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Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Special Collectors Edition has hand painted boxart. Release date is November 16, 2008


Pre-order Mortal Kombat vs. DC Collectors Edition for Xbox 360
Midway Games is expecting Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe to be on store shelves and available for purchase on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 throughout North America on November 16th, 2008, and Europe on November 21st, 2008. On those days, gamers and comic book fans can enter their favorite retail outlet and purchase the highly-anticipated pairing of some of the iconic characters from the DC Universe, like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Joker, battling against video game icons Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Sonya and more.

Midway released the final box art along with details of the North American Kollector’s Edition, which will come in special packaging and feature an exclusive removable print designed by Alex Ross, one of the world’s most pre-eminent and respected comic book artists, as well as bonus video content. That’s if at $69.99 you’re willing to pay $10 more than the regular edition. — In addition, John Tobias, co-creator of the Mortal Kombat franchise, returns to sketch a 16-page comic book to be published by DC Comics that chronicles the shocking, universe-shattering events that lead up to the in-game story mode.

See live how the Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Collector’s Edition cover art (click link for huge image) was designed by the legendary Alex Ross.

Lost Odyssey gets shoddy U.S. packaging


Lost Odyssey for Xbox 360Lost Odyssey has finally been released in the U.S., and along with it comes . . . extremely shoddy packaging!

The game ships on four DVD’s, and yet for some stupid reason Microsoft decided to stack all three discs on the standard DVD spindle, with the fourth disc coming in a paper sleeve.

Not only does this packaging look stupid and inconvenience the gamer, but it also has lead to many scratched discs, even when buying a new copy.

In Europe they got a case that includes a slot for each disc . . . . So if you plan on getting the game, make sure you check the discs first if you can. But hopefully you’ll end up lucky if you buy the game and won’t get scratched discs.

Either way, this is an extremely dumb decision on Microsoft’s part for such a anticipated RPG.

Lost Odyssey sad U.S. packaging/box

Lost Odyssey European Packaging/box

Published on February 15th, 2008 under , , , , , ,

Reminder: Burnout 3:Takedown comes to Xbox Originals this week



Just a reminder that Burnout 3:Takedown is coming to Xbox Originals this week(14th) for a price of 1200 Microsoft Points. Of course I say save your money for Burnout Paradise on the 22nd of this month but hey whatever floats your boat.

Anyone here purchasing Takedown?

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Published on January 13th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Dr.Phil can save you from Xbox Live too? No way!


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Anyone who’s had any kind of time on Xbox Live or any other online activity that includes the use of a microphone can attest to the high chance of you running into idiocracy or just plain racism. Whether you take it seriously or just shrug it off in an attempt to ignore it, one thing is for certain, racism exist everywhere whether you choose to see it or not. Surely, this thing we enjoy called videogames can’t be another avenue for this to take place? Can it? Sadly, we don’t live in a world of everlasting joy in one’s self continent just yet.

How to fix this if at all possible? Why, Dr.Phil of course. Well, that’s what one Xbox Live member resorted to after repeated occurrences of racist, hateful, and threatening speak was geared toward him and his family several times while playing on Xbox Live. While appearing on Dr.Phil’s show, the gamer in question (Terry) had this to say about his calls to Microsoft support:

“I called Xbox Live. I gave them all the information they needed to know, and they told me before they can do anything, take any kind of action, there has to be 10 complaints filed against [the other player],” he continues, incensed. “That’s like you coming to my house, robbing me, and I call the police. Are they going to tell me, ‘Well, if that guy comes back to your house 10 times, we’ll come out and do something about it’? I think that’s disgusting. I think Mr. [Bill] Gates needs to change that rule, and I think it needs to be changed immediately.”

A main focus of Major Nelson’s podcast a few weeks ago coincidentally, what was said to Terry was the same policy that is followed for every case. Should anyone care about this if you haven’t experienced anything like this, sure you should, as I myself have experienced similar occurrences as Terry explains:

Terry shares some taunts he receives from other gamers. “I’ve been called ‘monkey,’ or ‘Are your hands greasy from eating all that chicken?’ ‘I’m going to put a lynch on your door,’” he says.

Hateful speak like that is a real shame, surely. Can it be stopped by Microsoft or anyone else? No. Ignorance and hate exist every which way we look. Can more be done about this issue? Of course, but as of this moment Dr.Phil may make you fell just a little bit better about yourself instead if your name is Terry. Until a miracle happens in trash talk and race relations, have fun, play fair, send feedback, or file a complaint. Major Nelson says it constantly and it’s a good time to start listening to those few words if you haven’t already.

[Click here for a transcript of the appearance on Dr.Phil]

[Via Ripten]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Published on January 11th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Xbox Domain GOTY Awards just got better



Remember The Xbox Domain “Game of The Year” Awards? I hope you did, but if you missed it we’re letting the readers decide the game of the year for best Xbox 360 Retail and Xbox Live Arcade game. To enter your vote just email us your picks and that’s it.

I would like to add that one voter will be randomly chosen to receive some prizes.

  • 1600 Microsoft Points
  • Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack
  • Xbox Live Arcade’s Undertow
  • Xbox Live Arcade’s Gripshift

Yes, all that for one person. Don’t be surprised if something else is added to the prizes. So, get to voting if you haven’t already.

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Published on December 16th, 2007 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Reminder: The Xbox Domain Community Site/Forum is open


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Even though things are going on the down low around these parts for a little bit, it doesn’t mean that we can’t still have good conversation. The Xbox Domain forum is still there for all of your thoughts and off topic conversation. I know that a boat load of you have yet to sign up for it who are more comfortable with lurking, so I thought I’d remind you that it’s there for you, the readers. Talk about whatever you like. If you want to argue about what you think is game of the year, what your favorite TV show is, or what better boxers or briefs. Talk about what you like. If you have gameplay videos, music, or pictures you want to share you can do that to. Have fun with it.

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Published on December 11th, 2007 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Xbox Domain goes on break


As you can see from the lack of posts these past couple of days, we’re swamped. It’s Holiday Season, tons of games are out, finals, extra work hours, and tons of other things.

So, marking today, The Xbox Domain is going on an Indefinite break.

No Posts.. Only reviews that we’ve been working on and the Xbox Domain GOTY awards on Christmas day. We’re human and we need a break, sheesh I need a break. See you on Live!
-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Published on December 10th, 2007 under , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

TheXboxDomain Clan!



They (whoever they are) say that copying is the highest form of flattery, so I say thank you to all the other blogs that gave us the idea to start our own pseudo-clan using Xbox Live’s Friends of Friends feature. If you want to join up with some really great people (who else would read our awesome blog?) then just send a Friend Request to….

GamerTag: TheXboxDomain

This way you can keep in touch with all the cool kids in town. See you all online!

David “Whet Wurm” Wetty

Published on December 7th, 2007 under , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How loyal are you to Xbox?



Its been said time after time. “You need to work on your priorities.” It doesn’t matter what exactly that means to you, but in the case of a 18-year-old from South Elgin, Illinois who’s first instinct during a fire was to save his Xbox, that quote makes perfect sense. We all love our Xbox’s (hopefully), but in the event of a fire, lets hope you have bigger things on your mind then saving your Xbox.

SOUTH ELGIN — When Jeff Conover realized his family’s home was on fire, he did the first thing any 18-year-old would do: He threw his Xbox console out the window to safety, then went into the flaming garage and tried to drive away his 1988 Honda.

The Honda didn’t survive, but the Xbox and all three people in the home did, as the fire at 3 Longbow Court caused an estimated $100,000 damage Tuesday afternoon.

*Check out the via link for an image of the destruction the aforementioned Xbox was saved from.

[Via Suburban Chicago News]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Published on December 6th, 2007 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Xbox 360 is Awesomsauce


“Of course, I’m biased given the role that I’m in but if I really think about it using my consumer instincts and the experience that I’ve had, this is the best blend of performance, price, online and games – by far,” says Don Mattrick.

Many of you remember that Peter Moore left his position as Senior VP of Microsoft Interactive Entertainment; Don Mattrick was his replacement. MSNBC had a chat with Mattrick about the 360’s position in sales this holiday season and its bounce back from the hardware failures this past summer.

Of course, you came to Microsoft in a permanent role just as the company was coming clean about the Xbox 360 hardware failures and announcing that it would take a $1 billion hit against quarterly earnings to pay for extended warranties … that was definitely a rocky period.

It’s always challenging when you try to innovate and create a new product and it doesn’t go exactly as planned. What I found impressive was the straightforward way that Microsoft dealt with it. They acknowledged the challenge, they came up with a warranty program [that] is superior inside of the industry and drove that through retail … in a very thoughtful and direct way. It showed commitment, it showed responsibility and it showed dedication to the category.

Some would say Microsoft waited a bit too long to acknowledge it publicly, however.

Again, when you acknowledge something, I think what people are looking for a complete answer. I think it’s easy to speculate on well, gee didn’t they know? The challenges weren’t just a single thing that you could easily put your finger on, there were a few things that were interdependent … All those pieces needed to be together before you could have a complete communication with people.

Check out the rest of the interview, here.

 Jereme “Restless Devil” Puik

 [Via Destructoid and MSNBC]

Published on December 4th, 2007 under , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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