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  • Blog Post: Events This Week – October 6th, 2008

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 6:30 PM: CMAP Main Meeting: ASP.NET MVC - This session will introduce attendees to the new ASP.NET MVC framework while building a real-world application. "Separation of...
  • Blog Post: Charity Fragathon…cool idea!

    Great idea from Chris Williams and the Twin Cities XNA User Group : The Twin Cities XNA User Group is throwing their first ever charity event! Admission to this event is $10 (ten bucks!!) and that covers entry into what just might be the biggest Halo 3 tournament you've ever seen. We'll also have a room...
  • Blog Post: xbox live community games

    Ever wanted to get rich building games… now you can : You’ve played Xbox 360 games with the millions of gamers on Xbox LIVE. You’ve chatted, shared, and dominated in games of all kinds. But what if those millions could be playing your game? Better still – what if you were getting paid for it? Starting...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft opens game IP

    This sounds pretty cool. More opportunities for creative mashups using familiar characters: GAMEFEST: Landmark legal move allows consumers free use of Halo, Forza and Viva Piñata assets in homebrew works After announcing the 2.0 version of XNA Game Studio during Gamefest's keynote, XNA general manager...
  • Blog Post: XBOX Achievement Generator

    OK, so maybe I'm the only one who thinks that being able to make your own custom XBOX Achievement graphic is very cool...but if I'm wrong about that, and you want to let your geek flag fly...here you go: Hat tip to Josh Holmes , who used this in a recent presentation.
  • Blog Post: The Elite Handheld Gaming System

    OK, so perhaps "handheld" is a bit of an exaggeration, but this XBOX 360 laptop mod is nothing short of brilliant. Would be a hoot to crack that puppy open on a plane. Definitely the work of someone with far too much time on their hands. But way cool nonetheless. Includes high-def 720p display, the ring...
  • Blog Post: Kickin' It Old School on Xbox LIVE Arcade

    My colleague Brian Johnson has a neat article on xbox.com: Sometimes, I wonder what it must be like to be a kid nowadays. In a world where electronics dominate, do kids know about games and technologies that preceded the high resolution games of today? I did some digging. Are my kids really that far...
  • Blog Post: Wired Halo 3 Review

    Having just finished the single-player campaign mode myself, this review is very timely: So, here I am again: Standing on a sandy beach, near the edge of a pine-tree forest, hunched behind a stone outcropping -- while an army of bellowing aliens singe my armor with 3,000-degree bolts of plasma. Does...
  • Blog Post: Halo 3 Rocks

    OK, so I suppose it's no surprise. But after a couple of days of owning it, I am completely impressed with Halo 3. The first day I played through a good portion of campaign mode (on Normal...I'll surely try a harder level in the future). As suggested by the recent Wired Magazine article , it's clear...
  • Blog Post: Halo 3 Today - and More HD

    I'm jazzed. Later today, the UPS guy should arrive with a package for me that includes what will likely soon become the best-selling video game in history... Halo 3 . After all the waiting, it will be great to finally play through the full campaign mode, and experience the multiplayer action, save videos...
  • Blog Post: Halo 3 Diorama - "making of" video

    The Halo 3 "memorial" diorama site is just an amazing piece of work: http://halo3.com/believe There's also a "making of" video that is told from the perspective of a post-Halo 3 world: http://xboxmovies.teamxbox.com/xbox-360/5407/Halo-3-Believe-Diorama-Making-Of While I'm not completely sure how I feel...
  • Blog Post: Reviewed: Project Sylpheed and Space Giraffe

    Wired has a good review of two new flying games for the 360...Project Sylpheed and Space Giraffe (for XBOX Live Arcade). Here's some of what they say about the former: I enjoy spaceship-based videogames because it's easy to pretend you're actually piloting a spaceship. After all, who knows what vehicular...
  • Blog Post: The Science of Play

    Halo 3 is coming, and Wired has a really fascinating article on some of the effort that went into making the game fun for a variety of types of gamers: Sitting in an office chair and frowning slightly, Randy Pagulayan peers through a one-way mirror. The scene on the other side looks like the game room...
  • Blog Post: You don't tug on Superman's Cape...

    you don't spit into the wind, and you surely don't take the helmet off of the Master Chief : The face of the Master Chief is never revealed. His visor is solid reflective gold, like the faceplates of the Apollo astronauts. Halo's designers see the Master Chief's facelessness as a dramatic device, a way...
  • Blog Post: XNA Gamefest 2007 Coverage

    Here's some takeaways and slides from GameFest: What is covered in this article: Opening Key Note and Dream Build Play Winners What's New in XNA Game Studio 2.0 Understanding XNA Framework Performance Networking With the XNA Framework Partial textual transcripts are available from: John Sedlak...
  • Blog Post: BioShock: Like Myst, only Better...and Faster

    OK, so I guess I could probably do without the "ethical conundrums," when I'm trying to have fun, but having played the demo, I can confidently say that Bioshock is easily one of the most amazing looking games I've seen to date on the XBOX 360. It really is like Myst , only you have complete freedom...
  • Blog Post: Gamers and HD

    1up.com reports on lack of HD awareness among PS3 and XBOX 360 gamers: If so few are even aware of the HD functions, how many who are in-the-know are even taking advantage of it? Speaking anecdotally, my Dad picked up an HDTV a few years ago from Costco and every time I'm home, he's watching everything...
  • Blog Post: Xbox.com | Halo 3 Special Edition Console

    OK, this almost makes me glad that I haven't picked up an XBOX 360 Elite yet: In anticipation of this year's largest blockbuster game launch, Microsoft will offer the Xbox 360™ Halo® 3 Special Edition Console in September 2007. The console features an exclusive "Spartan green and gold" finish and comes...
  • Blog Post: My mom's a gamer!

    Well, not actually my mom... Lest we forget the really important date next month (yes, the availability of the Halo 3 beta is cool, but) which is Mother's Day, the XBOX team has a contest running called My Mom's a Gamer . See the site for details, but basically you write an essay about your mom and...
  • Blog Post: Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta coming in May!

    OK, so this announcement and vidoc is cool on several fronts: If you have a specially-marked copy of Crackdown (and I do), you'll be able to download and play the beta. The graphics look awesome. It's HALO! The folks at Bungie have a way with names. First, there was the mansierre (don...
  • Blog Post: Go Elite on April 29th!

    Very cool news on the XBOX 360 front... For those of you who are wondering how you're going to fit all the high-def movie and TV content currently on the XBOX Live Marketplace on to your 20GB hard drive on the current XBOX 360, wonder no more. According to this article in The Seattle Times, on April...
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