Xbox Live Arcade: Worms 2 – Armageddon

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This week – Wednesday July 1st –  on Xbox Live Arcade, you can download Worms 2: Armageddon on Xbox 360. The game is 800 points, I guess. But on the Xbox webpage it’s listed as $800. That should be a big mistprint as you can se in the picture on the right.

Here is the discription of the game, taken from Xbox.com:

Ten years on from Worms™ Armageddon and the turn-based mayhem and destruction continues! Worms™ 2: Armageddon is the most fully-featured digital version of the game ever. With four player online and offline multiplayer, voice support, a raft of new weapons (including the return of some iconic weapons from the past), all-new high-definition landscape themes, new play modes, hats, skins, speech-banks, loads of other customization and to top it all off, a highly-involving single player experience with tutorials, deathmatches, races, fort games, and puzzles. It’s a package as high on fun as it is destruction!

  • Extensive single-player content: Play through three tutorials, three firing ranges, a thirty-mission campaign, plus five secret unlockable missions.
  • Online and offline multiplayer: Battle it out in four different ranked game types and extensive leaderboards.
  • Massively increased customization: Choose from new hats, skins, speechbanks, gravestones, victory dances, and much more.
  • Retro-themed landscape artwork: The high-definition artwork is based on the most loved Worms game ever made.
  • Return of iconic weaponry: You’ve got more than 40 weapons out of the box, including the return of fire weapons and the beloved Holy Hand Grenade.

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The King of Pop is dead

Michael JacksonThe King of Pop – is dead at 50. He died from cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009. He started his professional career with The Jackson 5 in 1969 when he was 11. He released several studio album and Thriller in 1982 which is the most selling album of all time. He won eight Grammy awards in 1984 whith that album, including three different genres – pop, R&B and rock.

His music videos like Beat It, Billie Jean and Thriller will be remembered. So will his famous Moonwalk. From the early 90s his career started to fall with concerns of his health, marriedges, reports of financial problems and accusation of sexual child abuse. All this harmed his public image.

But even if he had a lot of problems the last 15 years or so, you can’t deny that he was one of the mest musicians ever. His 13 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, nearly 65 million Thriller ablum sold and a total of aroun 750 million album. And not to say that he made an impact in the pop-culture in the 80s.

Michael Jackson was and for ever will be The King of Pop.

Check Wikipedia for a deeper history of Michael Jackson.


Video from NBC with a recap of Michael Jackson life.

CNN news report about Michael Jackson death.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition Xbox 360 Video (IGN.com)

I’m looking forward to play The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition on Xbox 360, it will also be out on PC this Summer. In this version you can play with a new and updated graphics or you can switch to the good old gfx, you can do that on the fly.

Here are two videos from IGN.com from E3 2009 earlier this month.

TV2 HD – their first show in HD

TV2 HD is Norways second homegrown HD channel. It’s only available from the distributor RiksTV and over the air. Other distributors like Canal Digital and ViaSat will probably have it later this year on both cable and satellite, but nothing is settled at this time.

At the time, before the whole country (that’s Norway to you) have no analog TV transmition (you can read more on my other blogpost), only thre MUX are available. So the bandwith is limited. And it actually was a big surpise to learn that they would start to broadcast in HD over the air.

The first show that was broadcasted in HD was “Allsang på grensen” (easily described as a sing-along-family-show). The quality was OK. I could see compretion-artifacts on my 40-inch HDTV sitting at 2,5 meters away. There was also some blocking with fast movements. But all in all, it was a good start and this was only the first show in HD.

TV2 HD is a pay-TV channel, but surpsingly and luckily, it was transmitet unencrypted today, so I could use my old and not so good TerraTec Cinergy Piranha DVB-T USB-stick to capture some screenshots (wich you can see bellow).

The same hardware also told me that TV2 HD broadcasted with 5Mbit, which is not much (I’ve read that some have measured the bitrate to 10.5Mbps, so my equipment may not show the right bitrate). NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Coopration) use around 3.5-4Mbit on their SD channels. In the long term, when more bandwith are available, they will use 12Mbit for their HD channel. I’ve also managed to calculate that they can use some more bandwith in the MUX they have now. But as I’ve said, this was the first show.

TV2 HD broadcast in 1080i so all SD (576i) shows are scaled to 1080i. And I actually think that the scaled version to HD looks way better than when they transmitted in SD. So overall, the quality of TV2 have gone up, and that’s a good thing. The other channels in the same MUX as TV2 HD transmite at around 2Mbit, the quality is OK, but not nothing more.

Here is some screenshots from “Allsang på grensen” on TV2 HD. Click for 1920×1080 versions.

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Use Twitter on Commodore 64

Do you have an old Commodore 64 laying around? Dust it of, buy a MMC Replay and download BREADBOX64. And you should probably take a look at Johan Van den Brande homepage. All this will make you Twitter on the good old C64.

Johan Van den Brande is the man behind BREADBOX64. He says that the software will work on both emulators and the real thing. Why you should use the C64 for twittering is up to you. But it’s cool, and from the YouTube-video he uploadet, it looks like it works to.

Retro Gamer #65

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Issue 65 of Retro Gamer is now out, and this is some of what you can read:

  • Retro Evolution – Phantasy Star
  • Back to the Eighties – April 1987
  • Back to the Nineties – December 1991
  • The Complete History of Metroid
  • Retroinspection – Acorn Archimedes
  • The Making of… Toobin
  • From the Archives – Elite Systems
  • The Making of… Super Metroid
  • For the People, by the People
  • Why You Must Play… Led Storm
  • The Making of Wolfenstein 3D

You can buy Retro Gamer 65 online from ImagineShop.co.uk.