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Tuesday: August 11, 2009

Netflix has an exclusive partnership with the Xbox 360 according to Microsoft.Netflix has an exclusive partnership with the Xbox 360 according to Microsoft.

Looks like you may not be seeing the same kind of Netflix app on any of those other consoles any time soon.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in FYI @ 2:20 PM | Tags (5) | netflix | microsoft | xbox | consoles | partnership |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: July 24, 2009

Party mode unavailable for some selected Netflix movies on Xbox Live?Party mode unavailable for some selected Netflix movies on Xbox Live?

So far it looks like the service can't be used with Disney and Starz movies. You'll have to MST3K these movies in person.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Strange @ 12:04 PM | Tags (5) | banned | netflix | party | xbla | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 17 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 23, 2009

Next Xbox Live update scheduled for August 11th.Next Xbox Live update scheduled for August 11th.

Update includes games on demand service, Netflix party option, and Avatar specific purchasing.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:59 AM | Tags (8) | xbla | xbox | live | update | netflix | microsoft | avatar | ondemand |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: July 22, 2009

Microsoft decides to close up shop on their YouTube competitor product.Microsoft decides to close up shop on their YouTube competitor product.

The truth is that Soapbox never stood a chance. YouTube was always the place to go for user-generated videos, and while Soapbox did offer slight improvements in some areas, Google has been making sure to keep improving YouTube as well.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 7:38 AM | Tags (5) | beta | microsoft | soapbox | video | youtube |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 21, 2009

Microsoft would like you to know that a portable Xbox is right around the corner.Microsoft would like you to know that a portable Xbox is right around the corner.

New device said to be somewhere in between a Zune and an Xbox in size and will be a competitor to iPhone.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:24 AM | Tags (4) | xbox | portable | microsoft | gaming |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 20, 2009

See how well you know your Xbox games with this online quiz.See how well you know your Xbox games with this online quiz.

Not the hardest of quizzes, but a good way to pass a couple minutes.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:55 AM | Tags (3) | xbox | gaming | quiz |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 14, 2009

A Microsoft-operated streaming music service might be coming to your Xbox 360 soon.A Microsoft-operated streaming music service might be coming to your Xbox 360 soon.

The company recently announced that Xbox Live Gold members will have access to the Last.fm streaming radio service later this year, with a paid trial for Silver members. This particular service, however, would be entirely Microsoft owned and operated, according to the Telegraph.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 11:57 AM | Tags (7) | gamasutra | microsoft | music | service | streaming | xbox | xboxlive |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: July 10, 2009

Special edition of Monkey Island to cost you just ten bucks when it hits XBLA.Special edition of Monkey Island to cost you just ten bucks when it hits XBLA.

This is surprisingly good news, thank you LucasArts!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 12:55 PM | Tags (5) | guybrush | monkeyisland | pricing | xbla | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 7, 2009

Daily Grind: Decent

Name: Vin (aka that guy who does that thing with computers)
How Vin feels today: Decent @ 11:45:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: Figure out why I feel less stressed on days that I don't actually take an 'anti-stress' vitamin. And no, the vitamin isn't candy (B-Complex).

Music Stuck in Head: Octopus's Garden / The Beatles
''The backing vocals by McCartney and Harrison during the guitar solo were put through compressors and limiters to create a gurgling sound. Starr added the sound of bubbles being blown into a glass of water using a straw.'' - wiki

Stuff to do today:

  • Break down and pre-order Tales of Monkey Island
  • ...especially after reading some online reviews of episode 1 - here and here
  • Continue to wait patiently for full series to be available on XBLA
  • Admit that I am an Xbox achievements whore
  • Watch High School Musical again with Mad, MST3K it into oblivion one more time
  • Yes, you read that right - I want to watch that movie AGAIN (for comedy purposes only)
  • Pray that my kids aren't into this crap when they come of age
  • Having written that of course I'm now officially screwed

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 12:45 PM | Tags (7) | gaming | guybrush | monkeyisland | stress | vitamins | xbla | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


Skill-based prizes coming to 1 vs 100 on Xbox Live starting July 10.Skill-based prizes coming to 1 vs 100 on Xbox Live starting July 10.

Also gives some more details about the whole beta schedule as well. Prizes not available yet for some selected areas.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 7:51 AM | Tags (7) | 1vs100 | gaming | online | prizes | quiz | trivia | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 2, 2009

Microsoft pulls the curtain back on Kodu, easy video game development on your Xbox.Microsoft pulls the curtain back on Kodu, easy video game development on your Xbox.

Kodu, known originally as Boku, utilizes an icon-based language to allow inexperienced users to create small games with no programming knowledge. Kodu game makers use the Xbox 360 controller to navigate menus, with no keyboard required.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 2:58 PM | Tags (6) | development | gaming | kodu | programming | small | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Advertisements coming soon to your beloved Xbox 360 dashboard.Advertisements coming soon to your beloved Xbox 360 dashboard.

Microsoft says the ads shouldn't get in the way of your day to day gaming though. Also, you were probably going to order some Pizza Hut anyway.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 10:55 AM | Tags (6) | ads | annoying | dashboard | integrated | pizza | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: June 29, 2009

The top ten raw deals and ripoffs for video gamers out there.The top ten raw deals and ripoffs for video gamers out there.

I have to admit that I was not happy about shelling out an extra hundred bucks for something that comes standard on the Wii and PS3 (wifi capability).  That little tidbit somehow didn't make it onto the article.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 2:22 PM | Tags (8) | gaming | ps3 | ripoffs | wifi | wii | wired | wireless | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 37 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Microsoft offers up Thriller for free on Xbox Live.Microsoft offers up Thriller for free on Xbox Live.

..and promptly takes it down five minutes later.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Music @ 7:28 AM | Tags (5) | thriller | michaeljackson | xbox | xboxlive | microsoft |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 23, 2009

A faster version of the Xbox 360 dashboard is coming some point this year.A faster version of the Xbox 360 dashboard is coming some point this year.

I don't see any kind of speed issues my Xbox at all, but more speed is always nice.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 10:27 AM | Tags (5) | xbox | microsoft | dashboard | speed | nxe |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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