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December 15th 2009, 10:41 pm PT

LIVE Activity for week of Dec. 7th

 

Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles (based on UU’s)

1    Modern Warfare 2
2    Halo 3
3    Call of Duty: WaW
4    Call of Duty 4
5    Left 4 Dead 2 (Download the Demo)
6    FIFA 10
7    Assassin’s Creed II
8    GTA IV (Purchase the full game)
9    Madden NFL 10
10  Gears of War 2 (Download the demo)

 

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)
1   Trials HD   
2   Call of Duty Classic
3   Madden NFL Arcade
4   Castle Crashers 
5   Magic: The Gathering
6   Sonic The Hedgehog 2
7   A Kingdom for Keflings
8   Hasbro Family Game Night **
9   Shadow Complex
10  Battlefield 1943 


The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.
**Combined sales of all Hasbro Family Game Night titles

 

Original Xbox Top Live Titles (based on UU’s)

1    Halo 2
2    Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
3    Counter-Strike
4    Fable
5    Conker: Live Reloaded
6    Splinter Cell Chaos
7    Star Wars: Battlefront
8    Doom 3
9    Call of Duty 3
10   SW: Republic Commando

Top Indie Games (Full Versions purchased)

1    The Impossible Game
2    myChristmas
3    Avatar Drop
4    Head Shot 2
5    I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1
6    Avatar Avenue
7    Dont B Nervous Talking 2 Girls
8    Inside Lacrosse’s CL2010
9    A Killer’s Dream
10   Miner Dig Deep

 

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

 

LIVE Activity for week of Nov. 9th

December 15th 2009 at 10:41 pm | Archive | 44 comments

December 15th 2009, 4:34 pm PT

Twitter, Facebook and Last.FM now available for those <18 in the U.S.

 

In case you missed my post last week, I want to remind you that as of today Twitter, Facebook and Last.FM are now available for Xbox LIVE members with child accounts. If you have a child account over 13, and you get parental approval, you’ll be able to have access to these applications. Be sure to set Automatically log in or Remember me when setting up the application for the first time, otherwise you will be prompted for parental permission every time you launch the application.  Enjoy and thanks for your patience.

 

December 15th 2009 at 4:34 pm | Xbox 360 | 18 comments

December 15th 2009, 12:48 pm PT

Xbox 360 Games on Demand: Viva Piñata Party Animals

 

The following Xbox 360 games are now ready for direct download from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace:

 

Viva Piñata®: Party Animals

Content: Party Animals
Price: Check pricing for your region
Availability: Not available in Japan
Dash Text: (Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB) This game supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Korean. Download the manual for this game by locating the game on http://marketplace.xbox.com and selecting “See Game Manual”. Play as your favorite character from the Viva Piñata television series. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

 

 

Add Party Animals to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

 

 

 

 

December 15th 2009 at 12:48 pm | Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 11 comments

December 14th 2009, 12:27 pm PT

Demo: Vancouver 2010 – The Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games

 

Content: Vancouver 2010 – The Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games – Demo
Price: Free
Availability: Not available in Asia and India
Dash Text: This demo features men’s super-G (one of the 14 Olympic Games Mode events featured in the game) and Landing Zone (one of the 30 unique Challenge Mode events). Focusing on speed and adrenaline, Vancouver 2010™ – The Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games will launch players into the glory and excitement of one of the world’s biggest winter sport events

 

Add Vancouver 2010 – The Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games – Demo to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

 

December 14th 2009 at 12:27 pm | Demo, Marketplace | 10 comments

December 13th 2009, 10:59 am PT

Chat FAQ

We’ve got a new feature over here on majornelson.com, and that is an Xbox Live-integrated community chat. We felt that the Xbox community as a whole was lacking a real-time way to interact with one another especially during times of exciting new Xbox-related announcements. This FAQ serves to outline some of the most common questions about using the chat.

I just saw some really important gamertag on the chat, is that really them?

 

Due to the way the chat works, we allow you up to one minute to prove who you are before forcefully changing the nickname you’re using. During that time it is quite possible for somebody to impersonate another user, so the only way to be absolutely certain that a person is who they say they are is by typing “/ns status gamertag” where gamertag is the gamertag of the person you want to check. If NickServ messages you back with the status of “3″ then the person has verified their identity, otherwise you should view the person in question with skeptecism. You will only see Major Nelson with the nickname of Major_Nelson.

 

How do I get into the chat?

If you have an account here and you’re not signed in you should proceed to login, as your gamertag serves as your nickname on the chat server. If you do not currently have an account at majornelson.com, you should proceed to register, as registered users are always allowed to talk even during times of high activity. If the chat becomes too hard to moderate we will enforce certain restrictions that include temporarily muting all anonymous users. So if you want your voice heard, registration is your best option.

 

Once you’ve logged in navigate to the chat page. Due to security restrictions on the software we use to operate majornelson.com we are unable to decrypt existing user passwords, and as such are unable to set your password on the chat; however, once you change your password on majornelson.com or even directly on the chat server that new password will remain. Before you administer any password changes we present you with a pre-determined password that you can use login. Copy that password into the chat window, while ensuring you don’t copy the quote characters over, and click the “Click to join chatroom” button.

 

Why was my gamertag changed to MNGuest#####?

 

The point of this chat is to use your own gamertag, and to do that we have to prove to everybody else that you own the gamertag you’re trying to use. That’s the reason for the password, so nobody else can impersonate you anywhere on our chat. So if your gamertag is being changed, make sure you are signed into majornelson.com; and that you paste the password provided on the chat page into the “Password” field or if it says your password is your majornelson.com password then enter that password into the password field and click  the “Click to join chatroom” button.

 

Why won’t it recognize my gamertag when I try to login to the chat/why isn’t my new password working on the chat?

Due to some server limitations it will take up to 4 hours for gamertag and password changes to propogate over to the chat server. This includes changing your gamertag on the server once you’ve changed your gamertag on majornelson.com.

 

How do I talk about something other than Xbox?

If you want to talk about something other than Xbox you can try finding other chat channels with topics you want to partake in by typing “/list” and clicking the “chat.majornelson.com” tab where a list of current channels are. You can judge by the channel’s topic if a channel is about what you want to talk about. Otherwise you can create your own channel by typing “/join #channelname” where “channelname” is the name of the channel you would like to create. If you would like to register the channel so you can maintain administrative priveleges on it you can type “/cs register #channelname password description” where “channelname” is the name of the channel you joined, “password” is the founder password for the channel (be sure to set this to a secure password, as this can be used to gain full control over your channel), and “description” is what the channel is about.

 

How do I remove somebody from my chat channel or how do I keep them from being able to join?

 

You can click the user’s name in the list of members on the right side of the screen, and then click “Kick”. To ban them click the user’s name and click the second ban option.

 

How do I give or remove access to my channel?

 

To give somebody half-operator status type “/cs hop #channelname add nickname” where “channelname” is the name of the channel and “nickname” is the user’s name on the chat, to give somebody operator status type “/cs op #channelname add nickname”, and to give somebody super-operator status type “/cs sop #channelname add nickname”. You can repeat all of the previous commands replacing “add” with “del” to remove them from their corresponding list.

 

How do I find more advanced commands?

Try typing these advanced help commands on the chat:

/helpserv help
/helpop

 

What if I need additional help to questions not answered here?

Type “/join #help” and somebody will be happy to assit you.

 

Can I connect to this chat server with my own chat client?

 

You can connect to the majornelson.com chat server at chat.majornelson.com on port 6667 or for SSL port 6697. Please note we use a wildcard certificate for our chat server, so if your client is not capable of accepting a wildcard certificate you should ensure it will accept “invalid” certificates.

December 13th 2009 at 10:59 am | Archive | No comments

December 10th 2009, 3:00 pm PT

December Marketplace release schedule and a special Holiday Deal program

 

We’ve got a lot of stuff coming up this month. I am happy to share the latest schedule for the Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week, Xbox LIVE Arcade and Games on Demand and more.

 

Xbox LIVE Deal of the week*
Week of December 14:

Lips: Coldplay Track Pack for 240 Microsoft Points

Pinball FX (Japan) for  400 Microsoft Points
December 21 through December 27:
Shadow Complex for 800 points 
Week of December 28:

The Maw for 400 Microsoft Points

 

Here is the schedule for the next couple of weeks for Xbox LIVE Arcade:

December 16: Alien Breed Evolution (Episode 1) for 800 Microsoft Points
December 23: Trials HD BIG PACK! for 400 points

 

Games on Demand:

December 15: Viva Piñata: Party Animals
December 22: Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition and Devil May Cry 4
December 29: Gears of War

 

And of course, it’s Holiday Time…so we’ve got some special stuff lined up for you as well, starting with today’s release of Holiday items and tokidoki gear to the Avatar Marketplace. On December 24th, we’ll be releasing Disney Classic items to the Avatar Marketplace.

 

Finally, starting December 18th and continuing through the 31st we’ll be having a new Xbox LIVE Holiday Deal every single day. We’re not posting that schedule in advance so you’ll need to check back each day to see what the offer is. You can find out what each deal is by signing into Xbox LIVE and checking the dashboard. Plus each day, I’ll post the Holiday Daily deal to my Twitter account so you may want follow me so you can find out what the deal is even if you are not in front of your console. 

Edit: Here is the official press release

*May vary by region

December 10th 2009 at 3:00 pm | Avatar Marketplace, Deal, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 92 comments

December 9th 2009, 7:15 pm PT

Twitter, Facebook and Last.FM updates for those <18

 

A few moments ago we’ve released an update to the Twitter, Facebook and Last.FM applications on Xbox LIVE for all Xbox LIVE countries except for the US.  With this update, as promised, if you have a child account and you get parental approval, you’ll be able to have access to these applications. At this point, all Non-US Accounts should have access to them at this time. If you have a child account in the U.S., you will receive this update on December 15th, when these applications will appear in your Xbox 360 dashboard. Be sure to set Automatically log in or Remember me when setting up the application for the first time, otherwise you will be prompted for parental permission every time you launch the application

 

Thanks for your patience as we worked to develop the best solution to ensure that we are able to offer an age-appropriate environment for everyone on Xbox LIVE.

 

 

December 9th 2009 at 7:15 pm | Xbox 360 | 39 comments

December 9th 2009, 12:41 pm PT

Crash Time 3 – Single Player Demo

 

Content: Crash Time 3 – Single Player Demo
Price: Free
Availability: European Xbox LIVE Regions
Dash Text: Play the demo and experience pure action with Crash Time 3, including a cool night driving scenario.

 

Add Crash Time 3 – Single Player Demo to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

 

December 9th 2009 at 12:41 pm | Demo, Marketplace | 10 comments

December 9th 2009, 12:33 pm PT

Arcade: QIX++

 

QIX++Content: QIX++
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Australia, India, Korea or New Zealand
Dash Text: Includes sleek graphics and cool sound effects! Reloaded with new features and a multiplayer mode! There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

 

 

Add QIX++ to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

December 9th 2009 at 12:33 pm | Arcade, Marketplace | 16 comments

December 9th 2009, 9:43 am PT

Show #343: Interviews with members of 343 Industries about Halo and more

 

In this special 343rd episode, posted on the 343rd day of the year, I interview some of the team members at 343 Industries who are responsible for all things Halo at Microsoft Game Studios.

 

Host: Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)  

Bonnie Ross – General Manager, 343 Industries

Justin Korthof – Community Manager, 343 Industries

Jon Goff – Community Manager, 343 Industries

Kevin Grace – Managing Editor, 343 Industries

Eric Nylund – Author

Jeremy Patenaude – Content Creator, 343 Industries (Formerly of AscendantJustice.com)
Jacob Benton – Content Creator, 343 Industries (Formerly of AscendantJustice.com)

Josh Holmes – Executive Producer, 343 Industries

Frank O’Connor – Franchise Development Director, 343 Industries

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Links to some of the things mentioned in this episode:

 

http://halo.xbox.com
http://www.bungie.net

http://www.twitter.com/HaloWaypoint

http://www.facebook.com/HaloWaypoint

 

December 9th 2009 at 9:43 am | Halo, Podcast | 17 comments

December 8th 2009, 6:40 pm PT

Demo: Guitar Hero Van Halen

 

Guitar Hero® Van Halen® Content: Guitar Hero Van Halen Demo
Price: Free
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) MILD LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Guitar Hero® is back and you get to rock with the ultimate party band, Van Halen! Experience the hot licks and scissor kicks that made Van Halen the legends they are today. 25 epic Van Halen tracks, three scorching Eddie Van Halen signature solos, and 19 guest acts give fans the most comprehensive arena rock set list to date.

 

Add Guitar Hero Van Halen Demo to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

December 8th 2009 at 6:40 pm | Demo, Marketplace | 18 comments

December 8th 2009, 12:20 pm PT

Xbox 360 Games on Demand: Trivial Pursuit, Bolt and FaceBreaker

 

The following Xbox 360 games are now ready for direct download from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace:

 

TRIVIAL PURSUIT®

Content: Trivial Pursuit

Price: Check pricing for your region

Availability: Australia, New Zealand, Europe except Belgium, Ireland, and Portugal

Dash Text: (Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB) This game supports English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Download the manual for this game by locating the game on http://marketplace.xbox.com and selecting “See Game Manual". The Trivial Pursuit video game from EA builds on the original gameplay with stunning visual presentation, new question types and all-new questions, and the innovative Facts & Friends game mode. The quick-playing Facts & Friends mode adds a whole new social dynamic to the game that keeps everyone involved by challenging players to guess whether their opponents will answer their questions correctly There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

 

Add Trivial Pursuit to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

 

 

Walt Disney Pictures Bolt

Content: Disney Bolt
Price: Check pricing for your region
Availability: North America and Europe 
Dash Text: (Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB) This game supports English, Spanish, and French. Download the manual for this game by locating the game on http://marketplace.xbox.com and selecting “See Game Manual". Join Penny and her super dog, Bolt, as they travel the globe on a dangerous mission to save Penny’s dad from the evil Dr. Calico. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

 

Add Disney Bolt to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

 

 

FaceBreaker™

Content: FaceBreaker
Price: Check pricing for your region
Availability: Australia and Canada
Dash Text: (Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB) This game supports English and French. Download the manual for this game by locating the game on http://marketplace.xbox.com and selecting “See Game Manual". FaceBreaker™ brings you a pretty sweet game that you should totally play. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts

 

Add FaceBreaker to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

 

 

Xbox LIVE Members in Japan can now download Diario~Rebirth Moon Legend~

 

 

December 8th 2009 at 12:20 pm | Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 32 comments

December 7th 2009, 3:00 pm PT

This week on Arcade: Qix ++

 

Qix ++ will be available this Wednesday on Xbox LIVE Arcade for 800 points.

 

December 7th 2009 at 3:00 pm | Arcade | 46 comments

December 7th 2009, 2:16 pm PT

Deal of the Week: Rock Band No Doubt "The Singles 19922003" Album

 

 

Sonic The Hedgehog™ 2 ArcadeXbox LIVE Gold Members can purchase Rock Band No Doubt “The Singles 1992–2003″ Album for 1200 points this week. 

 

 

 

 

Add No Doubt “The Singles 1992 – 2003” Album to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

 

December 7th 2009 at 2:16 pm | Archive | No comments

December 7th 2009, 2:16 pm PT

Deal of the Week: Rock Band No Doubt "The Singles 1992–2003" Album

 

 

Sonic The Hedgehog™ 2 ArcadeXbox LIVE Gold Members can purchase Rock Band No Doubt “The Singles 1992–2003″ Album for 1200 points this week. 

 

 

 

 

Add No Doubt “The Singles 1992 – 2003” Album to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

 

December 7th 2009 at 2:16 pm | Deal, Marketplace, Rock Band | 22 comments

December 7th 2009, 12:21 am PT

Show #342: Video Game Awards, Dark Void and more

 

Host: Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)  
Co-host : lollip0p (Xbox LIVE) (Twitter)
Co-host: Stepto (Xbox LIVE) (Twitter) discusses why exploiting a glitch crosses the line into cheating in video games.

Interview: Shana Bryant, Dark Void ( 37:55 – 56:21)
Interview: Chris Von Huben, Tritton Headsets ( 56:21 – 1:17:49)
Interview: Geoff Keighley, 2009 Spike TV Videogame Awards( 1:17:50 – 1:35:59)
Name The Game
And much more 


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Links to some of the things mentioned in this episode:
http://trittonusa.com/

TRITTON AX720
Dark Void

http://www.spike.com/event/vga2009 

Assassin’s Creed II
Left 4 Dead 2
Xbox 360 Consoles
Xbox 360 accessories 

http://marketplace.xbox.com/games/offers/0ccf0188-0000-4000-8000-000045410829

 

December 7th 2009 at 12:21 am | Podcast | 43 comments

December 4th 2009, 9:53 pm PT

Demo: Fairytale Fights

 

Fairytale FightsContent: Fairytale Fights Demo
Price: Free
Availability: All Not available in Asia and Mexico
Dash Text: Download the demo.

 

Add Fairytale Fights™ Demo to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

 

 

December 4th 2009 at 9:53 pm | Demo, Marketplace | 21 comments

December 3rd 2009, 9:06 pm PT

Demo: BAYONETTA

 

BayonettaContent: BAYONETTA Demo
Price: Free
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (Mature) BLOOD AND GORE,INTENSE VIOLENCE,PARTIAL NUDITY,STRONG LANGUAGE,SUGGESTIVE THEMES] From the creative geniuses behind Devil May Cry and Resident Evil comes Bayonetta™, a game of 100% pure, unadulterated, climatic action. With powers far beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, our heroine Bayonetta fights countless enemies, evil forces and giant foes in brutal yet graceful ways. Being bad never felt so good…

 

Add BAYONETTA Demo to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

December 3rd 2009 at 9:06 pm | Demo, Marketplace | 27 comments

December 2nd 2009, 12:05 pm PT

Yes, you can haz Pony

 

4151058475_0936d934da_m[1] We’ve just announced that Pets are coming to the Xbox LIVE Avatar Marketplace. Tomorrow, the first shipment arrives and you’ll be able to choose from the following Pets at 240 points each:

 

Large Dog, Pug Dog, Dog in Bag, Cat, Siamese Cat, Long Haired Cat, Goldfish, Guinea Pig, Monkey, Bird, Snake and yes….a Pony.

 

I’ve uploaded a few examples to my Flickr site, but look for these new additions tomorrow on the Xbox LIVE Avatar Marketplace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edit: Added link to press release

December 2nd 2009 at 12:05 pm | Avatar Marketplace | 121 comments

December 2nd 2009, 9:48 am PT

Arcade: Call of Duty Classic

 

Call of Duty® ClassicContent: Call of Duty Classic
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Germany
Dash Text: For the first time ever, Infinity Ward’s 2003 award-winning game that launched a franchise comes to consoles. Relive the original Call of Duty experience in HD. Online multiplayer on Xbox LIVE, including Leaderboard support. Winner of over 80 Game of the Year Awards and 50 Editor’s Choice Awards. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

 

 

Add Call of Duty Classic to your Xbox 360 download queue

 

December 2nd 2009 at 9:48 am | Arcade, Marketplace | 30 comments

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