Dead Space 2: Severed Trailer

Severed brings two characters (Gabe and Lexine) from Dead Space: Extraction to brutal, screaming life in Dead Space 2.  The DLC hits on March 1 for 560 Microsoft Points or $6.99.

My Time with Windows Phone

For my birthday last year, I was lucky enough to receive a new Windows Phone.  Specifically, the Samsung Focus.  It is my first smart phone, and from day one I have loved it.  Being new to something like this, I didn't realize what it was missing.  Many of my observations are that of a first timer.  That tells me that these problems shouldn't exist for a product that was released in a, at least, four year old market.

Copy and Paste:  It's not something that I'm beating the door down for, but it is a feature I would make use of.  Especially when using such apps as Twitter, Facebook, and Blogger.  I can't quickly copy a link or url and throw it up somewhere else.

Marketplace Search:  Searching for something in the Windows Phone marketplace is a nightmare.  You'll type in a search term, after specifying what part of the market you want to search (ie, Social, tools, music, etc.) and search returns EVERYTHING related to that term.  That leaves me to scroll through mountains of garbage in search of the one thing I was originally searching for.

Marketplace View:  Once you've found the app and are looking at the description, there is the option to view screenshots.  The screens are usually oriented as if you had the phone on its side.  When you turn the phone to look at the picture, it turns the image.  So, unless you want a taco neck, the only viable option at the moment is to turn the phone at a 45 degree angle.

Camera:  Much like the smart phone itself, this is the first "digital camera" I've owned.  Yes, I'm far behind the times.  It's a fantastic tool that I use on a regular basis, but each time I go to the camera, I have to set my preferences all over again.  Why can't we have the settings saved to a profile?  At least keep the anti-shake on.

Screenshot:  This is something I would love to have.  I see something cool or interesting while browsing with my phone and would love to take a screenshot.  Can I do this?  "No" says the man from Microsoft.

USB MP3 Player:  When I was first tinkering with my phone, I thought to myself "I can load my music on this!  I won't have to carry my Zune around anymore!"  "No" says the man from Microsoft.  You can't use the Windows Phone to play music via USB.  So I can't plug it into my car, or my Xbox 360, or another computer to enjoy my music.

Microsoft has promised an update for some time now, and according to the wise sage Paul Thurrott, it is due in early March, five months after the device's release.

I love my phone.  It has become an integral part of my life.  I'm constantly finding new features and way to use it.  But as a first time user of a smart phone, I have to ask, "Why weren't these obvious features in place already?"

Edit: Added the USB MP3 Player blurb.

February 2011 Release Calendar

February 8:
Mario Sports Mix (Wii)
You Don't Know Jack (360, PS3, Wii)
Test Drive Unlimited 2 (PS3, 360)
Body and Brain Connection (360 Kinect)

February 14:
Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (DS)

February 15:
Marvel vs Capcom 3 (360, PS3)
Dance Paradise (360 Kinect)

February 22:
Killzone 3 (PS3)
Bulletstorm (360, PS3, PC)
deBlob 2 (360, PS3, Wii)

Marvel vs Capcom 3 DLC announced

Capcom has a toubling history when it comes to DLC. From the Street Fighter IV extra colors fiasco to the Resident Evil 5 versus mode, fans have been pissed at the way this giant handles their add ons.

Capcom has just announce the first costume pack for MvC3, which breaks down as:

Thor: Classic Jack Kirby costume
Iron Man: Iron Patriot
Captain America: Steve Rogers
Dante: Sparta (human form)
Chris Redfield: Resident Evil 1
Ryu: Street Fighter 1

Kotaku has the pictures up here.

Add to that, those that purchased the special edition for the bonus characters Jill and Shuma will not be able to use them until they become available for download March 15.

The first batch of DLC drops March 1 for $5 on PSN or 400 Microsoft Points on XBL.

X-Men: First Class trailer

This is a move I didn't see coming, a story about the foundation of the X-Men, the lives of Magneto and Professor X, There is so much potential for this movie and so far it doesn't look like it will disappoint. I can only wonder if it is a reboot or just a prequel.  I see characters such as Emma Frost, Beast, and what looks like Nightcrawler.  This is something that would clash with the previous trilogy and it seems too soon for a reboot. But I suppose if Marvel is already rebooting the Spider-Man franchise, why not X-Men? Either way, I'm pumped.

Edit: Pardon the video being at odds with the site.  IE9 and Blogger don't play well together.