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Two slathers of news concerning the Xbox Live Arcade: First off, The Behemoth's Alien Hominid is half price (for Gold members, sigh) for the next week, putting it at 400 MS Points - a rather nice price for the classic side-scrolling multiplayer shooter.

Secondly, the much-awaited The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai by Ska Studios is to be released this Wednesday for 800 MS Points. The press release describes it as "An undead samurai dishwasher in a dystopian universe on a quest for revenge against the evil cyborg army". Apparently it will also make use of the guitar peripheral in certain game modes:

"New game modes with guitar peripheral: The Dishwasher has arcade co-op, drop-in solo campaign co-op, and drop-in solo phantom guitar co-op using the guitar peripheral. Phantom guitar players can unload electric death by playing wicked solos, perform basic movement, and use the guitar's motion control to rip through enemies with a razor-sharp headstock."

I'll be very interested to see how that turns out. Expect a review later in the week.