Archive for: Xbox

Interweb Pirates Even More Stealthy than Treyarch’s New Baby… #blackops

  • December 29, 2010 2:48 pm

Or something like that… But yes, as every year, TorrentFreak saves us the time and energy of having to scroll through p2p site after p2p site counting download numbers. With 2010 coming to a close here in a few days, we have a lazy glimpse into the most pirated game of the fabulous year: Call of Duty: Black Cops. Of course, I mean, other than Halo:Reach, Bad Company 2 and Fall Out, were there any big hitters this year?

While only being available (retail that is) since the 9th of November, Black Ops has mustered up a whopping 4,270,000 downloads in total. This number should be a lot higher if you had access to all the leet ftp sites out there, instead of just the p2p trackers. Still, this number is extremely impressive. Last year’s winner was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. So at least we know Call of Duty gets almost as many internet grabs as it does purchases. Most of these downloads are from the PC counterpart, which means both the Wii and 360 version weren’t topped out by Black Cops. Super Mario Galaxy 2 tops the Wii charts, and Dante’s Inferno grab the 360 slot.

So whether you snatched a copy from your local retailer or googled your way into “illegal” file sharing, hats off to making Black Cops the most popular game of 2010 — both purchased and pirated. I know I had a hand in one of those. Let’s just say I lost 60 bucks, but trust me, money worth spending.

TorrentFreak

Rule the GT5 Roads with the Fanatec Porsche 911 G2 Racing Wheel. #gt5

  • December 19, 2010 10:04 am

If the Thrustmaster T500RS steering wheel is a bit over the top for your needs (and budget), perhaps the equally flashy Prosche 911 R2 racing wheel by Fanatec is more up your alley. It will work on PC, PS3, and Xbox, so you can spread your fortune around. For Xbox users in particular, the wheel will work wirelessly, giving you a bit more freedom in placement.

The wheel itself is $249 which may seem like a bargain compared to the previously mentioned Thrustmaster T500RS — but that’s the price for just the wheel. The pedals and stick shifter will push the price up to ~$500. At that point, you’re within $100 of the spec’d out Thrustmaster, so it comes down to personal preference in styling and design. Though, there’s certainly denying it is a mighty fine piece of gaming paraphernalia.

Interested users can pick up the Porsche 911 GS racing wheel from Fanatec’s online webstore. Gallery after the jump…

Microsoft: “The Xbox 360 Faceplates Failed”. #fail #microsoft

  • December 16, 2010 10:11 am

In regards to massive engineering failures, the first generation Xbox 360 was one of the staple best. A poorly designed PCB and internal cooling system caused critical internal components to eventually wriggle apart and displaying the dreaded RRoD (Red Rings of Death) error. Over the last 5 years, the RRoD death has become as much of a sign of failure as it has the butt of countless jokes. Though theres one other big Xbox 360 failure that doesn’t get nearly the same amount of attention — customizable faceplates.

According to Microsoft’s Albert Penello in an interview with Official Xbox Magazine, customizable faceplates were “what everyone wanted to do”. Apparently not. Sales we never anything to write home about. With the recent Xbox 360 refrsh, the plates were discontinued entirely, leaving the scores of custom Xbox 360 faceplates to collect dust on retail shelves and forever live in the bargain bin at your local walmart checkout lane.

But one, rare occurrence where Microsoft admits defeat.

Poll of the Day: Xbox Modding [Results]

  • December 5, 2010 5:40 pm


Should Xbox modding be considered illegal? It’s a hot topic in recent years with Xbox hardware modding slowly but steadily increasing. While there is always a chance for piracy, home brew apps in particular are but one legitimate reason to crack open your Xbox. And with that in mind, it appears that a majority of respondents feel the same, according to 69% (20 votes) whom voted that it wasn’t in fact illegal to mod your Xbox. 17% (5 votes) were on the fence, stating that it depends on what the modded Xbox is used for, while 14% (4 votes) said it was illegal outright.

I’m interested to hear specifically from those who said it was illegal. What is your rationale and ideology behind your decision? I’m not trying to knock anyone down, merely strike up conversation.

Poll of the Day. Xbox Modding: Illegal or Legal? #xbox

  • December 3, 2010 8:28 am

How about a controversial subject for today’s “Poll of the Day”. While I personally don’t feel once money has exchanged hands, a manufacturer’s ability to tell you how to use your device and what to do with it effectively vanishes. But in true social butterfly fashion, we’d love to hear what you think.

We’ll keep it simple: Do you think modding Xbox hardware/software is illegal? Cast your vote in the sidebar now!

Xbox Modding Trial Dismissed. #matthewcrippen #xbox

  • December 2, 2010 11:00 pm

Lucky for us, that Xbox modding trial involving 28-year old Matthew Crippen that we covered a few days back has taken a turn for the best — the prosecution dropped the case. It all ended before it even really started thanks to the prosecutions first witness, Tony Rosario.

During his testimony, Rosario mentioned that once Matthew was actually done with the modding aspect of the deal, he inserted a pirated game into the device to make sure that it worked. Only problem is that Rosario neglected to mention that in pre-trial motions. The prosecutor, Allen Chiu, also failed to pass along the new testimony to the defense once he did in fact find out about the pirated disc. Shortly thereafter, Chiu moved to have the judge dismiss the case based on “justice and fairness”.

What’s ironic is that if all Chiu was really after was “justice and fairness”, the trial would have never moved forward in the first place. Either way, it’s good for Crippen. With his legal troubles now behind him, he plans on going back to school. Good luck Matt.

Microsoft Sells 2.5 Million Kinects in First 25 Days on Sale. #kinect #microsoft

  • November 30, 2010 9:53 am


It appears that Microsoft has a winning combination on their hands with the Xbox + Kinect set up. Since launch day 25 days ago, Microsoft has sold over 2.5 million — this according to an official statement by Microsoft. On the subject of explosive Kinect sales, Microsoft’s president of Interactive Entertainment Business, Don Mattrick, had the following to say:

“We are thrilled about the consumer response to Kinect, and are working hard with our retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments of Kinect to restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand”

Motion gaming is really starting to pick up. I personally haven’t bitten yet and find the overall hype a bit gimmicky. But I’d love to hear what some of our readers think. Care to share?

“Fair Use” Can’t be Claimed in Matthew Crippen Xbox Modding Trial. #xbox

  • November 24, 2010 3:38 pm

For one 28-year old Matthew Crippen, his days of Xbox modding and enjoying free air will be coming to a close. Unfortunately for fair use advocates everywhere, an out of touch, incompetent judge stated that Matthew cannot use the “fair use” argument simply because the DMCA doesn’t have a specific exemption for it, and that any exemptions mentioned for mobile phones do not apply. Unfortunately for Matt, this judge is wrong on many levels. And because of that, he could be looking at 3 years behind bars…

Microsoft Re-launches Games for Windows Live.

  • November 15, 2010 11:31 pm

For PC gamers, one of the most widely used and popular digital storefronts is Steam. Steam has a vast library, an intuitive interface, and pretty respectable prices. Microsoft’s Games for Windows Live on the other hand isn’t as big nor as popular. But one thing that does tip the scales in their favor is the ability to use Xbox Live Gamertag points on Windows Live and vice versa. The best of Xbox on the PC if you will. Up until today, Microsoft’s Games For Windows Live storefront required it’s own standalone app. But that ends tonight.