Microsoft recently revealed a few lists of games showing the most played titles online in 2008 via the Xbox 360. I’m sure you’ll find it interesting that there are two games prior to 2008 that beat out one of the biggest games of the year, Grand Theft Auto IV.
Its also great to see some classic games are still making a move in the gaming industry through Xbox Live Arcade, such as Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and Doom.
Check out the full lists after the jump! (more…)
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Not to long ago, we posted a story of a young gamer named Brandon Crisp who ran away from his home in Ontario. Sadly, since Brandon left 14 days ago, police have yet to find him.
His parents and the police are blaming Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Call of Duty 4 because before he left, he wasn’t allowed to play the game. The reason for his obsession, Microsoft felt bad and they have been working with police closely and seeing if Brandon will come online to play the game. Microsoft has also decided to throw in their own cash for a reward if Brandon is found. They have announced to double the amount of money already being offered for his whereabouts and it’s now up to $50,000.
A spokesman emailed the newspaper The Globe and Mail saying,
“Like everyone, we are deeply worried about the disappearance of Brandon Crisp. Law enforcement has contacted Microsoft about this matter and we are co-operating fully with them. We are unable to comment further on the nature of our co-operation because of the ongoing investigation.”
If you wondering if Microsoft is just doing it because they are trying to have odds of a lawsuit — don’t. The parents have no real ground for a suit, because it ultimately comes down to the parenting of the kid and not Microsoft providing a service for a game. On top of that, Brandon’s dad Steve Crisp wanted to make sure he has no plans on a lawsuit and wants anything that can help find his missing son, “I’m not on a witch hunt. I just want my son back,” he said.
If you have any information regarding Brandon and where he is, contact the local police by calling 707-725-7025.
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Film director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), apparently enjoys to play video games. He enjoys them so much he can have an in-depth conversation and give detailed answers about why he likes certain games. He even compares the atmosphere of some games to legendary movie directors such as Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby) and George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead).
I absolutely loved BioShock. I loved the world, the design, the lighting, the beautiful art direction and cinematography. I’m a fan of Silent Hill, Resident Evil and Devil May Cry. I love them all. The first Silent Hill was so beautiful, almost like a Lynch, Polanski or Romero type of horror experience…
I love the engine of GTA IV. I’m not a big fan of the actual game: I’m not into break-ins or running people over, but the engine is incredibly beautiful, and the sandbox is very complete. The same goes for Medal of Honor Airborne, Call of Duty 4 or Army of Two. There are only two games I consider masterpieces: Ico and Shadow of the Colossus… I have a 12-year-old daughter and we play together, but unfortunately she’s more into Sonic and Kirby.
The more time goes by and games become more mainstream, the more we see respectable Hollywood names come out of the woodwork and admit they play video games. When a ‘star’ used to ‘admit’ he/she plays video games, we usually got the “I’m more of a Pac-Man kind of person,” response. You know, the answer we always get when they want to look ‘cool’ for pop-culture.
Not only does del Toro admit he enjoys a next-gen game from time to time, but so does Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. The growing trend of video games in Hollywood is great news for us gamers. With movies like Max Payne coming out later this year and Bioshock next year, hopefully movies adapted from video games will be the next ‘comic book’ genre for the film industry.
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