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From The Xbox XMB to Tim Schafer's Big Mouth - News Roundup 15th July 2010

Jonathan Lester
Atari, Bobby Kotick, Dashboard, Games news, Haunted House, Tim Schafer, Total Prick, Xbox 360

Xbox 360 Dashboard Redesign to Hit This November?

From The Xbox XMB to Tim Schafer's Big Mouth - News Roundup 15th July 2010

Leaked images of a redesigned Xbox 360 dashboard sneaked onto the internet last night, prompting speculation that a new GUI will hit this November to coincide with the new Family Plan Xbox Live Gold Membership package.

The new menus feature a smaller text font and drop down menus that are accessed from a horizontal bar. If that sounds familiar, this might be because it rips off bears a striking resemblance to Sony's XMB (Xross Media Bar). The displayed avatars also appear to be proportioned more realistically as compared to the current caricatured offerings- which is likely to allow them to better mimic full body motion when twinned with Kinect.

This is still a rumour at this stage since Microsoft have yet to make a formal announcement on the subject. However, I'd file this one under very plausible. [Thanks, Kotaku]

Tim Schafer: "I need to Keep My Mouth Shut"

From The Xbox XMB to Tim Schafer's Big Mouth - News Roundup 15th July 2010

Yesterday, Double Fine head honcho Tim Schafer publicly called Bobby Kotick a "total prick" and threw down on the Activision CEO's lack of respect and dogged devotion to the bottom line. After a terse (but fairly restrained) Activision reply, he's decided to tactically reign in his big mouth.

"I need to keep my mouth shut. It is shocking how you really burn bridges in the industry. You start your own company and you don't have to work for that jerky boss any more. Not naming names."

Schafer went on to explain that, regardless of his feelings about the controversial boss, the games industry is too small to make enemies over a throwaway comment. It's a shame, really, as it's great to see developers actually speak their minds every once in a while rather than hide behind standard noncommittal non-denials. [Eurogamer]

In other Double Fine news, apparently they now have four new games in the pipeline. Details are scarce at the moment, but apparently they will be smaller-scale parallel projects with lower budgets, dev teams and associated costs. Personally I think this could be a great fit for the company.

Atari to Revive Haunted House Franchise

From The Xbox XMB to Tim Schafer's Big Mouth - News Roundup 15th July 2010

XBLA and PSN provide the perfect marketplace (and the perfect excuse) to dredge up and reboot some classic gaming franchises for a new generation... and it looks like we're nearing the very bottom of the barrel. Atari has announced that the 30 year old Haunted House will be getting a next-gen revival, allowing us to return to the Graves mansion after a 29 year absence. Apparently it'll revolve around battling beasties, exploring the rambling mansion and some simple puzzle elements.

Haunted House has been dated for November for XBLA and PSN.... though I can think of a few more deserving franchises off the top of my head. I'm not sure that Haunted House quite has the nostalgia factor to be a major player- but why not have a gander at the trailer and see what you think? [1UP]

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Tim  Jul. 15, 2010 at 17:58

Seem to remember those pics of the xbox dashboard from last week. Nice to know this site is still the go to place for old news.

Jonathan Lester  Jul. 15, 2010 at 18:23

That was for the US XBLA update that hasn't hit the UK yet. These pics are entirely new and illustrate a potentially new dashboard configuration.

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