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Are you considering buying the new Xbox 360? If so, you'll learn how the Xbox 360 stacks up to other gaming systems, including extra features added for the ultimate gaming experience.

The Microsoft Xbox 360 Console: Powerful Gaming in a Box

The Microsoft Xbox 360 Console: Powerful Gaming in a BoxGone are the days of drab, underpowered gaming consoles with limited features. The Microsoft Xbox 360 is here! It doesn't matter if you are a serious gamer or a mere hobbyist, the Xbox 360 that Microsoft launched in November 2005 is suitable for all players. It claims to have taken into consideration all the facets of ultimate gaming experience with this much-improved version of the original Microsoft Xbox that came out in November 2001.Check your budget. Depending on what you can afford, you may start with the very basic core system composed of the light console, the wired controller and the composite AV cable; and when your budget allows you to purchase other peripherals one by one for the enhancement of your total gaming experience, maybe you'd want to change your wired controller with the wireless model, or maybe you'd want to add in the Xbox Live headset for amplification of sound effects to a mind-boggling level far above what your normal TV speakers could provide.On the other hand, if you are one of those to whom "money is no object," you may just go ahead and buy the entire Microsoft Xbox 360 system, where everything is all in (i.e., the console with premium chrome finish, a wireless controller, the Xbox Live headset, component hard drive-AV cable, the Ethernet cable that allows you to connect with the other players, and the hard drive that contains an array of original Xbox games and allows you to download even more games. Since the Xbox 360 allows up to four wireless controllers operating on one console, it lets you play with three other players simultaneously for that added fun and challenge in live competition.The Microsoft Xbox 360 gives you total digital entertainment. You may amplify and enhance your music and movies to a soothingly soft or to a ripping loud volume. Connect to the Internet and instantly stream your music, digital home movies, photographs and graphics or any other files stored in your hard disk, memory and other digital media that are Microsoft Windows XP-based PC that you want to share with others. When attached to your TV, the Microsoft Xbox 360 takes advantage of the high-definition TV resolution in its full color and size that makes the game movie-like. Its anti-aliasing capability renders the animation flawlessly smooth and non-jerky, and the characters seem as though they are jumping out of the wide screen! When you are connected to the Internet via the Ethernet card, you have the Xbox Live headset, a facility that allows you to voice-chat with other players, thus combining active gaming with socialization.There are games that are rated "must-have" because they are simply sensational with the Microsoft Xbox 360. These include "Dead or Alive 4," "Call of Duty 2" for the best WWII shooter, "King Kong" for great effects and "Need for Speed Most Wanted" for racing fans. For some odd reasons, some games that run with excellent audio and video effects using the first version of Xbox don't run as well in the Xbox 360; these include "Madden NFL 06," "NBA Live 06." This must be given immediate attention by the Microsoft people because it is a source of great disappointment for hardcore gamers and, in some cases, could be a deal-breaker. Pressure is on for movie makers and game programmers/manufacturers to properly and visibly indicate the appropriate rating of their products on the packaging to provide guidance for buyers. In this regard, it is an added attraction to parents that the Microsoft Xbox 360 has settings that allow them to control how it is used by their children. The box has Family Settings which enable parents to shield their children from unsavory or unwholesome contacts. Family Settings perform two functions on the Xbox 360 console-to allow or restrict access to offline games and/or DVD movies, and access to online contact and content via the Xbox Live environment.ESRB is the regulating body that takes care of rating the propriety or impropriety of a game or movie based on age. ESRB's restrictions on games are EC (early childhood) for children below 6 years old, containing no inappropriate materials at all; E (everyone) for children younger than 13, and these have minimal violence and comic mischief but are substantial for character building. Some Xbox 360 games with an E rating include Ridge Racer 6 and NBA 2K6.The rest of the ESRB ratings are: T (teen), which may also contain minimal violence, mild-to-strong language and/or suggestive themes; M (mature 17+) containing mature sexual themes or more intense violence and language; AO (adults only, for players aged 18+), which may include more graphic sexual themes and/or violence; and RP (rating pending) for games that have not been officially released yet.With the safeguard placed by the Family Settings of the Microsoft Xbox 360 console, the parent feels safe buying the system for their kids. So, whatever the gaming preference of the child - or the parent! -- Microsoft Xbox 360 promises to satisfy them.

World of Warcraft Gold Farming Tips And Secrets - You Cant Miss

World of Warcraft Gold Farming Tips And Secrets - You Cant Miss

Gold farming in World of Warcraft has taken on a life of its own. It started with chinese gold farmers who were working as teams to completely mine all the gold in an area. When they mined an enormous amount they then put it into a gold selling market. They were able to get $100's after doing basically no work for any of the gold. The techniques they used were found to be illegal and actually hurt the game. People however did research and found legit and easy ways to get up to 200 gold and hour.These guides have been released on the internet by players who have become masters of World of Warcraft and would like to share the tips that made them that good. The guides that are available will show you what areas have more gold then others. This research on top gold farming locations will enable you to make more gold in a less amount of time.So you have finally decided you need gold in order to enjoy World of Warcraft and have settled on farming to accomplish this task. Well let's look at a few tips regarding farming for gold in World of Warcraft.Tip number 1:The first key to farming anything in World of Warcraft is the bags. The gold is in the bags. Early on when you start playing your bags will be small, what this means is your will have limited slots or space in the bags. This is due in part to the fact that you have no money, especially if this is your first toon. If you have a higher level toon, then they can send your new one money to buy bigger bags, or send bags themselves. The thing about bags is the more room you have the more you can hold. This is probably the single most important rule when performing World of Warcraft farming.Think about it, if you are going through an instance or on a raid and you have no room, guess who isn't getting any loot?Tip number 2:Bring plenty of bandages/water/food/mana potions with you. When farming, you are going to be in a lot of fights. This will deplete your health and mana (if you can cast spells). You will need to rest up between those fights if you get down on health and mana. It is important to be prepared. How much is enough? That depends on your character, but generally a stack of each is a good rule of thumb. If you can heal, you won't need first aid and bandages, but in a pinch they can help. Mages can create food and water so be sure to make plenty before leaving.The benefits of farming gold quickly is that you are able to level up quicker then many other players in the game. When you are able to level up this quickly and have this much gold you can buy more items and spells for your characters. Since having a strong character is necessary to survive in World of Warcraft why wouldn't you want to get powerful as quickly as possible. The overall benefit of gold farming in World of Warcraft is being able to make as much gold as possible and sell any extra for a profit!

Profiting WoW Money By Grinding To 70

Profiting WoW Money By Grinding To 70

Have you noticed that it takes an exceptionally long time to level up after you get past a certain point and that it takes a even longer time to get a good amount of gold? Are you growing tired of it? If you answered yes to these questions then you must be reading this article for a reason.Is it because you are looking for better ways to dominate World of Warcraft? If so then keep reading. Below is a review of a couple of guides that have helped lots of people in their quests in World of Warcraft, including me. The two hardest parts of the game is leveling up and gaining gold. These two time consuming procedures can become very tedious and sometimes aggravating. So after countless hours of playing and trying to find better ways to help me in my quests, so I got on the internet and started looking for tips, secrets, walkthroughs, anything to help me level up easier and faster and gain massive amounts of gold in a short amount of time. I came across two books and bought them. Brian Kopps 1-70 Alliance Leveling GuideThis guide is LOADED with information and tips on how to level up faster, I was surprised with how much information it had. I put the information and tips to work and now I can compete with and conquer the higher levels without running from them all the time. The information in this book is very easy to understand and comprehend and once you start reading it and putting it to work you will be out there leveling up fast and beating your competition in no time. But one of the coolest things that Brian Kopp Guide comes with is a interactive map tweak. This right here saves me at least 20+ hours of wasted time trying to find where I am supposed to go.An Easy 60Luke brown Guide is the top Gold guide in the warcraft community. At first glance, I though this guide was going to make the claims that it says. Following the guide kinda blinded I found that I had made 124 Gold in only 3 hours. The guide has a lot of information and secrets on how to gain huge amounts of gold in a short amount of time along with other information and tips on how to power level your character to maximize gold profits. I only got it for the information on gaining gold but the leveling tips are also very useful as well. If you are tired of the tedious procedures of leveling slow and gaining small amounts of gold then you should check out the guides. It will be well worth your time.

A Brain Teaser Called Sudoku Puzzles

A Brain Teaser Called Sudoku Puzzles

Sudoku Puzzles are brain teasers that have also been called wordless crossword puzzles. Sudoku Puzzles are often solved through lateral thinking and have been making a large impact all across the world.Also known as Number Place, Sudoku puzzles are actually logic-based placement puzzles. The object of the game is to enter a numerical digit from 1 through 9 in each cell that is found on a 9 x 9 grid which is sundivided into 3 x 3 subgrids or regions. Several digits are often given in some cells. These are referred as givens. Ideally, at the end of the game, every row, column, and region must contain only one instance of each numeral from 1 through 9. Patience and logic are two qualities needed in order to complete the game.Number puzzles very much similar to the Sudoku Puzzles have already been in existence and have found publication in many newspapers for over a century now. For instance, Le Siecle, a daily newspaper based in France, featured, as early as 1892, a 9x9 grid with 3x3 sub-squares, but used only double-digit numbers instead of the current 1-9. Another French newspaper, La France, created a puzzle in 1895 that utilized the numbers 1-9 but had no 3x3 sub-squares, but the solution does carry 1-9 in each of the 3 x 3 areas where the sub-squares would be. These puzzles were regular features in several other newspapers, including L'Echo de Paris for about a decade, but it unfortunately disappeared with the advent of the first world war.Howard Garns, a 74-year-old retired architect and freelance puzzle constructor, was considered the designer of the modern Sudoku Puzzles. His design was first published in 1979 in New York by Dell, through its magazine Dell Pencil Puzzles and Word Games under the heading Number Place. Garns' creation was most likely inspired by the Latin square invention of Leonhard Euler, with a few modifications, basically, with the addition of a regional restriction and the presentation of the game as a puzzle, providing a partially-complete grid and requiring the solver to fill in the empty cells.Sudoku Puzzles were then taken to Japan by the puzzle publishing company Nikoli. It introduced the game in its paper Monthly Nikoli sometime in April 1984. Nikoli president Maki Kaji gave it the name Sudoku, a name that the company holds trademark rights over; other Japanese publications which featured the puzzle have to settle for alternative names.In 1989, Sudoku Puzzles entered the video games arena when it was published as DigitHunt on the Commodore 64. It was introduced by Loadstar/Softdisk Publishing. Since then, other computerized versions of the Sudoku Puzzles have been developed. For instance, Yoshimitsu Kanai made several computerized puzzle generator of the game under the name Single Number for the Apple Macintosh in 1995 both in English and in Japanese language; for the Palm (PDA) in 1996; and for Mac OS X in 2005.

Site Offers Free Xbox With Membership

Video games may be nothing more than evening diversions to most Americans, but the industry as a whole is a multibillion-dollar heavyweight. And now enthusiasts can play for free if they know where to look on the Internet.NetFree Direct LLC, an Internet marketing company, provides a way for anyone who participates in advertisers' offers on its site to get a free Xbox 360. Microsoft broke new ground in the video game business when the Xbox launched in 2001, and came back swinging last year with the wildly popular Xbox 360.Simply by visiting NetFree Direct's Web site, people can sign up by entering an e-mail address, answering a few simple questions and responding to advertisers' offers. NetFree Direct works with leading sponsors such as BMG, Blockbuster, Netflix, Discover Card, USA Today and Disney.And if you're looking for a flat-screen TV with which to hook up your Xbox, NetFree's site offers those for free, too. In fact, the site also offers free laptops, desktop PCs, mobile phones, PlayStations and other game consoles, digital cameras, gift cards and other popular electronics - all sponsored by leading advertisers. The Xbox 360 offer is featured on the home page of the site with directions on how to become a member. After completing an advertiser's survey or subscription, signing up for a free trial or applying for a credit card offer, the member is eligible to receive the free reward.The trial offers or subscriptions can be canceled without obligation, but members will still receive the Xbox or other giveaways.

Kingdom Hearts II: And the Fun Goes On

When the first Kingdom Hearts video game came out in 2002 on the Sony PlayStation, quite a few people wondered if the folks at Square-Enix had gone out of their minds. A role-playing game showcasing sunny Disney characters along with the angst-ridden figures of the company's Final Fantasy games? The idea seemed cheesy at the time. However, Kingdom Hearts as well as Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (released on the Game Boy Advance) were runaway hits, appealing to both young and older gamers in the East and West. Now, with the release of Kingdom Hearts II, PS2 players can continue to explore old and new magical worlds with familiar and endearing characters.It's not necessary for a person to have played the previous installments of the game to enjoy Kingdom Hearts II, but it would be helpful. The adorable Sora is still the main character (although you'll start the game as a guy named Roxas, but enough of that -- I don't want this to become a spoiler). Sora and his intrepid buddies Donald Duck and Goofy go on a quest to stop new enemies known as the "Nobodies," in addition to fighting old foes known as the "Heartless." Sora goes through a variety of worlds in this game -- worlds that most people will recognize -- and get to interact with familiar Disney characters as well. For instance, you'll remember the movie "The Lion King" when Sora goes head to head with Scar in Pride Rock. Mickey Mouse, of course, features prominently in the story. You will also get to explore the worlds of Mulan, Aladdin, the Little Mermaid, Hercules, and many more. Port Royal, the world of Jack Sparrow of "Pirates of the Caribbean" fame, and the world of Tron, are especially entertaining, and the graphics are simply amazing. You will also meet a large number of characters from Square's hit Final Fantasy series, like Cloud, Tifa, Setzer, Cid, Sephiroth, Riku, and Auron.The gameplay is still as fast-paced, but enhancements have been made. Battles are conducted in real-time -- the longer it takes you to make a move, the higher the risk that your character takes a hit. The new Reaction Command feature adds a more exciting dimension to battles and makes finishing off the Bosses much more gratifying. The Drive feature is another feature that makes playing this game so much fun. If the Drive meter is charged, you can combine characters to transform Sora and give him new and more powerful skills to defeat enemies in battle. You can also use the Drive function to enable Sora to cast Summons, or to call beings with extraordinary powers to help him during a fight. Some of the characters that Sora can summon are Chicken Little and Stitch -- you can probably imagine how entertaining that will be.What's a role-playing game without magic? The spells have been fine-tuned for Kingdom Hearts II as well. Sora has a greater magic power (MP) threshold -- his MP gauge is refilled automatically once it's empty. Sora is also able to use magic spells in tandem with other characters. It's quite exciting to see what moves the characters have up their sleeves, and casting just the right spell at the right time makes for jaw-dropping and more fulfilling battle sequences.The kinks that players complained about in the first Kingdom Hearts have been ironed out somewhat for Kingdom Hearts II. Camera angles and control have been improved, enabling the player to be almost fully in command regarding aspects of the scene that he or she wants to see and to have a better view of battles. Also, the game flows more smoothly because there is a sense of continuity in spite of the different natures of the worlds that Sora and his companions go through. The replay value of this game is high because aside from Sora's main quest, there are several mini-quests and side games that you can engage in, and these help keep the overall fun level high.A big factor in the entertainment value of Kingdom Hearts II is the voice talent. Celebrities like Haley Joel Osment (as Sora), David Gallagher, Christopher Lee, Rachael Leigh Cook, Mena Suvari, James Woods, Steve Burton, and Hayden Panettiere lend their voices to bring life to the game's characters.Kingdom Hearts II, from Disney Interactive and Square-Enix, has an E rating, which means that anyone from the very young to the very old can enjoy the game. It continues the tradition and fun of the first Kingdom Hearts, and it wouldn't come as a surprise if it surpasses the high level of success achieved by that game.

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Are you considering buying the new Xbox 360? If so, you'll learn how the Xbox 360 stacks up to other gaming systems, including extra features added for the ultimate gaming experience.