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E3 2010 - Microsoft's Worst Kept Secret

posted Monday Jun 14, 2010 by Scott Ertz

E3 2010 - Microsoft's Worst Kept Secret

We have known for months now that Microsoft had been working on a new version of the Xbox 360 hardware. We have seen photos, we have seen screen captures of POS systems at retailers with the new SKUs, we have even seen future ads for the product. What we didn't know were the details, and today at Microsoft's Press Briefing at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Microsoft waited until the very end to show us the goods.

Although the console had been sitting on stage all day and we had been looking at it the whole time, we had no idea it was there. Clever Microsoft hiding it in the shell of Classic White right in the middle of the stage. Right before he closed the briefing he lifted the shell and revealed the new shiny black case.

Hit the break for all the details on the next generation of our faithful friend.

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E3 2010 - The Future of Project Natal

posted Monday Jun 14, 2010 by Scott Ertz

E3 2010 - The Future of Project Natal

The big deal at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) early on is about the future and the usability of Project Natal, now known as Kinect for Xbox 360. Going into the show a lot of people had concerns about the idea of Microsoft's controller-less interface for the Xbox 360, after leaving the Microsoft Press Briefing, I don't think there are nearly as many skeptics, myself included. Let's talk about some of what they have done to make me a believer.

First, they have bought into their own idea. Sometimes Microsoft doesn't seem to believe in themselves as much as they should to make something successful and their products fail. That is not the case here. Microsoft has committed to launching Xbox Live and Kinect in every country where the Xbox 360 is sold this year. That is a big change for them because previously there were big holes in the Xbox Live network and we expected the same holes with Kinect.

For the rest of what they have done right, hit the break!

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E3 2010 - Microsoft's Big Non-Reveal

posted Monday Jun 14, 2010 by Scott Ertz

E3 2010 - Microsoft's Big Non-Reveal

There has been a lot of talk about Hulu as of late and the biggest topic of discussion had to do with this morning's Microsoft Press Briefing here at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. The expectation was that we would hear about Hulu's integration into the Xbox 360 interface.

This rumor was fueled by a series of screenshots of an Xbox 360 Dashboard with a tile for Hulu, which I have included for reference. While the red color does seem a bit out of the ordinary for Microsoft, they do not control the tiles of their content providers, so it was a possibility. Plus, they did add purple to their E3 booth design this year, which is also a Microsoft departure.

Hit the break for the rest of the Hulu on 360 story.

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Quickhit Football: The Only Free Way To Play

posted Sunday Jun 13, 2010 by Josh Henry

<i>Quickhit Football</i>: The Only Free Way To Play

Quickhit Football is a small, easy to play, Flash based Internet game that has scored big-time with its official license from the National Football League, allowing the game to incorporate 32 professional teams. EA has a deal with the NFL that allows it exclusive access for consoles only and it does not cover completely Internet based games. That doesn't mean that Quickhit Football acquired the license for free. They raised $13 million in venture capital to pay for it, which is quite a price for a free game to pay. Brandon Justice, the head developer, has stressed that Quickhit Football will not directly compete with games like Madden because it reaches a different football fan demographic.

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Transformers Not so Confusing This Time Around

posted Sunday Jun 13, 2010 by Scott Ertz

<i>Transformers</i> Not so Confusing This Time Around

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen may have been an OK movie but it certainly wasn't up to Michael Bay's standards. He says that the writing was most of the problem, which is pretty obvious. He attributes this to the Writers Guild strike that affected film and TV, saying,

I'll take some of the criticism. It was very hard to put (the sequel) together that quickly after the writers' strike (of 2007-08).

He promises that the next film will not succumb to the same problem.

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Green Lantern Is Coming To You In The Flash

posted Sunday Jun 13, 2010 by Jon Wurm

<i>Green Lantern</i> Is Coming To You In <i>The Flash</i>

Lately we have been bringing you a lot of news about The Avengers but even for the past several years, the comic book film adaptations we've seen have been mostly dominated by Marvel, with the exception of Batman, Superman, and The Watchmen. DC fans, don't feel left in the dark just yet however. Warner Bros has faith in the upcoming Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds which is set to release June 17th, 2011.

In fact, Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, and Marc Guggenheim will be writing the already scheduled sequel to Green Lantern and have also been approached to work on The Flash. With the new Batman and Superman movies not scheduled until 2012 DC will be really counting on Green Lantern to keep things going for them and if it is a success there might be a possibility for some DC crossover in the future, maybe something along the lines of The Justice League?

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