If you've ever played a shooter such as Call of Duty, Battlefield or Halo in online multiplayer mode, then you will appreciate how difficult it can be to stay alive when everyone else has better weapons and knows the game maps so much better than you. But now there is hope for nOObs everywhere, as a new type of online entrepreneur in the form of the virtual bodyguard arrives on the scene. One hard-core gamer who is offering his services as an online bodyguard caught my attention recently, advertising his services on the [URL="http://www.fivesquids.co.uk/Technology/2622/take-bullets-for-you-for-half-an-hour"]fivesquids[/URL] website where he is charging five …

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Product Review Halo: Reach Review

[ATTACH=RIGHT]17297[/ATTACH]This is it. You’ve aged that cache of Mountain Dew Game Fuel in your finished basement for three years since [I]Halo 3[/I]. You bit the bullet on your purchase of [I]Halo: ODST[/I] to find out it was as tame as you had expected. You took another one on the chin with [I]Halo Wars[/I], which was a cheaper gimmick than [I]Lion King[/I] toys in a McDonald's Happy Meal (stupid Ensemble Studios). The wait for redemption is finally here. The golden child to a decade’s long culmination of gaming’s premier and most coveted franchise has arrived. Ladies and gentlemen, [I]Halo: Reach[/I] has …

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A Halo: Reach branded console was unveiled yesterday at Comic-Con to the rejoicing of millions of people still driving their mom’s minivan and living off three-year-old caches of Mountain Dew’s Game Fuel. [ATTACH]16053[/ATTACH] For $399 USD and £249.99 respectively, the Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo: Reach Bundle includes a custom designed Reach Xbox 360 Slim model—250 GB hard drive, 802.11n built-in Wi-Fi, quieter design—as well as two special edition Reach wireless controllers, a black wired headset, a downloadable token for in-game limited edition Elite armor, an episode of the animated series “Halo Legends”, and of course, a coveted copy of …

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I guess that it will be of little comfort to the developers who lost jobs when Ensemble Studios was closed down earlier this year, but the final game to come out of the Microsoft owned outfit has just become the biggest selling Real Time Strategy title ever to grace any of the current generation consoles. Yes, Halo Wars has hit the big one million sales number worldwide according to Microsoft, following in the grand [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1710.html"]tradition of the Halo franchise to break records[/URL]. But that's not all, according to the official in-game stats site there have also been more than 2 …

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When the Resident Evil 5 demo was released on Xbox Live and managed to get itself downloaded a staggering 1.8 million times in the first week, well everyone pretty much thought that was one Xbox record that was not going to be broken any time soon. But that was before someone went and decided to get a Halo Wars demo out there to excite all [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3755.html"]the Halo fans[/URL]. The 1.4GB demo appeared on the Xbox Live Marketplace during the day of February 5th, available as a free download for Xbox Live Gold members only for the first week. That did …

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It should come as no real surprise, but Microsoft has announced that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1710.html"]Halo 3[/URL] is the undisputed king of games when it comes Xbox Live. The Xbox Live Director of Programming, the unlikely sounding Major Nelson, has [URL="http://majornelson.com/archive/2009/01/04/the-top-20-live-games-of-2008.aspx"]revealed[/URL] that when it comes to the games that were being played online on Xbox Live during the whole of last year, nothing could come close to Halo 3 in terms of unique users playing the game. Or [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/18988/532/"]being killed[/URL] in the game, of course. There are some surprises in the top twenty most played games of 2008 list though, not least the …

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Not one to sit back and reflect quietly upon its moments of glory, Microsoft has been making quite a fuss over the record breaking [URL="http://www.halo3.com"]Halo 3[/URL] launch. It is, Microsoft insists, the "biggest entertainment launch in history." Sales in the first 24 hours, in the US alone, topped $170 million. More, Microsoft is happy to tell anyone who asks, than the opening box office record of Spiderman 3, more than the Harry Potter book launches. Whichever way you look at it, Microsoft is spinning the record breaker angle: 1.7 million copies pre-ordered in the US = fastest selling computer game …

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[URL="http://www.nintendo.com"]Nintendo[/URL] has been granted a broad stroke patent covering a “messaging service for video game systems with buddy list that displays game being played.” [URL="http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7056217.PN.&OS=PN/7056217&RS=PN/7056217"]Patent number 7056217[/URL] was originally filed way back in 2000, a whole year before the [URL="http://www.xbox.com"]Xbox [/URL]was launched, and two years before [URL="http://www.xbox.com/live"]Xbox Live[/URL] became a reality, it leaves the door wide open for Nintendo to consider litigation against [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft [/URL]and any other games vendor using IM. Certainly the Microsoft position appears to be vulnerable, although it’s doubtful that Nintendo would even attempt to close down the Xbox Live service. A much more likely, and much …

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The End.