Saturday, March 31, 2012

Genre badge Update: Spring Edition

Okay folks, its that time again. Time for everyone to lose all of their badges because we love being diabolical tyrants. MUAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!!

But seriously, its time for the spring genre badge update.

Firstly, we have A LOT of removals mainly due to online shutdowns and glitches, thanks a lot EA.

Secondly you should notice quite a few moves, including one that alot of people wanted, the viva pinata games to strategy.

Next we have TWO new genres for you, Fitness and Platformer!!

Platformer is a two fold project. With this update we decided to add/move all of the 2D/arcade games into the genre this time around.
A lot of moves came from puzzle which is why it got a lot more games added to it than per usual update.

Before you start asking about Sonic and Prince of Persia games not being added, relax. These and all 3D platformer games will all be moved and added come the summer update. We wanted to do baby steps because there is a lot of upheaval this update already, so we didn't want to add any more craziness.

You can look at all the changes in see the future and start compiling the damage totals. Take a look guys there is a lot going on.

Your friendly neighborhood badge team


Card and Board
Family Game Night 1

Extreme Sports


Burnout Revenge

Guitar Hero: World Tour

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11

EA Sports MMA

Sacred 2

Comic Jumper <- Move from Action/Adventure to Action Shooter.
Marathon Durandel <- Move from Sci-Fi to console classics
Perfect Dark <- Move from Sci-Fi to console classics
Transformers 3 <- Move from Sci Fi to Action Shooter
Viva Pinata <- Move from Family to Strategy.
Viva Pinata TiP <- Move from Family to Strategy.
Warhammer Kill Team <- Move from Shump to Hack and slash
Worms/Worms 2/Worms Ultimate Mayhem <- Move from Strategy to Console Classics.


Action Shooter
Gotham City Imposters

Disney Universe
Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon

Card and Board
Apples to Apples

Console Classics
Guardian Heroes
Sonic CD

Extreme Sports

Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks

Blazblue Continuum Shift EXTEND
SF x Tekken
Soul Calibur V

Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout
Deepak Chopra's Leela
Jillian Michaels' Fitness Adventure
Self-Defense Training Camp
UFC Personal Trainer
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012
Zumba Fitness
Zumba Fitness: Rush

Hack and Slash
Unbound Saga
Watchmen 1
Watchmen 2

Historic Shooter
Darkest of Days

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Modern Shooter
Operation Flashpoint: Red River

Asura's Wrath
Rock of Ages

Double Fine Happy Action Theater
Scene It? Movie Night

Adventures of Shuggy
Ancients of Ooga
Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2
Blade Kitten
Cloning Clyde
Exit 2
Fancy Pants Adventures
Joe Danger: Special Edition
Ms. Splosion Man
Rainbow Islands
Rayman Origins
Rocket Knight
Sonic 4: Episode I
Splosion Man
Super Meat Boy
Trials HD
Trine 2
Wik: Fable of Souls
Wipeout in the Zone
Wipeout 2

Point and Click
Lost via Domus

Bejeweled 3
Polar Panic

F1 2011
NASCAR Unleashed

Cyber Troopers Virtual On
Prince of Persia (Arcade)
Simpsons Arcade

Destroy All Humans: Path of the Furon

Sci-Fi Shooter
The Darkness II

Galaga Legions DX
Mushihimesama Futari 1.5
Radiant Silvergun

3D Ultra Minigolf
3D Ultra Minigolf 2
Kinect Sports: Season 2
Madden Arcade
MLB 2k12
NFL Blitz

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Death Tank

Survival Horror
Alan Wake: American Nightmare
I Am Alive

Top Gun
Microsoft Flight (GFWL title)
Top Gun: Hard Lock

UFC Undisputed 3

Divinity II: Dragon Knight Saga
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Mass Effect 3

It is a lot to take in folks, let us know how we did here:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Member of the Moment: FragEmAndSmile

Interview conducted and posted by: Tandar1

Q: You have a very interesting gamertag, how did you come up with it?

A: It all started back on the PC during the Unreal Tournament days. I was playing with a few Marines and had to come up with a tag so we knew who was who. I remembered an old coca-cola catch phrase "Have a coke and a smile". I combined my frag counts in Unreal Tournament with that phrase and came up with FragEmAndSmile....or Frag/FragEm for short.

Q: You recently came up with a few new challenges for the 360Voice community. Such as the U.S. Gamerscore Open and Iron Man. What gave you the idea for creating these, and do you plan to make them annual?

A: The U.S. Gamerscore Open idea really came to me out of nowhere. I wanted to do something "different" for a challenge that hasn't been done before which isn't easy with all the great challenge ideas already out there. This idea just popped in to my head and I thought it was unique enough from the other challenges so I went with it. There were over 90 gamers that signed up for it.

As for the Iron Man challenge, for the most part that was really in response to some complaints that the site staff got because the U.S. Gamerscore Open was only open to U.S. gamers.  I never got any of these complaints personally and I thought it was unfair that the site staff, who had nothing to do with the creation of the challenge, caught flak for it.  When I typed up the challenge invite I made it pretty clear that this was just how the idea of the challenge came to me and was not intended to offend anyone from other countries and that I would do something for them later. I even considered tossing out the U.S. Gamerscore Open completely and not doing any challenges at all, but decided to go ahead and do it.

Both of these challenges will be annual as long as there is interest in them.

Q: I think I remember you mentioning that there were a few more challenges that would be on the horizon, can you confirm this and give any hints to what they might be or involve?

A: I sort of have one going for WP7 gamers now. It's not "official" yet, but it will run for the entire year of 2012 and only games released in 2012 count towards your score. Highest score at the end of the year wins. No prizes are being offered at this time, but I expect that to change. This is more of a test run for Fsh's new challenge/tracking system which will make my day MUCH easier instead of tracking scores manually!

I also have another challenge that I will be putting in the invite forum pretty soon called Last Man Standing.  In this challenge, there is an elimination every single day. You have to score points each day, with the low man being eliminated. Mix and repeat until there is only one gamer left. 0 point scores for that day are an automatic elimination. So with this challenge, not only do you have to score points every day, you have to avoid being the lowest scoring gamer.  Prizes have yet to be determined. This challenge will be open to any region on the planet.

I may or may not add more challenges.

Q: What are some things you like to do other than gaming?

A: I have a programming background and I like to code games when time permits. I still have the 360voice themed game on the backburner. Maybe it will come out quicker than Duke Nuke 'Em Forever did.  I also bowl at a semi-professional level. This cuts out 2 nights a week and the occassional weekend (for tournaments) of gaming time, but sometimes you just need a break.  That's pretty much it. I just don't have to time to commit to anything else on a regular basis.

Q: Are you excited to be living in the town that such famous people originated from? People like Deion Branch and Ray Charles?

A: While it's cool to know some famous people came from here, Albany GA is nothing to be excited about.

Q: What are some things that are specific to your town that you would recommend to travelers, and the occasional Dog of Thunder?

A: Dog lives about an hour's drive from me so he doesn't have to dwell in the misery that is Albany that I do. There is one unique eating establishment called Harvest Moon that has some good food, but it's not something I would drive for hours to get to. The mall here is the size of a shoe-box, the closest thing we have to an electronics store is WalMart. There are 3 Gamestops here, but it's rare that I find anything to take home. The selections don't change as much as other stores I go to so I see the same titles day in and day out. I call Albany Agony but I live here because I have to not because I want to.  I'm hoping that changes in about a year or so. The only thing I could really recommend is to stay away from this place. Avoid it like the plague.

Q: Do you have any favorite sports teams? Die-hard fan or just occasional watcher?

A: Not since I got married almost 11 years ago. I did watch the Atlanta Braves, but like most Georgia teams, they blow critical games so I gave up on them.  I do like Florida State's football team but I haven't watched a game in ages. What little free time I do have I try to spend it gaming.

Q: If you had to pick only one genre to play for an entire year, which one would it be, and why?

A: That would depend on what platform I'd be playing on. If it was the PC, I'd have to say RTS. Ever since I played the original StarCraft I was hooked.  This has been my favorite genre for many years.  On the 360 I would probably go with RPG. These are the most involved, have engaging stories (most of the time), and would keep me busy until the end of the year.

Q: How did you eventually stumble upon 360Voice?

A: If I remember right, I think a friend suggested it to me back in 2006.

Q: What keeps you coming back?

A: That's easy. 360voice's community is the best on the web. I've been to many gaming sites where you just didn't feel welcomed at all and some of the forum mods were down right jerks. They got a title and it went straight to their head and had no problem throwing their virtual weight around. The 360voice community is the most friendly, helpful (I could go on and on here) bunch of people I've ever met. I have never  experienced anything close to this on any other website gaming or otherwise.

Q: If the next generation of Xbox, for some CRAZY reason, did not incorporate your past gamertag/gamerscore into its design and made you start over, would you still buy one?

A: Starting over would be painful. I think I would continue on with the 360 and get as much out of it as I could. Eventually I would probably move over to the new console but I doubt I would be there on launch day with money in hand to buy one. I've even considered to let the 360 to be my last console period. Only time will tell.

Q: Do you play games for fun or achievements?

A: Both. The 360's achievement system changed the way we play games forever. Why else would so many of us play Hannah Montana or My Horse And Me 2? I love to play games and there are some that I play just for fun. However, I'm usually in some gamerscore contest or trying to hit some gamerscore milestone that forces me to play for points too. Not that I mind all that much.

Q: Do you like single-player only games more than multi-player or vice versa? Or a combination of both?

A: Both, but for the last year and a half, it's been almost impossible for me to do any real multiplayer gaming. Ask anyone that's tried to boost with me.  It seems that EVERY time I try to set something up or offer to help out, some crisis comes up where I have to reschedule. This is no exaggeration. I really hate not getting to play online like I used to. I keep hoping that will soon change.

Q: Be honest, who has more videogames (including XBLA), you or Mightymango?

A: Hands down, Mango. He and I went back and forth a while back swapping places on the games played leaderboard which was fun, but I had to back off game buying last year big time for personal reasons. I did have a surge around Christmas which put me back at the #2 spot on the 360Voice games played leaderboard recently, but Mango is still pretty far ahead of me. I still can't buy games like I used to so I suspect Mango will stay ahead of me.

Q: How did you get started in collecting videogames? What keeps you wanting to continue to collect and "catch 'em all"?

A: After the original Pong home console where all the games were built-in, I got the Atari 2600. That's where it started. The market was flooded with games (most weren't any good) and the prices were cheap. Even as I kid I managed to rack up quite a collection of 2600 games that would rival my 360 collection. I owned just about every console out there and had most of the games for each system. Sadly, all my other game systems, and I do mean all of them, I had to sell a few years ago. Sometimes I really miss the Neo Geo (home and arcade) and the Turbo Graphix 16/Duo consoles. It is what it is.

Q: Do you currently count Indie games as a part of your collection? Do you even purchase them? Why or why not?

A: I do love the indie scene but I do not have any of the games nor would I count them as part of my "collection". I count games (or apps like ESPN) that show up on our blogs/xbox live.

Q: How long have you been an Xbox Live Gold Member and what keeps you paying that subscription fee?

A: My console says 5 years. You get to play a lot of games for a small price that's lower than most PC games that require a monthly subscription for just one game.

Q: Are you using any of the extra services provided? Such as Netflix (if you're already a Netflix member), ESPN3, UFC fights, Facebook, or Twitter?

A: I'm not using any of these services right now.

Q: If you could change or add one thing to Xbox Live, what would it be and why?

A: I'd make game developers/publishers that use their own servers to no longer have online achievements. I hate it when we have to scramble to beat a server going down.  I understand why they take their games offline, but don't take away our ability to earn achievements. Not everyone can buy the latest sports game only to have the achievements unobtainable in less than a year's time (in some cases).

Q: Out of the latest technology brought into the gaming world, what is your favorite, and why? [Kinect/Windows phone/3D Gaming, Cloud Saves]

A: Kinect is a neat idea, but I'm not sure it's "there" yet. 3D Gaming will further enhance the experience and I look forward to seeing where this goes.

Q: You are roughly 19,000GS away from hitting 200k! Do you have anything special planned?

A: No I do not have anything currently planned.

Q: Tell us a little about your favorite badges on 360Voice, and what kind of badges you would create if you could?

A: Since I'm a game collector, I would go with the collection badges. As for a new badge, why not have a # of games played badge? We have one for # days played, watchers, etc.  You can never have too many badges.

Q: If you could add or change one thing on 360Voice, what would it be and why?

A: The site is constantly changing/evolving. I don't know of anything right now.

Q: Any particular beverage or food you like to have laying around while you are gaming?

A: Soda of various flavors. I don't like to eat and game.

Q: What kind of gaming setup do you currently have?

A: In the "achievement room" that is a 9' x 12' room. I have a 42" LG flatscreen with a 500watt surround sound system. 2 - 504 capacity DVD racks, and 2 smaller DVD racks 1 of each on both sides of the room. I sit in a recliner. I have all 3 region consoles and gaming PC attached to the TV via HDMI and I use wireless keyboard and mouse for the PC so I rarely have to get up once I start gaming. In the living room, where I have to use the Kinect, I have an older Phillips 55" rear projection big screen to play on. It's rare that I can get the Mrs. away from it long enough to use the Kinect though.  I'm working on getting a new house built so that I won't have this problem anymore, but that is a ways off.

Q: What was the very first videogame you remember playing?

A: Pong

Q: What was the first game you started on the Xbox360? Did you get all the achievements?

A: Blazing Angels. No I never went back and finished it. Maybe one day.

Q: BoZack is currently planning for an "Achievement Fest" during the Summer, do you plan to attend? Who are some people you would hope to meet if you can make it?

A: I would like to attend and I'm going to try. It's a 12 hour drive for me though. The event is too far out to know for sure just yet. I'd like to met a lot of great people over the years at 360voice.  I'd be happy to meet any of them.

Q: Tell us some details of your life away from gaming, what type of job do you have? Any family members?

A: My job takes up 90% of my time. I'm in the IT business. I mainly work on servers, routers, switches, desktops, and laptops across a 100+ square mile radius in any direction.  I'm on the road a lot and usually barely have enough time to update the tournament leaderboards and pop in a game long enough to get an achievement.

Q: You drive around a lot, do you listen to any particular music or podcasts during your travels?

A: I just got a new ride back in November that has a Satelite radio in it so I've been playing with that.

Q: What are your thoughts on how Microsoft handles their security? Especially with the recent Fifa hacks, do you feel safer than a PS3 member?

A: I think overall they're doing a decent job. After what Sony went thru I would say M$ is doing a better job keeping their clients info safer.

Q: DLC, practically every game nowadays ships with it planned. Do you ever buy any, or are you satisfied enough with having the original game in your collection?

A: I get some DLC, especially if it's for a game I really like or has additional achievements.

Q: What are your thoughts on SOPA and PIPA, are you for or against them?

A: As an amature developer myself, I wouldn't like someone stealing my work so I don't do it either.

Q: Do you watch any movies? What are some of your favorites?

A: Recently watched Underworld 4 and I did like most of the series. Anything science fiction related really.

Q: 2011 was a year packed with AAA titles, what were your 10 favorite games released (XBLA and Retail)?

A: I enjoyed Gears 3, Modern Warfare 3, Shadows of the Damned, and I'm sure I'm leaving out several other good ones but the mind draws blank.

Q: Any New Year resolutions you have to accomplish in 2012?

A: I would like to break 300,000 in gamerscore by the end of the year but at the rate I'm going (5.0% last I looked on TA) I'm not going to make it.  Just not enough hours in the day with my schedule.

Q: Do you ever wait for videogames to go on sale, or do you regularly buy them on release-day?

A: I rarely get a game on release day and most of my games I get used. It's how I get so many of them.

Q: In a regular workday, how many miles do you drive? What vehicle are you driving such long voyages in?

A: In a 5 day work week, it's not uncommon for me to do 1,000 miles or more. I drive a 2012 Kia Sportage SUV. I got it back in November to replace my 2005 of the same make/model. It had over 300,000 miles on it.

Q: Anything else you would like to add? Say hi to mom, or taunt your nemesis?

A: If I have a nemesis, I don't know it so if he/she wants to reveal themself, bring it!

April Genre of the Month -- Platformer.

Hello everyone, its time for the announcement for the Genre of the Month. The month of April we will be "Springing" into the Platformer Genre.

Now this will be a new and long overdue genre that will available starting April first so we figured we could have a push on the new badge.

The games included are listed here as the genre is not live and active as of today.

This month will play a little bit different as the number of retail titles are lower then the other genres. I will be offering a 1600 point card to the winner so they can pick up one of the platformer games or even a future release.

Click Here for the Group

Click Here for the Challenge

I want to thank everyone that has made the first challenge a success. The winner of that will be receiving a race title of their choice as well, courtesy of 360voice and myself. The top three gamers of each months challenge will also be awarded the 1st -3rd badges as well.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Community Genre Game Night: March 30th 8pm CST

That's right everyone a community game night next Friday , March 30th. This is to make a final push on the first Genre of the Month, Racing. The game of choice is Burnout Paradise, so look up what you are missing and see what achievements will be in your reach. For the most part it will be set up to be a fun gaming night for the community and it is not designed to be a "boosting" night, but I know that achievements are the goal for most of you.

So March 30th at 8pm CST is the time. Hope to see you there.

Stay tuned as well for the announcement for April's Genre of the Month as well.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Live Issue... Streak Holiday

I will be turning off streaks for today the 13th in light of the issues people are experiencing with their profiles. FYI, skyline is taking a holiday today as well according to Laus's post in the forum.

Back checking data from yesterday the 12th, data looks good, so processing for stuff played yesterday is fine.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Top 21 Most Popular for February 2012

Yeah... a lot late, but it took somebody 5 days to remind me... Hectic month for me... But everybody pound away on the Skyline and prep for Buffet next month...

Top 21 Most Popular for February 2012
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