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The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles to be released on disc

Bethesda Softworks announced today that they will be releasing The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles as a retail disc for Xbox 360 this October. Purchasers of the disc will now be able to experience the expansion pack for the uber-hit The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion without needing to download it from Marketplace.

But that’s not all! Bethesda has also revealed that The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine, another very popular content download on LIVE, will also be included on the disc.

And lastly, if you think you may need some help moving successfully through the world of Oblivion, Prima plans to release a Game of the Year edition of the Oblivion Game Guide which, at a eye-popping 496 pages, covers all content that has been released for Oblivion to date.

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September 6, 2007 Posted by | Console, Games, Gaming publications, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

My Zune article in OXM

I’d held off mentioning that Official Xbox Magazine was planning to publish an article that I had written regarding how Zune might benefit from integrating gaming as a feature for the player, but now that the October issue has been released, I thought now would be a good time to share the info.

If you’re a regular reader of the magazine, I would love to hear your feedback on the article’s subject matter. For everyone else, I strongly suggest you go out and pick up the October issue right away! 😀

August 21, 2007 Posted by | Gaming publications, Xbox LIVE | 5 Comments

It’s all about respect

Curious if anyone else thought Infinity Ward dissed Treyarch last night when they refered to Call of Duty 4 as coming “hot off the heels of Call of Duty 2”.

I probably wouldn’t have even paid attention to the statement except for the fact that Game Informer ran a recent article on their first hands-on with CoD4 and inferred that Infinity Ward didn’t seem to acknowledge Call of Duty 3 as part of the series. Apparently, the executable file that I.W. ran for their demo that day was named “COD3.exe”

Or maybe I’m reading too much into this one…

July 11, 2007 Posted by | Console, Games, Gaming publications | 5 Comments

An interesting read

Sorry for going a bit off-topic here, but I’ve been reading an interesting book regarding cheating in the world of MMORPG games and I thought it worth sharing.

Written by computer security experts Greg Holund and Gary McGraw, Exploiting Online Games: Cheating Massively Distributed Systems goes into great detail on how and why gamers cheat, the tools they use and the security measures game publishers put into place to try and catch them. I’m not an MMORPG dude myself, but I’ve still found the book to be a great read. However, for those of you who are — especially WoW players — this book will let you know what you’re up against. 

Another area of the book I found to be interesting are the measures that game companies use to try and catch cheaters. In some cases, their EULA statements grant them permission to view and transfer nearly any file on your system that they want. All at the expense of your privicy.

The book is due out mid-July and although I did receive a promotional manuscript copy, I have NO vested interest in the publication. I just enjoyed it and thought I would share 🙂

July 8, 2007 Posted by | Books, Games, Gaming publications | 5 Comments