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Today in Video Game Pricing: Nintendo DSi and DSi XL Going Down, Xbox Live Prices Going Up

Nintendo DSi XL

Today brought some pretty surprising out of the blue video games news that could be both good or bad depending on what gaming system you’re into. Let’s start with the good news– if you’ve been interested in picking up a Nintendo DSi or DSi XL, well, starting September 12th, you can get one for $20 cheaper. Yup, starting September 12th Nintendo’s hit portable game systems will now be $149.99 (for the DSi) and $169.99 (for the DSi XL). And while this still is no 3DS, if you’ve been wanting something very portable and entertaining to kill time with on the bus to school, this should be really great news.

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The new Xbox Live Gold pricing for the US, UK, Canada and Mexico

Now to the bad. Beginning November 1st, Microsoft will be raising the prices on their Xbox Live Gold subscriptions (the one you need to watch Netflix, check your Facebook, or play games online) from up to $9.99 for a 1 month subscription (previously $7.99), $24.99 for a 3 month subscription (up from $19.99), and $59.99 for a 1 year subscription (up from $49.99). What this means is that if your subscription is running out anytime soon, we’d recommend going to your local Best Buy, Target, Walmart or heading over to Amazon, Buy.com or the Microsoft Store and picking up a new subscription card today (we recommend heading to the Microsoft site here and re-upping your current subscription for one more for only $39.99– $10 off the current price and $20 cheaper than the new price). If you’re unsure when your Xbox Live Gold subscription expires, just head over here to find out.

While we’re talking about video games– what video game system and games are you going to be playing/ looking forward to playing this year, or are you a “good student” and gonna save the gaming for vacations and the weekends? Sound off in the comments.

Microsoft Announces the Windows Phone 7 Series– WOW!

Microsoft today has finally announced the long awaited successor in it’s Windows Phone line, as was anticipated; and after watching the announcement unfold all I can say is– WOW! Yeah, if you were thinking this was similar to the tired and true Windows Mobile that we’ve seen over the years you’d be really wrong, like dead wrong. Take notice everyone– Microsoft is back in mobile, and it looks like they’re gonna be here to stay.

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Live ESPN Coming to the Xbox 360?

What with Facebook, Netflix and Twitter already playing on Xbox Live, and with a new Halo and, of course, Project Natal coming out later this year, you’d think Microsoft has done enough to pump up 360 owners for another great year. Well, for all us 360 owners who love all things sports and ESPN, things look to be getting even better.

According to the New York Times, Microsoft is having “super secret” meetings with Walt Disney Co. (the owners of more than Disney land and Disney channel—they also own ABC and ESPN) in order to bring live streaming of ESPN to the 360 (think kinda like the current ESPN360, we know—a perfect name, that lets you watch live games on you computer).

The rumors also say that, unfortunately, this may require some sort of subscriber fee, though if its any consolation, it might be live streaming and some interactive games. Of course seeing as neither Microsoft and Walt Disney haven’t said anything on the topic, take this as an awesome rumor for now.

And I believe this very well could happen. Microsoft over the past couple of years have pushed something called IPTV, or TV over the internet, with the 360 helping drive its case. Getting ESPN and perhaps other Disney-owned channels would be a great way to really build this service up and really make the case for people to ditch their regular cable or satellite.

What you think? You think/want this to happen? You watch any movies or do other things with your 360 beyond gaming? Do you want the 360 to become your “cable box?” Sound off in the comments.

Info from the New York Times. Pic from Engadget

Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Out NOW

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The new Xbox 360 Dashboard Update

Tired of that old, blade Xbox 360 interface and looking to change it up to something a little cooler like a nice flip interface?

Go connect your Xbox to Xbox Live and start your mandatory (yes, Microsoft is making you do this) update to that sweet new interface and all the goods that come with it– avatars (similar to the Mii’s on the Wii), game loading off the Hard Drive, and of course that great new interface. For a full recap of the features, see here.

I’m downloading mine now, and will post a review on it soon.

What are you waiting for? Go download this new update and let us know what you think of it in the comments.

Is the Election Invading Your Video Games?

Ad for Sen. Barack Obama in Burnout Paradise (Pic from GigaOM)

I don’t know about you, but I like to play my video games as a temporary escape from the “real world.” You know, controlling a team of your favorite players in Madden or MLB 2k8, or destroying some random alien in Halo 3 — things that you just can’t do in real life. To my great dismay, that barrier between “real world” and the “virtual world” of video games is starting to get really blurred. What am I talking about? Read on!

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Major Xbox 360 Price Cuts Seem Official

Remember a couple weeks ago we wrote about a price cut rumor for the Xbox 360? Today, according to this Radio Shack flier on the web (see later), those price cuts were spot on. Just a recap on what those price cuts would mean:

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Xbox 360 E3 Press Conference Round Up

Microsoft kicked off the E3 conference on Monday, with a whole bunch of new games and updates for it’s Xbox 360. Some of this stuff is pretty major (and at the same time very sick- in a good way), so hit the more link for all the details!

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New service out for Wii

For all of you out there lucky enough to find and buy a Wii, there was a new service for you announced today called WiiWare. WiiWare is another way to download games straight to the Wii, just unlike the other way of Virtual Console (downloading old Nintendo games to the Wii), this lets you download new games designed just for the Wii. There are 6 games out right now and they cost between 500 and 1500 Wii Points (2000 Wii points card costs $20 on Amazon so we guess the games are between $5 and $15), and there also are new games scheduled to be released every Monday with 100 currently in development according to Gamespot.com. For more information on WiiWare including game lists click here.

Btw- all you Xbox 360 owners don’t think the Wii is alone in this, you guys have had this for quite sometime as Xbox Live Arcade games- and actually have a large number of games available to download from the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Xbox 360 v.s. Wii v.s. PS3- Which to get as a next-gen console

All three of the next generation consoles’ are very impressive, and major improvements over there past versions. The question though is which too get now that the major rush of holiday gifts has ended. This post is here to help you decide which to get, and show you some of the pros and cons of each system.

Xbox 360

Pros: Good system for both hardcore gamer and casual gamer, lots of games for both types of gamers, exclusive games like Gears of War and Halo 3, HD output available, Xbox Live for gaming online, Video and game downloads available on Xbox Live Marketplace, HD DVD add-on available, ability to stream music, movies from any Internet connected Windows computer to Internet connected Xbox 360, backwards compatibility with original Xbox, HDMI (like USB just for TV, sends audio and video (including HD) on one cable from Xbox 360 to TV with HDMI in this case).

The Xbox 360 is priced in middle of three game systems. It’s 3 main versions: Arcade (256MB memory card with arcade games, wireless controller, HDMI input, $279), Premium (20GB Hard Drive, Wireless Controller, 2 game included, HD Composite Cables (like AV cables, just 3 additional with HD capability), HDMI input, $349), and Elite (Special Black Color, 120GB Hard Drive, Wireless Black Controller, 2 free games, HDMI and Composite cables included, $449).

Cons: Xbox Live Gold membership (membership needed for playing online) costs money unlike PS3 and Wii, still has problems, though not as often, such as red ring of death, no built in WiFi, HDMI cable not included on Premium and Arcade systems.

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Xbox 360 (Premium and Elite)

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