If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, that still doesn't mean it's a duck...

Just a reminder to everybody trying out the Halo 3 Beta that starts in a few hours-The finally product may be very different from what you play now, it's also something to keep in mind for the Halo haters who have been saying it isn't different enough. The game isn't coming out for 4 more months and this is simply a small glimpse into a small part of the final product, so it's hardly something to judge the entire game by. Single-Player is still a complete mystery, we haven't seen all the multi-player maps, some features probably haven't been implemented, and much may change based on the feedback Bungie gets from the beta testers themselves.

Though it seems like it's been forever and a day, Nintendo's online is finally starting to come closer to reality, with their first true online titles, Pokemon Battle Revolution hits in a little over a month, and IGN posted a really good hands on preview of Mario Strikers today. Re-registering people I already have registered (and them having to register me again) is definitely an unnecessary pain in the ass, but aside from that, the online setup sounds tremendous and as long as Nintendo actually takes the online play seriously this time, people probably won't care about having to register friend codes for each and every title.

That's really it for today, but I've decided to give it the old half-hearted try and score a rental copy of Crackdown tomorrow in order to try out the Hao 3 beta, so should I be successful, I will most definitely post my impressions, in the meantime, here's your FREE GAME OF THE WEEK: Star Island

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