Microsoft Raises Price On Xbox Live Gold Subscriptions; My Xbox Breaks, Again

In a move sure to piss off the entire Internet, Microsoft has decided to raise prices on their Xbox Live Gold subscriptions starting November 1. Yearly subscriptions have gone up $10, to $59.99. All the other subscriptions have been adjusted accordingly:

– 1-Month Gold Subscription – $9.99 (was $7.99)
– 3-Month Gold Subscription – $24.99 (was $19.99)
– 12-Month Gold Subscription – $59.99 (was $49.99)

Microsoft is quick to point out all the awesome services provided by Live Gold, including:

– Last.fm
– Facebook
– Twitter
– ESPN
– Video Kinect (video chat with Kinect)
– Hulu Plus
– Netflix

All of which are not exactly great selling points for me, personally, as I don’t use any of them. I already have a computer connected to the T.V. allowing most of those features, I don’t plan on getting Kinect because the last thing I want to do is move around while playing games, etc. I’m not really sure why it should cost me $60 just to connect to other Xbox 360 users to play games, I honestly don’t even feel like $50 is a fair price, $40 is more reasonable. I think at this point Microsoft should introduce tiered pricing because I really only want to play games online and cross-game chat with friends.

On top of all that, I can’t use any of the services right now because my Xbox broke, AGAIN. It’s the same issue I had the first time, the three red lights error (“red ring of death”) that has caused so many problems for so many other Xbox 360 users. It honestly has to be one of the worst feelings in the world to come home on a Friday night ready to play games and having your console break on you.

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How To Get Banned On Xbox Live

It’s not OK to expose yourself over Xbox Live while playing UNO. You will get banned until 12/31/9999. Don’t do it, I know it’s tempting. I’ve probably done it a dozen times, but it turns out…not OK. Now that I know, I’ll never do it again.

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[ Kotaku ]

Xbox Live Holiday Deals, Games on Demand

Xbox Live “Deals of the Week”, XBLA releases, and Games on Demand for the coming weeks.

Xbox LIVE Deal of the week
Week of December 14:

Lips: Coldplay Track Pack for 240 Microsoft Points

Pinball FX (Japan) for 400 Microsoft Points
December 21 through December 27:
Shadow Complex for 800 points
Week of December 28:

The Maw for 400 Microsoft Points

Xbox LIVE Arcade:

December 16: Alien Breed Evolution (Episode 1) for 800 Microsoft Points
December 23: Trials HD BIG PACK! for 400 points

Games on Demand:

December 15: Viva Piñata: Party Animals
December 22: Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition and Devil May Cry 4
December 29: Gears of War

[ Major Nelson ]

Halo’s Xbox Live Hub Opens In November

Halo Waypoint opens on Xbox Live This November

Microsoft announced this week that Halo Waypoint, a section of Xbox Live containing all things Halo, will be open November 5th. Halo Waypoint will have Halo podcasts, Halo trailers and Halo screen shots. It will be interesting to see what how it actually works when it’s released, I’m curious about the podcasts in particular.

Dead Space Demo Out Today

If you don’t own Dead Space, be sure to check out the demo that’s out today on both Xbox Live and the PSN (in Europe it’s out on the PSN the 27th). It gets the awesome radical seal of approval, if you’re a fan of survival horror games, or just radical games in general, you should definitely check it out.

The demo will be available at the PlayStation®Store in North America and Xbox LIVE® Marketplace worldwide*. In Europe, the demo will be available at the PlayStation Store on November 27th.

Winner of over 27 critic awards and currently nominated for Best Action Adventure Game on Spike TV’s upcoming 2008 Video Game Awards on December 14th, gamers can experience a taste of, as GamePro magazine says, “…one of the best survival horror experiences ever created.” Now, before experimenting on a turkey this Thanksgiving, you can tear the Necromorphs apart limb by limb with four different futuristic mining tools, and Isaac Clarke’s telekinesis and stasis abilities.

Devil May Cry 4 Demo Downloaded 1 Million Times on XBL

Devil May Cry 4 Demo Downloaded 1 Million Times

Yeah, 1 million times. That’s like 25,000 downloads a day. I’m one of those 1 million people. I haven’t played it yet, but that doesn’t matter. What does matter is I downloaded it, I helped. The whole press release is below:

Howdy Michael,

Quick email to let you know that on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, Capcom’s Devil May Cry 4 demo on the Xbox LIVE service passed its one millionth download, and is still going!
According to Microsoft, not only is this the first demo of the year to hit a million downloads, but it’s also one of the fastest downloads to hit the one million mark in the history of the LIVE service. The demo appeared on the network January 24, and has been averaging over 25,000 downloads a day ever since. Additionally, the game has been a huge hit at retail, with reorders coming from major retailers within days of the game’s release.

Email with any questions regarding DMC4, Capcom or any of our other games. As always, assets, information and images can be found at http://press.capcom.com.

Thanks, hope this didn’t hit your Spam bucket!

It didn’t hit my spam bucket Capcom, it didn’t.

Devil May Cry 4 Demo Hits Thursday

Devil May Cry 4 Demo This Thursday

That’s right, this Thursday the playable demo for Devil May Cry 4 will be downloadable through both the Playstation Store and Xbox Live. Awesome, I can’t wait to play the game. All the details are below:

Warm those broadband connections. The Devil May Cry® 4 playable demo hits both the PLAYSTATION®Store and Xbox LIVE® Marketplace this Thursday, January 24, 2008. Devil May Cry 4 has been rated M for Mature by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB).

The demo introduces gamers to the gothic-inspired supernatural world of Devil May Cry 4, new protagonist Nero and the awesome power of his Devil Bringer. The demo consists of a sampling of sections from the full game, chosen to showcase Devil May Cry 4’s varied locales, allowing gamers to familiarize themselves with Nero’s unique abilities. Players will receive instruction on the various new actions that the Devil Bringer bestows, such as the ability to slam creatures to the ground, cover great distances in a single bound or even grab enemies while on the ground or in the air and pull them towards Nero to continue an attack combo. The Exceed system allows Nero to “rev up” his sword as if it were a motorcycle throttle and unleash devastating attacks. Players will need to master all these techniques before the end-of-demo showdown with the mighty Berial.

Fully demonstrating the power of the next generation of consoles, the Devil May Cry 4 demo brings to life the coastal city of Fortuna and its surroundings in exquisite detail, such as the port and the snow-capped mountain ranges. Devil May Cry 4 delivers its intense action at a constant 60 frames per second at 720P resolution on HD monitors, ensuring seamless and breathtaking gameplay in stunning high definition.

Xbox Live Down for Maintenance

Microsoft has announced that they will be taking down Xbox Live tonight for some scheduled maintenance. Live will be down from 1:00 AM to 2:00 PST. However…I can’t login to Xbox live right now, which is why I’m posting this. What the hell is this? It’s only 9:45 PM EST. The Xbox Live site seems to be down, as well. Damn you Microsoft!

This is almost as annoying as when the World of Warcraft servers would go down for maintenance. Almost.