Guinness World Records 50 Best Franchises

Recently, Guinness World Records came up with a list of the 50 best video game franchises. Voted upon by gamers, make sure to check out some of these if you have not yet.

“We decided to take a different approach with this list than we did in the previous edition,”  said a spokesperson for Guinness World Records. “Instead of asking developers, industry insiders and journalists to rank their favorite titles, we approached a different kind of expert: the players themselves! We are confident that this ‘top 50’ more accurately reflects the tastes of the average gamer and not just the critics.”

  1. Halo
  2. Call of Duty
  3. The Legend of Zelda
  4. Guitar Hero
  5. Metal Gear
  6. Super Mario Bros.
  7. World of Warcraft
  8. Gears of War
  9. Super Smash Bros.
  10. Grand Theft Auto
  11. Pokémon
  12. Resident Evil
  13. Fallout
  14. Half-Life
  15. Sonic the Hedgehog
  16. Counter-Strike
  17. Runescape
  18. FIFA
  19. Kingdom Hearts
  20. Final Fantasy
  21. Pac-Man
  22. Madden NFL
  23. The Sims
  24. Tomb Raider
  25. WWE Smackdown Vs. RAW
  26. Rock Band
  27. LittleBigPlanet
  28. Saints Row
  29. The Elder Scrolls
  30. God of War
  31. GoldenEye 007
  32. Bioshock
  33. KillZone
  34. Skate
  35. Left 4 Dead
  36. Need for Speed
  37. Chrono Trigger
  38. Gran Turismo
  39. StarCraft
  40. Ratchet & Clank
  41. Pong
  42. Tom Clancy’s…
  43. Star Wars: Battlefront
  44. Battlefield
  45. Diablo
  46. Lego Batman
  47. Mario Kart
  48. Burnout
  49. Crash Bandicoot
  50. Pro Evolution Soccer
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This Years E3 Event

Even though right now it is only February, there are some gamers who are already beginning to look forward to this year’s E3 event. Some games that have already been announced for this event are sequels to big games such as Saints Row 2. The CEO of THQ, Brian Farrell, had a couple of things to say about this years E3 event:

“Like most platforms, you want to be there at launch, but not over invest because you want to have enough. We will be showing a couple things at E3 and we will unveil them there. But it is consistent with how we normally support hardware. Some at the beginning and then watching consumer acceptance we will either ramp up or normalize depending on how quickly the ramp goes.”

Also, here is what Brian Farrell had to say about the upcoming Saints Row 3:

“I think it’s going to blow people’s socks off. Come to E3. People will go, ‘This is not your father’s THQ’ when they come out of E3.”

What kinds of things would you like to see at this years E3 event?

December Hardware Sales

The following are the hardware sales from the month of December of 2009:

  • Wii — 3.81 million
  • DS — 3.31 million
  • PlayStation 3 — 1.36 million
  • Xbox 360 — 1.31 million
  • PSP — 654,7000
  • PlayStation 2 — 333,2000

“December marks just the fourth month of the year where the industry saw an increase over last year,” said NPD Group analyst Anita Frazier. “January and February were both up, and since the decline that began in March, only September experienced growth. The big sales this month, particularly on the hardware front, is a positive move for the industry headed into what will hopefully be a recovery year in 2010.”

With the Wii starting to add a lot of new features and also starting to promise a bunch of upcoming cool things, it is pretty self explanitory that the Nintendo Wii had the number one sales spot in the month of December. It is weird to see that the Nintendo DS is out selling both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. I guess the “console on the go” concept really attract in a lot of buyers. Also it is good to see that the PlayStation 2 is still getting a good number of buyers even considering there is a newer version.

Music DLC for the Week

This week has many new DLC releases for the music games of Guitar Hero 5, Rock Band, The Beatles: Rock Band, Rock Band: Unplugged and Lips. The following is the list of songs followed by their prices:

Guitar Hero 5

“Classic Rock 2 Track Pack”

Peter Frampton – “Show Me the Way” (Live)
J. Geils Band – “Freeze-Frame”
Triumph – “Lay It on the Line”

Price: $1.99/160 Microsoft Points/200 Wii Points per track, or $5.49/440 MSP/550 WP for pack

Rock Band

“Queen Pack”

“Another One Bites the Dust”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
“Fat Bottomed Girls”
“I Want It All”
“I Want to Break Free”
“Killer Queen”
“One Vision”
“Somebody to Love”
“Tie Your Mother Down”
“Under Pressure”

Price: $1.99/160 MSP/200 WP per track, or $15.99/1280 MSP for pack

Rock Band: The Beatles

“Abbey Road: Complete the Album Pack”

“Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” – $1.99, 160 MSP
“Oh! Darling” – $1.99, 160 MSP
“Because” – $1.99, 160 MSP
“You Never Give Me Your Money”
“Sun King”
“Mean Mr. Mustard”
“Polythene Pam”
“She Came in Through the Bathroom Window”
“Golden Slumbers”
“Carry That Weight”
“The End”
“Her Majesty”

Price: $16.99/1360 MSP for pack

Wii

Tracks

“Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” – 200 WP
“Oh! Darling” – 200 WP
“Because” – 200 WP
“Her Majesty” – 100 WP

Multi-Track Sets:

“Sun King”/ “Mean Mr. Mustard”
“Polythene Pam”/ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window”
“Golden Slumbers”/ “Carry That Weight”/ “The End”

Price: 350 WP per set

Rock Band: Unplugged

Blink-182 – “The Rock Show”
The Offspring – “All I Want”

Price: $1.99 per track

Lips

“The Supremes Song Pack”

“Baby Love”
“You Can’t Hurry Love”
“Stop! in the Name of Love”

Price: 160 MSP per track, or 440 MSP for pack

Microsoft might Buy EA Sports

If you have ever wanted some “big news” well here is some big new. Even though right now it is just a supposed “rumor”, the news is still rather shocking. The word on the streets of New York is that Microsoft is possibly interested in purchasing the huge game publisher of Electronic Arts, or more commonly known as EA Sports.

This claim will probably remain a claim for quite a long time. However, when word of Microsoft’s possible deal reached the public, Electronic Arts received a 4 percent boost in sales. I can not even begin to think about how huge this deal would be. There would be Xbox exclusives for Electronic Arts which would definitely boost the Microsoft sales.

However, until one of these companies, either Microsoft or Electronic Arts, makes it official, it is not worth getting very worked up about. If this were really to happen, it would probably not be any time in the very near future.

When this rumor was first heard of an Electronic Arts representative was supposedly not available for a comment. Also, a Microsoft representative declined to comment. But recently an Electronic Arts representative said, “We do not comment on speculation about our business.”

Beatles-Inspired 360s Sold for Charity

If you are looking to donate to a charity, why not take an opportunity that allows for you to give your money and also receive something great in return. In celebration of the greatly anticipated Harmonix game, The Beatles: Rock Band, Microsoft, MTV Games and the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders are all going to work together to bring you a chance to support this amazing cause.

On eBay, you will be able to bid for a special edition Beatles-inspired Xbox 360. The bidding starts today, Tuesday, September 8th. All of the proceeds made will go to Doctors Without Borders. This organization was individually selected by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. Fifty Elites will be auctioned off in the upcoming weeks. The asking price of these consoles is currently at $780. Only a true gamer would purchase this. Video games are a great way to help contribute to global issues.

If this deal isn’t the one for you, there is another opportunity for you to donate money to Doctors Without Borders. Starting on September 9th, the track, “All You Need is Love,” is available for download to all Xbox Live users. This will cost 160 Microsoft Points and again, the proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders. If you download this song, you will be entered into a contest to win a special edition Beatles 360 or a Rickenbacker 325 replica controller.

Musicians Badmouth Music Games

Many famous musicians are against the music videogames like Rock Band and Guitar Hero. They say that it is taking kids away from the experience of playing a “real” instrument. However, John Drake from Harmonix says that he believes that these music games are really a way to get kids into playing music. In an interview Drake said:

“I think they’re missing the point. I think that they don’t understand why it’s a phenomenon. From my perspective, anything that gets kids interested in music and gets kids playing music in their house that isn’t an MP3 they stole off the internet, is a good thing. Anything that’s making money for music and making music relevant to kids again is a good thing. I think they think that we prefer people playing plastic guitars over real guitars, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth. We would love nothing more than for every kid that buys Beatles: Rock Band in September to immediately ask for a real guitar for Christmas because they’re inspired.”

I think that these types of music games are a  good experience for young kids who are looking into maybe playing an instrument later in life. It is a good way to get them to learn beats and rhythm. These games also provide a newer and more fun way of playing music for kids.