Friday, May 30, 2008

How to Earn Some Easy Money  


I'm going to let you in on a little secret, you can buy all the video games and accessories you want or for that matter anything you want by following a few simple instructions. With that said the little secret isn't so little it's called Cashcrate. Cashcrate is a website which pays you to complete offers, such as joining free websites, complete surveys and try out certain products. And you get to do this all for free. Thats right free so if you're interested in making free money read on and I'll let you in on some tips I use when filling out offers.

Not too long ago I wrote a post about Gaming Lagoon a free website in which you fill out offers and surveys for gaming accessories and microsoft points. Cashcrate is similar but instead of points you get cold hard cash thats right cash as in checks in the mail. And you can use your extra cash on what ever you like.

Here is some info from their FAQ:

I’m skeptical, this sounds like a scam?
We assure you that this is not a scam! Companies need consumers to try and review products, services, and websites and are willing to pay money to have them do so. Most of the time you’re asked to do this without any compensation, what we do is take the money companies give us for YOUR participation, and give you back up to 75% of it!

How much can I make?

How much you can make is dependent on a few things such as what country you’re from and how much time you’re willing to devote to making money. As it is, most members have the opportunity to make more than a thousand dollars!

When do I get paid?

Users who meet our minimum payout (only $5!) have their payments processed by the 20th of the following month So, if you earn $250 in June, you’ll get paid in mid-July.

Cashcrate is a very country-specific website. After browsing through their forums and signing up myself to check it out, I realized that like Cashcrate has the most offers for U.S residents and therefore works best for them. However, they have also been known to offer a wide variety of offers for Canadian users.

The offers themselves range from your usual video subscriptions to other free trials which allow you to get a higher return if you own a credit card. If you don't have a credit card like I don't,it's not a problem don't sweat you can still participate, the offers you do just won't pay out as much.

Cashcrate is relatively easy to use. All you need to do is to complete offers and then click on a ‘Submit’ button in a banner that opens up at the top of your page. Offers usually take a few days to be approved.

  • If you're going to be filling out forms there is an easier and faster way of doing this and it's completely automated it's called RoboForm . What you do is plug in your info and roboform completes any form with the info you provide so filling out forms only take like a nano second.You can choose the free version or upgrade to the Pro version the free version should be sufficcent for your needs.
  • You should also delete your cookies after evey offer you comlpete, this is very important because this how the companies track you and if you have not deleted the cookies you may not get credit for completeing some of the offers : you can do this by going to tools/internet options/delete cookies , press o.k. to delete cookies. There is also an easier way to this, this is called ATF Cleaner and what it does is make it easier to clear your cookies with one push of a button after each offer, it's also free to download.
  • To complete an offer this means you have to go all the way through the survey until you reach the page with the Silver, Gold and Bronze offers, when you reach this page you don't have do anything more you can close the browser and go submit the completed offer.
  • When you sign up go to the forums there is plenty more helpful information.

The offers do tend to be a little repetitive and some of them followed the same formulae.. complete this offer, refer a friend and get either an iPod, laptop of Xbox 260. Other offers included surveys and other free websites that only require you to plug in your email address.

Their referral system, however is very attractive. Even if you’re not in the U.S, you’ll be allowed to make money by referring active users to Cashcrate. You’ll get $3 bonus whenever a new user you referred in the U.S completes an offer, which is rather nice.

Cashcrate will pay ou get 20% for first level referrals and 10% for 2nd level referrals. The amount of percentage you earn will depend on how many members you refer. The more members you refer, the higher your overall referral percentage will be.

I signed up with Cashcrate May 27 so I have not received a check yet but in three days my May earnings are $18.00 and I also have $37.85 pending. Pending ernings is the amount that has not been credited to my account yet. So I stand to earn $55.85 in just three days work. When I recieve my check I'll be posting it here for everyone to see.

Bottom Line:

Cashcrate isn’t a scam, although it might seem like one at first glance. I would suggest spending some time in their forums, if you want to learn more about their program. This particular section of their forum offers payment proofs and testimonials so it’ll be great place to start.

If you’re not in the U.S but are willing to work hard at getting referrals, you can start by signing up with Cashcrate. The returns are justified because you won’t be doing anything at all. It’s very much a passive process. Refer some users based in the U.S and they’ll do all the work for you, while you take a cut of their earnings. Sounds good doesn't it?

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Halo 3: matchmaking playlists changes for June  


The developers from Bungie have released the weekly update which includes a list of the changes for the Halo 3 matchmaking playlists in June. Gamers will probably be very interested in the Double EXP Weekends line-up as well as the updated DLC maps.

Those who prefer playing other game modes will find that the tweaks made to Head to Head, MLG, and SWAT games help balance the game. Here's a list of all the changes the developers revealed:


Added Head to Head (Ranked)

  • 1vs 1 hopper
  • Relies primarily on Duels-style Slayer (indicator over the head of the person with the high score)
  • Smaller maps customized in Forge
  • Smaller maps customized in Forge

Updated MLG

  • v5 map variants added
  • Forge map “Amplified” added for Slayer and KotH
  • Blackout replaces Guardian as Oddball map
  • Legendary not required on this playlist

Updated SWAT

  • ShWATguns variant added
  • Shotty starts
  • No shields, 150% damage resistance
  • SWATball variant added
  • SWAT style oddball
  • 200 points to win
  • SWAT 2 Flag variant added
  • SWAT style Capture the Flag
  • On The Pit and Snowbound
  • Players can not return flags, returns after 15 seconds on its own
  • 3 Flags to win


Updated Team Slayer

  • Decreased weighting on BR start game types

Updated Team Objective

  • Increased weighting on symmetrical map/gametype combinations, Example: Multi Flag on The Pit
  • Increased weighting on asymmetrical map/gametype combinations, Example: 1 Flag on High Ground

Updated Ranked Big Team

  • Updated Ranked Big Team
  • All restrictions are being removed
  • Fixed bug from May Mid-Month update that made the playlist require Legendary (The June playlist will only require Heroic)
  • If Ranked Big Team does not perform well this month, it may be retired in July


  • Updated Social Slayer
  • Team Snipers “Score to Win” requirement increased to 50


  • Updated DLC Slayer
  • Reintegrated Heroic Maps

Updated DLC Objective

  • Increased focus on asymmetrical games on Avalanche symmetrical games on Ghost Town
  • Reintegrated Heroic maps
  • Double EXP Weekends (In order of appearance)

Added Rockets

  • Added Rockets

Updated Grifball Spring League

  • Bug fixes from the May version so that Carrier Damage Resistance is correct
  • Bug fix so forced player color is correct when carrying the bomb

Updated Team Snipers

  • Score to Win requirements increased to 50 for slayer games

Added 3 Ball

  • 4v4v4v4 Gametypes with 3 Oddball

[Via Bungie]

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Microsoft XBLA Games Delistment  


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There has been a lot of controversy regarding the move to delist certain underperforming games from the Xbox Live Arcade. Well, Microsoft has just given out the criteria that it will be using to decide which games will be removed as well as answered a few questions that consumers might have regarding it.

According to the post on Gamerscoreblog, a game can only be delisted if it has been downloadable for at least six months, has a metacritic rating below 65 percent, and a conversion rate of less than six percent.

Conversion rate? What's that? According to Microsoft, a conversion happens when someone downloads a trial XBLA game and then purchases it afterwards. This means that if less than 6 percent of the people who downloaded a demo of a game bought it, then it means that it already has one strike against it.

Some people may also be asking why Microsoft is even considering delisting the games in the first place. Microsoft pointed out that the Xbox Live Arcade already has a lot of games on it and that filtering out the games will make it easier for players to find the ones they want to play.

Next up is the part quite a number of gamers are worried about. Will they be able to play a game once it's delisted? What happens to its online features and the leader boards? Can they still play the game? Here's what Microsoft had to say:

The game will function normally even after being delisted. You can continue to play the game single and multiplayer, as well as use the leaderboards as you normally.

Finally, what happens to those who bought a game before it gets delisted and accidentally deleted it? Well, you'll be happy to know that players will still be able to download it through the download history tab (leftmost blade according to Microsoft's response).

Hopefully, this new information clears up a few of the issues some of our readers have voiced out. Still, this blogger can't help but feel that it might been better to give gamers the ability to select which games will be shown on their XBLA instead of removing some of them from everyone's list.

That said, we're sure to hear more about this issue in the future so keep checking back here for more updates.


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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

GRID Demo Raced Past the One Million Downloads Mark  


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Race gaming has never been so fierce or closely fought as Codemasters® today announced that the Race Driver: GRID™ playable demo has roared past the one million downloads mark across the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Games for Windows® formats since its launch on May 8th.

For Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system gamers, racing in the demo has become seriously competitive as the European Fastest Final Lap Challenge reaches its final few days. With a brand new BMW 3 Series car† as the ultimate prize, it’s not too late to join the legions of players on the Jarama circuit and set a personal best in the demo’s Time Trial section.

To be placed amongst Europe’s finest and fastest racers, the time to beat currently stands at just over an incredible 73 seconds – 1:13.63†† – with contenders from the U.K., France and Belgium currently amongst the top-ranked drivers. To view the latest and greatest lap times on the leaderboard, visit:

The Fastest Final Lap Challenge concludes on Friday 23rd May at midnight. The top five ranked players will be invited to the live European playoffs, to be held on Friday 30th May at the zavvi store, Oxford Street, London, and compete head-to-head to win the BMW 3 Series as part of Race Driver: GRID’s European launch day celebrations. Further details and full terms and conditions are available from the website.

The Race Driver: GRID demo is now available to download from Xbox LIVE® Marketplace and PLAYSTATION®Network with the Games For Windows® demo available from The Fastest Final Lap Challenge is exclusive to the console editions of the demo.

Taking players to dramatic and beautifully realised race locations over three continents to compete in an exhilarating variety of racing events, Race Driver: GRID is set to launch May 30th across Europe/PAL regions for the Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system and Games for Windows with a Nintendo DS™ edition to follow.

[Via] TeamXbox

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Games File Size Limit to be Increased in XBLA  


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In an interview with, Xbox Live Arcade games portfolio manager, David Edery, has revealed that Microsoft plans to increase the file size limit for future XBLA games from 150 megabytes to 350MB.

The announcement was made at the recent Nordic Game event in Malmo, Sweden. Edery added:

We've been listening to our partners, listening to our customers to try and get a feel for what's right. We don't want the size limit to hit the roof because we think there's some value in promoting small pick and play experiences that don't cost USD 20 million, it's good for the ecosystem.


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Monday, May 19, 2008

The Ghostbusters video game: New Trailer  


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In the upcoming Ghostbusters video game (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, PC) you'll have access to many kinds of nuclear-accelerated weaponry, such as the classic Proton Gun, and all new ones like the Electron Gun and the Slime Gun.

Which would be the best one to use against the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? A flamethrower. Then take out the hotdogs and have yourself a picnic. But anyway, check out this new video from PlayrTV showing off some of the guns you'll use in the game.

In case you missed them, the video also describes some of the game's details that were revealed before. Enjoy!

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

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