Xbox Live On Demand Service, Not Enough Support?

Xbox Live On Demand Service for the Xbox 360
Xbox Live On Demand

The Xbox Live On Demand service is one that is considered quite necessary for Xbox 360 owners every where, whether they know it or not. Not only because it requires no dvd, but it also allows for you to have a safe grasp of your video games without fear of losing them.

First, lets bring up a couple of faults with the Xbox 360, although these may be faults that only exist with some of the older models. For one, the Xbox 360 has been known to crunch on the dvd’s that you place in the drive. Basically, over time, your Xbox 360 dvd’s will get deep scratches on it, to the point where it will become unplayable. Not only is this fact, but it has happened to two of my video games already. Another known fault to the community is how the Xbox 360 tends to lose functionality in the dvd drive. What good is a video game console that can not even play games?

So here is where the Xbox Live On Demand service gets its appeal. Your video games are not in jeopardy of being damaged, since it is completely digital. The only thing that may happen is a mishap, and Microsoft may screw up and lose your data, which has been said to happen before. But this is fairly rare, so you should understand that risks come with everything in life. Also, when your dvd drive fails, or if rather, you can still play the games that are downloaded to your hard drive. This can be a real life saver when half of your gaming library becomes useless. One may question why not just send the console in for repairs, the warranty does not last as long for dvd drive failure, which is a real turn off to many gamers.

However, even with this in mind, the Xbox Live On Demand service does not come to much of a rescue for the

Xbox Live Games On Demand Service
Games On Demand

“wounded” gamer. The service is lacking greatly in support by the major developers in the industry. There are about four good, or at least recent, video games available on the roster and that is far from enough.  The major titles such as Modern Warfare 2, Halo 3, Tekken 6 or even Gears of War 2 are all missing from the library of games available on this Xbox Live service.

This is a really disappointing fact, because I would completely make an entrance into the digital gaming era if it were not for that fact. The pro’s of digital distribution far out weigh the cons, at least when associated with the Xbox 360. Maybe I am biased, but my first current generation console was the Xbox 360, and many believe that it is very poorly made. My Xbox 360 is turning two years old and the dvd drive is severely damaged, although I literally do not move it what so ever. It is in a well cooled environment and it is not even that dusty.  I could care less about the dvd drive functionality if it were not for the fact that the Xbox Live On Demand service was so under supported.

If I have one request to make to the Video Game Industry, it would be to begin taking more interest in the digital distribution market, and begin releasing games on that service within a months of a video games release. It would make many happy.

July Prone iPhone to include 3D Graphics Chip

Apple iPhone
Apple iPhone

Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference, next week, will house the revealing of Apples new iPhone , which will have a built in 3D Graphics Chip and operate on a new and high speed network. It’s supposed to also be getting more Bluetooth support, so it could possibly make use of added peripherals such as a game controller.

The new iPhone and new firmware will be released on July 17th. Apple is also starting to hire in-house game developers. This sort of shows how Apple is starting to take gaming more seriously on the iPhone. The iPhone is quickly becoming a competitive gaming platform. The fact that the 3D Graphics Chip is being built in there is proof of that.

Regardless, the only two games that I’ve liked on the iPhone, so far, have been Crystal Defenders and Tap Tap Revolution. Resident Evil was a bit clunky to me, as well as others. But that is just my taste, I know of others that actually like the games, Resident Evil and Assassin’s Creed. It’s 3D capabilities are impressive, to say the least, and the games are cheap. It could very well be a competitor.

This information comes from Kotaku‘s sources, so as they say, “take this with a grain of salt”.

Kojima’s next game?

PSW Magazine
PSW Magazine

There has been a lot of talk lately on the next game that Kojima is working on, and many speculations are out. Some say it’s a completely new franchise, some still think that it’s going to be a Metal Gear Solid to be released on the Xbox 360. But this image recently released, to the left, supposedly shows a silhouette of the main character, which is changing minds.

PSW write’s that Kojima has been hinting towards the new game he’s working on, and they know what it is. They, of course, want you to purchase the magazine in order to find out. It will be revealed in the next issue.

ComputerandVideoGames speculates that this character is the silhouette of the main character from the Lords of Shadow title that Konami announced last year. We won’t know, however, until this issue comes out I guess, so all we can do is wait. But an interesting year of gaming seems to await us, heh.

GamePro’s exclusive look at BioShock 2’s Big Daddy

Big Daddy
Big Daddy

GamePro is giving us our first look at the Prototype Big Daddy, in third person rather then seeing from his eyes as the game is played!

GamePro’s next issue claiming to be “jam packed” with exclusive BioShock 2 content and images. Giving us the first “real” game play and story details.  While also revealing spoiler worthy stuff, such as the “ultimate” plasmid combo, online modes, and “Big Daddy’s Biggest Secret”.

What do you think about the new Big Daddy character design? Some people are complaining that it’s too clean and refined. I actually like it, considering that the character is a Prototype Big Daddy. He should look exceptionally different from the Big Daddy we’re used to seeing.

GamePro also has a small article on BioShock 2’s main villan, which aren’t the  Big Sisters, and the impressions of the Multiplayer modes which were set in a time before the original BioShock.

Killzone 2 Flash and Thunder Map Pack

Killzone 2 Flash and Thunder DLC Map Pack
Killzone 2 Flash and Thunder DLC Map Pack

Killzone 2’s second group of Downloadable Map Packs is coming out next month, titled as the “Flash and Thunder” Map Pack. In which two of the maps are making a return from the dead, as revamped maps from the original Killzone.

The Killzone 2 Flash and Thunder Map Pack includes two maps from the first Killzone, completely remade to be played on the Playstation 3. The two maps are titled the Beach Head map and the Southern Hills map. Beach Head is a more closed quarters match while Southern Hills is more open ended.

The Killzone 2 map packs are pretty…. small I think. For a map pack that I’m used to getting, that is. But just two maps for one map pack, seems a bit lack luster.