News broke earlier today of some Black Friday sales on the Xbox Live Marketplace!
Several Xbox Live Arcade games reduced from 800 to 500 MSPoints, as well as other downloadable content and themes. Take a look at the list on Major Nelson’s website, or the Xbox.com page using the link above.
Personally, I have been anticipating this name change. The upcoming game will now be titled Halo 3: ODST. This, according to today’s press release from Microsoft. It’s a short one, so I’ll post the entire contents below.
The Halo project announced at Tokyo Game Show, “Halo 3: Recon”, has gone through a name change. This upcoming chapter in the “Halo” saga will be named “Halo 3: ODST”. We are incredibly excited to tell a thrilling new story from the Halo universe and bring the perspective of new characters to the forefront of the Human-Covenant struggle. “Halo 3: ODST’s” tale will focus on the legendary ODSTs or “Orbital Drop Shock Troopers” as they drop into the ruined city of New Mombasa, looking for clues behind the Covenant’s catastrophic attack on the city. We’ll be sharing more about “Halo 3: ODST” and the ODST characters in the near future – stay tuned for more information!
TechFlash wrote quite an interesting article about how the video game industry (particularly “casual games”) is not yet feeling the pinch of our current economic recession. Mainly slamming teens and young adults for not putting away savings and preparing for their future, the article suggests that this coming holiday season, when parents are forced to shell out $60 a copy for games, that might be the first time that the industry feels the effects of the closed wallets of the populous.
Still, the article received some positive feedback from developers in the casual games market. The people who make free web-browser based games or those inexpensive games you find on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network, like Popcap Games and Big Fish Games, are reporting that business is booming!
Hot on the heels of Nintendo talking about their community, Sony has sent out an email announcing their plans to bring the Playstation Network to Playstation.com. What does this mean for you? It’s hard to tell. They talk about interactivity, flexibility, and other buzzwords… but they don’t specifically say if they will provide access to the Playstation Store (like the “New Xbox Experience” allows you to add downloads to your queue for the next time you turn on your 360), or if there will be forums, or if you will have access to your friends lists and the ability to messages to other users. But it’s exciting to see companies putting forth the effort to make their platforms even mroe accessible. In the United States? Visit Playstation.com to merge your Playstation Undergound (Playstation.com) account with your PSN ID (login for your console user ID).
While sony continues to litter the pool of SKU’s for the Playstation 3, launching the 160GB model this week, I decided to look for a story online that didn’t make me roll my eyes. The closest thing I could find today was this column-sized article on Gamepro, where Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime talks about how unique that the currently non-existent Nintendo Wii “Community” could be. I still rolled my eyes, because Nintendo still seems a long way from matching up with the offerings of Xbox Live and the Playstation Network.
Wii Speak is a nice start, but Nintendo is a long way from actually giving me a true “community” feeling on the Wii. Other channels provide a level of interactivity, like that in the “Check Mii Out” channel, but until Nintendo provides me with an easy to manage friends list and easier multiplayer options, I’m afraid they’re a long way from the community that I really want to be a part of.
I’m not going to tell you that the NXE is out, you know that… you know that better than I do while I’m out of town away from my console! But you don’t come to this site to read things you already know, so here’s a fun article comparing Nintendo’s Mii to the new Xbox 360 Avatars. I just wish Wired blogger “Z” was also involved in the Playstation Home beta, and had a little mre to talk about. Still, the comparison isn’t just “which one I like more” – but “Z” actually gets in to a fair comparison as to why he likes specific features. Enjoy the read!
I’ll be the first to admit that WinBreak.com is still a small site – and sometimes adding forums to small sites only forces you to see how nobody wants to register for your puny blog. But the service will be in place, just in case you ever change your mind! 🙂
Yes, WinBreak.com is launching our very own Forum. A link to the forums will be located on the right side of the blog, under the Users Panel at all times. Located conveniently over at http://NuAngel.net/forums, you can register and start posting away in your favorite current-gen console’s forum, or just post in the general area. If we see a demand for additional forums, subforums, or just overall clarification and cleaning up of the current interface, it’s just a few clicks away.
They are still a great deal under construction, with more features to come, and a little bit more visual continuity ahead, but they are fully functioning and I encourage you to participate!
Update 1: It appears as though PHPBB isn’t quite playing nice with FireFox browsers. If you want, please leave some feedback (in the forum, or as a comment here) and let us know if the forums are working for you!
Update 2: Registration problems have been resolved. Thank you to PimpMethod for bringing them to my attention. You will no longer be required to enter “CAPTCHA” data upon registration (at least until the forums become spam heavy or I can resolve the issue with CAPTCHA pictures not showing up).
Of all places, Slashdot has put together a pretty good round up of the still-far-off Halo Wars. The Independent.co.uk also date a brief write up, while IGN had some additional hands-on time. GiantBomb’s time with the game is linked to from the Slashdot article. Enjoy!
Chicago Old Navy store: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images, from MSNBC
I consider this a fairly slow news week. All of the hype is centered around the New Xbox Experience. unfortunately, I’m too far away from my 360 to do anything about that – still out of town, and it looks like I will be stuck here for another full week!
Since I want something to write about, and since Black Friday is coming soon, take note that our friends at CheapAssGamer have assembled the ultimate collection of video game sales for the day after Thanksgiving, here in the US. Deals down to $10 games, Consoles with games, all kinds of good deals!
CAG will help you find the things you didn’t know you couldn’t live without, while we are working on multiple projects to enhance the site. All of the problems we had yesterday are all fixed up, but now we are working on a secret side projct, as well as enhancement to WinBreak.com itself.
And as always, don’t forget that you can always nominate yourself or a friend to be featured in Better Know a Gamer. There are 12 million people on Xbox Live, and I want to interview them all!
UPDATE: Everything has been fixed, and I will certainly be trying to make more frequent updates to the site, now that operations are smooth again. WinBreak Central Command is looking good! 🙂 You can ignore the stuff below…
Sorry, folks, but updates have been sparse mainly because I have been out of town – then it looks like WordPress decided to take a mental vacation. Beyond this front page, permalinks aren’t working properly. We will be trying to fix them throughout the day, but unfortunately, we are nowhere near our backup data (again… the out of town thing).
We will be working on it from here, and will update if we did, in fact, solve the problem.