TRAILER | X360 Friday, January 15, 2010 | 6:41 PM

Microsoft presents Game Room

Microsoft presents Game Room

Confirmed at this year's CES, Microsoft's Game Room will in fact be thesome kind of 360 version of Sony's HOME. Basically, players will be able to meet up and chat while playing retro arcade games, just like in the old days. Players will be given the choice to either purchase the full game for 240-400 Microsoft Points or pay 40 points for a single play. Not sure the concept will really appeal to gamers - see what happened with HOME - but at least, it will give us an opportunity to get our avatars out of the closet. Game Room should be available next Spring.


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Commented on 2010-01-15 19:31:00
should of been free.. or atleast have the option for people on your friends list to play them for free - i think most people would invest in a "cabinet" if they could be shared amongst your friends list. 400 points for games like these is far too much. 400 can buy you worms 2 armageddon right now

I think it'll end up succeeding though for 3 reasons..

1) people are stupid and have an excessive need to buy things - look at how people invest in having their avatars wear "labels"

2) microsoft mspoints scam.. which garentee's you always have some points left over from your purchases.. so will have you waste 40points for a game

3) The smart move of putting achievements in the games.
Commented on 2010-01-15 19:56:20
I think this is a nice idea, but the prices are way too high, and I'm worried KROME are the devs behind it. They have really weak engine tech and they totally messed up Scene It.

Plus the line-up of games listed just isn't very appealing. Such ancient games really are super niche at this point. Had they launched with a line-up of classic 80s and 90s SEGA arcade games, and a bunch from Konami and Capcom, then I'd of been interested.
Commented on 2010-01-15 20:30:37
I don't understand how they thought this shit out. I can understand the casual appeal of the HOME approach, but what i don't get is why they think the casual want to play goddamn Robotron! Who thinks that Millipede is still a great game!? The casuals won't like it and the hard core clique probably won't give a hoot as they are busy playing other stuff. Who are they targeting?
Commented on 2010-01-15 20:33:32 In reply to Megido
Posted by Megido
Who are they targeting?
not you, obviously.

If they have Lunar Lander, me then.
Commented on 2010-01-15 20:38:21
All I'm saying is that i think an arcade-style adaption of something like Peggle or Bejewled would probably attract more players, as opposed to arcade games from the early 80s.
Commented on 2010-01-15 20:51:30
Looks nothing like home :/
Commented on 2010-01-15 22:26:15
X- arcade home for losers. I remember someone talked about Sonys home is a ripoff like second life. But now i know that microsoft is 10 years late in this step.
Commented on 2010-01-15 22:33:57
Home was a bad idea, and this is a bad idea. I don't know of any gamers who get excited about this kind of stuff, especially when it's this pricey.

I think MS should invest more time and money into making community games in which you use your Avatar like Avatar golf/avatar racing/etc... I think people would enjoy that more than this crap. And the list of games needs to be a lot better.
Commented on 2010-01-15 23:11:09
I think this pointless
Commented on 2010-01-16 03:56:39
Second life and hom(o)e if the biggest success'es on the interwebs so why wont we want this..? oh wait... no they arent.
Commented on 2010-01-16 06:43:16
Wow, in the presence of this, HOME looks like next-gen hee hee(PS4 one I mean) ;)
Commented on 2010-01-16 08:45:58 In reply to Megido
Posted by Megido
I don't understand how they thought this shit out. I can understand the casual appeal of the HOME approach, but what i don't get is why they think the casual want to play goddamn Robotron! Who thinks that Millipede is still a great game!? The casuals won't like it and the hard core clique probably won't give a hoot as they are busy playing other stuff. Who are they targeting?
I bought Robotron on XBLA :P

I still think Game Room is a weird concept though.
Commented on 2010-01-16 13:48:19
I've bought several old arcade games on XBLA, so I understand the retro appeal, and playing dress-up with your arcade could be fun (if free).

The problem is cost. I've already bought Dig-Dug, Time Pilot, etc. I'm not going to buy them again JUST to get a cabinet I can set up in the virtual arcade. Offer previous buyers a substantial discount (40 points if you already have the XBLA game) and I might bite. Otherwise no . . . and unless my Arcade has dozens and dozens of machines in it it will look horrible, so either I do it big or I don't do it at all.

As an idea, Game Room is fine. But as a "Gee Whiz, this is the Latest and Greatest thing!!" type of announcement, not so much.
Commented on 2010-01-16 20:25:50
Looks a bit piss poor to me.

side note, Home is also piss poor.
Commented on 2010-01-16 23:25:30 In reply to ManThatYouFear
Posted by ManThatYouFear
Looks a bit piss poor to me.

side note, Home is also piss poor.
anything sony does on the os software department is piss poor. they can't help it. he he

Commented on 2010-01-17 00:51:57
That is just sickening having a virtual pay to play arcade, in real life that money would go towards paying for the machine and supporting the business. What the **** are we paying for, Live? Yes, and on top of this, makes me sick.

Home is like a free interactive website to promote the games, and a little premium content that takes it a step further. Way better and less evil IMO.
Commented on 2010-01-17 12:48:23
Well its capitalism and M$ is good at it. Soon we will have games without a need of having a gamepad but i think the price of these games will be 2x. Its their moto "If you wana play then pay, if you dont also pay lol :) So sad but true. Thats why i prefer OTHER.
Commented on 2010-01-18 13:01:23
A nice idea ruined by pricing once again.
Commented on 2010-01-18 16:14:41
Just who are they targeting this at? I don't get it the avatars and the home wannabe thing is obviously meant to appeal to younger players, but they don't play arcade classics mostly (mostly) and the older more mature retro crowd just thinks this avatar crap is rubbish.
It's like they are trying to reach a market that doesn't exist.

Fuck you Microsoft for turning my xbox dashboard into something that looks like it was developed for grade schoolers, i hardly use the dashboard anymore because i can't stand the awful interface and how terrible it looks.
They should give you an option to use the old one, it wasn't good but it was better than the new one.
Commented on 2010-01-18 17:06:15
Arcades are all about socializing with people and kicking everyones(or at least attemtping) asses

A virtual arcade in my eyes is like a virtual pub, bullshit and useless.

Bad enough that online gaming has killed of 99% of lan partys no one can be arsed anymore :( and they was WAY more fun than playing in your pants.
Commented on 2010-01-18 23:42:35
30p a play ish is still pretty expensive when you consider a leap over to your laptop will get you an unlimited amount of arcade-esque games for free.

I really wish MS would have gone with MICRO micro-transactions and not this relatively expensive stuff. I mean, when you go to a REAL arcarde, you're using their space, their equipment, their electricity, you get their hardware as well. With this, you're paying for all of that, and only getting the game part.

Since I've not bought any arcade game yet, have never bought a theme, never bought any gamer pictures, never bought anything for my avatar (though was tempted, adimittedly), I REALLY don't see myself playing this. :/

I wish it was like, 1point a play. Full game 99 points. Avatar t-shits 10points, costumes 60 points. That sort of range. More geared towards mass-selling than getting huge profits on those that you do sell. Because, realistically, there is an incredibly small cost-per-item for them. Once they've made back their initial outlay, its nearly pure profit.

I'd probably buy more (well, anything) if the price-per-item were less significant. £3 for an avatar custome i'll see for 10 seconds on my dash? Pass.

EDIT: Oh yeah, and everyone who buys but doesn't really support the concept is just damning themselves and everyone else. Just throwing that out there.

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