At the just-opened E3, Microsoft announced the full details on the much anticipated XBOX ONE, which will arrive for gamers this November. Pre-orders for the Xbox One went live today at Microsoftstore.com and Walmart.com with Exclusive Day One Bundles available. Each Xbox One system sold will include the new Xbox One console — which features a 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi — the new Kinect, one Xbox One Wireless Controller and a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members. The Xbox One launch bundle will be available for $499.99.

Those expecting the next installment of the popular CALL OF DUTY franchise to be MODERN WARFARE 4 are in for a shock: It's not happening. "Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do. But we're not resting on our laurels," said Mark Rubin, executive producer of developer Infinity Ward. Instead, November 5 will usher in a new sub-brand with the release of CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS - an "all-new gameplay experience built on an entirely new story, setting and cast of characters, all powered by a new, next generation Call of Duty engine that redefines the series for the next generation." Check out a live-action teaser below, right here on The Rock Father:

It's the next-to-last week for regularly-scheduled DLC on the ROCK BAND platform as Harmonix wraps things up after more than five years of weekly rock. For those of you still rocking the plastic instruments, CHEVELLE makes their ROCK BAND debut with a trio of tracks. Interestingly enough, these guys hail from a location very close to Rock Father HQ (they even played a local show in Arlington Heights at H.O.M.E. tonight), and back when their album WONDER WHAT'S NEXT came out in 2002, I personally sold a bunch of copies to their families at the Sam Goody store I used to run. Good memories from a time when the music business was still a business fun.

There's only three weeks of regularly-scheduled DLC for ROCK BAND before it all comes to an end after an impressive run lasting more than five years (unheard of in the gaming world). For those of you still rockin' the plastic instruments with your friends and family, this Tuesday brings a collection of songs from KOOL & THE GANG, TEARS FOR FEARS, and SHINEDOWN to the platform. Harmonix sent over the updates, and I've got them posted on The Rock Father for you below...

No, it's not family-friendly (I say "keep the kids off of it!"), but I know a lot of Daddys and Mommys that slip quietly into solider mode after the kids are tucked into bed for the night. I'm one of 'em, and CALL OF DUTY has long been my franchise of choice. Now that BLACK OPS II has been out for a bit, the first DLC Map Pack has been deployed on XBOX LIVE. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II REVOLUTION is available today for players on Xbox 360. It might be time to call The Replacer. Yes, the role of The Rock Father may have to be played by Peter Stormare for a little bit.

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It's no secret that when it comes to gaming, my loyalty lies with the XBOX. It's the system of choice here at Rock Father HQ (see my "Daddy Shooting Pixels" posts), and while it's used primarily after the kids go to bed, I'm thinking about finally getting a KINECT to use with the whole family. While I ponder that, the folks over at the official Microsoft Store just hit The Rock Father with a great deal that all of you might want to take advantage of...

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