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Valve brings lag-free servers to Xbox Live November 26, 2009

Posted by Chris McKenna in Valve, Xbox 360, Xbox Live.
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Laaaaaaaag!

Xbox 360 users witnessed  a Thanksgiving miracle today as Valve updated their Left 4 Dead 2 network infrastructure for Xbox Live. The developer promises “lag-free” servers for 360 users.

I’ve been waiting for this news ever since the launch of L4D2. The game is hard enough as it is without debilitating lag, and I can’t wait to get back to the silky-smooth zombie goodness.

Well…I’m Hard July 24, 2009

Posted by David Sydiongco in Action, Games, Xbox 360.
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One lucky bastard got to take this beauty home with them today. The one-shot Bayonetta Xbox 360 was produced by Platinum Games, who held a special event with Sega. There, players got some play time with the frighteningly arousing long-legged seductress. To get the first come first serve tickets to this event, attendees had two options:

dress up as a Sega character and attend a Sega blog cosplay event,

or

Dress up as Bayonetta, and get one step closer to that Suicide Girls gig you’re inevitably destined for.

More pictures after the break.

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Magic: The Gathering on XBLA the 17th June 5, 2009

Posted by Chris McKenna in News, Xbox Live.
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Xbox Live is bringing us a lot in these next few months: Last.fm, Twitter, Facebook, and now, Magic: The Gathering.

Duels of the Planeswalkers, set for release June 17th, has a lot to offer at an estimated 40 hours of singleplayer campaign, 8 playable decks and over 280 cards.

Playing through the campaign unlocks cards and decks to customize your Duels experience. The game has been designed to assure whatever deck you make will be properly balanced – so you won’t find any Big Furry Monsters in this game.

As with any good Magic game, the fun is in the duels – you can play either head-to-head against or cooperatively with other players over Xbox Live.

Or, if you’re more of a people person you can challenge up to 3 other players in an all out free-for-all battle.

Players will also recieve a physical card with purchase – and it’s a damn good one, too.

Check out Duels of the Planeswalkers on Xbox Live Arcade on the 17th and look for our review soon after.

/nerdgasm.

Microsoft at E3:10 new games premiered June 1, 2009

Posted by Chris McKenna in Games, Gaming Press, News, Xbox 360.
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Microsoft unveiled a new batch of games, discussed their new Xbox Live features, and announced one of their most ambitious hardware updates at their E3 press conference in Los Angeles.

Hit the jump for a quick breakdown of the proceedings:

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Liberty City glams up this Fall with “The Ballad of Gay Tony” May 26, 2009

Posted by David Sydiongco in DLC, Games, News, Uncategorized, Xbox 360.
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GTA THE BALLAD OF GAY TONY

The tales of Liberty City continue this Fall in the second Microsoft exclusive Grand Theft Auto IV episodic expansion pack, “The Ballad of Gay Tony,” at the price of 1600 MS Points ($20.00).

With neon-soaked flair, this Liberty City story will contrast heavily with the gritty biker underground of “The Lost & Damned.”

Players will assume of the role Luis Lopez as he serves as both street hoodlum and full-time assistant to nightclub giant Tony “Gay Tony” Prince, who was featured in Niko Belic’s misadventures of GTA IV. Lopez will have his work cut out for him as he contends with a world of “competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.”

It will be interesting to see how Rockstar handles the apparent homosexual aspects of characters in this expansion. The stereotypical flamboyance of Bernie Crane in GTA IV, and the unnecessary crotch-shot of “The Lost & Damned” have shown that mature depiction isn’t exactly high on Rockstar North’s priority list. Still, chasing down homophobes with a RPG in GTA IV has always put a smile on my face.

It’s unfortunate to see that Niko Belic’s story will not be continued in this particular DLC. Hopefully, Luis Lopez will prove to be a much more interesting protagonist than the poor-man’s Ben Throttle of the last expansion.

Via [Destructoid]

Via [Joystiq]