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Crysis 2 Demo Coming to Xbox 360 on Jan 25th January 21, 2011

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I was just emailed by EA to notify me that they will be launching an exclusive multiplayer demo for the highly anticipated game Crysis 2 on January 25th.

The catch is the demo will ONLY be provided for Xbox 360 users.  Since the demo is multiplayer only, it will require an Xbox Live Gold account in order to play it.

Even though the demo will currently be exclusive to Xbox 360 Gold Members, Crysis 2 is coming for Xbox 360, PC and Playstation 3.

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Duke Nukem Forever Release Date January 21, 2011

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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A moment I have been looking forward to for well over 12 years has finally come to pass…

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the OFFICIAL release date trailer for Duke Nukem Forever.

In this heavily censored trailer (likely due to YouTube restrictions), you can see a lot of new gameplay footage, weapons, enemies, and a nice few tidbits of story.  I have to say I do like opening voice over a lot, about Duke disappearing after the events of Duke Nukem 3D, coupled with the obvious parallel when the aliens toppled over his statue (anyone have an Iraq War flashback there too?).  The art style reminded me a lot of Prey mixed with SiN Episode 1 (Prey came in whenever things looked organic, especially with the organic doors, the SiN Episodes whenever I saw building exteriors, especially rooftops).  Now since these were my two favorite PC games of 2006, I am really psyched about that.

I can’t believe I’m actually typing this out.  Duke Nukem Forever is coming May 3rd, 2011 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Xbox Live Updates Getting Longer January 21, 2011

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When an update used to come to the Xbox 360 around the time of launch up until recently, it would download and install quite quickly. Obviously this was due to the fact that Xbox 360 updates were very small in file size given the low capacity of early memory units and the lack of internal memory in the low end 360s.

Occasionally a major seasonal update would come along and could take around a minute or two to download, but most smaller updates or firmware patches would take less than 30 seconds.

Recently the November update brought Kinect support and understandably, it took a while to download. It was (as far as I could tell) the longest update the Xbox 360 ever had. (I can’t compare file sizes, MS doesn’t provide them). It made sense, a new interface and a new control system was being added, so a lot of data was going to be expected.

Today, a smaller update was brought to Xbox Live, which (according to the release notes) added in only one simple feature, the ability to boot to disc, something the 360 was previously able to do. The update took much longer than earlier ones, around 2 minutes to download and install.

Is this the start of a new updating trend? Quick and small firmware updates were a smart move by Microsoft, as it leaves the system less vulnerable to firmware errors caused by power loss during an update. This was something the Xbox 360 holds over the Playstation 3 (and technically still does, a PS3 firmware update takes around 10 minutes), but things are changing.

I think this has started since the 360 now supports USB flash drives. Fine print says they require at least 1GB storage for “system files”. Has anyone with original 360s with no HDs lost compatibility with Xbox Live?

Time will tell if the trend will continue, but does anyone but me mind (or even notice) the longer updates? I want to hear what you have to say. Please post your comments!