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The busy first day of San Diego Comic Con is coming to a close, and if you’re at all interested in Xbox and Microsoft’s latest experiment in home entertainment, than this one’s for you. After years of attempting a Halo movie for the big screen, the fine people at Microsoft said screw it, let’s make it a series and put it on our own Xbox network. And voila! Halo: Nightfall is coming this fall, and the first look is here after being first looked at earlier today in San Diego. So what’s it about, and what does it look like? Let’s see some images and watch a teaser trailer. (more…)

“Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned.” Truer words have never been spoken. With the release of Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition, the featured definite end to the game DLC Harley Quinn’s Revenge will show Harley Quinn as a definite force to be reckoned with. For those who want to refresh their memory on the Dark Knight’s adventure into the infamous prison “Arkham City” can pick up the  Game of the Year Edition starting  May 29. The following is a full and more intriguing look at the what the DLC has to offer with playable characters Batman, and Robin.

Buying the Game of the Year Edition will give you all previously released downloadable content which includes: “Catwoman Pack,” “Nightwing Bundle Pack,” “Robin Bundle Pack,” “Challenge Map Pack” and “Arkham City Skins Pack”, as well as the new “Harley Quinn’s Revenge” content.  For those who own the original edition of Batman: Arkham City, and don’t want to get the new edition they will be able to download “Harley Quinn’s Revenge Pack” beginning May 29 on PlayStation Network ($9.99) and the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points.

The following sneak peek of what we can expect in ‘Harley Quinn’s Revenge’ is a perfect answer to the request of fans for more concrete involvement with both characters in the story line. Does this mean, that if there is another Batman game added to the popular franchise, RockSteady will add this same gameplay? Are you looking forward to this DLC’s definite ending to the story in Arkham City, let us know in the comments below.

The challenge maps of Batman: Arkham City will keep you coming back to this game for months, maybe years, to come. You can always fight better, score higher on the hit counter, be stealthier, and beginning November 1st you can add another character to your already impressive roster of Batman, Catwoman and Robin. Enter Nightwing.

Try and tell me this trailer doesn’t make you squee like  a little girl. Everyone always says they want to be Batman, but honestly, I don’t think we want the brooding or crazy, emotional baggage. We want to be Nightwing. A skilled and fearsome fighter, trained by the best, but still able see to lighter side of things.

Like Catwoman and Robin, Nightwing will come with,

…his own unique gadgets and special moves, and is playable in all challenge maps in the game, as well as two additional challenge maps that are included with the pack: Wayne Manor and Main Hall. The pack also contains a bonus Animated Series Nightwing character skin.

Suh-weet! I really hope the animated skin includes that sick mullet Nightwing was sportin’ back in the day. The Nightwing Bundle Pack will be available on the 1st in Xbox Live Marketplace for 560 Microsoft Points or the Playstation Network for $6.99. Also, those of us who didn’t pick up Batman: Arkham City from Best Buy and therefor didn’t get the exclusive Robin DLC, that bundle will be available for the same price on November 22nd.

Whose planning to download the Nightwing DLC? I am, and only partially for chance to swoon as he pummels dudes with his electrified escrima sticks, I swear!

Source: Geek Tyrant

Microsoft made an announcement today that shouldn’t piss off any Cable companies. They have officially pulled the curtain back their plans to offer streaming network television on the Xbox Live platform. Nearly 40 world-leading TV and entertainment providers, such as Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO, Verizon FiOS and Syfy in the U.S.; BBC in the U.K., Telefónica in Spain; Rogers On Demand in Canada; Televisa in Mexico; ZDF in Germany; and MediaSet in Italy, will beaming into the beady little eyes of Xbox 360 users by the end of the holiday season in more than 20 countries. U mad Netflix?

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Meet Brendan and his mother. About two years ago, Brendan’s mother put in her debit card info on her son’s Xbox 360 so that he could have a Gold account. Apparently, Brendan went on some sort of spending spree in the last six months as he has racked up £1082.52 , or $1700 in Xbox Live charges.

So what does the mother do, she blames Microsoft for making it easy for her 11 year old son to buy so much stuff and asks for the company to reverse some of the charges. When a Microsoft rep was contacted to comment about the situation, he went on to say how this could have been prevented if they turned on the parental controls on the account.

First off, how the hell do you not notice all these charges on your account and let it go on for six months. Second, what the hell did he buy to rack up such a bill? Did he go off and buy like about 850 Rock Band DLC or just buy every single downloadable game possible?

If anything, it’s another one of those parent doesn’t want to take blame for something their kid did and wants to blame someone else for it. Hopefully, this lady learned her lesson and will actually watch what her kids does from here on out.

Source: Geekologie

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Recently, Microsoft bumped the Xbox Live subscription to $60 for the new additions such as the ESPN 360 and also because they can get away with it. Either way, Microsoft is looking to add more things to for folks to use on their 360 and it seems that they may be working on some sort of a cable TV service.

While not much is known, it seems that they will try the “a la carte” subscription and will offer premium channels such as HBO and Showtime. Pretty much like the Netflix and Hulu Plus service, you will have to have a Xbox Live Gold Account and pay whatever extra to use the service.

While this probably won’t replace most folks’ regular cable services, this is a step in a right direction. Either way, it’ll make money for Microsoft.

Source: GeekTyrant

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Xbox Live Gold subscribers might want to renew before November 1, when the price of a yearly subscription to the service jumps $10 in North America.

According to a post on kotaku.com, after eight years’ of Xbox Live at the $50 a year price point, the service is finally seeing a price hike. Starting on November 1, a year Gold subscription to Xbox Live will run $59.99, versus the current price of $49.99. One month subscriptions will jump from $7.99 to $9.99, while three month subs will rise from $19.99 to $24.99.

Other regions will be seeing increases as well. In the UK the price of one month will jump from 4.99 GPB to 5.99 GPB. The price of a month in Canada rises a dollar to $9.99. Finally, a year subscription in Mexico rises from 499 to 599 pesos.

Jesse Divnich with industry analyst EEDAR sent out a statement accompanying the news, insuring consumers that $60 is still “an incredible value.”

“When originally launched in 2002, a Gold subscription cost the same as an AAA video game, $49.99. When taking into account for inflation ($50 in 2002 is roughly $60 in 2010) and the additional services available to Gold subscribers in 2010, such as ESPN, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Last.fm and Video Kinect, a $10 price increase still represents an incredible value to consumers”

Unhappy about this? Well, feel free to vent in the comments below. But, the truth is no matter how much you kick and scream at the end of the day you will bend over and pay.  Personally I find it hilarious that Microsoft wants us to pay more money to spend more money. 95% of the stuff on Xbox Live is not free.

Make Me A Sammich! Girl Gamer Revenge Video

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Ever feel like, as a girl, you hear way too much crap when you play XBOX live, or even when you’re on an MMORPG and you’re in chat or on vox? Well, this is the revenge video of your dreams. Watch as this pussy boy gets his ass handed to him by a bunch of newb girlz!! Or not so newb, as the case may obviously be. Now, men? GO MAKE ME A SAMMICH!!

PS…Video NSFW

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

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Folks, at midnight (Pacific Time), Microsoft will stop any online support for all original XBox games and as though I’m a Playstation fanboy (yeah, yeah, go ahead and give me crap), this is still sad news and I’ll tell ya why (though, be less racist 12 years old online now). What this all means is that any XBox games that has online playability won’t work anymore, and also, any XBox originals will not be downloadable anymore on the 360. The most important out of the bunch is that Halo 2’s online mutiplayer will not be playable anymore. How can that be important you ask, well, people still play the multiplayer for Halo 2 and it’s still consider better than Halo 3’s multiplayer. Maybe many of you has moved on and don’t care but for us folks that likes to play old games, the fact that part of the game is not playable anymore is just crap.

Think about it, what if any part of  a Genesis or SNES game couldn’t be played anymore because of something the company decided to do? It’s just now part of a collection that doesn’t have the complete games. Maybe this is one of the flaws about this generations of video games, know that there are few 360/PS3 games where the online servers are already shutdown, we will never get the whole game, or all of the achievements/trophies for it EVER again… sorry, the trophy whore in me got out. What do you guys think? Is it fair for Microsoft to do this or is this crap? Also, leave some memories of any XBox live moments ya had.

Source: Giant Bomb