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Gears of War 3 Announced! Trailer 1 Released! April 13, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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All you gears heads out there will be more than happy to hear that the leaked announcement turned out to be legitimate.  Gears of War 3 will be coming to the Xbox 360 on April 5th, 2011.

Gears of War defined the Xbox 360 and the HD gaming revolution back in 2006, this game looks to enhance and refine it.  I still remember when this game came out I had my very first Red Ring Of Death, rendering me unable to play it for several weeks, but I still got the Collector’s Edition on launch day because I was such a huge fan of the Gears of War: Road to E3 documentary.

A friend of mine was in the market for an HDTV at the time and just happened to be working at a TV appliance store, who had no problem at all if he brought his equipment down to test it on their TVs to see which worked best.  I have no idea if this is usual company policy for any store, but I have talked to a few managers and they have no issues with it, they think its a good way to get a sale.

When his co-workers saw that he had brought a 360 AND Gears of War they demanded that he hook it up to their home theatre setup.  In the back of the store they had five 1080 HDTVs hooked up, ranging in size from 60″ to 110″, and an HD projector.  We went over to the 110″ DLP and laid claim to the whole area.  We hooked his 360 into the split and had control over the images in all TVs in that area, but due to bandwith limitations (we weren’t using HDMI, it was still component, although 1080p was supported by the 360 at the time, there were no HDMI boxes yet, and the splits didn’t support HDMI yet either) we had to play the game in 1080i.  Nobody really seemed to mind, the game looked fantastic.

Two older people sat down at the 60″ Sony and started watching what was on the screens.  They looked over to us and realized what they were seeing was being manipulated by us.  The man was happy that what he saw wasn’t real, he told us he had assumed he was looking at images of the Iraq War.  That was a good night.  Why don’t more TV stores do stuff like that?  You’d think if you wanted to sell TVs you’d put something on the TVs that looked really good, like The Dark Knight on Blu-Ray.

Here’s the first official trailer for the game. 


Splinter Cell Conviction Unboxing April 13, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Site Videos.
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Well I just had to pick one up given the pre-release controversy.  I got it for $60!  A special edition!  That was not ten lower than what the price was supposed to be, it was twenty dollars lower than what the price was supposed to be.  So that was pretty good at buttering me up for how bad this was going to be.  Take a look with me while I do an unboxing of the game.

What did we learn from all this?  DISCS ARE GOOD!  USE DISCS!