I’m often asked how I got the purple hair (my signature hair colour) for my Xbox Live avatar. There is a page of hidden hair colour options and even if you had them before, you’re going to need to unlock them again after the big system update yesterday.
Here is a super-quick tutorial to show you how to unlock the extra hair colours for your avatar:
A new episode of 360Prophecy is up, this one is based on the upcoming game Fable III. Although Fable I was disappointing to me, Fable II drew me back in and I’m really anticipating the third installment. I’m not sure how these co-op interactions are going to play out, but I’m keeping an opening mind. Marrying my co-op partner could be a fun novelty, but do I really have to share my gold?! We’ll see how all these new game mechanics go over… I have a feeling it will be a full on hit or miss, but either way it should be interesting.
I was super excited to hear the twitterings this morning about Netflix coming to Canada. There wasn’t much actual news to report first thing, other than the Canadian site is live with a sign up option to stay in the loop.
Shacknews has offered us a few more details, including the we’re-not-announcing-anything-but-hint-hint official statements semi-confirming that streaming will be available via Xbox Live and that the service will be available in the fall. Interestingly, there will be no disc-by-mail option. While this is more than fine with me and my like minded geeky peers, it might deter users like my mom and certainly won’t be pulling older folks away from zip.ca.
However I am personally thrilled, we’re a digital house and have the maxed out hard drives to prove it. We currently purchase all our programing from iTunes and use our AppleTV to play tv and movies on our television. This is a pretty good option considering we don’t watch a lot of television, but the price per show is a steep $1.99-$2.50, regardless if it’s an hour long drama or half hour sitcom. That adds up in a hurry if you have family members watching multiple shows, and the big expense (as we’re finding out) is that now that we own this content we have to store it and back it up. I would love to be able to stream older shows and movies without owning them and storing them, and a subscription service is great for a larger family like ours (as the kids get old enough to watch tv).
As we have found out the hard way, the limited bandwidth included with most high speed internet packages in Canada gets eaten up fast when you’re downloading television, movies, music, games… even in seemingly small amounts. We hit our cap frequently and the overage charges of $1.50/GB add up fast. There are some unlimited packages available from some high speed re-sellers, but they also come with a significantly slower pipe. Just like with mobile phones, internet subscribers pay too much for too little compared to our US counterparts. Since our internet providers are also cable subscribers, I really can’t help but feel that it’s not a coincidence. It’s as if the providers think that if they can’t get your money for a cable bill, then they’ll get your money through your internet bill. They know you’re getting your entertainment somewhere else, and they want a piece of it. So it will be interesting to see if a service like Netflix can do well in Canada.
I’m certainly keen to try it out, presuming the pricing is reasonable and there is streaming to iPad and Xbox 360 (um, we might have three of those). Looking forward to hearing more details, and I’m certainly curious to see how the pricing compares to the US plans. If you want to be kept informed, go to www.netflix.ca and sign up for their updates.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve seen me lamenting my lack of gaming time lately. Between my 3 year old permanently giving up his afternoon nap – my prime gaming time – and the Mystery Illness zapping my energy and making it impossible for me to sit some nights, I’ve had very little time to game lately. So, this last week or so, I’ve been playing a lot of iPhone games, which fit this busy Mommy’s schedule perfectly.
After much mocking, I finally jumped on the We Rule bandwagon. I don’t play Facebook games and am not that much of a causal gamer really, but between watching Jeff play it, seeing it pop up on Twitter and this review on AppJudgment, I caved in a gave it a try. It’s surprisingly fun, and not that addictive. Yeah, I play it 4-6 times a day, but only for a few minutes at a time. The social interaction is fun, and even though there’s not really an objective per se, it’s a nice relaxing break in the day. I love clicking on my subjects and hearing their pigeony-gibberish comments or checking out the designs of my friends kingdoms. Best of all it’s free, which suits my budget quite nicely TYVM. If you’re playing, add HotelQueen to your friends list!
Really, if you have an iPhone and $0.99 you need to buy Angry Birds. It’s an old school artillery style game with a crazy premise that has you hurling birds from a slingshot to take down pigs. Why? Because the pigs have stolen the birds eggs, of course! Yes it’s silly, but it has awesome physics, a great art style, tons of variety and an exorbitant amount of levels. The levels are nice and short, a perfect bite-size gaming experience, and the star rating system and achievements have me instantly replaying levels. I’ll be playing this one for a long time. According to their website, Angry Birds is the best selling paid app in pretty much every country on the planet, and for good reason. Quite possibly the best iPhone game ever, and a steal at only $0.99.
I’ve had a chance to play a little bit of Alan Wake with Jeff, and it is aaaaaaaaaaaahmazing! Gorgeous graphics and immersive game play, this game has been in development forever but it was worth the wait. We’re not too far in, and I don’t want to give anything away, but suffice to say you’re going to want to get your hands on this one when it comes out May 18th.
That’s all for this week; let me know what you’re playing in the comments. And uh, you’re going to add me in We Rule, right? ;)