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360 Marketplace Content Unveiled

Zonk posted about 9 years ago | from the like-i-haven't-spent-enough-already dept.

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Gamasutra reports that details on the initial offerings in the 360's Marketplace are now available. From the article: "Particularly notable are the downloadable playable demos for launch titles including FIFA Soccer 06 Road to the 2006 FIFA World Cup (Electronic Arts), Kameo: Elements of Power (Microsoft Game Studios), Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft), NBA LIVE 06 (Electronic Arts), Need for Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts)."

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One problem (1)

Yeechang Lee (3429) | about 9 years ago | (#14037539)

From the article: "Particularly notable are the downloadable playable demos for launch titles including FIFA Soccer 06 Road to the 2006 FIFA World Cup (Electronic Arts), Kameo: Elements of Power (Microsoft Game Studios), Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft), NBA LIVE 06 (Electronic Arts), Need for Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts)."

Great! I've been looking forward to these games. Let me just fire up my Xbox 360 so I can download them and try them out . . . Uh, wait.

Re:One problem (1)

MindStalker (22827) | about 9 years ago | (#14037677)

Well yes you need a 360 as well. Would be interesting if the display versions at walmart will include these demos as well.

Just a few questions (1)

Seth Finklestein (582901) | about 9 years ago | (#14037654)

As the purchaser of an Xbox 360 Marketplace item, I'll retain the right of First Sale, right? Oh.

As the purchaser, I will be able to create derivative works and resell them, right? Oh.

As the purchaser, I will be able to create backup copies to ensure the safety of my investment, right? Oh.

Because this is a marketplace, you'll open it up to anyone who wishes to buy or sell, right? Oh.

Ladies and gentlemen, I have no choice but to advocate a total boycott of all Xbox 360.

Re:Just a few questions (1)

Botia (855350) | about 9 years ago | (#14037779)

Ladies and gentlemen, I have no choice but to advocate a total boycott of all Xbox 360.

Wrong article. I think you're looking for this [slashdot.org] one. :)

Re:Just a few questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14037809)

None of which you know, considering you haven't seen the EULA. So I don't see your point.

Re:Just a few questions (1)

RoadDoggFL (876257) | about 9 years ago | (#14037935)

Because this is a marketplace, you'll open it up to anyone who wishes to buy or sell, right? Oh.
Actually, I recall MS representatives were ecxited and quick to note that user-created content could be sold from player to player in Xbox Live's Marketplace. So... what was your point again?

Indie content is coming too (1)

Yocto Yotta (840665) | about 9 years ago | (#14037726)

Gabe's newspost [penny-arcade.com] at Penny-Arcade.com on Monday announced that they will have content available on Day One also. PA fan or not, it's a decent indicator of the sort of access Microsoft is giving those with the desire to put up their designs and whatnot for sale in the Xbox 360 Marketplace.

That said, PA is the only example I've heard of, so maybe they're just good at stroking a cock or two. There is lots of them hens and roosters at Microsoft I hear.

Re:Indie content is coming too (1)

RoadDoggFL (876257) | about 9 years ago | (#14038313)

Hens and roosters... funny you mention that because Rooster Teeth Productions' Red vs Blue videos will be available for download (for free, I believe) through the marketplace.

same ol' same ol'... (1)

thundar2000 (459149) | about 9 years ago | (#14037863)


(yawn)

It is always amazing to see these companies put huge money into these consoles, and forget to have a couple of innovative titles to go along with it.

I think it may be the reason nintendo just keeps on going.. they always have a game that you just have to play when they launch a new box.

Re:same ol' same ol'... (1)

mrgreen4242 (759594) | about 9 years ago | (#14037947)

Except the DS. I can't remember any game from the DS launch that I had to play. I remember I was thinking about buying one, but could find any games that I just had to have. Now that I look back, I am glad I waited. It took almost the first year to get any really must play games out, but there are plenty available now, and the near future is promising a whole lot more must plays.

Re:same ol' same ol'... (1)

thundar2000 (459149) | about 9 years ago | (#14038544)

true.

but the thing had two screens - that's enough innovation to give them a mulligan on that launch.

Re:same ol' same ol'... (1)

amliebsch (724858) | about 9 years ago | (#14043421)

Two screens! Wow! Such innovation...back in the 80's when I bought my Nintendo Game & Watch Pinball game.

Re:same ol' same ol'... (1)

arson1 (527855) | about 9 years ago | (#14038424)

Like the Gamecube with it's epic launch titles Luigi's Mansion and WaveRace

Re:same ol' same ol'... (1)

thundar2000 (459149) | about 9 years ago | (#14038452)


Even these had something...

Luigi's Mansion - innovative game play and look

WaveRace - cool water effects

Re:same ol' same ol'... (1)

BigumD (219816) | about 9 years ago | (#14038592)

Righto. Well then you should love the 360 launch.

PGR - Cool car effects

Amped 3 - Cool snow effects

NBK 2k6 - Cool sweat effects

Re:same ol' same ol'... (1)

Headcase88 (828620) | about 9 years ago | (#14040342)

And Super Smash Bros Melee (came before Christmas... it's was a launch game).

PDZero should be good though, so it's not like the 360 is going to worthless launch or anything like that.

Uh...ok? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14038180)

I guess this is the type of stuff one might be interested in if your console's software library consisted of:

1) The kiddie versions of pc games
2) Sports and crappy racing games that couldn't land deals with the dominant platform
3) Exclusives from companies that use to be hot years ago on other platforms

If I put myself in that mindset, just a sec, k...Wow, this does sound exciting!

Paying for avatars? Only Microsoft... (1)

Fred Or Alive (738779) | about 9 years ago | (#14038296)

I'm kinda a bit dubious by the way it seems you have to pay to get different avatars, I was kinda hoping they'd be some kind of bonus for actually buying the game or something. The same goes for the system skins. I kinda doubt I'll be actually buying any of these (if / when I get an Xbox 360). I just don't see myself shelling out for an image file.

Anyway, the Xbox Live Arcade thing sounds interesting - hopefully we should see some interesting new smaller games come out on it. (I personally don't mind these Steam like things, assuming I'm not paying a full retail price). The ability to download demoes from Live is nice as well. I doubt you could exactly have a large number of games (at least the demo variety) on the titchy 20GB HD though, you can tell Microsoft are trying to keep production costs down (and also to sell you a New! Bigger! drive at some point in the future).

From what I've heard about how it works, the fact that Xbox Live now remembers what you've purchase, so you don't have to pay to download again, which is better than the old "if you lose it / your Xbox blows up, you buy it again" system.

I do hope this points system they've implemented still allows you to take the direct approach and just take the money from my debit card. I'm kinda worried they'll make you buy arbitary amounts of points even if you're using a debit / credit card and could easily purchase the exact amount needed.

Anyway, it's really just an evolution of what existed already on Xbox Live, Microsoft really have got a good online service with the Xbox 360, although in places it does seem a little too orientated to extracting as much money from my wallet for it's own good.

Re:Paying for avatars? Only Microsoft... (2, Interesting)

Saige (53303) | about 9 years ago | (#14038679)

I do hope this points system they've implemented still allows you to take the direct approach and just take the money from my debit card. I'm kinda worried they'll make you buy arbitary amounts of points even if you're using a debit / credit card and could easily purchase the exact amount needed.

Yes, you will be able to set it up to automatically take care of buying the points from your credit card when you go to spend them. Or you can lock out such a thing from happening to prevent, say, your kid from just spending a lot of money purchasing things. You can also buy cards at the store for points, so that you won't even need a credit card to get and use them.

Re:Paying for avatars? Only Microsoft... (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | about 9 years ago | (#14041874)

Only Microsoft...

Only Microsoft? Tell that to the cell-phone-customization industry, who charges for backgrounds, ringtones, and everything else they could possibly thing of. In fact, I'm willing to bet that's where MS got the idea for this.

Re:Paying for avatars? Only Microsoft... (1)

guybrush876 (766715) | about 9 years ago | (#14042663)

That's right I thought the same thing, Microsoft is trying to emulate the cell-phone industry success, but with one catch, they apparently control the whole market and any third party goes trough then. That said I think the bit about selling arcade games and the bit of using point to level the different currency in the world are good ideas. But the avatars and themes seem to be rip offs and only work is it's impossible to create your own or import it from the PC

Geometry Wars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14041103)

This game is worth the price of an X360.

Get your friends. Get this game. Take turns. Die a frenzied death.
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