Halo 3 and The Parlotones launch together

The Parlotones & Halo 3 Yes, Halo 3, the hottest video game of the year is going to be launched next week and The Parlotones are launching their new album, A world next door to yours, at the same time. The launch is going to be taking place on the 27th of September 2007 at the Partyhouse at The Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate. Tickets will be available through Computicket.

[tags]Halo 3,Xbox 360,The Parlotones,event[/tags]

Telkom in the dwang for claims

image It looks like Telkom is in a bit of a pickle over its recent “Do Broadband” advertising. A post on MyBroadband details the complaint from a consumer that says its false advertising.

Mr Moorad lodged a consumer complaint against Telkom’s “do” broadband campaign, arguing that the advertisements claims of being suitable for ‘movies, gaming and music’ is misleading.

According to the ASA website, the complainant submitted that the advertising states that one can “do” music, movies and on-line gaming, but only affords the user 1GB. “This is misleading as a DVD-quality movie is at least 4GB and online gaming needs at least 20 GB monthly to play daily.”

While I agree that the “do movies” claim is a little bit of a stretch as I doubt Telkom would promote torrents and illegal movie sharing. They must surely be referring to paid movie downloads, I can’t think why a consumer would want to pay for a highly compressed movies that are sub-DVD quality, can you?

I however don’t agree that to “do on-line gaming” you need at least 20GB monthly of bandwidth. Is Mr Moorad downloading the games before he plays them or maybe he is playing Battlefield 2. As an Xbox 360 gamer I regularly play on Xbox LIVE and its common to work on about 150MB per hour for serious online gaming including voice chatting. So 20GB equates to about 136 hours of online gaming per month which I believe is more than excessive. So the 1GB is quite capable of at least 6 hours of serious online gaming; or perhaps a whole month of online Sudoku.

In its submissions to ICASA, Telkom clearly stated that “Telkom’s ADSL service was never intended for bandwidth-hungry applications, such as gaming or online trading.”

This I find highly amusing to read. Telkom has clearly been caught out in its statements. Its time for the left hand to start talking to the right hand, and oh, while they figure that out, can they sort out the service delivery issues etcetera etcetera…

[tags]ASA,Telkom,ADSL,Xbox 360,Xbox LIVE[/tags]

Wanna win a copy of Halo 3 Legendary Edition?

TXL Halo 3 competitionEvery serious gamer out there should already know that the most anticipated game of the year, Halo 3, is launching worldwide next week. It launches on the 25th of September 2007 in the United States and South Africa and Europe will get it on the 26th of September 2007. With apparently over 4 million pre-orders this is certainly not a small release.

To coincide with the local release, the kind folks over at The Xbox Lounge are running a competition to win a limited edition copy of Halo 3 Legendary Edition valued at over R800.

Entering is simple, just SMS the keyword halo3 and your Xbox LIVE Gamertag to 35357 (e.g. halo3 CraigN). You can enter as many times as you like and each entry will cost you R3.00. The prize will be awarded at the end of September.

[tags]Halo 3,competition,The Xbox Lounge,TXL[/tags]

Zero Punctuation review of BioShock

Last night Andre introduced me to some very funny video reviews over on The Escapist. Thanks to James Francis for the original link to this video review of BioShock.

 

He has some other very cool zero punctuation reviews including Tomb Raider Anniversary, Console Rundown, Psychonauts and Heavenly Sword and Other Stuff. Go check them out, they really do rock.

PS. I was going to post the Tomb Raider Anniversary review by Zero Punctuation but Gavin beat me to it – next time I must remember to blog it here and not send out links on IM. :p

[tags]BioShock,Zero Punctuation,The Escapist[/tags]

Nintendo Wii pricing for South Africa

Ninetendo Wii The local niche game store BT Games has put up pre-order pricing for the Nintendo Wii console that is supposedly being launched at rAge this year and its got some Nintendo fans a little upset. James Francis from NAG magazine has the following to say in his blog post:

Now brace yourself – a Wii console will cost you R2899. That’s with the Sports game bundled in, but as far as I know all Wiis are bundled with one of those titles. You can’t get Wii Sports separately. Okay, it’s more or less what a console costs, except that the Wii is around $100 cheaper than the 360 Core unit (ignoring recent price cuts, which I don’t think have factored into our market yet). But over here you’ll pay R 200 MORE for a Wii than a Core unit.

To compare the prices fairly I checked the Amazon UK site as South Africa typically is grouped under Europe for things such as consoles. The Ninetendo Wii console bundled with Wii Sports retails online for £179.99 (roughly R 2600) and the Xbox 360 Core console is listed at the same price. So the South African pre-order price is R300 more than the UK whereas the current Xbox 360 Core console is only R100 more expensive in South Africa. Not such a huge difference but this is supposed to be pre-order pricing so I would expect it to be cheaper.

So will you be buying a Nintendo Wii instead of an Xbox 360? You can join in the discussion on the pricing over at the NAG forum here.

[tags]Xbox 360,Wii,South Africa[/tags]