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OnLive PlayPack Offers Monthly Subscription for Unlimited Gaming

posted Sunday Dec 5, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

OnLive PlayPack Offers Monthly Subscription for Unlimited Gaming

It looks like OnLive is getting their act together. Coming off of the heels of their OnLive Game System release, the company has announced a new service for its customers, the OnLive PlayPack (BETA).

With OnLive PlayPack, consumers can play all the games that they so desire, for as long as they want to, instantly without needing to download, insert a disc or update the game. At only $9.99/mo and with no contract, OnLive now has a very Netflix or Hulu-like promotion, not to mention it already has over fifteen titles available and it's only in BETA.

The coolest part about this is the fact that until January 14th, the service is FREE to anyone who has the $99 OnLive Game System. So head over to the source link, pickup the console, sign up to the service and start gaming until your fingers explode!

Kinect sells 2.5M in 25 Days, Beats Move and iPad

posted Sunday Dec 5, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Kinect sells 2.5M in 25 Days, Beats Move and iPad

I shall silence the individuals who claim motion gaming will ruin the gaming industry forever, that they will miss their buttons and that motion gaming will never be popular and refute them by saying 2.5 million people disagree. That is because Microsoft announced this week that the Kinect for Xbox 360 sold 2.5 million units in just 25 days! It should be noted that this number indicates units sold to consumers, not shipped to stores.

This paragraph left intentionally separate to specifically inform that 2.5 million units sold is twice as fast as the Sony Move, which sold 1 million in its first month and it is double that of the iPad which took two months to hit 2 million. Boosh.

Microsoft's president of Interactive Entertainment Business, Dan Mattrick, said this in a press statement,

We are thrilled about the consumer response to Kinect, and are working hard with our retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments of Kinect to restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand. With sales already exceeding two and a half million units in just 25 days, we are on pace to reach our forecast of 5 million units sold to consumers this holiday.

5 million by January? That's an awesome number to reach if they do indeed get there. Some analysts and fanboys are claiming that Microsoft got to cheat by releasing the Kinect right before Black Friday. My response to that is that Sony and Apple had the same right to the day and that release dates are not owned by certain companies.

My hat is off to Microsoft and to the consumers for getting behind this new gaming enhancement. Now it's up to the developers to come up with some more exciting games for the platform. Please, do not makes a Dodecahedron Sports Delta Plus.

Google To Open Shiniest Store Ever On December 7th?

posted Sunday Dec 5, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Google To Open Shiniest Store Ever On December 7th?

Last Friday Google sent out a bunch of e-mails that quickly circulated through the tech community about a "Chrome-centric" event taking place on December 7th, and for everyone (who got the invite) to come to Dogpatch Studios and check it out. There is plenty of speculation about what exactly Google might be up to this time but we can narrow the possibilities down to two.

In order to find out what those are you have to hit the break.

Microsoft Presents Xbox LIVE Rewards Program

posted Sunday Dec 5, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Microsoft Presents Xbox LIVE Rewards Program

All my PlayStation Network fans can take yet another step back and maybe bring themselves closer to admitting that Xbox Live is the superior online gaming network. This week, Microsoft brought to life a way to reward its Xbox Live users by simply using the service and spending tons of Microsoft Points. They call it the Xbox Live Rewards Program.

As soon as I received the email about it from Xbox, I immediately signed up, long before the news outlets got hold of the story. Why? Its perks far outweigh the two minutes it took to fill out the simple form.

What all does this new program give you? Follow the break to reward your brain with that knowledge.

CES 2011 - Kenwood's Pandora Radios

posted Saturday Dec 4, 2010 by Scott Ertz

CES 2011 - Kenwood's Pandora Radios

I am starting out this year's CES coverage with a little info about some new products we will be seeing at this year's show. Kenwood will be showing off 9 new car head units that have the ability to control Pandora.

Here's the killer - it will only work with iPhones connected directly through USB. This, of course, leaves out a lot of users. Such as, the largest collection of mobile phone users - Android.

That failing aside, this feature will be available in several series of radios. All of their new in-dash nav systems will have it, the top tier CD-based systems as well as the two CD-less units will also be equipped.

Despite the oversight of Android phones, this seems like it could be a cool new trend in head units. It would be nice to control Pandora from the radio instead of having to use the phone. Having to plug the phone directly into the unit is a little annoying and the fact that it won't work with Android, BlackBerry or webOS phones is also frustrating but maybe we will see this addition in the future.

Activision Thinks Mobile and Social are Dead

posted Saturday Dec 4, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Activision Thinks Mobile and Social are Dead

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision, has decided he either doesn't understand the way the gaming industry is moving or wants to be different from everyone else. To prove it, he announced at the Reuters Media Summit that Activision will not be pursuing mobile and social gaming like the rest of the industry. He believes his company is doing just fine as-is, minus closing two studios a few weeks ago.

The place where you have the opportunities for growth is within the communities of franchises we control... We don't view the App Store as a really big opportunity for dedicated games... It's a different question assessing it as a business opportunity. Right now we don't see an opportunity for us to participate in that market.

What does this mean for Activision? Hit the break.

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