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Jul 21, 2011, 04:00 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
I can hear Fatty clicking the pre-order button on Amazon right now.

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Jul 21, 2011, 05:39 PM
 
The CoD/BF wars summed up in one great pic.

     
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Jul 22, 2011, 11:21 AM
 
Activision using 'new studios' to 'reinvent' Guitar Hero -Destructoid
Considering the franchise's sliding sales, it wasn't shocking to learn that Activision had disbanded its Guitar Hero business unit and decided to not release a new title this year. The fate of the series hung in the balance, and the publisher was quiet on any solid plans going forward.

But thanks to Activision Blizzard CEO (and movie star) Bobby Kotick, we can rest easy knowing that a new Guitar Hero is on its way
Did they end this game series or not? It hasn't even been a year since it's reported demise and they're already trying to revive it. WTF


Two More Shots of Modern Warfare 3 Emerge
Battlefield Alpha begins, releases "new" mulitplayer trailer, Alpha footage leaks everywhere.

Robert "Shorn Scrotum" Bowling releases two screenshots of single player that match the trailer shown at E3.

The epitome of bringing a knife to a gun fight (Which supposedly is his preferred method of playing CoD).
     
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Jul 22, 2011, 12:43 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Did they end this game series or not? It hasn't even been a year since it's reported demise and they're already trying to revive it. WTF
Guitar Hero: Zombie Edition
featuring: Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Leonard Cohen, Alice Cooper ...

Seriously, though, you are right. I thought they killed it!
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Jul 22, 2011, 12:49 PM
 
I think their problem is they don't know how to handle an IP that doesn't have a yearly cycle. They went so far as to stopping producing DLC as soon their current crop ran out in February. So they can't support the game, but they're looking into a sequel already?

Asshats.
     
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Jul 22, 2011, 03:45 PM
 
Originally Posted by Leonard View Post
Guitar Hero: Zombie Edition...
I can hear Fatty clicking the pre-order button right now.

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Jul 22, 2011, 04:01 PM
 
Am I that transparent!?!

Seriously, the cheerleader game gets a total 'meh' from me. I'm very excited for Dead Island on the other hand.

Newbury Comics had a used copy of Dead Rising for like 6 bucks, worth it?
     
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Jul 22, 2011, 04:05 PM
 
I find the save system to be a complete game killer. It's very Japanese.
     
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Jul 24, 2011, 12:27 AM
 
Originally Posted by Stogieman View Post
I can hear Fatty clicking the pre-order button right now.
I was thinking of him and his love for Zombies when I made that comment...
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Jul 25, 2011, 10:53 AM
 
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Bulletstorm was great, didn't sell, says Epic | Joystiq
Speaking with Kotaku, Epic President Mike Capps lamented Bulletstorm's financial performance, saying that the title "didn't make money for us." However, despite its relatively poor sales, Capps implies that the game was still worth making
This pretty much sums up new IP in the industry, right?


Impulse Technology suing Microsoft over Kinect motion tracking | Joystiq
It's almost surprising it took this long.


Wal-Mart now sharing data on game sales | Joystiq
Too bad the NPD sucks now.


Activision had Plans for High-Definition GoldenEye All Along
My speculation is that splitting the release also stoked demand on the high definition consoles, and maximizes sales on the Wii without making the product look like an oh-by-the-way port.
Nailed it. Too bad the Wii is irrelevant as a software mover now.


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The participants responded that they experienced more eye strain and fatigue from the video with different vergence and focal distances, a feature of 3D that has long been supposed to cause eye strain. The self-reported differences between 3D and 2D were not drastic, but they were significant.
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Jul 25, 2011, 03:07 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Bulletstorm was great, didn't sell, says Epic | Joystiq

This pretty much sums up new IP in the industry, right?
This game deserved to fail because of publisher greed and stupidity. They charged $60 for the PC version for no reason, they linked the game to Games for Windows Live, which drove away the Steam gamers. I didn't buy it for those very reasons.
     
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Jul 25, 2011, 03:09 PM
 
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This game deserved to fail because of publisher greed and stupidity. They charged $60 for the PC version for no reason, they linked the game to Games for Windows Live, which drove away the Steam gamers. I didn't buy it for those very reasons.
As I imagine you're well aware, PC sales likely weren't their foremost concern.
     
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Jul 25, 2011, 03:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by lpkmckenna View Post
This game deserved to fail because of publisher greed and stupidity. They charged $60 for the PC version for no reason, they linked the game to Games for Windows Live, which drove away the Steam gamers. I didn't buy it for those very reasons.
I for one was aware of none of this, which means I fall right in line with...

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As I imagine you're well aware, PC sales likely weren't their foremost concern.
But also, I'm fairly convinced that Bulletstorm "failed" because people are done with the jokesy/juvenile FPS genre for a while. Everyone is all about CoD or Battlefield.
     
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Jul 25, 2011, 03:26 PM
 
By all accounts, it was a more modern Duke Nukem.

I will say however, if the people who bought and enjoyed it are to be believed, the demo was atrocious. I certainly got nothing out of it. But even the concept of a Tony Hawk of FPS games didn't stoke the fires of interest either.
     
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Jul 25, 2011, 04:19 PM
 
I didn't bother with it, because I got the impression that it was all about killing enemies in different (maybe juvenile) ways. The problem I saw with that is that I would end up killing enemies in a half a dozen different ways and forget the other 30 ways of killing enemies...

I also assumed it wouldn't have much of a story.
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Jul 26, 2011, 12:01 AM
 
Voltron coming to XBLA/PSN

Can fanboys of the popular 80's cartoon get that nostalgic feeling by forking over some moolah? Tune in this October to find out at 8/7 central only on macNN!
     
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Jul 26, 2011, 11:37 AM
 
So, I forgot to impart a wonderful tidbit of knowledge about online passes I gleaned this weekend.

As some of you may know, I have two XBOXs, and during the heatwave I decided I'd do a small amount of gaming in the bedroom where it's air conditioned. I grabbed Homefront, popped it in, and booted it up.

Immediately I'm greeted with "No Online Pass found". I skip past it and I find my level is intact, so I jump into multiplayer anyway. After a couple of games I then notice I'm not gaining experience.

That's right : The online pass isn't tied to my gamertag – it's DLC. Instead of storing it server side I have to remember to take it with me if I want to gain experience on a different console than the one I registered on. How terrible is that?


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Jul 26, 2011, 12:21 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
So, I forgot to impart a wonderful tidbit of knowledge about online passes I gleaned this weekend.

As some of you may know, I have two XBOXs, and during the heatwave I decided I'd do a small amount of gaming in the bedroom where it's air conditioned. I grabbed Homefront, popped it in, and booted it up.

Immediately I'm greeted with "No Online Pass found". I skip past it and I find my level is intact, so I jump into multiplayer anyway. After a couple of games I then notice I'm not gaining experience.

That's right : The online pass isn't tied to my gamertag – it's DLC. Instead of storing it server side I have to remember to take it with me if I want to gain experience on a different console than the one I registered on. How terrible is that?
Can you download it for free by accessing your download history (or whatever)?
     
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Jul 26, 2011, 12:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
Can you download it for free by accessing your download history (or whatever)?
Should I have to?
     
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Jul 26, 2011, 12:26 PM
 
While I see the problem, I knew it was DLC, and that's the problem with DLC and games. You got to take them along with you.

I know I haven't used my second Xbox at home for much. I'll probably sell it when the new Xbox comes out in 2013, unless my first Xbox dies again (knock on wood).
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Jul 26, 2011, 12:31 PM
 
Canadians now have the Xbox Rewards program. I got an email a few days ago and registered.

Which brings up another subject. I haven't seen any deals on Xbox Live for a 12 month (or any number of months) renewal of Xbox Live. Around this time last year, they seemed to be plastering us with deals! Ho well, mine doesn't run out till sometime in Q1 2012.
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Jul 26, 2011, 12:55 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Should I have to?
Of course not. I'm just curious.
     
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Jul 26, 2011, 12:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by Leonard View Post
While I see the problem, I knew it was DLC, and that's the problem with DLC and games. You got to take them along with you.

I know I haven't used my second Xbox at home for much. I'll probably sell it when the new Xbox comes out in 2013, unless my first Xbox dies again (knock on wood).
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Canadians now have the Xbox Rewards program. I got an email a few days ago and registered.

Which brings up another subject. I haven't seen any deals on Xbox Live for a 12 month (or any number of months) renewal of Xbox Live. Around this time last year, they seemed to be plastering us with deals! Ho well, mine doesn't run out till sometime in Q1 2012.
You won't eventually upgrade to two next-gen XBoxes?

My 360 has increasingly become my media box. We rent movies from Zune, watch Netflix and DVDs, tune in to ESPN3, and use Last.fm when people come over to the house. I played Black Ops the other day for a few minutes and a few games of MLB Bobblehead Pros (Americanized Power Pro Baseball, which is the most enjoyable baseball game to play, IMHO), but that's all of the gaming I've done on it.
     
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Jul 26, 2011, 12:59 PM
 
Well, the answer is: I don't know. Where is your download history stored?

And if that's server side, the irony is palpable.
     
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Summer is not a good time to gauge your gaming habits.
     
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Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
You won't eventually upgrade to two next-gen XBoxes?
Not unless they're prone to breakdowns. The only reason I bought the second Xbox 360 was to hold me over while my first one was repaired. And it was a good idea as I had to send the replacement I received, back to MS, for another replacement. I couldn't bear being without an Xbox 360 to game, now.

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My 360 has increasingly become my media box. We rent movies from Zune, watch Netflix and DVDs, tune in to ESPN3, and use Last.fm when people come over to the house. I played Black Ops the other day for a few minutes and a few games of MLB Bobblehead Pros (Americanized Power Pro Baseball, which is the most enjoyable baseball game to play, IMHO), but that's all of the gaming I've done on it.
My Mac Pro and iPod are my media box. And as for movies, I go to the movie theatre every Saturday, and I have every movie channel that my cable provider provides.
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Jul 26, 2011, 02:25 PM
 
Originally Posted by Leonard View Post
Not unless they're prone to breakdowns.
Thank god we don't have any PS3 trolls here, because that is ripe for the picking.

Instead, it's merely a sad reality.
     
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Jul 26, 2011, 03:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Well, the answer is: I don't know. Where is your download history stored?

And if that's server side, the irony is palpable.
I'm not sure how to access it on 360. I know PS3's is pretty easy to find.

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Summer is not a good time to gauge your gaming habits.
Summer is ridiculously busy for me. Nearly all of my gaming has been done on PS3, however (Minecraft notwithstanding).

I'm guessing things might change around the release of MW3/BF3.

Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Thank god we don't have any PS3 trolls here, because that is ripe for the picking.

Instead, it's merely a sad reality.
Fine, fine...

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Not unless they're prone to breakdowns..
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Jul 26, 2011, 04:37 PM
 
On an obscure, non-interesting note, I think I may have let one of those amazon $20 promotions I got from my shopping spree in the late fall/early winter expire without using them.
     
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Jul 26, 2011, 05:44 PM
 
How long do they last? I still have mine from Portal 2.

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Jul 26, 2011, 05:49 PM
 
I think it depends on the game. Amazon send you an email after each purchase goes through and they'll usually have a date hidden on there somewhere. Unfortunately it doesn't say on the web invoices if you gained a promotion (though I was able to see some of the ones I used).
     
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This is the most painful video I've watched in some time.
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Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Well, the answer is: I don't know. Where is your download history stored?

And if that's server side, the irony is palpable.
Since Jawbone doesn't know where it is...

It's under My Xbox, Manage account, Download History. and yes I believe this is stored on the Server. A hitch with this, though, is I believe Dlc is licensed to a specific Xbox. You have to transfer that license online on a Mac or PC at Live. That's another reason I don't use the second Xbox much - you can't transfer Dlc back and forth or have it on 2 xboxes, I believe.

http://www.xbox.com:80/en-US/Support...Migration/Home

http://www.xbox.com:80/en-US/Support...Migration/Home
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Easy there, champ. Somewhere around the 4th one you started coming off as defensive.
     
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Jul 27, 2011, 11:11 AM
 
Wednesday News

Dragon Age II pulled from Steam as Legacy DLC launches | VG247
While Dragon Age: Origins is still available through Valve’s service, Destructoid noticed that sequel Dragon Age II is suddenly and mysteriously absent.

The timing of the game’s removal as its first bit of DLC launches is probably not coincidental; it’s become obvious that Steam and EA have had a falling out over how the latter chooses to deliver content to players.

Legacy is offered in-game in the PC version of Dragon Age II, meaning players can purchase it without passing through Steam’s checkout – apparently a violation of its recently introduced, free-to-play friendly terms and services, not to mention denying it a piece of the action.
Begun, this cold war has.


Duke Nukem Forever Lives On to Parody Call of Duty, Team Fortress & More This Fall
Working on DLC for a failure of a game like this must feel very weird. It'll be DOA.


The New ESPN on Xbox 360 Is the Only Way I Want to Watch Sports Now
You officially have a reason to watch ESPN on your Xbox 360 come this fall—ESPN 2.0 is pretty goddamn awesome. Watch multiple games in HD. Pause one while keeping the other going. Stats! So many stats. And oh lord, the mini-guide with live thumbs and scores.
God damn, right, stats. Considering widescreen is the most valuable aspect ratio for most sports they can line the top and bottom with stats for all I care.


Battlefield 3 pre-orders 10x Bad Company 2 - Battlefield 3 for Xbox 360 News
It's almost enough to make me waffle on MW3 predictions. Facts are facts. PC gamers weren't entirely fond of the Bad Company series, and they're not fond of Modern Warfare thanks to the dedicated servers fiasco of '09. Logically, EA has taken advantage of the situation by pulling BF3 from pre-order on Steam.

But seriously, all that alpha footage that's leaking can only be helping. It's noteworthy that outside of the first day or so, DICE and EA stopped pulling youtube vids. That's because unless your game is a disaster, any publicity is good publicity. And speaking of publicity, it was a two years ago today the famed AC-130 trailer for Modern warfare 2 debuted. Hello? Infinity Ward? Are you there? I've noticed Black Ops' multi screen mentioning the MW3 multi will be playable at their event in September, and I honestly wonder if Robert "Balls smooth as eggs" Bowling and the rest of IW are really going to try to stall revealing any multi until then (expect Spec Ops filler in the meantime). Not heartening.
     
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Jul 27, 2011, 07:44 PM
 
There's a new HumbleBundle, and this one looks pretty good. Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, Hammerfights, And Yet It Moves. The Humble Indie Bundle #3 (pay what you want for five awesome indie games)

I already own And Yet It Moves and I love it. I own Cogs too, but haven't got to it yet.

Crayon Physics looks like voodoo magic instead of an actual video game. Hammerfight has an interesting physic-engine-powered control scheme that looks interesting. VVVVVV isn't my kind of game but I keep hearing great things about it.
     
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Jul 27, 2011, 08:36 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Easy there, champ. Somewhere around the 4th one you started coming off as defensive.
Not at all. I just can relate to the Black Ops one so much. When I first starting playing I was wondering if my internet connection was bad, or it was me.
     
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Thursday News

3DS price drops to $170 on August 12 | Joystiq
Well that's one way to jump start sluggish sales.

Nintendo has just announced that the price on the 3DS will drop to $169.99 stateside on August 12. That's down from $250 currently, which we don't have to tell you is a pretty shocking drop, considering the tech involved and how recently the system was released.
Unheard of? I'm flabbergasted, but between the economy and the less than awesome tech, these guys do have another Virtual Boy brewing.
The odd casualty in this? The still not released Vita's previously impressive debut price.


Current 3DS owners eligible for free games | Joystiq
3DS ambassadorial duties mostly involve playing a bunch of free games. The status grants you access to 10 free NES Virtual Console games on September 1 before their general release (these include The Legend of Zelda, Balloon Fight and Ice Climber), along with 10 more Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games by the end of 2011. The GBA games -- like Yoshi's Island, Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames and Mario vs. Donkey Kong -- will not be available to anyone else. Is all that enough to ameliorate early buyer's remorse?
Reminds me of the original iPhone rebate. Well done, Nintendo.


PS3 Sales Down, but the PS2 Lives On!
The release covers the three months between April and June this year. In that time, the PS3 sold 1.8 million units (down from 2.4 million last year), the PSP sold 1.8 million (up from 1.2 million) and the old warhorse, the PS2, sold 1.4 million, only slightly down from the 1.6 million this time last year.
The PS2 will not die!


Pokémon Director Sad That E3 Was All About Killing | Siliconera
“This year, FPS war games were trend!! A lot of splatter scenes!! Blood spread everywhere. Shooting a lot, killing a lot,” he wrote.
Apparently this guy hasn't been to a show since 2007. Also, he's a bit of a hypocrite (maybe if I only caused OpFor to faint it'd be ok?)
     
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Jul 28, 2011, 12:34 PM
 
Kind of blown away by the 3DS price drop. I expected one, but certainly not this soon. Nintendo is clearly in a state of near-panic.

As for the Vita getting the shaft in this deal, I'm not 100% sure that's the case (though I wouldn't rule it out). The 3DS' main problem has not been the price -- it's been the lack of quality titles. Actually, it's been the lack of titles at all.

If the Vita delivers all the quality titles that have been shown, then I don't see this hitting them that hard.
     
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Jul 28, 2011, 12:38 PM
 
Yeah, I don't see too many crossovers regarding those handheld systems, but there might be a few people who take a pause and wait for a price drop thanks to the comparison.

Still wondering what the future holds for the PS3's MSRP. Shipments were down over half a mil compared to last year.
     
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Jul 28, 2011, 01:05 PM
 
Sales have hit a bit of a wall, but a $199 or even $249 price point would do wonders.

All the price drop rumors pointed to August. We'll (hopefully) see soon.
     
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Jul 28, 2011, 01:07 PM
 
I think $250 would be... mediocre. The Wii left that price point behind and the 360 has been sitting at $199 for a while now.

Also, I just read Nintendo will be taking a loss at the new 3DS price point. So, that really says something.
     
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3DS price drops to $170 on August 12 | Joystiq

Unheard of? I'm flabbergasted, but between the economy and the less than awesome tech, these guys do have another Virtual Boy brewing.
The odd casualty in this? The still not released Vita's previously impressive debut price.
We all knew this was coming but...now? Absolutly not, I thought for sure closer to the holiday rush we would see a price drop to $189/$199. I'm shocked, but its the right move.
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Current 3DS owners eligible for free games | Joystiq

Reminds me of the original iPhone rebate. Well done, Nintendo.
This is a semi classy move from a company that usually is thinking...
     
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Jul 28, 2011, 01:13 PM
 
Half of Netflix users connect with game console, most with Wii

Is this really a "shocking" stat?
We all know they aren't playing games on them, and they don't play DVD's
     
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Half of Netflix users connect with game console, most with Wii

Is this really a "shocking" stat?
We all know they aren't playing games on them, and they don't play DVD's
I'll play the asshole card and say since these people don't seem dedicated to being on the forefront of hardware technology their adoption of Netflix seems atypical.

Then again, they probably don't even know they can get their streams in HD if they had a different box.
     
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Jul 28, 2011, 11:48 PM
 
Microsoft Studios DLC on sale now


Halo: Reach
• "Halo: Reach - Defiant Map Pack" - 800 MSP - 400 MSP **
• "Halo: Reach - Noble Map Pack" - 800 MSP - 400 MSP **

Halo 3
• "Halo 3 Mythic Map Pack" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP **
• "Halo 3 Mythic II Map Pack" - 800 MSP - 400 MSP **

The "Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack" is currently not included in the sale.

Halo Wars
• "Halo Wars Strategic Options Add-on Pack" - 800 MSP - 400 MSP **
• "Halo Wars Historical Battle Map Pack Add-on" - 800 MSP - 400 MSP **

Gears of War 2
• "Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection" - 800 MSP - 400 MSP **
• "Flashback Multiplayer Map Pack" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP **
• "Combustible Multiplayer Map Pack" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP **
• "Snowblind Multiplayer Map Pack" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP **
• "Dark Corners Multiplayer Map Pack" - 560 MSP - 280 MSP **

Forza Motorsport 3
• "Community Choice Classics Pack" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP
• "Autoweek Car Show Pack" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP
• "Nurburgring GP Track Pack" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP
• "Jalopnik Car Pack" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP
• "The Road & Track Car Pack" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP
• "The Summer Velocity Car Pack" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP
• "World Class Car Pack" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP
• "VIP Car Pack" - 800 MSP - 400 MSP
• "Motorsport Legends Car Pack" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP
• "Benchmark High Speed Ring" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP
• "Sidewinder Proving Grounds" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP
• "Hot Holidays Car Pack" - 400 MSP - 200 MSP

"The Exotic Car Pack" is currently not included in the sale.

Fable III
• "Fable III Traitor's Keep Quest Pack" - 560 MSP - 280 MSP ** (now at the correct price)
• "Fable III Understone Quest Pack " - 400 MSP - 200 MSP

Kinect Sports
• "Kinect Sports Calorie Challenge Pack" - 320 MSP - 160 MSP **

Alan Wake
• "Alan Wake: The Writer" - 560 MSP - 280 MSP **
• "Alan Wake: The Signal" - 560 MSP - 280 MSP **

Crackdown 2
• "Premium Toy Box Pack" - 560 MSP - 280 MSP **
• "Premium Deluge Pack" - 560 MSP - 280 MSP **
     
 
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