Sept. 10 2008 XBLA Release: Japan Invades… bowling allies?


The official list was just released: look out for bushido brawlers in “Samurai Shodown II.” Experience a chess-like game with a few twists in “Shotest Shogi.” And get your fix of extra-terrestrial sports with “Rocket Bowl,” – an old Flash game that people just can’t get enough of.

I’m looking forward to “Shotest Shogi.” I played the demo of this a few weeks ago and have been trying to get a handle on it ever since. I’m bad at chess, but this game is simply very fun! I can’t wait to give it another go.

Family Friendly games help Xbox 360 Fight Global Recession


Found this fascinating piece of news today, at The New Zealand Herald. This kiwi paper is reporting that more and more games are becoming family friendly, and Xbox 360 is helping to lead that charge with increased sales in the region. From the article: “More than 70 per cent of all software titles sold now fall into non-restricted age categories and genres.”

Want Rock Band 2 for Xbox 360? Austin, TX can win…

I was browsing for interesting stories, like I do, and found this one. Austin, Texas residents will have a chance to compete in multiple games and win some great prizes. Madden 08, Rock Band 2, Super Smash Brothers, and even I-Play Bowling will all be played at this charity event being held on September 17th, in Austin. Your $20 entry fee will be donated directly to The ESA Foundation, which has a program that provides game development scholarships. Sounds like a fun event to attend, if you’re going to be in the area. I certainly wish that I was!

Girl Geek auction: 1 of a Kind X-Plorer on eBay!


It must be ladies week here at WinBreak, as the trend continues. Online store “NewBiiz.com” (newbies, for the uninitiated) has begun an online charity auction to benefit the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The charity fund raiser was started, earlier today, up by eWiz’ Girl Geek section of the website. From the auction: “NewBiiz launched “Girl Geek” to promote women’s presence in the male-dominated PC and gaming industry. The site covers interesting tech articles, upcoming expos and LAN shows, hot products and most importantly, it features Girl Geeks who have made their own mark in the tech industry.

The site sells a majority of PC Hardware, but in this auction, you have a chance to bid on a Guitar Hero X-Plorer controller, designed specifically for this charity event, and autogrpahed by Ciji (find out more about this superstar on her myspace, youtube, website, Gotcast, and her GamerTag).

A Girl's Guide to getting your Girl into Gaming!


Here’s something many of us need (or may need in the future). The guide to getting your girlfriend into gaming!

Xbox Live Community Manager Christa Phillips presented this at PAX, along with a panel of other notables from around the web. If you attended but missed it, this is a nice little follow up for you. And if you’re wondering just who this community manager you’ve never heard of is, look at the gamertag above!! Or, just do your homework.

Kotaku’s PAX plebe AJ Glasser put together a nice summary of the panel, as well.

VideoGamer.com uses decveptive headline to nab hits! Halo on the PS3?


See that tiny picture of that big idiot? That’s James Orry. He writes for VideoGamer.com. He wrote an article about the upcoming multiplatform game “Sky Gods.” The article is headlined: “HALO insertion game confirmed for PS3, 360, and PC.” While HALO is a term used for parachute deployment, and the like, using the word “Halo” in the video game industry causes specific expectations. Using “Halo” and “PS3” in the same headline? Simple hit-grabbing.

The game looks good enough without James’ lame attempt to steal headlines. Leave marketing to the professionals.

Like to gamble? Get a 360 for $149.99!

Trusted source C|NET put up a quick article letting people know that they could pick up a Premium Xbox 360 for as little as $149.99! Trouble is, they are refurbished systems. They may have a few scuffs, and who knows how long they will last? It’s still a pretty penny for a lot of uncertainty, but they do offer a 14-day DOA Protection Guarantee.

The website is a little confusing, as it lists another 360 for $189.99 – that one specifically notes that it includes a hard drive. The “Premium” listed at $149.99 does not specifically mention the hard drive. Perhaps a call to customer service will be in order to anyone planning to buy one, but the site itself is notable for getting liquidation stock, and should have no true intention of scamming you, unlike the yet-to-be-shutdown RefurbishedWiis.com (no hyperlink being provided).

Seems like the perfect option for those looking to void their warranty with some sort of fun case mod anyways… note that these are NOT the HDMI version of the console.