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360plex Netcast #9 -- Take Two
360plex Netcast #9 -- Take Two
30 January 2007

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News for gamers by gamers netcast #9.  Here are the detailed show notes and links to all the stories that were discussed.
What we are playing

Gunnz- Nintendo Wii!!!, Gears of War.

Darnnell-GOW,NBA 2k7, Crackdown Demo, Street Fighter

Jeff - Small Arms, Battle stations Demo, R6V, and yes "The Outfit"

Games Released / Demos
Battlestations Midway - demo (30-Jan-2007)

Crackdown -- demo (23-Jan-2007)

Lost Planet - release (11-Jan-2007)

Heavy Weapons

Ms Pac-man - Really?

Lumines Expansion


Gears of War Sells 3 Million Copies
  • In Japanese Top 10 List -- In Japan, Gears has made it on the charts for video games at No.7 with 33,212 units sold.
From Microsoft
  • Gates Blasts Nintendo and Sony -- In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Gates was confident in the future of Xbox 360. He claimed that Sony wasn't the big player in the console market any more. "We wanted to swap positions with Sony," he said. "We wanted to not be a year late, not be a big box, not be a more expensive box. How are we doing on that?"  "Sony has always been our most direct competitor. Nintendo of course is a competitor. But look at the resolution you get with a controlled experience like that".
  • Peter Moore Bashes Sony's Online Abilities -- More from Peter -- "It's going to take [Sony] a couple of years to get up to speed on this, and I'm not sure that they necessarily have the talent, or it's built into who they are as a company. . .They're struggling with some of their hardware issues, and apparently they're going to deliver another five million in the next 90 days. But this business is about hardware, software and services now. And the consumer expects that. . .It is not in Sony's DNA to be able to get that up and running from zero."

    In a recent interview with IGN, Peter Moore commented on the PS3, saying that there wasn't anything on the PS3 he's jealous of. "I really don't know what I would look at there that we're really missing," he said.

    Moore couldn't resist admitting that he is a big fan of Nintendo's Wii however, claiming that it's what Nintendo need to do - "It ties directly into their strong intellectual property that is more youth oriented and more family oriented."
  • 360 Owners Bought Nearly 100,000 HD DVD Drives - Microsoft's HD DVD peripheral is in 92,000 US homes since it was launched in November.  If Microsoft's 2% HD attach rate for 360 owners.

  • Xbox Live Video Marketplace to make $726 Million - Microsoft is estimated to make $726 Million from Xbox Live movie and TV revenue by 2011. Xbox Live video download service to grow massively over the next 12 months, with combined revenue of TV shows and movies via Xbox Live touted at $92.25 million in 2007, growing further each year until total sales top the $726 million figure in 2011, it is predicted.
  • Microsoft dismisses rumours of revised Xbox 360 hardware (Picture) - Rumors started coming out on an updated Xbox 360 with and HDMI after some pictures were posted on Engadget.  In response Chris Satchell head of Microsoft's game developer group told GameSpot, "At the moment, everything you might have seen is just looking at our experimentation back in Redmond, not really a product that we're thinking about announcing".
  • Microsoft Expands XBLA File Size to 250 MB - The Xbox Live Arcade file size was capped at 50 MB to accommodate customers that consumers a 360 without a hard drive. Strong rumors from 1up confirmed that the site has increased from 50 MB to 250 MB and with Microsoft's approval, that size can be expanded to 450 MB. Microsoft said, "We do not comment on rumor and speculation and so we can not confirm that rumor. Aside from the exception we granted for 'Castlevania: Symphony of the Night,' we have not announced any plans to alter the file size standard for Xbox Live Arcade games."
More News
Bungie admit Halo 2 was 'screwed up' - In a interview with EdgeOnline, Bungie's Technical Leader Chris Butcher admitted that Halo 2 just wasn't as good as they were expecting.  "We miscalculated, we screwed up.  We came down to the wire and we just lost all of that. So Halo 2 is far less than it could and should be in many ways because of that."  He even admitted that he just couldn't play Halo 2 multi-player at all. . .he continued, "And that's why I know Halo 3 is going to be so much better."

Restore your dead 360 with a Towel? -- The claim is that a 360 that has 3 red lights of doom can be temporarily brought back to life.  Wrap the dead 360 with a towel, turn it on for about 10 minutes, then turn it off, and then back on again.  Several people are reporting that using this trick brings their 360 back to life for a couple of hours.

The Big Box Project - A frustrated gamer that has had multiple bad experiences with Microsoft Customer Support Team is attempting to get even by exploiting a Microsoft policy that states that they will ship your xbox 360 back to you in whatever box you send it to them in. He is raising money to send the 360 back in a forty foot shipping container. He needs about $2000 just for the container, which is without delivery. You can donate to the cause through his website using Paypal, and he has so far raised over $900.

GRAW2 demo -- Ubisoft has announced that a demo for Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 will be on it's way to the Xbox Live Marketplace 'Very soon, very soon indeed'.  No details on dates or times as yet but 'very soon' to us could mean today, tomorrow or even a week from now.  Video -- similar to the original graw with more control of your units and you have the ability to switch to a first person view of a specific unit and control targetting, etc.

Call of Duty 3-Map pack now fixed -- The "Valor Map Pack" (800 points) for Call of Duty 3 with five new multiplayer maps was released on the 18th.  Users started experiencing problems with it, "We understand that there are problems with the Valor map pack once it is downloaded - we are working closely with Microsoft on this right now, and we will have the issue resolved as soon as we possibly can".  Today the developers announced that they have fixed the issues surrounding the Valor Map pack and also worked out some of the bugs users were experiencing in the ranked lobbies and matches.  Download the update for free.

Games Coming:
Unreal Tournament 3
Two Worlds Coming
Black Site Area 51
Forza II gets release date, May 27th?
Def Jam: Icon demo coming Thursday
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Darrnell tips his hat to fellow gamer

Shout out to home local game store- Game Crazy 6804 W. National Ave West Allis, WI (Juan, Eric.)

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