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    by Published on December 13th, 2006 11:21

    According to Cheapassgamer Microsoft updated the backward compatibility list on Xbox.com , only to later retract it. Did some one update it too early? Below are the games that were added:

    * Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    * Burnout 3: Takedown (Updated)
    * Dead Or Alive Ultimate
    * Destroy All Humans!
    * Dynasty Warriors 4
    * Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick
    * Indigo Prophecy
    * Family Guy
    * Far Cry: Instincts
    * Incredibles
    * I-Ninja
    * Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
    * Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
    * MotoGP
    * MX Unleashed
    * Open Season
    * Pariah
    * Psychonauts
    * Rainbow Six: Lockdown
    * Rapala Pro Fishing
    * Scarface
    * Shark Tale
    * Shenmue II
    * Splinter Cell: Double Agent
    * The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
    * Ultimate Spider-Man
    * Wakeboarding Unleashed: Featuring Sean Murray
    * Whacked!
    * Winback 2: Project Poseidon
    * Xiaolin Showdown

    Of course this could be BS, but we will have to wait to find out ...
    by Published on December 13th, 2006 10:53

    Since the last reporting period, sentiment for the Wii has slightly cooled off and is receiving more competition from the Xbox 360. Discussion levels for the Wii are much higher giving it the edge over the Xbox 360 and the top spot this week. Availability has been an issue as consumers are finding it difficult to obtain a Wii. However, purchase intent is high which stems mostly from positive discussion about the Wii’s innovative controller.

    This week, sentiment for the Wii and Xbox 360 are similar but the Xbox 360 still trails the competition in discussion share resulting in a second place ranking. So far, Microsoft has managed to keep sentiments positive despite the hype surrounded by the Wii and PS3 launches. Online features, graphics, and game lineup represent the Xbox 360’s most significant strengths. Microsoft may currently ba benefiting from low availability of the Wii and PS3 as purchase intent increased 0.6 points from last week.

    The PS3 is struggling to reverse negative perceptions of the console. In nearly every aspect, the console scores below the segment average. Discussion of the Cell Processor and graphics may be the key to changing consumer perceptions in the future as it currently represents its strengths. However, the PS3 has yet to convince consumers that the graphics are superior as sentiment scores still trail the Xbox 360 by 0.4 points — no improvement from last week.

    # The Wii continues to be in a strong position as discussion of the Wii-mote and Nunchuk controller have increased and remained positive. The revolutionary controller and low cost are what set the Wii apart from its competitors — this has been a popular starting point for positive discussion as the Wii’s purchase intent is generating similar amounts of discussion as the PS3 and Xbox 360 combined. However, while sentiment for purchase intent has increased, discussion share has decreased almost 10% since the previous reporting period. This may be due to low availability in retail stores and unimproved sentiments for graphics.

    # The Xbox 360 has continued to withstand hype surrounding the recent launches of the PS3 and Wii. It is receiving above average sentiment scores for 7 of the top 10 attributes. It continues to lead in availability sentiment and makes up almost 45% of all online features-related discussion, with 73% of that being positive. Game lineup and graphics also represent the Xbox 360’s strengths as it currently holds distinct advantages over the PS3 and Wii.

    # While the PS3’s graphics remain its highest-ranked attribute, it still falls behind the Xbox 360 which earned a 4.4 sentiment score compared to the PS3’s 4.0. The rest of the attributes continue to elicit negative discussion, though sentiment has seen a small increase across most of the top 10 attributes. Price/Value continues to be a major issue for the PS3 and it currently contributes to its overall low sentiment.


    about Brandintel and this research:
    BrandIntel’s LinkMap tracked more than 655,000 raw search results on the Internet but refined those results through technological filters and human analysis to utilize only the highest quality data for this study – totaling more than 20,000 consumer mentions on next gen video gaming consoles.
    by Published on December 12th, 2006 16:41

    The DS is finally dethroned, by big brother the Wii. Currently Nintendo are completely dominating Japan selling over 1/2 million different consoles this week, while the rest can't reach the 100,000 combined!

    Speaking of the rest, they all dropped in sales this week, but still keeping in the same order (rank) with each other. Its still too early to comment about the PS3 sales as we know they have shortages.

    After last weeks jump the PSP slips back again, not looking good for the hand-held.

    As always, the Xbox 360 trails the next gen consoles by a huge margin, but next weeks sales figures will reflect the "Blue Dragon" effect... could it do a 360 with MS fortunes in Japan?

    Source ...
    by Published on December 12th, 2006 15:46

    Funcom announced that 'Age of Conan' has been approved by Microsoft for the Xbox 360. The announcement means that Funcom can start official development of an Xbox 360 version of the game.

    "This is a groundbreaking leap forward for Funcom. The fact that we now get the chance to develop 'Age of Conan' for the Xbox 360 means access to a potentially whole new and large MMO market," said Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom. "The fast-paced and innovative combat system in 'Age of Conan' will suit the demanding console audience perfect. We believe the amazing online capabilities of Xbox 360 will be a great match for MMOs like 'Age of Conan', and as one of a handful officially approved MMO games for the console we aim to create a unique, brutal and powerful online gaming experience."

    The Windows version of 'Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures' is a Showcase title for Windows Vista, and the game won 'Best MMO of E3' awards from IGN, GameSpot, GameSpy and Yahoo. The game was a runner-up to the 'Most Innovative Game of Show' E3 award from Gamespot, and PC Gamer US named it as one of their top 10 most anticipated PC games.

    There is no release date for the xbox 360 version but PC version is expected in spring 2007. ...
    by Published on December 12th, 2006 11:08

    More than 100,000 units shifted during opening weekend

    Nintendo and Chart Track have confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that the Wii has become the fastest-selling home console ever, with 105,000 systems already sold.

    Last week, Nintendo announced that consumers snapped up 50,000 Wii units within 12 hours of the console going on sale.

    The tills continued to ring over the next two days, making the Wii the first console to sell more than 100,000 units during its opening weekend.

    In contrast, the GameCube saw sales of 52,000 consoles in the first weekend after launch, while the figure for Xbox 360 stood at 70,000 units.

    Of the 14 software titles launching with the Wii, six made it into the all-formats top 40 - including Zelda, which debuted at number 5. Other popular titles included Wii Play and Ubisoft's Red Steel.

    It was also a great week for Nintendo's handheld, with around 110,000 DS units sold, and 14 games in the top 40.

    gamesindustry.biz ...
    by Published on December 12th, 2006 10:22

    Rob Enderle the Principal Analyst in the Enderle Group, has posted an article at tomshardware.co.uk, about the HD DVD/Blue-ray war:

    Much like it is with game systems; competing formats for video are not about the best technology. They are about the most prevalent technology. It is expensive to publish movies and, at least for now, you can't put Blu-ray and HD DVD disks into the same box.

    With the Xbox 360 moving so strongly into the market and the top accessory this year being the $200 HD-DVD drive the battle may be over by year end. There is every chance that there may be as many as ten times more HD DVD players than Blu-ray players in the market by the end of the year - even if you don't factor in that HP, the current leader in PC sales, started shipping desktop computers with a $100 HD DVD option. This, coupled with a much lower overall cost for the stand alone players as well as better support for legacy TVs and dual mode disks (that have both legacy DVD and HD-DVD content on a single disk), suggests that HD-DVD is now the format to beat.

    HD-DVD wins because of the Xbox 360 - which is ironic, given Blu-ray should have won because of the Playstation 3. Instead, Blu-ray has delayed the Playstation 3 to a point where Sony may have to wait until the Playstation 4 to recover.

    BetaMax, Mini-Disk, MemoryStick, and now Blu-ray. At least Sony is consistent. Also, if there is one company that is really looking forward to a better 2007 more than Sony I don't know of it. Boy, when you couple in root kits and battery/camera recalls, you are talking about a really nasty run of bad luck for Sony this year.

    Full article

    Xbox 360 HD DVD Player for $199.90/£103.43
    by Published on December 12th, 2006 10:08

    Microsoft continues its Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays program this week with Sierra Online's Assault Heroes. The game, developed by Wanako Studios, will be available at 1 a.m. on Wednesday for 800 points ($10/£6.80).

    As the only surviving members of an elite Special Forces unit, it is up to you to find the secret underground lab. Go the mission alone or fight side-by-side with a friend in the two-player cooperative mode. Navigate your heavily armed 4x4, speed boat or travel on foot and blast your way through enemy-infested territory. Prepare to be assaulted by waves of formidable enemies with unrelenting attacks.

    * Multiplayer Co-Op mode - Play online or offline two-player (same screen) cooperative mode with enhanced weapons to encourage teamwork.

    * Dynamic Gameplay - Operate an armed 4x4, speed boat or simply fight on foot to for a quick change of pace.

    * Arsenal of Weapons - Equip yourself with damaging Mini-Guns, Flak Cannons, Flamethrower, Grenades and Nukes to destroy everything in your path.

    * Intense Special Attacks - Activate cooperative attacks with increased firepower and range (specific to co-op) to add new dimension to weapon capabilities.

    * Realistic Special Effects - Features destructible terrain and advanced physics engine for the most engaging arcade experience.

    * Most Intense Arcade Experience - Challenging and graphically compelling levels and bonus sublevels for fast-paced, and addictive play.

    Xbox Live 2100 Microsoft Points Card for £16.99 ...
    by Published on December 11th, 2006 14:58

    December 11th, 2006 marks the release of the XNA Creators Club. Coupled with XNA Game Studio Express, the XNA Creators Club opens up video game development to anyone, to affordably build and play games on Xbox 360. The XNA Creators Club is available on Xbox Live® Marketplace for $49 (U.S.) for a four-month subscription, or $99 (U.S.) for an annual subscription. Both subscriptions provide aspiring game developers with access to thousands of game assets from Microsoft and key partners such as Turbo Squid Inc., as well as white papers, specialized starter kits, samples and technical product support.

    For more Info about XNA look here

    In addition, to celebrate the worldwide launch of XNA Game Studio Express, the "Dream-Build-Play" contest will be open to XNA Game Studio Express customers on Windows as well as those on Xbox 360 through the XNA Creators Club membership. The contest offers the opportunity for the community to showcase its innovation and talent to the world, culminating in the incredible chance for the winner's game to be published on Xbox Live Arcade! The "Dream-Build-Play" contest will be launched in January.

    More for info abou the contest look here ...
    by Published on December 11th, 2006 13:50

    India is fast becoming a key source of labor for American tech companies, but with average annual income in the country less than the price of a personal computer, the hi-tech products manufactured by multinationals that have set up shop there remain out of reach for most of the nation.

    That reality became more apparent when a major Indian bank last week launched the kind of financing program that in America is ordinarily used for automobile or major appliance purchases. In this case, however, it's for Indians wanting to buy Microsoft's Xbox 360.

    India's ICICI bank says it will secure an Xbox 360 Core system for customers for an upfront payment of the rupee equivalent of about $20.00 and six monthly installments of about $73.00. The Xbox 360 Core system ordinarily sells in India for about $518.00.

    With average annual income at less than $500 in India, the purchase of an Xbox 360 would for the typical resident represent a financial outlay that in the West would be the equivalent of buying a house. It's not likely that too many Indians are going to shell out a year's salary just to play Yuvraj Singh International Cricket 2007, a title produced for the local market by Codemasters, even on the installment plan.

    Still, the wages paid by Microsoft and other U.S. tech firms operating in India far exceed the national average, even if they're modest by American standards. A programmer working at a Microsoft office in Bangalore is likely making close to $10,000 annually or more. So the company should have little trouble identifying its target customers in the country -- they're likely on its payroll, or that of a competitor.

    Yahoo news ...
    by Published on December 11th, 2006 13:38

    Ubisoft, announced that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter™ 2, the next installment in the popular squad-based action franchise, is currently in development for the Xbox 360. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter™ 2 is scheduled for worldwide release in Spring 2007.

    Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 builds off of the events in the first game and places gamers in control of the U.S. military’s elite fighting unit, the Ghosts. In the year 2014, the rising conflict between Mexican loyalists and insurgent rebel forces has thrown Mexico into full-scale civil war. Under the command of Captain Scott Mitchell, the Ghosts are called upon to face an imminent threat to the United States. The fate of two countries now lies in the hands of the Ghosts as they fend off an attack on U.S. soil. Equipped with the most cutting-edge weaponry and technology, the Ghosts must battle on both sides of the border to neutralize the escalating rebel threat.

    Check a nice little teaser for GRAW 2

    A bigger video will be available on the 15th of Dec

    Buy Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter: Premium Edition for $39.90/£20.61

    Buy Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas for $49.90/£25.78 ...