Gaming Your Way

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Irony, it's ok, I do get you

Irony irony irony, you don't have to be so heavy handed. Subtle irony is better. It's funnier. Hell it's the English way.

Big nasty smiling in your face as it twists the knife in your stomach irony isn't good. Unless it happens to someone really bad who deserves it, but then you're treading on Karmas toes a little.

Two days after writing the post "Xbox, we love you", just after the 3 year extended warranty has expired, just as I'm building up to some quality down time with a clutch of new games for my baby, just as the NXE has come out, we've had a death in the family.

"Jede dritte stirbt den Hitzetod"

My beautiful, fault free lump of gaming heaven has passed away. Bastard.

For those of you who don't know, that's known as the "Red Ring of Death". It's the Xbox's way of saying "You're going to need to buy a replacement for me, that's money you could do without spending just before Christmas isn't it. That'll teach you to finally do a blog post about me. Irony, that's what that is."

If this has taught me one thing, it's to never write a blog about how great my prostrate is feeling or that I'm glad I've never caught my testicles on razor wire.


Comments (13) -

  • nGFX

    11/28/2008 10:22:59 PM |


    "It happened to me too" - but you know that ... (and for those who don't: 3 times, but I got replacement within a week)

    Well, it leaves you more time for finally finishing orbs.
    Speaking about work, I'll have an hour of "fallout 3" now and then I hope to get a bit done on "Nutz 'n' Boltz".


  • Tom

    11/28/2008 10:37:44 PM |


    Its happened to me too, although thankfully within warranty!

    Maybe you could spend some of the money you've saved not smoking?! :-D

  • Draxus

    11/29/2008 6:45:57 AM |

    That's rough man. My PS3 was recently bricked and Sony won't honor my warranty without a receipt, so I know how you feel :(

  • Richard Davey

    11/29/2008 9:19:19 AM |

    Ouch that sucks :( My 360 has been ok so far, but I fear I'm due the RROD soon. So I bought a memory card to back-up my game saves to, and would you know it, the games I invested the most hours into can't be backed-up! Arsebags indeed.

    On the plus side at least it now costs a lot less to replace a 360 :)

  • nGFX

    11/29/2008 11:11:43 AM |

    My first replacement was "with HD" so indeed all save games were lost.

    Though, now they let you keep your hdd.


  • Squize

    11/29/2008 3:13:47 PM |

    "Well, it leaves you more time for finally finishing orbs."

    Don't worry blue, I've got more than enough work on to occupy me, I'm just going to miss that finished work break ( And my slut like need for achievements :) )
    Looks like I'll be blowing the dust off the Wii for a couple of days.

    "Maybe you could spend some of the money you've saved not smoking?!"

    :) I've ordered an arcade 360 + Fable2 for £137 from Amazon, which is just under what I would have spent on smoking in a month. Frightening how much money I've spunked on killing myself.
    Would have been nice to buy all my Xmas presents with that money though, or put some aside for the tax man.

    Draxus I can only imagine your pain mate. A 360 dying is bad enough, but kinda expected, and they're cheap enough to replace now ( Well, if you stop smoking for a month :S ) but losing a ps3 is both your blu-ray down and a ton of money gone.

    Rich I didn't know you were a 360 man, go post your avatar in the previous thread :)

  • Jeff Fulton

    12/1/2008 4:52:38 PM |

    That's a pretty good deal on a 360 + Fable2! I almost made the leap to a 360 over the weekend, but I didn't want to get shot or trampled by venturing out with the fooking loonies at stores across these good ol States United.

    BTW: That red ring reminds me of the Mac color wheel of death, just more deadly.

  • Squize

    12/2/2008 9:56:54 AM |

    Mate I can't recommend a 360 enough to anyone ( Ok, perhaps the rrod isn't the best pr for a system, but I was thinking about it, and I've had mine well over two years, so it's not a great shelf life for a system when you consider that you can still pick up a working C64 even now, but it does show that these babies don't just flake out 10 mins after their out of the box. Plus mine's been played a lot ).

    My new one arrived today, amazon are just so good. Took 5 mins to set it up and slot the old hd into place, less than a minute to put in some info and restore my gamertag, and it's like it was again before the "incident". Only a lot quieter.

    One thing that I think we take for granted now is the whole live experience. It's just so fantastic and how every Flash portal should be ( If anyone's never really played with a 360 / live, take all the best bits from a well designed community system like Kong, and just keep multiplying until you feel sleepy ).
    It's just so transparent in use, and just, well right :)

    Oh, one thing, I got an arcade pack 'cause I've got a hd ( 20gig, would have been nice to have upgraded to the 60 gig model, but I'd have been spending even more money I don't have ), but you've got to get a hd model if you're getting one.

  • Jeff Fulton

    12/2/2008 4:27:11 PM |

    Squize, the Arcade Pack looks like a definite Jeff X-mas gift to myself. It is easy to add the HDD right? I just go down to the shop, pick one up and plug it in? I It is only $199 here for the Arcade version + 4 xbox live Arcade titles. Seems like a sure thing to me.

  • Squize

    12/2/2008 4:37:08 PM |


    Although if the difference between arcade and the 60gig model isn't too great, and you've been good this year, I'd get the hdd one mate.

    They ( HDD ) are so easy to plug in ( Literally plug & play ) but they're expensive for what they are ( It's around a £1 a gig here, which is a hell of a lot ), plus I think with the premium bundle you get a headset and possibly some extra tv cables ( Not sure ), so if you've got the extra it's worth paying it up front
    ( I know you don't get the 4 XBLA titles, but I'm not sure how many of those you'd buy anyway. I'm not panting to play Uno to be honest ).

    Either way, you won't regret it :)

  • nGFX

    12/2/2008 4:38:00 PM |

    Jeff, that would be too easy, wouldn't it?

    You need an XBox hdd, so you might need to check if the hdd version might not come cheaper than buying one afterwards.

    I got mine (the 360) by pure frustation, btw.
    I bought a PC game (point and click, "in 80 days around the world") and couldn't run it because my particular gfx board wasn't supported (the general type was, geforce4, but not this single board, but of course this was to read in the readme of the setup). I never wanted a console, I got a PC you know ... "I can play all games I want". Next day was 360 launch day here in Germany, so while shopping for a new GFX board, I added 50 euro and bought a 360 instead. (Which proved to be the better decission.)
    If you get one pass over you gamertag :)


  • Jeff Fulton

    12/3/2008 10:51:48 PM |

    The cost of a 360 is actually less than any graphics card I ever purchased just for gaming. I bought Half Life 2 and a new card for $375 2 years ago (before I went iMac). I'll never do that again.

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