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November 26th 2008, 5:08 pm PT

Xbox LIVE Marketplace Black Friday Sale

If you live in the US, you know that the day after Thanksgiving is (for better or worse) called Black Friday. Along with many of your favorite stores, the Xbox LIVE Marketplace is also having a Black Friday sales eventand were actually stretching it through the weekend.  Starting this Friday Gold Members located in the US can save on select Marketplace Offers. Here is the complete list of items, including the discount and savings in MS Points:

 

Type Content (click to purchase) Original Price Black Friday Price Discount Savings
Arcade Rez HD 800 500 37.5% 300
Arcade Arkadian Warriors 800 500 37.5% 300
Arcade Assault Heroes 400 250 37.5% 150
Arcade Catan 800 500 37.5% 300
Arcade Brain Challenge 800 500 37.5% 300
Arcade Boogie Bunnies 800 500 37.5% 300
Arcade Golf: Tee It Up! 800 500 37.5% 300
PDLC GH3 Metallica Death Magnetic Full Album 1440 1000 30.6% 440
PDLC Forza March Car Pack 400 250 37.5% 150
PDLC Crackdown Getting Busy Bonus Pack 800 500 37.5% 300
PDLC Rock Band All That Remains Pack 01 440 290 34.1% 150
PDLC Lips The Remedy (Jason Mraz) 160 100 37.5% 60
Theme Gears of War 2 Last Day 250 180 28.0% 70
Theme Sonic Unleashed 250 180 28.0% 70
Theme Castle Crashers Premium Theme 250 180 28.0% 70

The sale starts Friday morning and will run through Sunday evening. These special prices will be available for Xbox LIVE Gold Members in the US only. If you click the links above, youll see the current prices. The new prices will be updated on Friday morning when the sale kicks in. Here is the official Xbox.com page.

Edit: Fixed a few links

November 26th 2008 at 5:08 pm | Archive | No comments

November 26th 2008, 7:01 am PT

Arcade: Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

Content: Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Price:
1200 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Japan
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (TEEN) MILD BLOOD, MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES, VIOLENCE] Single Player, Xbox LIVE Multiplayer 1-2, Local Multiplayer 1-2, HD (High Definition). The original MMA series is back! Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix receives a whole new look while improving on the innovative fighting system of the original game. Updated with 1080p HD redrawn art and widescreen support, the game offers a unique experience that appeals to new fans and Street Fighter® purists alike. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/Live/accounts.

Click here to add this demo to your Xbox 360 download queue

November 26th 2008 at 7:01 am | Archive | No comments

November 25th 2008, 6:03 pm PT

Marketplace Roundup for November 25, 2008 (Now with links to purchase*)

Theme

Title: Dead Space™

Content: Dead Space Theme
Price: Free
Availability: United States
Dash Text: Download this theme.

Title: Star Trek

Content: Star Trek Theme
Price: Free
Availability: United States
Dash Text: Download the Theme Pack for the soon to be released film “Star Trek” in theaters May 8th and also check out the exclusive Gamer Pictures as well.

Trailer

Title: STAR OCEAN 4

Content: STAR OCEAN® : THE LAST HOPE™
Price: Free
Availability: United States and Japan
Dash Text: [ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)] AD 2064. Humanity made its third and most costly mistake. World War III. Weapons of mass destruction deployed with complete impunity, razed the land in the blink of an eye. People believed it’s the end of the world. The planet Earth was dying. So humanity began to search for a new home in space.

In Game Content

Title: KR: AI Encore 2

Content: Unfaithful
Price: 120 Microsoft Points
Availability: Only in Canada, United States
Dash Text: [ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10+)] “Unfaithful” is a cover version of the modern pop hit written by Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen and Shaffer Smith. Expand your Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 library by purchasing this track. For music credits, visit the Karaoke Revolution section of www.konami.com. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Content: Heartbreaker
Price: 120 Microsoft Points
Availability: Only in Canada, United States
Dash Text: [ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10+)] “Heartbreaker” is a cover version of the classic rock hit written by Geoff Gill and Cliff Wade. Expand your Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 library by purchasing this track. For music credits, visit the Karaoke Revolution section of www.konami.com. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Content: Are You Happy Now
Price: 120 Microsoft Points
Availability: Only in Canada, United States
Dash Text: [ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10+)] “Are You Happy Now” is a cover version of the pop-rock hit written by Michelle Branch and John Shanks. Expand your Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 library by purchasing this track. For music credits, visit the Karaoke Revolution section of www.konami.com. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Content: All My Life
Price: 120 Microsoft Points
Availability: Only in Canada, United States
Dash Text: [ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10+)] “All My Life” (also playable as a True Duet) is a cover version of the pop-ballad written by Rory Bennett and Jo Jo Hailey. Expand your Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2 library by purchasing this track. For music credits, visit the Karaoke Revolution section of www.konami.com. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Title: Far Cry® 2

Content: Far Cry®2 Fortunes Pack
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: All regions except Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (Mature) BLOOD,DRUG REFERENCE,INTENSE VIOLENCE,SEXUAL THEMES,STRONG LANGUAGE] Ramp up the terror with the Far Cry®2 Fortunes Pack. Loaded with 3 new weapons, 2 new vehicles and 4 new multiplayer maps. Silenced Shotgun – Power and stealth in one gun. Craftsman Shotgun – An ornamental shotgun with power and class to get people talking. Crossbow – Use explosive bolts to take out vehicles or start raging fires from a safe distance. ATV – Leave the roads and hit the fields with this All-terrain Vehicle. Utility Truck – Perfect for charging unsuspecting camps and taking out a couple of mercs. Plus 4 NEW MULTIPLAYER MAPS Get set to take out friends and enemies alike in these new environments: • Last Resort • Cheap Labour • Lake Smear • Fort Fury Let the mayhem begin… There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Gamer Picture

Title: Dead Space™

Content: Dead Space Picture Pack
Price: Free
Availability: Only in United States
Dash Text: Download this picture pack.

Title: Star Trek

Content: Star Trek Picture PackStar Trek Picture Pack
Price: Free
Availability: Only in United States
Dash Text: Download the Gamer pictures for the soon to be released film “Star Trek” in theaters May 8th and also check out the exclusive Theme pack as well.

Video

Title: The Guild

Content: The Guild 201 – Video (HD)
Price: Free
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)] Codex adjusts to Zaboo as a house-guest; The Guild finds a valuable object in-game.

*When available

November 25th 2008 at 6:03 pm | Archive | No comments

November 25th 2008, 3:01 pm PT

Halo 3 Recon has a new name

And it’s called Halo 3: ODSTBungie.net has posted details of the game formerly known has Halo 3 Recon.

Be make sure you grab the Halo 3 Recon wallpapers from Xbox.com, as they are now collecters items.

November 25th 2008 at 3:01 pm | Archive | No comments

November 25th 2008, 7:03 am PT

Guitar Hero World Tour: The Killers

Content: “Losing Touch” by The Killers
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] “Losing Touch” by The Killers downloadable single for Guitar Hero World Tour. Please Note: Many songs are available both as singles and as a part of a Track Pack, so please carefully consider your purchases before downloading. For all song credits please visit www.guitarhero.com There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Content: “Human” by The Killers
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] “Human” by The Killers downloadable single for Guitar Hero World Tour. Please Note: Many songs are available both as singles and as a part of a Track Pack, so please carefully consider your purchases before downloading. For all song credits please visit www.guitarhero.com There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Content: The Killers Track Pack (Add to your Xbox 360 download queue)
Price: 440 Microsoft Points
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Downloadable Track Pack for Guitar Hero World Tour featuring “Losing Touch”, “Human”, and “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers. Please Note: Many songs are available both as singles and as a part of a Track Pack, so please carefully consider your purchases before downloading. For all song credits please visit www.guitarhero.com There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

November 25th 2008 at 7:03 am | Archive | No comments

November 25th 2008, 7:00 am PT

Demo: Dead Space Dismemberment Demo

Content: Dead Space Dismemberment Demo
Price: Free
Availability: Not available in Germany or Japan
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (Mature) BLOOD AND GORE,INTENSE VIOLENCE,STRONG LANGUAGE] Download the Dead Space™ Dismemberment Demo to get a taste of the most intense game experience of the year! As Engineer Isaac Clarke, strategically dismember the Necromorph hordes as you carve a bloody path to survival.

 
* I am experimenting with this feature, so bear with me while I work out the kinks of the links
 

November 25th 2008 at 7:00 am | Archive | No comments

November 24th 2008, 6:13 pm PT

The Guild now on Marketplace for Free (Update)

If you like The Guild, then you’ll be happy to know that the first two seasons are now available on the US Marketplace (some in HD)…for free. Head on over to Marketplace and queue them up.

Update: I am being told this will be available world wide.

November 24th 2008 at 6:13 pm | Archive | No comments

November 24th 2008, 6:00 pm PT

Fable II DLC Coming in December

Great news for fans of Fable II..Free and Premiums DLC is coming in December. Lionhead.com has some of the details.

 

November 24th 2008 at 6:00 pm | Archive | No comments

November 24th 2008, 4:25 pm PT

Xbox.com Holiday Value Finder

Looking for a way to tell those in your life that you want an Xbox 360 for the Holilday? Xbox.com has posted their Holiday Value Finder Guide. Scroll down and hit the Start Convincing button to answer some questions (Mad Libs style) and the website will kick out a personalized PDF (click mine on the left to see a sample) that you can sent to that special someone in your life to let them know what is on your list this season.

November 24th 2008 at 4:25 pm | Archive | No comments

November 24th 2008, 7:00 am PT

Demo: Mirror’s Edge (Japan only)

Content:
Price: Free
Availability: Japan
Dash Text: [CERO: C]

 

November 24th 2008 at 7:00 am | Archive | No comments

November 23rd 2008, 10:30 pm PT

Show #300: After NXE Launch

This week’s show:
Co-host : e
NXE Ships
Interview: Kathleen Sanders, Xbox LIVE Community Games (9:28–24:16)
Interview: Marc Whitten, The NXE Boss (24:17–37:00)
Name the Game
Much more…

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Format:
01:18:05, 36.1 MB, (MP3)

Link dump (some of the things mentioned in this episode:
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=cookiecups
http://creators.xna.com/en-US/
http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/catalog.aspx?d=7
http://live.xbox.com/en-US/profile/profile.aspx?pp=0&GamerTag=Notwen
http://flickr.com/photos/majornelson/3051185582/
http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/productdetails.aspx?pid=112

 

November 23rd 2008 at 10:30 pm | Archive | No comments

November 20th 2008, 7:44 pm PT

New Premium Themes for NXE

A few weeks ago I posted a Developer Diary about the new Premium Themes coming to Xbox LIVE with the New Xbox Experience. Well, now that NXE is here, I wanted to share some of the Premium Themes available for download. There are a ton of great ones up, from the Fable II Albion Theme to Castle Crashers and more. Check out the list below for many of the Premium Themes that you can download today, and go browse Xbox LIVE Marketplace to see all of the great content we are offering and quickly add them to your download queue.

Gears of War 2 – Bare Your Teeth (went live 11/7)
Gears of War 2 – Hope Runs Deep (went live 11/7)
Gears of War 2 – Last Day (went live 11/7)
Halo 3
Halo Wars
Fable II Albion
Castle Crashers
The Last Remnant
Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
Forza 2
Call of Duty: World at War
Sonic Unleashed
Guitar Hero World Tour
Rock Band 2
Tomb Raider: Underworld

Also, NXE Ships with a couple of new (free) themes. You can get details from the Top 10 list I posted earlier this week. Don’t forget, all of the Themes you’ve already downloaded will work in the New Xbox Experience, so you don’t need to worry that your Kameo Themes from 2005 disappearing.

November 20th 2008 at 7:44 pm | Archive | No comments

November 20th 2008, 7:03 am PT

Guitar Hero World Tour : The Raconteurs

Content: Raconteurs Track Pack
Price: 440 Microsoft Points
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Downloadable Track Pack for Guitar Hero World Tour featuring “Consoler of the Lonely”, “Hold Up”, and “Salute Your Solution” by The Raconteurs. Please Note: Many songs are available both as singles and as a part of a Track Pack, so please carefully consider your purchases before downloading. For all song credits please visit www.guitarhero.com There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Content: “Salute Your Solution” by The Raconteurs
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] “Salute Your Solution” by The Raconteurs downloadable single for Guitar Hero World Tour. Please Note: Many songs are available both as singles and as a part of a Track Pack, so please carefully consider your purchases before downloading. For all song credits please visit www.guitarhero.com There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Content: “Hold Up” by The Raconteurs
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] “Hold Up” by The Raconteurs downloadable single for Guitar Hero World Tour. Please Note: Many songs are available both as singles and as a part of a Track Pack, so please carefully consider your purchases before downloading. For all song credits please visit www.guitarhero.com There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Content: “Consoler of the Lonely” by The Raconteurs
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] “Consoler of the Lonely” by The Raconteurs downloadable single for Guitar Hero World Tour. Please Note: Many songs are available both as singles and as a part of a Track Pack, so please carefully consider your purchases before downloading. For all song credits please visit www.guitarhero.com There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

 

Edit: I am checking to see where this content is. Ill post an update when it is actually available.

Update: The link now works

November 20th 2008 at 7:03 am | Archive | No comments

November 20th 2008, 7:02 am PT

Demo: Crash Time 2 (Europe only)

Content: Crash Time 2 – Demo
Price: Free
Availability: Not available in Australia, Asia, North America or New Zealand
Dash Text: [PEGI: 7+] Play the demo and experience pure action with Detective Chief Inspectors Semir and Ben. Wheels are burning up the Autobahn!

November 20th 2008 at 7:02 am | Archive | No comments

November 19th 2008, 8:56 pm PT

NXE Launch day update

As you can imagine, it’s been an incredible day so far for the New Xbox Experience. It’s great to see so much enthusiasm…it sounds like you are having fun exploring NXE. With an update of this magnitude, reaching more than 14 million people around the globe, we are aware some of you may be experiencing a few hiccups along the way. The LIVE team is closely monitoring the LIVE service and Xbox.com and are aware of a few issues including what’s happening with Marketplace. The team is actively working on the issues, so thanks for bearing with us.

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November 19th 2008, 4:48 pm PT

Nxe / Netflix Update

We hope your’re enjoying the New Xbox Experience. As expected, Netflix on Xbox 360 is a huge success, with the LIVE community flocking to this portion of the New Xbox Experience. Some of you may have had a few challenges earlier today but I wanted to let you know they’ve been resolved.

 

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November 19th 2008, 8:02 am PT

Top 10 things to do when you get the New Xbox Experience

The New Xbox Experience is in the process of being deployed to all Xbox LIVE members, but it will take a few hours for everyone to get the prompt to update to NXE….be patient! In the meantime I thought I would give my Top 10 list of things to do with NXE when you get it later today:

1) Create (or Customize) your Avatar – You can spend as much (or as little) time as you want in the Avatar Editor to personalize your little guy/girl

Bonus: When you are done with #1, be sure to take a Gamer Picture of your Avatar. In the Avatar editor, choose Gamer Picture. You can use the controls to move your avatar around, zoom in and out or even change the background color (press Y)

2) Explore the all new dashboard. (hint: use the trigger and bumpers to quickly scroll up and down or left and right)

3) PAR-TAY! Check out Xbox LIVE Parties and chat with up to seven of your friends. Go to the Friends channel…choose a friend who is online and press Y to get the party started. You can also hit the Xbox 360 Guide button > Party >Start a Party. Once you do that, send off invites to your party (since one does not make a very good party…does it?)

4) Themes. While any themes you work will NXE, check out some of the new themes via My Xbox and select your profile (second slot) and then change theme. Xbox 360, Spectrum, Day and Night are new themes that available as part of your NXE upgrade…check them out.

5) Marketplace on Xbox.com. This new feature lets you search, browse, and purchase games and videos while you are away from your console. You can also perform account management functions like changing your billing information, viewing your purchase history, and downloading items you already own.

6) Netflix – Xbox LIVE Gold Member and you have Netflix? If you are in the US you can stream thousands of videos (some in HD) directly from Netflix to your Xbox 360. Not a member? Sign up for a free trial at Xbox.com/netflix

7) Install to / Play from Hard Drive. With the game in the tray, return to your dashboard. (pressing the guide button then Y works as always) then go to My Xbox. From here press Y, which will bring up a new menu which will allow, among other things the ability to install a game to your hard drive.
Hint: You can still use the Xbox 360 guide while installing a game to keep in touch with your friends or start a Party.

Bonus: Before you do #7, be sure to set up what happens when you turn on your Xbox 360.  My Xbox->System Settings>Console settings. Then choose Start up to to choose Disc, Xbox Dashboard or Windows Media Center. Once you are done there…check the option right below it: Autostart. This tell your Xbox 360 what to do when you insert a game. The choices are enable or disable. I have mine set to disable so I can easily use install to hard drive.

8) Delete Zero Gamerscore games. You can remove any games from your games played list that you have earned no achievements or gamerscore. Press the Xbox 360– guide button, navigate left to the games section and choose Achievements. From here choose the game with zero gamerscore you want to remove and press X (Delete Game History.)

9) Press the Xbox 360 button on your controller to see the all new Guide. The team has added more functionality than the old guide, while making it more responsive. It’s a quick way to check your messages, see who is online or start a party. 

10) Take a look at Community Games in the Games Marketplace. For the first time in the history of console gaming, thousands of games developed by the creative community will be available to the public.

For those that have the new Xbox Experience, what are your favorite new feature(s)?

November 19th 2008 at 8:02 am | Archive | No comments

November 19th 2008, 8:00 am PT

Arcade: A Kingdom for Keflings

Content: A Kingdom for Keflings
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: E (EVERYONE) MILD CARTOON VIOLENCE] Xbox LIVE Multiplayer 2-4, HD (High Definition). Unlock the full version of A Kingdom for Keflings for even more homes, buildings, and workshops to build! Join up to three of your friends via Xbox LIVE to cooperatively construct the kingdom of your dreams. The full version of A Kingdom for Keflings includes achievements to earn, more Keflings to attract and many more opportunities to fill your kingdom full of love! This game requires the Xbox 360 hard drive or the 512MB Memory Unit for storage. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

November 19th 2008 at 8:00 am | Archive | No comments

November 19th 2008, 3:47 am PT

LIVE Activity for week of November 10th

Xbox 360 Top Live Titles (based on UU’s)
1 Gears of War 2
2 Call of Duty 4
3 Halo 3
4 CoD: World at War
5 Left 4 Dead  Demo
6 Fable II
7 GTA IV
8 Fallout 3
9 Madden NFL 09
10 Gears of War

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)
1  Worms
2  Portal: Still Alive
3  Castle Crashers
4 Vigilante 8: Arcade
5  Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
6  UNO®
7 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader
8 Duke Nukem 3D
9 Pinball FX
10  Marble Blast Ultra

The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.

Original Xbox Top Live Titles (based on UU’s)
1 Halo 2
2 Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
3 Fable
4 Counter-Strike
5 Call of Duty 3
6 Battlefield 2: MC
7 Call of Duty 2
8 Street Fighter Anniv.
9 Rainbow Six 3
10 Splinter Cell Chaos

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

November 19th 2008 at 3:47 am | Archive | No comments

November 18th 2008, 1:15 am PT

Sign up for the preview? You’re in!

Instead of adding another 10,000 people to the preview program like we did last week, we’ve decided to do something a little different: everyone who successfully applied to the preview program (and submitted a valid console ID) will be getting the New Xbox Experience sometime within the next few hours. That’s right…we’re hooking everyone else up with NXE a bit early.  If you signed up and are not prompted, that means you did not enter your console ID properly and you’ll have to wait until Wednesday.

Don’t worry, it’s almost here.

Thanks again for your overwhelming interest in the program.

November 18th 2008 at 1:15 am | Archive | No comments

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