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Rez HD and Chestmaster Live Coming to XBLA


Microsoft announced that gamers will be receiving Q Entertainment’s eagerly anticipated “Rez HD” (pictured above) on Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) along with Ubisoft’s “Chestmaster Live.” Both of these titles will be available on XBLA on Wed. Jan. 30, 08 for 800 Microsoft points ($10.00 USD).

I didn’t get a chance to play Rez when it was originally released on the Sega Dreamcast so I look forward to playing this game in all of its rumble glory (check out this article by Kotaku for more info on the rumble features).

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Amazon to Begin International Rollout of Amazon MP3 in 2008

Finally international customers will get a taste of the first DRM free digital music store as Amazon expects to open their MP3 music store globally. No word yet on exactly when the service will hit a particular location. Here’s a sampling of the official press release.

We have received thousands of e-mails from Amazon customers around the world asking us when we will make Amazon MP3 available outside of the U.S. They can’t wait to choose from the biggest selection of high-quality, low-priced DRM-free MP3 music downloads which play on virtually any music device they own today or will own in the future,” said Bill Carr, Vice President of Digital Music. “We are excited to tell those customers today that Amazon MP3 is going international this year.

Amazon MP3 launched in the US in Sep. 07, and includes over 3.3 million songs from more than 270,000 artists. Songs are priced at $.89 each, while albums range from $5.99 to $9.99.

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Sessler on Fox News’ Mass Stupidity

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Mass Effect Turns Your Xbox Into a “Se”Xbox

Fox News recently ran a segment on the brief sex and nudity found in the Xbox 360 exclusive “Mass Effect“. The news agency claims that the title should have received an Adults Only rating from the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board). Recently Game Head’s (Spike TV) Geoff Keighley went on Fox News to defend the game and give his opinions about the inaccuracies pertaining to the original newscast. Below is a YouTube embed of the Keighley segment on the news program.

The disappointing aspect about all of this is the fact that the folks criticizing Mass Effect have never actually played the game.

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Ex-Naughty Dogs Form Steel Penny Games

Former Naughty Dog (creators of the “Crash Bandicoot series and the “Jak and Daxter” franchise) employees Jason Hughes and Andrew Gilmour have opened up a new game development studio titled “Steel Penny Games”, which will focus on developing downloadable Nintendo Wii titles for the upcoming WiiWare channel. According to the press release, the new studio designed a proprietary engine that’s geared toward the Wii capabilities, and in the process creating a new intellectual property that will span a series of new titles for the console.

I am impressed with the egalitarian approach Nintendo has taken toward WiiWare developers. It allows the risk burden to shift back onto the creative developers,” explained Steel Penny Games president Jason Hughes.

The new title will blend fantasy themes with various puzzle elements. No word yet on when we can expect to play this title. WiiWare content is expected to launch within the next few months.

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Peggle on iPhone OS Available for $0.99

The iPhone OS version PopCap Games‘ highly addictive “Peggle” is available for $0.99 through the iTunes App Store. The catch is that you have until midnight on June 14 to make the purchase. Be warned though, you might have a hard time doing anything else but play Peggle on your iPhone/iPod Touch.

All Your Entertainment in One… Xbox

On June 1, 2009, Microsoft announced several entertainment focused add-ons to its Xbox Live Service during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California. Following the keynote, one thing seemed clear, the Redmond Software giant is poised to push its Xbox 360 platform as the media-centric device for your living room. “Our goal has been […]

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E3 2009

E3 kicks off in a few days. I’m interested in seeing what will be brought to the table. Surely there will be alot to talk about in the next few days.

Fallout 3: The Pitt Now Available

This one’s for those looking for some extra “Fallout 3” playtime. The Xbox only downloadable content, “The Pitt” is available for purchase through the Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 Microsoft points and weighs in at 492MB . Below is a blurb taken from the XBLA Marketplace: “Pittsburgh was once the industrial center of the pre-war […]

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