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pwned life…a battlefield 2 movie

There’s a battlefield 2 movie online for your viewing pleasure:

Kotaku writes:

“”The Pwned Life” apparently took a year to create and is voiced entirely by one man. It takes the form of a mockumentary on the life and times of a hardscrabble gang of soldiers, complete with soundtrack and interviews. Top-notch stuff and outstanding comedic timing.”


Source 1: http://www.jaredhudson.com/movies/pwnedlife.html

Source 2: http://www.kotaku.com

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XBox3000 TV – episode Mai 2006

Here we are – the newest episode of XBox3000 TV (german).


Download WMV (810 MB)
Download iPod kompatibles MP4 (340 MB)

Natürlich kann das ganze auch iPod kompatibel über den Podcast bezogen werden.

54 Minuten

Games-News:

  • Halo 3 kommt
  • Forza2
  • GTA 4
  • Xbox Live Update
  • Neue Call of Duty 2 Maps
  • Hitman Blood Money Demo
  • Neue Games auf der E3

E3

  • Major Nelson vs. Bill Gates

Gerüchte

  • HD DVD ohne digitalen Kopierschutz?

Über den Tellerrand

  • Sony E3 Press Con
  • Nintendo Wiiii

Games

  • Tischtennis bei Take 2!
  • PGR3 Entwickler machen „The Club“
  • LEGO Star Wars II

Weiteres:

  • Wir sparen für Xbox „DREI“

Gewinnspiel:

  • Preise von Wooosh.de

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Super Mario Bros. 2.5D

not really 3D… but not exactly 2D…well it’s 2.5D… and you can get it here.

Source: NES SMB 2.5D

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size matters: console size comparison

So someone created a comparison picture of all the current available non-handheld consoles. Damn this Nintendo Wii is small.

Source: Aeropause

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after more than 4 years…

… I am back playing a Mario game… soon:

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Indiana Jones and the FOUNTAIN of YOUTH

When you played and enjoyed the LucasArts Adventure “Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis” then this is great news for you:

“Fountain of Youth is a fan-made adventure game by a team of both Indiana Jones and computer game enthusiasts. A playable demo has been in development and has experienced quite a few delays, but is expected to be available soon – and the design of the full game, (after much revamping) is nearly complete – for development to begin by Fall 2005.

The project has been running almost 5 years, and has suffered several major setbacks. This website contains information about the game we are developing plus information on the developers, screenshots, downloads and much, much more. Just use the navigation bar on the left to find your way around.

We’ve had thousands of offers for translations of the game, thanks!!! Its great to have so much interest and help to hand (believe me, we will contact a lot of you – there’s lots of languages!!) If you CAN offer a translation we are very greatful – but please wait for the release of the demo before you decide how well a translation you can provide 🙂

We also hope to send out free DVD-cased editions of the demo and full-game once they are available to anyone who donates enough to cover the shipping. We also hope to create a special boxed edition of the game with a printed manual in the future.”

There is a demo available and the full game is expected soon.

Source: Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth

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Gamers Domino Day

Look what someone who has too much time created in Oblivion:

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one more step to photorealism

I came across a short movie which demos a new animation and graphic engine for all next-gen consoles and PC.

Yes, this actually IS a computer generated character:


The engine yet has some obvious problems with the mouth and teeth animation…but it’s just astonishing what’s possible these days. They even claim it’s in real time. Oh and the first appearence of this technology will be in an adventure game… great news, eh?

Source: http://www.gbase.ch/pc/downloads/3451.html

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Masterchiefs’ Warthog is a Peugeot…


I have to admint that when I first drove the Warthog in HALO 1 my first thought was “It’s a french car! The steering is so indirect and tipsy like in every french car I drove to this point.”


And who would have thought that I was right? (well beside of moi) It’s a PEUGEOT! It’s a concept car and therefore it’s worth a lot of money…though it lacks the turret on the back…



Source: Warthog Testdrive

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the XBOX Wii60…an offer you can’t deny!

It seems there is something around the next holiday-corner:

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XBox3000 TV – episode April 2006

Here we are – the newest episode of XBox3000 TV (german).





click to watch

Natürlich kann das ganze auch iPod kompatibel über den Podcast bezogen werden.

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HEXIC HD Soundtrack downloadable…

Finally the complete soundtrack of Hexic HD – a puzzle game that comes pre-installed with the XBOX 360 – is available for download. The composer himself made them available for everyone.

If you don’t know what Hexic HD is all about…take a look:

Source: http://web.mac.com/kingsalmonella/iWeb/Site/Jerry%20Schroeder.html

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wanna raise some gamerscore?

One of the new key features of XBOX Live! and XBOX 360 is the gamerscore. Every user has a gamerscore which simply is the number of points the user achieved in all the games he/she played.

Since the games more and more tend to NOT have any cheat-possibilities everyone likes to get some tips how to boost the gamerscore. That’s exactly what Achieve360points does. It lists all the available achievements for every XBOX 360 game and gives you some advise how to actually get them.

Source: http://www.achieve360points.com

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XBox3000 TV – episode March 2006

Here we are – the newsest episode of XBox3000 TV (german).


click to watch

Natürlich kann das ganze auch iPod kompatibel über den Podcast bezogen werden.

Games-News:

  • Mutiplayer Patch für CoD2
  • Halo kommt als Comic
  • Microsoft gibt Entwickler vollen Zugriff auf Xbox Live
  • Shane Kim Interview: Halo3, E3 2006 und PS3
  • Epic Records Partnerschaft mit Microsoft
  • Silent Hill 1 für 360
  • E-Sport.com
  • Ein Blick zum Konkurrenten: Playstation 3

Specials:

  • Samsung Euro Championship auf der CeBit 2006

Game-Previews:

  • The Outfit
  • Full Auto
  • Oblivion
  • Tomb Raider

Weiteres:

  • Wir sparen für Xbox „DREI“

Gewinnspiel:
Preise von THQ:

  • Faceplates „The Outfit“

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you think you can beat the machine? try geometry wars!

You don’t know Geometry Wars? Well… take a look:


As you can see: It’s colorful, it’s action, it’s real fun to play. I am playing it from time to time and my high-score is around 120.000 points… which is pathetic compared to the guy that created this video:

Just in case you haven’t noticed: more than 16.6 MILLION points…in one sitting.

Source: http://www.geometrywars.com

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the 360 PAL-50 bug…

You cannot believe how pissed I am because of this annoying bug. I first encountered it when I wanted to play the “The Outfit” demo. When I started the demo I got this:

Well – easy, eh? No. Because my box was never used with a standard TV set the standard setting of PAL-50 for a german XBOX 360 is untouched ever since. I am only using the HDTV output of the box since I don’t have a standard TV set handy at the moment.

The tricky part is that the demo just checks if the option is set to PAL-60 or PAL-50 and return with an error in case of PAL-50. It does not check if I actually use standard definition or high definition output… So just changing the PAL-50 option to PAL-60 would work around this check – BUT – the configuration dialog checks if I am using standard or high definition – which means it does not display the PAL-50/60 option – which means that I have to attach my 360 to a TV set and set the option… which is not possible because there is no TV set …

To make a long story short: I am not able to work around a bug that keeps me from playing now two games… the “The Outfit” demo and “Feeding frenzy” which showed up yesterday on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

Please fix this bug!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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has the XBOX 360 self-destruct integrated circuit?


Rumors and more rumors about the IBM eFuse circuits in the XBOX 360 CPU… Funny if it’s true and I can think of funny things to do with the CPU when modding is detected… B-)



(IBM)


“Some may say that I should strap on my tin foil hat, but in fact VID data is stored in the eFuses, it may be possible to shut power off to the CPU permanently or increase the core supply to the point of self-destruct.

Remember that VID “111111” or “111110” (VID order 4,3,2,1,0,5) indicated “NO CPU” therefore no supply power to the core.

This is just one possible scenario and may give new meaning to “FRAG your opponent”.


Source 1: XBOX CPU Design
Source 2: http://www.google.de/search?hl=de&q=efuse+IBM
Source 3: http://www.xbox-scene.com/tech-info-xbox360.php

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it’s on it’s way… Street fighting time…



…soooooooooooon on XBOX live Arcarde.

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you don’t like the new XBOX 360 dashboard /guide /blades /whatever?

Well it could be worse…



Source: http://www.majornelson.com

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PGR100… or: How to blow a marketing campaign…

Marketing campaigns are a great idea if you want to advertise a product. And if you’re going to do such a campaign you MUST do it right…otherwise you’re proper fucked.

As a proud XBOX 360 owner and racing simulation fan I tried to take part in such a marketing campaign. The campaign is called “PGR100” and is divided into 4 stages. I missed the first one and wanted to take part at the second stage BUT…there was no time/date scheduled when it’s going to take place… and I really don’t have the time to check twice daily if something new is up online – that anyways should not be necessary as I am subscribed to the newsletter…..BUT… well… Stage 2 took place on the 3rd of March…today it’s the 4th… and..guess what eMail I just got?… Yeah, you’re right!

CRAP! You bastards…oh wait…Stage 2 was “Are you the best PGR3 online commentator?”…which is just the lames thing possible to think of when it comes to racing simulations…

But as if the date faux-pas wasn’t enough they managed to get 4 typos into the small text from above…the intern did that right?

But back to the great campaign…that’s what the current campaign homepage looks like:

Let’s zoom in on the prices you can actually win:


Especially the last prices are… well… What’s the point in winning a XBOX 360 + the game Project Gotham Racing 3 when you actually have to own such a XBOX 360 and the game Project Gotham Racing 3? What would you do with another 360+Game? And who the fuck is DEFARI?

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I think I am to good for league 2…

…and Project Gotham Racing 3 is thinking it too…well sort of…


place 0 in league 2 what are you guys want to tell me?

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we want a Top Gear track in racing simulations…

For some game generations we have the Nürburgring in racing simulations. But now a new challenge: Top Gear is in my opinion one of the best car- and motor-sport magazines ever made (and coming up the next months again).

So this magazine has a test track where all the cars have to do a power lap to set a time.

And that’s exactly what I want to do: I want to set a time and compete with others on this track. Wouldn’t it be great? Even after Jeremy Clarksons Gran Turismo experiment where JC exercised on a PS2 and raced the real track afterwards…



Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/topgear

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XBox3000 TV – episode February 2006

Here we are – the newest episode of Xbox3000 TV (german).



Natürlich kann auch eine iPod/PSP Version der aktuellen Episode per Podcast empfangen werden. Einfach den Podcast abonnieren.

Games-News:

  • Medal of Honor Airborne angekündigt
  • Rainbow Six Critical Hour für Xbox360
  • Kommt noch Xbox1 Software?
  • Star Trek Legacy – neuer Kotor Konkurrent?
  • Splinter Cell Double Agent verschoben
  • Ghost Recon 2 Content!
  • New Xbox Live Arcade Games
  • Vorsicht mit Xbox 4GB Festplatten
  • Stargate SG1 angekündigt
  • Call of Duty 3 angekündigt
  • Festplatte zwingend notwendig!
  • Gerüchteküche…
  • Deutsche Casemod-Meisterschaft gestartet

Specials:

  • Interview mit Microsofts Xbox Live Product Manager Frank Halgasch

Gewinnspiel:
Preise von Microsoft

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 5 Xbox Live Kit
  • Conker T-Shirts
  • Perfect Dark Zero Kalender
  • Xbox1-Developer-Mousepads
  • bestickte Xbox Live Caps

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the 360 is back…

I’ve got my XBOX 360 back from the repairs. It’s not the one I sent in – it’s a shiny new one – I even had to update the dashboard to the current version.


So let’s see how long this one – produced on 29.12.2005 – will last…*fingers crossed*


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Kameo story podcast showing up…

Kameo is a great game for the 360 – and now the whole story is going to be told in a freely available podcast. That’s really great since it’s a professional produced one really worth the download.

Source 1: Podcast Feed

Source 2: www.kameo.com/default.htm

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policies…360 support…

So I called the XBOX support today – and: OMG! What a disappointing experience!



After I gave the support-chick the serial number and my mobile phone number for the fourth time (of course her computer was not responding…or something) everything was set up and she said:


Support: “Within the next two days you’ll receive a box where you put in your 360 console and the hard drive that came with it in your premium pack”

Me: “No. I won’t send you the hard drive. All the games I bought through Xbox Live and my save games are on this hard drive. If I sent it to you I’ll most likely will never see them again.”

Support: “Because you bought the premium version you have to send in the hard drive as well – it could be the hard drive that causes the error.”

Me: “No it could not. The error is the same even when the hard drive is not attached to the 360.”

Support: “It’s Microsoft policy that you send in the hard drive as well.”

Me: “So you’re telling me that I am going to loose all my save games because of Microsoft policy?”

Support: “Well you could copy your save games onto a memory card.”

Me: “Can I? You remember why I am calling? MY 360 IS NOT WORKING!”

Support: “Well you probably know someone who has a working one – you could copy it with his 360.”

Me: “I don’t know anyone who has gotten a 360 because they are sold out everywhere you ask for one…The next 360 I know of is in Munich – which is 320 km from where I am now.”

Support: “You could buy another 360 to copy the hard drive there…”

Me: “You’re kidding, are you? I am not going to send in my hard drive… I don’t care if it’s policy or not – if there is such a “oh your 360 is not working – and you’re thinking you’re save games are save?…bad mistake!”-policy…I am not going to send in my hard drive. What if I just buy another hard drive and send that in?”

Support: *thinking* That won’t work. You’ll have to send that hard drive in that came with your 360. Well you could just “forget” to send it in… *secretly* but I did not tell you that…

Me: The point is that I want a definitive and real solution – and no “haha you loose”-solution. Let me please talk to your team lead to help the situation.

Support: wait…

Team-Lead: Well you will have to send the hard drive in. That’s Microsoft policy – we didn’t make it…


There’s a lot I expected… but not that. What in all that’s holy is that supposed to be? If that’s the official policy… maybe I should just wait for a PS3…

So within the next two days I am going to send in the 360 without the hard drive – Stay tuned for more tales of interest…

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the day, the 360 died…

I was playing a relaxing round of Marble Blast Ultra and my 360 hangs…


Yes, I know that four red lights = A/V cable error…but it’s a great picture, isn’t it?

The symptoms:

  • does not boot
  • hangs while playing
  • all lights are green

And after all the 360 isn’t hot in any way. The PSU is cold – even the fans are off – the 360s fans are in low-speed mode… But if I wait several minutes and boot then it will boot into the guide and even start games… but will hang after some minutes of playing…

I made a video to lighten up the situation:


click to view…

P.S.: you can also download this video via the podcast link (see left)

I’ll talk to the support in a couple of hours…hopefully I get a replacement soon.

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it’s dead… obviosly a Xbox can swim…



oh dear, what a mess.


Source: kotaku

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XBox 3000 TV – Episode January 2006

We’re very proud to present the newest episode of XBox3000 TV. You can watch the WMV – oh and it’s in german.

Or you can get the iPod compatible version via the podcast rss feed.

P.S.: yes we know the sound is poor – Promise: next time it’s better.

Source: http://www.xbox3000.de

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they not only made mistakes: 7 things the 360 does better than anyone else

We’ve seen lists like “10 of Microsofts worst mistakes with the 360” and lists like “10 more of Microsofts worst mistakes with the 360” even followed by the “So what is this 360 anyway?” list.



But after all that complaints now we got it: list of “the 7 things the 360 does better than anyone else.” Go and read it. Because it’s really true.



Source: http://www.firingsquad.com/games/xbox_360_positive_features/default.asp

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Tokyo versus Project Gotham Racing 3 on the XBOX 360


There are three pictures floating in the net that show a comparison between the actual reality and the virtual reality that is painted by the XBOX 360 game Project Gotham Racing 3.


Have a look at these pictures:



click me



click me



click me


By the way: the upper part of the pictures is reality – the lower part is in-game graphics. What a shame that you usually drive past these beautiful environments with more than 270 km/h so you don’t even have a slight chance to even see this detail. But you actually can stop the car and have a look for yourself.

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XBOX 360 controller freaks out?


What’s that supposed to be? Some days ago one of the XBOX 360 wireless controllers made a lightshow every 15 seconds or so…



What was it that he wanted to tell me?

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Updateing Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 for Xbox 360 Media Extender use…


Some days ago I had an adventure with the current Windows XP Media Center 2005. I had to update the freshly installed MCE2005 to make it work with my Xbox 360. And because I wanted to play a bit with VMWares movie recording functionality I made some movies of the adventure:



updateing the MCE pt.1



updateing the MCE pt.2


hahar, it’s working!!


enjoy the movies… more of this with more interesting content is scheduled for the next week.

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slow, slower, slowest, Xbox Live! Marketplace


Man this is slow. It’s even slower than… well it’s so slow, you wouldn’t imagine how slow it is. What I am talking about? I am talking about the Xbox Live! Marketplace. The place where you can download trailers, demos ‘n stuff directly to your Xbox 360.


I was downloading some stuff and well – beside the point that there is no download queue and you HAVE TO stare at the progress bar while downloading, because the 3 core/6 hardware thread Xbox 360 can’t download in the background while you’re playing, it’s just unbelievable slow. And no: it’s not my connection to the internet. Downloads normally are around 500 kbyte/s to 8 Mbytes/s (yes, BYTES not BITS)…



this is where it starts…it’s 00:19 AM.



hmm.. it’s 00:23…the file is 130.77 Mbyte by the way…



done! Finally… it’s 01:19 AM… which means: it took actually 1 hour to download 130.77 Mbytes.


Is this the way they want to bring is IPTV?

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watercooling the 360… weren’t we promised watercooling for the launch?!

Weren’t we promised a watercooled 360 at first hand? There was this fabulous ourcolony movie for the viral marketing. And the guys there, which were supposed to be the engineers of the 360, said “and it’s got water inside”…pointing at the watercooled 360 mainboard and showing it into the camera…



Nothing of that became true as of today. The Retail-360 is a air-cooled gaming console with no water inside at all. But just till the guys from HardOCP got their hands into the game. They’re presenting you a watercooled 360 running at astonishing low temperatures:


“With stock Xbox 360 cooling, after an hour of Quake 4, the back of the motherboard temperature was 150.8ºF ( 66ºC ).

With the water cooled Xbox 360, after an hour of Quake 4, the back of the motherboard was a full 50ºF cooler than stock cooling at 101ºF ( 38.4ºC ).”


Source: http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=OTM5

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birthday cake: XBOX 360


Unexpected and very very sweet: When my friends arrived here at the congress center they brought a birthday cake for me… great! Thanks so much guys! I really appreciate it.


In fact – it’s the sweetest 360 i’ve ever seen.




Thanks to cosrahn, cutcat, thamthon, ahzf, agtmulda, maedness, mucki, yray,…

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more beautiful XBOX live webpart gamercard service…


MyGamerCard provides since some 40 days a service that allows you to put your XBOX live gamercard on your website or in web forum avatar pictures. Great service.



Source: http://mygamercard.net/

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so these next-gen consoles are all about circles? Sony vs. Microsoft

We all know the Xbox 360 Ring-of-Light green circles logo below. It’s just everywhere these days. So concentrate on the Ring-of-Light and scroll down:




Xbox 360 Ring-of-Light


So since this weekend the CES 2006 website of Sony is online. At the CES 2006 Sony is supposed to show details and in-depth information about the upcoming Playstation 3. And well the site looks more like if they have to tell us something about the Xbox 360:




Rings-of-Light?

This is quite funny – I wouldn’t bet it’s not a marketing gag but if it’s not it’s funny and stupid. Please Sony! More information on your vaporware!

Source: http://www.sony.com/ces/index.shtml

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custom 360 faceplates – cheap cheap cheap…


The standard faceplates available at the moment are about 19 Euro each – which is quite much money for a piece of plastic. This time facetags has some great pre-made faceplates and the offer that you can design your own custom faceplates. And everything for a reasonable price.



come, get some.


Source: http://www.facetags.com

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the Ring of Light



boot it up!

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working on Xbox3000.de

Not to many posts yesterday – the reason: I was working on the brand new Xbox3000.de Website.


Since some weeks the old website is offline – ready to be replaced by a brand new one: The plan is to get the new site up and running till the 22th of November – the date of the north-america launch of the XBOX 360.


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the 360 bundle… yeeeha.



It’s coming closer…closer…CLOSER!


by the way: AnandTech takes one apart

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what is simultaneous about the 360 launch?!

I read and heard this many times:


“Before the opening of the Tokyo Game Show in Japan, Microsoft will say that it plans to launch the Xbox 360 on Nov. 22 in North America, on Dec. 2 in Europe, and Dec. 10 in Japan. Mitch Koch, corporate vice president of global retail sales for the Xbox division, said in an interview that the company’s contract manufacturers are on schedule to simultaneously launch in all markets worldwide, something that has never been done before in the video game industry.”


So WHAT exactly is simultaneous about November 22th, December 2nd and December 10th?!


Wikipedia says:


“Simultaneity is the property of two events happening at the same time in at least ONE Reference frame”


It wouldn’t be that big problem for my understanding when they just won’t even pinpoint on the fact that “this has never been done before”… They are probably right: Never before a company managed to make us believe that November the 22th, Devenmber 2nd and December 10th are the exact same day.


nuff said.

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XBOX 360 AD… Jump in!



Source: http://dwl.xbox-scene.com/video/xbox360-ad.wmv

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the 360 typeface family…

Microsoft works seriously on it’s new products: One evidence for that is that they have custom typefaces for all of their upcoming products including the XBOX 360.


Ascender Corp. made a whole 6 typeface font family for the 360. Neat, isn’t it?



Source 1: Agenturblog
Source 2: Slanted Typo

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oh…what’s that about my pre-ordered XBOX 360?

Amazon writes me an eMail…entitled “an important message regarding your Xbox order”…well that does definitly not sound good:


“Wie Sie vielleicht schon gehört haben, ist Microsoft derzeit nicht in der Lage, genügend Xbox 360 Konsolen zu produzieren. Daher können wir Ihnen leider nicht garantieren, dass Sie Ihre Xbox 360 vor Weihnachten 2005 erhalten. In Kürze erwarten wir von Microsoft weitere Informationen zur Verfügbarkeit der Konsolen.”


I ordered my 360 on August 18th…that’s almost 3 months ago…and now they are telling me that they probably-maybe can’t ship one for me… DOH! I’ll go berserk when I do not have my 360 on December the 2nd…in fact…I’ll try to get one at the next stores…and send the Amazon 360 back if they manage to find one for me…nuff said.

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hex168 = 360


It seems that there is another cool viral concept going on these days regarding the upcoming Xbox 360 launch in november/december.



The point seems to be that the roman numbers I, VI, VIII in these crop-circles are 168. And all links point to the website hex168.com which shows us the same circle:



Since hex 168 is 360 decimal…


Sounds weird? Yes. Cool, eh?


Source: http://www.hex168.com

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it’s revealed… oh well… again: sort of… What is Origen?



So what is OrigenXbox360? It’s… I don’t really know. This viral marketing is going on and on like the first season of LOST. You are told some details – at least you think they are details….and then it’s some weird bunnies and trees and…


You see: It’s strange and it’s getting worse…of course you’re as ususal recommended to comment this article to exercise you’re right of free speech.


Source: http://www.origenxbox360.com

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Burnout Revenge is teh rock.

I did not really have the time to get into the game but it surely is a step forward. It’s faster it has better graphics… Just awesome!



Click to watch…turn the volume down..it’s LOUD

Source: Burnout Revenge

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How many polygon people fit on one racetrack?

Bizzare tried it… how many spectators/persons could you place beside the race track in a racing game like Project Gotham 3? – They got more than 35.000 people on one track… awesome!



Source 1: computergamesandvideo

Source 2: Bizzare

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