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One of the coolest games to play with a group of friends if you ask me is Rock Band. I know I have spent more than one night with a group playing Rock Band on the PS3 and I have the game on my iPhone too for the times when I get really bored. If you are a fan of the franchise and have an iPad or iPhone, a new version of Rock Band has been unveiled.
The new game is called Rock Band Reloaded. Reloaded is on the app store right now to download and it has a set list of songs that players should like. Artists include Nirvana, Billy Idol, No Doubt, Nine Inch Nails and Vampire Weekend. There are over 20 songs total on the game and new tracks will be launched. The big new feature of the game isn't tracks; it's a new fifth way to play the game.
Yes! Beta! The team over at Valve constantly tune Team Fortress 2, it's a constantly evolving thing of love for them. The game has now gone into a public beta.
The beta is available to anyone who owns Team Fortress 2 - to install, open/launch Steam, open the Library and install "Team Fortress 2 Beta" from your games list.
Here at TweakTown we've posted a few things about Kinect - mainly because it's been such a success for Microsoft and it looks to represent a large change in how we use technology in the future. The broadness of it's tech from hacking has also interested thousands of people.
It is still successful weeks after launch selling 125, 000 units every single day for the past week in the run up to the end of year holiday season. Microsoft have been quite proud (and so they should) be of this achievement, where Sony has been quite as open about their sales numbers - Move is popular, but Microsoft seem to be much more confident in their sales numbers.
Maximum stealth, maximum power, maximum... reading? Yes, there is a Crysis book coming out. Crysis: Legion will be the official game novelisation written by Peter Watts - a Canadian science fiction author who was recently involved in an incident with US Border Patrol.
Crysis: Legion tells the story of the upcoming Crysis 2 - New York has been invaded by armoured aliens, a plague is wiping out the human race at an alarming rate and it is only a nano-suit wearing super-soldier that steps in to save mankind from extinction.
Xbox Live user? Listen up - Microsoft have just launched their Xbox Live Rewards loyalty program for US and UK gamers.
It's very similar to Club Nintendo but instead of getting gear you'll be awarded points for doing things you'd normally do for free anyway. Gamers will get a ten-point boost for renewing a one month membership, 400 points for buying or renewing a family plan and 100 points just for activating Netflix.
Microsoft's next-generation XBox is obviously being worked on and while the externals (the look and packaging) might be nowhere near finalised, hardware is having to be done right now and locked in with various companies with AMD looking like Microsoft's BFF for the new XBox.
The original XBox launched in 2001 with an Intel CPU and nVidia GPU. At the time it was more or less a PC in a new shell. At the time Intel complained that no money was being made from the CPU's being sold to Microsoft so they were scrubbing the entire project off as a marketing and brand awareness exercise (but we all know Intel is now the king of the CPU market, so maybe it worked?).
For the gamer who hates getting his [or her] killstreak on in COD, or during their 4 hour raid's in World of Warcraft, I present to you the following disturbing image.
Yes, people have gone there. According to Amazon, customers who purchase an Adult Reusable Cotton/Poly Snap Diaper are also fans of Call of Duty 4.
And that's about all. Sony have shipped the units to retailers, this number does not refer to actual units sold to consumers.
As this story broke, updates were hitting hard and fast, with Engadget confirming with Joystiq (who talked to Sony) that these units did indeed represent shipped units and not consumer sales, Joystiq's actual words on the situation?
Well, Microsoft - well played good sir. The Kinect has been introduced with warm hugs into 2.5 million homes within 25 days globally. I'm sure the ability to hack them and the air time that has gotten them hasn't helped...
The sales numbers include Black Friday sales from the weekend just gone. Microsoft are well on their way toward their goal of 5 million units through the holiday season - ho, ho, ho.
Sony have gone for a bunch of patent applications this week - all of them describing a single device with an interesting touchscreen interface. Obviously from the picture provided and no further detailed information, only guess work is at play.
The applications suggest sliders, clamshells and slates. The inventors of these devices have a touchpad that is separate from the main screen - possibly on the back of the device as it's rumored on the PSP2.