By Eli Green
November 15, 2007 - 23:59
Welcome back for another edition of Video Game Bits. Today marked the fifth anniversary of Xbox Live. As part of the celebration, Microsoft was giving away a free Xbox Live Arcade game to all Xbox Live members ( Hexic 2 to users in Korea and Carcossonne for the rest of the world). Microsoft also gave away 500 Microsoft Points to all Xbox Live members who joined the service in 2002. Here is today's Video Game Bits.
Electronic Arts announced today that its casual gaming site, Pogo.com, is celebrating National Smoke-Free Day with a special Kick the Habit program designed to help its players quit smoking while playing games and getting support directly from the Pogo.com community. All 13.9 million Pogo.com users have access to the campaign features, which include:
Kick the Habit Game Rooms – Specially labeled game rooms will connect players with others on the same mission. They will be able to trade tips and tricks and support each other in the cessation of smoking.
For more information on the program, check out www.pogo.com and go to the Kick the Habit page in the Pogo News section.
Gameloft launched its own, mobile version of Ubisoft's critically acclaimed new console title, Assassin's Creed, today. Set in Jerusalem in 1191 A.D., as the Third Crusade is tearing apart the Holy Land, players take on the role of Altair, an elite assassin commissioned to eliminate leaders from both sides of the conflict. The mobile version of the game plays primarily as a side-scroller, which lets players explore, assassinate and escape obstacles. It also features medieval weapons for close combat and long-range attacks, and a fighting system that includes combo moves which mix sword skills, strikes and kicks. The mobile version of Assassin's Creed is available now through most U.S. carriers.
Electronic Arts announced the release of Boogie for Playstation 2 today. The dancing and singing game which originally debuted on Wii in August, and was recently featured on NBC's Today Show for a segment on keeping families fit, can now be enjoyed by Playstation 2 users across North America. EA will also be releasing a Nintendo DS version of the game later this month and, according to EA, will feature the first 3D gameplay on the handheld system. What does EA mean by that exactly? Well, the game includes 3D glasses inside the box, thus meaning it really is the first game to feature 3D gameplay on the Nintendo DS. Boogie is available now for Playstation 2 for $49.99 USD and CAD and is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and up. The package includes a microphone.