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Xbox Live V.I.P

According to multiple rumours floating around on the internet, Microsoft may be introducing a new level of mebership to the Xbox Live.

The new mebership will be called V.I.P and will be one up from Gold. The new membership is rumoured to include:

  • Better Connectivity
  • Online Storage for content
  • New Matchmaking options
  • V.I.P Users able to send free invitations to silver members

We have no idea how much this is going to cost or if any of this information is true, hopefully we’ll find out more at this years E3.

In my opinion this is only going to make Xbox Live better, I would be more than happy to shell out a little extra money to have V.I.P status. I’m sure there will be a little bit of a retaliation from certain n00bs of the Xbox live community, but I see this as a possible improvement on the service. Only time will tell!

Gears Of War 2 Patch Hits!

Title update 2 for Gears Of War 2 has finally arrived addressing a number of issues with the online multiplayer. The patch seems to have fixed a huge amount of glitches and exploits which is going to make the online experience much more enjoyable again. The glitches were really starting to piss me off and I stopped playing for a while, but now I hope to play more with the arrival of this latest update.

Epic has released this list of the problems that have been addressed in Title Update 2:

Read more after the jump

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Nintendo’s ‘Kind Code’

Nintendo have today revealed a patent that was filed back in June 2008 for their interesting new gameplay system code-named ‘Kind Code’

The system is aimed at casual gamers who loose interest in a game and switch off before completion, therefore not getting the end of the story. The system will allow gamers to skip through certain parts of a game by instead viewing a pre-recorded playthrough by one of the developers, then jump back into the action whenever they see fit. The new system will also allow gamers to bring up video hints and tips whenever they’re stuck.

In a game the new play system will be broken up into 3 options:

Game: Which allows gamers to play the game normally and bring up video hints when stuck

Digest: Allows gamers to watch a pre-recorded play through and jump into the action on scenes currently being shown

Scene: Allows the player to skip to a specific scene of the game to play, similar to what we saw in Alone In The Dark

This patent is intended to allow casual gamers (n00bs) to experience the benefits of the story without actually having to play the game, basically turning it into a DVD

In my opinion this completely defeats the object of a game, you play a game for gameplay, achievement and the fun of playing a game, this patent will just end up turning ‘games’ into interactive cut-scenes removing all elements of the game!

I’m not impressed, this is taking casual gaming to the extreme, i’m not sure what to think! Only time will tell what effect this has on gaming!

What are your opinions?

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Guitar Hero: World Tour – Battle Of The Bands

Last night I was lucky enough to get a chance to play the new Guitar Hero: World Tour live on stage as part of the London Games Festival.

So the night before, I was quite happy just sitting on my PC checking up on gaming news, when a friend IM’d on MSN telling me about this Guitar Hero World Tour tournament taking place in London. The prize was a copy of the game and guitar plus tickets to the launch event on Nov 6th which had a free bar! After much discussion we managed to form a band and we attended the event!

Me sporting the ‘Slash’ hair!

We arrived at The Rigg, London South Bank University Student Union, signed up, and chose to play The Middle by Jimmy Eat World. We got a chance to have a practice run, but we weren’t allowed to play the song we had chosen to use in the competition. So we chose Beat It by Michael Jackson.

I was on guitar and chose to do it on expert. I used the brand new World Tour guitar, which at first, was very strange to use. It was obviously new because the buttons were very stiff and I had to press down on them with a lot of force, and I found the strum bar very difficult to get used to. The new guitar’s strum bar has a ‘bobble’ on the end which makes sure your fingers don’t slide off. Problem is, I always slide my fingers off the strum bar, I find it helps me keep rhythm easier. The strum bar also seems to have some sort of silencer and you don’t really feel the bar clicking when you strum, but I got over all this half way into the song. Unfortunately I didn’t use the new touch sensitive slider because I wasn’t familiar with it, although looking back I really should have given it a try in the practice run. All together though the guitar feels very nice, it’s quite heavy and is a lot fun to use, and the new star power button near the strum bar is very accessible and great to use.

The Barrel Rolls!

So our time came to perform, unfortunately we got chosen to go up first which may have affected our performance slightly. We discovered that the competition was being judged on the percentage of notes hit, so we decided to go one difficulty below our normal level, so that we felt comfortable. So I was on Hard Guitar, Chelsey was on Hard Bass, Dave was on Medium Vocals, and Richard was on Medium Drums! Together we formed the first toy band of the night.. THE BARREL ROLLS

You can see how we performed in this video:

Up on stage, playing with plastic guitars, in front of an audience, was the most surreal experience ever. I’m used to playing GH at home, on my own, or occasionally at a party, but this took things to the extreme. It was awesome!

We came off stage and it went over the the three judges, who scored us 7, 7, and 6 out of 10. These were definately not the worst scores of the night, but we deserved a lot better. As the night went on, one of the judges pulled us aside and apologized for the scores, he explained that because we were first of the night he didn’t know what to expect and therefore gave us the mediocre scores.

After the judging we were then approached by a member of the press and he asked us to to a video interview. We obviously agreed, wrapped our arms around each other and started answering his question. Which ranged from ‘Do you play real instruments’ and ‘Can you see this kind of event taking off in the future’.

The night went on and we watched as people played the game on stage and then get grilled by the judges. We had a few drinks and really enjoyed the night. Until a band called ‘Imperial 9000’ took to the stage and blew everyone away. They were showboating and didn’t miss a note on expert difficulty! It was then revealed that they were representing the UK in some sort of tournament. They completely demolished our chances of winning. They obviously already had the game, they were hitting notes without looking at the screens and the guitarist was using the touch slider like it was no big deal and it had been there all his life!

It was no surprise that at the end of the night Imperial 9000 won, but we did all get a Guitar Hero t-shirt each which made up for it!

It was a fantastic night and a once-in-a-life-time experience. The most fun i’ve had in a long time!

You can find more videos HERE

And photos HERE and HERE

Halo 3 : Recon! [Expansion Details]

Bungie have shown a brand new trailer at TGS 08. Watch:

Did you shit your pants? I did

So from the trailer we know it will be a prequel to the events in Halo 3, you will be playing as an ODST, and we can expect a release next year! (Fall 09)

New Hero, New Campaign, Prepare To Drop!

EDIT: Some new information has come to light this morning courtesy of Kotaku. It has been confirmed that Halo 3: Recon will NOT be downloadable content or come as part of a title update. The game will be a stand alone release meaning you’ll be buying it on disc from a game store. This also means that those achievements that have been added to Halo 3 have nothing to do with Halo 3: Recon. The game will come with its own 1000 gamerscore.

You can find more information at Kotaku

EDIT 2: Bungie have cleared up a few more questions in their weekly update. You can view these after the jump!

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Bungie weekly update reveals option to retrieve save films on PC!

The latest Bungie Weekly Update has revealed some interesting information regarding saved films.

I’ve always wanted to be able to retrieve my saved films from Halo to view on my PC. Without the need for expensive gear and unlimited hard drive space. Well now Bungie have answered mine (and many other fan’s) prayers and are now allowing the option to ‘Render Video’ and retrieve the file in WMV format

From Bungie.net:

And that new feature is? Render-to-video! At long last, you won’t need to have a video capture card to free your saved film from the confines of your Xbox. Integrated right into the Bungie.net file-sharing experience alongside current features like “Copy to My File Share” and “Download to Halo 3” will be “Render to Video” where your short Saved Films or Film Clips (length and quantity to be determined) can come to life as a computer-playable WMV file which can be downloaded to your computer, or seen on Bungie.net alongside other game content like your Screenshots.

We’re still finalizing quite a few implementation details and trying to determine at what temperature a server melts into a pool of slag that will drip through the datacenter floor. So stay tuned over the next few weeks as we get those last details sorted out. In the mean time, enjoy the Title Update, and keep that great content on your file shares.

So it looks like that the system will simply convert the file into WMV so that you can download it to PC. But there’s no mention of a system that allows you to stream the media direct from Bungie.net. But that’s no bother, that’s what YouTube is for!

I always wondered why Bungie never implemented this from the start, it’s a huge step for the game, but it’s a shame that it’s come this late as most people have moved on from Halo.

It says at the bottom of that quote to stay tuned to the weekly update for the next few weeks, and that there’s still a few things they need to sort before implementation. So I’ll bet we see it at some point before christmas, giving us something else to look forward to!

Also mentioned in the update is that fact that Luke and Brian are in Tokyo for TGS. So could we hear more about the higly anticipated expansion pack at TGS? I hope so.

Bungie Weekly Update 03/10/08


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