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8 05 2007

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Upcoming Updates

4 05 2007

This blog will be updated a lot in the next days. Here are some new things. When the new blog is done, you will be automatically re-directed when you visit m4rk0551.co.nr

Please DO NOT visit m4rk0551.wordpress.com, it will not re-direct you the new blog.

New things:

  • New host. We are transferring from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. WordPress.org is more customizable and has javascript enabled, which is handy in many ways.
  • New theme/skin. A new, completely different and cool theme will be used in the new blog. It will be Xbox 360 color orientated.
  • Community Interviews will start taking place. Our current and upcoming one is showmaster. There will be a dedicated page to Community Interviews.

Comments, suggestions and feedback is appreciated.





Community Interviews

2 05 2007

I will start to provide Xbox 360 Community Interviews for all you blog readers out there. Every week, a Xbox 360 player will be interviewed, some will be popular and well know, while others will be cool gamers you have never heard of. Either way, it is a great way of finding out more about them, what they do, and what they play! Stick tuned for the first one coming soon.

If you have a person you would like to recommend, please leave a comment with the gamertag of the person you nominate.





4 New Gears of War Maps – May 3rd

1 05 2007

4 new Gears of War maps will be released this Thursday (May 3 2007) for Xbox Live users! The DLL will be called Hidden Fronts and it will all cost (all 4 maps) 800 MS points ($10 US).  Or alternatively you can wait until September 3 2007 when the 4 maps will be free to all users.

 

 

Bullet Marsh

 Bullet Marsh: In this Kryll-infested swamp, an old generator still powers the area lights. A few stray bullets could easily knock out the generator, leaving combatants to fend for themselves against the Kryll.

Garden

Garden: This overgrown and crumbling conservatory still has a working fertilization and pesticide system. This system can pose a serious hazard to anyone who ventures into the greenhouse without first venting the air.

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Process

Process: Teams must fight for control of this subterranean Imulsion processing plant, still active despite the cessation of the Pendulum wars.

 

 

Subway

Subway: Timgad’s Central Subway station used to serve as a central hub for commuters. Now the tunnels are crawling with Locust.

 

 

 





3 Arcade Games this Wednesday!

30 04 2007

Source: Major Nelson

THREE Arcade titles are dropping this week. Let me introduce this weeks additions to the Arcade Family:

Catan (800 points)
Centipede and Millipede (Packaged together for 400 points)

Full detail in the media alert below:

Legendary board game “Catan” arrives on Xbox LIVE Arcade

Brush up on your plans for expansion and hone your trading strategies because “Catan” is coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 this Wednesday, May 2 at 0900 GMT (2:00 a.m. Pacific).

“Catan” from Big Huge Games is the Xbox LIVE Arcade edition of the legendary multiplayer board game Settlers of Catan. With over 10 million units sold, Settlers of Catan is one of the most popular board games to hail from Europe, and has been translated into twenty-five languages from the original German.

“Catan” for Xbox LIVE Arcade puts players in the role of colonists on a newly discovered island, where they vie for control of valuable territory and resources through strategy and trading. The game can be learned in just minutes, but will challenge players of all skill levels, even the experts!

Klaus Teuber, creator of the original Settlers of Catan board game, had this to say about the collaboration with Big Huge Games: “I had no doubts that Brian Reynolds would do a great job, and the first version of the game exceeded my highest expectations. The AI is so clever that I even lost several games in a row! Hands down, this game for the Xbox LIVE Arcade is an amazing achievement.”

“Catan” will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points and is rated E for Everyone.

Game Features

  • Learn As You Play tutorial, making the game instantly accessible even to players who have never played “Settlers of Catan” before
  • All New 3D “Living World” Board
  • Play against any combination of 13 historical personalities such as Alexander, Cleopatra and Tokugawa, which provide a range of play styles and difficulty levels that will test players’ wits and strategy
  • Fans of the board game will enjoy the inclusion of popular house rules like Friendly Robber and Friendly Resources
  • Multiplayer gameplay over Xbox LIVE for up to 4 players
  • The ability to taunt opponents with engaging animations and use emotes to compliment (or belittle!) the opposition over Xbox LIVE
  • Voice Chat enabled
  • Earn up to 12 Achievements and 200 Gamerscore points

More information is available at http://www.xbox.com/games/livearcade and http://www.catanlive.com.
Arthropods Attack! “Centipede” and “Millipede” Invade Xbox LIVE Arcade

Two of Atari’s best loved coin-op classics, “Centipede” and “Millipede,” will be available for download on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 beginning Wednesday, May 2 at 0900 GMT (2:00 a.m. Pacific).

The classic version of “Centipede” challenges gamers to defend their villages against an onslaught of centipedes, spiders, army ants and more. Xbox LIVE Arcade gamers will also have access to an “Evolved” version which features pre-rendered, high definition graphics, special effects like motion blur, trails and particle-based explosions that make this classic as enjoyable today as it was in the arcade decades ago.

In “Millipede,” the primary challenge is to obliterate chains of arthropods that creep down from the top of the screen. Scattered mushrooms are the gamers’ main tool to shoot, destroy and redirect the menacing millipedes. “Millipede” also offers up Xbox LIVE Arcade gamers an “Evolved” version of this coin-op classic.

“Centipede” and “Millipede” will be available worldwide as a joint download for 400 Microsoft Points and are rated E for Everyone.

Game Features

  • Two games in one! Enjoy both classic and evolved versions of both “Centipede” and “Millipede”
  • Dolby Digital surround sound
  • Earn up to 12 Achievements and 200 Gamerscore points

More information is available at http://www.xbox.com/games/livearcade.





Links from the couch

28 04 2007

Some of the related links that where used in this week’s posts and recommended sites/blogs. (No specific order)

Game Videos (Spring Update)
1 UP (Gears of War Annex update)
Game Industry (Halo 3 BETA info)
YouTube (Halo 3 BETA gameplay; Now unavailable)
360GL (Gears of War Tournament)

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Good at Gears? Want some MS Points?

25 04 2007

If so, the guys over at 360GL are hosting a 4v4 tournament for Gears of War! The winning team wins 1600 MS Points for EACH member! So if you’re good, and have a clan already, participate now and earn your self some free MS points!

Visit 360GL for more information.

360 GL Tournament Flyer