Xbox 360: UNO

Just played my first game of UNO…ever!  I played a tonne of card and board games growing up but never knew what the heck UNO was.  I’d see it around but never actually played it or never saw anyone play.  After listening to a recent Major Nelson podcast on the success of Xbox Live Marketplace and Arcade…I decided to check it out since apparently it was a massive success and broke records for the number of people that purchased it.

After playing it for about 20 minutes, I have to say its a cute and simple game that I could see filling small voids of time and is fun for just about any age.  I like those games because I love when I have things I can play with my niece and nephew.  Though to be fair…my niece can kick my butt in just about any genre of a game so I guess I should instead focus that statement on my nephew.  =-)

Anyhow I recommend it for some mindless fun – it has Xbox Live support and costs a mere 400 points.

Xbox 360 Live Marketplace: Texas Hold’Em – Free for 2 Days

I just read on the gamerscore blog that Texas Hold’Em will be released for Xbox 360 next Wednesday and will be free for 2 whole days.  What this means I assume is that you can download the full unlocked version of the game for those 2 days.  Nice!

Because I love these promos but constantly forget about them when the time comes – I have created an Outlook alert to remind us of it.  No applause necessary – thank you!

Download Appointment Here

It would be cool if they do more stuff like this and maybe offer free downloads of content for those that have uber high gamerscores.  Like for example offer a full download of a game for several days to all members that have a 10000+ gamerscore.  Granted my pathetic score would never see any free stuff but I think it would be cool to offer extra incentives to those that have obviously gone the extra mile with gaming on the platform.

Xbox.com New Features : Message Center

A few weeks ago there was an update to Xbox Live and xbox.com that allowed you to add friends online via the xbox.com website. This was an awesome addition since many times when I am talking to people online they will tell me their gamertag and but by the time I log into my Xbox 360 – the information has long left my little brain. Now if I am chatting with someone I can jump right into my Xbox profile and add them.

What is even better now is the upgrade that took place earlier this week that allows you to send messages to people on your friends list through your browser via the xbox.com site. This is the perfect way to line up some gaming prior to firing up your xbox. Not to mention I can type messages much fast with my keyboard than i can with a game controller.

Long Weekend

It’s a long weekend and my body (and mind) needs it. Easter weekend is a major time of reflection for me so I won’t be online as much. Though that is not to say I won’t be spending some time kicking back and catching up on my gaming.

The SharePoint 2007 posts will be continuing after this weekend. Thanks for all the positive feedback. I have lots more material to cover yet so no worries. Plus Shane and I have a few more surprises up our sleeves so stay tuned.

In the meantime, for your entertainment / education value I strongly recommend the following:

  • The On 10 Series is turning into a favorite of mine since they are including content close to my heart (Xbox) as well as lots of other interesting pieces. Recently they had a funny show with Major Nelson. Too bad they didn’t have more questions…so the people in the forums could have won more prizes.
  • I posted the link to view the archive of our first INETA Live! webcast with Chris Pels and Thom Robbins called “So You Want to Hold a Code Camp”. If you are a community enthusiast in the dev community – I highly recommend checking this out. See live.ineta.org for details.
  • 360 Withdrawal

    As Shane pointed out on his blog, we have been on the road for about a week now as part of an Information Worker Deep Dive tour that took place in Halifax and Ottawa. Everything went great and we had an opportunity to meet a tonne of fantastic people. It was great to get out and talk to people on the value of Project Server and SharePoint and then show them some of the great tips and tricks we have picked up over the past 4 years while working on each platform.

    It was also great to get out of the office and spend some time with the team on the road. Most times when I travel, I do so alone so this has been an awesome trip for me. It’s great to get to know everyone a little deeper and share some of the fun associated with these types of events.

    However, today I feel a little relieved that I am heading home as I am going through some major 360 withdrawal. 2006 has been absolutely crazy so far between my work and personal life. At work we have been going crazy ramping up for new releases of our products, delivering on professional services projects, and prepping for this tour. In addition to that, I’ve been adjusting to my new role within INETA and gearing up for an exciting new year of projects that will really help us further connect with the community. Not to mention heavy duty SharePoint 2007 beta testing and a couple of other things Shane and I have been doing in the background related to the SharePoint realm of things.

    As a result, my gamerscore has not changed since the New Year as I can barely get a chance to play my Xbox 360 I was even considering taking it on the road with me this time but figured it would only be neglected as there was a lot to do and likely little time to play.

    I am looking forward to getting home, kicking back and catching up on some gaming. Last week I had a brief introduction to Fight Night: Round 3 and I definitely liked what I saw. Maybe a couple of rounds in the ring is just what I need right about now.

    Xbox 360 Games: The Godfather

    Later this year, the Xbox 360 game I have possibly been looking forward to the most will be launched. The Godfather from EA Sports, will allow a player to take the story and experience beyond where the books / movies left off which is a critical component to how I see video games complementing and extending the entertainment experience of movies. This is possible only through the intense labour and persistence of game developers to create the perfect atmosphere and environments in the games that suck you into the story.

    TeamXbox has an interesting interview with a designer that takes us through the Brooklyn neighbourhood and it’s relevance to the game. A nice teaser for what is to come….