/
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hardware/x/xbox360hddvdplayer/
http://www.amazon.com/Heroes-Season-1-HD-DVD/dp/B000QTD5TS/ref=pd_bbs_4?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1197832395&sr=8-4
http://www.cesweb.org/
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=e
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=litheon

Halo gift items can all be viewed here:
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hardware/catalog.aspx?WT.svl=nav

Or at the individual sites:
http://www.mimobots.com
http://www.gamergraffix.com
http://www.halo3ost.com
http://www.bagrepublic.com
http://topps.com/ent/brands/halo/halo.html

December 16th 2007 at 6:45 pm | Archive | No comments

December 16th 2007, 6:45 pm PT

Show #260 (WMA) The 2007 End of Year Special

Note: As of January 1, 2008 I will no longer produce a WMA version of my show.
I will only produce the MP3 version. Please point your subscription to that feed in minimize any interruption.

This week’s show: 
Co-host : e
Geeking out at Child’s Play
Interview: Mario and Josh, GripShift (20:56–35:13)
Interview: Ralf Herbrich and Joaquin Quionero Candela, TrueSkill (35:14–1:15:08)
Interview: Brian Jarrard, Bungie and Halo 3 (1:14:09–1:51:05)
Interview: Jesse Alexander, Co-executive producer ‘Heroes’ (1:51:06–2:32:15)
Name the Game
Xbox 101
and 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 

Format:
03:06:46, 53.9 MB, WMA (Yes….over three-hours)

Link dump (links to a few of the things I mention in this episode):
http://www.childsplaycharity.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil_Wheaton
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000696/

http://www.majornelson.com/archive/2007/12/13/geeking-out-child-s-play.aspx
http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbackup/2007/12/the-joy-of-mutu.html
http://flickr.com/photos/thekiko/2109505140/
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/g/gripshiftxboxlivearcade/
http://www.sidheinteractive.com/
http://rpgvault.ign.com/articles/832/832692p1.html
http://research.microsoft.com/mlp/apg/
http://research.microsoft.com/mlp/apg/trueskill.aspx
http://atom.research.microsoft.com/trueskillranking/rankcalculator.aspx
http://www.dreambuildplay.com/main/default.aspx
http://research.microsoft.com/aboutmsr/labs/default.aspx
http://nips.cc/Conferences/2007/
http://xnagamefest.com/presentations.htm#LIVE
http://www.bungie.net/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0018504/
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=snapmanifesto
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alias_%28video_game%29
http://www.thelookandsoundofperfect.com/
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hardware/x/xbox360hddvdplayer/
http://www.amazon.com/Heroes-Season-1-HD-DVD/dp/B000QTD5TS/ref=pd_bbs_4?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1197832395&sr=8-4
http://www.cesweb.org/
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=e
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=litheon

Halo gift items can all be viewed here:
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hardware/catalog.aspx?WT.svl=nav

Or at the individual sites:
http://www.mimobots.com
http://www.gamergraffix.com
http://www.halo3ost.com
http://www.bagrepublic.com
http://topps.com/ent/brands/halo/halo.html

December 16th 2007 at 6:45 pm | Archive | No comments

December 14th 2007, 12:16 am PT

Geeking out @ Child’s Play

As you may remember, Tuesday night I went to the Child’s Play Charity Dinner Auction, which raised over a quarter-of-a-million dollars for the charity. I was sitting at a large table with Frankie and Brian from Bungie and many other gaming dignitaries, but I was most excited about who was sitting at my table directly across from me: Wil Wheaton. This is where it gets pretty funny. We had not had a chance to chat and introduce ourselves yet (dinner and the auction was underway, and it would have been rude to stand up and walk over to say hello in the middle of all of that.) The funny part is we were both twittering about the other during the auction and before we had met. (mine and his.) We finally met after the auction and had a good laugh about this.

So yea, I think that wins it for the Geekiest thing I have done this year. Hands down.

Will has his write up here. And yes, I will get him on a future show.

Edit: Kiko from Penny Arcade has posted photos from the event.

Edit: Here is a photo of the table where we were sitting. Me on the right, Wil on the left. My pensive look is me deciding if I should bid or not.

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December 13th 2007, 7:01 am PT

Demo: Burnout Paradise

Content: Burnout™ Paradise demo
Price: Free
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10+)] Welcome to the Burnout Paradise Demo. Explore Motor City, Big Surf Beach and Ocean View. Discover Jumps, Stunts and Smashes all over the map, and if you’re online invite friends to join you for some challenges. Remember, this is just a small part of Paradise City. For the full Burnout experience, buy the full game coming in January 2008.
Size: 835.53 MB

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December 12th 2007, 9:30 pm PT

XNA Game Studio 2.0 details now available

Details on XNA Game Studio 2.0 have just been released. The new version has over 15 new features, including the ability to create online and cross platform multiplayer games for Xbox 360 and Windows over Xbox LIVE. If you are looking for something to do over the Holiday, why not try your hand at writing a game?

[Read the press release]

December 12th 2007 at 9:30 pm | Archive | No comments

December 12th 2007, 9:07 pm PT

Demo: Frontlines: Fuel of War

Content: Frontlines™: Fuel of War™ Demo
Price: Free
Availability: Not available India
Dash Text: [ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)] Frontlines™: Fuel of War™ is an open-world First Person Shooter set on the frontlines of tomorrow. In a world ravaged by a global energy crisis, environmental decay, and economic depression, players assume the role of an elite soldier in the Western Coalition Army on an epic crusade against the Red Star Alliance to control the last of the world’s oil reserves. Frontlines: Fuel of War combines intensely cinematic, non-linear game play, with next generation weaponry and a revolutionary Frontline Combat System™ to deliver the most thrilling and engaging FPS to date.
Size: 1.69 GB

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December 12th 2007, 7:10 am PT

Exit: In game pack (Free)

Content: Additional Stage Pack 2
Price: Free
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: E (Everyone) CARTOON VIOLENCE] Add stages from Situations 18 to 22. “WITHIN CELLPHONE RANGE!”, “FOR EXPERTS ONLY”, “CAN YOU SEE?”, “CODE BLUE”, and “INTO THE AIR” will become playable.

December 12th 2007 at 7:10 am | Archive | No comments

December 12th 2007, 7:01 am PT

Arcade:GripShift

Content: GripShift
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in India
Size: 147.78 MB
Dash Text: [ESRB: E10+ (EVERYONE 10+) MILD VIOLENCE] Single Player, Xbox LIVE Multiplayer 2-4, HD (High Definition). Buy now to experience high-flying platform gaming combined with extreme stunt driving action in GripShift! Test your reflexes and bend your brain as you stunt your way through 120 insane, twisting Challenge Mode levels. Or deploy an arsenal of funky weapons and go head-to-head across 25 Race Mode tracks and 20 Deathmatch arenas. GripShift is a gravity-defying thrill ride you need to own today! There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Plus check out the two picture packs, theme and trailer also now available.

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December 12th 2007, 6:01 am PT

Arcade: Arkadian Warriors

Content: Arkadian Warriors
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in l regions except India, Japan, Korea
Dash Text: [ESRB: E10+ (EVERYONE 10 +) FANTASY VIOLENCE, MILD BLOOD] Single Player, Xbox LIVE Multiplayer 1-2, Local Multiplayer 1-2, HD (High Definition). Define your legacy young Arkadian Warrior – Defeat the evil Gorgon herself as soldier, archer or sorceress and return the land of Arkadia back to it’s people. Unlock the full game now. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/Live/accounts.

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December 11th 2007, 11:06 am PT

Child’s Play dinner is tonight

If you are headed to the Child’s Play Charity Dinner Auction tonight, I look forward to seeing you as we help support this great event. Even if you can’t make the event, there are many ways you can help Gabe & Tycho spread Holiday cheer to children across the globe. Check out childsplaycharity.org  for details on how you can help make the season brighter for the children in your area with the gift of gaming.

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December 11th 2007, 8:01 am PT

Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack

Content: Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in India
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (Mature) BLOOD AND GORE,MILD LANGUAGE,VIOLENCE] The Heroic map pack contains three new maps, each presenting a totally different play style. Standoff’s symmetrical valley, with its entrenched bases and fields of boulders is ideal for mid-sized objective and Slayer game types, while Rat’s Nest’s vast, labyrinthine passages bring something quite new to the Halo multiplayer experience – an indoor vehicle paradise, strongly influenced by the Campaign mode ideal for big team battles. Finally, Foundry is the ultimate Forge map – players can edit every single object in this voluminous industrial warehouse, place stairways, walls, bridges and tunnels to create an entirely new play space and build almost any kind of map they can think of. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

[Details and screen shots at Bungie.net]

Edit: Frankie has posted this FAQ on the map pack, including mentioning that these maps will eventually be available for free.

 

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December 11th 2007, 7:09 am PT

Rock Band Content (Punk Pack)

Content: Punk Pack 01
Price: 440 Points
Availability: United States
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this game song track pack, which includes: “I Fought the Law”–The Clash, “Rockaway Beach”–the Ramones, and “Ever Fallen in Love,” which is a cover of a song made famous by Buzzcocks. PLEASE NOTE: this game song track includes three song game tracks at a discounted rate over individual purchases. Many Rock Band songs are available as both a multipack and as a single track. These songs are exactly the same (unless expressly noted as a special version or remix). Be aware that it is possible to download the same song twice so please carefully consider your purchases. For song credits, visit www.RockBand.com. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Content: “I Fought the Law”
Price: 160 Points
Availability: United States
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “I Fought the Law”–The Clash. PLEASE NOTE: Many Rock Band song game tracks are available as both a multipack and as a single game track. These song game tracks are exactly the same (unless expressly noted as a special version or remix). Be aware that it is possible to download the same song game track twice so please carefully consider your purchases. For music credits, visit www.RockBand.com. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Content:
“Rockaway Beach”
Price: 160 Points
Availability: United States
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Rockaway Beach”–the Ramones. PLEASE NOTE: Many Rock Band song game tracks are available as both a multipack and as a single game track. These song game tracks are exactly the same (unless expressly noted as a special version or remix). Be aware that it is possible to download the same song game track twice so please carefully consider your purchases. For music credits, visit www.RockBand.com. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Content: “Ever Fallen in Love”*
Price: 160 Points
Availability: United States
Dash Text:[ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track. *”Ever Fallen in Love” is a cover version of a song made famous by Buzzcocks. PLEASE NOTE: Many Rock Band song game tracks are available as both a multipack and as a single game track. These song game tracks are exactly the same (unless expressly noted as a special version or remix). Be aware that it is possible to download the same song game track twice so please carefully consider your purchases. For music credits, visit www.RockBand.com. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

December 11th 2007 at 7:09 am | Archive | No comments

December 11th 2007, 2:44 am PT

LIVE Activity for week of 12/3

Xbox 360 Top Live Titles (UUs)
1 Halo 3
2 Call of Duty 4
3 Gears of War
4 Assassin’s Creed
5 Guitar Hero III
6 Mass Effect
7 Madden NFL 08
8 Guitar Hero II
9 Forza Motorsport 2
10 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions)
1 Marble Blast Ultra
2 Sonic The Hedgehog 2
3 Asteroids & Deluxe
4 Zuma
5 UNO
6 Bomberman LIVE
7 Small Arms
8 Bankshot Billiards 2
9 Worms
10 TMNT 1989 Arcade

The arcade list is based on full versions purchased.

Original Xbox Top Live Games
1 Halo 2
2 Fable
3 Battlefield 2: MC
4 Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
5 Counter-Strike
6 Crimson Skies
7 Madden NFL 08
8 Call of Duty 3
9 Rainbow Six 3
10 ESPN NFL 2K5

These lists are based on global unique users connected to Xbox Live or in the case of Arcade, full versions purchased that week.



 

December 11th 2007 at 2:44 am | Archive | No comments

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