New Halo 3 “Ghost Town” Map Revealed, Part of Legendary Map Pack in Spring Download

Ghost Town Halo 3 Map

Bungie has released information on a new Halo 3 map called “Ghost Town”.  This map has been referred to as “O.K. Corral” during it’s 4-5 month development.  Bungie had a “q & a” session with artists and designers that worked on the map and included screenshots of the visually stunning new map.

“Ghost Town” will be made available as downloadable content (DLC) on this spring as part of the “Legendary Map Pack” on Microsoft’s Xbox Live service.  Other maps such as “Moonlight Sonata” and “Purple Reign”, have been discussed as potentially being included in this the second update (note Purple Reign has been pushed back).  Additionally one of the beefs with Master Chief’s game had been the melee system which is now patched.  Microsoft is on a bit of a roll it seems after fairing well at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) with Gears of War 2 and co.

Halo 3 is making a strong push to battle COD 4 MW and the upcoming Rainbow Six Vegas 2 in order to keep people playing.

Halo 3 Melee System Fixed in AutoUpdate from Bungie

Halo 3 Melee Fix

Bungie, the makers of Halo 3 for the Xbox 360, have released a patch for the game that will automatically be downloaded the next time players connect with Xbox Live. This AutoUpdate was described in full in a post on Bungie.net. Many fixes are listed, but most notably is a fix for the troubled “melee attack system”. In Halo 3 prior to the patch, there was an outcry for a change to this system. The problem was that two players would go to “punch” each other at the same time and one usually died where the other walked away. The cause of this often time was due to the different connection speeds of the users and the “host” player had a huge advantage over the “clients”.

This system is half the reason why I primarily play Call of Duty 4 (COD 4) now as 2000+ games of frustrating online Halo 3 wore me down. It would tend to get extremely frustrating to fill an opponent with a clip full of bullets, go to strike him, and get smacked down while they walk off just fine. That being said, this fix really may entice me back to Master Chief, Microsoft, and co. Additionally we are looking forward to the new maps that are close to being released (“purple reign” delayed, “moonlight sonata” instead?) and finally releasing our map, “The Pumpkin Cage” built on Foundry to the world for their enjoyment.

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Microsoft Has Big Day at Game Developers Conference, Announces Gears of War 2

Gears Of War 2 Covers

Microsoft has had a big day at the Game Developers Conference (GDC).  We have been following the announcements all day at Kotaku (source of the image) and at G4tv’s blog “The Feed”.  The biggest announcement of the day is that Gears of War 2 is official and as expected will be out for the holidays in November.  This has been rumored since the first ‘Gears’ came out and now is for real… they even included a GOW 2 teaser trailer in the announcement.

Also scoring big hits today for team Xbox was the announcement that Grand Theft Auto 4 (GTA 4) will have downloadable content (DLC) on the release date of April 29.  This is exclusive content available only on the Xbox 360 and available the same day the game is in stores.  The sequel for Ninja Gaiden will be released June 3 and will have “recording” features similar to Halo 3.   The XNA Game Studio is now set to beta test user created games and distribute them via Xbox Live… these games were shown being played on Xbox, PC, and even the Zune!  Fable 2 and Too Human were showcased as well, bolstering the already strong Microsoft lineup.  More Xbox Live Arcade titles were added too.

Microsoft’s Bill Gates is Done with Social Networking Site Facebook

Bill Gates Breakup with Facebook

In October of 2007, Microsoft invested $240 million into Facebook, the booming MySpace-alternative. The purchase was for about 1.6% of the company that was believed to be the front runner to become the top social and business networking site on the internet. This week in February 2008 has proven to be a hard week for social networking platforms altogether. Several reports have been linked to users tiring of the advertising on these networks and employers have their own concerns as well. These sites tend to eat up bandwidth, consume workers’ time, and lead to sensitive information issues, all of which are counterproductive in the workplace.

Facebook had just recently taken a round of hits for releasing private information to third parties via Beacon and news is hitting the internet that M$oft Chairman Bill Gates quit using Facebook. Quitfacebook.com has popped up mocking many of the concerns that Gates and other users have been having of the site. Gates cited too many friend requests as his reason for not spending his daily 30 minutes on the site any longer. With this being right before Valentine’s Day it makes you wonder if he dumped Facebook to avoid buying a gift? I am sure we will know in a few days if they are back together or not or if this is a permanent break-up. Did the Microsoft woos to Yahoo make Facebook jealous or was Yahoo’s initial temporary rejection too hard on Bill?

Yahoo! rejects Microsoft bid

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Yahoo Inc.’s rejection of Microsoft Corp.’s unsolicited takeover bid left investors guessing the next move in a tense mating dance that may hatch a more imposing challenger to Google Inc. or disintegrate into a bruising brawl.”

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I doubt it’s a mating dance. I just think she wants a few more bucks. And no, Microsoft, she doesn’t “really like you because all the other guys who go to strip clubs are creeps.” Bro, I’ll say it again: she’s just out for a buck.

MC Spanky McGee


Disclosure:
MC Spanky McGee holds shares of Yahoo! and sincerely hopes that Microsoft orders another table dance. Fire up “Closer”!

Bill Gates and Microsoft Bid 44.6 Billion for Yahoo – C.R.E.A.M.

Bill Gates Yahoo CREAM

I have been preaching and preaching about Microsoft stock and the future of this company.  THIS IS YOUR LAST WARNING.  Get on it.

Yes I realize that it seems already like a no-brainer and maybe not that prophetic because Bill Gates has already gotten Microsoft to such a high level of success.  It may even sound like telling people to put money on the Bulls back in Michael Jordan’s day.

That being said, today’s news of Microsoft bidding 44.6 Billion dollars to purchase Yahoo is certainly attention worthy.  Add that to the domination of the personal computer market over seems like they are doing better than they are Apple, the domination in the video game console war with the XBox 360, the ungodly numbers Halo 3 put up at launch, the improvement of the Zune portable media player, and most of all the wide reaching – cross-platform Live service that is bringing everything together.

Microsoft is working on making our lives as simple and connected as possible.  I will give more on this later, but I assure you the news today is huge…Yahoo wasn’t even put up for sale and today Yahoo’s stock went up 45%.  Wouldn’t you have loved that tip yesterday – or is that another MJ and the Bulls situation?

ps.  Check out Wu-Tang Clan’s “Cash Rules Everything Around Me” or “C.R.E.A.M. and you will see why Bill Gates is a baller (even after stepping down).