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Thursday
Mar132008

XBLA size limit increased for Capcom

"Given the sizeable content in Bionic Commando Rearmed and Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Microsoft allowed Capcom to work with a larger file size limit for both of those titles in order to provide gamers with the game experience that Capcom desired, such as full hi-res textures (on Bionic Commando Rearmed) or 1080p support (for SSFIIT)," said the Capcom rep. "The Xbox Live Arcade versions of both titles will have complete feature and graphical parity with the iterations that will be available on other platforms. There were never any issues with 1942 or Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3, as those titles were designed from the ground up to meet [Microsoft's] standards."

Well it seems that what everyone expected has now become official. Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and more importantly Bionic Commando Rearmed will not be subject to the 150MB limit that is currently enforced my Microsoft. I am not surprised by this news, but I am glad to finally hear the official words spoken. Now people won't be able to question whether or not the 360 version will be up to par with the PS3/PC versions.

Though this news is good news...I really want to hear Microsoft come out and officially raise the limit for all developers. Then we will be able to see more games that are as big (not is size, but in content) as a game like Rearmed. If they choose to keep the normal limit at 150MB and just make an exception here and there...we may see a surge in the downloadable games for PSN and a decrease in XBLA games. Plus with more room to work with, the more variety we can get. Also, Microsoft is selling Xbox Originals on Live and those can take up to 6GB of space! I think they can raise the limit for arcade games, don't you?

Thursday
Mar132008

Old Spice/Distributed Failure EP3

Well some people know that I was in one of the Old Spice Gamerscore challenges. The prize was a $100 Best Buy gift card and I was up against 15 other people. Well I ended up winning the contest with a gain of 16,130pts in 30 days...This challenge was a bitch and I am so happy that it's over. I don't want to hear are "blip" and see achievement unlocked for a while; I've seen enough of you guys and I've sick of you! "I can't quit you" ??? No, NO! I can...and I do quit you for now. I am proud to say that I also just surpassed the 60K mark! So that's pretty cool. Now I just sit back and wait for my prize to get here in 13 months!

Distributed Failure Episode 3

Episode 3 of our lovely podcast is up now and you can find a link to it on the right under "Distributed Failure"...I was a bit tired when we recorded it, which is pretty obvious. I think the show turned out pretty well even though Rob did call Bru a man... ...Twice! If you want to get back at Rob for being so mean, you can email me a voice clip of you saying "Rob has a tiny little sausage!" to thekush3@gmail.com

Stay tuned for more failure each week!
*New Episodes posted every Wednesday*

Tuesday
Mar112008

Bioshock 2 Confirmed...Why?

Ok, so the real question isn't why (To make money), but do we really want another game Bioshock 2 has been officially announced by Take-Two and that's all we know so far. We don't know if this game will be a sequel, a prequel...or a new game for that dusty N-Gage! (Just kidding). Personally I think this is absolutely horrible news! I don't think there is anymore to tell in this universe and can't help but feel that this game will one of the worst sequels in recent memory. THAT IS if this is a true sequel...A prequel may actually be a bit intriguing. Even though I don't want another Bioshock game that may possibly taint my love for the first game, but seeing how this world came to it's demise right from the start; That has a chance of being just as amazing as the first with many different ways of tackling that subject.

It would be very interesting to see these characters before Rapture turned to hell. I would like to interact with Andrew Ryan and learn more about his motivation to make this world, from the mouth the creator himself. I would like to learn about the discovery of the plasmids and the initial Big Daddy/Little Sister project. Rapture is a world that I am still interested in pre-Bioshock, but a game that took place after the fact wouldn't even make sense. Both endings don't give material for a sequel and the "good" ending was perfect in my eyes and I don't want to see anymore.

All we know for now is that another Bioshock game is coming and that it's going to be developed by 2K Marin (not the original developers). I don't know if Ken Levine will be involved in this project, but I would assume he is because otherwise I (and I think many other people) wouldn't be interested in this game at all. I trust Ken and if he is working on this game then I can't wait to see where it's going.

...I think I have a good subtitle for the sequel...

Bioshock 2: The Sausage Cometh

Monday
Mar102008

X360 Price cut in Europe

This article was taken from Gamespot.com

"Let the price wars commence--Microsoft has thrown down the gauntlet and cut the price of all Xbox 360 SKUs in Europe.

The Arcade pack will have a recommended retail price of £159.99 (down from £199.99), the Premium pack will be £199.99 (down from £259.99), and the Elite £259.99 (down from £299.99).

The price drops are effective from this Friday, March 14, and notably the new recommended retail price for the Arcade brings it in cheaper than the Wii--which at £179.99 has been the most budget-conscious next-gen console option since its launch in December 2006.

Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business Europe's VP, Chris Lewis, commented, "History shows that £159.99 is the price point where a console’s audience begins to expand, and with these new ERPs in place we’re ready to bring more consumers into the Xbox 360 world." "

I think that this is really good news for those in Europe thinking about purchasing a 360. I'm not saying this is good because of the Arcade pack, but because of the premium pack. With the HDD version now only £199.99 (Down £60!) people can get a fully functioning 360 for only £20 more than a Wii. You can't beat that deal and it makes me wonder if the states will see a price drop here as well. Maybe a drop to $300 for the Premium to coincide with the launch of GTAIV!? Who knows, but I think that would be a really good idea.

If the States do get a cut here our my price predictions...

X360 Arcade: $229.99
X360 Premium: $299.99
X360 Elite: $379.99

I know I have very optimistic thought about the Elite's price, but I think that would be the best price for it...

Sunday
Mar092008

Pixelated Sausage ...Dot Com!?

Well it's official...I now am proud owner of pixelatedsausage.com! As of right now I only have the domain name mirroring back to this blog, but in due time I plan to launch an official Pixelated Sausage site. So in the meantime try out the official domain!

http://pixelatedsausage.com