Benchwarmer Nevermore

26 05 2008

The exciting announcement I alluded to the other day is this: I finally bought an Xbox 360 on Saturday! Wooo!

My dad and Pete and I drove to Best Buy in Burlington because they had a deal where you could get the Pro (premium) and 2 free games: Rainbow Six: Vegas and Ghost Recon 2: Advanced War Fighter. While I’ve never been a really big into the shooter genre, I knew these are both very decent games and thought I’d buy 2 others on top of that. Unfortunately, that bundle deal had ended the day before. After coming close to walking up to the register with a console under my arm, we decided to go have a look in EB Games just around the corner. I was skeptical that we’d find a better deal, but lo and behold, they were offering something very interesting: the Elite, with one free game: Assassin’s Creed. I decided that the extra $100 was worth it for a game I wanted to buy anyway, ($60 value) 120gb drive as opposed to 20gb on the Pro, (~$60 value again) and an HDMI cable, which, especially if you buy one from Monster Cable can cost around that as well. Good dealio. Also, the Elite is black. Sweeeet.

Anyway, I’m very happy with my purchase so far. I honestly haven’t been overindulging so far as I expected I would. Turns out most games don’t keep you glued to your seat the way WoW does – I’d forgotten this. That’s a relief. I think I’d lose my mind if I played Call of Duty for 16 hours straight.

Despite not being all-consuming, I have a lot of fun playing – even online, despite my inexperience. My Xbox Live Gamertag is “FutonHero” – explained in the Bio section of my profile: “I’m a cyberspace hero from the relative comfort of my futon.” The eyebrow-raising truth of the matter is, I don’t actually have the futon yet. It’s coming. Unfortunately, what they say about Xbox Live is all true – it’s the bottom of the barrel of gaming communities, which is sad, since it’s such a well-presented, feature-rich service. With a little luck maybe I’ll find the diamonds in the rough. If you’re reading this and are on XBL, feel free to add me and tell me you found me through my blog – I’d think you were so cool. Currently my friend-count amounts to bagel.

Anyway, it feels great to be off the bloggers’ bench and back out on the field. Considerations for future game purchases are: Mass Effect, GTA IV, BioShock, Rock Band, Gears of War, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed when it comes out, and probably others I’m forgetting right now. I want to play Halo 3, but I’d want to play its prequels first. Somehow skipping to number 3 would feel disrespectful. Suggestions welcome.

On a random note, Pete and Paul and I saw Indy 4 last night. I haven’t written a film review in a while, so I think I’ll write that later. Stay tuned.

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2 responses

30 05 2008
Tiffers

A friend of mine is on XBL; I’ll suggest that he adds you. He’s fun.

By the way, I started reading your blog today. ^_^

2 06 2008
Dave

Thanks Tiff!

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