Archive for the ‘360’ Category

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Posts That Should Be

April 13, 2008

Things I want to write about but have been too lazy too:

  • Fashion over function in futuristic movies.
  • Xbox Live racism.
  • The need for voluntary age separation on Xbox Live.
  • The dangers of taking a train from Penn Station to Seacaucus Junction, and vice versa.
  • Why my PS3 is still collecting dust while my 360 is out for repair.
  • I’m learning ASL (American Sign Language.)
  • I have glasses, where are my amazing new math skills?
  • The iphone, damn you for fixing almost every problem I have with you.
  • New WordPress Dashboard… thanks for rearranging everything after I finally figured out how to use it

Sometime soon, one of these may get written, but I’m sure my next post will likely be another youtube vid.

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My Xbox is Confused… Fuck

March 30, 2008

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This is what I see when I put Call of Duty 4 into my Xbox 360. It’s also what I see when I put in Bully: Scholarship Edition, and Army of Two, and Guitar Hero III. WTF?! Come on Microsoft! I thought we were done with this shit! I watched Black Snake Moan with my girl last night (great movie BTW,) and then went to bed. Woke up this morning afternoon, walked her to her car and came back to get in some COD4 before starting up my laundry.

Naturally I just powered up my 360 and went down to the bottom to launch the game forgetting Black Snake Moan was still in there. So I watched a part that I really liked again then took it out and put COD4 back in. Disc launches, and I see that screen up there. Ok, maybe I confused it. I did just open the drive, take out the DVD and put in the game. Go back to the dashboard, launch the game… same thing. Hmmmm. Turn off, turn back on, launch game… this isn’t looking good. Turn off, pull out power cable, plug back in, turn on, launch game… I’m starting to get nervous. Turn off, unplug, take off hard drive, plug back in, leave hard drive off, turn on… FUCK!

Call Microsoft, I get transferred to some woman in India who can’t hear me. I’m not in the mood and really, I don’t have a problem with her being Indian, but come on now, I’m already pissed because my Xbox has to go out for repairs, and you transfer me to someone who doesn’t understand what I’m saying. I’m sure if I was calling to order something I’d get someone in Washington with a major in spoken English.

So I apologize as politely as I can and say I want to speak to someone who’s first language is English so we don’t keep going through this “What? Huh? I didn’t understand.” game. So she transfers me… to someone else in India. At least this guy can understand what I’m saying, he must be the guy that gets every call like mine.

So he wants to walk me through all the bullshit I’ve already done, but he’s gotta read from his script. I keep breaking into his script to tell him I’ve already tried these things and to find something new. Give me some secret combo of buttons to press that will force it to run a diagnostic. Tell me if I hold it at a certain angle while opening the disc tray it will force it to reset itself… ANYTHING! No, he just keeps reading the “I apologize for the inconvenience.”

So in short, I’ve got an empty box on it’s way to my job that if I’m lucky, will get there on Friday when I have the day off to wait for the cable guy to come. It’s not looking good that I’ll have an Xbox on April 29th when GTAIV comes out. FUCK!

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GDC 08 – Why I’m drooling

February 24, 2008

With the Game Developers Convention wrapping up, I’ve been reading a lot about what’s been shown over the past week.  Here’s what I’m most excited about.

Gears of War 2 – This is obvious of course.  I’m not expecting there to be much of a change in the game play mechanic but hey, it was a damn good time before.  I’ve been thinking since I saw the initial trailer, and I just read that I’m not alone, that it looks like you’ll be able to dual with the Lancer so there is no more “BULLSHIT!!!  I chainsawed you first!” arguments.  Also I hope they do a better job of catching and fixing glitches with the multiplayer in this one.  The main reason I stopped playing the original GoW was the amount of cheating happening on Live.

APB – This is the biggest surprise of them all.  MMO without the RPG.  The guys who made Crackdown (great game btw) are working on an MMO which is essentially a bad ass game of Cops and Robbers.  The idea being that you choose your side when creating your character.  There is no leveling system, but your character does in a way “level up” based on how much time you’ve put into the game.  The level of customization for the characters is what has me most intrigued.  The pics and videos I’ve seen so far just make this game look amazing.  They made a team of bad guys out of famous game devs and they looked damn near close to photo realistic.  The idea is that each gang and police unit are evaluated by their stats.  So a gang decides they want to pull a heist, say, hijack an armored truck.  As soon as they make their move, and APB goes out a similarly “statted” police unit.  Now you could have 4 noob gangsters pulling the job and it will call only 1 police officer.  The example given where this happened ended in the 1 cop killing all 4 gangsters.  Very very very excited about this game.

Fable 2 – I loved the first Fable game.  In fact, I’m thinking about downloading it via Xbox Live to play through it again.  Sure it wasn’t the “Best RPG of All Time!” like it was hyped, but it was damn good.  Very damn good.  So with the new one, it looks to be more of the same but with a lot more thought and care included.  You can pick between male and female characters this time.  The demo I saw showed the main character as being female and a 2nd male player joined in for some co-op.  When joining you get to choose how everything is going to be divided: EXP, Gold, something else so, I think it might have been MP.  Just wow is all I gotta say.  The whole mechanic with the dog is cool as hell too.  Another thing that will divide gamers is that a few weeks before the game comes out, there is going to be an XBLA game that is essentially a gambling game that you play to earn gold.  The gold earned in this game is then transferred into Fable 2 for you to use.  freaking sweet!   Sure it may seem a little cheap to be stuck somewhere and wanting to buy a better weapon to make it through but don’t have the money, then you go play the XBLA game for an hour to make the money and come back.  Maybe the money is only accessible at certain places, like you have to go to a pub to pick it up or a bank or back to your home.  Who knows, we’ll see.

Other things of note were the announcement of Portal 2.  Really excited about that one.  Other than that I’m kind of blanking.  But the next year of gaming looks to have some real gems with it.

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How I’m Gamin’ -= Pt. IV

February 10, 2008

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Burnout Paradise, I don’t really wanna get into long winded details.  It rules, you need to get it.  So much better than Burnout Revenge but I don’t think they’ll ever recapture the fun that was party crash in Burnout 3.

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How I’m Gamin’ -= Pt. III

January 15, 2008

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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

This is my first foray into the Call of Duty (COD) series. The first 3 having been WWII shooters coming out at a time when I was just fed up with all the WWII shooters. I picked this up on I believe last Thursday, maybe Wednesday after work. And I have to say, it’s possibly the best game I’ve ever played.

As with any game with an online component, I always play through the campaign to start. I want to know the story and spend some time getting used to how to play. The campaign in COD4 is nothing short of breath taking. It’s simply the most engrossing video game experience I’ve ever had. The game never breaks out of character, you are always looking through the eyes of the characters you play, never a cut scene that rips you out, straight up just you.

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Xbox Live In ICU

December 29, 2007

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Define the status of “Up and Running” after taking a look at that.  This is the current state of Xbox Live.  I was going to play a few casual games of Halo 3 with a friend when we came to find out he couldn’t get on to Live and I couldn’t even start a Matchmaking Match.  With all the crap listed as having problems up there… what is going right?  I love you Xbox, why you gotta be like that?

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Greatest Pic EVER

December 19, 2007

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Pulled this from http://www.kotaku.com. There’s just something very pleasing to me about seeing 4 girls so freaking excited to be holding an Xbox 360. Too bad they look like they are in high school. But there are 18 year olds in high school right? Right?