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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Getting paid to promote Xbox 360 to women...

xbox 360 making money postOn a recent Saturday, about 1,000 women across the country moonlighted as marketers for Microsoft's newest Xbox services.

House cleaners, hairdressers, guidance counselors and IT technicians got a $150 pack of Xbox freebies for opening their homes to at least 10 friends or relatives.

And they earned bragging rights.
"It's cool because the kids in my school were like 'oooh,' " says Aimee Maldonado, 40, a guidance counselor at a high school in Yonkers, N.Y. "They think I'm so cool."
She was among the first 10,000 people in the U.S. to try a batch of new Xbox Live Internet-based games and services, which include streaming video, movie rentals from Netflix, as well as photo-sharing and other social-networking features and shopping.

Microsoft signed up Maldonado and the others to drum up interest among women like them in the services and the newest Xbox console, whose price was cut in the fall to $199.
"We've sold 20 million consoles to date globally since we launched three years ago," says Heather Snavely, Microsoft's director of interactive entertainment business global platforms. "In order to get to the next 20 million, we need to get a new audience of women and teens. We're going after them in ways that are different than ways we've done before."
The Xbox event hosts used their own Xbox 360 consoles to demonstrate the new services, which also require broadband Internet service and subscriptions to Netflix and Xbox Live, a service that offers social-networking activities and game play with friends in other cities.

They got an Xbox party pack of freebies that included microwaveable popcorn, Xbox trivia game "Scene It? Box Office Smash," an Xbox universal media remote control, a three-month subscription to Xbox Live, and 1,600 Xbox Live points (used for game, movie and TV show purchases).

Xbox found women including Maldonado and Chicago-area resident Danielle Jamil through a service called House Party, which sets up home parties for marketers. House Party has a database of 100,000 names of people who have provided a profile of personal information and who want to be "brand advocates." The advocates host a preplanned party to show off the marketer's brand to their friends.

Source: News Press

Sherlock Holmes v Jack the Ripper in this Whitechapel PC video game can you stop the London prostitute killer?

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Frogwares Studio and Focus Home Interactive are pleased to share with you this new video of Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper, which will be released in May 2009.

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This 1min50 long video takes us to London, back in 1888 to the faithfully recreated Whitechapel district, exactly as the payers will discover it as this video is only composed of ingame sequences.

Dark streets, oppressive atmosphere, constant poverty, alcoholics, beggars and prostitutes, it’s a frightening immersion that we offer you on video in this district sadly known for having been the hunting ground for one of the most atrocious serial killers in History: Jack the Ripper.

Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper allows you to play as the greatest detective of all in the London of 1888. A series of particularly horrible murders creates a real psychosis throughout the country. Atrociously mutilated prostitutes' bodies are found by the police without them being able to find a serious lead. Sherlock Holmes starts looking for clues in the dark and sinister alleys of Whitechapel in order to follow the macabre trail of the one the press now calls Jack the Ripper. During an adventure full of twists, Sherlock Holmes will try to bring out the true identity and the motives of the one who hides behind this scary alias.

The Sherlock Holmes series is known as one of the best franchises in adventure games and is very popular with around 1.5 million copies sold worldwide. Now, Sherlock Holmes is back with a game that will give a new dimension to the series. Indeed, Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper will offer players two different views that are accessible at any time: a third person view in the purest style used in point & click adventure games, as well as a first person view. The player will be free to play in one or the other modes or even combine them for greater immersion into this terrifying adventure. Another novelty: the player will also find an original crime scene reconstitution system that will allow him to test his theories during his progress in the investigation to follow the bloody trail of the terrifying serial killer.

Sherlock Holmes v Jack the Ripper will be released for DVD ROM PC in May of 2009.

Xbox Live demos Resident Evil 5, Halo Wars, Race Pro, Tom Clancey's H.A.W.X. and F.E.A.R 2 Project Origin

resident evil 5 video game
There are some awesome new demos coming to Xbox Live over the next months. The first demo is the much anticipated Resident Evil 5. This demo became available on January 26th, for all Xbox Live subscribers. This will give all you fans a chance to play the great game before it hits the shops on March 13th 2009.

Next comes Halo Wars on February 5th. The Halo Wars demo gives you a chance to try out the brand new strategy game from the creators of the Age of Empires series.

Other demos are Race Pro, Tom Clancey’s H.A.W.X and finally F.E.A.R 2 - Project Origin will also be coming to the marketplace keep your eyes open for the release dates.

Keep some extra space on your hard drives to download these gems.

Free computer game website list - with links

free game sites
The following list contains some of the best websites and online resources for free computer games. Some sites are soley dedicated to freeware games, while others offer either a mix of freeware and free online games or a section dedicated to free computer games.

1. Acid-Play - here
2. All Games A-Z - here
3. Caiman - here
4. Full Games - here
5. Underdogs - here
6. Mega Games - here
7. Noodan - here
8. Planet FreePlay - here
9. Reloaded Abandonia - here
10. Take game - here

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Crysis Warhead Patch 1 - Download (37.15MB)

crysis video game patchPatch 37.15MB

General Fixes/tweaks
Windows Vista: Mouse cursor should no longer have an offset in the menu.
Windows Vista: Unrequested launches in windowed mode should occur less often now.
Timedemo can now be started from the command line.
Better dynamic texture support for enthusiast mode.

New Features
Added 64-bit executables for Windows XP x64 and Windows Vista 64-bit version. In Windows XP x64 a new shortcut will be placed under the Crysis Warhead program group. In Windows Vista right-click the Crysis Warhead icon in Game Explorer and choose to run the game in 64-bit mode.

Known Issues
Games saved in 32-bit won't work properly when running the 64-bit version and vice-versa.
Note: After applying the patch the version displayed (lower right corner of menu) is

Crysis Warhead PC Specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 2.66 GHz 3M CPU
NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT 512MB GPU
G31 mATX Motherboard
250GB 7200RPM 3G SATAII Hard Drive
Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Adapter
Integrated Realtek High-Def Audio
Keyboard & Mouse Included
Ultra X-Blaster ATX Mid-Tower Black Case
1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty

System Requirements :

Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista)
Intel Core 2.0 GHz (2.2 GHz for Vista)
AMD Athlon 2800+ (3200+ for Vista)
1 Gb (1.5 Gb on Vista)
Graphics Card:
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Radeon X800 Pro for Vista)
VRAM: 256MB of Graphics Memory
Storage: 15GB
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
OS: Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Microsoft Vista
DirectX: DX9.0c or DX10

Valentine idea - give a video game - The Chase - Felix meets Felicity

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Use the Stylus to Dash to Your Date on Time in 'The Chase: Felix Meets Felicity', Atari's Original Platformer on Nintendo DS

With The Chase: Felix Meets Felicity, Atari takes cupid's bow in hand and fires an arrow of platform gaming love into the hearts of anyone who's ever been in a rush to meet up with their new crush. With a fresh approach to platforming on Nintendo DS.
The Chase: Felix Meets Felicity encourages passionate players to navigate their way through bizarre obstructions, interruptions and mishaps by using the stylus to draw a path to their sweetheart. This Valentine's Day, don't say it with flowers, chocolates or a cheesy card - woo your beloved with something original and say it with a video game. 

The Chase: Felix Meets Felicity, rated E for Everyone, is available in stores now, perfect timing for Valentine's Day gift shopping.

Budding Romeos and Juliettes the world over will step in the shoes of young buck Felix or hot chick Felicity in a mad dash across town to make their date on time. The pick up and play gameplay makes brilliant use of the Nintendo DS stylus to draw platforms to climb and hop across, dodging the obstacles and loveless misanthropes who get in the way. Run, jump, dodge and slide through hectic scenarios while desperately trying to stay ahead of the clock and rainy weather. 

At the start and end of each level, heat up your love life with some cheeky mobile phone flirting with the object of your affection, spurring on the desire to reach your romantic, ice-cream filled rendezvous on time.

chase valentine gameAlong the way, our loved-up heroes will draw, climb and jump their way through the city, subway, park, forest, carnival, beach and more, with each colorful and vibrant area packed with fun obstacles, cold-hearted bad guys and flirty pickups. 

When the path ahead seems blocked, draw your own with the stylus for an exciting new kind of touchy-feely platforming gameplay, a perfect fit with the amorous The Chase: Felix Meets Felicity. 

To fan the flames of desire, Felix and Felicity will have no shortage of help in their romantic race against the clock with impassioned advice from love gurus and in-game power-ups including Time-Freeze, Love-Rush, Newton-Bomb and the explosive Love-Nuke. Let nothing stand in the way of true love!

Say it with a video game this Valentine's Day with Atari's The Chase: Felix Meets Felicity available out now.

Overgrowth map editor 'how to' video

A lot of people are curious about how Overgrowth's map editor system will work so Wolfire recently released a video to show off all of the Phoenix Engine's latest editing features.

The video includes a tools tutorial, timelapse building construction, and exclusive footage of the elusive Rabbot.

Although Overgrowth is still in the early alpha stages, fans were excited to see how much functionality has already been added.


Free Smack Boxing Lite iPhone game released!

smack boxing video gameThe Lite version of Full Control and WIT Entertainments award winning iPhone Boxing game "Smack Boxing" have just been unleashed onto the appstore!

The free Smack Boxing Lite features 3 opponents and is playable on the "easy" difficulty level. The premium version offers 8 unlockable characters and 4 levels of difficulty, easy, medium, hard and insane.

Otherwise Smack Boxing Lite is fully featured.

About Smack Boxing:
With the usual twist of sarcastic humor we revamped the iPhone multitouch controls into the best stress relief experience ever! Boxing has never been this fun before. If you liked NES Punch-Out, then this is the right game for you!
Swipe, tap and tilt to perform a multitude of different boxing moves including jabs, uppercuts, hooks, sidesteps and blocks to unlock new opponents and levels of difficulty.

iTunes links: Smack Boxing

Smack Boxing Lite

Runescape players guide tips on how to use Holy Magic...

runescape game
Prayer in Runescape serves the same role that clerical or priestly magic does in other games. It serves to heal and buff the Runescape character. Prayer is used for both buffing and healing in the game, but it is one of the hardest skills to raise. Merely using a power from the prayer list does not give a Runescape character prayer experience.

Most skills in Runescape have a fairly straight forward process of leveling up which involves using them. Using a spell from the prayer list will not cause the skill to go up. Instead, a player must find and bury bones in order to gain experience. It is often a painstakingly slow process.

Raising Runescape Prayer Experience
Using a spell form the prayer list is not enough to cause a player's experience in the skill to go up. Insated, a Runescape character must bury bones found on the monsters that he kills. The bones that yield the most prayer experience can only be used by Runescape members, but this restriction only means that the free members can still level up their prayer skill level more slowly. A free player who wants to raise his prayer skill should find and bury big bones, which give 15 experience points when buried.
Getting New Prayers in Runescape
As a Runescape characters level in prayer increases, new buff spells become available that can help a character out as he journeys through the game world. Spells on the prayer list can be used as long as the character has the necessary skill points and level to use them. If a character runs out of skill points, he must return to an altar and pray to recharge his prayer points.
Prayer in Runescape is one of the most frustrating skills to level, but it is the second most powerful skill set in the game. Because there are no limits to the number of skills a Runescape cahracter can learn, there is no reason not to pursue any skill that makes a character's life easier.

Patience and diligence are required to raise this skill more so than any other skill in Runescape. If a character puts the effort, he will eventually reap the rewards of channeling divine energy.

Global Runescape Website
Runescape Headquarters Website
Runescape In-game help, Jagex Entertainment