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New The Maw Deleted Scene Released

A new deleted scene was released for the Xbox Live Arcade title “The Maw”. The new level, titled River Redirect, will set you back 100 Microsoft points for the purchase. The game also gives you the opportunity to score another 15 achievement points.

The extra content is available now through the Xbox Live Marketplace.

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Watchmen: The End Is Nigh is This Week’s XBLA Release

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Make it a “Watchmen” week on Xbox LIVE Arcade The highly anticipated movie doesn’t hit theaters until this Friday, but you can spring into action two days earlier with “Watchmen: The End Is Nigh” on Xbox LIVE Arcade this Wednesday, March 4, at 9 a.m. GMT (2:00 a.m. PDT). Underboss has escaped from prison and only you as a masked vigilante can save the city.

Scour alleys and rooftops as Rorschach or Nite Owl, and brutally fight off up to 20 enemies simultaneously – all before the action heroes make it onto the big screen. Maximize your efforts with friends in split screen co-op multiplayer competition, or tackle the crime and terror solo in this week’s six- chapter game.

Published by WB Games and developed by Deadline Games, Watchmen: The End Is Nigh will be available for 1600 Microsoft Points ($20) worldwide, excluding Asia, Japan and Portugal. The game is rated M for Mature by the ESRB.  

Click here for more details on Watchmen: The End Is Nigh. The game will also be released on the PC (through Valve’s Steam) and on the PS3 (via PlayStation Network).

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Gaming Bandwidth Usage

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Over the weekend I decided to do some online gaming while monitoring my bandwidth usage at the same time. I’ve been interested in doing so for a long time now due to the recent trend of Internet service providers (ISP) capping their bandwidth. I started keeping an eye on my bandwidth needs several months ago in case my own ISP eventually decides to implement its own cap, which has been the rumor now for nearly six months.

After playing approximately five hours online, I noticed that my upstream bandwidth was well over 500MB (the rough estimate was measured using DD-WRT V24-sp1 on my Linksys WRT54G router). I ended up playing a few hours of “NHL 07” on the PlayStation Portable, which was followed with a few sessions of “NHL 09” and “Gears of War 2” on Xbox Live.

Without going into exact analysis, a hardcore gamer playing about two hours of daily online gameplay would end up using about 6GB a month (this is without taking into account the patches and add-ons that are being released on a regular basis). Considering that a 720p movie rental through the Xbox Live Marketplace is roughly 6GB, online gaming isn’t too bad in the grand scheme of things. But the bandwidth can quickly add up on one’s ISP account over time.

Now that we are living in a digital world that has HD downloads/streaming, podcasting and online gaming, among others, bandwidth caps don’t make any sense. With the amount of legal HD content on the web, an average user could easily go through their allocated bandwidth before the end of the month, which would lead to additional charges or interruption of service depending on the ISP.

Hopefully one of these major ISPs will eventually wake up and realize that we are currently living in a GB world that’s headed towards an HD revolution, which will eventually hit the half a terabyte range within the next few years.

Expect a follow-up in April as I will be making a full analysis of this month’s usage.

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Titan Pack for Unreal Tournament 3 Announced

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Fraggers rejoice, Midway and Epic Games Officially Announce the FREE Titan Pack for Unreal Tournament 3

New maps. New units. New vehicles. New characters. The most content ever added to an FPS, and all for free! Midway and Epic Games have officially confirmed the Titan Pack is coming to “Unreal Tournament 3” for the PC and PlayStation3 March 5, 2009. This bonus content takes the award-winning shooter to a whole new level.

The Titan Pack introduces 11 new multiplayer maps for maps for Deathmatch, CTF, Vehicle CTF and Warfare modes, plus eight popular maps from the first UT3 bonus pack and Xbox 360 version. In addition, players will experience two new game modes: Greed mode, a “tug of war” style kill points battle, and Betrayal mode, a cutthroat style of play where alliances and teams can shift fluidly through a match.

No word yet on when, or if this content will be arriving on the Xbox 360.

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A Busy Week for The Xbox Live Marketplace

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A weakened economy won’t put a dent on Xbox Live Marketplace releases this week as we’ll be seeing a slew of game add-ons and new Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) titles.

For starters, the eagerly anticipated “Grand Theft Auto IV” expansion pack “The Lost and Damned” is now available in the Live Marketplace for 1600 Microsoft points (MSP). The Xbox 360 exclusive gives you the opportunity to play through a new Liberty City story established around a biker gang. Stay tuned for a cameo by every ones favorite GTA IV lead, Niko Belic.

Two games will be joining the Xbox Live Arcade roster this week. Taito Corporation’s “Exit 2” and Snowblind Studios’ “Death Tank” will be available 02/18/09 for 800 MSP a piece.

Folks who believed that XBLA game “The Maw” was a little too short will be able to continue their adventure on Wed. The deleted scene, known as “Brute Force” will give gamers the opportunity to play through one more level of the one month old XBLA title. The first of three deleted scenes will set gamers back 100 MSP.

Also, “Burnout Paradise” fans will be happy to learn that the long awaited Legendary Cars downloadable pack will be available on Thursday for 600 Microsoft points. The pack includes four cars based on popular 80’s franchises such as Ghostbusters and Knight Rider. The cars can be purchased individually at 160 MSP each, with the exception of the Back to the Future themed Jensen, which will retail at 320 MSP.

As you can clearly see, the Xbox Live Marketplace has a little something for everybody. As much as this will be an entertaining week, your bank account will definitely feel a little lighter thanks to these downloads. Voila, a perfect argument for those who believe that the gaming industry is recession proof.

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Fallout 3: The Pitt Now Available

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