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Xbox 360: The new xbox 360 experience FTW!!!

November 22nd, 2008 1 comment

I have to admit, I haven’t actually played my 360 (oh crap!) for months, I just cant find the time these days – which is strange, considering I’m only working these days with no uni. After hearing about The New Xbox Experience I knew I had to update the Xbox 360 to check it out.

So what exactly is this new experience? Its a whole revamp of the 360 dashboard plugging in a more “social” entertainment focus. Gone are the old dashboard “Blade” look replaced by a sleeker user-interface:

You also create a more unique avatar, I spent a good 10 minutes just flicking through them and eventually settled one one, customised it to the way I look.

So if you’ve never seen what I look like, heres a rough guide – but no-where near as cool  as this looks like.

Ofcourse I dont wear Timberlands everywhere but I definately where my shades and a jeans + polo shirt type of guy. Whats impressive is that the avatar is heavily customisable unlike the Wii, from face, skin color, eye-brows, smile, nose, hair, watches, jewelery, shoes, clothes heck even the ears.

Another classy feature is the preloading of games to the HDD, this means your loading times are significantly reduced (like Halo). You still need to verify the game media by inserting it everytime to avoid piracy, but thereafter its loaded from the HDD.

Unfortunately NetFlix isnt available in Australia so I wasn’t able to try it out, but if you _do_ have a 360, get the update… You’ll be tripping. An update will include (maybe?) a browser much like the Opera extension for the Wii dubbed IE360.

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Call of Duty World at War 24hr Launch Party – Swinburne 2008

November 9th, 2008 1 comment

This weekend saw the 24-hour launch party for Call Of Duty 5: World At War at Swinburne University in Hawthorn (my old uni). With a scourge of ubber nerds and geeks gathering from all around town to come play CoD5 first.

Xbox 360 Setup Library Atarium
Amongst the promoters were Alienware – who provided PCs, Sapphire Technologies – who’s graphic cards donned the Alienware boxes, Razer – Keyboard & Mice, V – to help keep the gamers on the ball and Microsoft who graciously provided a stack (100 or so) Xbox 360s to keep things moving.

Activision even went so far as to keep the troops entertained with several models representing Alienware, Razer and ATI for eye-candy (because you know some geek out there is going to want to get their picture taken with them) – which reminds me:

Call of Duty Babe

I didn’t a chance to take too many shots – far too busy playing CoD5, but everything that was taken is available in the Swinburne Call Of Duty 5 Launch set on Flickr. It was a night of (maybe too much) gaming – which was followed by a quick 4hr ‘break’ to play at a LAN Games at another venue not too far from uni, dinner at the good old Hong Kong Seafood Hut and an overload of caffeine (V, Mochas, Red Bulls). Aside from CoD5, inside the BA building, you could jam out to some Guitar Heroes if all this mindless, senseless killing is gotten to you.

Everyone attending got to take home a show-bag with some goodies – self-heating coffee mug, dog tag, CoD hat, t-shirt, CoD pen, lanyard and just to confuse you, a copy of Spider-Man 3 for PC. You could also buy a copy of the game and gear but if the price was any indication, I doubt many did.

Of course, Swinburne’s big promo of hosting the launch is to bring to light the awesome games oriented degree they offer. The double degree probably takes the cake for having the longest title for a university degree in the history of the world and competes directly with RMIT’s BIT: Games & Graphics Programming degree.

Bachelor of Multimedia (Games and Interactivity) / Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering)

Take a looksy, who knows, you could be working on the next Call Of Duty!

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