By the bye: I'm an Xbox Ambassador


It’s been a few months now, but I haven’t made a big deal of this. I’ve just been continuing to do my thing on other forums, sites, and keeping busy enough in the real world. But I figured I might as well let everyone that I was nominated, by friend of the site Thumpthis, and then was actually appointed an official Xbox Ambassador. 18 countries, 30 languages, and now, NuAngel! 😉

For anyone who doesn’t know what the Xbox Ambassador program is, it’s really simple. Best explained on Xbox.com, we’re “community members who have been around the block and are willing to show the new guys around.” When I got my 360 two years (plus a few days) ago, I dove in head first – and really got in to the whole community aspect of the Xbox 360 and Xbox Live. A year after owning my console, I began this website. Almost another year later, it continues to grow, and I continue to welcome all new comers.

Better Know a Gamer: Issue #19: Poetricks


This week’s guest goes by a few names you may have heard. Tapio, with the gamertag Poetricks, is the latest addition to Better Know a Gamer. So sit back and get to know someone!

Nu: What’s your Gamertag, and what’s the story behind it?
Poetricks.
I kind of used Poetricks as my poetry name, and the style i do the poetry when I write poetry I add my own twist to it, and so im “trickin with poetry”… Poetricks. I guess that should make sense!

Nu: I can dig that – I went to school and majored in poetry (well, “English” with a concentration in “Creative Writing” – but I took all poetry classes). Where are you from?
Finland, the land of lakes and forests.

Nu: Your weather should be pretty similar to mine then… cold… and getting colder. How old are you, and what do you do (school, job, family, hobbies)?
I`m 19 currently not working or in school,pretty much trying to find that perfect school for me,i dont want to rush with what i want to become “when i grow up.”

Nu: How long have you been gaming in general?
When i was a little kid, I always went to this girls house to play NES.

Nu: How long have you been a 360 owner?
Around the time when Saints Row 1 got released.

Nu: What was one of your favorite Xbox / Xbox Live moments?
Theres so many of them,but one of the first favorite moments was when playing Splinter Cell chaos theory online on Xbox. I was mercenary and spy gets me on chokehold spy told me if i wanted to hear a neck break..i said no..but he still did it.

Nu: Which Xbox 360 Achievement are you most proud of?
I think it`s the Defender achievement on GRAW2.
You have to defend certain area for 60 minutes from endless waves of terrorists and usually around 45 minute everybody starts to run out of ammo

Nu: Are you currently working toward any achievements?
Well i dont really work toward achievements or gamerscore, but i do enjoy getting them!

Nu: What game(s) are you playing the most now?
Fable2 and CoD:Wolrd At War.

Nu: What’s playing now (what music do you listen to when away from your Xbox or when listening to music ON your Xbox)?
I have been listening to old cd`s recently. Eminem, RunDMC and Beastie Boys.

Nu: Do you try to stick with one Gamerpic, or change it frequently?
Well currently I`m going to stick with my avatar gamerpic,but i used to change my gamerpic quite often

Nu: What is your current favorite Xbox related website to visit?
Gamertagradio which i recommend everybody to check out!

Nu: What game are you looking most forward to in 2008?
Well, 2008 is almost over and i think i have everything i need for this year but if you ask 2009 i would say Halo wars.

Nu: Do you have an all time favorite game, for any console or the PC?
Super Mario World on SNES and Halo:Combat Evolved on Xbox

Nu: I agree, Yoshi was the most brilliant game mechanic ever added to a franchise. 😉 Do you have any gaming buddies you frequently play with / want to make almost as famous as you?
I would have to say i have too many gaming buddies to mention, but shoutout to TwilightMonk who is fellow pirate in our pirate clan..yarr!

Nu: Any parting words for the droves of readers?
There are no polar bears in Finland!

Nu: I’m sure there’s like a Zoo or something… right? Well, that doesn’t matter. I still want to thank Poetricks for taking the time to participate in Better Know a Gamer. Now if you would be so kind as to take a moment to check out his website, GTR Fanmoment – a podcast designed to recognize the great things that Gamertag Radio does and bring more of their community and fans together! Check it out!

Ubisoft talks business strategy, Assassin's Creed 2 wait…


In an interesting article written by Forbes, Ubisoft reveals little about Assassin’s Creed 2, or the new Prince of Persia title. However, they do describe their business model, and how Ubisoft appears to be one of the companies who is in it for the long haul. They discuss their strategy for game releases, and even mention how they have learned from past mistakes.

Over all it’s an interesting read, if you’re at all interested in the business end of the gaming industry. They mention how trying to capitalize on Prince of Persia’s “Sands of Time” game made for fewer sales of the sequels – hence the delay that is only finally bringing us this winter’s Prince of Persia installment. Ubisoft North America’s president, Laurent Detoc, also mentions the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and why we haven’t had a follow up to last year’s sneak-attack-success. “When we bring it back,” he says, “there will be more anticipation for it.”

Next Metal Gear Solid is "Green" Lit

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Word on the street is that Xbox 360 gamers will be getting their very own Metal Gear game. The flash animation (looks like my embedding skills are rusty, click to see the animation) shows the trademark green Xbox color, and a fairly suggestive “ring of light.” Notice how the animation seems to suggest a “next” Metal Gear, not specifically that Metal Gear Solid 4 will be coming to the 360… though one can’t say for sure that the idea is entirely out of the question. We’ll have to wait and see as this one develops. We’ll do our best to keep you informed.

Black Friday shoppers demand 360 over PS3



Other sites have already picked up the news, I’m sure, but never the less it’s an interesting one to cover: the Xbox 360 outsold the Playstation 3 on Black Friday. This according to an article on InformationWeek. After all three companies have resolved all supply chain issues, the console market is expected to boom this holiday season. The Saturday after Thanksgiving, I found several stores with the Nintendo Wii in stock. eBay said that the Wii was it’s number one seller on Black Friday, though I hope people were getting deals instead of getting robbed, as these things seem to be available everywhere right now.