Xbox 360 Live Marketplace and Live Arcade details emerge

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Microsoft has released the first rundown on what you can expect from the beefed up Xbox Live service, the online gaming network that is fulfilling its destiny, conditioning gamers to - for want a better phrase - feed it in return for stuff.

For the uninitiated, Xbox Live Arcade and Marketplace service enables Live Silver and Gold members to download new content through the Live Dashboard. Some content will be free and some will require Microsoft Points. You'll be able to buy a card holding 2100 Points for 17.50, or so we have heard.

Xbox Live Market Place:

Amped 3 (2K Sports)
Game trailer (free)
10 gamer pictures (20 points each)
1 theme (150 points)

Call of Duty 2 (Activision Inc.)
Game trailer (free)
7 gamer pictures (20 points each)
2 gamer picture bundles (40 - 80 points each)
1 theme (150 points)

Condemned (SEGA)
Game trailer (free)
10 gamer pictures (20 points each)
1 theme (150 points)

FIFA 06 Road to FIFA World Cup (Electronic Arts)
Game trailer (free)
EA Sports trailer (free)
Game demo (free)
FIFA Team Logo gamer pictures (60 points each)
FIFA Team Logo themes (150 points each)

GUN (Activision)
Game trailer (free)
5 gamer pictures (20 points each)
1 gamer picture bundle (80 points)
1 theme (150 points)

Kameo: Elements of Power (Microsoft Game Studios and Rare Ltd.)
Winter Warrior Pack (200 points)
Game trailer (free)
Game demo (free)
4 gamer pictures (20 points each)
2 gamer picture 5-pack bundles (80 points each)
7 themes (150 points each)

Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)
Game demo (free)
Game trailer (free)

Madden NFL 06 (Electronic Arts)
Game trailer (free)
EA Sports trailer (free)
NFL Logo gamer pictures (60 points each)
Collection of all NFL Logo gamer pictures (500 points)
NFL Logo themes (150 points each)

NBA 2K6 (2K Sports)
Game trailer (free)

NBA Live 06
EA Sports trailer (free)
Game demo (free)

Need for Speed Most Wanted
Game trailer (free)
Game demo (free)

Game trailer (free)

Perfect Dark Zero (Microsoft Game Studios and Rare Ltd)
Game trailer (free)

Project Gotham Racing 3 (Microsoft Game Studios and Bizarre Creations Ltd.)
Game trailer (free)

Quake 4 (Activision, id Software Inc. and Raven Software Corp.)
Game trailer (free)
7 gamer pictures (20 points each)
1 theme (150 points)

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06 (Electronic Arts)
EA Sports trailer (free)

Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (Activision)
Game trailer (free)
10 gamer pictures (20 points)
1 gamer picture bundle (80 points)
1 theme (150 points)

Alongside all that game-related goodness, Microsoft are chucking up all manner of other gleaming randomness. Here's what we know of so far:

Additionally available content:

- Aeon Flux HD movie trailer from Paramount
- Penny Arcade gamer pictures and themes
- Red vs. Blue videos
- High-definition movie trailers and music videos
- Game trailers for upcoming games

And of course we have Xbox Live arcade, the micropayment-powered minigame delivery service that set the imagination alight when debuted in full at Microsoft?s X05 event. Microsoft also outlines what we can expect from its news service in the first phase:

Bankshot Billiards 2TM (1200 points) - pixelStorm, Inc.
Bejeweled 2 (800 points) - Popcap Games
Gauntlet (400 points) - Midway Home Entertainment
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved (400 points) - Bizzare Creations
Hardwood Backgammon (400 points) - Silver Creek Entertainment
Hardwood Hearts (400 points) - Silver Creek Entertainment
Hardwood Spades (400 points) - Silver Creek Entertainment
Hexic HD (full version included free with Xbox 360 System) - Microsoft Game Studios
Joust (400 points) - Midway Home Entertainment
Mutant Storm Reloaded (800 points) - PomPom Games
Outpost Kaloki (800 points) - Wahoo Studios
Robotron 2084 (400 points) - Midway Home Entertainment
Smash TV (400 points) - Midway Home Entertainment
Wik: Fable of Souls (800 points) - Reflexive Entertainment
Zuma (800 points) - Popcap Games


jadnice 16 Nov 2005 15:02
They want you to pay for wallpaper theme.... are you kidding me. Live Marketplace at this point looks like a gimmicky option.
OptimusP 16 Nov 2005 16:30
If Nintendo plays its cards right it can dwarf this system like it's something very soft that can crash very easily in to pulp... like cake!

This has "we want to rip your ass and your wallet of so much, oh yeah" written all over it. you pay to see screenshots wtf? is MS planning on withholding screenshots to the press or something?

i just hope Nintendo sees this list not as a incentive to ask like 10-20 euro's for NES-games or something. I would like them to be more like iTunes, keep it cheap and kick some MS ass.
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Bitterman 16 Nov 2005 16:38
Some people will complain about anything.

Without spending any extra money at all, anyone with an Xbox 360 and a broadband connection can get demos and trailers (potentially saving you 45 quid on buying a game you wouldn't actually want). Or, if you choose to you can pay less than 20p for a theme or gamer picture, or a couple of quid for a pretty decent retro game. Got a ringtone on your mobile, have you? How much did you pay for that?

Clearly, Microsoft charging for, well, ANYTHING is evil.

On the other hand, we all know that Nintendo are the Great Gaming Gods who do things for the Good Of Humanity and will imminently be announcing their FREE service that gives FREE old games, FREE new games and FREE movies - in fact, it will be BETTER THAN FREE, as they will give the Revolution console away FREE and PAY YOU to download things for it. All hail the great Nintendo!

(Note: I've got nothing against Nintendo. I actually quite like them. But seriously... get over the whole "Microsoft = evil, Nintendo = good" idea, it's just childish).
fluffstardx 16 Nov 2005 19:56
Ahem... this is, quite clearly, like Nintendo's Stars system. You know, the one they never actually put anything good on for any length of time.

Remember, some games will come with some content - the LE of PDZ is apparently coming with some - and it's all optional. Like being a lazy git and getting ripped of by Jamster et al for some crap rather than putting in some graft and making your own damn ringtones and wallpapers. Remember, the system is part of your network! You can use stuff off your PC for free as well! Quit whining!
warbaby 17 Nov 2005 03:22
Trojan horse, I'm telling you... First 360 will invade your living room, next it will move onto your network, and finally the wallet. Once microsoft has you paying fees for themes, they will start selling Windows by the megabyte, then we will have microsoft branded cars, and the imfamous microsoft-car-that-isnt-compatible-with-mac-roads.

URL here, if your interested...
king skins 17 Nov 2005 11:15
Smash TV is only 3.33 (work really well on the xbox joypad);

Mutant Storm Reloaded is only 6.66;

And the most expensive Live Arcade game is 10 (Bankshot Billiards 2TM);

Nice to see they have brought the proces down from the current service, i think they start at 10+ for the current xbox version of Live Arcade.

Don't see what people are moaning about. If you don't want this extra stuff then don't buy it

The theams are only 1.20 and the gamercard pics are 16p. I'd imagine the EA FIFA ones could be quite popular.

Was hoping for some kind of poker game tho, texas hold 'em would be wikkid over live.
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