What's next, UNO deathmatch?

After years of promises, PC and console gamers will finally be able to play against each other when Microsoft releases two new games for XBox Live and Vista. Tricked-out overclocked PCs face off against consoles that cost less than some PC video cards - who will emerge victorious?

Microsoft has announced two new games for XBox Live and Vista that will pit PC and Console players against each other for the first time. The first game is Shadowrun, a multiplayer-only first-person shooter with RPG elements that takes place in Brazil in the year 2031. Playable races include: Human, Elf, Troll, Dwarf, and Regis Philbin. (Ok, maybe not Dwarf). Shadowrun is due out in June 2007, which means it might make it in time for Christmas.

Sources say that XBox 360 and PC players will be able to compete against each other seamlessly, "with adjustments to balance gameplay between the two different controller". Translation: XBox'ers will be given a handicap so that the PC mouse-and-keyboard wizards won't wipe the floor with them too badly.

The second game, UNO, will be available later in 2007. UNO is a fast-paced, um, hardcore..., frag..., oh it's just a card game all right? Seriously, I don't know why they chose UNO when everybody knows real men play Poker, Bridge, or Tiddlywinks. (Ok, maybe not Bridge).

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