Microsoft's Major Nelson (aka Larry Hryb) may have had his tongue firmly in cheek when he told HipHopGamer that Sony are welcome to license Xbox Live for use on PlayStation 3, but it's probably true. It would actually make for a wonderful gaming experience as 360 and PS3 players face off in the likes of Modern Warfare 2.
Potentially, all this is just a phone call away...
Xbox 360's Avatar Marketplace is the definition of hit-and-miss. For every lightsaber or guitar, there's a poodle purse or goldfish bowl. For every BioShock doll, there's a Minnie Mouse doll. For every remote control Warthog, there's a remote control Tails Tornado. Yes, that Tails.
Here are the six stupidest outfits available on Xbox Live. If I ever catch you wearing any of this stuff online, you're right off my friends list.
Xbox Live Indie Games offers up a brand new blaster you owe it to yourself to play.
Dr Linda Papadopoulos has published her report on the sexualisation of young people. It's a sound enough topic for discussion - a look at any fashion game or music video will show you there's at least a potential problem. Though every medium is covered in the report, the section on 'Computer games' has some interesting statistics.
Citing Dill and Thill (no, really) from a study in 2007, she says:
83 per cent of male
Have you ever ventured into the 'indie games' section of Xbox Live? It's a place where amateur or small-scale developers can publish their games for everyone to see. They pay a small fee, Microsoft provides the tools and we - the gamers - decide whether or not the results are worth purchasing. Here are our 11 favourites
Oftentimes our Top 7 lists tread ground that no one else has covered. After all, how many other articles can you find about inanimate objects and sexy horses? But every so often we come down from our esoteric high and write about something universal, like say long-ass videogame endings.
Few sounds in this life are sweeter than the "boop" or “ding” noise that comes when you have earned an Achievement on 360 or Trophy on PS3. Not only do you get the satisfaction of completing an in-game goal, but points get added to the overall score attached to your online profile, showing your friends how awesome you are.
We like to end things on a positive note. That’s why 2009 was capped with not only our annual Platinum Chalice Awards, but also a whole week’s worth of celebratory articles talking about the accomplishments of the past decade. Now though, with ’09 safely out of range for a retaliatory strike, we can piss all over the idiotic, baffling and just plain dumb occurrences that peppered our otherwise fine year.
If you were to look at the PlayStation Network a few years ago and compare it to its competitors, there wouldn't be very much to say. “It's free” was usually the best argument you could offer. With time, however, Sony's online gaming network has come into its own, adding in features and content that have helped to make it – if not exactly a match for the likes of Xbox Live – at least a worthy contender.
Unless you were dead this morning, you’ve heard the news – Disney has bought Marvel Comics for four billion dollars. Cue the speculation machines and “lolz Spaderman vs Mickey moose” arguments, right?