We're starting yet another feature here at XBLAFans that will showcase any newly announced Xbox Live Arcade-based avatar awards from are friends over at AvatarAwards. They're a great site that somehow gets news on avatar awards for all 360 games before they're released. Be sure to check them out if you're curious about any non-XBLA related avatar awards. For simplicity's sake and so that we don't leech from them, each of the links below will take you to their site. Remember, these are awards, so they're given out to the player by completing criteria in each game. For more detail hit up the Avatar Awards site. You can also follow them on Twitter at @AvatarAwards360.
We've got a big backlog to fill between the AvatarAwards and things that pre-date their site, so this one's a lot longer than usual. Hit the jump to see the list. Also, let us know if we missed one.
We've got lots of news about Section 8: Prejudice that should make every fan smile. First the Overdrive map pack went live today, which you can download from Xbox Live Marketplace for 320MSP. What a lot of people didn't know the TimeGate Studios kinda just slipped in there is that from Friday at 1AM till Monday 1AM, it will be double XP time. So strap on your jet pack and get ready to drop into a experience filled weekend.
With no NPD-style analysis of XBLA and Microsoft announcements of sales data few and far between, Gamasutra has made it a habit to do monthly analyses of leaderboard data to get some kind of grip on relative success and failure in the marketplace. April's deluge of new releases alongside a handful of sales for previously released titles meant that Gamasutra contributer Ryan Langley had a lot to parse.
So this past weekend we had a blast playing Section 8 Prejudice with the XBLA community. We met a lot of awesome guys online and had a blast playing with TimeGate Studios. Huge thanks to Microsoft and TimeGate Studios for allowing us to participate in the event. We’ve submitted your questions, including a few we gleaned from the event itself to TimeGate.
As most of you know, we ran a contest leading up to the event and we were pleased with the responses we got, especially from our fans on Twitter. You guys kicked butt helping promote this event. Facebook fans, we hope you take this as a challenge to step it up next time!
The stellar Xbox Live Arcade shooter Section 8: Prejudice is getting its first title update. The patch addresses stability issues as well as some server-based issues. A full list can be seen after the jump. Coinciding with the update are a handful of hotfixes for the game. Ranked Swarm matches can now be played with two players, and servers will be more likely to try to keep friends of party members together when auto-balancing a game. If you haven't checked out Prejudice yet, take a look at our review of the game, then give it a spin. You won't be disappointed.