Friday, February 22, 2008

Xbox 360 Handheld

The handheld has been around for ages. First Nintendo, then Sony, and now Microsoft. That's right Microsoft fanboys, if you refused to buy a PSP or a DS due to your hardcore dedication to the Xbox, now you have something to look forward to.

There is no guarantee that the Xbox 360 handheld will be released into markets, but many rumors have spread and pictures of the device have been shown in the media. There is a good chance that this device will be sold but when? I'm not sure. The graphics will be almost as good as they are on your 360 console and it it said that Microsoft is working on this handheld. It's just a matter of how satisfied they are with it.

The layout of the device is beautiful and the controls are almost identical to the 360's controller. I'm very excited about this handheld. My hopes are very high for it to be released. I highly suggest that any gamer looking for a good handheld buy this if it's ever put on shelves.

-Sarah ll echo419 ll

Thursday, February 21, 2008

End War

With End War coming up this year, I heard a lot about its new approach to gaming. Personally, I'm not a RTS fan and when I heard about End War, I wasn't all that impressed. However, as I listened to Julian Gerighty (producer of Splinter Cell and and developer of End War from Ubi Soft) talking about the game, he went on about its intense strategy game play and high attention to detail with physics and visuals.

Mr. Gerighty also mentions that they wanted to take a different approach with the camera instead of having an overhead view of the war zone like all other RTS games. With End War, you can not only see from an overhead view, but get an up close and personal view with the battle. The one thing that struck my attention the most though, was when Julian mentioned that you can have two ways of playing through the game: play with the controller... or use voice command. The voice command isn't just a temporary method of gaming either for this game. You can play from beginning to end via mic.

I believe that this will defiantly set the bar to a higher level for gaming. Who knows, maybe we'll start to see more RTS and/or MMOs with voice command. As for those like myself who have not gotten into the real time strategy gaming scene, I have a feeling this will be a great game to pick up for first timers. You can look for this multi-platform game on shelves on September 3, 2008.

-Sarah ll echo419 ll

Xbox swag: Gears of War Edition

To celebrate the recent announcement of Gears of War 2 I've decided to track down some images of the latest Gears of War collectable's from NECA Toys:

Want to show off your Gears love with some wearable items? How about some hats, messenger bags, bottle openers, lighters and key chains?


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Of course we know that Gears of War action figures are on the way: But the Locust Sniper was just recently announced as well as the brand new head shot action figure that will be coming soon to the toy line.


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Check out future toys and more at the official NECA Gears of War license page:

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Red Rings of Death at GDC!

"Microsoft wants consumers to believe that its problems with the Xbox 360 console in terms of hardware failure are over. But wandering through the Game Developers Conference halls and it's clear that the problem persists. On Microsoft's own stand at the show one of the demo consoles has a rather familiar problem - the red ring of death. There's no way of knowing if this particular console was manufactured before or after Microsoft identified the problems with the machines."

Well, thats quite embarrassing. Everyone knows it happens but at one of the biggest gaming events of the year? Ouch.

~ Hotapplepie

Source: N4G

HD-DVD falls to Blu-Ray

Well folks, for people like you and I who picked up the HD-DVD player for the Xbox 360, I have some sad news to share: The format officially died today due to Toshiba pulling the plug on their HD-DVD machines and discs. Am I upset? No, because if I still want HD movies I can still go rent them from my cable provider or even get them for Xbox Live Marketplace. Hopefully I'll be able to pick up a ton of HD-DVD movies for cheap soon!

Official press release:

OKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tuesday February 19 - Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders. This decision has been made following recent major changes in the market. Toshiba will continue, however, to provide full product support and after-sales service for all owners of Toshiba HD DVD products.

HD DVD was developed to offer consumers access at an affordable price to high-quality, high definition content and prepare them for the digital convergence of tomorrow where the fusion of consumer electronics and IT will continue to progress.

“We carefully assessed the long-term impact of continuing the so-called 'next-generation format war' and concluded that a swift decision will best help the market develop,” said Atsutoshi Nishida, President and CEO of Toshiba Corporation. "While we are disappointed for the company and more importantly, for the consumer, the real mass market opportunity for high definition content remains untapped and Toshiba is both able and determined to use our talent, technology and intellectual property to make digital convergence a reality.”

Toshiba will continue to lead innovation, in a wide range of technologies that will drive mass market access to high definition content. These include high capacity NAND flash memory, small form factor hard disk drives, next generation CPUs, visual processing, and wireless and encryption technologies. The company expects to make forthcoming announcements around strategic progress in these convergence technologies.
Toshiba will begin to reduce shipments of HD DVD players and recorders to retail channels, aiming for cessation of these businesses by the end of March 2008. Toshiba also plans to end volume production of HD DVD disk drives for such applications as PCs and games in the same timeframe, yet will continue to make efforts to meet customer requirements. The company will continue to assess the position of notebook PCs with integrated HD DVD drives within the overall PC business relative to future market demand.

This decision will not impact on Toshiba’s commitment to standard DVD, and the company will continue to market conventional DVD players and recorders. Toshiba intends to continue to contribute to the development of the DVD industry, as a member of the DVD Forum, an international organization with some 200 member companies, committed to the discussion and defining of optimum optical disc formats for the consumer and the related industries.

Toshiba also intends to maintain collaborative relations with the companies who joined with Toshiba in working to build up the HD DVD market, including Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, and DreamWorks Animation and major Japanese and European content providers on the entertainment side, as well as leaders in the IT industry, including Microsoft, Intel, and HP. Toshiba will study possible collaboration with these companies for future business opportunities, utilizing the many assets generated through the development of HD DVD.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Revoltech Devil May Cry Dante Action Figure

41W4JPVXPCL._SS400_Looking around my studio I realized that I never had the chance to add Dante to my long list of collectable's, so doing a search on Amazon for Devil May Cry allowed me to run into this cool action figure.

Product Description

RevolTech Joint (or "Revoltech") is an innovative joint system that allows figure to demonstrate any kind of realistic pose. "Kaiyodo" intends to announce a new product line "Revoltec" as one of their key product line following the "Bome" line. "Dante" is the main character of the video game "Devil May Cry III" created and published by Capcom. The figure is ~5" tall and comes with a custom base for display. "Revoltech Devil May Cry III - Dante" has fourteen articulation points and comes equipped with one interchangeable head, two hand guns (named "Ebony & Ivory"), a sword (named "Rebellion"), a double-barreled sawn-off shot gun and an electric guitar (named "Nevan").

Sounds good to me.....I'll take some better pictures of it when I receive it in the mail!