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MS announces Xbox Originals


Yesterday Microsoft announced a new feature to be added in the next Dashboard Update coming Dec. 4th. The new feature will be Xbox Originals which allows you to download old games from the first Xbox. Some games that were named in the press release were Halo, Psychonauts, Crimson Skies and Fable. The games are priced at 1200 microsoft point and there has been no other details released.

What is the benefit in downloading these games? Will they be upscaled? or will they have achievements? who knows, we will have to wait for more details.

– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –


K-Mart Breaks Mass Effect Street Date

Word has spread that the forgotten retail store K-Mart has broken Mass Effect’s street date and is apparently selling the game off the shelves. No word if they have fixed the problem, but many say its happening nation-wide. So if you really want, or need copy that bad, better head to your nearest K-Mart. Buy me a copy too.. Thanks.

– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –

HALOween Playlist Coming

On the day of Halloween Bungie will update the playlist with what they are calling the Playlist of the Living Dead. The update will be in effect on the 31st from 21:01am to 3:00am(pst) the next day. In this playlist the game will obviously be Infection, but there will be benefits in playing. First off, the game will be ranked, so you have a better chance of picking up that Overkill and some other medals only available in an Infection game. Also, this will be the first time that maps, that have been forged, will appear on a playlist. That should be plenty of brains for you to feast on, but who will actually have the time to play that night?

Here are some questions that Bungie answered.

Q: Infection, what’s that?

Infection is this really great gametype, inspired by a custom game devised by our community in Halo 2, which we added official support for in Halo 3. In Infection, most players start off on a Human team, with one or more players starting off as Zombies. The odds are stacked heavily against the Zombies at first, but when a Human is killed by a Zombie (as they inevitably are), they join the Zombie team and turn on their former teammates.

Q: How long will the Living Dead haunt matchmaking?

Just for Halloween, from 12:01am to 3:00am the next morning, PST. We decided to let it go a bit late into the morning to give people a chance to play when they got home from their Halloween carousing. Infection is a lot of fun when everyone is into it, but we don’t think it would make a good playlist long term, so it’s going to come and go.

And if everyone has a good time, who knows? It may return, as the restless dead are known to do.

Q: Can I get achievements in this playlist?

Yes, it is set up as a Ranked Playlist, and players will have some good opportunities to pick up a few of the harder MP achievements without any of that pesky guilt. Fending off the hungry dead is as righteous a way as any to score an Overkill. It’s also a good chance to fill out your Ranked Medals with some of the Infection medals, like Infection Spree and Hell’s Janitor.

Q: There’s more than one version of Infection in this playlist, what is each version and how does it work?

We’re using two main versions: Save One Bullet, which is close to classical Infection but with limited ammunition which keeps the Humans from holding off the Zombies forever, and Creeping Death, where the Zombies are a bit slower but shockingly invisible and deadly. Creeping Rockets is a third variant where the Humans are more heavily armed, but the Zombies are tougher too.

Q: Do the maps in Living Dead have the same set-ups that I am used to?

The Living Dead playlist will be the first to use Forge variants in Matchmaking. Lars [Bakken] and Dan [Miller] pulled out all the stops and Forged some masterful variants featuring fortified positions and anti-Zombie booby traps to help get people into the Zombie mind (which is to say, wanting to get into a Human’s mind. Directly.)

Q: Man, I love these gametypes is there any way I can get them?

Any time you play one of these variants in Matchmaking, they’re saved in your Recent Games queue (in the Custom Games lobby, go to select the game type—the Recent Games list is at the top.) They may also show up in the Bungie Favorites this week.

Q: Will there be more special hoppers in the future?

You bet.

[via Bungie]

– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –

Team Fortress 2 Gets Patched

orangebox1.jpg If anyone has played Team Fortress 2, you have probably already run into many problems. One of the most obvious is lag. I gave TF2 a few tries online and it was nothing like i played at EA Press Event. At the Press Event everything worked great. It was completely smooth with no lag, but over on Xbox Live the experience is equivalent to playing Halo2 versus someone with AOL High Speed. Then when you think its bearable you realize that if you attempt to zoom, the screen just flashes between a scope and your regular view. It was disappointing but we all have to understand that a game is never perfect. Especially if it has 5 games built into one.

Anyways the game has been patched to preform much better, but when i attempted to play a game i could still feel a little lag. I probably need to try a couple other games to see how it goes. If anyone else has a better experience, please let me know.

Patch Details :

    • Reduced network bandwidth usage in multiplayer.
    • Improved overall game performance.
    • Arranged search results to favor preferred host conditions.
    • Improved searching for ranked games.
    • Addressed a possible false report of too little storage space on larger hard drives.

– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –

Rock Band’s (almost) Full Track List


IGN received an almost full track list and couldn’t wait to share with everyone. The list has 45 licensed tracks (+1 unlockable). It was mentioned that there are 12 more tracks to be announced. I’m still hoping for The Darkness – I Believe in a Thing Called Love, for the sole reason of just seeing friends attempt to sing in a voice that matches a castrated man. Anyways, here it is!


  • Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter”


  • Aerosmith “Train Kept a Rollin'”*
  • The Who “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
  • Boston “Foreplay/Long Time”
  • Mountain “Mississippi Queen” (cover)
  • The Police “Next to You”
  • David Bowie “Suffragette City”
  • Black Sabbath “Paranoid” (cover)
  • Blue Oyster Cult “Don’t Fear the Reaper”
  • The Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop”
  • Deep Purple “Highway Star”
  • KISS “Detroit Rock City”
  • Molly Hatchet “Flirtin’ With Disaster”
  • The Outlaws “Green Grass & High Tides” (cover)
  • Sweet “Ballroom Blitz” (cover)


  • Rush “Tom Sawyer”*
  • Bon Jovi “Wanted Dead or Alive”
  • The Clash “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
  • Faith No More “Epic”
  • Pixies “Wave of Mutilation”
  • R.E.M. “Orange Crush”
  • Iron Maiden “Run to the Hills” (cover)


  • Foo Fighters “Learn to Fly”
  • Metallica “Enter Sandman”
  • Nirvana “In Bloom”
  • Stone Temple Pilots “Vasoline”
  • Weezer “Say It Ain’t So”
  • Smashing Pumpkins “Cherub Rock”
  • Radiohead “Creep”
  • Beastie Boys “Sabotage”
  • Hole “Celebrity Skin”
  • Garbage “I Think I’m Paranoid”
  • Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun”


  • The Hives “Main Offender”
  • Queens of the Stone Age “Go With the Flow”
  • The Strokes “Reptilia”
  • Jet “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”
  • OK Go “Here It Goes Again”
  • Nine Inch Nails “The Hand That Feeds”
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers “Dani California”
  • Coheed & Cambria “Welcome Home”
  • Fallout Boy “Dead on Arrival”
  • The Killers “When You Were Young”
  • New Pornographers “Electric Version”

Unlockable Tracks

  • Bang Camaro “Pleasure (Pleasure)” 


  • Plus twelve more yet to be revealed tracks.

What do you guys think? Still worth the purchase?

– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –

3 New SFHD Screenshots Are Teh Sexy

Over at Capcom Digital blog, they have released 3 new screenshots of Street Fighter HD. If there is ever a good reason to wet you pants, this has to be one. A week ago they released a video clip of the game in action, but the quality of the video didn’t do it justice. These screenshots are only a taste of what you can expect from SFHD and already they look great. The screenshots are still a work in progress. So if you happen to catch some kind of mistake like the locations of stages, Dont worry. They already know. Enjoy!

[via capcomdigital]

– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –

Introducing Street Fighter IV

Its been close to a decade since the last real sequel to the Street Fighter series. The video shows Ken and Ryu fighting it out showing off trademark moves. Capcom has yet to release any other info on the game. The trailer looks great, but what can we expect for the game? Either way, the video has all fighter-fanatics anxious to see some gameplay.

– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –


News Shorts 11/14

arcassonne will be free on the 15th.
Assassin's Creed delayed in Australia.
Time Shift multiplayer Demo now available on the Marketplace.
Screwjumper now available on XBLA.
Shrek-n-roll now available on XBLA.
Looney Toons demo now available on XBLA.
skate will not have any DLC. WTF!!!???
Scene it Demo now available on the Marketplace.
Assassin's Creed set for Nov 13th launch.
Bungie testing new maps. (new maps may come in spring)
Speedball 2 now available on XBLA.
E4 (Every Extend Extra Extreme) is now available on XBLA.
Rumor: Toshiba and Microsoft working together to create new 360 SKU to have internal HD-DVD.


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