Thoughts & news on technology…well, mostly

Wanna play Guitar Hero II at a bar?

guitar_hero2.jpgPianos, a bar in New York City’s Lower East Side, has ‘Guitar Hero night’ on Tuesdays @ 10pm. So, if you’re looking to have a few (or several) beers and then show off your skills to the ladies (or guys), you’ll want to hit up Pianos.

I don’t know about you but I think that would be a funny night – watching your friends playing a plastic guitar…drunk.

Anyone know of a bar in Boston that does this?  🙂

[via Joystiq]


Filed under: Gaming, Playstation 2, Xbox 360

U.S. sales of video game consoles during March – Wii still #1

The Nintendo Wii was the #1 selling next-gen video game console in the U.S. during the month of March.  Following the Wii were Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s Playstation 3.

The specific sales numbers were:

  1. Wii: 259,000
  2. Xbox 360: 199,000
  3. PS3: 130,000

Interestingly, the PS2 outsold all next-gen consoles by selling 280,000 units.

Total dollar sales for video game consoles in March was $257 million.

So, we see the PS3 being outsold by the Wii and Xbox 360 – nice!  🙂

[Reuters via Digg]

Filed under: Gaming, Nintendo, Playstation 3, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

Sales of PS3 fall 18% in Japan from Apr. 9 – Apr. 15

The latest sales data is out and the news for Sony is not good – the PS3 continues its ‘thud.’

During the same week Nintendo saw the Wii increase in sales by 44% while Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has declined 2%.

Here are the weekly sales numbers:

– DS Lite: 133,325 22,480 (20.28%)
– Wii: 75,759 23,176 (44.08%)
– PSP: 24,850 6,653 (21.12%)
– PS2: 12,872 1,362 (9.57%)
– PS3: 11,948 2,572 (17.71%)
– Xbox 360: 2,900 63 (2.13%)
– GBA SP: 654 179 (21.49%)
– Game Boy Micro: 617 105 (20.51%)
– Gamecube: 167 88 (34.51%)
– DS Phat: 146 56 (62.22%)
– GBA: 26 14 (116.67%)

Frankly, I’m happy to see these results because I am not a fan of Sony or the PS3.

[via Joystiq]

Filed under: Gaming, Nintendo, Playstation 3, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

Video of new Gears of War game type: Annex

Kotaku has a sweet video of the upcoming game type, Annex (which is the equivalent of Halo 2’s Team Crazy King game type). The other cool part of this game type is that you’ll be able to re-spawn.

To top it off, it should be released right about now.  😀

Filed under: Gaming, Xbox 360

Deal: Xbox HD-DVD player for $131

Xbox HD-DVD add-onSam’s Club is selling the Xbox HD-DVD add-on player for $131 (a full $59 lower than MSRP). Note: some Sam’s Club locations are selling it for $150, which is still a good deal.

Btw, this deal is in-store only.

[via TechBargains]

Filed under: Deals, HD DVD, Xbox 360

Free South Park episode (in HD) on Xbox Live Marketplace

Comedy Central and Xbox Live are giving away South Park’s first ever HD episode for free. That’s right – free. It will be free for the next two weeks (starting today). The episode they’re giving away is from 2004: ‘Good Times with Weapons’ (i.e., the ‘South Park Ninjas’ episode).

If you don’t have an Xbox 360 and are planning on getting one, get it at Best Buy between March 20 – April 3 because they will give you this episode on HD-DVD for free. Already have an Xbox 360 but want to buy the HD-DVD add-on drive? Don’t worry, Best Buy’s got you covered: you’ll get this HD-DVD for free with the purchase of the add-on drive, too.

FYI, this HD episode is 1GB so be patient…unless if you’re one of those lucky people with Verizon Fios.

Filed under: Bargains, HD DVD, Microsoft, Video, Xbox 360

Buying an Xbox 360?

I’ve come across the following deals on an Xbox 360 so, if you’re planning on buying one, stop by one of these stores:

  • MicroCenter:
    • Xbox 360 Premium: $349 (after a $50 gift card)
    • Xbox 360 Core: $249 (after a $50 gift card)
    • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller: $39 (after a $10 gift card)
    • Use the gift card to get an extra wireless controller (MSRP $50), a game (Gears of War??), an extra battery for the wireless controller, etc.
    • The Catch: the deal is for in-store purchases, only. Check the MicroCenter locations.
    • Expiration: not sure. So, get to your nearest MicroCenter if you’re planning on buying one!
  • Costco:
    • If you’re a member, they offer theXbox 360 Premium bundle for $475. The bundle includes:
      • Xbox 360 Premium
      • 1 Extra wireless controller
      • 1 Play-and-Charge kit
      • 1 game (you can choose from Project Gotham Racing or Xbox Live Arcade gamepack)
      • The total MSRP value if purchased separately: $510 (w/Live Arcade) or $500 (w/PGR)
    • Plus, don’t forget about Costco’s unconditional return policy. If theXbox 360 fails at anytime in the future, you can always exchange it or get a store credit at Costco.

I’ve had my Xbox 360 since February, 2006 and LOVE it.  The Xbox Live service is great and the way in which the Xbox 360 is constantly connected to Xbox Live is brilliant.

Filed under: Bargains, Deals, Gaming, Xbox 360