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Xbox Live According to a report at Xboxic, we may be seeing a large update to Xbox Live in the near future. “An inside source at Microsoft” has asserted that changes to the Dashboard, in-game problems, and the addition of web-cam capability will be seen in an upcoming Xbox Live update. Of course this is all a rumor, so we’re not sure what to think. If anything’s certain, we know we’ll see an Xbox Live update sometime, we just don’t know when it’ll be released or what it will feature. In the meantime, we’re left wondering.

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IGN has reported the top ten best selling Xbox Live Arcade games. We can say we are surprised at the game that took the number one spot…

  1. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
  2. Gauntlet
  3. Smash TV
  4. Bejeweled II
  5. Zuma
  6. Bankshot Billiards
  7. Outpost Kaloki
  8. Mutant Storm Reloaded
  9. Joust
  10. Wik: Fable of Souls

It’s good to see a variety of games (both old and new) on the list, but we’re looking forward to seeing more games being released on the Arcade in the new future, because in all honesty, there aren’t that many Xbox Live Arcade games available quite yet.

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Gear of War

Jeux-France has posted a series of new Gears of War images. Gears of War is slated to ship later this year for the Xbox 360. Epic’s developing the tactical action/survival-horror title. From the images, it is looking great.

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Xbox Live According to Bill Gates, that is. Here’s what the man recently said:

“We’ve got a lot of things that they don’t know that we’re doing, so we’ll keep them on edge a bit….We had to learn a lot with Xbox 1, and the decision to require broadband, to go with VoIP, but we learned a lot about wanting to put things into the operating system so you can chat even while you’re playing the games, it’s really a level of richness that the games are built on top of that we didn’t have that last time.

“We learned how to do that, we learned about contests and spectators, and so this is really a second generation of Live for us. It’s very based on software expertise, so it will be interesting to see what Sony does in that dimension.”

He added, “I don’t think there’s any doubt we’ll have a substantially higher share in this generation than we had last generation. It depends on our execution, it depends on Sony’s execution. This is a business we’re committed to, so we’re just going to keep doing our best.”

We’re excited as anyone about all of this. Personally, my favorite feature of the Xbox 360 may very well be its online integration. Being able to pull up your friends list whenever, check their accomplishments, and see what they’re up to at all times is pure bliss. Additionally, the Xbox Live Arcade has brought many treasures. Furthermore, on somewhat of a downer, he added that Halo 3 won’t nessicarily be released against PS3’s launch (as he had previously indicated) but when Bungie feels the game is ready.

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Description Get onto your Xbox 360 right now to download the Fight Night 3 demo. EA just put the demo up and it’s incredible. Even though I’m only playing it on a standard definition television, I’m floored by how great it looks. I wish I could see it on an HDTV though! But in the meantime, whether or not you’ve played the previous games in the series, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.

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Peter MoorePeter Moore addressed a few interesting points during the Microsoft CES keynote:

Selectica to join Flextronics and Wistron as a third manufacturing partner.

Xbox 360 to ship between 4.5 and 5.5 million consoles by the end of June.

On Xbox 360 more than 50 percent of all consoles worldwide are now connected to Xbox Live (Compare to 10% on Xbox).

Since the launch of Xbox 360, more than 4 million Xbox Live marketplace downloads.

Xbox Live Arcade games count up to 20 by March.

We’re certainly not going to complain. We’ll be seeing more consoles on store shelves, more Xbox 360 games, and more Live Arcade games soon. The future is bright.

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Call Of Duty 2: Xbox 360If you’ve played Call Of Duty 2 (Xbox 360) on Xbox Live then you know that the experience is less than stellar as a result of the lack of options. Some gamers decided to do something other than just complain - actually, maybe it’s not much more than complaining at this point, but at least it’s something in writing and directed at the people that can do something about it. Thanks to the ease of making online petitions there is now a petition online that needs your signature and your help promoting. The petition calls for the following additions:

  1. 16 player support
  2. Ability to create custom games
  3. Host is chosen by person who has best upload speed
  4. Admin options such as kicking a player out of the game
  5. Options such as map vote, vote kick player, etc…
(Thanks Munkyxtc!) Sign The Petition

CondemnedFinally, after a drought of about a week, more new content has been added to the Xbox Live Marketplace. First, is a demo of the Sega thriller Condemned. We have been having a great time playing the retail version of the game, and if you haven’t played it yet, grab the demo quickly. There is also a new Outpost Kaloki X challenge that looks to be free of charge, centered on creating a fireworks station. Probably capitalizing on the New Year season, we like this one. Outpost Kaloki X is like the old-school lemonade stand game on steroids.

Xbox Live Diamond Perks

Okay, so if you were wondering just what exactly you get when you order your free Xbox Live Diamond Card, other than the membership card decked out with your Gamertag, here is a sampling:

  • Hollywood Video: Rent one movie or video game and get a 2nd rental free.
  • Etnies: Save 20% off Etnies skate shoes and apparel for surf, BMX, and snowsports.
  • Save up to 15% on Cambridge Soundworks speakers and other audio equipment.
  • Buy one sandwich and get a second one free at Carl’s Jr., Quiznos Sub, and others.
  • Save 10% off hot DVDs and CDs at SamGoody.

This is just from the splash page shown after you register for the card. There are more vendors to come after the program launches next year.

Xbox Live DiamondMicrosoft has just announced the latest initiative they are using to get peeps to sign up for Xbox Live Gold - that being the Xbox Live Diamond Card. Any Gold Live subscriber is able to sign up to receive a free Diamond card, decked out with their Gamertag, which can be used in retail locations for in-store discounts. In order to qualify, you must have purchased at least one year’s worth of Xbox Live.

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