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  MSN in Xbox Frenzy  
Posted 2004-05-27 by Tony Walsh
You didn't think that black-and-green box in your livingroom was just going to sit around did you? I mean, it's made by Microsoft... you know, the company that eats everything? Like its maker, the Xbox has quite an appetite. It's got an eye on your home entertainment system, but for now it'll have to be satisfied with MSN Messenger.

"You?re on MSN Messenger, right? If not, you should be because it?s super cool." Like, OMG! It's SUPER COOL!

American MSN users now have access to an Xbox tab in their instant messenger software, giving them access to the usual Xbox Web features, but also their Xbox Live Friends list. Of course if you're an MSN user who doesn't even have an Xbox, you might be wondering why your IM software is becoming more like IM adware.
  Xbox Goes Bloody Flintstones  
Posted 2004-04-30 by Tony Walsh
I'm no history buff, but I'm pretty sure humans and dinosaurs never shared the same space (actually, it seems to depend on whether you subscribe to Creationism or Darwinism). Upcoming Xbox game B.C. pits ancient man against dinosaur. The men have primitive, sloping brows, but their women are hott hott hott. The pre-historic tribes have bows (as opposed to pointy sticks and long fingernails). It's the history teenage boys wish we had!

Apparently limb-ripping will be a big selling point: "You'll find that some of the tribe's people have not developed a sense of empathy with one another and can find a team-mate having an arm ripped off very amusing."

"You actually see the meat underneath the skin, and all the veins and arteries [that] have been cut."

  The Green Ones Make Me Horny  
Posted 2004-04-28 by Tony Walsh
A special edition Xbox has been announced for Canadian release May 4, 2004. The "Xbox Extreme Green Edition" features a translucent green shell and includes not only Project Gotham Racing 2 and Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, but a 2-month Xbox Live Trial. The whole shebang is agressively priced at $229.99CDN.
  Sims Street Cred?  
Posted 2004-04-23 by Tony Walsh
Gigantor game maker Electronic Arts has announced the working title of a new style of Sims game: Urbz takes The Sims out of the `burbs, and puts the little people in the big city, "...where reputation (rep) is everything." [press release] Dude, if you don't know what "rep" is, you're going to suck so bad at this game.

Urbz, which will be previewed at E3 and debut in the fall, will be available for all three major consoles and the Game Boy Advance. The game is said to be "...built on an all-new graphics engine that recreates the essence of living in a vibrant city with distinct districts inhabited by Urbz with unique lifestyles." What this means exactly remains to be seen, but I guarantee it's set to a hip-hop soundtrack.
  2 comments’s Halo-rama  
Posted 2004-04-13 by Tony Walsh
Originally responsible for the beloved Marathon and Myth series for Mac and Windows-based computers, then known for jumping on the Xbox bandwagon with Halo, long-lived game developer Bungie has revamped its Web site. The new incarnation is Halo-heavy, and will feature regular updates from behind the scenes of the upcoming Xboxer Halo 2. Currently there are screenshots, concept art pics, storyboards, renders and more available for browsing.
  Pandora Tomorrow Last Night  
Posted 2004-03-31 by Tony Walsh
I had the opportunity to check out some Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow multiplayer LAN action last night. Pandora Tomorrow multiplayer pits well-armed mercenary guards against well-equipped infiltrators in a variety of locations. The objectives are virus containers, which the infiltrators must open up and the guards must protect. Sounds easy enough, but it ain't.

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  Xbox Price Drops  
Posted 2004-03-29 by Tony Walsh
The Xbox and many of its games have been price-chopped. As of tomorrow, the Xbox will retail for $149US/$199CDN. Xbox Music Mixer has been dropped to $29.99CDN; "Project Gotham Racing 2" will be available tomorrow for $54.99CDN; "Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge" and "Counter Strike" will each be $44.99CDN. Bring the Xbox down to $149CDN and then we can talk. I'll keep borrowing in the mean time.
  Review: “Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge” (Xbox)  
Posted 2004-02-13 by Tony Walsh

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (Xbox)
Publisher: Microsoft
Availability: now
Est. Price: $45USD
ESRB Rating:Teen

Substance: 75%
Longevity: 80%

FEEL the vibration of airborne machine guns! SMELL the intoxicating perfume of combusting fuel! SEE the skies turn blood red with fury! Sky Captains, Air Pirates, planes and zeppelins rule the horizon in "Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge," the Xbox sequel to the formerly Windows-only "Crimson Skies."

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  The Hobbit (Game Cube, PS2, Xbox)  
Posted 2004-01-06 by Tony Walsh

The Hobbit (Game Cube, PS2, Xbox)
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Availability: now
Price: $49.99US
ESRB Rating: E

Substance: 70%
Longevity: 70%

Before Frodo, Sam, Legolas, and Aragorn made a splash in Middle Earth, there was Bilbo Baggins, first introduced in J.R.R. Tolkien's book "The Hobbit." Bilbo was a younger hobbit once, but he wasn't the least bit heroic until he met a rather rude wizard. Gandalf invited a great many dwarfs to Bilbo's for breakfast, and it was then that adventure began to work its way into the halfling's life.

Continue reading: The Hobbit (Game Cube, PS2, Xbox)
  Console Stew  
Posted 2003-12-17 by Tony Walsh
PS2 game sales have surpassed $500B so far this December according to stats provided by NPD Funworld. Total PS2 product sales account for half of game industry commerce, according to NPD.

Over in Xbox's corner, there are free downloads available for Xbox Live-enabled titles "Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge" and "Counter Strike."
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