1st Anniversary/ Eulogy/Announcement by Anthony Barlow
February 25, 2009, 12:49 pm
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If look back into the archives you’ll find that XeNonX was started as a lowly blog for a games forum just one year ago. Not for one minute did I realise that it would be this blog that propelled me into wanting a career in video games journalism. Sure, I knew I wanted to write and I knew a hell of a lot about games. That’s why the blog was created. What I didn’t realise is how much more it would come to mean.

As the months passed the XeNonX comminity grew and the blog became something that, occassionally, members would read. Then it fell apart, a stupid, yet poignant argument split the group into two ‘facttions’ leaving myself and Ad’s the task of managing the forum ourselves or shutting up shop. After a few failed attempts at keeping it going we called it quits, but the blog remained and grew.

The blog became it’s own thing. We began to concentrate on real games news and move on from our old forum roots.

We got to April and the release of GTA IV, we began to count down the days until release and soon after my PS3 broke. Turning the countdown into, pretty much, what I was doing without it. We started to do regular features like the PlayStation Store Update and What Games Do You Game. There were also many failed attempts at new features (there are to this day). We also saw the release of the new PlayStation Store and the Metal Gear Online beta was released. We also welcomed some of our ‘old friends’ back into the fold from the XeNonX days, however this was shortlived after a tirade of daft comments (and multiple deletions)  from them we split once again.

May came around and brought with it fresh rumors of in game XMB, a new special edition PlayStation 3 (gun metal). I had more PS3 trouble and focussed on a backlog of older games, none of which were ever finished. BioShock was confirmed for the PS3 (finally).

Another new, regular, feature began in June. ‘This/Next Week In Rock Band’. After my swift acquisition of Rock Band I decided this needed addressing. E3 came and went and we had our first liveblog, videos came to the U.S. but we’re still waiting in Europe. Metal Gear Solid 4 was released and I swiftly went into hibernation until I finished it. There were still some good posts though :). We had rumors of a PS3Mote, but that never surfaced.

Moving into July we got news of Uncharted trophies, platunum games, Bionic Commando rearmed and a hell of a lot of LittleBigPlanet info.

August brought news of TrICO, the £2 screensaver Linger In Shadows and much more. There was, as their always is, rumors on firmware and Home. As well as a lot of stuff announced during the lull. We eagerly awaited what the end of the year would bring. August also saw the introduction of a new editor, Steve. This helped me out a lot. Cheers. Our reviews started here too, I think we were gaining some kind of credibility thanks to appearances on N4G and Kotaku.

September saw the post count step up considerably with the ammount of news going up increasing each week. At this point I thought we were onto something go0d. Develoepers were interested in talking to us and overall I felt we were doing really well. The Killzone 2 beta began and everyone was eagerly awaiting keys. We got our first video courtesy of Ryan Gray, who we’d just brought on as a contributing editor (he’s now a regular). Facebook was the word as Darren Uddenbeg joined the crew. Burnout got it’s long awaited trophy patch and everything was going pretty damn well. We were introduced to Ad’s as a full editor, king of comments he may be but his addition to the writing staff once again lifted the pressure a little. We had an editorial team!

October saw Harmonix announce a game based on The Beatles music libarary. The release of Sony’s next big thing was October too. LittleBigPlanet finally hit shelves under somewhat extrenuous circumstances. We also saw MotorStorm 2 released in the first of a slew of cool stuff hitting the PS3. Chimera invaded Los Angeles and the trophy whoring continued. We also brought in Ryan Gray and Giancarlo Feltrin, who helped take the weight off my shoulders a hell of a lot. Original content was more than introduced too as we started to gather speed and views.

By November we’d started to get interviews with people and developer Q&A’s. Things were going well and I was thinking expansion (more on that later).

December rolled around and the ammount of games released subsided. We got reports of TMNT Sackboys and the release of Dead Rising PS3. Writing news has now become an extension of me, I was now realised I was obsessed with writing.

January brought fresh thoughts of expansion and XeNonX invaded the U.S. of A. Pop Cap brought their games to PSN, Criterion announced more paid-dlc. The closure of EGM caused a swift interview to one of those laid off and reviews became more frequent.

And now we get to February. This month saw us posting news even more, gearing up for Killzone 2 and I had big dreams once again.

That was really self indulgent and I bet everyone hates it, I just wanted to show everyone how we’d progressed in one simple post. Sadly, XeNonX will be closing it’s doors today but don’t worry we’re still around.

Over the past two weeks or so (that’s why there’s been no posts) myself and Ad’s worked on an expansion. We tried to move XeNonX but the man kept us down. We’ve had to change the name, but the spirit is still there.

From here on our you can find us over at ThePlayStatioNetwork. The new site which keeps XeNonX alive. We’ve got a great new layout and hopefully a new chunk of credibility. You didn’t really think we were gonna go just like that did ya.

So go on, go forth and check out www.theplaystationetwork.com. We’ll be moving this domain to redirect there soon. On behalf of the team, and i’m sure they’ll agree. It’s been a pleasure writing here and I hope you’ll follow us to the new site. We’ve got some cool stuff coming up over the next few weeks including a review of Killzone 2 and more. So please, do it.

Thanks, Anthony Barlow editor in chief of XeNonX & ThePlayStatioNetwork.

Anyone else please feel free to add to this or comment below, cheers, Anthony.

Yes it was self indulgent but I needed to give it a good send off. Thanks peeople. As Garnett Lee would say, we are….ghost!

I’m Back by Anthony Barlow
January 26, 2009, 9:10 pm
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[By Anthony]

Hey people I have returned from my trip to the Big Apple and i’m happy to see that we have been updated whilst I was away. Now that i’m back (and in somewhat of a fit state to write again) normal service will be resumed. Hopefully coming up this week will be reviews of Savage Moon (finally!), Cuboid and Magic Ball.

The picture you see above is of Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel, as made famous by The Warriors. It’s good to be back guys, ok then i’ll crack on.

I’m Off To N.Y.C.! by Anthony Barlow
January 21, 2009, 12:30 pm
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[By Anthony]

Hey people, as you’re reading this i’ll be sat on a plane bound for New York City. Don’t fret, whilst i’m away the site will still remain as updated as ever, as Ad’s and the crew should be keeping you up to date with all the news from the world of PlayStation. I’ll be back on January 26th and order will be resumed (only if order is lost, of course).

I might be able to Twitter occassionally so you can keep ‘up to date’ with my goings on if you really need too by going to www.twitter.com/XeNonXAnthony.

I’ll see you all when I get back, bye!

Thank You! by Anthony Barlow
January 18, 2009, 4:00 am
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[By Anthony]

I really meant to do this a hell of a lot earlier than I am doing, but nevertheless I really wanted to do something like this to share my appreciation for everyone that helped me during the year 2008. Since we began in late February last year, XeNonX has grown from a forum off shoot into it’s own entity. Even with the demise of the forum, the site still remains and has gained a hell of a lot of new stuff, as well as (hopefully) keeping that informal feel that I amied for when this started all those months ago. I never imagined that this little site, once known as The XeNonX Blog would grow into the thing it is today. Sure, I wanted it to be successful and for us to be a go-to site for videogame news but I never, not in my wildest dreams, thought that we would grow this much, especially in this short a time. This success is due to a number of things, one of those being the help from the editors and people within the industry. It’s their help and dedication that has made XeNonX what is it is today, and as editor in chief I, personally, feel the need to thank everyone for all their help and support. Thankyou. Hit the jump for the list of people. Continue reading

Happy Birthday Ryan! by Anthony Barlow
January 6, 2009, 1:30 am
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[By Anthony]

I’d just like to wish our ‘News and Video Editor’ Ryan Gray a Happy Brirthday on behalf of everyone at XeNonX. Have a good un dude.

Happy New Year! by Anthony Barlow
January 1, 2009, 1:35 am
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[By Anthony]

I’d just like to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year. I hope that 2009 is a good year for everyone and judging by the lineup early on in the year it should be a good one for us gamers.

We’ll hopefully be trying to predict the future in a feature coming up in the next few days. We’ve also got an interview with EPOS games’ Olof Gustafsson, talking about the recently released Crash Commando as well as a review of the aformentioned title. Hopefully the competitions will begin again in the new year too, so there should be some good stuff on offer.

Other than that, on behalf of myself and the team, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that the year 2009 will be a prosperous one.

And We’re Back! by Anthony Barlow
December 29, 2008, 10:30 am
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[By Anthony]

After a whole five days worth of break the XeNonX crew are back to provide our daily commentary on the day’s news. We’ll be posting a few things over the next few days, but we won’t be fully up and running until after the new year.

Hope you all had a good Christmas and it’s good to be back.

It’s Christmas! by Anthony Barlow
December 24, 2008, 8:49 pm
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[By Anthony]

Hey people, it’s time for the XeNonX cerew to go on break. Although we are people of the internet, we need to spend time with loved ones, open presents and gorge on food too ya know.

We’ll be back on December 29th with our Game Of The Year Nominees and will be fully up and running in the new year. Of course if anything major occurs during our time off (like Microsoft going bump, Wii’s killing Miyamoto) then of course we’ll be there covering it for you guys.

Other than that, i’d just like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays) and we’ll see you soon.

Bye for now.

Sorry – XeNonX GOTY Delayed by Anthony Barlow
December 24, 2008, 9:00 am
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[By Anthony]

Due to some unforseen complications, the XeNonX GOTY (Game Of The Year) nominations have had to be put back a few days. We were originally meant to announce the nominees today, but said circumstances have caused us to move the post back until December 29th. I do appologise for this, to compensate i’ll be putting my review of Astro Tripper up today as well as a few more things too (hopefully), so please stick around folks.

Sorry – NovaStrike Is On The Way by Anthony Barlow
November 4, 2008, 9:10 pm
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[By Anthony]

Hey guys, I know I promised to announce winners to last week’s NovaStrike competion on here (as well as sending emails and/or PSN messages), but i’ve not been able to access my emails for two days 😦 . Don’t worry I will get the codes to you first thing in the morning (GMT). Sorry fore the delay, but don’t despair the winners will get their game soon enough.

Happy Halloween Everybody! by Anthony Barlow
October 31, 2008, 9:57 pm
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[By Anthony]

Sorry for the lack of posts today people. I’ve been running around frantically trying to get everything sorted for i35. My travel arrangements have been rescheduled so i’ll be appearing there on Sunday rather than tomorrow (thank god), which gives me more time to organise before the show. I will be taking a camera with me to document the event and hopefully catch some of my interviews on tape.

I’d like to appologise for the lack of coverage these past few days, but rest assured there’ll be some good stuff coming out of Sunday (posted on Monday/Tuesday) so watch this space.

Coming Up On XeNonX… by Anthony Barlow
October 26, 2008, 11:03 pm
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[By Anthony]

Ok, so it’s not the perfect title but I thought due to the lack of posts over the past couple of weeks (especially this weekend) i’d give our readers a heads up on what’s coming up this week on the site. I thought it’d be nice to give you something to look forward to. Continue reading

Special Feature: Game Of The Year Predictions by Ryan Gray
October 18, 2008, 2:49 am
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[By Xenonx Staff]

Ahh yes. It’s that time of year my friends. The time of year where every gamers wallet gets completely drained all for the sake of virtual awesomeness. Theres an incredible selection of games coming out very soon. We here at Xenonx have been thinking and we each have our own foresights on what will be game of the year. Hit the jump to find out what we editors think will come out on top as this years top game. Continue reading

Xenonx is getting a podcast (Send In Some Questions!) by Ryan Gray
October 7, 2008, 12:12 am
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[By The Xenonx Editorial Staff]

Xenonx Gaming Blog is spreading it’s wings and (finally) starting a podcast. We hope all of you will listen and enjoy. We would love if our readers would send us some questions to be answered on the podcast. We will be discussing all things Playstation 3 and mainly what’s going on in the gaming world. Don’t let that last statement fool you, this isn’t Larry King live or any BS. You’re just going to have to tune in and see what it’s all about. Anyway, for anyone who wants to write in and ask a question, give an opinion on anything, or maybe has a great story that’s gaming related, send it to xenonxgamingblog@yahoo.com and maybe yours will get chosen to be read.

by Anthony Barlow
September 27, 2008, 9:37 pm
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[By Anthony]

Just thought i’d welcome XeNonX’s latest recruit Mr. Giancarlo Feltrin. Giancarlo will be covering all things PS3 as well as giving Darren a hand with some TV and Movie stuff.

Nice to have you on board dude.