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Firmware Update: COD BanHammer or Serious Flop?

Is the latest firmware update [meant to stomp down on cheating and pirating] a big success, getting people exactly what they deserve, or a gigantic flop hurting lots of “innocent” gamers?

While its too soon to tell if a lot of innocent gamers are getting hammered, check out some pleas of innocence on the Ps3 blog after the jump [courtesy of Ripten].

Source:  Ripten

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Kinect Causing Newfound RROD?

Is the terrifying “Red Ring of Death” on the rise again?  BBC and Xbox forums seem to think so.

“I just got the Kinect for my xbox 360 (one of the original ones) with only 4 mg memory. I installed the update software that came with the system, went through the kinect calibrations and when I went to play the game [the] system froze. Tried this multiple times and got red ring of death (3 rings),” says a member of the Xbox Forum.

“Same thing happened to me. My non problematic 2008 360 pro got RROD after playing kinect 2-3 times (with light use),” said another disgruntled Xbox forum goer.

BBC Radio caller  stated “We plugged [Kinect] in the day we got it but only played it a few times before we got the red lights…  The next day when we tried it again we still had the red rings of death and haven’t been able to use it since.”

Microsft, however, states that there is “no correlation between the three flashing red lights error and Kinect. Any new instances of the three flashing red lights error are merely coincidental.”

Mere coincidences or  massive conspiracy cover-up?  You decide!

Source:  1up

600 Million Hours Logged on COD: Black Ops

I’m not sure if we should be proud or ashamed of this.

According to data gathered, it appears that in the 45 days since Call of Duty: Black Ops has been released, gamers around the world have logged a collective total of 600 Million hours.  Compared to Halo: Reach, in a similar [yet flawed] determination was under half of that total.  This averages out for nearly 87 minutes a day for the 20 million players around the world.

Activision also recently announced that the total number of online users currently active outnumbered the viewing audience of the LOST season finale on ABC.

This might explain why so many of my friends stopped showing up to class.

Source: Destructoid

Code’s Corner : Games of the Year 2010

My name is Code, and welcome to my corner!  [It’s the tiny office with 3 walls.]  2010 was a remarkable year in gaming, mostly due to my purchase of an Xbox360, and finally having access to all the titles on all consoles.  There was no shortage of amazing titles this year, spanning all consoles and genres.  So what was the best of the best?  Which titles won over my heart in each console?  Join me after the jump, and find out!

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Legend of Zelda : Interesting Mosiacs

If you’re into sprites.  Ok, if you’re REALLY into sprites, then this should definitely be an interesting image-fest for you.  After the jump, check out two AMAZING artistic renditions of Link and Zelda, created by an artist using only sprites from the Legend of Zelda franchise.

I certainly hope that there was some sort of program involved with rendering these images [they’re nearly 7 MB a piece], because if this is photo-shopped by hand, I would probably jump out of a window in sheer amazement.  Ok, it’d be just a one-story window and into a nice cushy pillow pile, but my statement stands.

Source:  Destructoid

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Marvel VS Capcom 3 Fate of Two Worlds : No Demo Version

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Strategic Planning Vice President Christian Svensson [on the Marvel VS Captom division] has announced that there will NOT be a download demo of the upcoming title.

Svenson also announced that there will be down-loadable characters for a small fee.  While most gamers are quuk to rise up in anger over teh subject of paying full retail price for a game, and getting nickel and dimed on the extras, Svenson stated that “DLC is part of the business model these days given the massive costs of production and can be the difference between a profitable product and an unprofitable product.”

My many condolences to the TSG fighting game thread viewers and contributers.

Source:  Joystiq

Microsoft Banning Swastika COD Users

While Microsoft giving players the ability to create user-symbols[the usual “no profane/inappropriate” rules obviously in effect] seems to be a great way to help allow individualism, they’re banning any and all uses of Swastika as a user tag. Some banned users made a fuss, stating that their goal was to help bring a new meaning to the symbol, and that C.O.D had been using the Swastika symbol for far longer in their WWII games.

Microsoft stated:

“If you think the swastika symbol should be re-evaluated by societies all over the Earth, I think that’s great…  Your Xbox Liveprofile or in-game logo, which doesn’t have the context to explain your goal, is not the right place to do that. It’s not political correctness, it’s fundamental respect.”

Source:  Ripten

Target Special : Discounted 1 Yr Xbox Live With Purchase of Black Ops

Great news for gamers who haven’t snagged Call of Duty Black Ops yet!  If you purchase the game at target [starting November 7th and running through November 13th], then you purchase a Xbox Live one year subscription for HALF the price!  That’s nearly $30 off the purchase price!

So if you’re an Xbox Live user, enjoy Call of Duty?  I think I know where you guys are heading this weekend!

Source:  Joystiq