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Late to the Party Review: Bulletstorm

bstormI could shoot him in the balls with the fire-shotgun, severing the legs of the jerk behind him. I could thump that chump into the air and grenade-tether him towards that enormous fan. I could slide into the whole crowd, knocking them into the allegiance-shattering toxic plant dust and watch them mutilate each other as I sit idly by, sipping on a cool pop. Bulletstorm, by People Can Fly and Epic Games, presents all these options and a million more in a game that is amongst the most insane, over-the-top, and unforgettable shooters I have ever played. Continue reading

Join Us For The Northwest Gamer Night, Thursday April 8th!

Northwest Gamer Battlefield Bad Company 2 Game Night

In lieu of the metric ton of great singleplayer games so far in 2010, we wanted to host a friendly multiplayer game night for all our northwest and not so northwest gamers. Because lets face it: games are more fun when played together! We are hoping to make this a regular event, so show up and tell your friends!

April’s theme: destructible environments and YOU!

Join us from 6-9pm Pacific on Xbox live for Battlefield Bad Company 2, and with any luck we will capture a few flags, thwart a few bombings, and level a few buildings in the process.

RSVP on Facebook, or comment on this post. Send us your gamertag and we will friend/invite you. Or, just show up and message either Decksathron or AbsentAmpersand.

Hope to see you there!

Suggestions for future game nights? Leave a comment here, or bug us on twitter.

Social Networking on the Xbox 360: How to Do It Right

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Earlier today, Director of Programming for Xbox Live, Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb asked his sizable twitter audience the following:

What new features would you like to see in the Xbox LIVE Twitter or Facebook applications? I think we know…but tell us

Months ago, Microsoft was first to take a step into the social networking space, adding apps for Facebook, Twitter, and Last.fm to Xbox Live, the pay-to-play online network of the Xbox 360 gaming console. The Twitter app was essentially a simplified client to view and send tweets, with support for twitter search and trending topics as well. Though it worked just fine, there was hardly any value to tweet on the Xbox, for without a keyboard, the process of posting and responding to tweets proved to be quite laborious.

The Facebook app took the integration further, allowing users to post status updates along with the ability to edit their profile, and view photo albums. Arguably the most useful feature though was the ability to find facebook friends that also have Xbox Live. This Facebook app was a refreshing step in the right direction of integrating social media with gaming platforms in a truly useful way,

While I gave each app a fair shake, there wasn’t much substance to them, and little incentive to use them again (with the one exception noted above). I had all but forgotten about the whole affair until I saw Major Nelson’s tweet this afternoon, and that got me thinking. Continue reading