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It must be great to be a celebrity. Take rapper Lil' Wayne for example. In a GTR video clip, he tells about an Xbox he received from a friend that plays "every game from A-Z, Atari, Nintendo, pong, movies & even porn." Can you imagine? We didn't even know Microsoft made an Xbox like that, and here celebrities are getting them as gifts. ... What's that? ... It's a modded Xbox? Oh come on, now ...read more
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USA Today reports that Bungie's Master Chief-less, "glorified expansion pack" Halo 3: ODST has sold 2.5 million copies and brought in over $125 million since its release two weeks ago. Yesterday, our own Patrick Klepek argued in favor of Bungie's approach with ODST. In his piece, Patrick reasoned that should the game go on to be a financial success, which it clearly has, and it’s only ...read more
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X-Play's Abbie Heppe is a lucky one. She's up at Valve Software right now getting her hands on Left 4 Dead 2's newly announced "Scavenge" mode! While we sit patiently in Los Angeles for the game's November 17, 2009 release, she was kind enough to send back her impressions of the mode. "For the final rollout of Left 4 Dead 2 goodness before launch, Valve announced the new Scavenge mode. ...read more
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According to a leading business publication, Nintendo is the best company in the world. BusinessWeek contracted consulting firm A.T. Kearney to survey over 2,500 firms with sales greater than $10 billion to determine each company's median value growth rate and sales growth. After crunching the numbers, Nintendo is victorious. Google and Apple took the silver and bronze metal, and, in a ...read more
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"Xbox comes from a gaming heritage, and is expanding into a broader entertainment brand," Microsoft's Robbie Bach told us earlier today at its first Open House event in New York. Powering Xbox's expansion into "broader entertainment" is the upcoming Dashboard update, scheduled for beta release later this month. Four services included in the update will expand the 360's social networking and ...read more
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While it’s hard to feel sorry for a franchise as massively successful and critically acclaimed as Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the fact that, according to the game’s developers, Activision was deathly opposed to the idea of moving the franchise out of the World War II setting almost brings a tear to my eye. In an interview with the Official PlayStation Magazine ...read more
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As our more astute readers likely gathered from this very post's headline, another week has gone, so it's about time we checked in with Major Nelson to see what made his list of the most-played games on Xbox Live. Unsurprisingly, Bungie's dynamic duo of Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST managed to do well, taking the first and third spots, respectively -- Call of Duty 4 was in the second slot, while ...read more
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Speaking at the First Annual Microsoft Open House in NYC, Robbie Bach, president of the company's entertainment and devices division, was touting the strength of the 360 platform. Along with the impressive news that the results of 425 million games had been crunched for matchmaking, Bach also said that Avatar clothing had been changed more than 150 million times. When you divide that by the 20 ...read more
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The new motion controllers that Sony announced over the summer and that they showed off during E3 and Tokyo Game Show might have the codename 'Sphere,' according to a couple of developers at TGS who accidentally let the codename slip in interviews about the peripheral. Sega's Yasuhito Baba let the name slip in an interview, and, when asked if Gran Turismo would support 'Sphere,' Polyphony ...read more
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Over at Capcom Unity, they're polling individuals on what they would like to see in a localized version of the recently revealed Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition. In Japan, the title is coming on a new disc to the retail space, but Capcom is still entertaining different delivery solutions for North America and Europe, namely digital distribution as DLC for the original game. Since ...read more
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