XBL Game Room updating Wednesday

Following abrupt delay, Microsoft primes Pitfall, Super Breakout, more for release on retro gaming channel this week.

Microsoft appeared to be primed to launch its Xbox Live Game Room last Wednesday, kicking off what it planned to be a steady stream of weekly updates. However, at the moment of truth, Xbox Live gamers noticed a conspicuous absence of the new additions to the retro gaming service, which officially launched in mid-March with some 30 games from classic systems like the Atari 2600. Microsoft later noted that the updates had been "delayed until further notice."

That notice arrived today, as Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb announced through his Twitter feed that last week's round of Game Room titles are now slated to arrive this Wednesday. Titles expected to be made available include Pitfall, Super Breakout, Megamania, Night Stalker, Rack 'Em Up, Realsports Volleyball, and Basketball.

Game Room updates have been once again green-flagged.

Game Room titles can be purchased for play on both the Xbox 360 and PC for 400 Microsoft points ($5) or for an individual platform at MSP 240 ($3) apiece. Single rounds of any individual game can be played for MSP 40 ($.50). The Game Room also supports Xbox Live Avatars, as well as voice chat, 1080p graphics, cross-platform leaderboards, and achievements.

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CruelLegacey
CruelLegacey

Responce to ricardo-sene DLC is not a scam to get money, it is a marketplace where people can buy things if they choose to. You personally might not want to, and that's fine. That doesn't make it a scam in any way. If you want the DLC, you pay for it and get it. There is no trick involved. Like any other marketplace, there will be good DLC and bad DLC... people still need to be smart with regards to what they purchase.

cooljosh3k
cooljosh3k

I'm going to guess that the titles will come out this week as they say, it would be chaos if they delayed it again. My concern lies with the following week/s. Will we see more games next week? What about next month? Or will they be "delayed until further notice."? As far as marketing goes, M$ have alot of profit to make from this, despite what it seems. This could be another gold mine for them, but I personally think they should consider fixing the bugs so that the loyal gamers can enjoy what has been promised to them.

deathstream
deathstream

IF it actually releases tomorrow (I have my doubts), will we actually be able to download it? Reach has hosed the XBL download servers.

beardmoen
beardmoen

You down with DLC? Yeah, you know me!

alixkid
alixkid

Once again M$ dropped the Ball $5 for a game you can DL for MAME for free wtf??

Dark_Arkitect
Dark_Arkitect

M$??Really??5$ for an Atari 2600 game?That's laughable in itself. "The Game Room also supports Xbox Live Avatars".How about a game room the avatars can walk freely in and actually be standing next to me on the arcade machine? How about an arcade room I can put my actual "arcade" games I purchased on xbl in? This should have been called retro room,or the atari/intellivision room.Because nowhere do I see an actual arcade game in this so called "arcade" room. There's nothing better than spending 5$ on a game you can get the actual cartridge for;for 50 cents at a collectable shop.

ricardo-sene
ricardo-sene

Yes, it's not enough to pay $60 for a game, and we're "invited" to pay for the "rest of it"..

Olsenz
Olsenz

I agree ricardo-sene

ricardo-sene
ricardo-sene

actually, DLCs is another scam to get more money out of you.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

@Terebi_chan I have no desire to waste points on something I will never do or use. I use my MS points for DLC only. This is just another scam to get more money out of you.

Terebi_chan
Terebi_chan

I'm more of a lurker around here, but I just had to add my contribution this time. "Game Room updating this Wednesday"? As in this week? Oh yeah, where have I heard that before? "Actions speak louder than words", as they say. Personally, I don't think they ever had anything to give us to begin with. As Vector the Crocodile would say, I think they have "some nerve promisin' what [they] ain't got". That said, they need to "put up or shut up", as they also say. Also, @Waldkrieger: look at it this way. If you don't want to be stuck with leftover MS points, you can spend them on the single plays (as long as the points are a multiple of 40).

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

It's a great idea, but at these prices I'd rather just pick up a few XBL games. Then again, how many of those are old arcade games as well?

Vambran
Vambran

Ah........Atari games..... from the 70 - 80's? Im all for retro games but i draw the line at 8 bit games.

-Jonce-
-Jonce-

Looking forward to Pitfall which is one of only a few 2600/Intellvision games I'd consider buying. Much more interested in the arcade games for now but I'm hoping 6-12 months down the line we'll be seeing Commodore 64 and Spectrum releases.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

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stziggy
stziggy

They want me to pay 50 cents to play once a 20 year plus old game? Are they not making enough off of Windows 7?

kackarat24
kackarat24

It's about flippin time! Now that we will be seeing a steady stream of games each week (hopefully) I would like to see some popular arcade titles. If I am paying $3 per game It better be a good one.

docwoo
docwoo

RealSports Basketball was one of the little-known gems from the Commodore Amiga days back in the late 80's/early 90's. With full stat-tracking and the ability to create your own rosters, it was one of the most underrated b-ball games of all time. Nice to see it's making a comeback in the retro lineup.

jjarvis92
jjarvis92

i think the appeal of Game Room is that you can buy cabinets and design your own (virtual) arcade. also it's a nice interface for those who experienced the arcades back in the late 70's and early 80's. even though i have most of these titles on other platforms. i would still be interested in a service like this. this service could work in PS Home. Regarding Pay-Per-Play... i think a better alternative is an All Day Pass or even a All Week Pass. Better than that would be a trial version similar to Namco Essentials.

HWGuy14
HWGuy14

what the hell is that guys head doing in the bottom left of the picture?.. and the graphics look pretty ugly

Unseelie_Sluagh
Unseelie_Sluagh

This is good news. Hopefully, we get the weekly updates from here on.

silentchuck
silentchuck

1080p graphics. Very important to advertise that fact.

Talldude80
Talldude80

i disagree mesk. I think sports games havent been that great since the mid 90s. Madden 95 and NHL 94 on the genesis are 2 of my favorite games period. some of those atari2600 sports games are pretty bad i agree, but to say nothing good came til 1999 , thats an exageration. I hope SEGA gets some games in the arcade. $0.50 to play a game once is better than paying $5 and getting sick of a game immediately. Arcade games nowadays are $1 at least anyways.....

lamprey263
lamprey263

It's all a big waste of time, there's much more satisfying XBLA games worth splurging a little cash for. Game Room won't impress me until you can access your entire XBLA library from it. Besides, most of these Atari games use to come bundled in classics packs, those are much cheaper than paying a $3 or $5 a game. At the very least, I'm willing to pay less than $20 needed to buy the PS2 version of the Atari Anthology that comes with some 80 games.

TexasAnMGrad2K
TexasAnMGrad2K

Night Stalker is awesome! Hope it's the Intellivision version.

mesk14
mesk14

for real,there is no reason whatsoever to release anymore sports games.sports games didnt get decent untill dreamcast,and all these older sports games are just horrible.too horrible to even bother with

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Game Room sucks btw. What a massive waste of potential.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

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sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

@Toysoldier34 yea who cares fanboy!

Aurey
Aurey

I'll buy games for this when they start adding arcade titles from the mid 80 's and 90 's... if they ever do.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Not interested... How about lowering the price of Live or just dropping the price. I keep my online gaming to PC and PS3, my 360 just collects dust in between good exclusives.

misterstatus
misterstatus

The only thing Game Room does for me is prove that the past belongs in the past. I loved Pitfall back when it was the coolest game around and everyone was playing it, but I'd rather keep my fond memories than let Microsoft ruin them for $5 each.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

"Single rounds of any individual game can be played for MSP 40 ($.50)" Ok, what kind of ridiculous NONSENSE is that? Go buy the stupid game, why pay to play? This kind of crap disgusts me frankly. Another stupid bad idea from Microsoft for Xbox Live. Another way to milk people out of more money for things old as the wheel. How many Atari or Classic Game packages will they keep releasing over and over again? Flat out retarded. Another thing I have no desire for.

deathstream
deathstream

All he mentions is this week. I wonder what the status of weekly updates is? I was really interested in Game Room, but have been sorely disappointed in what has been delivered.

Trogeton
Trogeton

Alright..I have been waiting for this

CodingGenius
CodingGenius moderator

Holy cow. Pitfall AND Night Stalker in the same week? I'm totally in!

monson21502
monson21502

pitfall and super break out is what ill be adding to my arcade. now lets hope they add some 90`s aracde games.

JPH85
JPH85

yay pitfall.