is a new feature available for those who have Xbox
Live. With Xbox Arcade each month you can play demos
and then if you wish to buy them, you can download
the full version right from the dashboard. The new
service will remind some of the popular Game Zone
site for the PC world. A wide range of family and
classic games are going to be available and this new
feature has already started. You will need the Arcade
disc that will update your Xbox live dashboard and
add the new feature. The price for the disc is $ 4.99
and includes the full version of Ms Pac-Man...um,
the game is already out on several collections.
those who do not buy those classic collections, it
may be worth it to them. The Xbox Arcade will also
feature board games and seems designed for a family
night of fun or at a party. Microsoft has announced
that over 40 games will be available by the summertime.
It seems it will also have a few enhanced features
like a larger chat lobby and allow you to increase
the number of friends you can have on your list. It's
not a bad idea, however, looking at it from a reviewer's
and a gamer's perspectives, I have to admit the price
structure for some of the games is a bit high. The
bundles are priced better and start at $9.99 - $19.99.
That is not bad for several games.
the question is will gamers or the one who pays the
credit card bill pay $19.99 for a board game? I guess
we will see. I do like the fact they plan on adding
Poker and a few card games. Those types of games would
be great to use to host a night for the guys with
friends who live far away or even in another state
or country. One other question is what if you have
problems with your Xbox and you have to replace it
or exchange it? Will they charge you again to download
what you have already paid for? I had a few Emails
and also some of the players online ask about this
very same thing. I am sure they will keep track and
offer some sort of policy for the games already paid
for. Microsoft is now starting to include the Arcade
disc in with the Xbox live starter kit minus the free
Ms Pac-man game. They are also going to start airing
ads for the service. It may be a really good thing.
Then again it could be very easy to start downloading
games and end up with a high credit card bill since
the service will charge right to the credit card you
have on file. Of course there is a setting so that
parents or the owner of the account will need to enter
a code to enable the purchase.
try to bring anything new to your attention and let
you in on it. If you want the Arcade disc, you can
call Xbox direct or go to the web site and click on
Xbox live and read the info about the new service.
I personally do not have the service yet and I am
going to wait for a while and see what others think.
If we get a chance to try it out, we will let you
know our thoughts on it.
Games and Bundles available:
and Alien Sky
Guardian and Fuzzee Fever
Galaga, DigDug, and Pole Position
Hamsterball, Feeding Frenzy, and Marble Blast
to be released later:
Casino Pack Including 5 Card Stud and Texas Hold Em
Bundle or Game to range from $9.99-$19.99