Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Microsoft Announce Destination Arcade, A new Way To Browse XBLA Games On Your Xbox 360

Microsoft have announced that from next week, 14th July, Xbox 360 owners in the USA will be able to download Destination Arcade. Destination Arcade is a new way to browse Xbox Live Arcade games, giving you the ability to search through them by price, community rating, as well as being able to view the current Deal Of The Week and Recently released games. if there's a game you enjoy playing, you will be able to search for games similar to it. Destination Arcade also has a news feed that keeps you up to date with games your friends recommend and news on upcoming XBLA Games and Deals.


From Major Nelson

Funcom Announce They Are Offering Age of Conan Players The Chance To Play The Rise of the Godslayer Expansion For Free

Funcom have announced they are offering active and inactive Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures players the chance to play the new expansion, Rise of the Godslayer, for free. for those inactive players, as well as getting the chance to play Rise of the Godslayer, you will also get free access to Age Of Conan. both of these free accesses only last for 10 days. the offer runs until 15th July. all players should have received an Email regarding this, but for those who haven't you can also access this offer on your account page.

Press Release

Durham, USA – July 6th, 2010 – Funcom is thrilled to be able to invite both active and inactive players to try out the critically acclaimed 'Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer' expansion for free for 10 days. For inactive players, this offer also includes 10 days of free access to the core game. This is a great opportunity for everyone to try out the first ever expansion to the massively multiplayer online role-playing game 'Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures'.

'Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer', the first expansion pack to the 2008 Best-Selling New MMO of the Year, has received universal critical acclaim, with medias such as PC Gamer, Eurogamer and MMORPG.com giving it a 8/10 score. StrategyInformer wrote in their review that the launch of the expansion "… may well mark the perfect time to jump into Conan's low-fantasy world", while Eurogamer.de gave it a 9/10 saying "… atmosphere and courageous design-decisions makes Age of Conan's first expansion do almost everything right."

"We are delighted to see how well the expansion has been received both among our own players as well as the worldwide gaming press," says Morten Larssen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Funcom. "After a full-scale release in retail and online the expansion has performed well in terms of both sales and traffic, and the activity on our servers has increased significantly in the last month. 'Age of Conan' has once again proven that it is truly one of the top MMOs on the market right now, and we remain dedicated to supporting it."

The offer is available until July 15th and includes 10 days of free access to the expansion, as well as 10 days of free access to the core game for those with currently inactive accounts. All players have received a campaign e-mail, and can take advantage of the offer on their account page.

Launching in May 2008 'Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures' quickly became a smash hit in retail, shipping over 1.2 million copies around the world. In the weeks after launch 'Age of Conan' simultaneously topped the charts in 17 countries, and the game received critical acclaim from gaming press across the globe. 'Age of Conan' is now available in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Polish localized versions, and is being prepared for launch in Korea as well.

Hit X: The News Recapping Podcast For Monday 5th July

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Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

  • QTE Blog: Re-Cap of The Weekends News (oldest to newest) http://ht.ly/180pUt
  • QTE Blog: Hit X: The News Recapping Podcast For Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July http://ht.ly/180rXu
  • Its thought there are around 43.185 iOS Developers and 10.199 Android, with 1.412 developing on both platforms http://ht.ly/2773w
  • 360: Kotaku have got hold of Kinect marketing material. solo unit and 360 bundle show products, games clearly different http://ht.ly/277gN
  • 360: Crackdown 2 review scores live. the games received a wide range of scores, from 4.5/10 to 9/10 http://ht.ly/277j5
  • PSP: Square Enix confirm The 3rd Birthday is coming out in Europe but haven't provided a date http://ht.ly/277kP
  • UK Game Charts, Lego Harry Potter: 1 -4, Red Dead Redemption, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Tiger Woods 11, Dance On Broadway http://ht.ly/277nq
  • 3DS: Play.com say the release date for the 3DS as November, Dragon Ball as 19th November, Gundam 25th march http://ht.ly/277qb
  • 360: Activisons Bobby Kotick said Activision will support Dell and Hp move to connect Pcs to TVs, Frustrated by XBL model http://ht.ly/277vK
  • PS3: Sucker Punch’s Chris Zimmerman says inFamous 2 couldn't be done on the 360, PS3 justy has more processing power http://ht.ly/277yw
  • Metacritic says average game score for first 6 months of 2010 is higher than 2009, despite a fall in game sales http://ht.ly/277B7
  • QTE Blog: Sony Have Released A New Gameplay Video For inFamous 2 http://ht.ly/180yZE
  • PS3: its strongly rumoured that a Playstation Plus subscription won't be needed to access Hulu Plus http://ht.ly/279sL
  • 360: a new Idolmaster is coming out in Japan on the 360 for the first time. its set for a 2011 release. http://ht.ly/279GA
  • QTE Blog: Codemasters Have Released A New Dev Diary For F1 2010 Focusing On Cars And Tracks http://ht.ly/180ARe
  • Alan Wake sold 145K in USA in May, whilst Split/Second sold 86K and Blur Sold 31K, Blur was on sale for only 5 days http://ht.ly/27cz0
  • QTE Blog: This Weeks WiiWare, DSiWare, And Virtual Console Releases http://ht.ly/180DSs
  • PS3: in in-game tips for Fat Princess says that Zombies are coming soon, a trailer hints that a Halloween level is coming http://ht.ly/27gR5