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I Am Alive ESRB Rating Suggests It Is Still Alive

Will this game EVER come out? It looked SO interesting when they first started throwing out the idea a few years ago, but then it just sort of…disappeared off the radar. Nothing sucks more than when a cool game is going through a ton of delays, but we have a new ray of hope: back in June the Australian Classification Board rekindled excitement that we’ll eventually see the game when it gave the game a MA 15+ rating. Now the ESRB is throwing fuel onto our fires of hope.

Of course, the ESRB has rated the game mature. The description talks of a man battling through city ruins to rescue his family. The action itself sounds pretty grisly. “Battles are accompanied by realistic gunfire, slashing sounds, and cries of pain; characters emit brief splashes of blood when hit.” Getting even gorier, the description also reveals “Players have the ability to kill or knock unconscious wounded/vulnerable enemies via finishing moves (e.g., throat slashing, impaling, pistol-whipping); these scenes are highlighted by close-up camera angles and increased player control.”

Hopefully more info will be released soon! I want to see this game in action!


I am insanely obsessed with…


This is probably the most adorable game I’ve played in such a long time.



Microsoft: XBLA Game Prices Rising Slowly

With recent releases like the incredible Bastion, it’s undeniable that the quality of downloadable games is sharply increasing. XBLA is host to dozens of amazing downloadable titles, but over time customers have steadily paid more for the digital delights.

"If you look at Live Arcade, and do the math, and look at the publicly available sales numbers, you can see that average prices on XBLA have crept up over the last few years, which has been an interesting trend because on some app markets there’s been a race to zero as fast as possible," Chris Charla,  Xbox Live Arcade’s portfolio director, told

Take a look below to see how exactly downloadable games priced at 1200 MS Points ($15) have increased in number:

  • 2009: 21 out of 86 games priced at 1200 MS Points
  • 2010: 27 out of 85 games priced at 1200 MS Points
  • 2011: 20 games released by half of the year priced at 1200 MS Points

"We’ve seen a little bit of the opposite happening," he continues. "I don’t really know where prices are going to go - ultimately, that’s set by the market - but it has been really gratifying to see that people are willing to a premium price for digital content."

Many of the games on XBLA offer worthwhile experiences that are a refreshing change of pace form sometimes predictable big budget retail blockbusters. The scope and length of downloadable games appears to be the biggest differentiators, While my wallet always whines whenever I see prices increase, I’m happy to fork over $15 instead of the standard $60 to dive into a great new experience.

What do you think about this steady increase? Would you consistently download $20 games if the games keep getting better??


Just spoke with the nicest lady from Xbox Support!

She was so helpful and sweet - and she got my account unlocked, which made her the most awesome person ever in my book. XD I’m glad to know the investigation was long over, they just forgot to unlock my account…silly Microsoft.

Downloading some DLC, arcade hits, and indie games as I post. :D Although it is really nice outside today…might stop by the beach for a few.

Microsoft Releases Summer Of Arcade Schedule

Summer may be painfully barren when it comes to the triple-A retail games, but Xbox Live Arcade is bursting at the seams with promising titles. Here is the release schedule for the official Summer of Arcade lineup.

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Developer: Supergiant Games
Release Date: July 20
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points
From Dust
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
Release Date: July 27
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Fuelcell
Release Date: August 3
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points

Fruit Ninja Kinect
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Halfbrick
Release Date: August 10
Price: 800 Microsoft Points

Toy Soldiers: Cold War
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Signal Studios
Release Date: August 17
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points

If you buy all five games, Microsoft is throwing in a free copy of Crimson Alliance, the Gauntlet-meets-Diablo hack ‘n slasher that won over several GI editors at E3.


Summer of Arcade Lineup Revealed

Microsoft always saves some of its best downloadable games for the Summer of Arcade. See which games made the cut for 2011.

Microsoft didn’t talk about Xbox Live Arcade at its big press conference this morning. Lest anyone fear that the legacy of the great Summer of Arcade be lost, Microsoft followed up this evening with a press release announcing the lineup, which will begin the fourth annual run of games beginning on July 20th.

Here is 2011’s Summer of Arcade:


Supergiant’s gorgeous action/RPG includes a narrator who constantly tells the story of the events unfolding onscreen.

From Dust
Ubisoft attempts to reinvent the god game with a new title from Eric Chahi, the creator of Another World. Alter the environment surrounding a tribe of struggling natives to help them survive and flourish.

Fruit Ninja Kinect

Kinect gets some love this year in Summer of Arcade, as the mobile game phenomenon comes to Live Arcade. Fruits. Ninja slicing. Kinect. You do the math.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
This startling side-scrolling 2D game has players navigate dangerous corridors and solving puzzles to progress through a world of massive creatures and strange environments.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

The sequel to Signal Studios’ excellent tower defense/action hybrid scoots ahead from World War I-era toys to the heady days of 80s toys. Bigger and more explosive in every way, Cold War looks like a great new addition to the Live Arcade library.

In addition, Live Arcade will also play host to both Ms. Splosion Man and Trenched in the coming weeks. Exciting stuff for anyone who is into the downloadable game scene.


Your Next Shoes: Custom Super Meat Boy Pro-keds

They may be overdoing it with the Super Meat Boy merchandise, but we haven’t gotten sick of that cute little sack of flesh yet.

Classic PRO-Keds let you design your shoes in thousands of styles, but how could you get better than this? These Super Meat Boy PRO-Keds Royal Hi sneakers are only $65 on Zazzle, so go snag a pair for yourself. You know…if you want one. No pressure or anything.


Microsoft Tweaks XBLA Game Ratings Requirements

In March, some indie developers complained that gamers could too easily manipulate the Xbox Live Arcade games rating system in order to artificially push some games up or down the service’s Indie Games chart. Now Microsoft has responded with a few tweaks to the ratings system.

Microsoft now says that only Xbox Live Gold members can rate indie games on, whereas previously this was open to Silver members. However, Silver members can still rate titles through the 360 itself. Also, Microsoft says that it won’t roll back the number of one-star votes that some games have received.

This issue started when some indie developers complained that some gamers were deliberately giving one-star votes to titles that were threatening their favorite games in Microsoft’s Xbox Live Indie Games Chart.

We’re not sure what kind of effect banning Silver members from voting on will have, so it’ll be interesting to see how this situation develops.

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