Those of you who have been following us on twitter over the last few weeks must have noticed the sudden increase in tweets related to Netflix. This is due to all of us setting up Unotelly accounts and streaming everything from Breaking Bad to Strippers vs Werewolves while testing the service.
Major Nelson (Lawrence Hryb) is the Director of Programming for Xbox Live or in other words the guy who tries to make everyone love Xbox has posted up a countdown timer that is set to end on the day that E3 2013 opens.
Every week, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson posts up a list of the most popular games on Xbox Live for that week. For the last few years, you could put money on the fact that the latest Call of Duty would be at number one. It’s not anymore.
Major Nelson, the community leader over at Xbox, has announced that starting pretty much immediately the Kinect will receive a 27% price drop in North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific.
Let me have a look at my console collection so far. Matte black PS3. Check. Glossy black 3DS? Check. Sleek Black Xbox slim? Check. Various other consoles from previous generations that all sport a black coat of paint? Check.
It’s kind of boring having such a uniform selection of gaming devices to play around on, which is why my eyes light up like a cat chasing a ball whenever a newer, shinier console with a brighter finish arrives.
Which is just what the Xbox 360 has done. It’s completely superfluous, unnecessary and Sweet Christmas! I do want this so bad!
Microsoft’s Major Nelson’s gone and released their list of the most popular games , as recorded by Xbox Live for 2011. Here’s something that shouldn’t comes a surprise to anybody; The most played game in 2011 was a Call of Duty game. A little surprising is that the the second game is also Call of Duty, this time Modern Warfare 3, which has managed the spot even though it was only available for the last two months of the year. The third game on the list? Would you believe it, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
Halo Reach and Battlefield 3 round out the top five, proving that gamers still really dig their shooters. Call of Duty takes another two spots in 2011’s most played games, with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and World at War at 14 and 20 respectively. Give it a few years, and it’s possible there’ll be nothing but Call of Duty clogging up the internet. Maybe Kojima was on to something when he said there’s no demand for much else right now?
Rest of the list after the jump!
It’s finally happened. After a full year of reigning supreme as the most played game on Xbox Live, Black Ops has finally been kicked off the top spot. No prizes for guessing that the game that’s usurped it is Modern Warfare 3. Yup. Call of Duty beat Call of Duty beat Call of Duty. Thankfully Call of Duty doesn’t hold the all three top spots - because another modern combat shooter’s managed to wriggle in to third spot - yup, Battlefield’s getting some decent online time in 3rd spot, putting the two year old Modern Warfare 2 in number 4.
That’s really got to be disheartening for the team at Epic, whose current Flagship Gears of War 3 has only managed to sit pretty at 5.
Top twenty Xbox Live titles after the jump
When you turn on your Xbox 360 today after a long, hard day at the office, your online decimation of noobs might be briefly interrupted by a prompt asking you to update your console.
Exciting stuff, new updates. So what fantastic new features does this one bring?
Nick de Bruyne
You may have caught some information during the Microsoft E3 2011 Press Conference that mentioned new features coming to the Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE soon, but following the briefing, they fleshed out the details as well as announced a couple of really great new ones.
I especially love the idea of the beacons. Hit the jump to see what nifty new features are headed your way.
Nick de Bruyne
If you want a sneak peak into one of the new features that Microsoft will be showing off at E3 this week, then take a look at this.
This new Major's Minute video shows off the new head tracking feature in Forza Motorsport 4 and also (apparently unintentionally) teases us on some amazing new announcement that can't be spoken about right now.
Hit the jump to see it in action.
Woops! Its seems that flashy new disc-storage capacity increasing update destined for Xbox 360â€™s might be causing a little bit of trouble. The update, which readies the console to use an extra 1GB of DVD storage space has reportedly been causing some test users to receive dis-read errors, preventing them playing retail games on their machines.
Microsoft is aware of the problem, claiming that it only affects a â€œsmall percentageâ€ of users.
Xboxâ€™s Major Nelson has released lists of the most popular games on Xbox Live â€“ boxed retail, XBLA and Indie titles. Their place in the charts is calculated using some sort of odd numerical alchemy based on their first week of availability, so it doesnâ€™t take slow burning hits in to account. It also only considers games released in 2010, which is why games like Modern Warfare and Gears of War are missing.
The results, as far as retail games go, are hardly surprising. Annual shooter Call of Duty takes top spot, followed by console exclusive Halo Reach. Hit the jump to see what else people were playing on Xbox Live in 2010.