Living LIVE News Report 06.18.12
Posted by Trace Aber on 06.18.2012
The latest on Modern Warfare 3 DLC, Microsoft SmartGlass, and Skyrim's Dawnguard in this week's Living LIVE!
Welcome everyone to another issue of the Living LIVE News Report, and as always, I'm your host for the evening, Trace Aber.
Microsoft Updates iPhone App
Microsoft has updated their "My Xbox Live" app to allow for control of the system through your phone. This coincides with their larger plan of Smartglass, announced last week at E3. In addition to showing off spotlight videos, sending and receiving messages and connecting with your friends, you can now use quickplay as well.
All you have to do is open the app, go to the quickplay menu, and it'll show the last eight games or apps you loaded on your Xbox. The Xbox still has to be on, mind you, and you won't be able to control actual games. You can navigate apps with a series of virtual buttons on the touchscreen, though you can't use a keyboard when searching. Still, it's pretty cool and just an early preview of what we can expect in the future as Microsoft continues streamlining its products.
Modern Warfare 3 DLC to Contain MW2 Maps?
According to a YouTube video, a couple of familiar names showed up briefly in the private game listing of maps in the uber-popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. One would reasonably assume that the maps, called Terminal and Shipbreaker, would show up in the this month's DLC drop.
The Shipbreaker map turns up as "Boardwalker," so the final name is not confirmed. As shown in the video, trying to play either map leads to Lookout. Even stranger, the maps disappeared on the lists after exiting the game. I'm sure we'll hear an official announcement soon.
Huge Xbox Live Games on Demand Sale This Week!
While most of us agree that the OnDemand section of the Xbox Live Marketplace sets their prices a bit too high, this week some games are getting significant price decreases, upwards of 75% and $15 savings. This deal lasts from June 19 to June 25, so be sure to download your favorite On Demand title at this reduced price. You can find the full list below:
-Bionic Commando: $4.99
-Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII: $4.99
-Bomberman Act: Zero: $4.99
-Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: $4.99
-Dark Void: $4.99
-Meet the Robinsons: $4.99
-Open Season: $4.99
-Perfect Dark Zero: $4.99
-Prince of Persia: $3.99
-Rockstar Table Tennis: $4.99
SEGA Superstars Tennis: $4.99
Surf's Up: $4.99
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter: $4.99
Tornado Outbreak: $4.99
Virtua Tennis 2009: $4.99
Viva Pinata Party Animals: $4.99
Random News and Notes
-Microsoft announced that they would change their focus and not taking part in either Gamescom or the Tokyo Games Show. They will instead focus on "smaller, more localized promotions and experiences for press, partners, retailers and customers around the world."
-Though I think they're a few months too later, Microsoft and Bethesda has released Xbox Live avatar costumes that takes advantage of the infamous "arrow in the knee" meme from Skyrim. For only 240MP your avatar can end his career as an adventurer again and again!
-Speaking of Skyrim, all of the Dawnguard beta invites have been sent out. Bethesda say that only one half percent of applicants were accepted, so don't feel bad if you didn't get it. I didn't. :(
-Some hardcore Halo fans may be to happy to know that teabagging will return in Halo 4. They're not going to call it that, obviously, but will instead go by the much friendly (though equally strange) "victory crouch." You can avoid watching your face get humiliated by simply respawning however, so the humiliation is not mandatory.
The Digital Downloads Arcade Games
Babel Rising [Kinect]: 800MP
Games on Demand
Nicktoons MLB ($29.99)
Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge ($39.99)
That does it for me this week. Be sure to check back next week as we discuss all of the latest Xbox 360 news, including releases, rumors and reviews! Also, don't forget to bookmark 411Mania! And a note to all of the Indie Game developers out there – if you have an upcoming title that's going to be released soon drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. I'll write a full review of your game to be posted on 411Mania.com, which is a great way to get your game promoted!