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Which Console Did You Buy/Receive Over The Holidays?

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GENRE: Action
PLAYERS:   1-4
November 22, 2005

Gauntlet II

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 Written by John Scalzo  on October 14, 2005

News: The Xbox 360's secret weapon loads up.

Microsoft has been touting the Xbox Live Arcade download service for some time now and some new details are coming to light. As we've known all along, the Xbox Live Arcade will be available in the Xbox Marketplace and for a small fee gamers will be able to download any of the available games to their Xbox 360 hard drive.

Before the Digital Life show in New York, one of the Xbox's head honchos, Peter Moore, revealed the full "launch window" lineup. Twenty-one titles will be available between November 22 and the end of the year and they are:

  • Astropop - Popcap Games
  • Bankshot Billiards 2 - pixelStorm, Inc
  • Bejeweled 2 - Popcap Games
  • Crystal Quest - Stainless Games
  • Feeding Frenzy - Popcap Games
  • Gauntlet - Midway Home Entertainment
  • Geometry Wars 2 - Bizarre Creations
  • Hardwood Backgammon - Silver Creek Entertainment
  • Hardwood Hearts - Silver Creek Entertainment
  • Hardwood Spades - Silver Creek Entertainment
  • Hexic HD - Microsoft Game Studios
  • HoopWorld - Streamline Studios
  • Jewel Quest -
  • Joust - Midway Home Entertainment
  • Marble Blast Ultra - GarageGames
  • Mutant Storm Reloaded - PomPom Games
  • Outpost Kaloki - Wahoo Studios
  • Robotron 2084 - Midway Home Entertainment
  • Smash TV - Midway Home Entertainment
  • Wik: Fable of Souls - Reflexive Entertainment
  • Zuma - Popcap Games

    Among that list are retro classics, Java game favorites and some pretty wild "new retro" stuff like Mutant Storm and Marble Blast that emulate the older style of games from the 8 and 16-bit days but are completely fresh titles.

    You'll also notice Hexix HD. The HD stands for Hard Drive as every Xbox 360 system will come with a copy of Hexix HD preloaded on the hard drive. Hexic HD is also notable as it's the first game designed by Tetris creator (and all around game god) Alexey Pajitnov and is his first original game in over ten years.

    ?The next generation of Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 will enhance the gaming experience for casual and competitive gamers alike, across the globe, providing something for everyone with world-class games and captivating content,? said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of worldwide marketing and publishing for Xbox at Microsoft.

    Microsoft has also revealed that 48 developers have pledged their support to the Xbox Live Arcade. They are:

  • Atari
  • Bizarre Creations
  • Capcom
  • Codemasters
  • CTXM
  • Digital Eclipse
  • Electronic Arts
  • Empire Interactive
  • Gaia Studios
  • GameHouse Studios
  • Garage Games
  • Gastronaut Studios
  • Hamster
  • Harmonix
  • HipSoft
  • Hudson Soft
  • iWin
  • Konami
  • Llamasoft
  • Load, Inc
  • Mad Doc Software
  • Majesco
  • Microsoft Game Studios
  • Midway Home Entertainment
  • Mumbo Jumbo (United Developers)
  • Naked Sky Entertainment
  • Namco
  • Oberon Media
  • Pick Up And Play
  • pixelStorm, Inc
  • PlayFirst
  • PomPom Games
  • Popcap Games
  • Q Entertainment
  • RealNetworks, Inc
  • Reflexive Entertainment
  • Secret Lair Studios
  • SEGA
  • Silver Creek Entertainment
  • SNK Playmore
  • Stainless Games
  • Streamline Studios
  • Tik Games
  • Ubisoft
  • uWink
  • Vivendi Universal Games
  • Wahoo Studios
  • Wanako Games
  • Wild Tangent

    Finally, Microsoft has said they hope to have 35 games available on the Xbox Live Arcade by Summer 2006. If you're scoring at home that means only 14 games will be released between the "launch window" and next Summer.

    Depending on how you count games, the Xbox Live Arcade has just made the Xbox 360's launch lineup quite a bit larger. As a fan of what's now being called "casual" games, I can only see this as a good thing. Who knows, maybe someday "real" Xbox 360 games with the High Definition and the polygons and the cut scenes will be offered for download.

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