Xbox Fever (Mar. 5)
Another week, another case of fever — Xbox Fever. Let’s Fever!
Xbox 360 Receives HBO Go Support
Says: Venture Beat
JDL says: HBO Co-President Eric Kessler had some important words to share at a recent Xbox 360 event. The HBO Go service, which offers a variety of premium content like movies and episodes of their original TV series, is coming to the Xbox 360 and will be available starting April 1st. However, subcribers will still need to get the service via a traditional cable/satellite service provider.
Coincidentally, the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones premieres on the same day. Previously, HBO has let their subscribers watch next week’s episode after they finish the premiere an an incentive to use HBO Go but there hasn’t been any mention thus far if subscribers will get another bonus like that one to commemorate the HBO Go being available on the Xbox 360.
We’ve already got Youtube, Hulu, Netflix and Zune on the 360, why not have HBO available too? All of my True Blood loving friends’ll probably dig this developement. As for me, I’ll stick to games.
Chris says: With Netflix and HBO Go both available on the 360, I only need to leave the living room to use the lavatory — and order more Chinese food! Brilliant!
Groceries With Kinect
Says: Game Bandits
JDL says: Microsoft recently put into motion all of our deaths at the hand of Skynet with their new shopping cart proto-type. Their shopping cart relies on a Kinect sensor, a motor, a scanner and a monitor to do several interesting things. First, the shopping cart can record and check off a pre-programmed shopping list, scans items, reads off ingredients that get put into the cart (using the scanner) and best of all, the cart FOLLOWS YOU with pet-like devotion. Given that the shopping cart can do all of that, it’s also safe to assume it can perform simple price scans too. Perhaps the nicest feature of the shopping cart is that it can alert shoppers that some items may contain unsavory or unwanted ingredients using the scanner. Say you want gluten-free pasta (you hippie) and you make a note of it on your pre-programmed shopping list. If you scan pasta that happens to have gluten in it, the shopping cart lets you know about it.
Paying for your purchases is also made easy thanks to the shopping cart: scanned items in the cart and the amount due gets deducted from an account with funds, similar to purchasing a downloadable game from the XBLA Marketplace. About the only thing the shopping cart can’t do is bag groceries for you, but given enough time and resources, Microsoft can probably figure out a way to add that feature too.
Chris says: Oh baby! Microsoft just loves making my life even easier! So what if this shopping cart isn’t out yet, I’m all for having these bad boys at Pathmark! By the way JDL, that reminds me, pick me up some gluten free angel hair when you go out later!
Get Your Graffiti On And Win Prizes
Says: Nerd Reactor
JDL says: Last week, I may’ve mentioned something about Jet Set Radio becoming available on the Xbox 360, PC and PS3 in Summer 2012. Oh wait, I did, but I didn’t know when the release date would be. And — I still don’t know when the exact release date is, but I at least know that it’ll be available by sometime in the Summer.
But in addition to the release of one the only games that could ever dignify roller blading, gamers and artists (18 of them to be exact) will get a chance to design their own graffiti and have it available as in-game tags AND win prizes from SEGA. The lucky 18 artists whose submissions are chose will win themselves two digital Jet Set Radio downloads on the console of their choice (Xbox 360 or PS3), a Jet Set Radio hoodie, a stealth beverage shaker that looks like a spray can, and an Etón Rukus Solar – Portable Blue Tooth Sound System with Solar Panel. I don’t know what that last prize is, but if it’s a solar powered boom box like I think it is, I want it.
I just checked, if you have a stupid Android phone (like I do) it is. You can find details on the contest HERE.
Chris says: I used be part of a street gang back in the day, I was responsible for tagging this wall in Bensonhurst with a mural of Balrog riding on a magical unicorn while Guile Flash Kicks Joan Rivers in the middle of a meadow.
JDL says: WHAT?!
Chris says: Nevermind, it’s a graffiti contest right? I’ve got this thing in the bag.
Boondock Saints Game Coming To Xbox 360 + PC
Says: Cinema Blend
JDL says: A video game based on the Boondock Saints is in the works. Matt Scibilia, president and CEO of Critical Mass, says the game will be a “full-on co-op shooter,” for the PC and Xbox 360 right now and possibly for the PS3 later. Critical Mass has yet to decide whether the game will be a multi-part digital release or a retail game.
“We don’t want to do a crap-ass franchise game,” Scibilia, said. “We’re staying true to the content. We’re looking to expand the story, not just retell the franchise. The Boondock Saints characters are so strong — the banter, the relationships between Rocco and the brothers, the Catholicism, that will all be featured in the game.”
Critical Mass is planning to show the game off to press only at April’s PAX East with a public unveiling to follow at this summer’s E3.
Well this got my hopes up as I initially misread the title as Boondocks Game Coming To Consoles Soon. I’ve always wanted there to be a fighting game based around that show.
Chris says: I’m impartial to this “news.” It’s a game about one of the three movies in the world I had nothing to do with, so what? Meh.
Forza Horizon Touted As Next Forza Racing Sim
JDL says: There’s a new Forza game on the way, Forza Horizon and there’s a teaser trailer to go with it, gameplay footage included! Forza Horizon offers exotic cars and a potential street racing element plus a selection of open road based levels. Huh, why am I all nostalgic for Ridge Racer 3 now? Expect Forza Horizon later this Fall.
Chris says: Fast cars and top of the line graphics? Sounds like a game made for the easily distracted — it should be a big hit with kindergarteners and college students!
That’s it for me and Chris. I’ll see you later, I’m going to get some gluten free pasta.