|Ninth Batter joins us again this week to replace the missing Andy. We think he got lost in the woods somewhere, but we can’t prove it. Yeah.. Ninth joins us and, well, goes off the deep end. He makes up for it in the end, offering up the possibility of winning a (normal priced) game of your choice for iTunes reviews, Game Reviews, etc. We also talk about the years greatest “disappointments”, Onlive giving away free stuff and will or will there not be an Assassin’s Creed next year? You’ll have to listen to find out.. Maybe..|
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This Week in Gaming
- Wow, That’s a LOW PRICE! Nintendo revealed this morning that US consumers gobbled up 1.5 million pieces of the company’s hardware over the Black Friday week of November 21 – 27. According to internal estimates, 900,000 DS units (over the entire DS “family”) and 600,000 Wiis were sold.
- Assassin’s Creed to Breathe for a Year: I don’t think there’s going to be an Assassin’s Creed in 2011. I think we’re going to let it breathe a bit and really focus on bringing something new and exciting for the next time around.” — Ubisoft associate producer Jean-Francois Boivin, July 2010, before being overridden.
- Early Access to IloMilo! Adorable puzzle game ilomilo may already be out (for free, no less) on Windows Phone 7 devices, but did you know you can play it on your Xbox 360 as well, like, right now? A dutiful tipster pointed us to the developer’s website, where a “super secret” access page gives out an Xbox Live code that redeems for the trial version of the game.
- As you probably already put together, downloading the trial version of ilomilo also means that — if you’re willing to shell out the 800 MS Points ($10) it costs — you can totally buy the full game. More bizarre? The game doesn’t have an official release date just yet. So, you can buy it right now and tell your friends you’re on that new, new, new ish. That “hasn’t even been given a release date” ish, you know?
- (shacknews) OnLive Rewards ‘Founding Members’ With Free Games, MicroConsoles
Giving a little thanks of its own, OnLive has announced that those who’ve hopped onboard the gaming on demand service may be rewarded with a game or even one of the $99 new MicroConsoles for free, depending on how many games they’ve bought.
Those who bought one or more OnLive PlayPasses–games, essentially–before November 24 will receive another for free. If you bought two or more, you’ll be able to pre-order the new $99 OnLive MicroConsole set-top box for free, paying only shipping. Both offers will end on November 30, so get your skates on if you’re eligible for freebies.
OnLive announced last week that it intends to introduce a flat-rate subscription granting unlimited access to select older titles. There’s no word yet on when this’ll launch or how large a library subscribers will have access to.
- (gamasutra) Microsoft: Kinect Sells 2.5M Worldwide In First 25 Days
Microsoft announced today that Kinect, its new 3D-camera-based Xbox 360 controller, has sold 2.5 million units worldwide in its first 25 days of retail availability.
The new sales numbers suggest Kinect is maintaining the sales pace it saw immediately following its launch, when Microsoft moved an estimated one million units in just ten days of U.S. availability and five days of European availability.
The new figures also include Japanese sales made since the hardware’s November 20 launch there. Tracking firm Media Createreports the Kinect saw a “quiet launch” in that country, selling only 26,000 units in its first weekend on sale.
- Top Ten Biggest Gaming Disappointments of 2010
- Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose Sues Activision Blizzard
- Did you like Batman: Arkham Asylum? Well DC animated is planning of making a straight to dvd film set in the Arkham Asylum universe featuring the game’s signature art style.
- First round of public closed testing starts for SWTOR this week. Don’t expect many videos about the game to be posted though since they would violate the game’s NDA. And the NDA won’t be lifted until sometime next spring since such a huge focus of the game will be its story.
Question of The Week
What (gaming related) are YOU thankful for?
- _d34dp00l_: The ability to create a totally custom UI for WoW, and the developers who take the time to create great add-ons. Thankful for all the great friends I’ve made in my guild and in the WoW community, without them I doubt I would have lasted.
- ninthbatter: dual analog stick controllers. Because I like the ability to look left and move right.
- justicejuice: My guild and all the wonderful people I’ve met due to our love of games
- glassofwater2: I am thankful for games, they are the best form of interactive book/movie combo ever! + board games create family fun!
- isturma: Old school NES, myself – great memories
- SagibbsVentCo: the shattering!!!
- frak_you: I’m thankful I play a Mage. Fastest way to travel, bitches!
- jeffp2662: The game that shall not be named
- restokin: I’m thankful for the Xbox 360 Kinect, that we use to exercise more often now without leaving home!
- belghast: the new “old world”, in WoW. It’s like it is a brand new game again.