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My PS2 broke down in Octoboer '05, and I was so irritated because that was the 8th time that had happened, I swore off systems. Fast forward to December '06, and my friend and I wanted to find an activity to do, but I live in Detroit and he lives in Houston. I broke down and pursued an Xbox 360, and I came out of my year long retirement from gaming.

I dig mostly on sports games, but I fell in love with sandbox GTA games. I don't spend too much time playing, as I try to divide my free time up as much as possible. But because of my narrow gaming tastes, it does not mean I'm closed off to other game types. No WoW though, I'm geeky enough as is.

Away from gaming, I love sports, comics, cartoons, anime and movies. I don't watch as much television as I use to, but I keep up with what I love as much as possible. Cartoons are all I watch on tv besides sports anyway. I also love to write. I write leisurely and sometimes I utilize blogging. I stick to short stories more than anything. I gotta find a spot to slap a link to my myspace, if that's an acceptable action around here. I'm still unsure.

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The E-74 virus.

That's right kdis, you cure Polio, and AIDS comes and fucks your disco up with the quickness.

The first time it occurred, I had ye olde Best Buy 2-Year Service Plan. I went up to the counter all Scot Hall-like with the "Hey yo", then I gave them my 360 and the proof of insurance. Question for anyone who went through this particular phase: did it make you as angry as it did me that they knew exactly what it was and had a whole pyramid of 360s and apologies in 7 languages waiting for us? With that said, I took home my trust new 360, and ran that mother like no other. I hooked up a fan to it, a regular floor fan was in the vicinity, I was determined to record and witness the first ever set of blue rings.

A year and a half later, and the same 3-ring circus returns to my home theater. This time, it had vicious intent. It was Black Friday, and I had just blown $700 on a brand new 42" Panasonic HDTV. You know that feeling when you get home with a new tv, you just want hook up anything you can find to it, and of course the crown jewel of your setup. After placing everything together, and playing an episode of Justice League Unlimited through the 360 HD Disc Drive, it happened. The 'scust in my heart was like no other. Someone from Ohio State could have been banging my mom to a Genesis song (Phil Collins, you uncultured fucks) and I would not have been as angry as the timing of my 360's demise.

The problem this time, was that I didn't have my handy dandy Best Buy warranty. Now, my options were to send it in to Xbox and wait for god knows how long during the biggest holiday shipping weekend, and I had a brand new HDTV waiting for me like a hot chick sitting on your couch while you argue with your ex-girlfriend on the phone in the kitchen. I reached into my inner Vivica A. Fox and said "OH HELL NAW'L!!!" and made some calls. A friend of mine opened up his own gaming shop and repaired consoles for like 30 bucks. Opting for a mercenary rather than the actual Microsoft Core of Engineers, I put my faith in an unproven method. Three days later, good as new! :D

I knew it was on its last legs. Anyone with a 360 knows that the consoles are like your favorite dog: You enjoy it while it's around, but after every surgery, you know you're closer to having to get a new dog.

For another year, I played, patted and paid as much attention to my 360 as possible, knowing soon it was just going to have to be put down. Oh, how it fired up like a champ even though it was in its twilight. It played the games, ran the illegal torrents I downloaded, pumped music through my sound system so proudly. It's like if Michael Jackson actually did a leg of his final tour before he got the gotcha. My mistake during all of this, was that I eventually allowed myself to become comfortable with my 360 again, believing we can live happily ever after, or together forever as Andy and Chucky once promised themselves. Alas, the fateful day came, and it happened once again on Black Friday.

The thought of new electronic hardware must have put it into its comas. Like if we planned on bringing a cat home and your dog just flips the fuck out from somehow knowing his territory was about to be invaded. Nevertheless, the new death called E-74 took my baby from me, and I wept. Unfortunately, I had no money for a new dog, and I hade way too many collars and leashes for one NOT to have one. So, I opted to go with one last emergency surgery, in hopes that my HDMI-less console can live at least one more year, until I am ready to update to the great show dog Elite, that so many of us are now upgrading to.

To my surprise, my friend has now partnered with a repair service to his game shop as a year has passed. No longer was he repairing consoles while dried Recees Peanut Butter Cup chocolate crumbles form his fat cheek onto the circuitry below. Now, a group of professionals who do this shit for a living were about to give my baby a REAL second chance at life. I took it in, paid my $50 bucks, and waited too long, agonizing weeks before my baby came home.

She has never run so silently.

So smoothly.

So powerfully.

I imagine the technical overhaul done to this upgraded many a thing that I can't even begin to understand. What is good to know is that this method exists for those who couldn't even afford a console to begin with and somehow no longer have warranties via Microsoft or through another store.

Jesus Christ, this damn machine has played with my emotions for three years now. I only hope I can get another year out of it, maybe more with the complete overhaul of its innards. Maybe by then, something new and blu will be available then, who knows. All I know is that I got mah dog back. :D








In a minimalist world, you scrape and claw to enjoy the good things in life. As a Batman fan of troubling levels, I haven't even been able to secure myself a copy of Arkham Asylum cuz of horrid economics. In the recent days, my ability to afford a used copy has been a reality, but now that two potential GOTY candidates are ready to unleash, I'm putting AA on the back burner.

Modern Warfare 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 are games that will have to be in most gamers' libraries by Christmas. I'd like to believe that Black Friday will offer us deals on these two games, but I'm not holding my breath. It wasn't till the Sunday after Christmas in 07 that CoD4 was on sale at Target for $37. I can't hold out that long, that's just crazy. The sound of NEIGHBORS through the basement walls let me know that they enjoy modern gaming as I do. I know those guys are gonna have a copy. Plus, my online homies are already setting up nights for long runs of multiplayer.

I know some people can get these two games on the drop dates without batting an eye, but folks like myself usually save up on shillings for a while just to get ONE game. I remember back in the day when I would bust 2 games at a time. I saved a receipt with Final Fantasy X and Max Payne on it for the F of it cuz I paid full price and could afford it. Oh, the ignorance of youth. Now, I save a receipts if I pay full price for Big Macs.

I guess taking the previous winter and summer off of gaming stuff was a smart idea, as I can now indulge in games this Holiday season via gift cards and puppy dog eying moms and pops.

OH, and my Xbox Live subscription is up December 1st.

This can't be life.










Along the long road of gaming, you tend to hit a snag or two, when it comes to being into your games. In the most recent years, gaming and home theater setups have become synonymous with each other, prompting us all to put together our most creative setup that defines who we are. This is the case for us gamers who enjoy all facets of entertainment, especially movies, sports and television. Adding the affordability of HDTVs to this mix, and home theater setups have all but become a total contest.

This may be a personal issue, but sometimes I grow bored of looking at the same surroundings. I do believe in familiarity, but I find that within the contents of my setup, rather than the arrangement of it. I first posted my serious set up here a while back, and since then it's gone through this change (and a broken digicam as well :/ ).

Its been about a year since this setup, and I think I'm ready to change it up once more. It's surprising how stale a setup can be, even if it is still kicking so much ass as is right now. But since my first setup, I've gained an HDTV and tried to get cute with a retro gaming station with my old tv. I'm gonna try to set it back up to the original spot, but optimize my area much more. I'm pretty excited to do this, since I'd love to see that first setup with my HDTV and retro spot implemented.

Do you guys change your setup around periodically to "keep it new"?








http://gamevideos.1up.com/video/id/26561

In my absence from blogging about gaming, a few newsworthy items appeared that peaked my interests. Among them was how Prototype didn't quite live up to the epicness that I had held out hopes for. Another was the announcement that my grandfather game for the 360 Crackdown had finally been given the green light for a sequel.

The link above provides fan footage from the Tokyo Gameshow that shows us the multiplayer aspect of the game up close. I am pleased to find out that the physics and graphics have returned in what appears to be a perfect transition from the first game. We were promised that this was the case, but sometimes you really need to see it to believe it. Even the voice over guy is back, talkin his brand of garbage to you.

I really hope there is a free roam style a la GTA IV, and we're not stuck with only death matches.








The economy sucks balls.

With that being said, I've just gotten back into the swing of things as far as a JOB goes, and I'm among the
living once again. Unfortunately, my gaming experiences have not changed much. Or maybe that's a good
thing?

Since launch, I've been playing Saint's Row 2 non-stop.I have 3 different characters at over 80 hours a pop,
and I really show no signs of stopping. I haven't finished Gears of War 2 because of this, and I embarrassingly
only have like 2 hours tops in Fallout 3. They sit on my shelf, just waiting their damn turn, while I ignore their
cries of boredom. To make things even WORSE, I haven't even finished GTA IV.

I recently purchased the first DLC pack for SR2, and have had mild amusement with it. I'm loving the subtle, but
obvious teases that are implying that the Row will soon be infected by the walking dead. I mean, the engine
already exists in the Zombie Uprising mini-game in the crib. Why not find a way to use that to have zombies
replace the pedestrians of Stillwater?

To my shock, I learned a few days ago (as many SR2 fans had) that the next batch of DLC will be available
NEXT WEEK!. I'm pretty pumped for this, as I'm now going through the game for the 4th time, this time using my
favorite saved character to do co-op on Xbox Live with a friend. SO glad to be back online.

If any of the D'Toiders are living the life in Stillwater still, I'd like to hear about it.

With money coming in once again, I can look forward to the purchasing of 2 games I was worried I'd be
missing out on this summer: Batman Arkham Asylum and Prototype. Both are looking absolutely phenomenal,
and I expect them to give my Saint's Row 2 disc a much needed vacation.








The economy sucks balls.

With that being said, I've just gotten back into the swing of things as far as a JOB goes, and I'm among the
living once again. Unfortunately, my gaming experiences have not changed much. Or maybe that's a good
thing?

Since launch, I've been playing Saint's Row 2 non-stop.I have 3 different characters at over 80 hours a pop,
and I really show no signs of stopping. I haven't finished Gears of War 2 because of this, and I embarrassingly
only have like 2 hours tops in Fallout 3. They sit on my shelf, just waiting their damn turn, while I ignore their
cries of boredom. To make things even WORSE, I haven't even finished GTA IV.

I recently purchased the first DLC pack for SR2, and have had mild amusement with it. I'm loving the subtle, but
obvious teases that are implying that the Row will soon be infected by the walking dead. I mean, the engine
already exists in the Zombie Uprising mini-game in the crib. Why not find a way to use that to have zombies
replace the pedestrians of Stillwater?

To my shock, I learned a few days ago (as many SR2 fans had) that the next batch of DLC will be available
NEXT WEEK!. I'm pretty pumped for this, as I'm now going through the game for the 4th time, this time using my
favorite saved character to do co-op on Xbox Live with a friend. SO glad to be back online.

If any of the D'Toiders are living the life in Stillwater still, I'd like to hear about it.

With money coming in once again, I can look forward to the purchasing of 2 games I was worried I'd be
missing out on this summer: Batman Arkham Asylum and Prototype. Both are looking absolutely phenomenal,
and I expect them to give my Saint's Row 2 disc a much needed vacation.