Its been awhile since I've handed out some news and conjecture so here you go.
Backwards Compatible - For the first time in a long time Xbox has announced some new titles that are now backwards compatible on the Xbox 360. This of course, leads to the never ending question "Forget backwards compatiblilty, where the heck is Cyberball for Xbox Live Arcade?"
Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Burnout 3: Takedown, Conker: Live And Reloaded, Dead or Alive Ultimate, Destroy All Humans!, Dynasty Warriors 4, Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick, Family Guy, Far Cry: Instincts, I-Ninja, Indigo Prophecy, Incredibles, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Moto GP, MX Unleashed, Open Season, Pariah, Psychonauts, Rainbow Six Lockdown, Rapala Pro Fishing, Scarface, Shark Tale, Shenmue II, Soul Calibur 2, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, The SpongeBob Square Pants Movie, Ultimate Spiderman, Wakeboarding Unleashed: Featuring Sean Murray, Whacked!, Winback 2: Project Poseidon, Xiaolin Showdown
Gears gets a double - On Friday, Microsoft announced that Gears of War has gone double platinum, selling 2 million copies worldwide in 6 weeks with 1 million of those in the U.S. This makes Gears the fastest selling Xbox title ever. At least until GTA 4 and Halo 3 come out.
In other Gear news Epic has made a smart decision as any and all downloadable content for the game will be free. What exactly that content is wasn't announced.
Why don't you put the girl in charge! - Last week an exclusive agreement was announced between 20th Century Fox and Sega to make next-gen games based on the Alien movie trilogy. While multiple titles are in pre-preduction, gamers will have to wait until (gulp) 2009 to get their Ripley fix.
Strapless - You may have heard the stories about the Nintendo Wii-mote straps flying off and busting up peoples TV's (personally, I think its a big publicity stunt). Nintendo is offering up a voluntary strap exchange program for gamers who are interested. Go to http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/strapreplace.jsp to fill out a replacement request form.
And finally - I talked about the 2006 Spike TV Video Game Awards and forgot to mention one of the best parts, the debut of the World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade trailer. You can check it out here http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/burningcrusade/