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XBox 360 $99 60GB HDD Live Pack Available Next Week

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303w ago - According to Gamestop and a leaked Circuit City flier, the rumored 60GB HDD Live starter pack is really real and will be releasing next week.

The 60GB HDD Live pack includes a 60GB hard drive, a 3 month subscription to Xbox Live, a wired headset and ethernet cable all for $99.

Quite the steep price, but it works in terms of the console pricing between an Xbox 360 Arcade and Xbox 360 Pro.

But we're not justifying the price, and 100% agree that it's still way expensive.
 

Capcom Diplomatically Disses XBox Live

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304w ago - Microsoft's Xbox Live boasts an enormous user base, however, many of its users have been nothing short of vocal in criticizing the monthly subscription fee required to fully "jump in."

Supporters of the service often cited the flexible in-game chat capability as its primary edge over the PlayStation Network, but recent updates on the part of Sony have bridged that gap.

The addition of online capabilities to consoles allowed gamers to remotely connect to each other, but more importantly, from a publishers perspective, it created a viable means for digital distribution of content. On that note, both the PS3 and 360 next-gen consoles have infrastructures capable of delivering digital content to consumers, but which format do publishers prefer?

In a recent interview, Capcom's digital content product manager, John Diamonon, discussed the current digital distribution options available to publishers. Diamonon complimented the PSN service, and had the following to say about XBL:

"As far as Microsoft goes-how can I say this diplomatically-there are things I think they'd like to do to promote content in multiple ways, and I think they'll get there eventually... but they're not there yet."

It should also be noted that Sony recently granted Capcom...
 

Halo 3 Title Update on XBox 360 Live!

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308w ago - If you put your Halo 3 disc in your 360 right now you'll be to update to version 1.2.

The new addition the new Achievements that were discussed earlier, a new stats system and a few surprises that even the latest Bungie.net update won't divulge.

So as soon as we know, we'll tell you.
 

Xbox Live Arcade: Screwing the Little Guy

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312w ago - What was once billed as a tool to uplift indie developers has become just another method of trampling the little guy. What happened to XBLA?

What began as a passive experiment with some old arcade classics on the original Xbox has been reborn as one of the gaming industry's premier marketplaces. It seems like such a long time ago when the Xbox Live Arcade re-launched with the Xbox 360. In fact, it's been a little over two and a half years ago since the original Geometry Wars graced our hard drives. So much has changed since then.

Digital distribution on the 360 was hailed as a savior for the small time developers–a method of cutting the tether between big budgets and big ideas. Small projects or risky artistic games that had no chance of making it to retail (a market dominated by photo-realistic sequels and promotional tie-ins) could be made available to the public for cheap via download.

In this way, small teams could produce games within their means and have a cheap means to get their games to the public without having to go through the system of retail publishers which take a massive chunk of the profits for their services (marketing, distribution, manufacturing, and so on) and have a history of turning down even the most sure fire of hits (such as Sierra's Ghostbusters...Activision, what...
 

Xbox Live participates in youth voting drive

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313w ago - Americans will soon be able to use Xbox Live to register to vote in the November presidential elections.

Microsoft has signed a partnership with activist group Rock The Vote to boost interest in the upcoming election among young people. As part of the tie-up Xbox Live members will also be able to take part in polls to gauge their voting intentions.

A forum on Xbox Live will also be used to gather opinions from gamers that will be shared with candidates.

"To realize our goal of registering two million young Americans by this fall, we need to go where young Americans are," said Heather Smith, executive director of Rock the Vote, in a statement. "There's no doubt in our minds that many are on Xbox 360 and Xbox Live."

Microsoft said that the Rock The Vote campaign to use Xbox Live would begin on 25 August.

In the past Rock The Vote has also worked with MySpace to encourage bands that promote their music via the social networking site to get fans to register to vote.

Through the partnership with Rock The Vote, Microsoft is also planning to have a presence at the Republican and Democrat party conventions to educate politicians about it and its members views.

Some aspects of Xbox Live are free but for a monthly fee members can take on other...
 
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