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Two Seasons of Family Guy to Arrive on Xbox Live Tomorrow

It seems as though Xbox Live is becoming a very popular media distribution point, as more television shows and movies find themselves on the user-friendly service. Family Guy, the show full of non sequitors, dysfunctional characters, life lessons learned the hilarious way, and "all the awkward flashbacks you can handle" is going to start showing up on Xbox Live tomorrow. On September 2nd, only the first two seasons will be available, but the entire show should eventually find itself on there. There is no word as to how much each episode/season will cost.

Top Ten Xbox Live Arcade Games Listed

Microsoft did more than just show off their Xbox Live user base: they listed the ten most popular games in Xbox Live Arcade. Microsoft sorted the list by three categories: Most players, longest time played in one session, and longest time played total. The game with the most players is the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, while the longest-session game was Jewel Quest, and the longest-played game was Uno. Check out the rest of the list below.

Microsoft Claims 7 Million Xbox Live Users; 45 Million Downloads

At Gamefest 2007, Microsoft made a speech regarding just how successful Xbox Live is. Microsoft's Game Developer Group general manager Chris Satchell says that there are currently 7.1 million paying Xbox Live users, who have downloaded 45 million things off of Xbox Live. Furthermore, the attach rate for Xbox Live Arcade titles is over 7 titles per user, on average. Satchell points out that the Xbox Live Arcade attachment number has doubled in the past four months.

XBOX Live Arcade Adds Super Contra

Microsoft has announced that Konami's Super Contra will be available for purchase through the XBOX Live service on Wednesday for the price of 400 Microsoft Points, or $5. While the game will maintain it's classic look, players can choose a less nostalgic enhanced graphics version as they play alone or cooperatively. Super Contra is not the only new title available Wednesday. As reported yesterday Wing Commander Arena, a 3D remake, will be available for purchase for 800 Microsoft Points.

Xbox 360 hackers get around Xbox Live bannings

A new firmware replacement for the TS-H943 xbox360 drive features:
  • Defeats all current and some future Xbox Live detection attempts
  • Boots ONLY Stealth Xtreme Xbox 360 backups
  • Boots ONLY Stealth Xtreme Xbox 1 backups
  • Boots all Xbox 360 originals
  • Boots all Xbox 1 originals on Xbox 360
Use on Xbox Live at own risk!!

Microsoft Starts Banning Modded Xbox 360s on LIVE

It appears that Microsoft has managed to find a way to recognize Xbox360 consoles with modified firmwares (both Hitachi-LG and Toshiba-Samsung drives) and start banning them from the LIVE network. Even people using the new firmwares with disc-jitter added get banned. As a result, consumers who try to login to LIVE with a modified console will get an error code (Status Code: Z: 8015 - 190D) when trying to connect to the service. These users will not have their account automatically banned from LIVE, but they will no longer be able to access the service from the modified Xbox 360(console unique ID serial gets banned, not the LIVE account).

Rainbow Six: Vegas downloadable content now available on Xbox Live

Ubisoft has released a bunch of downloadable content for Rainbow Six: Vegas. For 800 Xbox Live points (roughly $10 USD), you can nab yourself two new gameplay modes and five new (three new and two re-done) multiplayer maps.

The new maps are:
  • Marshalling Yard
  • Roof
  • Doscala Restaurant
  • Border Town (redone)
  • Killhouse (redone)
The two new gameplay types are:
  • Assassination ("One team attempts to take out the other team's VIP during an escort mission")
  • Total Conquest ("King of the Multiple Hills").

Red vs Blue is available on Xbox Live Marketplace for $1 an episode

Wow, who was expecting this? Microsoft has decided to make the classic Halo 2 cartoons available for purchase on Xbox Live Marketplace. Currently, you can get the first 5 episodes for 80 Xbox Live points (about $1 USD) each. There are no combo deals as of yet. As more episodes come to Xbox Live Marketplace, we may start to see combo deals, allowing you to get a bulk quantity of Red vs. Blue for a discount price.

However, Microsoft may have a bit of competition from the actual author of Red vs. Blue. $20 will get you an entire season on DVD.

“Halo 3” Multiplayer Beta Hits Xbox LIVE Worldwide on May 16

REDMOND, Wash. - April 10, 2007 - Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios today confirmed the multiplayer beta of "Halo 3" will debut to audiences worldwide via Xbox LIVE on May 16 at 5 a.m. PDT and run through June 6 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Coming exclusively to the Xbox 360 console this fall, "Halo 3" is the highly anticipated third chapter in the groundbreaking "Halo" trilogy from legendary developers Bungie. "Halo 3" lets gamers experience Master Chief's greatest battle as he launches an epic mission to stop the Covenant, destroy the impending Flood threat and ultimately save mankind.

XBox Live network will be expanded to the PC

The former console entertainment system only service 'XBox Live' gets spread to the PC crowd as well Peter Moore from Microsoft announced lately. 'Windows Live' users will be able to play certain games together with people sitting infront of an XBox. One of the first games will be the Vista version of Halo 2. The release date for Halo 2 will be May 8th.
The cost for this service is 49.95$ a year for the Gold membership. The Silver membership is for free but you won't be able to utilize all the features of course.

Xbox Live Hits 6 Million Users

Microsoft has announced that there are now 6 million people subscribed to its Xbox Live service. This milestone has arrived four months ahead of schedule, with Microsoft originally aiming to hit 6 million by June this year. Since its launch in 2002, Xbox Live has now notched up a respectable 2.3 billion hours worth of network play between gamers - the equivalent of 260,000 years - with Halo 2 accounting for 710 million of those. More than 70% of Xbox Live users are actively using the market place to download new content, as Microsoft strives to encourage more people online. Xbox Live remains the most successful online service for a console, and represents the changing attitude of gamers as they become more and more accustomed to online gameplay. One interesting thing to note is that Microsoft does not give figures for the number of Gold and Silver members separately - the Silver membership is free but noticeably scaled down, without online gameplay.

Worms 'wiggles' onto Xbox Live Arcade

Microsoft said a while ago that they would start making more games, all of which were designed for multi-player action. According to 1Up, Worms marks the first of those games. For those of you that don't know, Worms is a multiplayer game with "funny little worms fighting it out with rocket launchers". It should become available on Xbox Live Arcade on March 7th for 800 points ($10).

Wing Commander will come to Xbox Live Arcade

Many of us know the Wing Commander series, which included real actors and spawned a, not very successful, movie. Electronic Arts is bringing the classic space game, which pitted humans versus the cat-like Kilrathi, to the Xbox Live Arcade. The game will feature up to 16-player deathmatches and the best players can compete and climb up a ladder board ranking system. It will be quite different than the original games, "Wing Commander Arena" is purely focused on shoot-em-up combat rather than extensive exploring and missions. The game should be available this summer. There has been no word if Mark Hamil will return to the series.

Clever man mods his car to play to Xbox Live on the road

We've all seen advertisements for in-car game systems, and we've also probably heard of power inverters that allow us to plug our electronics in on the road. However, this clever man has taken this a step further- Xbox Live on the road. Since his town, Mountain View, California, has free wireless internet thanks to Google, he could use it to do all manner of things. By setting up his Xbox 360 to use the towns wireless internet, all he had to do was put in an Xbox 360, an HDTV, and power them using two inverters. He secured the HDTV using zip ties and a mounting bracket. If someone wanted to try this mod from scratch, it would cost $4,000. Someone who already had an HDTV and an Xbox360 would probably spend around $200 ($100 for wifi adapter, $80 for powerful inverter, $20 for zip-ties).

Xbox Live Arcade games will become more original later this year

Xbox Live Arcade is a very complex piece of software. And what's more complicated are the games that go in the arcade. Of course, Microsoft knows that when they sell over 10 million consoles a year, they need more than just a bunch of simple shoot-em-ups you can find at any bowling alley/bar. And so, they have set requirements for the games that get on their arcade.
  • Games must be non-combatant and multi-player.
  • There need to be more board games
  • There needs to be a lot more original or "experimental" games.
Microsoft has often been criticizing for hosting a lot of old classics that have either been left alone or redone, essentially lacking new content. Microsoft is fixing this as fast as they can, which unfortunately is six to nine months per game.

Microsoft will offer rewards for people who play enough Xbox360

Microsoft and Old Spice teamed up, and are going to give Xbox Live gamers rewards for, well, playing their Xbox360. If you register for the program by February 12th, you are eligible for a wide variety of awards. To register for the program you need to "Have a valid Windows Live ID linked to your Xbox Live Gamertag; Be a legal resident of the United States (future contests will be available on a global scale) and be at least 13 years old." The awards are divided into three tiers, depending on how seriously you take gaming (Microsoft calls it your "gamerscore").
  • Level 1 (Gamers who have an annual gamerscore between 0-4,999 at time of entry): Game Picture, Dashboard theme, Contra for Xbox LIVE Arcade
  • Level 2 (5,000-9,999 annual gamerscore): Level 1 Package, 100 Microsoft Points and a contest T-shirt
  • Level 3 (10,000+ annual gamerscore): Level 1 Package, 200 Microsoft Points, contest T-shirt and Fusion Frenzy 2 In addition, Old Spice will give Level 1 and 2 the gift of experience by upgrading their Rewards Level for 2007.

The real challenge to Xbox Live: reaching the masses

One of the major features of Xbox(360) is internet gameplay. Xbox Live is one of the most important things separating the Xbox(360) from competition coming from Sony and Nintendo. However, most Xbox(360) owners do not use this feature. Only 10% of people owning an Xbox had an Xbox Live account, and 50% of Xbox360 owners have an Xbox Live Gold account.

While there are over 4 million owners of the $50-a-year Xbox Live Gold accounts, there are several reasons that this number is not much higher. The first and most important reason is an intimidation factor. Immature players who are pitted against very experienced players may be scared away from Xbox Live. There is also no shortage of "aggressive and sometime verbally abusive players" who can make even the best players stay off of Xbox Live. "A lot of casual gamers are intimidated by online in general, both in terms of the technology and the human competition," said Cole. "That's changing, but it still has a ways to go." In an attempt to make Xbox Live a friendlier service, Microsoft recently started an Xbox Live Video service, as we reported here.
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