Monday, January 21, 2008

Undertow for Free

How about some MS points instead? - This morning I received an email from MS letting it be known that Undertow will be available for free this Wednesday (Jan 23). The free download is available starting midnight MST and ending at 10pm MST this Sunday (Jan 27). Naturally the email didn't say a word about this being a courtesy download for the problems gamers have had with Xbox Live, but you know it is. While I'm all for a free game and all, how about a little choice for my trouble, or even better, free points to let me get what I want? What about all those people who have already downloaded Undertow? Sure I don't know any of them but if I was one, I'd be ticked.
Speaking of XBLA - Microsoft also announced awards for Xbox Live Arcade games. Here's the pertinent info from the email I received because I'm too lazy to paraphrase.
As a way to recognize the teams of talented developers who have together created over 112 games for Xbox LIVE Arcade, Microsoft will announce awards for the top XBLA games of 2007 later this year, with several award categories decided by the community. Fans of Xbox LIVE Arcade are invited to cast their votes for the first-ever Xbox LIVE Arcade Awards – 2007 by voting at Voting begins Tuesday, January 22 at 2:00 a.m. PST (10:00 GMT) and runs through Wednesday, January 30 at 11:59 p.m. PST (07:59 GMT).
The finalists in each award category were selected by a panel of consumer and video game industry journalists, and the winners will be determined by popular vote. Microsoft will announce the winners of the inaugural Xbox LIVE Arcade Awards – 2007 at the Game Developer Conference in February.
Below is the list of award categories that will be open for public voting:
- Best Overall Arcade Game
- Best Classic Game
- Best Original Game
- Best Family Friendly Game
- Best Competitive Multiplayer Game
- Best Cooperative Multiplayer Game
Other award categories include the following:
- Best selling game
- Most played game
- Highest rated game
- Staff choice


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