Xbox 360: Triggerheart Exelica on XBLA this week

Triggerheart Exelica is coming to Xbox Live Arcade this week, Wedensday February 27. The game cost 800 points.

Triggerheart Exelica

Mankind’s newest and best weapon is the Triggerheart, a humanoid weapons system with a human-like personality. When the Ver’mith attack, only the Triggerhearts Exelica and Crueltear have the power to destroy the enemy. In the classic vertically-scrolling Japanese arcade shooter Triggerheart Exelica, each weapon has a different combat style, but both can perform unique anchor shots. Anchor an enemy ship, capture it to use as a shield, or throw it back into the fray to cause massive damage. With five levels, three difficulty settings, and all the usual Xbox LIVE® leaderboards and achievements, Triggerheart Exelica is a fast-paced, full-featured arcade shooter masterpiece!

  • Unique anchor shot element: The Triggerhearts can anchor enemies, capture them to use as a shield, or toss them back into the field of battle to cause havoc.
  • V.B.A.S. (Variable Boss Attack System): The game dynamically reacts to your skill level. If you have a low score, the bosses will be slightly easier to defeat. Carry a higher score, and the bosses become more challenging.
  • High-def graphics: Fully compatible with HDTVs, the graphics bring the top-down shooter genre to a new level of intensity.
  • New music: New background music willl have you grooving to the rhythm as you destroy the Ver’mith.

Phil Harrison resign from Sony

Phil Harrison resign from Sony as of from February 29, 2008. Pressrelease is from threespeech.com.

Tokyo, February 25, 2008 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that Phil Harrison, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS), will resign from Sony Computer Entertainment Group as of February 29, 2008. Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO of SCEI, will immediately assume responsibilities as president of SCE WWS, in addition to his current duties.

Prior to the launch of the original PlayStation, Phil Harrison joined Sony Electronic Publishing, Ltd. in 1992, which later evolved into Sony computer Entertainment Europe, and since then, he has made a tremendous contribution to the company playing a strategic role in the launch of four PlayStation platforms, as well as building strong relationships with game developers and publishers throughout the world. Since his appointment to the position of president, SCE WWS, Harrison applied his considerable skill, knowledge and expertise to lead SCE Group’s first party game development as well as aggressively pursuing the development of new online entertainment experiences.

“As one of the founding members of SCE, Phil played a key role in the development and growth of the PlayStation business and our industry,” said Kazuo Hirai. “It is sad to see him departing from SCE, but I wish to express my gratitude for his many invaluable contributions and also wish Phil the very best of luck in his future endeavors.”

“The past 15 years at Sony Computer Entertainment has been the defining journey of my life so far,” said Phil Harrison. “I am grateful to all the PlayStation family for their incredible support, guidance and friendship. It has been a privilege to serve as part of the team and be inspired by them on a daily basis. I am so proud of everything PlayStation has achieved and will continue to support its future in every way I can.”

Oscar winners 2008

Last night was the big Oscar night. And here are the Oscar 2008 winner:

Best Picture
No Country for Old Men

Achievement in Directing
Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)

Best Original Screenplay
Juno

Best Adapted Screenplay
No Country for Old Men

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)

Achievement in Cinematography
There Will Be Blood

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)

Best Film Editing
The Bourne Ultimatum

Achievement in Sound Editing
The Bourne Ultimatum

Best Foreign-Language Film
Falling Slowly (Once)

Achievement in Sound Mixing
The Bourne Ultimatum

Best Original Score
Atonement

Best Art Direction
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Documentary Feature
Taxi to the Dark Side

Best Documentary Short
Freeheld

Best Supporting Actress
Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)

Best Animated Feature Film
Ratatouille

Achievement in Makeup
La Vie En Rose

Achievement in Costume Design
Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Best Animated Short Film
Peter & the Wolf

Best Live-Action Short Film
Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)

Best Visual Effects
The Golden Compass

Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men)

Xbox 360: Microsoft dropping the HD DVD player

Microsoft is dropping the HD DVD format and they will stop making the player add-on.

Here is the pressrelease (GamerscoreBlog.com via Kotaku.com):

As a result of recent decisions made by Toshiba, Hollywood studios, and retailers, Microsoft plans to withdraw from HD DVD. Xbox will no longer manufacture new HD DVD players for the Xbox 360, but we will continue to provide standard product and warranty support for all Xbox 360 HD DVD Players in the market. As we stated earlier, we do not believe this decision will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or our position in the marketplace. HD DVD is one of the several ways we offer a high definition experience to consumers and we will continue to give consumers the choice to enjoy digital distribution of high definition movies and TV shows directly to their living room, along with playback of the DVD movies they already own.