Events This Week – October 6th, 2008

Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 6:30 PM: CMAP Main Meeting: ASP.NET MVC – This session will introduce attendees to the new ASP.NET MVC framework while building a real-world application. "Separation of concerns" will be discussed as the Model,…


Charity Fragathon…cool idea!

Great idea from Chris Williams and the Twin Cities XNA User Group: The Twin Cities XNA User Group is throwing their first ever charity event! Admission to this event is $10 (ten bucks!!) and that covers entry into what just might be the biggest Halo 3 tournament you’ve ever seen. We’ll also have a room…


xbox live community games

Ever wanted to get rich building games…now you can: You’ve played Xbox 360 games with the millions of gamers on Xbox LIVE. You’ve chatted, shared, and dominated in games of all kinds. But what if those millions could be playing your game? Better still – what if you were getting paid for it? Starting holiday…


Microsoft opens game IP

This sounds pretty cool. More opportunities for creative mashups using familiar characters: GAMEFEST: Landmark legal move allows consumers free use of Halo, Forza and Viva Piñata assets in homebrew works After announcing the 2.0 version of XNA Game Studio during Gamefest’s keynote, XNA general manager Chris Satchell also revealed that the company had made an…

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XBOX Achievement Generator

OK, so maybe I’m the only one who thinks that being able to make your own custom XBOX Achievement graphic is very cool…but if I’m wrong about that, and you want to let your geek flag fly…here you go: Hat tip to Josh Holmes, who used this in a recent presentation.

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The Elite Handheld Gaming System

OK, so perhaps “handheld” is a bit of an exaggeration, but this XBOX 360 laptop mod is nothing short of brilliant. Would be a hoot to crack that puppy open on a plane. Definitely the work of someone with far too much time on their hands. But way cool nonetheless. Includes high-def 720p display, the…

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Kickin’ It Old School on Xbox LIVE Arcade

My colleague Brian Johnson has a neat article on xbox.com: Sometimes, I wonder what it must be like to be a kid nowadays. In a world where electronics dominate, do kids know about games and technologies that preceded the high resolution games of today? I did some digging. Are my kids really that far removed…


Wired Halo 3 Review

Having just finished the single-player campaign mode myself, this review is very timely: So, here I am again: Standing on a sandy beach, near the edge of a pine-tree forest, hunched behind a stone outcropping — while an army of bellowing aliens singe my armor with 3,000-degree bolts of plasma. Does this feel familiar? Of…


Halo 3 Rocks

OK, so I suppose it’s no surprise. But after a couple of days of owning it, I am completely impressed with Halo 3. The first day I played through a good portion of campaign mode (on Normal…I’ll surely try a harder level in the future). As suggested by the recent Wired Magazine article, it’s clear…


Halo 3 Today – and More HD

I’m jazzed. Later today, the UPS guy should arrive with a package for me that includes what will likely soon become the best-selling video game in history…Halo 3. After all the waiting, it will be great to finally play through the full campaign mode, and experience the multiplayer action, save videos, etc. And if this…