Enthusiasm, Anger, and Apathy. We bring the trifecta. Brian’s back from E3, and loaded with stuff to talk about, and interviews to share. Oh, it’s also the most disgustingest, swearingest, edgiest, craziest, unrehearsiest podcast we’ve ever recorded. Man I can’t wait 4 Left 4 Dead 2 B 4 sale.

This weeks podcast features interviews with David Reeves (President of SCEE) and Peter Moore (President of EA Sport)

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xbox-live-logo Microsoft has released details of their plans for user generated content developed with the use of the XNA Game Studio. During a keynote address at this year’s Gamefest conference in Seattle, Microsoft announced that it will be launching its “Xbox Live Community Games” service by the end of the year.

Not only are we democratising game development with Xbox LIVE Community Games later this year, but we’re creating an opportunity for aspiring developers to start their careers on the world stage, Satchell said. It is really a win for both developers and consumers because this will no doubt act as an incentive for game creators to continue to develop the best, most innovative games for Xbox 360.

Wannabe developers will go through a strict peer review process to determine whether the game is appropriate for the service or not. Get through that stage alright and you will be free to offer your work up for purchase at one of three price points – 200, 400 or 800 Microsoft Points. Developers will receive at least 70% of the revenue generated by the game.

Now I’m no mathematician, but lets take the 10 million Xbox LIVE users Microsoft planned to have on the service by June this year (not sure if they hit that target or not). Lets say 0.5% of those 10 million users think they might want to try out your game. Because you’re not the greedy type, you offer your game at the lower price point of 200 Microsoft Points. 10,000,000 x 0.5 = 50000 gamers. 50000 x 200 Microsoft Points at NZ $3.3 = $165000. 70% of $165,000 = NZ $115,500. Now that’s a cash cow.

We all like a bargain don’t we? Head on over to 1-day and you will find bargains galore with a number of PS3 and Xbox 360 games for $59.99. They are listing Assassin’s Creed (PS3, Xbox 360), GRAW2 (PS3), Juiced 2 (Xbox 360) and Frontlines (Xbox 360). I’m not 100% sure on the RRP of these games, but you probably won’t find Assassin’s Creed and Frontlines at that price. If you have been interested in picking these games up then take a look.

tombraider Visiting the Eidos booth at E3 I was able to try my hand at the first new  Tomb Raider game that this gen will see. Tomb Raider: Underworld promises to change a few things while still making sure that the loyal fans of the series remain happy with the end result.

Lara’s story in Underworld centres around her trying to continue the work her Father had started before dying. He had located some ruins lying on the seabed of the Mediterranean and she decides to check it out. Given that the ruins are so deep underwater Lara has a new item added to her inventory, Scuba Gear, if you are like me you hated the underwater sections in previous games. So while this does come as some relief I did find out that there will be underwater sections of the game where you will not be able to use the scuba gear.

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buttonmash I have a stack of interviews all recorded and ready to go but I don’t know which to put into this weeks podcast. The easiest solution is to let you guys choose. The two I am undecided about are the following

Peter Moore President of EA Sports 
or 
David Reeves President of SCEE

There are a bunch of other interviews but I wanted these two in there fairly quickly. Which ever one is not chosen this week will go into next weeks podcast.

pjundoable So I have been playing PixelJunk Eden far too much over the last few days and I am having a blast (review is here). I just jumped in to check out the Trophies and while most of them seemed common fare the second to last struck me as bizarrely difficult.

Open all seeds in a garden without missing any pollen.

Just to give you an idea of how difficult this is, you first have to open every possible seed in a garden, this by it’s self is very doable but the second part of the challenge is a different kettle of fish.

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pjettitleThe PixelJunk series has provided many hours of gameplay to many PS3 owners already, Monsters was very well received and an expansion has since been release, I believe Eden is the best yet from the series.

Eden is an artistically styled 2D swing’em up, the concept revolves around the pollination/propagation process of plants and is completely different from anything else available on the Playstation Network. If you have played Wik: Fable of Souls, you will be familiar with the concept of swinging, but do not expect the same sort of game. Eden involves no running and does not have an attack function, you swing and jump around the screen to accomplish your goal of reaching Spectra.

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xbox-live-logo Major Nelson has updated the Xbox LIVE figures for the week of July 14th and Halo 3 has battled through to overtake Call of Duty 4 for the top spot.

Xbox 360 Top Live Titles
1 Halo 3
2 Call of Duty 4
3 GTA IV
4 Gears of War
5 Guitar Hero III
6 Rock Band
7 Too Human Demo
8 Battlefield: Bad Company
9 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2
10 FIFA 08

Arcade and Xbox Original numbers after the break.

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saintsrow2 THQ has just sent word that Saints Row 2 has been classified by the OFLC and has received an MA15+ rating without any cuts.

Saints Row 2 has been rated by the OFLC as MA15+, strong violence, sexual references and coarse language. Australian gamers can look forwards to playing one of the year’s biggest releases when it launches on October 16.

Now that the game has been rated in Oz it will be submitted to the NZ Classification board to be rated here. The question that must now be raised is wether or not an uncut GTA IV would have received the same classification……..

Oh well, who wants to take some bets on what Saints Row 2 will get in NZ?