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Destroyed beauty: Gears of War case mod

Remember the creepy Xbox 360 alligator case mod? Creator dfw monkie is back again with a brand new mod and this time it's actually related to an Xbox 360 game. The game in question is Gears of War and dfw monkie has put together a very impressive mod. The mod features raised textures and a glowing Gears of War logo. The only feature we think we would have trouble adjusting to is the glowing red ring of light. How will you know when the Xbox 360 is broken? Will you get the Green Rings of Death? Check out a video of the console in action after the break.

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Video: DIY FPS controller for Xbox 360

F00 f00 over from sent us a tip informing us about his newly created FPS controller for the Xbox 360. As you can tell from the image above, his 360 controller has been highly modified. The right analog stick has been moved to be level with the left analog stick. Where did all the face buttons go? Those are on the underside of the controller, where they can be reached with the middle and ring fingers of either hand.

In other words, your thumbs never have to leave the analog sticks, making the controller optimal for first person shooters. Those with a feeling of déjà vu are probably thinking of the HG controllers we covered a while ago. The difference here is that F00 f00's control moves the analog stick and does away with the face buttons entirely, rather than doubling them. It's a pretty neat idea, and it makes us wonder how many melee kills we must have missed in Gears. Check out a video of the controller after the break.

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Why wait? Application allows Netflix to Xbox 360 streaming

With rampant internet speculation calling a Netflix Xbox 360 portal a possible dashboard feature addition, one group of programmers has decided waiting is for suckers. Using a Media Center based PC, a Netflix account and an Xbox 360 an application has been developed to stream the video service to our favorite console. While unsanctioned, the application does work (horribly slowly that is) and makes us wish the Netflix rumor would become a reality. Take a look at the application running after the jump and tell us if a Netflix portal on Xbox 360 is something you'd want for Microsoft's console.

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Creepy Xbox 360 alligator skin creeps us out

Posted over on the Llama's Game Console Forums (yes, llamas enjoy gaming too), forum member dfw monkie posted a few images of his custom Xbox 360 skinning creation that we are certain PETA doesn't approve of. Behold the alligator skinned 360 complete with rough alligator skin and an alligator eye that you have to jab your finger into to power up the console. We have one word for this custom skin ... creepy! Seriously, this thing is creepy odd creepy. Who comes up with this stuff? It's cool and all, but hella' creepy. KAH-REAP-EE!

[Thanks, Rob K]

Strum with your feet! Ben Heck goes Guitar Hero

It's been a looong time since the first 360 Laptop, and console modder extraordinaire, Ben Heckendorn, has been busy. His newest project is designed to allow users to use their Guitar Hero controllers with a single hand. The controller plugs into a modified Guitar Hero 3 Les Paul wireless controller, and operates the strumming and whammy. Placing ones foot into the pedal depresses the heel and inserts ones toes into the metal trough. Tapping your toes and foot up and down is the equivalent of strumming, and raising your heel is the equivalent of the whammy bar. Plus, they look cool. From laptops to controllers, you're doing some pretty unique things Ben, keep up the great work!

More kick-ass photos after the break.

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Controllers modded specifically for Gears, Halo, etc [Update]

Update 1: It seems that HGcontrollers is not the only company around modding controllers for online shooters. Their products are different from each other, so check 'em both out.

Controllers with turbo buttons have existed for many years, going all the way back to the NES, and controller mods for the 360 are nothing new. But having a turbo button (among many other things) modded into what looks like a standard controller is news to us. The guys over at HGcontrollers seem to have started up a fine little business doing just that. The above graphic is really from their site (can you spot which are the real and fake buttons) and details some of the special enhancements made to the controller for the express purpose of playing shooters.

The goal of these mods is to create a controller configuration that can be played through the entire game experience without having to remove one's thumbs from the sticks. Theoretically, this means that your aim with said sticks will improve, as you no longer have to take your thumb off it to hit the essential buttons. However HGcontrollers does more modding of controllers than simply moving buttons. The staff there will actually create a controller with a custom button layout, toggle switches, microprocessors (turbo) for rapid fire, and more if you've got the cash for it. In fact, their website seems to be a bit behind the times forgetting to tell its readers that there are even controllers specially built for Gears that do your Active-Reloading for you. These controllers look great and all, but specifically modding (or buying) your controller to get better at a game sort of defeats the purpose (FUN!) for us here.

[Thanks, chaostheory0982]

Rock Band guitar: now with a string!

The music genre argument -- why don't you play a real instrument! -- gets more and more vague as industrious gamers begin to meld game instruments with the real thing. The latest in a string of Frankensteinian efforts is a modification to the Rock Band Stratocaster that bestows the guitar with real guitar strings! Well, actually it bestows the instrument with precisely one guitar string, but it's a start, right? Now you might not look quite as ridiculous when you play the game with a pick. How does it work? The string is attached to a switch (the knobby thing on the left in the image above) which is activated when pressure is applied to the string. Ingenious, we say! The only question now is how we get our hands on one. Check out a video of the mod in action after the break.

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Xbox 360 Elite: the laptop

Ben Heck is at it again. You may remember his work from a project we reported last year, in which Ben crammed the innards of an Xbox 360, along with a full keyboard and monitor, into a svelte laptop case. He's done it again, this time adding perks from the Xbox 360 Elite, including HDMI video, a 120GB hard drive, and a built-in Vision camera. In short, the thing is effing amazing (and practical). Check out Ben's BioShock inspired video about his new creation after the break.

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Voice recognition controllers really listen

With Xbox 360 controller and speech recognition kit in hand, the guys over at AcidMods went out and modded their own voice recognition 360 controller. For real. The entire controller assembly wouldn't win any beauty pageants, but the voice recognition (surprisingly) works rather well. Just check out the demo video we've embedded after the break for proof's sake. Though, we're not sure how useful a bulky mod like this would be in the real gaming world (not to mention the mod's cost), but it's interesting nonetheless and packs a lot of potential. Now follow along ... reload, jump, switch, reload and jump. Good!

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Whisper Max cooler promises RROD protection

Coming from the zany folks over at Talismoon is a newly updated Whisper Max cooling fan system for your Xbox 360 featuring NITRO SWITCH! They claim that their "higher quality" fan can cool your 360 and prevent RROD from happening all while lighting up your console with three purdy colors. And if by chance your console would red rings after you install the Whisper Max (with NITRO SWITCH), then we guess you'd be screwed since you technically void your warranty while installing the fans. So, we'll leave the decision up to you. Plop down $25 on the Whisper Max (with NITRO SWITCH) while voiding your 360's warranty or use your console's current fan system as is intended.


Play GHIII with a MIDI drum kit, cuz you can

One of the principle precepts in science (at least, according to the film industry), is that once you figure out how to do something, you must do it. Why? Because you can. It brought dinosaurs back to life, and it made a neat gun for the people who are still alive. And now, science has brought us the ability to play Guitar Hero III with a MIDI drum kit. But why, you ask? Well, actually it's because the creator injured a finger by rocking too hard with the guitar, so he devised this method so he wouldn't have stop playing altogether. You can read the technical stuff by hitting the "read" link. You can actually watch it work in the video above.

[Via Joystiq]

Rock Band drums on your PC. Why?

An intrepid blogger at has discovered how to use the Rock Band drum kit with a Windows PC. The whole process seems pretty simple, and has been made even simpler thanks to an installer program (use at your own risk) created by the blogger in question. Essentially, the process just tricks the PC into thinking the drum kit is an Xbox controller.

Unfortunately, there's nothing to be done with this fabulous bit of hacking yet. We suppose you could try using it to play a PC game, though we imagine such attempts would be less than successful (though possibly hilarious). We're sure someone will create a program just for the drums though (perhaps the successor to Frets on Fire?). For now, you'll have to entertain yourself by watching the numbers light up on the config screen.

[Via Joystiq]

Note for Blizzard: play WoW with a 360 controller

It's been a long time since the words "Xbox," "360," and "Warcraft" were uttered in the same sentence. Rumors once flitted about suggesting that World of Warcraft would someday make an appearance on the Xbox 360, but such heady days are long gone. Naturally, one of the chief reasons Blizzard has given for not creating a console port of its massively successful franchise is that it would require compromises. In other words, the control scheme simply wouldn't work. Enter Switchblade, a program from Blue Orb written specifically to allow players to use an Xbox 360 controller to play World of Warcraft. You may recall Blue Orb as the creators of the Texter, a device that converted 360 control stick inputs into keyboard inputs. As with the Texter, we have to question why. Why would a World of Warcraft player want to play with a 360 controller? According to the official site, the goal is to deliver the "console experience." Again, we have to question why someone searching for the console experience would be interested in World of Warcraft, but we digress.

Questions aside, the software actually does look like it makes the controller fairly functional. Of course, in game chat will be a little difficult if you're not near the keyboard, but it might be useful for everyday grinding -- we're not exactly banking on it spurring Blizzard to start 360 development though. The software is available for free at the official website. It's also worth noting that the software is pre-configured for WoW, but is customizable and will presumably receive more downloadable configurations for other games in the future.

[Via WoW Insider]

Halo 3 leaked online by the thousands

Before the cries of "OLD" start filling the comment threads, yes, we knew that Halo 3 was leaked several days ago. We chose not to propagate the story, but it seems to be reaching critical mass now, so there's no point in ignoring it. And before you ask, no, we're not telling you how to get it. The game data, which clocks in at about 6 gigabytes, is being shared and downloaded on a number of file sharing sites. According to, the file has already been downloaded in the thousands. Of course, the file is only playable on modded Xboxen, which means that online multiplayer will likely incur a hefty swing of the Microsoft Banhammer. Considering that multiplayer and online co-op are more or less the heart and soul of Halo 3, downloading an illegal copy seems a little on the lonely side, thrilling though it may be to put one over on The Man. At any rate, the leak is sure to be an upsetting, if not unexpected, blow to MS and Bungie.

It's so cute, it's a mini Xbox

Completing one of the coolest case mods we've seen in a long while, ghostavel over at the Xbox-Scene forums showcased his latest project ... the Xbox Mini. As you can see in the picture above, the Xbox Mini is a super condensed form of the original Xbox designed after Apple's Mac Mini and features a built-in wireless adapter and beefier 80GB hard drive. You can check out more pictures of the Xbox Mini after the break and you'll see that this mini console is one beauty all right. It's so darn pretty that we get all misty eyed looking at it.

[Thanks, Josh]

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