Platinum trumps Gold – Pachter predicts new Xbox LIVE service

Speaking on this week’s episode of Pach-Attack on GameTrailers.com, Michael Pachter believes that Microsoft will soon be ready to hit Xbox LIVE subscribers with what he’d like to call the “Platinum service”.

“I think we’re going to go from Gold to Platinum, and I think Platinum’s going to have a lot of cool stuff and it’s going to be 100 bucks or 150 bucks or 500 bucks. It’s going to be more. And the reason I say it could be that much more… what if they offer you television? What if you get internet TV through Xbox Live? What if they say you can watch WKRP in Cincinnati anytime you want on demand through Xbox Live? Because they could do that, and if they offer you every TV show ever made, every movie ever made, you’ll pay 500 bucks a year for that. Trust me, you will, because you’re already paying that on your cable bill and a lot more.”

I can honestly see myself suckered into this business model if Microsoft were ever to implement it, just as Pachter predicts gamers like myself would, because I utilize my Xbox 360 to encompass all my media and act as a multimedia hub for my room.

Want to watch a movie?
Sure, there’s Netflix streaming!

Want to rent a new movie?
Why not… let’s go over to the Zune Marketplace!

How about some background noise while we socialize?
Okay – do you like Phil Collins? I have him under my “Favorites” channel in Last.fm! (Epic!)

Without a doubt Xbox LIVE is maturing – and with the death of the original Xbox LIVE’s service, the sky’s the limit. It’ll be exciting to see how Microsoft will handle its online gaming service in the near-future.

Time to Grow-up; the Original Xbox LIVE Service Ends Today

Slated as early as February of this year, Microsoft will be ending their service for the Original Xbox LIVE. No more Crimson Skies, no more Battlefront 2, no more Halo 2, and no more… well, that’s about it I suppose.

But come now, Xbox gamers! It’s time to move on and get yourself a 360. Enjoy Halo 3 or ODST (beta for Reach anyone)! On top of that – why not Modern Warfare 2!? And for you haters out there, Bad Company 2 is readily avaliable, as well!

And for those die-hard fans (purists who define anything after Halo 2 as an abomination)… who’s to say “Halo Arcade” isn’t possible? (Perfect Dark anyone?)

LIVE Activity // 02.08.10

Major Nelson recently posted one of his infamous “LIVE Activity” posts in his official blog. He has since removed the “top 10” restriction on the list and provides us with the top 20 Xbox 360 titles over LIVE, which he believes “gives a much better idea what the 23 million Xbox LIVE members are playing”.

For the sake of my lazy bum, I’ll maintain the traditional 10 – what can I say… I’m a stickler for tradition. But if you’re really interested (and I mean, really interested) just click here.

Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles:
1. Modern Warfare 2
2. Halo 3
3. Aliens v Predator Multiplayer Demo
4. Call of Duty: World at War
5. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Demo
6. FIFA 10
7. Call of Duty 4
8. Mass Effect 2
9. GTA IV [PURCHASE]
0. Madden NFL 10 [DEMO]

Though I skipped out on the “Top Arcade Titles”, “Top Indie Games”, and “Original Xbox Top LIVE Titles” sections, I thought I would just critique this top 10 of Xbox 360 titles.

First of all, FIFA 10 beating out Left 4 Dead 2, BioShock 2, Assassin’s Creed II, and my most beloved Mass Effect 2? Jeez, I’ve never thought soccer (or fĂștbol, as it were) would dominate these heavy-hitting games.

And boy has Call of Duty 4 fallen. Though I do understand that fans most likely moved on to Modern Warfare 2, World at War having more players surprises me – seeing as how I kind of hate that game.

In regards to Grand Theft Auto IV, I’m surprised the game is seeing such success as the buggy, multiplayer after-thought beats out Left 4 Dead 2, Borderlands, and Gears of War 2 (which is also a glitchy mess, but it has much more gore-related charm).

[LIVE] Some deals to release some of that testosterone

Ahh, Xbox LIVE’s Deal of the Week… whether you see them as a blessing or a joke, you can’t argue that you save money off the regular sticker price.

Major Nelson has just posted up the Deal of the Week for LIVE this week – make that “deals”. Marvel v. Capcom 2, TMNT: Turtles in Time Reshelled, and Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao are all discounted.

And here comes the Deal of the Week bash from me: Marvel v. Capcom 2 should have been 800 MS Points ($10) to begin with!