Japanese XBOX 360 to retail at $183

An XBOX 360 along with a Nintendo Wii

An Xbox 360 along with a Nintendo Wii

The sale of the XBOX platform has always lagged behind in Japan even from the days of the original console release. The X360 has also been unable to beat the Japanese maker’s (Sony and Nintendo) game systems in terms of number of units sold. In light of the current market situation in Japan, Microsoft yesterday announced that it would reduce the price of all the Xbox 360 systems this month. Here is what Gamespot reports:

Today, at a Tokyo media event, Microsoft announced that it is slashing the prices of all three of its Xbox 360 models…in Japan. Starting on September 11, the 120GB Elite will go from ¥47,800 (about $441*) to 39,800 ($368) and the newly 60GB Pro will go on sale for ¥29,800 ($275)–¥5,000 ($46) less than its 20GB predecessor. Most significantly, however, is the price cut of the hard drive-free Xbox 360 Arcade, which will see a drastic drop from ¥27,800 ($257) to ¥19,800 ($183).

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GamersX (PK) to return soon!

It has been confirmed today over at the GamersX (PK) forums that their Lahore based server would resume operation soon. In a public statement made at the forums, server administrator Faizan Chaghtai said:

“The SERVER shall be resuming shortly, though it may take up to a week, it will be online soon. Some computer and bandwidth issues were causing problems which are now sorted. Hope you bear with us.”

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GamersX (PK) Shutting Down Permanently?

Today a shocking news was revealed on GamersX (PK). Their primary game server, cs.gamersx.net, would permanently be shutting down due to some unexplained technical reasons. While this news has put up a big question mark on the future of online gaming in Pakistan, it also provides a good opportunity for other hosts to catch up with the competition.

Hosted in Lahore, GamersX (PK) was one of the busiest Counter-Strike 1.6 servers in Pakistan, with almost 8000 registered nicks. Though it was the home ground of the GamersX clan, it provided equal opportunity for every to every member to prove them selves and even become moderators on their servers. The server ran AMXX 1.8 and HL Guard 1.8 providing maximum hack protection with minimal trojan and virus threats.

From my sources inside GamersX, I have confirmed the reason for shutting down this server. Apparently, this was because the server management costs were increasing every day, and since it didn’t have any revenue stream nor was it backed by any corporation, the owners decided to shut down the server. No official word has been given on whether the server would resume its services in the foreseeable future.

I will keep the updates coming as I get more information on the matter. Feel free to share your thoughts below, and share any other good servers you play on.

Official Matchups for September

You can find all the official matchups that are scheduled for September here. This list would be updated as more matches are set. Everyone should be checking this post periodically to check if they have a game coming up. Results would be appended as they are finalized. Exhibition matches don’t have team restrictions, but every player must still take a unique team unless authorized by the original user. Exhibition matches are not ranked! Read the rest of this entry »

Finally! 20 Percent

When I hit 10 Percent of level 20, I thought I would post my next entry in the blog when I hit 20. I thought it would be like a week or so at max, but guess what; it took me 1 month and 4 days to just advance 10 percent of Level 20. 1 month and 4 days! I never even imagined that things would be so slow, I mean at this rate, I would hit level 21 well into 2008. Maybe I will hold the record of slowest out of Level 20 then. I know this is supposed be the Dead Level but this is practically extinct. Everyday I only see an increment of .30-.50% with more bias towards the lower limit. I guess I should forget about ever going beyond this level because I think its here to stay for good. Just look at these figures:

  • Hit Level 20: July 7th, 2007.
  • Reach 10%: July 24th, 2007. That makes about 17 days. I thought this was too slow, but…
  • Reach 20%: August 28th, 2007. This makes 1 month and 4 days. And that makes 1 month and 21 days for level 20 in total.

At this rate, I can only predict to hit 30% in about 2 months, and maybe, if I am lucky, I would advance to level 21 by next Christmas. In other news, my vacations would be coming to an end in about 15 days and it would be back to the university and that boring work routine. I really hate this time of the year and ironically, my birthday also comes round about that time. Which reminds me that my Pie is also gone, I hope my turkey didn’t come back and stole it? But I will solve that mystery later because Gamespot is causing a lot of problems these days. I think that the site is now unfit for use on dial-up, so I would only look at that case when I am back in the university on high bandwidth servers. Until then I can only hope to get out of this nightmare that people call level 20.

Dragon Ball Online!!!

How come I never found out? It turns out that there is an Online MMORPG based on the Dragon Ball franchise being developed by NTL in Japan and Korea. It’s going to be published by Namco Bandai, and it would be out on the PC and XBOX 360 in 2008. Since being an MMORPG on the PC and X360, it is speculated that it would benefit from LIVE Anywhere, and allow cross-platform gaming between the two systems. Currently only being developed for Japan and Korea, it is expected to hit the western market too sometime in the future. Akira Toriyama has great deal of control over the creative aspects of the project, both contributing to and supervising the story and art design, including character and location designs, so we can expect a lot of anime like action from the game. Read the rest of this entry »

So What’s New

Well, even with all the fuss going around these days, I am still pretty much bored! I can’t think of anything to do, even though a lot has happened in the past week. Some important events include that my 4th semester results were out and there was the trimmed down E3 Media and Business Summit 2007, which quite frankly the name puts me to sleep for a couple of hours. Sure its E3 and a lot of news came around but there was nothing revealed that intrigued me, other than the fact that this may be a boring year for gaming if Grand Theft Auto IV fails to deliver on its promise. Plus it turns out the Resident Evil 5 will also not be available this year so its another bummer to the summer event. Read the rest of this entry »