E3 07: Microsoft throws gauntlet at press conference

Xbox Live Arcade and Clip reel#2

Xbox Live Arcade has tallied more than 45 million downloads thus far, and another elephant-choking clip reel proved that the taps are going to keep flowing for quite some time: Bomberman Live, Undertow, Hexic 2, Sonic the Hedgehog, War World, Sensible World of Soccer (big in the UK, that one), Every Extend Extra Extreme, Geon, Wing Commander Arena, Feeding Frenzy 2, Track & Field, Spyglass Board Games, Golden Axe, Space Giraffe (read: Tempest 2007), Puzzle Fish, Word Puzzle, Marathon: Durandal, Poker Smash, Switchball, Tetris Splash, some Sudoku game, and Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords. You may not love 'em all, but you'll need at least a few, surely. And if not, at least you're impressed by the list, right? It was a real bitch to type.

Downloads are big, clip reel #3

Apparently, the HD downloads are all the rage on 360 as well, with Bell lauding that the 2000 hours of programming currently available on Xbox Live have led to $125 millions in sales.

That should increase with the addition of the entire Disney portfolio, including cartoons like Hercules, Tarzan, the Heffalump movie (that's Winnie the Pooh) and live action stuff like the Waterboy and Unbreakable. A huge chunk of it's available right this minute, and there was a vast clip reel for this one too, but you get the idea. It's all coming. Literally all of it.

Above: Peter Moore accidentally paused the game twice during the Rock Band demonstration

Game Studio exec chooses not to play in public

Shane Kim, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Game Studios - seriously, that's his title - then took the stage to introduce a Project Gotham Racing 4 demo. It's got motorcycles now, which is pretty cool. Kim name-checked coming games like Alan Wake and Too Human before declaring "Xbox 360 is the most powerful video game console on the planet."

We're pretty sure Sony would question that statement, but we were then swept into the trailer for Lost Odyssey, the latest from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. It looked mostly like a prettier FFX, but that's cool, and the main character's whole "I've been alive for 1000 years" thing.

Windows still exists: we have a 360 port to prove it

It’s been pretty clear that plans have been in place to bring Gears of War to the PC for quite some time. But tonight one of gaming’s worst kept secrets was officially acknowledged. Both XP and Vista users can look forward to five new story chapters, a new multiplayer mode, more maps, and a game editor this holiday season.

During a short but sweet demo, Bleszinski invited a friend for a co-op match via LIVE before showing off a brand new boss encounter with a giant Brumack. There was lots of dodging and ducking for cover as the gargantuan beast peppered Bleszinski with heavy machine gun fire and rockets.

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