Photos from 27dinner 27-31

Last night a couple of us gathered for the final Johannesburg 27dinner for 2008, namely 27-31 Jozi. I think Garsen’s Cappello restaurant has got to be the best venue for the 27dinner as we have it exclusively to ourselves. No rowdy drunkards to compete with the speaker anymore. The presentation covered web security threats and Dominic White delivered it in a way that I believe most people could fathom – it might have helped that most of us are in fact geeks. 😉

I had a great evening and it was awesome to see some new faces in the crowd. We all got name badges switched and had to find the owner of the name badge which meant for lots of introductions and networking. Great idea guys, but with Super Nana please come forward and claim your name badge. :p

27dinner November 2008 27-31 Jozi

PS. I’ve decided not to post the 27 boobs photos due to the lack of participation, maybe there wasn’t enough liquor flowing, but there is always next time. You can click the collage for the gallery.

A comment on the Gears of War 2 map codes

Last week some South African gamers were a little disappointed to open up their copies of Gears of War 2 only to find that the expected download codes for the Gears of War Flashback multi-player map pack and the golden Lancer in Limited Collectors Edition were missing.

Our local Product Marketing Manager for Xbox 360 in South Africa, John Press, has issued the following comment:

The Gears of War 2 limited collector’s edition for the South African market does not contain any of the downloadable elements found in the version advertised on international websites & where the Live service is available. Live has not launched in South Africa at this point and as a result downloadable content which relies on users having legitimate access to the service is excluded from the content of the collector’s edition.

Legislation and a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority prevents us from utilizing Live branding on local versions of the game until such time as the service is available in country. The inclusion of Live branding and Live related content would imply that the service is available locally and could be construed as being misleading .

We are in the process of seeking alternative methods of delivering this content as we recognise the value this content to our local customers. In addition we remain committed to bringing Live to SA but unfortunately there is no update with regards to a launch date at this point. We appreciate your understanding at this time as we seek an alternative solution to this issue.

Not the answer we all wanted to hear, however at least we have an official response on the matter. Technically I don’t believe any local retailers advertised the inclusion of the downloadable content codes in the products they sold, it was all an assumption based on what was offered for other regions.

I’ll post as soon as I hear any more with regards to an alternative content delivery method.

Live your very own movie premiere every night

You're In The Movies boxartThere is some awesome value coming to the Xbox 360 platform this festive season with family oriented titles like Lips, Scene It? Box Office Smash and finally the awesome new title You’re in the Movies.

It works with the Xbox LIVE Vision camera accessory that has up until now been unavailable in South Africa due to it being an Xbox LIVE accessory. However its being bundled with You’re in the Movies and dubbed the Xbox LIVE Vision camera. 🙂

Judging by how popular the preview code was we had running at rAge 2008, I think this is going to be a really popular title for the entire family and it comes with an ESRB E (Everyone) rating. You’ll be surprised how much fun the game is and how much exercise you end up doing acting out scenes in front of the camera.

JOHANNESBURG – 04 November 2008 Be the star you’re destined to be with “You’re in the Movies,” hitting South African store shelves on the 28th November.  Premiering exclusively on Xbox 360 in time for Christmas, “You’re in the Movies” is truly the first and only game of its kind.

With a recommended retail price of R699.00 bundled with an Xbox Vision camera, “You’re in the Movies” combines cool with kitsch as you live out your dreams of becoming a scream queen, zombie or kung fu master.  The game transports players into a magical world of cinema and hilarious improvisations.  Using the Xbox Vision camera, players’ minigame actions can be captured and placed into short, riotous films that put the spotlight on the unique and often dubious acting talents of friends and family. With “You’re in the Movies,” you’re about to be a star — if only straight to DVD.

Up to four friends can bask in the spotlight and play starring roles.  But rest assured, even watching from the sidelines is fun!  A top-notch director guides actors through their roles with simple instructions and immediate feedback; in fact, the director even rates actors on their physical performance in mini games. This exciting scoring system will stop you A-listers from getting too lazy.

Or jump into Director Mode and produce your very own blockbuster. Lock yourself in the edit room and get to work filming the next big hit. Choose your music, add your own voice-over and re-edit to your heart’s content.

“You’re in the Movies” is another great part of the Xbox 360 story as it continues to build on the universally captivating entertainment on offer, including the widely anticipated “LIPS” and “Scene It? Box Office Smash”.

For more information please visit http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/games/y/yitm.