It’s Time to Wake Up! A Lucidity (PC/XBLA) Review!

What do our dreams mean? Are they complex metaphors created by piecing together our immediate thoughts, or are they simply amalgamations of past events? Can the stories that play out in our dreams help us deal with events in the world we inhabit while awake? Puzzle-Platformer Lucidity might hold the answer to these questions.

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E3 2008: Day One Post Roundup

Did you miss an article, and have misplaced your scroll wheel? Here’s links to some of the stuff you might have missed.

Nintendo Announces 1:1 Accessory: Wii Motion Plus

Liveblogging the Microsoft Press Conference

Banjo Kazooie Coming to XBLA

Geometry Wars 2: Retro Evolved

Resident Evil 5 to have Online Co-op; Dated

Xbox 360 Game Installations and Web Based Marketplace Planned

New Mirror’s Edge Trailer

Final Fantasy XIII Announced for Xbox 360

New Xbox 360 Dashboard Interface; Avatar Party System

Portal: Still Alive Heading to XBLA

On to Day Two!

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E3: New Xbox 360 Dashboard Interface; Avatar Party System

Take a look at the new vision of the Xbox 360 Dashboard. First thing you might notice is the little man trapped in that crowded box. He’s part of the new Gamertag Identity. You can call him an “Avatar” while I will call him “Shapstick”. You can personalize your own “avatar” to look however you want. Give him a top hat, a rocking polo, and some kickin’ sneakers and he’ll sport the winning attitude that say “I’m ready to accept your friend request!”.

Once you have your avatar made, you can meet up with up to 8 other avatars of your friends from your Xbox Live Friend’s list and join a global party. This means you are in a group that can take you anywhere on the system without separating you from your buddies.

Some new things you can do is watch Netflix Movies together (if you all have Netflix accounts), or play in New Xbox Live Gameshows called: Xbox Live Primetime. These games will be streamed, rather than boxed or XBLA games. The party will exist even if you’re all playing different games, in which it will act as an 8 person Chatroom.

Look forward to trapping a tiny persona of your own in a box, when the Dashboard update hits this fall.

For more info visit Here

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E3: Final Fantasy XIII Announced for Xbox 360

In a move that can be best described with the phrase “Oh no he didn’t!” Final Fantasy XIII was announced at the end of the Microsoft Press Conference. Right when the show appeared to be over, the representative from Square Enix came back out and asked Don Mattrick if he could show him one more “movie”. The Final Fantasy XIII trailer rolled, and gamers jaws hit the floor.

Here’s the Trailer:

I’m interested to see how Sony will counter this one!

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E3: Xbox 360 Game Installations and Web Based Marketplace Planned

Something not mentioned at todays press conference, but picked up later in a press release  was interesting news of some new features coming to Xbox 360 and a PC near you!

  • Play from hard drive. You’ll be able to copy game discs to your Xbox 360 hard drive. Installing the games will prevent wear ‘n tear on the disc drive, and will shorten load times. You will still need the disc in the disc tray to prove you own the game.
  • Access Xbox LIVE Marketplace on the Web. If you’re not near your Xbox 360, you can still use this “Internet” thing to browse and purchase things from the Marketplace. Once you purchase something from Xbox.com, it will download automatically to your console while you’re away.
  • Xbox LIVE Primetime. This is a “whole new category of games” that not only supports Achievements and leaderboards, but will also offer real prizes. Games are played throughout the Xbox LIVE network and each game is “broadcast simultaneously” so that everyone is partaking in the same activity. These events can feature live hosts, “calling the shots as they happen.”

These features will hit with the Fall Dashboard update.

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