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First batch of DLC for Fable II coming December 12th

In just a few short weeks, mega-hit Fable II will see the first of what most likely will be a slew of DLC offerings.

On December 12th, gamers will be able to grab the Knothole Island downloadable content pack
(800 Microsoft Points). “The remote island of Knothole is dying: its golden sands and lush vegetation are covered with snow, its people freezing, its treasures buried. Only a hero can face the trials of the three shrines to bring back the sunshine“.

Along with this Premium download, gamers will also find a free Fable II downloadable pack which will allow co-op play with players who have downloaded the Knothole Island pack. NOTE: Both co-op players MUST download the Knothole Island (Premium) pack in order to play new quests and enjoy the complete Knothole Island co-op experience. The free content bridges the gap for standard game co-op play only.

Whether you choose to download the Premium pack or the free pack, expect to receive some new free treats including Knight’s Boots, Assassins Gloves, a special Weight Loss Potion, collectible silver book and more. Players will also be able to check their standing in over 50 new Leaderboards on Lionhead.com.

And lastly, Lionhead Studios and Microsoft Game Studios have created an all-new Albion dashboard theme in celebration of the launch of the New Xbox Experience. This new Albion theme integrates beautifully with the NXE and will be available for 250 Microsoft Points.

Be sure to visit www.xbox.com/fable2 or www.lionhead.com/fable2 for more information.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Community, Game Companies, Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

Xbox LIVE features new Indie videos

Originally introduced at this year’s Comic-Con, Horror Meets Comedy will make its debut this Wednesday on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, this series of 8 comedic short films feature the unique perspective of some of the world’s most renowned horror directors including James Wan (“Saw”), David Slade (“30 Days of Night”) and James Gunn (“Slither”).

Another indie series to hit LIVE is actress/writer Felicia Day’s cult-classic “The Guild“. Co-produced by Day and Kim Evey (creator of web series “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show”) “The Guild” is a web sitcom about a group of online gamers and how they interact online and offline. Featuring Felicia Day (“House”, “Bring It On Again”) who stars as “Codex”, a struggling gaming addict, along with well known actors Jeff Lewis (“My Name Is Earl”, “According to Jim”) as “Vork” the Guildmaster, and Sandeep Parikh (creator of web series “Legend of Neil”) as Zaboo, Codex’s benevolent stalker. Season 1 of “The Guild” is available now for free on Xbox LIVE, with season 2 will premiering on the service tomorrow.

Other great content available at the Independent Video Channel in Xbox LIVE Marketplace includes:

  • The Jace Hall Show – The popular show features behind-the-scenes footage from game developers, as well interviews with actors, musicians, and athletes about games.
  • Red vs Blue – The show follows the civil war fighting of two opposing teams of soldiers in Blood Gulch. Seasons 1 & 2 are currently available on Xbox LIVE Independent Video channel, with seasons 3 & 4 coming soon.
  • Blind Ferret Entertainment – Some of their projects include “Player vs. Player” and “Ctrl+Alt+Del: The Animated Series”. New episodes will be going live on by end of year.
  • Major League Gaming – A multi-city gaming league where gaming tournaments are held and competitions are broadcast over television and on the internet. Xbox LIVE Independent Video channel with show 2007 series highlights and “Best of” specials live.

For more information on these and other indie offering, visit the Independent Videos page on Xbox.com.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Community, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

Me and my…Avatar

I was going through my new Avatar-inhabited Friends List last night when I realized something really sorta creepy…

I’ve met a number of people on my Friends List either in person or via video chat and I have to say that the majority of Avatars these folks have created looked amazingly similar to their real life selves! Obviously the Avatars are not “lifelike” in any way, but they can definitely take on a very accurate depiction of their makers. I almost found myself waving back at them.

Creepy….

November 21, 2008 Posted by | Community, Xbox LIVE | 4 Comments

We all got crabs!

That got your attention, didn’t it!

I mentioned in my previous post that there really wasn’t a whole heck of a lot I could share right now about last week’s Summit, however there are a few things that occurred that I can talk about and this happens to be one of them.

On Tuesday of last week, our hosts surprised us with a special dinner trip for some fresh seafood. What they didn’t tell us was they had made arrangements for us to tour the Deadliest Catch’s fishing vessel the Northwestern (which was docked for some routine maintenance) as well as a chance to go hands on with the upcoming Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm video game.

We were treated to some of the best salmon and king crab legs that I’ve ever had as we sat along the pier with crew members and their families. Afterwards, Matt Bradley, deck hand on the Northwestern, took us aboard for a close-up look within the ship. During the entire time we were there, they had 3 Xbox 360 units for us to experience the game.

I was able to get a short amount of time in playing one of the included mini-games which challenges players to maneuver a much smaller water craft along the choppy ocean, hitting check points as you go. Although this was still an incomplete build of the game, I along with others in the group, were very impressed with the way it looked and played. The “campaign” mode of DC:AS will allow players to manage all facets of their ship as they tackle the icy waters in search of the ultimate haul and the big payday. The game is on track for release in mid-May and after having had the chance to test drive it last week, I can say that I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the final version.

Below are some photos that I took while aboard the Northwestern, more of which can be viewed on my Flickr page.

April 21, 2008 Posted by | Community, Game Companies, Games, Pictures | Leave a comment

Great community folks

“Dude, where you been?”

I know I haven’t been around all that much over the past couple of weeks, although there are a couple of good reasons as to why. The first has to do with a job change that I won’t bore you with, but the second may be of a little more interest…

Last week I flew out to Seattle to attend Microsoft’s MVP Summit, an amazing event which brought together people from all over the world to collectively meet, exchange ideas and share feedback from the communities we are all involved in. While I really can’t discuss the majority of what went on during the event, I can tell you without reservation that the group of Xbox community members I met during my stay were among the friendliest, funniest and most passionate gamers I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time with.

Most of their websites, blogs and forums are linked under the “Xbox MVP Webring” listing here on TRB, but they all deserve an additional shout-out, so here goes (if I’ve missed anyone, I apologize. It wasn’t intentional):

Kamshaft

Peench

Morgon

Wiseguy

Mordeux (who I owe a dinner next year for taking all his $$ in poker)

Avid X3ro (who owes me an “optimal temperature coffee”)

Club 108

CraigN

MASTAglach820

BAPenguin

boid

litheon

El Hatton

MPDamon

Fatty Chubs

PMS Kitty

FragMaster B

Tbird

SpaceGhost2K

Knuckles Dawson

de menace

cjivan

And last but certainly not least: John, Tony, Chris, Nelson and Sara.

Thanks to all for a GREAT week!

April 21, 2008 Posted by | Community | Leave a comment

Battlestar Galactica Season Premiere Play & Win Sweepstakes!

My buddy Morgon at My GamerCard.net has joined forces with Sierra Online to host the Battlestar Galactica Season Premier Play & Win Sweepstakes where players will have a chance to win some very cool prizes including a die-cast mini model of the Colonial Viper Mark II and a script from an episode of Battlestar Galactica signed by cast and crew members!

The Sweepstakes runs from Midnight April 10th (Eastern US Time) through April 23rd 11:59 PM. For the complete list of rules and prizes, head over to http://www.mygamercard.net/bsgsweepstakes/.

April 4, 2008 Posted by | Community, Contests, Xbox LIVE, Xbox MVP Webring | Leave a comment

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 European charity event

 

In case you hadn’t noticed the RSS link to the story at XE, some friends of mine from across the pond, along with Gaming4Others.org, are working hard to raise funds for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children by way of an online Rainbow Six Vegas 2 tournament:

XboxGameZone, in association with Gaming4Others, are pleased to announce the first ever European charity gaming tournament to be held across Xbox LIVE. The event, which will take place on Ubisoft’s newly released Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2, will invite players and teams from across Europe to test their skills as they go head to head. But this time it’s not just about the winning – teams will be competing against each other to help raise money for NSPCC (registered charity – National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), have some fun and maybe even win some prizes along the way.”

Registration is now open with full details listed here.

List of the participating community sites:

http://www.xboxgamezone.co.uk
http://gaming4others.org
http://www.matchbox360.co.uk
http://www.msxbox-world.com
http://www.play2compete.com
http://www.wonderwallweb.com
http://www.xboxliveaddicts.co.uk
http://www.xboxlivenation.com
http://www.xboxelite.co.uk

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Charity, Community | Leave a comment

Faceplate give away at XboxAddict.com

The Faceplate Addict Forums over at XboxAddict.com are running a faceplate give away with prizes that include:

* A complete set of all five Eternal Sonata Faceplates
* A complete set of all five Ace Combat 6 Faceplates (four giveaways + the promo plate)
* Five codes for the Mass Effect “Bring Down The Sky” DLC, GRACIOUSLY donated by the fine folks at BioWare, Edmonton.
* One custom faceplate made by SpaceGhost2K

All the contest details are here!

March 28, 2008 Posted by | Community, Contests, Gaming websites, Xbox MVP Webring | Leave a comment

Official website for Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution

Sid Meier’s Civilization III and IV are two of my all-time favorite games on PC. In fact, the only game that I may have wasted more hours of my life playing would be the original Half-Life, so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t really excited about Civilization Revolution coming to Xbox 360 in June.

For those of you who also have June 3rd circled on the calendar, 2K Games have launched the official Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution website at www.civilizationrevolution.com. The site contains a ton of info regarding the new game including fun and interesting facts about the in-game Civilization leaders, screenshots, concept art, the official game trailer and more.

They also have a nice community section for fans of the game which includes a game forum, podcasts from the developers and the ability to sign-up for community updates. It’s a fun, nicely designed site about what will hopefully be an awesome game!

March 22, 2008 Posted by | Community, Games, Gaming websites | Leave a comment

3rd Annual Major League Baseball Video Game Tour announced by 2K Sports

For the third year in a row, 2K Sports will be taking their MLB franchise “on the road” with their Major League Baseball 2K8 Video Game Tour. This year’s event will feature six 2K Sports branded mobile entertainment trucks – each loaded with gaming stations – as the tour runs along both the East and West coasts simultaneously.

Tour goers will have a chance to play Major League Baseball 2K8 while jamming out to some great tunes. West Coast attendees will be joined by Sirius Satellite Radio DJ and emcee, Statik Selektah while the East Coast leg of the tour will feature Boston-based celebrity DJ, Eskillz as they deliver a variety of hot tracks and remixes from all of the best 2K Sports in-game soundtracks.

And that’s not all. Attendees can also participate in the “Major League Baseball 2K8 Home Run Derby” for a chance to win exclusive prizes from 2K Sports and Major League Baseball. Other giveaways include complimentary music cards and game demo discs plus, all participants will receive a $5.00 Best Buy discount coupon to purchase the game.

For more information on the Major League Baseball 2K8 Video Game Tour, including dates and locations for tour stops, head over to www.2ksports.com.

March 3, 2008 Posted by | Community, Contests, Game Companies, Games | Leave a comment

Arcade code giveaway!

I’ve been writing about other site’s giveaways for a while now so I figured it was time to have one of my own.

If you’d like a chance to win a download code for Rez HD or Tron from Xbox LIVE Arcade, just drop a comment in this post telling us about your favorite Arcade game and you’re entered! Two winners will be chosen at random to receive a code for one of the games. Please be sure to include your gamertag in your comment as winners will receive their code through an Xbox LIVE message.

The contest is open now and ends Wednesday March 5th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern so get posting!

* My thanks to the great folks who make up the Xbox 360 team at Microsoft for providing the codes to make this giveaway possible.

March 2, 2008 Posted by | Community, Contests | 41 Comments

Spotlight on Community – 360Voice.com

For the first entry in the “Spotlight on Community” series, I present to you 360Voice.com.

While the website drew initial attention from its unique and humorous “Give your Xbox its own blog” features, 360Voice.com has grown into one of the most comprehensive statistic-tracking websites in existence.

Members get their own personal page which includes their Xbox 360’s blog entries, a list of their most played games, world leaderboard standings, earned badges and more. Links within these lists lead you to even more refined statistics, giving you a finely detailed picture of your gaming prowess.

Ever wonder what happened to the Old Spice Experience Challenges that first appeared on Xbox.com? 360Voice.com has got ‘em. Members can join a challenge or start their own with winners receiving prizes from Microsoft Points cards to Best Buy gift cards and more.

What I find to be just as impressive as everything listed above is the fact that the three administrators of 360Voice.com all have full-time day jobs while managing the website in their spare time. That, my friends, is community dedication!

I highly recommend you check out their site. Membership is free and the resources they provide are outstanding!

February 25, 2008 Posted by | Community, Gaming websites, Spotlight on Community, Xbox MVP Webring | 7 Comments