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Gridrunner Running to Xbox Live

Trippy shooter Gridrunner++ is headed to Xbox Live, as revealed by Jeff Minter, the psychedelic game’s creator, on his Livejournal blog. Already available on PC and Mac, with demos available from the Llamasoft website, the game is a traditional top-down shooter injected with flying sheep and weird stage names, among other things.

“I already have it running modified for the different aspect ratio and working off the x360 pad as opposed to the mouse, and I’m changing and extending the gameplay; it’ll be a much more involved game than the PC-only predecessor,” he wrote on his blog. “I’m getting all the gameplay working first then I’ll overhaul the graphics; we’ll likely go for algorithm generated 3D shapes rather than the hand-drawn sprites of the PC original.”

Jeff Minter and Ubi CEO Comment on PS3

Reflecting the sentiments of many, Jeff Minter, founder of Llamasoft, and creator of many legendary games, had some less than flattering things to say about Sony in his latest column for Edge. Sony is “incredibly arrogant,” he wrote, adding that the PlayStation 3 is “expensive” and lacks launch games. “They seem absolutely certain that even when they say it’s going to be considerably more expensive than existing consoles, nevertheless us eager customers will rush out in droves to buy it because it’s, hey, a new PlayStation.”

On a related note, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot also had reservations about the PS3’s high price tag. Even though he expects the console to sell out its initial shipment, it may need a price drop to compete with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii in 2007. The Xbox 360 sells for $400 for a premium bundle; the Wii is expected to retail for a maximum of $250 when released later this year.