Saturday, October 14, 2006
The Mole: Xbox Live takes a day off
Slackers - Starting midnight Pacific time on Tuesday October 17 Microsoft will be shutting down Xbox.com and Xbox Live for 24 hours. What the heck for? To update Xbox Live and Xbox.com. Microsoft isn't giving any clues as to what the updates are except to say that its not a dashboard update and its going to be "cool".
Here are some things, courtesy of Xbox.com, that have happened on October 17th.
1931: Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion.
1933: Physicist Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.
1945: Col. Juan Peron staged a coup, becoming absolute ruler of Argentina (don't cry for me Madonna!).
1979: Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
Bada Bing! - Last night I watched a half hour preview on HBO for the new PS2 game The Sopranos: Road to Respect, which comes out November 7th. As a big Sopranos fan I'm pretty excited about this game and the preview show just added to my anticipation. The graphics don't look particularly good but the story line looks great. HBO plays things a million times so if you're interested, check it out.
Gearheads - For those of you anxious to get into the world of Gears of War early, here's your chance. Head to http://www.gearsofwar.com/ to get into the head of main character Marcus Fenix and chat with other gamers. The site is kinda kooky but I like it.
Dig 'Frickin' Dug? - Microsoft released Dig Dug for Xbox Live Arcade on Wednesday, leading to my monthly email to one of my contacts there asking about Cyberball. His response? After initially confusing Totemball with Cyberball (kids today) he said he has no idea when Cyberball will be released. I then proceeded to put my head on my computer and cry myself to sleep.
Rock On! - Here's the complete playlist for PS2's Guitar Hero 2, coming out November 7.
1. Opening Licks
Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil, Danzig - Mother, Cheap Trick - Surrender, Wolfmother - Woman, Spinal Tap - Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight
Kiss - Strutter, Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box, Police - Message in a Bottle, Van Halen - You Really Got Me, Kansas - Carry on Wayward Son
Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench, Alice in Chains - Them Bones, Iggy Pop and the Stooges - Search and Destroy, Pretenders - Tattooed Love Boys, Black Sabbath - War Pigs
4. Thrash and Burn
Warrant - Cherry Pie, Butthole Surfers - Who Was in My Room Last Night, Mathew Sweet - Girlfriend, Rolling Stones - Can't You Hear Me Knockin', Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
5. Return of the Shred
Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name, Primus - John the Fisherman, Sword - Freya, Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation, Aerosmith - Last Child
6. Relentless Riffs
Heart - Crazy on You, Stone Temple Pilots - Tripping on a Hole in a Paper Heart, Stray Cats - Rock This Town, Allman Brothers - Jessica, Jane's Addiction - Stop
7. Furious Fretwork
Anthrax - Madhouse, Living End - Carry Me Home, Lamb of God - Laid to Rest, Reverend Horton Heat - Psychobilly Freakout, Rush - YYZ
Avenged Sevenfold - Beast and the Harlot, Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized, Dick Dale - Misirlou, Megadeth - Hangar 18, Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
And finally... - EA announced late last week that Medal of Honor heroes will be released exclusively for the PSP on October 25th. Now PSP gamers will have 3 must have games (MofH and the 2 GTA games) and a soon to be out of date movie cartridge system for their sizable investment. Yippee!