Not fixing the Xbox 360?

I broke down and bought a new Xbox 360 Arcade unit to replace my variously failing boxes.  If you remember back just a bit in time, I tried a couple of strategies to fix my machine.  They all worked -- for a time.  The time the fix worked, however, was variable, ranging from 5-30 hours for a good fix, and as short as 30 minutes for a bad fix. I've spent a lot of time on the boxes, and unfortunately, the time I spent fixing seems to have eclipsed the time I spent playing. The thing I've found most fascinating about the process is that, while buggy, the 360 hardware is quite resilient.  With enough twiddling of screws, I can get a box up and running quite consistently.

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Fixing the XBox 360

I thought I was in the clear as far as the 3 red lights goes for the XBox 360... it happened, I was under warranty, Microsoft send a cardboard coffin, and I sent it back.  End of story. Oops, it happened again.  There's no free lunch this time.  Even if I paid the $100 to MS to repair it, they would only give a 90 day warranty on their work.  So, either buy a new one (with a massive extended warranty, of course) or try to fix it myself.  After attempting to buy a new Arcade unit for $200 at K-Mart twice, but failing both times because they were out of stock, I went the fix route. Read the rest of this entry »

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Game Review: Crackdown

Game Review: Crackdown recently had a great deal on some games and battery packs.  One of the games included was Crackdown.  Here's a quick review, after playing about half the game.  I get the feeling that Crackdown is one of those games everyone's heard of, but few have played.  It's never had a mega promotional campaign, but it's a solid, well put-together title.  To sum up my feelings about the game: it's a blast.  And it gets blastier the farther along you get. Read the rest of this entry »

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Game Review: Portal / Orange Box

My wife found a cheap copy of the Orange Box, from Valve.  It actually contains 3 full games (Half-life 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal) and two large expansions for HL2 (ep. 1 & 2) -- a lot of content. There was only one reason I wanted the game:  Portal.  I heard from friends and reviews about the thing, so I had a feeling I'd like it.  I did.  Great writing and mind-bending (but not too mind-bending) make for a fun game. Read the rest of this entry »

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Game Review: Mass Effect

It was brought to my attention that I forgot a game review of Portal, so I thought I'd lump several games in today that I've been meaning to review but haven't yet.  This is in order of me getting each game, starting with last Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Game Review: Too Human

Too Human is an action RPG for the XBox 360.  Sillicon Knights developed the title on-and-off for almost ten years.  The game combines features from several other well-known action RPGs.  To sum it up in a sentence, Too Human combines the frantic gameplay and hordes of enemies from the Diablo series with the weapon stylings and combos of Sega's Phantasy Star Online. Read the rest of this entry »

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Game Review: N+

N+ is the new hotness on XBox Live Arcade, created by metanet software as a sequel to their flash game, N. Read the rest of this entry »

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