Friday, January 19, 2007

Local Gamer Wins Madden Challenge

The best Madden gamer in the Charlotte region, at least this year, is Brian Armstrong of Charlotte. Armstrong won the Madden Challenge regional tournament in Charlotte this month and has advanced to the Madden Challenge finals.

The finals take place during Pro Bowl week next month in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Armstrong will compete for $100,000 grand prize.

Armstrong is one of 31 regional and international winners to advance to the finals.

“Gears of War” Juggernaut Tops 3 Million Units Sold

Xbox 360 stalwart Gears of War has gone triple platinum, reaching the 3 million-units-sold milestone in just 10 weeks on store shelves, ending 2006 as the top-selling game among all platforms during December.

Gears is the fastest-selling title of 2006 and the fastest-selling original exclusive Xbox game of all time.

Since the downloadable content’s release via Xbox Live Marketplace less than two weeks ago, the new maps have garnered an astounding 750,000 downloads. There have been more than 1.5 million total downloads of all “Gears of War” content currently available via Marketplace.

Not just a gaming sensation, the acclaimed “Gears of War: Mad World” cinematic trailer was featured in Advertising Age’s Book of Tens as one of the top creative concepts of 2006. With more than 2.4 million views of the trailer online, the campaign has inspired not only tremendous sales, but also a number of hilarious parody videos currently circulating around the Internet.

Crackdown Goes Gold

Microsoft Game Studios announced that the highly anticipated action title Crackdown has gone gold. From developer Realtime Worlds and the mind of acclaimed creator Dave Jones, Crackdown hits store shelves Feb. 20. Price is $59.99.

The game offers gamers the opportunity to take down the gangs of Pacific City in a massive, single-player campaign or with a friend over the title’s cooperative mode via Xbox Live.

“The excitement for ‘Crackdown’ is evident through the significant number of pre-orders and affirms the continued Xbox 360 momentum in 2007,” said Jeff Bell, corporate vice president of Global Marketing in the Interactive Entertainment Business Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft Corp.

Those gamers anxious to get an early glimpse at the title will be able to enjoy the Crackdown demo available through Xbox Live Marketplace this month. And, as previously announced, Crackdown fans will be offered a special bonus with the purchase of each specially marked copy: access to the coveted Halo 3 multiplayer beta program.*

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