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  E3:  Xbox Sports Tsunami  
 
 
Posted 2003-05-14 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Celebrity appearances star-stud Xbox sports games this year. Microsoft Game Studios announced today that Shaquille O'Neil will be the cover athlete for "NBA Inside Drive 2004," Sergio Garcia will grace the cover "Links 2004," tennis hotties Anna Kournikova and Lleyton Hewitt will appear on the cover "Top Spin," and Steve Yzerman will be the cover athlete for "NHL Rivals 2004." I guess this proves that having a nigh-unlimited pocketbook means you can put whoever you bloody well want on your game boxes. Hey, I'll pose for "Nerd Boredom 2004" for a measly $10K.
 
     
 
   
 
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  E3:  Xbox Lineup  
 
 
Posted 2003-05-13 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
A big fat handful of titles for the Xbox has been officially announced, including sequels "Halo 2," "Conker: Live and Uncut," and "Project Gotham Racing? 2." Other titles this year: "Kameo : Elements of Power," "Grabbed by the Ghoulies," "Fable," and a version of the venerable "Counter-Strike." Also of note is the new XSN Sports imprint, integrating Xbox sports games with an online component, wireless gadgets and PCs.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Sonic’s Cross-Platform Adventures  
 
 
Posted 2003-05-12 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Sega's ring-gobbling Sonic The Hedgehog is set to bust out all over contemporary consoles this year. The squad-based "Sonic Heroes" is slated for PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox release, while "Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut" will be a Gamecube exclusive and promises 50 bonus levels. Nintendo's Game Boy Advance will be blessed with "Sonic Pinball Party" and "Sonic Battle." Sonic's resurgance as a favourite game character will be drilled home by an all-new animated series called "Sonic X" and the requisite McDonald's toy tie-ins.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Review: “Apex”  
 
 
Posted 2003-04-15 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Apex (Xbox)

Publisher: Infogrames
Developer: Milestone
Price: Approx. $36 USD
Availability: Now


I am one hundred percent secure in my assertion that the Apex is the best-looking Atari racing game I have ever played. I mean, the last Atari racing game I played was Pole Position, so I wholeheartedly concur with the Official Xbox Magazine, who awarded Apex a stunning 8.9 out of 10 rating for being "�the best-looking racing game [they've] ever seen." The stunning part is why they didn't give this game a "9." Come on, you're the official Xbox magazine for cryin' out loud, don't you think you can spare a tenth of a percent?

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  Xbox Live “Freedom of Speech” Contest  
 
 
Posted 2003-04-11 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Here's the perfect cure to your overwhelming feelings of insecurity and powerlessness: Register at the Xbox Canada site and you could win the "Ultimate Online Xbox Video Game System." Once you've registered, you can enter here.

The "Ultimate Online Xbox Video Game System" includes an Xbox video game console; nine Xbox Live online enabled games including a copy of SEGA Sports NHL? 2K3, autographed by the Philadelphia Flyers All-Star Centre Jeremy Roenick, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell; a broadband router; two Xbox Live Starter Kits; four Xbox Controller S; and one Xbox Advanced A/V pack. Other prizes awarded will include Xbox Live Starter Kits and Xbox Live online enabled games. Complete contest details here.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Mini-Review: Apex  
 
 
Posted 2003-04-03 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Shift.com is gearing up to regular online reviews. This week's theme appears to be automotive, with Road to Perdition, Apex for Xbox (by yours truly), and mashups by McSleazy. Offramp to Reviewsville, population: You.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Review: “Kung-Fu Chaos”  
 
 
Posted 2003-02-24 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Kung-Fu Chaos (Xbox)

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Just Add Monsters (JAM) Ltd.
Price: $49.99US ERP
Availability: Spring 2003

Bust out the wine, `cause it goes so well with cheese. UK developer Just Add Monsters slathers it on thick with 4-player fighting game Kung-Fu Chaos. A great party game (another reason you'll need wine,) Kung-Fu Chaos features goofy characters, simple controls, a dynamic environment, and the ability to replay the action in gloriously gritty Super-8 style.
Kung-Fu Chaos is all about rock `em sock `em action movie-making: Your character is an actor, working for a barely-sane director in a dozen or so familiar and bizarre locales. A true star will survive to the end of the picture. Fail, and you'll be mercilessly insulted by the movie's director.



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  Trustworthy Computing  
 
 
Posted 2002-10-18 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Despite beefing up security on new versions of the Xbox game console, the box has been hacked, allowing "mod chippers" to continue exploit the Xbox, and by extension, gamers to play bootlegged games.
 
     
 
   
 
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Wow! Thanks for that Tony. Just posted a bunch of other tips here... http://www.dino.co.uk/labs/2008/45-tips-when-designing-online-content-for-kids/ Hope it helps someone... Dino...
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Yeah, there's a lot of weird common sense things I've noticed they've just omitted from the design. No idea why though....
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