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We’re live at Microsoft’s Xbox 360 press conference at E3 in Los Angeles.

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  • 1:10 PM: Doug Aamoth Peter is waiting in line for the conference to start. I’m sitting in a comfy faux-leather office chair in Boston ready to help him post stuff. How do we simultaneously cover an event when we’re in two different places? THE FUTURE IS NOW!
  • 1:13 PM: Doug Aamoth The show starts at 10:25 Pacific, 1:25 Eastern, so you have time to run out and grab a Mr. Pibb before everything gets underway.
  • 1:22 PM: Doug Aamoth
  • 1:26 PM: ThePeterHa And away we go!
  • 1:27 PM: ThePeterHa The Beatles animated clip is playing.
  • 1:29 PM: ThePeterHa A really long animated The Beatles Rock Band clip is being played.
  • 1:29 PM: ThePeterHa Oh, it was the opening cinematic
  • 1:30 PM: ThePeterHa The Beatles launched a tech revolution?
  • 1:30 PM: ThePeterHa On 9/9/09 the entire Beatles catalog is being rereleased/remastered
  • 1:31 PM: ThePeterHa The Harmonix team is playing A Hard Day’s Night
  • 1:32 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 1:32 PM: ThePeterHa Maybe not a hard day’s night
  • 1:32 PM: ThePeterHa i don’t know
  • 1:32 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 1:34 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 1:34 PM: ThePeterHa 10 of the 45 songs are being announced today.
  • 1:34 PM: ThePeterHa The first official trailer is going up now
  • 1:34 PM: ThePeterHa I Saw her standing there
  • 1:34 PM: ThePeterHa I want to hold your hand
  • 1:35 PM: ThePeterHa Looks like Rock Band to me
  • 1:35 PM: ThePeterHa but with beatles
  • 1:35 PM: ThePeterHa “i’m in love with her and i feel fine” that song
  • 1:35 PM: ThePeterHa Day Tripper
  • 1:35 PM: ThePeterHa Taxman
  • 1:35 PM: ThePeterHa I am the Walrus
  • 1:36 PM: ThePeterHa Back in the USSR
  • 1:36 PM: ThePeterHa There was something about a “unison bonus” on screen. Is that a normal RB thing?
  • 1:36 PM: ThePeterHa Here Comes the Sun
  • 1:36 PM: ThePeterHa “Octupus’ garden” that song
  • 1:36 PM: ThePeterHa Get Back
  • 1:37 PM: ThePeterHa The game will also feature DLC, like full albums
  • 1:37 PM: ThePeterHa Abbey Road will be the first album to download in its entirety
  • 1:37 PM: ThePeterHa All You Need is Love will be an exclusive Xbox song and proceeds from that song will go to Doctors Without Borders
  • 1:38 PM: ThePeterHa Danny Harrison is on stage
  • 1:38 PM: ThePeterHa and then he just left
  • 1:38 PM: ThePeterHa Lots of shout outs to Apple Corps
  • 1:38 PM: ThePeterHa Yoko Ono and Olivia Lennon ar eon stage
  • 1:39 PM: ThePeterHa But I’m in the nosebleed section so I can’t get a clear shot
  • 1:39 PM: ThePeterHa Paul and RIngo are here!
  • 1:40 PM: Doug Aamoth
  • 1:40 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 1:40 PM: Doug Aamoth There’s your shot of Yoko, buddy.
  • 1:40 PM: ThePeterHa Ringo says, “the game looks good, the graphics look great…”
  • 1:40 PM: ThePeterHa “We love it!”
  • 1:41 PM: ThePeterHa “God bless, peace and love”
  • 1:41 PM: ThePeterHa hahahahha. Thanks, Doug.
  • 1:41 PM: ThePeterHa John Sschappert is coming on
  • 1:41 PM: ThePeterHa he’s the corp vp for xbox
  • 1:42 PM: ThePeterHa ‘Everyone wants to have fun now’
  • 1:42 PM: ThePeterHa ‘from the living room’
  • 1:42 PM: ThePeterHa YES! No actual numbers talk
  • 1:43 PM: ThePeterHa 10 world premieres today!
  • 1:43 PM: ThePeterHa ‘new ways to connect with your friends’
  • 1:43 PM: ThePeterHa ‘revolutionary new experiences for everyone’ he says
  • 1:43 PM: ThePeterHa Tony Hawk Ride
  • 1:43 PM: ThePeterHa Tony Hawk is here!
  • 1:43 PM: ThePeterHa Here come the numbers
  • 1:44 PM: ThePeterHa accelerometers on the board
  • 1:44 PM: ThePeterHa detects your hands if you’re going for a nose grab or whatever
  • 1:44 PM: Doug Aamoth
  • 1:45 PM: ThePeterHa world exclusive trailer is going up
  • 1:45 PM: ThePeterHa Sheckler, Hosoi, and other skaters are in the video
  • 1:45 PM: ThePeterHa They’re just talking about how much they love to sakte
  • 1:45 PM: Doug Aamoth fun fact: Tony Hawk is 41 years old
  • 1:46 PM: ThePeterHa Robomodo made the board
  • 1:46 PM: ThePeterHa crazy
  • 1:46 PM: ThePeterHa the board senses everything you do on it
  • 1:47 PM: ThePeterHa it even mimics the player pushing off
  • 1:47 PM: ThePeterHa Activision will ahve them available to play on the show floor
  • 1:47 PM: ThePeterHa Next game is…
  • 1:48 PM: ThePeterHa a shooter
  • 1:48 PM: ThePeterHa surprise
  • 1:48 PM: ThePeterHa Something from Infinity Ward
  • 1:48 PM: ThePeterHa Can’t tell if it’s first or third person shooter yet
  • 1:49 PM: ThePeterHa it looks badass whatever it is
  • 1:49 PM: ThePeterHa Modern Warfare 2
  • 1:49 PM: ThePeterHa 11/10/09
  • 1:49 PM: ThePeterHa Jason West and Vince Zampella are on stage
  • 1:50 PM: Doug Aamoth
  • 1:50 PM: ThePeterHa from IW
  • 1:50 PM: ThePeterHa Gameplay now
  • 1:50 PM: ThePeterHa Captain MacTavish is traversing an ice cliff
  • 1:51 PM: Doug Aamoth
  • 1:51 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 1:51 PM: ThePeterHa So you actually climb up the face of this ice cliff
  • 1:52 PM: ThePeterHa with ice axes and the whole lot
  • 1:53 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 1:54 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 1:54 PM: ThePeterHa A lot of the same thing we’ve seen from shooters
  • 1:55 PM: ThePeterHa shoot, move on
  • 1:55 PM: ThePeterHa rinse and repeat
  • 1:55 PM: ThePeterHa It looks good
  • 1:55 PM: ThePeterHa But nothing new
  • 1:56 PM: ThePeterHa Ohhhhhh
  • 1:56 PM: ThePeterHa Now you can snowmobile and shoot your pistol like a gangsta
  • 1:56 PM: ThePeterHa you know, tilted to the side
  • 1:57 PM: ThePeterHa Two map packs for MW2 for the xbox
  • 1:57 PM: ThePeterHa Square Enix folks are coming on stage
  • 1:57 PM: ThePeterHa producers from Final Fantasy
  • 1:58 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 1:58 PM: ThePeterHa FF has been around for over 20 years
  • 1:58 PM: ThePeterHa 85 million copies sold
  • 1:59 PM: ThePeterHa They’re about to demo FF13 on the Xbox
  • 1:59 PM: ThePeterHa i
  • 2:00 PM: ThePeterHa i’ll have video later
  • 2:00 PM: Doug Aamoth
  • 2:00 PM: ThePeterHa but i’m sure it will be available soon
  • 2:00 PM: ThePeterHa “four active time gauges”
  • 2:01 PM: ThePeterHa Oden
  • 2:01 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:02 PM: ThePeterHa Spring 2010 release for FF13
  • 2:02 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:02 PM: ThePeterHa Epic is coming up
  • 2:02 PM: ThePeterHa Cliffy B1
  • 2:03 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:03 PM: ThePeterHa Cliffy B is wearing a Bill Gates mug shot t-shirt
  • 2:03 PM: ThePeterHa Shadow Complex
  • 2:04 PM: ThePeterHa You’re meant to use all of the environment
  • 2:05 PM: ThePeterHa Campaign is over 10 hours
  • 2:05 PM: ThePeterHa “cool boss levels” says Cliffy
  • 2:05 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:05 PM: ThePeterHa XBLA title coming this summer
  • 2:06 PM: ThePeterHa Joy Ride
  • 2:06 PM: ThePeterHa Avatar adventures!
  • 2:06 PM: ThePeterHa yay
  • 2:06 PM: ThePeterHa NOT
  • 2:07 PM: ThePeterHa “new social experience”
  • 2:07 PM: ThePeterHa free
  • 2:07 PM: ThePeterHa You can share race tracks you’ve purchased with friends
  • 2:07 PM: ThePeterHa regardless of whether or not they’ve purchased the track
  • 2:07 PM: ThePeterHa coming this winter
  • 2:08 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:08 PM: ThePeterHa Another shooter coming up
  • 2:08 PM: ThePeterHa Whoa
  • 2:08 PM: ThePeterHa Crackdown 2
  • 2:09 PM: ThePeterHa Zombies!
  • 2:09 PM: ThePeterHa not in crackdown
  • 2:09 PM: ThePeterHa IS this Left 3 Dead 2?
  • 2:09 PM: ThePeterHa * Left 4 Dead
  • 2:09 PM: ThePeterHa coming November 17
  • 2:09 PM: ThePeterHa set in NOLA
  • 2:10 PM: ThePeterHa Ubi world premiere coming up
  • 2:11 PM: ThePeterHa shooter
  • 2:11 PM: ThePeterHa Splinter Cell Conviction
  • 2:12 PM: ThePeterHa Sam’s pissed
  • 2:12 PM: ThePeterHa going after his daughter’s killers
  • 2:12 PM: ThePeterHa He’s fighting some dudes in a bathroom
  • 2:13 PM: ThePeterHa The story unfolds in real time
  • 2:14 PM: ThePeterHa Sam is the “ultimate predator”
  • 2:14 PM: ThePeterHa your options in infiltrating are vast
  • 2:14 PM: ThePeterHa there isn’t one set path
  • 2:15 PM: ThePeterHa darkness is Sam’s friend and where he is strongest
  • 2:15 PM: ThePeterHa he likes to sneak up on ppl and shoot them in the face
  • 2:15 PM: Doug Aamoth
  • 2:15 PM: ThePeterHa EMP grenades are some of sam’s new gadgets
  • 2:16 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:17 PM: ThePeterHa exclusive this fall on xbox 360
  • 2:18 PM: ThePeterHa a new racing game is coming up
  • 2:18 PM: ThePeterHa In October, Forza Motor Sport 3 is shipping
  • 2:19 PM: ThePeterHa “definitive racing game of this generation:
  • 2:20 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:20 PM: ThePeterHa New graphics engine
  • 2:20 PM: ThePeterHa 60FPS
  • 2:20 PM: ThePeterHa over 400 cars
  • 2:20 PM: ThePeterHa one-button driving
  • 2:21 PM: ThePeterHa player created content through XBLZ
  • 2:21 PM: ThePeterHa *XBL
  • 2:21 PM: ThePeterHa Mister Cartoon!
  • 2:21 PM: ThePeterHa he’s a tattoo artist
  • 2:21 PM: ThePeterHa he’s tricking out forza cars
  • 2:22 PM: ThePeterHa create and upload HD video
  • 2:23 PM: ThePeterHa MS is really pushing ‘community’ features on publishers
  • 2:24 PM: ThePeterHa Forza 2 was the highest rated racing game
  • 2:24 PM: ThePeterHa biggest online community for Forza 3
  • 2:24 PM: ThePeterHa Halo 3 ODST
  • 2:24 PM: ThePeterHa Joe Staten is on stage
  • 2:25 PM: ThePeterHa “buckle up and prepare to drop”
  • 2:26 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:26 PM: ThePeterHa dropping bombs
  • 2:26 PM: ThePeterHa You’re a rookie ODST separated from his team
  • 2:26 PM: ThePeterHa there’s “unexpected help” along the way
  • 2:27 PM: ThePeterHa ODST’s have sound suppressed weapons and visors that others don’t
  • 2:28 PM: ThePeterHa The story seems pretty compelling
  • 2:28 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:28 PM: ThePeterHa you can flashback to other ODSTs and play as them
  • 2:29 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:29 PM: ThePeterHa the visors appear to highlight enemies, ammo, etc. for you
  • 2:30 PM: ThePeterHa 9.22.09
  • 2:30 PM: ThePeterHa That’s not all!
  • 2:30 PM: ThePeterHa new bungie project
  • 2:31 PM: ThePeterHa Oh, it’s Halo Reach
  • 2:31 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:32 PM: ThePeterHa when you buy ODST
  • 2:32 PM: ThePeterHa you get a multiplayer beta invite for Reach
  • 2:33 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:33 PM: ThePeterHa Sam Lake is on stage
  • 2:33 PM: ThePeterHa Alan Wake
  • 2:35 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:36 PM: ThePeterHa in game footage being shown
  • 2:36 PM: ThePeterHa rather
  • 2:36 PM: ThePeterHa it’s being demoed
  • 2:37 PM: ThePeterHa Alan is looking for Alice
  • 2:37 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:38 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:38 PM: ThePeterHa Demo over
  • 2:39 PM: ThePeterHa Alan Wake is coming in spring 2010
  • 2:39 PM: ThePeterHa Now onto Xbox Live updates
  • 2:39 PM: ThePeterHa music is coming to Xbox Live
  • 2:39 PM: ThePeterHa Last.fm is coming to xbox
  • 2:40 PM: ThePeterHa Launching later this year for Gold members
  • 2:40 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:40 PM: ThePeterHa Netflix update
  • 2:40 PM: ThePeterHa browse and add to queue from your xbox!
  • 2:40 PM: ThePeterHa finally!!!
  • 2:41 PM: ThePeterHa Sky TV is bringing content to the UK and Scotland this Fall
  • 2:41 PM: ThePeterHa Live TV from Sky on your Xbox
  • 2:41 PM: ThePeterHa like, cricket and footy
  • 2:42 PM: ThePeterHa something about HD videos
  • 2:42 PM: ThePeterHa HD video library is being updated to full 1080p
  • 2:42 PM: ThePeterHa All movies and TV shows are being streamed instantly
  • 2:43 PM: ThePeterHa More countries are being added
  • 2:43 PM: ThePeterHa launching this Fall
  • 2:43 PM: ThePeterHa One more feature to Xbox Live
  • 2:43 PM: ThePeterHa You can share movies, TV shows, music with your friends
  • 2:43 PM: ThePeterHa Live Party
  • 2:43 PM: ThePeterHa Didn’t they announce this last year?
  • 2:44 PM: ThePeterHa Partnership with Facebook
  • 2:44 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:44 PM: ThePeterHa Felicia Day is here
  • 2:45 PM: ThePeterHa to talk about Facebook on XBL
  • 2:46 PM: ThePeterHa Friend Linker showcases FB and XBL friends in one view
  • 2:46 PM: ThePeterHa View photos
  • 2:46 PM: ThePeterHa see updates
  • 2:47 PM: ThePeterHa FB connect
  • 2:47 PM: ThePeterHa upload screen shots and such
  • 2:47 PM: ThePeterHa Twitter is also coming
  • 2:48 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:48 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:48 PM: ThePeterHa Both are coming to XBL this fall
  • 2:50 PM: Doug Aamoth Don Mattrick takes the stage
  • 2:50 PM: Doug Aamoth “we’re missing one crucial piece of the puzzle”
  • 2:50 PM: Doug Aamoth Metal Gear Solid! Hideo Kojima sneaks onto the stage
  • 2:51 PM: Doug Aamoth Metal Gear Solid franchise coming to Xbox 360
  • 2:51 PM: Doug Aamoth Metal Gear Solid: Rising
  • 2:51 PM: Doug Aamoth development currently underway for Xbox 360
  • 2:51 PM: Doug Aamoth no Solid Snake?
  • 2:52 PM: Doug Aamoth “completely new Metal Gear experience”
  • 2:53 PM: Doug Aamoth the next wave for Xbox…
  • 2:54 PM: Doug Aamoth can you add a motion controller? of course we can
  • 2:54 PM: Doug Aamoth but here’s the problem
  • 2:54 PM: Doug Aamoth for far too many people, the controller is a barrier separating players from everyone else
  • 2:54 PM: ThePeterHa Motion controllers are coming!
  • 2:54 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:54 PM: Doug Aamoth can we go beyond the controller to deliver games that everyone can enjoy?
  • 2:54 PM: Doug Aamoth can we make YOU the controller? we can
  • 2:56 PM: Doug Aamoth demo video of people controlling games just by leaning and driving cars with invisible steering wheels, etc.
  • 2:56 PM: Doug Aamoth looks WAY too responsive to be true
  • 2:56 PM: ThePeterHa You can “scan your own gear”
  • 2:56 PM: ThePeterHa like a skateboard
  • 2:56 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 2:56 PM: ThePeterHa you can video chat with friends
  • 2:56 PM: ThePeterHa WTH is going on?!
  • 2:57 PM: ThePeterHa voice recognition
  • 2:57 PM: ThePeterHa swipe through your netflix queue with your hands
  • 2:57 PM: ThePeterHa you don’t need a controller for anything
  • 2:58 PM: ThePeterHa Project Natal
  • 2:58 PM: ThePeterHa that’s what the motion controller is currently called
  • 2:58 PM: ThePeterHa tracks 3D movements, recognizes voices
  • 2:58 PM: ThePeterHa works with every 360 sold when it launches
  • 2:58 PM: ThePeterHa No new consoles
  • 2:59 PM: ThePeterHa Steve Spielberg is on stage
  • 3:00 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 3:01 PM: ThePeterHa Spielberg was shown Natal two months ago
  • 3:01 PM: ThePeterHa They’re discussing how you can bring gaming to everyone
  • 3:01 PM: ThePeterHa ‘It’s not about reinventing the wheel. It’s about not needing the wheel.’
  • 3:02 PM: ThePeterHa Natal means Christmas in Portugese
  • 3:02 PM: ThePeterHa says Nicholas Deleon
  • 3:02 PM: ThePeterHa our resident linguist
  • 3:03 PM: ThePeterHa Facial recognition that automatically signs you into your Xbox account
  • 3:04 PM: ThePeterHa swipe through the entire deck by using your hands
  • 3:04 PM: ThePeterHa up, down or side to side
  • 3:05 PM: ThePeterHa ricochet is like 3d brickbreaker
  • 3:05 PM: ThePeterHa virtual dodgeballs are being thrown at the girl demoing Ricochet
  • 3:05 PM: ThePeterHa she’s flailing around with arms and legs
  • 3:05 PM: ThePeterHa batting back balls
  • 3:05 PM: ThePeterHa OHHHHH
  • 3:06 PM: ThePeterHa they just knocked on Nintendo
  • 3:06 PM: ThePeterHa saying you have to stand up and be active and not on the couch
  • 3:07 PM: ThePeterHa Natal recognizes how fast you’re moving
  • 3:07 PM: ThePeterHa so the faster you kick the faster the ball goes
  • 3:07 PM: ThePeterHa Now they’re demoing some sort of art game
  • 3:07 PM: ThePeterHa there’s a big canvas that you can throw paint at
  • 3:08 PM: ThePeterHa the voice recognition brings up whatever color of paint you want
  • 3:09 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 3:09 PM: ThePeterHa By saying “pose” you can take a snapshot of yourself in any position to embed into your painting
  • 3:10 PM: ThePeterHa
  • 3:11 PM: ThePeterHa Here’s an elephant
  • 3:11 PM: ThePeterHa Peter Molyneux is now on stage to show you what you can do the Natal
  • 3:13 PM: ThePeterHa The Fable guys have created an interactive boy named Milo that recognizes players
  • 3:13 PM: ThePeterHa and interacts with them
  • 3:13 PM: ThePeterHa it’s quite astonishing
  • 3:13 PM: ThePeterHa Milo reacts to tone of voice
  • 3:14 PM: ThePeterHa the lady in the video just asked Milo if he had finished his homework
  • 3:14 PM: ThePeterHa he sheepishly walked away and said no
  • 3:15 PM: ThePeterHa Milo just virtually threw Claire a pair of goggles and she reached for them and ‘put them on’
  • 3:15 PM: ThePeterHa they’re at a lake
  • 3:15 PM: ThePeterHa and she’s looking into the water
  • 3:15 PM: ThePeterHa she’s making ripples in the water by just using her hands
  • 3:15 PM: ThePeterHa now they’re both drawing something
  • 3:16 PM: ThePeterHa WHOA
  • 3:16 PM: ThePeterHa Claire just drew a picture of a fish onto a piece of paper
  • 3:16 PM: ThePeterHa She put the image in front of Natal
  • 3:16 PM: ThePeterHa and Natal scanned it and passed it onto Milo
  • 3:17 PM: ThePeterHa Molyneux says Natal is a landmakr in entertainment
  • 3:17 PM: ThePeterHa I think we’re wrapping up
  • 3:17 PM: ThePeterHa All in all, nothing surprising has come out of the press conference
  • 3:18 PM: ThePeterHa everything was leaked ahead of time
  • 3:19 PM: ThePeterHa and that’s a wrap
  • 3:19 PM: ThePeterHa we’ll back at 2PT with the EA press conf
  • 3:19 PM: ThePeterHa thanks for tuning in
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