Sunday, November 20, 2005

Well this week is going XBox 360 crazy. Right now as I type Microsoft is hosting a XBox 360 party "Zero Hour" a few streets down from my house, at an old airplane production hanger. I didn't know about it until I was driving and saw traffic backed up for a block all around the hanger. This also means that I didn't put in for tickets, and I am not able to get in. It would have been really neat to see all the hundreds of game stations, and be able to compete with thousands of people on the games.

I got my first look at an actual unit over at Best Buy. It is about the size of a VCR/DVD player. The game FX was nice, matching what I have seen on hi end PCs. I didn't get a chance to play or touch it, some ten year old was hogging the game the entire time I was in the store, and people frown on beating up little kids, even if they disserve it. Actually I think Best Buy is becoming the local arcade. They have two HD TVs with a nice sound system and game chairs, along with the standard game system displays on the isles. If you want to play any of the games, you best get there early, because with no quarters, chairs, and HDTV it is an arcade dream come true. The only way someone gives up their controller is when nature calls or the store closes. I wish I had it this good when I was younger. I remember standing in line to play the NES before a five minuet timer reset the system and your turn was up.


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Lately all my time playing on the computer has been taken up by FEAR and World of Warcraft. FEAR is going to be one of the games that I have to play all the way threw. It just has me hooked. It is not so much the story, which has my curiosity going, but the excellent AI.

I got Metriod Pinball for the DS. I thought having the split screen would be a big problem; it actually isn't that big of a deal. It is nice having the whole table right there, and they do not have to bounce from table section to table section like they did with Curby pinball.

I noticed some of the accessories being sold for the Xbox 360 at Wal-Mart the other night. The biggest surprise was seeing the face plates; they were quite a bit bigger than I had imagined them to be. The remote control is nothing like the dinky DVD remote that they had for the old system. It has so many buttons on it, there was even had a Windows button! I wonder if it also works as a universal remote that can work with the TV and other things. That would be cool. They only had the hard wired controllers on stock, and they use what looks like a regular USB connection. I hope that third party hardware makers provide windows drivers so I can use their controller on my Xbox 360 and my PC.

No, I am not getting one when it comes out. I really cannot justify spending $400 on myself this close to Christmas. Maybe next year.


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Go help a soldier that has been wonded communicate with their loved ones and friends. Go make a donation to Project Valour, an orginazation that is provides voice-controlled software and laptop computers to wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand and arm injuries or amputations at major military medical centers.


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