Monday, December 19, 2005
11:09 PM - December 19, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
The one and only Wayne Gretzky sits down with OperationSports.com's Shawn Drotar to discuss his latest career move, the "new" NHL, video games and even tells us which players he thinks of as hockey's next "Great Ones"!

11:05 PM - December 19, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
NBA Rookie of the Month to Take on Gamers in Latest Xbox Live ‘Game with Fame’ Session

Rookie center for the New York Knicks, Channing Frye, is stepping off the hardwood to bring his talents to Xbox Live®. Fans that are interested in going one-on-one with Frye will need to keep an eye out for the Xbox Live gamertag ‘ChanFryeGWF’ on Thursday, December 22 from 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM ET to challenge him in NBA Live 06® for Xbox®.

“It has always been my dream to play in the NBA and now that I have my name and likeness in a video game it is a little overwhelming,” said Frye. “The Knick fans have been great and we are really building something special, so I can’t wait to grab the Xbox Live headset and get to know some of the fans. They just better take it strong to the hole, because I’ll be waiting to reject any weak stuff. ”

Frye, the eighth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, ranks second in scoring (14.8 ppg), field goal percentage (.514 percent) and blocks (.95 bpg) and third in rebounding (6.5 rpg) among rookies. Frye recorded 20-plus points in three consecutive games from Nov. 16-20, becoming the first Knick rookie to do so since Gerald Wilkins during the 1985-86 season and the first New York player to do so off the bench since Latrell Sprewell during the 1998-99 season. Aside from being one of the Knicks bright young stars, Channing is an avid video gamer and computer aficionado, maintaining his own website www.channingfrye.com.

The Xbox Live "Game with Fame" program gives Xbox Live subscribers the unique opportunity to meet, chat and play against some of today's biggest athletes. Past "Game with Fame" celebrity players include Buffalo Bills running back Willis McGahee, Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El and Adrian Aucoin of the Chicago Blackhawks. For further information on other Xbox Live events, be sure to visit the "Game with Fame" Web site at http://www.xbox.com.

Live and breathe basketball like never before with NBA LIVE 06. Rebuilt from the ground up and powered by next generation gameplay, players can see and feel the emotion and intensity of the complete basketball experience with NBA LIVE 06. Players jump to life with real-world physics and enhanced animations including sweat rolling down the players’ faces.

Xbox Live continues to transform and unite Xbox game communities worldwide, with a presence in 24 countries worldwide and a global community of more than 2 million members. As the first and only global, unified online console games service, Xbox Live offers world-class games, intelligent matchmaking, tournaments, unique programming and integration with Xbox.com.

Xbox (http://www.xbox.com/) is Microsoft's future-generation video game system that delivers the most powerful games experiences ever. Xbox empowers game artists by giving them the technology to fulfill their creative visions as never before, creating games that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Xbox is now available in North America, Japan, Europe and Australia.

05:54 PM - December 19, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Game Zone has posted their review of College Hoops 2K6, giving it a 8.1 out of 10.
"Despite the lackluster presentation, College Hoops 2K6 is still the most enjoyable college game on the market. What it lacks in flare is more than made up with its depth and realistic take on the sport. Therefore, if you prefer a brain over beauty then this is the college game for you, if not, you may want to go elsewhere."

05:53 PM - December 19, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Game Zone has posted their review of Burnout Revenge, giving it a 9.1 out of 10.
"A little old, a little new, and a lot more of the same, Burnout Revenge isn’t as innovative as its predecessor. The same could be said when Burnout 2 came out – it was not as innovative as the first Burnout. Nonetheless its high level of addictiveness turned us into gaming burnouts. Junkies that wouldn’t quit playing for any reason. Gran Turismo is the only other racing series that has done that to me, and it’s a simulator. Burnout Revenge is arcade action; an adrenaline rush so pure you’ll swear the race is real."

05:53 PM - December 19, 2005. Posted by NYJets.
Gaming Age has posted their review of NHL 2K6, giving it a B+
"It’s still a great hockey game though and commensurate with what we expect from 2K Sports. We can only hope that exclusive licensing doesn’t eliminate them from the business of developing superior sports titles."

08:11 AM - December 19, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Ugh. What can I say, the Boys got hammered, embarrassed, humiliated, crushed, beaten...The list goes on. Not to take anything away from the huge win by the Skins, but the Cowboys offensive line has to be the 2nd worst in the league, only trailing the great Houston Texans O-line, but I think the Boys can give them some competition. The fans wanted to see the Boys get aggressive, including myself, well...This is what happens when the Boys get aggressive with a weak offensive line, they get Bledsoe killed. With no protection it is very difficult for any team to be very aggressive, I guess Max Protect is the only way the Boys can do anything on offense. It's quite embarrassing really, I mean the Boys lost to the Redskins 35-7, come on...35-7, that is just plain sick. This entire week is going to be very painful for me, ugh. They have to go to Carolina next week to? Yeah, that game doesn't look to be shaping up to be very pretty. Oh well, it's not quite over yet, but yesterday's game has almost stuck a fork in em'.

I guess we can finally stop talking about the Colts undefeated season huh? The Chargers looked like the hungrier team out there yesterday. I'm sure the Colts will bounce back, but I don't see how the Chargers make the playoffs with what is left on their schedule, I'm sure the Colts are more than happy about that, lol. I wanted to see the Colts do it, but it's extremely hard to do.

I guess I'll be starting up some seasons/franchises in NBA 2K6 and Madden 06 tonight, other than that, not much else going on.

In other news...Got some news links of your own? Post it here!

Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
MVPlaya, GotQueen16 (25), marshallfever (18), IShoPaTkMarT (17)

Enough about me, what's up with you? How was your weekend?

08:11 AM - December 19, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Boomtown has posted their review of FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup, giving it a 6 out of 10.
"It might come as a surprise, but I would actually have preferred a direct conversion of FIFA 06 to this. One might suspect EA of thinking strategically here, because none of the other new FIFA games work on the Xbox 360. That’s a bit odd, because some of the older versions will actually run on the console’s emulator. But if you want a new FIFA, you’ll have to settle for Road to World Cup. Don’t get me wrong, the game is not half bad, and does offer some entertainment for footie fans, but we’ve seen far better games under the FIFA license, and Road to World Cup just doesn’t seem to be the right way to usher in the next generation of football games."

08:11 AM - December 19, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
File Rush has posted their review of Mario Kart DS, giving it a 9 out of 10.
"Mario Kart DS offers DS owners a taste of what's to come with Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection service, and what a delightful taste it is. Take the 32 tracks from four different systems, mix them in with a great bunch of characters and items, and you have your self one heck of an online experience. That's not to mention the vast number of singleplayer gameplay modes that are available and the ability to play against up to seven other friends via Ad Hoc."

Sunday, December 18, 2005
12:44 PM - December 18, 2005. Posted by hdaniel1.
ToTheGame has posted some screenshots of MotoGP 2006: Ultimate Racing Technology.
"Combining fast-paced, knee-scraping racing action with the very latest technology, the next installment of MotoGP URT looks set to bring motor sport to an unprecedented level of realism and intensity."

10:59 AM - December 18, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Sorry for the late news this morning, I got up and headed out to Best Buy to see if I could snatch up a 360. Well, after feeling good about the situation when I got there (only about 20 people in line), I found that Best Buy had already given out numbers to everyone that was in line from earlier in the morning. So that feeling of excitement, quickly died down. I'm just looking for 360's to help some people out, nothing more, nothing less. As you know, I already have one. I also went to Target and Walmart and had the same rotten luck. Oh well, at least I tried.

Man, the Giants beat the Chiefs last night, what a bummer. Tiki Barber is so underrated, he was an absolute beast last night. Now the Boys are put into a "Must Win" mode, more than ever. This game is HUGE, plain and simple. I just wish it was a 1:00 game, now I have to sit and cringe waiting for 4:00. I have all the confidense in the world that the Boys come out on top today, but I'm sure it will be a close game.

The Pistons crushed the lowly Bobcats last night to move their record to 18-3. I was also happy to see Riles lose his first game while coaching the Heat this year. Even if the Cavs are in our division, heh.

In other news...
Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
capitalsports, asianflow (24) (Remember asianflow, pick the Skins today!)

Enough about me, what's up with you? Enjoying the weekend so far, did you get yourself a 360?

10:55 AM - December 18, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
EA Sports has posted another roster update for MVP Baseball 2005.
"Get the latest PC Roster Update to keep your MVP Baseball 2005 current through the end of the year."

10:55 AM - December 18, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
VRC has posted a free download of their Virtual RC Racing game.
"VIRTUAL RC RACING is the ultimate r/c learning tool AND the ultimate r/c racing sim. Its graphics, sound, control, AI cars and game play are so realistic that you will soon be using VIRTUAL RC RACING to prepare for your next r/c race. The only thing missing is the smell of nitro! Improve your driving, set-up and race strategy skills while having lots of fun and excitement."

10:55 AM - December 18, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Eurogamer has posted their review of Crash Tag Team Racing, giving it a 5 out of 10.
"A trifle harsh? I don't really think so. There's a lot of game in Crash Tag Team Racing, but there isn't a lot of good game. And since there isn't really a lot of kart-racing game either, on a system that seems to have more pure racing games than any other in recent memory, it's hard to think of a good reason to tag it any other way."

Saturday, December 17, 2005
10:27 AM - December 17, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
I didn't do much last night for my birthday, just went out to dinner. We also put up the Christmas tree, Nat had fun putting the decorations on it. She was wanting to open her presents, lol. We usually put the Xmas tree up on my birthday, since it's more or less a relaxing day for me.

The Pistons had no problems at all against the Bulls last night. I'm sure they are still steaming about that embarrassing loss to the Jazz. 17-3 is a nice record tho, so I can't complain. They go to Charlotte tonight, so they "Should" win that one. We'll see.

I'm so glad there are some NFL games on today, I'll be heading down south to visit my parents and we'll probably have some cake and ice cream and enjoy the games. Should be a fairly relaxing weekend for me.

I beat Kong last night! Take that EG! Time to start playing more NBA 2K6 and maybe beat COD2 and/or Gun.

In other news...
Happy Birthday to the following OS'ers!
delanceyj (32), Dman4Life8017 (25), Kane182 (24), fiend55cs (24), MLewis32 (21), Egarim (21), wungtgeneral (21), RealSeahawkFan (14)

Enough about me, what's up with you? Hope you're enjoying the weekend.

10:26 AM - December 17, 2005. Posted by Steve_OS.
Club Skill has posted their review of Project Gotham Racing 3, giving it a 9.3 out of 10.
"PGR3 simply is the most involving and exciting arcade sim racing experience yet. Its amazing graphics and sound show off the true power of the Xbox 360. So is it perfect? Not quite. The one problem with PGR3 is the length of its single player Gotham Career. While online it has endless potential, players without Xbox Live may feel the 90 events in the Gotham Career don’t last quite as long as they might want, especially compared the 172 single player events in PGR2. However the 5 difficulty levels give the game extra lifespan and you will want to do your very best to unlock the achievement badges. Despite its one major shortcoming PGR3 is easily the best racing game and probably of any genre in the Xbox 360 launch range. It really is a must buy game for any Xbox 360 owner."