If like me you’re a huge Call of Duty fan that wasn’t entirely convinced by the most recent outing in the series from developer Treyarch, Call of Duty World at War then you’re probably going to be as excited I am that the next game in the series has a spangly new teaser trailer and more importantly a release date.

Yep, the Infinity Ward guys (the team behind the superb COD4: Modern Warfare) are back with Call of Duty 6: Modern Warfare 2. Check out the video below for a glimpse at what to expect come release day on November 10th 2009.

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Not a question you hear every day I’ll grant you so here’s another for you….What do you get when you mix a whole load of sheep, masses of LEDs  and some crazy shepherds with their sheepdogs? Well, along with a giant walking sheep, fireworks and a re-creation of the Mona Lisa, yep……you guessed it…..you get Sheep Pong!

The above video is part of a viral ad campaign by Samsung, I’m not sure it will persuade me to buy any of their products but it did give me a good laugh so I’m looking forward to their next one!


Ah, the joys of youtube, there you are stumbling along through rickrolls and the like when you come across some crazy Mario fans playing the Super Mario Bros. theme tune. Nothing special you say, there’s lots of videos of people playing video game theme tunes all over the internet. Whilst that’s true, how many of those themes tunes are played on a massive collection of bottles and a radio controlled car?

The concept is ‘simple’, fill hundreds of glass bottles with varying amounts of water so that they produce the correct note sequence once struck by an RC car mounted whacker type thing (that’s a technical term by the way). I can’t even begin to imagine how much time and effort this must have taken to setup….


Just a quick update on the Limited Edition Red Xbox 360 bundle due out on March 13th with the release of Resident Evil 5. Thanks to the unboxing video created by Xbox Live’s Director of Programming Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) it has now been confirmed that the red Xbox 360 contains the new Jasper chipset. During the video Larry states that he has been asked about the new console’s power supply and then goes on to say that it is the 150W version.

Why is this significant you ask? The only 360 revision that uses the 150W PSU is the latest one that makes uses of the new chipset named Jasper made up of both a 65nm GPU and 65nm CPU. That’s just swell but what does it mean to you or I? It means that the console is more efficient, requiring less power (hence the PSU dropping to 150W from the 175W unit the Falcon chipset uses) and producing less heat.

RROD no more!

RROD no more with Red Xbox 360?

Since the origin of the Red Ring of Death (RROD) fault has been tracked back to overheating within the console, the Jasper chipset should finally signal the end of the issue that has plagued the 360 from the outset. The reduced heat production also means that less cooling is required and the system fans are able to run at a slower speed making for a quieter and overall more pleasant to live with Xbox 360.

For those that haven’t kept up with the changes made to the 360 console during its lifetime it’s worth pointing out that the Red Elite (as with all currently available 360 consoles) sports an HDMI port so you should have no trouble hooking it up to your spangly new HDTV even if it offers no component inputs.

So if you’ve been put off by the reliability and lack of HDMI connection option in the past perhaps now is the perfect time for you to pick up an Xbox 360.

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It seems good news and bad news often go hand in hand and the upcoming release of Halo Wars is a perfect example. Whilst I remain unconvinced by real-time strategy games on consoles (I’d much rather be playing them on a PC) it can only be a good thing that the Halo franchise is branching out to offer a slice of Master Chief action to more than just FPS gamers.

Halo Wars

Halo Wars

From my time with the demo on Xbox Live it’s clear that the guys over at Ensemble Studios have worked hard on migrating the complex control systems of an RTS over to the Xbox 360 control pad, it is by far the best RTS experience I’ve had on a console yet I still find it a little clumsy when compared to the good old keyboard and mouse. The other thing that Halo Wars has going for it is the modern era of High Definition gaming brought about by consoles like the 360. RTS games become a much more viable prospect when running through a nice big HDTV, the extra resolution really helps with a genre where gameplay isn’t focussed on one big bold character but instead many smaller units and vehicles.

The bad news that comes with the release of Halo Wars is that it is time to wave goodbye to one of the most respected RTS development teams of all time, Ensemble Studios. The guys that brought the critically acclaimed Age of Empires series to life close their doors for the final time this week. I still have fond memories of playing the original Age of Empires game back in the day so I have very mixed emotions with the launch of Halo Wars, great joy to see such progress made with a console based RTS game, great sadness that the genius behind it is to be split up.

Farewell Ensemble Studios, it’s been great!

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It seems all those internet rumors were true, Microsoft are indeed bringing out a red Xbox 360. The red console comes as part of a new limited edition bundle to coincide with the release of Resident Evil 5 on March 13th.

Red Xbox 360

Red Xbox 360

The bundles includes:

  • Red Xbox 360 console
  • Red 360 wireless pad
  • Black headset
  • 120GB hard drive
  • Resident Evil 5 game
  • Exclusive downloadable Resident Evil 5 theme
  • Code to download Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix game

So in essence this is an Xbox 360 Elite in red and the good news is that the bundle is set to cost the same as the Xbox 360 Elite normally retails for, $399.

Not to my tastes, I will be sticking with my black Elite but I know there are a lot of people out there who will welcome the extra color option. How about you, garish red monster or thing of beauty?


Video Game Talk

23Feb09

It seems every man and his dog has a blog these days so I thought it was about time I jumped on the band wagon and started one too. Looking through my lists of interests the one that stood out the most was Video Games so here we are with a blog about gaming called Video Game Talk.

I’ll leave it at that for now whilst I go away and have a think about what to post about first!