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The New XBOX 360

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

I am a moderate gamer who is addicted to new gadgets and I am okay with this. My wife on the other hand, not so much. I have the 3 major gaming consoles (XBOX 360, PS3, Wii) and I play them regularly, at night once everyone’s in bed….DON’T JUDGE ME!!

In comes the new XBOX 360! The games and the software are still the same, however the hardware has been updated to include a new hard drive (250GB), built in WiFi (802.11n) and a slimmed down body. Here I am with a perfectly good XBOX 360 and considering the purchase of the new console. Wait…Let me re-phrase. Here I am throwing down some hard earned cash to buy the new XBOX 360. It’s a nice new shiny console that Microsoft has promised will not crap out on you and is much quieter.

I have had the console for a few weeks now and I have to say, first, it’s really nice! The design is very eye catching, it is significantly quieter and does not get so hot that I don’t have to turn on the heat in the winter. The one thing I did notice is that when purchasing the new console, that there is a short supply of them. I went into a GameStop store to purchase the console, in tote I had my 6 year-old son. He had some Nintendo DS games he wanted to get rid of for a new game, so he was trading them in and I would foot the bill.

I’m on line with the game my son wants to purchase, now mind you I am about 8 people back, seems like I’m not the only 30 something gamer out there. As we move up the line, I hear a few lads jabbering about the new console. One of the lads says in a frustrated tone, “I went to 4 Best Buys and they didn’t have any at all”, another says “I went to a WalMart, Target and 3 other GameStops, no dice”. So, right about now, I’m thinking that I’m screwed. Great!!!

So as the line keeps moving, the 3 guys who were on the XBOX treasure hunt finally get to the register and say, “Please, if you have a heart you will answer, YES to the following question. Do you have the 250GB XBOX in stock?”. The store clerk states at the 3 guys and says, “Are you kidding?” and before the clerk finishes his statement, the 3 guys all say, “What the fuck!”. Needless to say all the people in the store begin laughing. After the laughter, the clerk says to the lads, “Please don’t curse, this is a family store!. Now, I do have the XBOX in stock, however your profanity has offended me so I am refusing to sell it to you.” The 3 guys are literally speechless and a silence comes over the store for approximately 10 seconds. The clerk then says to the 3 guys, “I’m just fucking with you”.

I know this is a bit of a side track, but I thought this was quite comical!! After the transaction of the 3 guys in front of me, I come up to bat and I tell the clerk, “I just wanted you to know that I feel your conversation with the 3 guys ahead of me was completely unprofessional and to top it off I have a 6 year old son who was just subjected to profanity from a store employee.” The clerk looks at me and begins apologizing profusely and I say to him, “I’m just messing with you. I would have said the “F” word, but he really is only 6″

Well, after all that excitement, I purchase my XBOX and my son’s Nintendo DS game.

So, I get home and unbox it and this thing is good! Very small and sleek. I was disappointed that there was no bundled HDMI cable. $299 and no HD out of the box? Well, I did have the HDMI cable from my old XBOX. Everything is now plugged in. I turn it on and it works just like my old one. I fully know that this new console will have the same content as the old, but I was still expecting something more, why, I have no idea!

The new XBOX really is whisper quiet, the DVD drive does not make much noise and if you install the game on the hard drive, you can barely hear the console at all. GOOD JOB MICROSOFT!! The wifi was quick and easy to setup, the transfer of content from one hard drive to the next was also pretty seamless. You will need to purchase the transfer cable to move your content. Even the wireless controller worked as soon as I put batteries in it, no need to connect it to the console.

There is no speed difference when it comes to games loading and there are no performance enhancements. This is simply a hardware update all around. If you have a current XBOX, there really isn’t a need to upgrade, however, if you are a gadget junky, feel free to purchase!

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Gears of War 2….Patiently Waiting!

The most highly anticipated game of the year will be released on November 7th, 2008. Gears of War 2 is reason enough to purchase an XBOX 360. I have seen the gameplay demos and the multiplayer demos and they are amazing.

Check the video below of the multiplayer action in Gears 2.

And yes, I am that much of a geek that I changed my banner in preparation for this game. I may even take a vacation day from work so that I can get a jump start on my gamer friends.

And one more thing, Let’s see the PS3 beat this…..HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Trying to be a Guitar Hero

June 30, 2008 1 comment

I picked up the XBOX 360 version of Guitar Hero for 2 reasons. One, my son saw one of his cousins playing the game and he really got into it. Two, my wife told me to get for him. Now, who am I to argue with my wife when it comes to demanding that I purchase a video game. I guess you know who wears the pants in this marriage.

I have only had the pleasure of playing this game 3 times thus far and I have to say, it is very addicting. I’m not much into Rock music, but this game does get you into it. The other really cool part of this game is that it is NOT EASY!! This game is very hard, especially if you have no idea how to play a guitar.

It does have an excellent tutorial that shows you the basics and some more advanced moves. There is plenty to like about this game, I would like to go into more detail but I haven’t started my “career” yet. So now I’m still trying to master “School’s out” and “Hit me with your best shot”.

I did downlaod a track pack from the group “No Doubt”, I am pretty good at the song “Don’t Speak”. OK, so what if I’m the only guy in the Guitar Hero universe playing it. The song is catchy and it was back when Gwen Steffani wasn’t winding it up.

So far Guitar Hero is good family fun….Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!!

Metal Gear Solid 4….Damn!

June 15, 2008 1 comment

I just picked up MGS4 today and played it for about 30 minutes before I was to tired to see straight. I gotta say, it’s a pretty good freakin’ game. The detail is amazing and the gameplay is awesome. If you like the stealth action type games, this game is a must have for the PS3.

I am new to the Metal Gear game, but I hear that the previous 3 were all very good games. I can’t wait to continue playing MGS4.

I finally got a game for the PS3 that’s worth playing!!! Now it’s not just a Blu-Ray player!

How to improve the XBOX 360

May 18, 2008 1 comment

I own both the XBOX 360 and the PS3. I honestly game 100 times more on the XBOX 360 than the PS3 for 1 main reason. I know more people with XBOX systems. The PS3 for me is just a DVD/Blu-Ray player…for now.

Anyway, I digress. How can the XBOX 360 be a better gaming system. Here are my suggestions

  1. Make it quieter! – This thing is so loud, it actually disturbs me when playing.
  2. Make it smaller! – Microsoft has to find a way to encompass the power brick into the console and make the console a tad smaller
  3. Improve the DVD ROM – The DVD playback is average and it should be alot better, hopefully they put in a Blu-Ray ROM
  4. Built in Wi-Fi – There is no reason that the wireless network adapter should be seperate or cost $90 bucks….Come on Microsoft!! Wi-Fi should also include 802.11n support
  5. Add Bluetooth – Bluetooth support should be a standard
  6. Add additional Web Cam Support – I should be able to use any USB web cam on my XBOX, not just theirs
  7. Add an Internet Browser – This is a no brainer
  8. Data Backup – Put in a backup feature that will let you save all data on your XBOX hard drive. If I purchase a game by download, I should be able to make a copy of it.

These are my suggestions. I’m sure there are more, let me know what you think, drop a comment.

Grand Theft Auto…..LOL

May 12, 2008 1 comment

See what happens when you can’t get Grand Theft Auto 4!!

This was an actual accident, Click here for the article.

Some people should not be gamers or drivers for that matter.

Dissapointed in the PS3!

March 5, 2008 1 comment

 

Ever since Warner Bros. went strictly Blu-Ray I knew that HD DVD’s days were numbered, so I ventured out and purchased a PS3. The PS3 was to be used mainly for watching Blu-Ray movies with the added bonus of a gaming system. I’ve had it for 2 months now and there is not one game being released that I have to have.

I also have an XBOX 360 and so do most of my friends, so I don’t have a need to buy games for the PS3.

So now I plead to SONY, please, please make some cool games!! I”ll be patiently waiting.