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How to mod your xbox 360

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Another cool and useful article for the xbox peeps. This is not my article i found this on the net and provided the video link below. Remember this is a “Try at your own RISK”. I take no responsibility for anything that breaks or doesn’t go right. Enjoy the article.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1382866382852522503&sourceid=docidfeed&hl=en

Textbook from http://www.360mods.net shows how to modify the Samsung drive in an Xbox 360 to play burned games using the firmware hack. A more clear discription on what to do is written on 360mods.net i suggest you go there for help and support. Enjoy.

Violence in video games…or are we just looking for something to blame.

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I grew up on gaming and will be the first to admit the times have changed. What was once a 8-bit adventure of jumping over obstacles or solving a riddle or saving the princess has become a cine-graphic action packed animated movie. If it doesn’t blow up or isn’t real in someway it isn’t selling it seems. This article goes a bit further trying to show how society blames video games on murders and actions taking by a human being.

Lets start off with this article I found over at Kotaku.com

Xbox Developer Dead in Murder-Suicide

Very sad news from Redmond, Wash. Melissa Batten, 36, a software development engineer in Microsoft’s Xbox division, was murdered by her estranged husband, who then shot himself to death, earlier this week. Her husband, Joseph Batten, was also 36. He had also worked for Microsoft but most recently worked for Wizards of the Coast, publisher of hobby games such as Magic: the Gathering.

Ouch.  The full article is here. http://kotaku.com/5032443/xbox-developer-dead-in-murder+suicide

The thing that bothers me is that I played the games they where both involved in. If you skipped the link to read the full article. She worked on games like gears of war and halo 3 and her husband who killed her and then himself worked for Microsoft also and then wizards of the coast for magic the gathering.

http://kotaku.com/5032615/thailand-pulls-grand-theft-auto-after-murder

The above link is another article from kotaku.com and it’s about how Thailand stopped the selling of grand theft auto 4 after a teenager admitted to robbing and killing a taxi driver in re-creating a scene from the game. The police reports claim that the youth wanted to see if it was easy to rob and kill a taxi driver like it was in the game.

OK. At this point I’m thinking. Stop hiring people with a past to develop games or our kids have lost all sense of whats real and not and whats right and wrong.

http://kotaku.com/5032591/murder-suspect-too-busy-playing-guitar-hero-to-notice-impending-arrest

OK i knew something was weird about all the Guitar hero 3 people. I found this one kinda funny because to be honest he could of been on a perfect run on Through the Flames and the stupid police had to try and ruin it. Bad cops Bad. The 30 year old man was wanted for suspicion of killing a man in Charlotte he was then found living in Jacksonville. When the police approached him he was calm and collected playing a video game without a care in the world. This one gave me chills cause I live in Florida and i might have dueled this guy on the xbox. *shakes*

http://kotaku.com/5032451/fake-ransom-demanded-over-nintendo-computer

OK this one i can comprehend you know. We all want that Wii for Xmas. So snatch a kid from around you way you know, get some money go buy your Wii so you can play it for the rest of your life in jail. Makes sense.

My question is do we seriously blame games for our members of society with problems. I don’t blame our developers they make entertainment. Us blaming game designers or gaming company’s for our faults is like me saying i broke my ankle after trying to fly off my bike like the E.T. movie. Spielberg I’ll see you in court! lmao. My suggestion is this. Make consoles available now to young adults 18+ like cigs. Got I.D? or parents step up and watch your kids. At least till they grasp the concept of whats right from wrong.

Thanks to kotaku.com for the entertaining articles which this article is based on. enjoy.

John Carmack quakecon 2008 video interview

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Over at Gamevideos.com they have some videos and info on whats going down at Quakecon 2008.

John Carmack legendary game designer of such classics like the Doom series, Quake series, Wolfenstein and now in the development of Rage.

He talks about his feelings towards several issues with Microsoft and making games for them.

Everything from making games for each system. Issues with Microsoft’s strict policy’s on making games using more then 1 DVD for games.

http://gamevideos.com/video/id/20047

A good interview. Be warmed allot of jargon and tech talk but you can understand most of it ūüėČ Noob.

Below I have provided a Rage preview video

While we are on the subject of Id and John Carmack. Quakecon just passed this weekend unveiling QUake Live. A free remake of the world renown Quake III game. This version of the remake will allow any computer with hardware basically from the past 3 years to run. This version will be browser based. So any computer will be able to run it. You can find out more about these games by visiting http://www.idsoftware.com/

They also showcase a classic game being remade Wolfenstein. The game if it sticks to its root which iD is good at doing i expect all he Wolfenstein and QuakeWar fanatics to love this version in the works. Heres the trailer they showcased at QuakeCon 2008.

Concetrate danielsan….

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¬†OK im a huge fighter fan. Since Street Fighter 2 and so on played them all. Whether it was me cutting school to go to the nearest arcade and play or seeing my cousin smash a kids head into the SF2 screen I have loved it. I just feel fighting games are an extension of our fists. No I don’t promote violence this is of course written to entertain you. In the words of Maximus “Is this not what you want? Is this not why you are here?” ¬†Aight lets get on to the videos. I’ll start with Tekken 6 footage.

Can’t forget THE fighting game of them all Street Fighter 4, this is only a cam video but it looks awesome to play i cant wait. Its gonna be released for the PC, xbox, ps3 and of the course ARCADE.

Street Fighter 4 comic con 2008 interview below.

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/37710.html

Now the new released Soul Calibur 4. I’m hearing good things about it. I was never hardcore into the series. I do remember having fun the few times i played it and the beautiful graphics in it and you can use Yoda. Who wouldn’t want that. Below though you get to see Darth Vader go at it.

Yahoo claims Sony takes console lead on war with MS

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Ah yes another e3 show come and gone. The age old question of xbox vs PS3 and Nintendo are with us once again. Yahoo’s front page claims that the Sony Playstation 3 has taken the lead. My theory is the lead in what? A dead system can’t run. Sony and the ps3 was an epic failure at launch. It arrived like a dead newborn. Too late, too expensive, too far behind to the 360. Am i a 360 fan boy, no. I play hardcore PC games. I do own a xbox 360 tho. Maybe yahoo meant Sony took the lead over the wii. A system with no better graphics then the game cube just way more innovation then the 360 and Playstation 3. Sony has done 2 things right as far as the system goes. Blue ray player and the backwards compatibility of older gen games from Sony. Unlike the 360 who’s HD player has died and waiting for them to make old classics re playable on the new system can suck. What the 360 did do was give us everything we wanted out of the box. Internet multiplayer gaming. Online media entertainment. Pc to xbox streaming and interaction with media. Some huge blockbuster games. Like gears of war, (btw F epic for not caring about the pc unreal tournament community and ut3), Halo 3, Call of duty 4, Grand Theft Auto 4, Assassins creed, Oblivion. O yea and stealing most of Sony’s big game exclusives. Final Fantasy now on the xbox 360 wagon. If Square soft jumped ship then something must be going right at Microsoft that isn’t happening at Sony. Lets see could it be the billion dollar chip that every developer hates programing for. Unlike the 2 amd cpu and ati 2 gpu dx10 hardware in the 360?. hmm. Sony gave us…Metal gear solid 4 awesome cinematic movie that you can play part in. Has Oblivion to. Fall of man. Keep this in mind I’m not saying the ps3 sucks overall I just believe they aren’t in the lead like yahoo claims. A cheering crowd doesn’t make you the man. Ask Alex Rodriguez. Ok im gonna post some specific things from the article yahoo had in the front page when I decided to write this. “Sony impresses, Microsoft surprises,” – Sony impresses by implementing more the stuff the xbox has been doing. Releasing more games, finally? As far as the online aspect. Xbox had games and the online aspect for the past 2-3 years now. welcome to 3 years ago. xbox 1- sony 0 “Despite rumors of price cuts, Microsoft opted to expand the hard drive of its mid-range offering instead of delivering any real savings to consumers” Xbox was available at 300 bux at launch the cheapest. 400 premium and higher for the bundle package. Sony in the other hand didn’t give you a choice. 500-600 bux at launch counting eBay. Pricey compared to the xbox. It did come with a blue ray player which many argue is still a great buy for 500-600 bux. Sony came out 1 year after the xbox and didn’t have enough systems to provide for the high demand after the long wait. I think it lost allot. Sony got to the point where the c.e.o of Sony retired on them or got fired I cant recall. xbox 2- sony 0 “Unlike Microsoft’s offerings, which have a vague “fall” ETA, Sony’s new online features should be available by the time you read this.” Microsoft delivers is the difference between Sony. The second half of the quote proves it. You should have online features by the time you read this. Xbox has had it since the first xbox. Sony you had dial up since the ps2, how is it ps3 is getting it so much later then it was claimed. Xbox 3- Sony 0 “That wasn’t all, though. Sony’s press conference rolled out a set of game trailers that had fans cheering: a new God of War game on PS3, a vast-looking massive action game named MAG, and a couple of promising superhero games: one massively-multi player title based on the DC superhero universe, and one futuristic, open-city game from the Sly Cooper studio. It’s a great selection, and one that leaves Microsoft’s roster of Gears of War 2 and Fable II looking a little tired.” Playstation 3 God of war 3 trailer- http://www.gametrailers.com/player/36463.html MAG – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTGOP_NkmW8 Here’s a montage of trailers from the e3 2008 show and the ps3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9P_YGIqhH0 ¬†Personally i think the Xbox has this one again. GoD2 was a fun game. Its a gun series. I look forward to seeing it on the ps3 when it releases. MaG looks like Front Lines on the xbox. The montage shows allot of cool games for the ps3 we will have to wait and see what they develop into. Now Final Fantasy speaks for itself. The legendary almost god like series finally makes it to the consoles of today and man i can’t wait to play. Fallout was a very popular pc futuristic rpg game on the pc back in the days. I’m hoping it lives up to its past. Halo wars I’m sure will make noise but I’m not sure why you would play a rts on a console system but it is Halo so don’t be surprised to see it make a little noise on release. Last but not least the mofo’s at epic hitting us with another Gears of War. This time with the sequel and it looks awesome. I am looking forward to another ps3 monster called killzone 2. Those 2 fps games should make some noise on release. Just on Final Fantasy and GoW2 alone i give xbox another round. 4-0 I am sorry Yahoo but I think for you to claim the Ps3 has taken the lead is false. They where behind and still are. A system with no exclusives to release will hurt more then ever because a person with one console no longer cares or needs you to play those blockbuster games. R.I.P Sony. Below i posted the original article from Yahoo.

http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/e3-2008/e3-2008-blogs/1227326