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access_time June 6, 2012 at 12:07 PM in Culture by John De Large

Xbox Fever (June 6)

It’s Time for Fever! Chris and JDL discuss Microsoft’s E3 Keynote Speech! Who gets ripped to shreds by these two? Read on to find out!

Chris: Big ups to Forbes for the breakdown. We couldn’t be there because De Large had to work and train.

JDL: At least I still get work.

Chris: Did you hear this? Xbox chief Don Mattrick claims that the Xbox 360 is currently the number one selling system in the U.S.

JDL: You know that job of mine you hate? Every single middle schooler there owns a 360, so I’m not surprised.

Chris: Looks like the new Splinter Cell is going to be good! Lots of damage being dealt and players can even use Kinect during stealth gameplay.

JDL: Check it out, while hiding from an enemy, gamers can talk and the enemy will come and check it out. Didn’t we have this 10 years ago on PS2 with Manhunt? Man, now I miss that game. Anyhow, Splinter Cell: Blacklist ships in Spring 2013.

Chris: Ooh! Look! Madden NFL and FIFA are also going to join forces with Kinect! Players can issue vocal commands such as “sub player” or “formation one” and refs can issue penalties if they hear you talking too much trash.

JDL: Not bad! Joe Montana was even on hand to demonstrate how Madden works, calling out players by name. I’m not even a sports game fan and I have to admit, that’s pretty freakin’ awesome. Madden NFL 13 hits stores on August 28.

Chris: Another Gears of War game!

JDL: There’s more?

Chris: You bet your sweet fanny, baby! Gears of War: Judgement!

JDL: Looks like it might be class based too!

Chris: Finally, a shooting game we might be able to agree on!

JDL: Microsoft will feature extra Bing voice search on Xbox. Gamers can say “Xbox find comedies,” or “find action,” name specific movies, and you can find what you need. Gamers can also check out content from Nickelodeon, Paramount Movies, Machinima, and Univision too now.

Chris: Don’t forget content from NBA Game Time, NHL Game Center and later this year, 24/7 live programming from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU.

JDL: Add to that, the rebranded its Zune store is now Xbox Music with 30 million music tracks, available via through Xbox, Windows PCs, tablets and even phones.

JDL: Xbox is showing off their SmartGlass technology that lets gamers use thier phones and tablets with their Xboxs. SmartGlass allows you to do a number of things. For example, if you’re watching a movie on a Windows tablet, you can press some buttons to send the film to your Xbox, so it can be played on the TV. In the mean-time, the tablet turns into a companion device, showing information about the film. For example, if you’re watching Game of Thrones the tablet will show stuff like a map of Westeros, or a family tree of characters in the current screen.

Chris: By the way, it works for games too allowing gamers to choose plays on your tablet in Madden, or get tactical information in Halo.

JDL: Internet Explorer is also making its way to allowing gamers to have voice commands for the web and using your phone as a controller/ tablet. SmartGlass and IE launches this fall.

Chris: How about that South Park and The Stick of Truth?

JDL: Meh.

Chris: Trey Parker and Matt Stone said they only wanted to make a game if gamers could feel like they were really in that “distintively crappy” South Park environment.

JDL: So, they want the game to feel exactly like every episode? Ha!

Chris: Man, why you gotta hate? Just take a look at the trailer.

JDL: Actually, that looks like a solid RPG experience. Although, I gotta wonder what’s up with Mr. Slave in that one shot….

That’s it for this week! Until next week, be good!


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