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Rumor: 360 Spring Update has Motion Sensor & Game Installs?

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341w ago - If Microsoft follows the same schedule it did last year, the Spring system update for the Xbox 360 should be right around the corner.

Today, an alleged and wholly unconfirmed list of changes included in the "Q2 2008" update was sent to us, supposedly forwarded from an internal source. The full list features about 80 new feature additions, tweaks and changes but was purported to be incomplete and subject to change.

Some are simply interesting as curiosities, such as an option to purchase Xbox Live memberships for charities and the addition of a Media section for audio delivered through feeds, such as podcasts. Others sound more feature robust, such as Windows Live Mail integration and an expanded "Inside Xbox" with news, weather, entertainment, help and community features.

Perhaps the most interesting additions are "Calibration options for motion sensor devices" for the Dashboard and "Support for titles to store installation data on Storage Device for faster loading" for Games. If true, the former would lend further credibility to frequent rumors that Microsoft is planning to introduce a motion controller for the Xbox 360.

The ability to store installation data on a hard drive–as is done with some PlayStation 3 games–would certainly be a welcome option, if that's how the wording...
 

Fallout 3: Now at 500 different endings, more details

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341w ago - Months ago, we heard that Fallout 3 will have 12 different endings. Back in March, this number shot up to 200. Now, new details on from Game Informer reveals that this number shot up again: now there are 500 different variations to the ending cutscene.

Good luck to completists out there who'll want to watch each one. Here are the rest of the info for Fallout 3 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC) as revealed on Game Informer:

- They'll handle the ending as a dynamic cutscene that changes depending on specific decisions you make. Right now there are over 500 variations of the cutscene.

- You can talk to Dogmeat although he only barks and wags his tail. But they say you always tell if he agrees or disagrees with you.

- There are no guilds like in Oblivion. You just go around doing different quests for various groups.

- The world is entirely open from the start although certain areas can be difficult at the start.

- There will be licensed music from the 40's and 50's. Songs and artists include Ink Spots"I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire", Bob Crosby's "Way Back Home", and Roy Brown's "Butcher Pete".

- There are no vehicles.

- The game has gotten bigger since the initial announcement. They've had to remove some features but they say they...
 

Valhalla Knights 2 Announced for PSP

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342w ago - In a press release sent out today announcing a partnership between Marvelous Entertainment and XSEED Games, Valhalla Knights 2 was officially announced and scheduled for a fall 2008 release. This is the first title that will be published and distributed by the newly formed partnership.

Valhalla Knights 2 is the sequel to the original Valhalla Knights for Sony's portable system. Valhalla Knights 2 will, according to the press release, add new job classes, races, weapons, spells and other items for RPG enthusiasts. Gamers will be able to experience six-on-six tactical battles during gameplay and the title will also feature two-player ad-hoc support.

"Valhalla Knights 2 will carry on the legacy its predecessor established as a beloved game in any RPG player's library," says Ken Berry, marketing and sales at XSEED.

"We appreciate this game being the first in our co-publishing partnership with Marvelous Entertainment as it will help to set the quality standard high for all future games coming out of this deal."

The press release ends by noting that more games -- along with additional details on Valhalla Knights 2 -- will be announced in the near future.
 

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Casting Call

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342w ago - Welcome Ladies and Gents, to another edition of Casting Call. This week we take a look at one of the PS3's true gems, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.

Now with three Tomb Raider movies, two National Treasures, three Indiana Jones movies, the new one on the way and a bunch of movies starring Michael Douglas, who the hell needs another treasure hunting movie? We do dammit!

As if we could ever get enough of them. Uncharted follows the adventure of Nathan Drake, who is accompanied by his friend Victor "Sully" Sullivan and a journalist name Elena Fisher (in the hopes of filming the a blockbusting documentary).

When coordinates inscribed on a family ring lead Nathan to the coffin of his ancestor, Sir Francis Drake, the famous pirate, he finds a diary that points him to the fabled city of El Dorado. Action, explosions and adventure ensues.

So then, a great plot for a movie.

The Cast:

1. Nathan Drake - Nathan Fillion

Many fans of the series believe that Naughty Dog just don't want to admit that they modeled the game's hero after Nathan Fillion. Heck, they even share first names!

Nathan Fillion is one of those actors who you recognise but just can't remember where you've seen him. If you are one of those people, let me help...
 

Westin Hotels get specially designed Wii that doesn't need discs

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343w ago - Nintendo and Westin Hotels & Resorts announced a partnership today that will allow guests to experience the Wii at their hotels and WestinWORKOUT fitness centers.

The special Wii system will be updated automatically with hot new Wii games as they become available and includes features to simplify system management for the hotel property.

A simple new game menu makes it easy to jump in and play without inserting game discs, and each property can manage what games are offered and how game data is stored.

Press Release: Westin Hotels Want to Play...

Westin Announces Industry-First Partnership with Nintendo
Becomes the First to Adopt Nintendo's Specially Designed Wii Console for Hospitality Industry; Announces Plans for Integration of Wii Fit

REDMOND, Wash., & WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tennis, anyone? Nintendo and Westin Hotels & Resorts announce a partnership today that will allow guests to experience the Wii™ sensation with a special version of the console ideally suited for use in the hotel environment. Westin Hotels is the first hotel company to partner with Nintendo for its Wii console and will feature this specially designed console as part of the brand's WestinWORKOUT program at 10 hotels across the United States.

The special...
 
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