Xbox Live Vision Camera and Burnout Paradise

By Blackwalt - Posted on 29 January 2008

Burnout Paradise makes me rethink my position on the Xbox 360 Camera.

I haven't really thought much of the Xbox Live Vision other than borrowing one to setup my Angelina Jolie avatar for Rainbow Six Vegas.

My only experience with Burnout Paradise's use of the Vision camera was this comment from Tim Buckley at Ctrl-Alt-Del:

    "I plugged in my vision camera to take a picture for my Paradise City License, which was cool. Then I realize that if you leave it plugged in, it tries to take a new picture every time your license is updated (which is a lot), so I yanked that sucker."

So I decided, yet again, that I didn't need one.

Meet the Spartans - #1!!!

By Stormblade - Posted on 28 January 2008

And you guys mocked it, but here it is in black and white!!

Er, well, whatever the Internet equivalent is ...

The magic of K'Nex – HoC style

By Blackwalt - Posted on 28 January 2008

Welcome to Herd of Cats' Craft Corner™, with your host Blackwalt.

So last night Rolly and I pulled out the bin of K'Nex. Rolly just wanted to play, and did so. Moving K'Nex from the bin to a dump truck and back. He continually handed parts to me with a "here." I then proceeded to use said piece as creatively as I could, usually pocketing it as soon as he turned his back.

But I, I had something more practical in mind.

And after the second period of the NHL All Star game, here is what I had:

The HoC decision making process

By Blackwalt - Posted on 28 January 2008

Let’s go through the process of a hypothetical clan member buying his next game.

This shouldn't be too hard. Let's pick between two games.

Okay, first game: What's new and Highly rated?

Burnout Paradise. Sounds good, let's look it up.

Last Day!! Free Game!!! Last Evening (Sunday Jan. 27th)!!!!

By Blackwalt - Posted on 27 January 2008

Download Xbox LIVE Arcade Game Undertow NOW!

Dark Nightowl phoned me at home to remind me!!

Undertow is the free game offered as an apology from Microsoft for the bad Live experience over Christmas.

I don't care if you want it or not, IT'S FREE!!!!


IT'S A FREE GAME!!!! Go get it!

Mock Mass Effect will you!

By Blackwalt - Posted on 27 January 2008

Don't know if any of you have been following the battle between the morons at Fox News and Bioware's Mass Effect, but apparently a whole mass of gamers were.

And they took their revenge.

F'ing Bill Harris has a lot on the development of the story on his blog (which is worth reading anyway).

Okay, who bookmarked HoC on Best Buy's iPod Touch?

By Coxxorz - Posted on 26 January 2008

So I was at Best Buy in the west end last light, looking for a replacement bluetooth headset for my cel phone (which I lost at an official HoC function, BTW), when I decided to play around with the demo iPods.

It took 6 long years, but it finally happened....

By Swag - Posted on 26 January 2008

The Xbox (or I should say, the Xboxo 360) has finally made money. It's only for the second quarter though, fuled by the price cut and Halo 3.

Frontlines: Fuel of War

By Stormblade - Posted on 25 January 2008

Now THIS is a game worth waiting for!

Burnout ... sheesh ...

Burnout Revenge Live!

By Blackwalt - Posted on 25 January 2008

Burnout Live: Boom! Crash! Owww!Burnout Live: Boom! Crash! Owww!

New Event up – Next Thursday Jan. 31st.

By Blackwalt - Posted on 25 January 2008

Guba and RollyC are out for the evening.

Let's take advantage and spend the night gaming on Live!

Burnout Paradise and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

Are there any other games?

This is a test

By Coxxorz - Posted on 24 January 2008

Okay, here's the deal. Gamercards with online status work, but there's a hitch. You have to signup on and enable the status feature yourself. It takes up to an hour to start showing on your card, but hey, it's free.

HoC Live Gamer Cards

By Stormblade - Posted on 22 January 2008

Q-Bert did a bunch of work giving options for the Live gamer cards and linked them to the Live Status link on the site and then just kinda let it die.

I was thinking it might be nice to get it finished, cause you know how busy he is. What, with all the work he's doing right now ...

Sooo, maybe we could pick what we like best and go with it so he can finish it up. Because I figure someday he'll have a job again. Maybe.

I vote for the Flash one. It's cool in a suitably geeky kind of way.

Road Hazard

By Stormblade - Posted on 22 January 2008

Ok, this isn't the first time this has happened, and each time it does I keep meaning to mention it here, but last night I was ambushed, mugged, and otherwise attacked. Read more

Random is as Random does

By Blackwalt - Posted on 22 January 2008

A Herd of Cats opinion by Blackwalt.

Except for when it isn’t.

I am no expert on random, we need Ice for that. But I do know that Herd of Cats has the motto of Random is a Strategy. Although, admittedly, its more of a guideline.

Look at our style of play in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Now I am not saying that we play with anything resembling a strategy because we don’t. However, we do play the game to win – which is a strategy in itself. We are point whores, rank whores, and “that next weapon” whores. Our strategy is anything but random. Although sometimes it is hard to tell.


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