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‘Medal of Honor: Warfighter’ to feature Linkin Park’s ‘Castle of Glass’

Rock band Linkin Park’s “Castle of Glass” along with original music composed by vocalist Mike Shinoda will be featured in Medal of Honor: Warfighter, EA announced today.

“Castle of Glass,” from Linkin Park’s latest album Living Things, focuses on a soldier’s life and the sacrifices he and his family must make. The music video for “Castle of Glass” will debut in October and will feature both live action scenes and Warfighter footage.

“Linkin Park has always shown a great deal of respect and gratitude for our servicemen and women, many of whom are fans of their music,” said Warfighter executive producer Greg Goodrich in a press release. “Partnering with them for the Medal of Honor: Warfighter soundtrack and the ‘Castle of Glass’ music video is a natural fit for us. We have shared values and respect for these heroes from many different nations – and their families – who serve on our behalf around the world.”

Medal of Honor: Warfighter is coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 23rd.

‘Medal of Honor: Warfighter’ to feature Linkin Park’s ‘Castle of Glass’


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    Posted by admin - August 11, 2012 at 4:00 am

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    ESPN Streaming Comes to the Xbox 360

    While the Wii has only a Netflix streaming deal so far, and that’s fairly new too, the Xbox 360 seems ready to move to the next level. The gaming console might not be just a gaming console anymore. Microsoft plans to let Xbox 360 owners stream content from ESPN which is definitely great news to sports lovers.

    Not only will they be able to play all the sports they want on a hot console that’s about to get motion control later this year but they’ll also be able to watch their favorite sports streamed straight to their Xboxes.

    Microsoft is said to be in talks with the Walt Disney Company in order to seal the ESPN deal. a new Xbox 360 streaming service could emerge soon, the ESPN 360. available from high-speed Internet providers, the new streaming service will let you watch ESPN live all for a monthly fee.

    The specific costs and the names of the providers are still a mystery. according to sources involved in the negotiations the deal is not yet imminent so it might take a while until Xbox 360 fans will be able to check out ESPN 360 whenever they get bored from all that extensive game playing.

    In the following years we will probably see the transformation of the console into something a lot more powerful than a simple gaming device. Capable of offering lots of multimedia services, the consoles will draw the attention of large networks which will want to bring as much content as possible to those connected living rooms. And where’s content there will be commercials which means that large corporations will definitely be interested into advertising inside this newly created ecosystem. Where will it all stop? We can’t really say but we’ll be here reporting how the Xbox 360, the Wii and the PS3 become the home entertainment weapon of choice for many consumers. What do you think about this new emerging trend?

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    ESPN Streaming Comes to the Xbox 360


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      Posted by admin - August 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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      Why PS3, Not Xbox Was My Netflix Machine Father’s Day Gift

      This Father’s Day I had a dilemma on my hands. My dad had expressed an interest in seeing what this newfangled Netflix thing was all about, and I thought a good gift would be a box through which he could get the streaming service.

      Naturally, as a gamer, my first thought turned to which console I could get him that would serve as a primary Netflix box. Yes, I could go with AppleTV, but if I’d never used it, teaching him would be a chore. Plugging in a laptop each time via HDMI would be too much of a hassle, and so I went with my original assertion, picking and choosing between which gaming console I’d get my dad. it was a present I never thought I’d give.

      The Wii was easy to rule out immediately as it feels downright archaic at this point. it was then just between the two dueling titans, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, and the decision suddenly became clear.

      I agree with our own David Ewalt’s assertion that the Xbox is “winning the living room war” in many ways. between all its apps and Kinect functionality, it really does seem like the best option for a media hub in a tech-savvy household.

      That said, I also agree with Gizmodo’s statement that it’s time for Xbox Live Gold to be free. Their main point was that if all these in-console apps are charging their own rates, Netflix, Hulu, etc, it seems unreasonable that it costs an additional $50 a year just to have Xbox Live Gold to access them in the first place.

      Unfortunately, Xbox Live Gold is a money printing machine for Microsoft at this point. I’m currently paying for it despite the fact I haven’t played an Xbox game online in over six months. it auto-renews year after year, and I’ll probably never shut it off for as long as I own the console.

      But it was the final deciding factor when it came to purchasing my father his Netflix machine. There was no way on earth I was going to shell out $250 for a system, then tell my dad that he had to pay Microsoft $50 a year to access Netflix, which is about another $100 year itself. the easy math here indicates that Netflix for Xbox costs about 50% more than Netflix for PS3 because of the additional Gold costs, and for my non-gaming dad, there are no outlying factors to consider like an undying devotion to Halo or the need to control the system with gestures and grunts.

      As seen in the picture above, my dad is now the proud owner of a PS3, and he’s happily watching streaming movies already. Microsoft may be winning the living room war, but by continuing to charge for Xbox Live Gold, they lost the battle for the TV in my parents’ house.

      Next stop: Getting him to play Gran Turismo.

      Why PS3, Not Xbox Was My Netflix Machine Father’s Day Gift


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        Posted by admin - July 16, 2012 at 1:00 am

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        ‘The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings’ Mouse-And-Keyboard VS. Controller

        Surprisingly, a controller actually makes combat a lot more fun in The Witcher 2.

        I’ve been reluctant to play CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 2 on my Xbox 360 for one reason and one reason only: the graphics on the PC version, with all the settings cranked up to the max, are just astoundingly gorgeous.

        I’m not usually that much of a graphics snob, but when you place both the PC and Xbox 360 versions of this game next to one another, there’s just no comparison. The updated PC version is one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever seen. Everything from the costumes to the flora and fauna are lovingly rendered – at once real and fantastical, lived in and more colorful than real life all at once.

        Then my co-blogger and sometimes Forbes commenter, Ethan Gach, had this to say in my last Witcher 2 post:

        I’m basically where you are, and though I was also underwhelmed by the combat at first, it’s starting to grow on me.

        I think the controller especially helps. For instance, I would love to play Diablo III, but clicking away is a big turn off for me (and the game doesn’t support a controller unfortunately). something about the combination of buttons, and they weight of it in your hands, definitely does help add some tangibility, at least for me. this is definitely something I’m curious to write about in the future.

        But when it comes to combining spells with traps, dodges, rolls, light and strong attackes, etc. the combat feels as realized (minus a good blocking/stamina/fencing mechanism) for me as Dark Souls did.

        I had to test this theory, and spent a little while this morning playing through the Prologue on Xbox 36o. and while some of the characters’ eyes look inexplicably bloodshot and hollowed out compared to the PC version, I found myself caring less and less that the graphics were inferior to the PC version. All the attention to detail survived the port, even if the anti-aliasing isn’t quite as sharp.

        More importantly, Ethan is right. Combat is better with a controller.

        I’m pretty sure the game supports an Xbox 360 controller on PC as well, so I’ll need to give that a shot next. But there is definitely something more tangible and fun about using a controller as opposed to a mouse and keyboard. this is also true of Skyrim actually, though that’s in part thanks to the total bungling of the UI in that game for mouse-and-keyboard users.

        In any case, I’m playing the Iorveth path on PC, so I’ll play the Roche path on Xbox concurrently. That way it won’t be quite like playing the same game all over again or, rather, all at the same time.

        As Ethan notes, the combat does work quite well. But the lack of a decent “blocking/stamina/fencing mechanism” is painful. I badly want to be able to equip a shield – they seem rather effective for some of my foes at least early on in the game – and I even more badly want that extra level of depth that defensive abilities lend any combat mechanism, and the parry ability in The Witcher 2 is pretty useless for the most part.

        Other than that, so far this is a very impressive Xbox 360 rendition of the game, though I think I’m going to need to remap the controls a bit. I keep lobbing bombs by mistake. Right Button really ought to be light attack, and Right Trigger really ought to be heavy attack – right?

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          Posted by admin - July 13, 2012 at 2:00 am

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          Xbox Live launches app to stream all Paramount movies

          Xbox Live Gold subscribers can now stream Paramount movies on their gaming consoles.

          (Credit:Screenshot by Dara Kerr/CNET)

          Xbox continues to expand its repertoire of ways to stream movies. Paramount Pictures and Microsoft announced the launch of a joint app today that letsXbox Live Gold subscribers stream bought or rented movies on their gaming consoles.

          “This app offers users instant access to view any Paramount movies on their Xbox 360 console that they purchase from the Paramount Movies Web site,” an Xbox Live spokesperson told CNET in an e-mail. “The catalog of premium movies is continuing to grow as new titles are released from the studio.”

          according to tech news site The Verge, Paramount started selling digital movies directly from its Web site earlier this year via UltraViolet, which lets users download the movies and keep a copy in the cloud. however, the new Paramount app will make it easier for users to get those movies onto their television sets.

          Paramount boasts hundreds of popular titles in all genres, from “The Godfather,” to “Zoolander” to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

          To use the Paramount app, users will need an Xbox Live Gold membership, along with Paramount and UltraViolet accounts. Users aren’t able to rent or buy films directly from the app — instead it acts as a go between. Users have to go to Paramount’s Web site to get their flicks.

          Last month, Amazon Prime service made a deal with Paramount for access to its movies. And just a week later, Amazon Instant Video partnered with Xbox introducing another app that lets subscribers play movies from Amazon’s Instant Video service. this comes as Xbox 360 already has apps for HBO go, Comcast, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and ESPN.

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            Posted by admin - July 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

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