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Xbox Live Update – Halo: Reach

April 11, 2011 6 comments

Halo Reach Preview Disc

How convenient! Look what I just got in the mail. I’m so friggin excited I can’t contain myself! I just got the Halo: Reach preview disc that allows me to update my Xbox Live! Whoop dee doo! I absolutely cannot wait to dig into… oh wait. My console is currently out of commission. Please see previous post. Nice Microsoft, nice.

Oh I forgot to post an update for the last post. To put it simply, they told me it’s out of warranty. I need to pay em 120 bones if I wanted them to fix it or I could go through the online hoops to get it repaired for 100 bones. This is of course sans shipping costs. I don’t think so. It can sit on the shelf and rot for all I care. Glad I hadn’t invested that much into the system but it still pisses me off cause my lady bought it for me as an out of the blue gift 😦

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E 74 Error

April 2, 2011 2 comments

E 74 Error

Great. I rarely if ever use my 360 Elite (If I’m lucky I average 3-4 hrs a week on it). I tend to play my PS3 more for the simple fact that I’ve had it longer and it has free online play. Now while watching a DVD on my 360 I noticed some vertical bands across the screen and the video seeming very low res. This is even considering it’s always looked fine with the HDMI connections to the HDTV. I decided to check the video settings to see if something was amiss. Everything looked proper. I decided I’d just restart the system. Typically that would fix any issues but what ended up happening was that I got a flashy quarter red ring and a screen that said I had an E 74 Error. I am not pleased at all. If anything I’m pissed! I’ve probably not even logged in a tenth of the hours into this system as my PS3 and it has failed me. I don’t have it enclosed in an entertainment stand and I dust it often. There would be absolutely no reason for it to fail considering the way I baby my systems. Totally unacceptable no matter how you look at it.

According to the xBox site, the warranty for this type of error is 3 years from purchase date. Get this, I have the original receipt and guess what? It was purchased by my wife as a gift to me exactly 3 years and 21 days ago. Coincidence? I think not. I’ve contacted xBox support regarding this issue. I guess we’ll just have to see how they respond on Monday or Tuesday. I’m really not expecting much from them considering they pretty much still deny they had any wrong doing considering bad consoles. This kinda $#!t infuriates me! Today I hate Microsoft almost as much as I hate Gamestop.

xBox Live Silver = Almost Useless

January 21, 2010 3 comments

I ran out of my Gold subscription to xBox live last month and never bothered to renew it. Just didn’t find it necessary since I’m on the PS3 more often and it has free online gaming. Anyhoo I logged onto my xBox live account online and wanted to send a message to one of my gaming buddies. Well guess what I learned? You can’t send messages if you don’t have a Gold account. WTF! You serious Microsoft!? One of the most basic features of any internet connection in this age is completely devoid from XBox Live??? Basic message sending???? I mean, gmail is free and it has instant messaging. Hell it has video chat… and it’s FREE! Yahoo even has those options. I just don’t get it. I can justify (to myself) a cost for online gameplay but message sending? Man that’s stooping pretty low. Less respect towards Microsoft I tell ya.

PS3 or Wii or 360?

December 17, 2009 8 comments

It’s the holidays. A season of giving and a season of receiving. Now I have all current home consoles and so my friends seem to think I’m the guy to ask about which console to buy as a gift (or for themselves for that matter). I figure I get that question enough so why not just have my personal opinion shared to anyone willing to read this. It’s probably a little late for those who need to purchase a console for someone this year but I’m hoping it will be handy for the after holiday sales.

Now this question is asked all over the place of course and there is no definitive answer. It really depends on what the end user needs or wants and not truly a question of which console is better. I’ll try to break down all of this information so it’s approachable to gamer or non-gamer alike.

Overall Cost:
Wii Console – $199 (Extra wiimote + nunchuck = $59.98) (New games = $49.99)
360 Elite – $299 (Extra controller = $49.99) (New games = $59.99)
PS3 Slim – $299 (Extra controller = $54.99) (New games = $59.99)

Internal memory:
Wii Console – 512MB expandable with an SD memory card (max 2GB)
360 Elite – 120GB HDD (possible future expansion to 250GB?)
PS3 Slim – 120GB HDD expandable with just about any 2.5 form factor HDD

Backwards compatibility:
Wii Console – 100% with Gamecube Games and also controllers/memory cards
360 Elite – Limited with original xBox games
PS3 Slim – None

Hardware internet capabilities:
Wii Console – Wireless modem built in (need adapter to hardline)
360 Elite – Standard ethernet modem built in (need adapter to go wireless)
PS3 Slim – Both wireless and standard ethernet built in

Internet capabilities:
Wii Console – Limited online play, Opera browser, Downloadable games and demos
360 Elite – Full online play (with $49.99 yearly fee), no browser, Downloadable games, game content, demos, movies, trailers, Netflix streaming
PS3 Slim – Full online play, proprietary browser, Downloadable games, game content, demos, movies, trailers, Netflix streaming.

Video playbaback capabilities:
Wii Console – None
360 Elite – DVD playback
PS3 – Blu-ray & DVD playback

High definition capabilities:
Wii Console – None. Limited to 480p with component cables
360 Elite – Up to full 1080p with HDMI or component cables
PS3 Slim – Up to full 1080p with HDMI or component cables

Recognizable exclusive games:
Wii (Nintendo) – Any Mario game, Any Zelda game, Any Metroid game
360 (XBox) – Halo series, Gears of War series
PS3 (Playstation) – Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted series

You’ll notice that this information doesn’t really help at all in deciding which system to purchase. It just gives pretty much the low down about each system and nothing about the games or gameplay. Man I can totally ramble on about consoles. Anyway if you were just looking at this info here’s what it breaks down to:

Wii has the upper hand on cost and backwards compatibility.
360 is tied with PS3 on internal memory and high def capabilities.
PS3 has the upper hand on hardware internet, internet and video playback capabilities.

There are so many nuances of each system and more details that I could get into but I’ll get into that with each individual console in the near future. For now I hope this information confuses you even more. Enjoy the incoming break. Great time to catch up on some gaming 😀

Netflix on PS3… Most Excellent Timing

November 19, 2009 Leave a comment

PS3 Netflix Disc

Well I got my disc in the mail the other day. I haven’t tried it out yet to see how well it works. I’m still using Netflix on my 360 but my XBox gold membership ends this month. That means no more streaming my Netflix… so I thought. So glad that Netflix and Playstation decided to join forces. Now that I’m able to stream my netflix on my PS3, no need for me to pay for another year of gold. I admit that I didn’t mind paying for the yearly service because when you break it down, it’s less than $5 a month. I guess I’ve been spoiled now that I game online all the time on my PS3… and it’s free. You know, the more time that goes by, the more I realize that…. the PS3 has so much more to offer than the 360. Sorry fanboys but it’s pretty much true. I’ll have to write up a new comparison of the systems soon. It’s been 3 years and a lot has changed. I need to update 😀

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Recent Target Deals

February 18, 2009 Leave a comment

I admit that I frequent Target way more than I should. One thing I love about that store is the clearance endcaps. I especially like to visit the ones close to the electronics department. I have found many a deal there and sometimes I find things that I just can’t leave on the shelf. One time I found GTA IV Special Edition for $44.99 and by golly I snatched that up with the quickness.

Last Remnant

Just over the weekend I picked up the Last Remnant. I’ve been eyeing it since before its release but had never picked it up. Well with a price point of $29.98 I decided it was time. I realize that I won’t get to it for quite some time since Fallout 3 is eating up time. I also have Infinite Undiscovery to get to as well. Oh well, at least it’s on my shelf waiting to get played. I’ll get to it hopefully sooner than later and I’ll try to write up a quick review of it. Until then, let’s keep on gaming!

Beautiful Katamari

January 22, 2009 4 comments

Beautiful Katamari

I finally completed this game. Well to be more specific, I’ve gone through the story and watched the final cut scene. There still is a lot of collecting to do and a few stages that need to be redone, but I’m gonna call it for now.

If you aren’t familiar with the Katamari series, I’ll give you a quick run down of the basic gameplay. You’re a miniature guy that rolls around a ball that everything sticks to. What ends up happening is that as you roll this “ball” around the place, it collects things and grows bigger and thus you are able to collect bigger things. You can grow this ball to epic proportions and eventually end up rolling up planets and stars… that’s pretty big.

I would say that each one in the series follows a very similar story. All are equally crazy but entertaining no less. Speaking of this part in the series specifically, I’d say it’s probably my least favorite. I don’t exactly know why yet but I’m thinking it has something to do with the responsiveness of the controls. The first 2 versions were on the Playstation 2 but for some odd reason, this third installment is an exclusive to the 360. The controls obviously had to change slightly because of the different controller setups. I prefer the Playstation controller over the 360 for this game for the mere fact that the analogs are mirrored. The Playstation analogs are next to each other whereas the 360 analogs are more kitty corner from each other. I think it makes a difference in how the ball feels when it’s rolling. It seems off kilter because the analogs aren’t in line with each other. Perhaps I’m just crazy.

Even with this minor shortfall, I find this to be a most excellent game. If you only have a 360 but no PS2, I’d say get this game. If you do have a PS2, I’d say get the original Katamari Damacy.

Overall I’d score this a $30/$20