Xbox 360 Price Cut

Xbox 360 Price Cut
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SINGAPORE April 29, 2008 – Microsoft today announced it is lowering the estimated retail price (ERP) for its Xbox 360 consoles in Singapore. At the new ERP of S$499 for the Pro version with 20GB hard drive (previously priced at S$620), the Xbox 360 will give consumers more accessibility and opportunity to join the high octane world of interactive digital entertainment from Microsoft.

The prices of the Xbox 360 Arcade and Xbox 360 Elite will be lowered too. The Xbox 360 Arcade is now S$399 (previously S$459) and the Xbox 360 Elite with 120 GB hard drive is now S$699 (previously S$799).

Xbox 360 Pro Console

Xbox 360 Pro Console
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Got the Xbox 360 Pro Console at a special price of S$450 at Funan’s Challenger, the usual price is S$669 Thanks so much for Ian for the help he given in this. I think a couple of us who went to the Xbox 360 2nd Anniversary Private Party held early this month also bought it at that price. I think I am the first one to collect it though.

You can check out the different Xbox 360 Consoles here.

Xbox 360 2nd Anniversary Private Party

Xbox 360 2nd Anniversary Private Party
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Yesterday, 3rd April 2008, I was invited by Ian Tan from Microsoft to a private Xbox 360 Anniversary Party at The Screening Room (Theatre). That was my 2nd time I have been to The Screening Room.

Publishers such as EA, Atari, LucasArts, THQ, Namco Bandai, Rockstar, and Team Ninja were there to give us a sneak peak of their upcoming games. What we see are mostly confidential and hence no photos or videos can be taken.

Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath

Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath
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Got my copy of Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath from The Software Boutique for S$89.00. The bundle includes the game itself and a limited edition Razor Deathadder mouse which really looks ugly with the EA logo replacing the Razor logo.

I did not even complete Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars because my computer will restart every 15 minutes once I tried to play the game, which I think is due to my graphics card (ATI Radeon X800XT) heat issue. I bought this game to collect it and once my new computer comes in June 2008, it is time to play.

N-Gage Beta Tester

N-Gage Beta Tester
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Nseries WOM World has selected me to help Nokia beta test N-Gage and they even sent me a Nokia N81 8GB all the way from UK to Singapore by DHL.

According to the user agreement, the phone will be on loan to me for 2 weeks, but hopefully they can extend it for me as I am still waiting for my Nokia N82 from Nokia Singapore (it has been 3 months, sigh).

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
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Redwood City, Calif., February 14, 2008 – After a seven-year hiatus, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced the return of Red Alert, one of the most beloved and best-selling real time strategy (RTS) series of all time. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, for the PC, Xbox 360TM video game and entertainment system and the PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system, takes players on an epic adventure to a breathtaking alternate future spawned by time travel run amok . Developed by EA Los Angeles, Red Alert 3 breaks new ground in the RTS genre, featuring a fully co-operative campaign while bringing back the series light-hearted style and classic, action-oriented gameplay.

Out: Blizzard, In: Activision Blizzard

Out: Blizzard, In: Activision Blizzard
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Vivendi and Activision to Create Activision Blizzard – World’s Largest, Most Profitable Pure-Play Video Game Publisher

SANTA MONICA, Calif. & PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Activision, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI – News) and Vivendi (Euronext Paris: VIV) today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to combine Vivendi Games, Vivendi’s interactive entertainment business — which includes Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, the world’s #1 multi-player online role-playing game franchise — with Activision, creating the world’s largest pure-play online and console game publisher. The new company, Activision Blizzard, is expected to have approximately $3.8 billion in pro forma combined calendar 2007 revenues and the highest operating margins of any major third-party video game publisher. On closing of the transaction, Activision will be renamed Activision Blizzard and will continue to operate as a public company traded on NASDAQ under the ticker ATVI.

Unreal Tournament 3 Gone Gold

Unreal Tournament 3 Gone Gold
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Epic and Midway Announce Unreal Tournament 3 PC Has Gone Gold

Midway and Epic today announced that Unreal Tournament 3 has gone to gold master for the PC. Developed by the team behind the critically acclaimed video game Gears of War, Unreal Tournament 3 is currently scheduled to ship in North America on November 19th for the PC with a suggested retail price of $49.95 and $59.95 for the collector’s edition. The PlayStation 3 version will follow soon. Unreal Tournament fans can get a taste of the compelling first person shooter by checking out the previously released single-player trailer below, or download the beta demo.