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What a Wiikend!

So unless you were living under a rock (or just not in the US) you know that this weekend saw the release of not one but two new consoles, the PS3 and the Wii. Sony lost my business a while ago (actually around the time of their E3 keynote earlier in the year) so I didn’t even think about trying to get hold of one of the 17* PS3 units shipped on Friday, but the Nintendo unit sparked my interest enough to see me spend Sunday morning running from line to line to find a Wii. Thanks to Toys R Us in New York’s Times Square (and extreme patience) I was able to get not one but two consoles (Wii meet eBay – eBay, Wii) and a handful of games. Read on for my thoughts… Read more on What a Wiikend!…

Gears of War – Battle Report

So I’m still playing GOW (despite a few other interesting things which came out this weekend!), and I thought I’d post a follow up with my thoughts having played through more of the single player campaign. Read more on Gears of War – Battle Report…

Adam Asks a Ninja – “Why So Slow?”

So yes, I’m sure I’m the last person on the intarwebs to have caught on to this particular phenomenon, but just in case there’s anyone else out there as backwards as me here’s a hint: Ask A Ninja is possibly the funniest website/podcast/thing ever. You get this guy, dressed as a Ninja, answering people’s (usually pretty stupid) questions. Sounds good huh? It’s better than it sounds. There’s a bunch of episodes on the website (I recommend “Thr33” as a good one to start with) and you can also subscribe to the video podcast in iTunes.

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Making the XPORT 360 read Xbox 1 Cards

So I mentioned the XPORT 360 and how it works well, but installation is a different matter. For 360 stuff, there’s no issue, the included software and instructions are fine. However, although it claims to read “Xbox 1 Memory Cards” there is a caveat hidden in the readme file – it will only work with Microsoft and Datel cards. For those of us with other brands (I have a MadCatz one) – the drivers won’t install properly. Luckily, with a little clever editing, we can make it all good – the drivers supplied will actually work with any memory card. Follow the instructions below if your Xbox 1 Memory Card isn’t being recognized. Read more on Making the XPORT 360 read Xbox 1 Cards…

Datel XPORT 360

Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, decided to make it particularly hard to move game saves from the original Xbox to the Xbox 360. So you can still play your old games, but you have to start from scratch. Several companies have stepped in to fill this void, with Datel in particular releasing several products around this area. The most recent is the Xport360. This is a multifunction device, allowing you to read and write:

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Gears of War

Emergence Day is upon us*. Candidate for Game of the Year (and hands-down winner of Hype of the Year) Gears of War has just come out on the Xbox 360. This is the latest project from superstar designer Cliffy B, and the first title to use Epic’s new Unreal Engine 3. So what do we have? Simply put, it’s a squad-based third-person shooter set in a steampunk-inspired alternate reality where the world has been invaded by monsters from below the surface of the earth. Read more on Gears of War…

Sonic The Hedgehog

Later this month Sega will be shipping the latest Sonic game, the imaginatively titled “Sonic The Hedgehog” for Xbox 360. I played this game at E3 earlier this year, and commented then on the painfully twitchy controls, annoying camera and general “non-funness” which it exhibited. I was hoping (and assuming) that this was just due to the preview nature of the E3 demo, and that things would be all shiny and new by release time. Read more on Sonic The Hedgehog…

Need For Speed Carbon Demo

The latest in EA’s venerable racing series “Need For Speed” just came out for allĀ the usualĀ console platforms, and I gave the demo a spin yesterday (on the Xbox 360). I’m a big racing fan, and typically prefer the more arcade oriented titles (e.g. Project Gotham) over the simulation-style games (e.g. Forza, Grand Turismo). However, other than on the PSP I haven’t played much of the NFS series. The emphasis here is on street racing – which is fine – but also on events such as drifting, which to be honest bore me senseless.

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