What, no pie? - I'll admit it, I haven't given the Orange Box as much attention as it deserves but now that I've beaten Assassin's Creed its going to get plenty of play on my 360. I started out by messing around with Portal and its a blast, not only is it hilarious but it requires some brains, quite a change of pace from your average game. If you're having some trouble (which you probably will around level 13 or so), here are some cheat codes to help you out.
Down, B, A, B, Y, Down, B, A, B, Y - Create box
Up, Y(2), X(2), A(2), B(2), Up - Fire energy ball
Up, Y(2), B(2), A(2), X(2), Up - Fire rocket projectile
Up, Left, Down, Right, Up, Left, Down, Right, Y(2) - Portalgun ID 0
Up, Left, Down, Right, Up, Left, Down, Right, X(2) - Portalgun ID 1
Up, Left, Down, Right, Up, Left, Down, Right, A(2) - Portalgun ID 2
Up, Left, Down, Right, Up, Left, Down, Right, B(2) - Portalgun ID 3
Y, A, B, A, B, Y(2), A, Left, Right - Portal placement anywhere:
X, B, LB, RB, Left, Right, LB, RB, LT, RT - Upgrade Portalgun
LB, Up, RB, Up, LB, LB, Up, RB, RB, Up - Enables invincibility
Good news/bad news - Microsoft has had an up and down week. The good? Bill Gates jams with Slash at CES, Windows Vista has sold 100 million licenses, and 10 million subscribers are now on Xbox Live. The bad? Its HD DVD concept might just be toast. That's right, last month I bought a frickin' Betamax player, at least that's the way it looks now that Warner Bros. and sister company New Line have decided to go Blu-ray exclusive as of May of this year. The ironic thing is MGM, Disney, ABC are all coming to XBL with tons of downloadable content (which they're sure to make a bunch of money on) but none of them will support HD DVD's. If I was MS, why not force the hands of these companies or offer downloadable content on Xbox Live as an incentive to go with HD. Maybe it wouldn't have been enough to bring a major studio over but why not try? Unless MS comes out with a Blu-ray add on like its HD DVD add on, this whole HD DVD experiment has been a complete waste of money. Not just for Microsoft but for consumers as well. Obviously the new DVD format war wasn't going to last, these kinds of things never do, but I expected Bill Gates to put up more of a fight.