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Halo 2 LIVE Service Ending, Everybody Wins!

posted Saturday Mar 6, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

<i>Halo 2</i> LIVE Service Ending, Everybody Wins!

We mentioned eons ago about why Xbox LIVE would only allow 100 friends, among other limitations that didn't make sense. The culprit was Halo 2 and the facts were that since so many people still played the original Xbox game online, that Microsoft couldn't update. Well, the top played Xbox game's ability to play online is coming to an end on April 15th, and we are all excited for this. Yes, even the Halo 2 players, because they get some neat goodies.

On April 15, 2010, we will discontinue the Xbox LIVE service for original Xbox games playable on Xbox v1 and Xbox 360. In our continuing efforts to evolve the service, we need to make changes to the LIVE service that are not compatible with original Xbox v1 games.

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Founders of Infinity Ward Forced Out of Activision

posted Saturday Mar 6, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Founders of Infinity Ward Forced Out of Activision

A couple of days ago, non-uniformed security guards showed up at Infinity Ward's offices unannounced and did not speak to any of the employees there. Several hours later, Jason West and Vince Zampella, the co-founders of Infinity Ward Studios and the huge blockbuster game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 were escorted out of the building. Were they given a choice, or was it a power move by Activision's top brass? Looks to me like Activision was well aware of what was going to happen.

On Monday, Activision filed a form 10:K with the SEC, mentioning many details about problems with the company that we find suspicious.

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The WoW Killer is Here - With a Hoe in Hand

posted Sunday Feb 28, 2010 by Josh Henry

The WoW Killer is Here - With a Hoe in Hand

According to information collected by AppData, the FarmVille player base passed the 80 million mark yesterday. We'll give you a second to soak that in. It might help you digest it if we present the number numerically: 80,920,421. Or, perhaps you need another point of reference: That's almost the population of Germany. If you tried to orally count the number of people currently playing FarmVille, it would take you close to four years. And God only knows how large the player base would be then.

It seems that the WoW killer came in something that nobody expected. You would think that someone in the gaming industry would recognize how crazy people are about virtual farming and monopolize the situation. I can tell you with the straightest face that if Marvelous Entertainment, the owner of the Harvest Moon franchise, decided to make an MMO based off of the universe, my social life would officially be dead.

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WinMo 6.5 to Become WinPho Starter Edition

posted Sunday Feb 28, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

WinMo 6.5 to Become WinPho Starter Edition

We've been calling Windows Mobile WinMo for ages, and so has everyone else. But ever since MWC and the announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series we haven't heard anyone mention Windows Phone as WinPho. So we did. And we are copyrighting it in text right here. So Microsoft, start payin' to use that, buddy. Anyway, we learned this week that WinMo 6.5, the new operating system coming to several phones in the upcoming months will be renamed to Windows Phone Starter Edition, mainly due to Microsoft's everlasting rule of launching a product and naming it something else without changing anything but the wrapper.

Zdnet got a hold of a Windows Mobile spokesperson who said something interesting when asked about the difference between WinMo 6.5 and if WinPho Starter Edition will be a stripped-down version.

The Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition SKU is offered in multi-language versions with and without Microsoft Office Mobile and supports 2G (GSM), 2.5G (CDMA2000 xRTT, EDGE, GPRS), CDMA (Rev A, EV-DO Revision A), and TD-SCDMA radios.

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The Buzz Continues

posted Sunday Feb 28, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

The Buzz Continues

Everyone is buzzing about Google Buzz, just not in a positive way. Not too many Gmail users were thrilled to see that Google had automatically signed them up for and linked them with other Buzz users, but that was just the beginning.

Users were curious about the new social networking service but lost interest when linked with people automatically. Google claims that they plan to fix the auto-follow feature by using a suggestion box to add new friends, sound familiar?

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Total Music Sales are Down, but so is P2P Use

posted Sunday Feb 28, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Total Music Sales are Down, but so is P2P Use

Last week, the world held their breath during the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics while at the same time salivating over the announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series at MWC, so I guess the media had nothing better to do than to report on studies and researches. Here's another for you.

Marketing research firm NPD Group has reported that numbers have plummeted from '07 to '09 when it comes to how much music was legally purchased. Stating at the Digital Music Forum: East conference in New York, NPD analyst Russ Crupnick mentioned that 24 million fewer people bought music in the two year time frame, whether it be CD or online. However, total spending per user has increased, and more shockingly, P2P use has decreased in the same time.

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