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Free time and the Red Ring of Death
Entered on: November 26, 2008 12:39 PM by RobotSpider



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From: The Bone Entered on: November 26, 2008 12:49 PM

That was pretty sweet. 

From: Crockett Entered on: November 29, 2008 12:53 AM

This guy seems to be a combination of all the personalities and comments that exist in one of our gaming sessions. It starts slow and is long, but funny. Sound familiar?


From: Jackzilla Entered on: November 29, 2008 6:43 PM

That is pretty damn funny, Crockett.  "Holy mother of shit!" @ 7:30 or so had me laughing out loud.  Nothing worse than turdy games.

From: Jackzilla Entered on: November 29, 2008 7:11 PM

watching at 10:00 or so is funny too...

From: BigFatty Entered on: January 17, 2009 10:10 AM

Looks like price cuts are coming for the PS3 (to $299).  Rumor has it the 360 will follow suit with a price cut by June.   What could it be.....  $249..... $199?

Not that I would buy one then....

From: Jackzilla Entered on: January 17, 2009 11:25 AM

Sony should've cut the price for the holidays.  Xbox has outsold PS3 2:1 the last few months.  They have a cost problem that's hard to overcome.  The red-ring-of-death aside, MS is in a sweet position hardware wise.  PS3?  Zero interest here.  I'd rather get a Wii again (and I don't want one of those either).

From: RobotSpider Entered on: January 19, 2009 7:55 AM

Sony is having the same problems Nintendo had in the 90s.  Content, content, content.  There are NO compelling titles that make it a must-have purchase.  Ok, before you ladies start whining, there might be a few good titles (God of War, etc.)  But there aren't any "I'd buy it for that game alone" games.  Granted, that's on top of the hardware problem.  They have an incredible hardware platform.  Too bad it's beyond the capabilities of all but the most advanced developers, and much more than current software can take advantage of.  They're JUST now coming into titles that begin to tap it's potential.  But given that it's been out for 3 years (?), it was too much, too early.  And the price tag reflects that.

From: Creeko Entered on: January 19, 2009 2:27 PM

Slowly but shurly Microsoft if yielding to my demands. (Amazon Drops Xbox Live Price to $30)

From: RobotSpider Entered on: January 21, 2009 7:42 AM

When I first started playing on Live, I was also playing Asheron's Call on the PC which had a $9.99 monthly fee, and I thought the $50/year for XBL was a good deal.  Now that about 60% of XBL content is some sort of advertising, and the other 40% are revenue vehicles (Netflix, movies, music (which hasn't really taken off), etc.) I think they need to make it free.  The ®Match-Making (powered by ®True-Skill) is of questionable value, and playing against others over the Internet is not something unique to Live.  Since most of the games use a peer-to-peer connection anyway it's not like we're paying to maintain the game servers.

From: Ross Entered on: January 21, 2009 9:42 AM

Excellent points, Spider.  I agree.

From: Creeko Entered on: January 21, 2009 1:18 PM

Not to mention the new user growth rate is probably flat, if not on the decline. I'm already spending my money on DLC. I should feel lucky they don't charge me for the priviledge to spend my €'s there.

From: Jackzilla Entered on: January 21, 2009 1:49 PM

I'm sure M$ will do what's economically best for 'em, don't worry about that.  Didn't they announce a new record number of Live users after the holidays?  The Live service is still growing --  I wouldn't look for free Gold membership anytime soon (sorry Creeko, better sell some plasma).

In the meantime, the value that $50/year adds to existing games like Halo 3 and Gears 2 keeps me from buying much in the way of other new games quite honestly.

From: Creeko Entered on: July 30, 2009 1:50 PM

DL'n new XBL update, I thought it was coming out on Aug. 11? Any one else have it yet?

From: Jackzilla Entered on: July 30, 2009 10:17 PM

Really Creeko?  You're the first to DL the new update... to use with your sweet SILVER membership?  Me?  I'm off to play the NEW MAPS (which are way sweet) on GEARS 2 multi-player, beyotch!

From: Creeko Entered on: July 31, 2009 9:33 AM

Oh really, I had GOLD for the whole month of June and no one even noticed, as a matter of fact, thaere was nary a time when I was on Live at the same time as my American brethren. You tell me, what's the poing of spending money on something if you're not gonna use it?

From: Jackzilla Entered on: July 31, 2009 10:27 AM

Dude!  How do you think I have so many great online friends!?  Bunky, Monkey T, JayB, Kush, SlimeHam, etc etc... I didn't know them until I played Live!  Make some new friends -- your monkey-back-ass, Eurpope timezone can't be so bad that no one else is on Live!

And if I was on at the same time as you (which I have noticed on the weekends), why would I assume you have Gold all of a sudden?

Bert - Have you sold your copy of Gears 2 yet?  The new maps are pretty sweet (there are 7 plus a new campaign level for a meager $15).  Will we ever see you playing again?  Just pop in some blood pressure meds and hop on sometime!

By the way, if anyone around a Meijer needs to re-subscribe, I've heard from 3 people buying 3-month cards from Meijer and having them activated as 13-month renewals.  Apparently their systems messed up.

From: Ross Entered on: July 31, 2009 4:55 PM

I really should pop in this weekend sometime... I am usually good for a couple of hours at least, until I remember how much the Gears control scheme annoys me.  Oh wait, that was me remembering it again... I'll try suppress that.  Though I'm not really excited about spending $15 on new maps.  I paid for the last map pack and only played that one time. 


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