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Perfect Dark, Game Room Release Dates Confirmed

by Tyler Treat Feb 16, 2010 1:32 PM CST
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Microsoft confirmed the release date for a number of key XBLA titles as well as its Game Room service as part of its XBL House Party promotion next month. The much-anticipated Perfect Dark remake will be dropping March 17, while Game Room will launch the next week on March 24. Toy Soldiers is hitting March 3 and Scrap Metal, March 10.

Hit the break for the full list with details.
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Perfect Dark XBLA, Game Room Pinned for March

by Tyler Treat Feb 11, 2010 4:00 PM CST
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As the announcements keep rolling in from X10, it's now been revealed that Rare's Perfect Dark XBLA port will be releasing this March. Also releasing in March alongside Perfect Dark will be Microsoft's Game Room, the XBLA game Scrap Metal, and Toy Soldiers.

Stay tuned as we learn more information!

No Teen or Mature Games Allowed on Xbox Game Room

by Tyler Treat Jan 30, 2010 2:23 PM CST
filed under news, xbox 360

In order to avoid the lengthy ESRB rating process, Microsoft has gotten its new Game Room itself rated as E10+. While that means no more review submissions for Microsoft, it means that no games higher than E10+ can be on the Game Room. At first, this doesn't seem like a problem considering the Game Room is geared towards retro games, back from the days of yore when video game violence was but a fairy tale; however, on second thought, it means games like Street Fighter, Metal Slug, and Mortal Kombat are automatically nixed from the service.

Still, there are few games like those listed, and if you care enough about them, you probably already own them via the Xbox Live Arcade. So what do you think of this whole ordeal?

[via GamerBytes]

Microsoft Charging for Games You Already Bought

by Evan Volmering Jan 26, 2010 4:52 PM CST
filed under microsoft, news, xbox 360

When Microsoft unveiled the Xbox 360 Home Game Room at this year's CES, an overwhelming 'meh' came out of gamers.  To make matters worse, if you've already bought one of the games in the Game Room via XBLA, you'll have to buy them again.

A Microsoft representative recently told Gameinformer that the company considers the Game Room titles different from their XBLA counterparts because they are the original versions and not "revamped" like those on XBLA.  The some-what good news?  They'll be cheaper, ranging anywhere from 240 to 400 MS Points.  Still, we don't see too many gamers buying games they already bought anytime soon, regardless if they're in vanilla form or not.

As much as I hate saying this: Fail.

[via gameinformer]

List of Initial 30+ Games Launching With Game Room

by Tyler Treat Jan 7, 2010 2:06 PM CST
filed under microsoft, news, xbox 360

Microsoft announced Game Room yesterday at its CES press conference. It will allow gamers to experience retro gaming with access to "over 1000" titles over the next three years. It will be launching with 30+ titles, some of which Kotaku has compiled based on the games shown in the debut traileer. Others were also shown but not announced yet. Check out the list after the jump.

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Microsoft: ’2010 will be the Biggest Year in Xbox History’

by Tyler Treat Jan 6, 2010 10:14 PM CST
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More news from Microsoft's CES press conference. Microsoft has announced that Natal will be available this Holiday 2010. It's an "entirely new, yet completely natural way to play," said Microsoft's Robbie Bach. With games like Alan Wake (which will have DLC episodes after its release), Halo: Reach and the release of Project Natal, "2010 will be the biggest year in Xbox history," he added. Other big games coming to the Xbox 360 include Crackdown 2, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction, and Mass Effect 2.

Game Room was also announced, which will be a "place to relive the glory days of arcade games," and over the next three years, it will see the release of "over 1000" retro titles. It will initially launch with over 30 retro classics from Konami, Atari, Activision, and others. Every week, a new set of Arcade games will be released on Game Room, and it will be available on both PC and Xbox 360 with universal Xbox Live Achievements and leaderboards. Similar to PSN's Home, XBL Avatars will be able to inhabit gamers' arcade rooms, which can be customized and upgraded. Game Room will carry a two-tiered price structure. Gamers can purchase a title for 240-400 MS Points or pay 40 MS Points and play the game once.

Also, this spring, the first Modern Warfare 2 content packs will be available exclusively first on Xbox Live. What will the DLC consist of? No word yet, hopefully more Spec Ops missions and likely more game modes for multiplayer.

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