Gaming News May 2007

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Wil “Wesley” Wheaton to keynote speak Penny Arcade 2007!
Penny Arcade :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Wil “Wesley” Wheaton to keynote speak at August’s do.

Fracture Factsheet
LucasArts :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Fact Sheet for Fracture from LucasArts and Day 1 Studios

Gears of War: Hidden Fronts Map Pack Available
Microsoft :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Recon reports are in. Stop. Front line surveillance indicates Locust movement. Stop. Four new sectors now under enemy control. Stop. Do we engage? Stop. Awaiting orders. Stop.

End transmission…

Discs of Tron on Xbox Live!
Disney Interactive :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Disney Interactive Studios Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Landmark Film “Tron” with the Re-Release of Tron and Discs of Tron – for Xbox LIVE Arcade

2K Sports Names Albert Pujols Cover Athlete for The BIGS
2K Sports :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols to brighten up the box.

Video games and violence – Are they related?
Bona Fide Reviews :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
We reflect upon the knee-jerk reaction some of the media, Jack Thompson included, had to the Virginia Tech shootings and relating them to video games.

SilverFall (PC) Review
Driver Heaven :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
What’s the hottest PC game out right now? Judging by the sales numbers World of Warcraft is still way ahead of the pack. Now, from a publisher’s perspective the best thing to do is to try and copy the game, hoping for an equally successful title to be made. The problem is, the market is kind of saturated right now, so not only is it hard to penetrate the market, it’s near impossible to make a title that is different enough from the rest yet at the same time generic enough to fit all tastes. A possible solution? Instead of copying WoW have a look at Blizzard’s back catalogue and do your best to mimic one of the games on the list. If it worked out for Titan Quest it sure as hell can for a game that has zombies with cannons sticking out from their abdomen!

The Future of Gaming is Now
Techware Labs :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Hard Knocks in Orlando is introducing Combat Sports, think of it as the bastard child of Airsoft and Laser tag and your getting close. What you have here is the ability to use realistic weapons in real environments where strategy and teamwork are your key to survival and all without the need to purchase expensive equipment, wear face masks, or worry about walking home with bruises. No bunny hoppers here. Read our article to find see why we think this is winning technology, why it works, to get a free hour of playtime.

PaRappa The Rapper PSP Screens
Think Gaming :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
PaRappa The Rapper was announced yesterday for the PSP and we have 8 PSP screenshots for you! The game features all of the characters, levels, and songs from the original game as well as a new 4 man head to head mode. Looks for this in stores July 2007. Enjoy the screenshots!

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Halo 3 Signature Xbox 360 for Charity
Think Gaming :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Now this is a definite have-to-have for any Bungie or Halo fan, the Halo 3 Signature Xbox 360. The entire console has been airbrushed in Halo 3 fashion and signed by all of the members of the Halo 3 development team. It also comes with a copy of Crackdown (your way into the […]

Gears of War Hidden Fronts Map Pack Exclusive HandsOn
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Check back after midnight PT for TeamXbox’s exclusive handson impressions of the upcoming Gears of War Hidden Fronts Map Pack.

2K Sports Announces Cover Athlete for The BIGS
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
2K Sports announced today the cover athlete for The BIGS, an innovative, actionpacked pickupandplay MLB licensed video game that will be available this summer.

Gears of War “Hidden Fronts” Map Pack Available Now
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
The four new actionpacked multiplayer maps are available now for download from Xbox Live Marketplace.

Gears of War Hidden Fronts Map Pack
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Ready your weapons and prepare for battle as Gears of War releases four new action-packed multiplayer maps in the thrilling “Hidden Fronts” Multiplayer Map Pack.

Xbox 360 Video Marketplace due in Europe in 2007
Xbox-Scene :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
From n4g.com (http://www.n4g.com/xbox360/News-37722.aspx ): [QUOTE] In an exclusive interview with 360Zine issue 5, Robin Burrowes, the UK’s Xbox Live Product Manager, reveals he’s on a personal mission to bring the video marketplace to Europe this year. “We hope to have some content that hits in 2007,” he said. [/QUOTE] Full Story: n4g.com (http://www.n4g.com/xbox360/News-37722.aspx ) and gamerzines.com (http://www.gamerzines.com/downloading-360zine_6.html )

Talismoon ElectroTwister Blue/Green Lightning Kit
Xbox-Scene :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Talismoon (http://www.talismoon.eu/cgi-bin/multipage/engine.pl?function=viewid&id=RKS00061&cat=XBOX360-MODDING ) released a new casemod product: [QUOTE] Now you too can “bend light”. The Electrotwister provides safe, cool, flexible accent lighting for any Xbox 360 mod installation. Safely route the light around corners to trace major components, or use as an underglow or other indirect lighting. The Electrotwister is cool to the touch and can fit almost anywhere! (http://pictures.xbox-scene.com/xbox360/talismoon/2.jpg ) The electrotwister is the most versatile lighting mod on the market today. It is a wire whose insulation glows brightly when powered by low voltage current. It requires no soldering, it is extremely easy to install. Can be used for highlighting details, or indirect lighting. It is recommended that you cover the cable with heatshrink or electrical tape in places that you don’t need to see it glowing. A perfect mod for people who feel that typical case mods are limiting or too standardized. (http://pictures.xbox-scene.com/xbox360/talismoon/3.jpg ) (http://pictures.xbox-scene.com/xbox360/talismoon/3green.jpg ) Important Information: 1) No soldering is required, just open your xbox 360 and plug in the electrotwister. 2) Cover parts of the wire that you do not want people to see glowing with electrical tape or heat shrink tubing 3) You can cut the electrtwister with scissors, but terminate the cut end properly you can cover teh cut end with electrical tape) 4) Fix the Electrotwister into place with non-conductive tape or a drop of epoxy super gluw is NOT recommended) [/QUOTE] Buy Now ($10): ElectroTwister Blue (http://www.divineo.cn/php/affstart.php?affcode=xboxscene&prod=360-tetb ) | ElectroTwister Green (http://www.divineo.cn/php/affstart.php?affcode=xboxscene&prod=360-tetg ) Official Site: www.talismoon.eu (http://www.talismoon.eu )


Xbox 360 not as useful as PS3 for Folding-at-home
Xbox-Scene :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
From pro-g.co.uk (http://www.pro-g.co.uk/news/03-05-2007-5386.html ): [QUOTE] Vijay Pande, creator of the Folding@home project, which harnesses the power of networked Playstation3s across the world to carry out essential research into Alzheimer’s Disease, has revealed to Pro-G that the 360 is of limited help to his work. After being asked if he thought the power of the 360 could be useful, he said: “Possibly, although the cell processor in the PS3 is much more powerful for our calculations than the CPU in the Xbox 360.” “We are simulating key processes in protein folding and misfolding in Alzheimer’s Disease. PS3’s are performing aspects of these simulations, and doing so about 20 times faster than a typical PC.” [/QUOTE] Full Story: pro-g.co.uk (http://www.pro-g.co.uk/news/03-05-2007-5386.html )

Free60 Adds Linux Support for Toshiba-Samsung Drives
Xbox-Scene :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Free60.org (http://www.free60.org/wiki/Main_Page ) now found a way to add support for Toshiba-Samsung ODDs (which hanged on the SATA device detection) to boot Linux on your Xbox360 (using the hypervisor vulnerability, KingKong shader hack and ODD FW hack – more info (http://www.xbox-scene.com/xbox1data/sep/EEZVulZpElMoNujBFF.php )): [QUOTE] We now have a fix for Samsung users We will soon release an updated LiveCD (http://www.free60.org/wiki/LiveCD ). If you want to build your own kernel, see Linux Kernel Development (http://www.free60.org/wiki/Linux_Kernel_Development ) for patches against linux-2.6.21 [/QUOTE] Official Site: www.free60.org (http://www.free60.org )

360 Queenz Theme too Mature for Marketplace
Xbox-Scene :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
From xbox360fanboy.com (http://www.xbox360fanboy.com/2007/05/02/360-queenz-theme-too-mature-for-marketplace/ ): [QUOTE] It looks like Microsoft put their foot down and stopped the sexually charged 360 Queenz theme and gamer pictures from making it to the XBLM. Deacon, the guy who posted the exclusive 360 Queenz preview, updated the Unscripted 360 community saying that “Microsoft isn’t going to release it for whatever reason. too provocative? please. if this is too provocative then i’m at a loss for words”. (http://www.xbox360fanboy.com/2007/05/02/360-queenz-theme-too-mature-for-marketplace/ )[/QUOTE] Full Story: xbox360fanboy.com (http://www.xbox360fanboy.com/2007/05/02/360-queenz-theme-too-mature-for-marketplace/ ) and unscripted360.com (http://www.unscripted360.com/2007/04/30/360-queenz-theme-from-konsole-kingz/ )

Tron and Discs of Tron Confirmed for Xbox Live Arcade
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Disney Interactive Studios announced today the classic arcade games Tron and Discs of Tron will be rereleased this summer through Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360.

Guitar Hero II Video Contest and National Tournament
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Play N Trade announced today the launch of its first National Guitar Hero II video contest and livein store tournament.

Atari Announces Staff Reduction
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
The reorganization plan reduces Ataris total workforce by approximately 20%.

LucasArts, Day 1 Studios Announce Fracture
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
This thirdperson shooter, which is targeted for a mid2008 release, features “terrain deformation” as an offensive weapon, a defensive protection, a way to solve puzzles and a method of navigation.

Sakaguchi Doesn’t Like the PlayStation 3, Kutaragi…and Microsoft’s Marketing Strategy for Japan
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Final Fantasy creator and Mistwalker founder Hironobu Sakaguchi had a few things to say about Sony, the PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s marketing strategy for Japan.

New Madden NFL 08 Screenshots
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
We bring you thirty new screenshots of Madden NFL 08.

Splinter Cell Conviction Revealed
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
The latest issue of Finnish video games magazine Pelaaja has revealed the next installment in the Splinter Cell series.

New Forza Motorsport 2 Screenshots
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
We bring you ten new screenshots of Forza Motorsport 2.

Fallout 3 Teaser Trailer Countdown
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Find out when Bethesda will release the first teaser trailer for Fallout 3.

Virtua Fighter 5 First Xbox 360 Screenshots
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
We bring you the first screenshots from the Xbox 360 version of Virtua Fighter 5.

Saints Row Achieves Xbox 360 Platinum Hits Status
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
THQ has announced that Saints Row has joined the list of Xbox 360 Platinum Hits.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Screens
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
We have updated the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix image gallery with new screenshots of the game.

NBA LIVE 08 Meaning of Hibachi Video
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
The Washington Wizards AllStar and cover athlete of EA SPORTS NBA LIVE 08 describes the meaning of Hibachi.

Activision Expands Its QuebecBased Studio
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
Quebecbased video game studio, Beenox, a subsidiary of Activision, announced today that the company expects to triple its workforce over the next two years.

Halo 3 Pistol Confusion Clarified
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 03, 2007
An error on the Halo 3 web site caused a confusion regarding the pistol that will be available on Halo 3.