LIVE Activity for week of 5/26 sees the mighty fall ever so slightly

Xbox 360 Top Live Titles (based on UU’s)
1 Call of Duty 4
2 Halo 3
4 Guitar Hero III
5 Gears of War
6 Rock Band
7 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2
8 FIFA 08
9 Forza Motorsport 2
10 GRID Demo

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions)
1 Penny Arcade Episode 1
2 Buku Sudoku
3 Warlords
6 Assault Heroes 2
7 N+
8 Brain Challenge
9 Worms
10 Ikaruga

The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.

Original Xbox Top Live Titles (based on UU’s)
1 Halo 2
2 Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
3 Fable
4 Counter-Strike
5 Ninja Gaiden Black
6 Battlefield 2: MC
7 Splinter Cell Chaos
8 Gauntlet Seven Sorrows
9 Call of Duty 3
10 Conker: Live Reloaded

It was bound to happen, but this soon? The grand ole game that is GTA IV has fallen from its perch atop the top ten of Xbox Live games. In reality though, it hasn’t fallen to far, making it a good candidate for the “what have you done for me lately?” clause. As you may have noticed, Gears of War is still in the top ten after what, an eon now. Does GTA have the same staying power in its future?

[Via Major Nelson]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

No spring update this year, plus other changes inbound

By way of Next-Gen, is the sad news that the Xbox 360 “spring”(winter for those in the southern hemisphere) update that has been getting alot of speculative play lately is not to be, in any form fake or not. Speaking with General Manager of Xbox live, Marc Whitten, resources will instead be spent “building the proper infrastructure and scale for the service.” Coming along with this is the “delisting” of “older underperforming titles”. The launching of a 1st party studio that will be focused on high quality digital content creation is on the way. Additionally with the launch of the Penny Arcade Adventures, the 1600 Ms points price point is here to stay for other titles later on down the line.

As this news was first broke by Next-Gen, there are several questions still to be answered. With the delisting of under performing XBLA titles, how are buyers of those titles to redownload their game after it’s removed from the servers? How is a delisting going to be taken from a developer, when there’s no actual store shelves to be stocked? Pissing off developers even further after their royalty rate has already been cut in half may hurt the XBLA service most. Now that the XBLA file size has officially increased in size, doesn’t that start to undermine the name Xbox Live Arcade? Fast and easy access is what the term arcade is supposed to be, right? Shouldn’t there be another classification for these lager titles as to not muddy up the waters with confusion as to what to expect with any given title?

Surely all of this is a moving target, so we’ll see how this all goes down in the long run as looking at everything in hindsight is much easier said than done.

[Via Next-Gen]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

LIVE Activity for week of 4/14 ( Gears comeback? edition)

Xbox 360 Top Live Titles (based on UU’s)
1 Call of Duty 4
2 Halo 3
3 Gears of War
4 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2
5 Guitar Hero III
6 Rock Band
7 FIFA 08
8 Forza Motorsport 2
9 NBA 2K8
10 Oblivion

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions)
1 Ikaruga
2 Battlezone
3 Brain Challenge
4 Rocky and Bullwinkle
7 N+
8 Worms
9 Bomberman LIVE
10 Sonic The Hedgehog 2
The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.

Original Xbox Top Live Titles (based on UU’s)
1 Halo 2
2 Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
3 Battlefield 2: MC
4 Counter-Strike
5 Call of Duty 3
6 Fable
7 Street Fighter Anniv.
8 Madden NFL 08
9 Rainbow Six 3
10 Ghost Recon 2

It looks like the anticipation for Gears of War 2 is indeed in the air as Gears of War has inched up the charts, but what is that at 10? Is that Oblivion? Nine lives this cat doesn’t have, it’s more like Oblivion is set to God mode as it continues to linger nearly two years after its launch.

[Via Major Nelson]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Litheon brings Live……Anywhere? Sort of

A little while back, more like a long way back, this little carrot named Live Anywhere was dangled in front of the eye’s and ears of the entire gaming world with the promise to allow gamers to at all times be connected to their games experience whether it be some kind of an extension of a game or just to connect you to your friends. Luckily for us, this eventual time suck that in theory should be on a scale that Twitter can only imagine hasn’t exactly happened yet, much like Microsoft’s current implementation of Games For Windows. So, in the stead of the molasses like moving company up in Redmond Washington, good ole “Litheon” has taken upon himself to create a application for mobile phones that somewhat simulates the “Live Anywhere” possibilities, since those two words should only be spoken of if only coming from the mouth of Ron Burgundy.

Going a step further than the typical gamercard, Litheon’s SOAP interface allows for extended information like presence, giving you the ability to stalk your friends list at all times. The Zip file can be download here for your Windows Mobile Device. For more details check out Litheons Blog. While this isn’t perfect by a long shot, it’s much better then the “nothing” Microsoft has dulled out so far.

[Via Litheon]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Xbox Live to see Maintenance on April 21st

A heads up is on tap for Xbox Live:

On Monday April 21st from 0200-1000 PT Xbox Live will be offline for maintenance. As a result, the ‘My Xbox’ section of will be unavailable, and the Xbox forums will be in read only mode (you won’t be able to post.) The remainder of will be available.

Other then that there’s nothing here to see. No “Spring” dashboard update to be found. This is just maintenance only as Xbox Live Operations Overlord “e” would say.

[Via Major Nelson]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Cheaters beware!

Since the envelopment of this thing we now call achievements, it was only natural for some to come only in the event of gaming the system. Surely not everyone will be legitimate,ever, but that doesn’t mean it’s right not to be. So, in the event that your spotted or found out to be gaming the system for achievements the following shall happen to said person, because that wouldn’t be you, now would it?

Resetting the entire Gamerscore for an account to zero
• The account will be unable to regain all previously obtained achievements and Gamerscore, however, the players will have the ability to gain future Achievements by earning them fairly, like the majority of the Xbox LIVE community does.
• The account will be clearly labeled as a cheater for the community to view on You can see an example here. In dash, the personal view of the gamercard will be labeled as well.

This shouldn’t have to happen to anyone so please play fair.

[update: On second thought this is what should happen to you if you cheat for achievements]

[Via Major Nelson]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

LIVE Activity for the week of 3/3 (more of the same edition)

Xbox 360 Top Live Titles (based on UU’s)
1 Call of Duty 4
2 Halo 3
3 Guitar Hero III
4 Gears of War
5 Rock Band
6 Army of Two
7 FIFA 08
8 Madden NFL 08
9 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
10 Frontlines: Fuel of War

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions)
1 N+
2 Rocketmen:Axis of Evil
3 Triggerheart Exelica
5 Worms
6 TMNT 1989 Arcade
7 Bomberman LIVE
8 Chessmaster Live
9 Rez HD
10 Sonic The Hedgehog 2
The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.

Original Xbox Top Live Titles (based on UU’s)
1 Halo 2
2 Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
3 Counter-Strike
4 Battlefield 2: MC
5 Fable
6 Ninja Gaiden Black
7 Call of Duty 3
8 Madden NFL 08
9 Doom 3
10 Conker: Live Reloaded

Alright folks. There it is. Without stating the obvious, how about that Army of Two.

[Via Major Nelson]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-