Gaming News December 2005

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LOTR: The Battle for Middle-earth II Movie #4, SpaceStationSim Demo, and more
Gamer’s Hell :: Saturday, December 31, 2005
Tank Killer Announced check it out
– SpaceStationSim Demo check it out
– LOTR: The Battle for Middle-earth II Movie #4 check it out
– Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 Demos check it out

Splinter Cell 4 Subtitle Confirmed and Trailer
Gamer’s Hell :: Saturday, December 31, 2005
Splinter Cell 4 Subtitle Confirmed and Trailer check it out

Vivisector: Beast Within Demo Released
Gamer’s Hell :: Saturday, December 31, 2005
Vivisector: Beast Within Demo Released check it out

Xbox 360 Costs $715 to Make!
Gamer’s Hell :: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Quote: “A high ranking friend at IBM, from the Chip Design division, the guys responsible for parts of the XBOX 360 chip design, tipped us regarding the real expenses involved in manufacturing the XBOX 360, and when we mentioned the $126 Microsoft loss, he said:

“$126? It costs Microsoft approximately $715 make, the manufacturing costs are still too high, another reason why they’re producing relatively small quantities, Microsoft can take it though”

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ALFA Antiterror Official Demo Released, War Plan Orange: Dreadnoughts in the Pacific 1922-1930 v.1.1
Gamer’s Hell :: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Take Command: 2nd Manassas Announced check it out
– Got Game Entertainment Signs Scratches check it out
– ALFA Antiterror Official Demo Released check it out
– War Plan Orange: Dreadnoughts in the Pacific 1922-1930 Patch v.1.151 Released check it out

Xbox 360 Controller for Windows @ Techgage
Techgage :: Thursday, December 29, 2005

Quote: Have you ever wished that you could use your consoles controller on your PC? Usually, they are designed much better than anything PC makers can release so it seems to only make sense. Finally, Microsoft has stepped up to the plate and made their Xbox 360 controller available for Windows.

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America’s Army: Rise of a Soldier Xbox Review
Gamer’s Hell :: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Review – America’s Army: Rise of a Soldier Xbox Review check it out

True Crime: New York City GameCube Review
Gamer’s Hell :: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Review – True Crime: New York City GameCube Review check it out

Kameo: Elements of Power Review
Gamer’s Hell :: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Kameo: Elements of Power Review check it out

Serious Sam 2 v2.066 Patch
Gamer’s Hell :: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Serious Sam 2 v2.066 Patch check it out

Xbox 360 Self-booting burnable DVD
OCModshop :: Wednesday, December 28, 2005
*** YES YOU CAN BURN THIS ISO AND PLAY IT IN YOUR XBOX-360 *** Microsoft left us with this blanket statement: “Xbox 360 retail kiosks have started arriving at retailers. Due to the nature of the distribution process, not all kiosks are hitting simultaneously, but are continuing to pop up in retailers across the country in the coming weeks. The kiosks are designed for a retail environment and feature game samples, game trailers and product information.” Team Pi leaves you with this Pillow statement: “It seems Microsoft was in such a hurry to get this stuff out that they forgot to set the media protection on this disc. This leaves hackers with the posibility to hack around with this disc that load from a normal DVDR5 backup! – Team Pi also notes that the all datafiles on this disc isn’t signed in any way, and will allow for extensive modification for producing exploits to further our efford to hack this box!” Playable (hackable) games on this disc: Call of Duty 2, Hexic, Kameo, King Kong. Also includes lots of game and accessory demos in video format. Nothing ripped, just foreign videos were downsampled to fit onto a normal DVDR5!

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Xbox 360: Perfect Dark Zero @ Bytesector
Bytesector :: Wednesday, December 28, 2005
“If you’re lucky enough to have scored an Xbox 360, then you’re probably already playing Perfect Dark Zero. One of the most anticipated games at launch, the hype surrounding its release was only rivalled by that of the epic Halo 2. PDZ cannot escape comparisons to the massive hit, but it’s important to remember that PDZ is not Halo 2, nor does it purport to be. The creators of the prequel to N64’s Perfect Dark were able to use Halo: CE and Halo 2 as role models in creating the controls and overall idea behind PDZ, since all fall under the genre of first-person shooters. However, PDZ is a futuristic spy shooter, while the Halo franchise falls under futuristic sci-fi shooter. PDZ does not exude the seriousness or the realism of Halo 2, but continues to incorporate the ideas of the original-reconnaissance, espionage, and silly characters (remember Elvis?). While a bland storyline runs through this intense shooter, the gameplay redeems its faults. ”

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X-Arcade Trackball Mouse Review #629
3dgameman :: Wednesday, December 28, 2005

It’s interesting to note, even with the complexity of games like Call of Duty 2, F.E.A.R., and Quake 4, that arcade products like these still exist and are thoroughly enjoyed. The hardware required for playing these games can set you back thousands. While this controller is not meant for these games it’s still a blast to revive and play the oldies. Some of you younglings don’t remember games like Asteroids or Pong, but I do…”

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Starship Troopers, X3, Shrek Superslam, Stubbs the Zombie Reviews
Strategy Informer :: Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Starship Troopers Review
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X3: Reunion Review
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Shrek SuperSlam
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Stubbs the Zombie Review
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Castlevania: Curse of Darkness Xbox Review
Gamer’s Hell :: Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness Xbox Review check it out

The Matrix: Path Of Neo PC Review
Gamer’s Hell :: Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Review – The Matrix: Path Of Neo PC Review check it out

XboxMediaCenter (XBMC) 2005-12-25 CVS T3CH build
Xbox-Scene :: Monday, December 26, 2005
T3CH released a new CVS compile of XboxMediaCenter(info). This T3CH-compile is a BAREBONE package (with just a few thirdparty scripts and with just the default skin) compiled with XDK v5849. Here’s the changelog since the 2005-12-18 CVS release:
* added: getshares command to HttpApi
* added: workaround for stacking multipart rar sets (ie, filename.partXXX.rar)
* added: HttpApi: FileSize to GetCurrentlyPlaying and the use of “;;” as a literal “;” rather than a separator
* added: Support for treating stacked files as a single volume. Set “Bypass CD Selection” to “Immediately” to test.
* added: Selecting a file from the FileBrowser dialog is equivalent to pressing “Ok”.
* fixed: playlist caching
* fixed: list and textbox spincontrols in python
* fixed: HttpApi: GetDirectory
* fixed: dvdplayer would drop frames / stall on a dvd cell change when previous cell didn’t have audio and next did
* fixed: GUI Calibration screen was constantly allocating/deallocating it’s resources.
* fixed: Musicdatabase upgrade to 1.4 failed if songs from the same album had different thumbid’s.
* fixed: [ 1380153 ] DVD playback with subtitles not in sync
* fixed: dvdplayer could stall on rewind due to full audio buffer
* fixed: Thumbpanel highlighting wasn’t working correctly.
* fixed: some menu overlays did not display properly or not at all in the dvdplayer
* fixed/changed: dvdplayer reported wrong total time for movie / dvdplayer now uses libdvdnav’s time seek for seeking
* fixed: [ 1378710 ] DVDplayer crash when swithing from fullscreen to thumbnail
* fixed: potential deadlock when using ffmpeg demuxer in dvdplayer and it returns a negative package size
* changed: moved music library into a directory class. MusicDatabase will be updated to version 1.4
* changed: moved sorting and available view as controls out of the my music windows
* changed: My Music Library would incorrectly handle artists and albums that were blank as if they were the “all” item. These items are now filtered out of the display.
* changed: dvdplayer now checks for eof on read error. if the error is really end of file, exit player, otherwise retry.
* changed: Moved resume time saving into the application class.
* changed: Better solution for genre problem in libid3tag.dll.
* changed: improved seeking accuracy in dvdplayer. (fixed libdvdnav.dll time_search to use time map in dvd)
* changed: tuned FF/RW for dvdplayer (only enabled in debug builds)
* updated: Swedish, Korean, Italian, German, Norwegian, Dutch language file

Keep in mind this is a CVS snapshot of the current development tree. It’s not an official (stable) point release. Use only if you know what you are doing.

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