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Hello again, it’s time for another installment of game news.

For the first time in 8 years, Xbox Live has made over $1 Billion Dollars. Half of the 25 million Xbox Live Members pay for the $49.99 annual cost for Xbox Live, which comes out to about $600 million, that combined with other content (avatar items, etc) comes out to $1.2 million. XBLA sales escalated from $800 million last year to $1.1 billion this year.

So far this week, my XBL friends have been raving about Blacklight: Tango Down. The arcade game features 7 game modes, 12 maps, online multiplayer, and four Black Ops-style missions. You can pick up Tango Down for 1200 MS Point or about $15 on XBL.

Apparently, Red Dead Redemption will be getting some DLC action in August. There will be a total of 4 DLC’s released for RDR which will include the Legends & Killers Pack, Liars & Cheats, Free Roam Pack, and the Undead Nightmare Pack. Legends & Killers features 9 new multiplayer maps, 8 new multiplayer characters, new achievements/trophies, and will cost $9.99/800 MS Points.
-Liars & Cheats will feature ‘Attack & Defend’ modes/challenges, new horse races complete with mounted combat, play as heroes and villains, 8 new multiplayer characters, multiplayer versions of Liars Dice & Poker, a new weapon: the explosive rifle with Challenges in both multi & single player, new achievements/trophies, and it will go for $9.99/800 MS Points.
-Free Roam Pack will include additional free roam challenges, new action areas/defensive placements, posse scoring/posse leaderboards, new ‘anti-griefing’ measures in Free Roam; the pricing may/will vary for the Free Roam Pack.
-Finally,the Undead Nightmare Pack will include a brand new single player adventure, challenges, and quests; 8 new multiplayer zombie characters, additional animals, new dynamic events, and it will cost $9.99/800 MS Points.

Blacklight: Tango Down Trailer

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

XBLA Revs via IGN
Blacklight: Tango Down via GameSpot
RDR DLC via Spawn Kill

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BioShock was a pretty awesome game. BioShock 2 was, well, not as epic.

Take-Two boss Brian Feder said that the familiarity of the environment was what made BioShock 2 seem less mystical and not as wonderful as the first game. Which, according to him, hurt game sales. Feder said that the BioShock series has so much more ‘life to it.’

“Sometimes they work for you and sometimes they work against you. Our goal is to have them work for us, more often than not.”

Well, duh. He also said that BioShock 2 was profitable for the company, 2k, but was overall not as successful as they would have liked it to be. Gee, I don’t know, selling 3 million copies sounds successful enough to me. Obviously, you’ve done something right. Sure, it wasn’t amazing and mysterious like the first game, but the gameplay was better right? Right?

So that means something interesting could happen for BioShock 3? Ok, question of the day: What do you think will happen in BioShock 3? Come up with your own short plot, story, etc.

Time for a totally random MW2 video. (I seriously couldn’t think of anything else)

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

BioShock 2 Story via The Escapist

Harmonix is aiming toward more artist-specific Rock Band games. They recently took a poll on their forum asking fans if they would want to see more games like The Beatles: Rock Band. The responses were positive, of course, with people wanting to see more individual artist based games. With that said, here is a link to the Rock Band forum regarding the matter.

http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=190325

And here is link to the survey itself:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=ye32NPtvL3sVf9AXyEcpvw%3d%3d

In business news, according the New York Times, video game sales faced a decline in April. In the United States, the sales dropped by 26% or 766.2 million. Hardware dropped by 37% and software dropped by 22%. DS sales decreased in the month of April, although it was still the best selling system in that month. Wii sales declined, while Ps3 and Xbox 360 saw an increase.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Trailer

–Taylor Paige
©2010 taylorpaige09

Rock Band story: http://www.whattheyplay.com/blog/2010/05/15/harmonix-surveys-artist-specific-rock-band-games/?utm_source=What+They+Play+-+Newsletters+and+Alerts&utm_campaign=3210589df2-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email
NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/15/business/15bizbriefs-USVIDEOGAMES_BRF.html?src=busln
Prince of Persia video via ubisoft on Youtube