Hi, my name is Skid Row Trash. I have been gaming and creating add-ons and mods for games since I was 11. I'm 30 now, and I still love gaming. My first gaming system was a NES, followed by a Sega Genesis. After that, I got the Sega CD. I think I am one of the few that actually enjoyed the hell out of that system. I had to replace my Sega Genesis once because of problems, and had to replace my Sega CD 3 times, and repair it once. My first computer ever was a 386 with a huge 40mb hard drive, dos, and eventually windows. Started out playing games like wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Commander Keen, Blake Stone, and the list really is endless.. Civ 1..
After this I got a SNES. What a fun system. This was soon after followed by a Nintendo 64, and eventually a PS1 and Gamecube. I had to exchange my PS1 once because it broke. After that I had a PS2, and an Xbox. I loved both those systems so much. I had to replace my PS2 3 times, and my Xbox 3 times due to hardware problems.
These days, I am gaming on Xbox 360, and PC. I don't bother with PS anymore because I have large hands and their analog sticks are way too close. I find both thumbs fighting each when trying to play anything on a playstation these days and much prefer the improved analog stick setup that Xbox 360 has.
I am currently on my 6th Xbox 360, and have Kinect as well.
My first one died from disc tray problems.
My second one I had Nyko Intercooler which actually melted into my xbox 360 and the 2 seperate things became 1 single entity.
My 3rd Xbox was a red ring of death
my 4th Xbox eventually wouldn't even turn on.
my 5th xbox still sorta works, but the disk tray takes like 40 tries to open and takes more and more time each attempt. Also when the door is closed it things the door is open, and thus I can't launch any games.
my 6th Xbox 360 was to replace my last one, but at the same time I wanted to have the most recent so I got a kinect package. Also, this is the first time I have had the ability to use HDMI with my Xbox 360, because all 5 xboxes I had before they kept sending me old units with only Component video.
anyways, I am a real big time gamer and like to try all games (except for sports because well.. sports are weak).
So yesterday I decided it was time to play something different. I was looking at RPG's and sales both on steam and Xbox Live. Turns out both have some decent stuff on sale.
I found Tales of Vespiria for 14.99 on Xbox Live. What a fantastic game I gotta say. From 2008 and the game and graphics still hold up great because of the awesome art style. It reminds me of how great Zelda Wind Waker still looks for the Gamecube.
Anyways, I also saw 75% off a game I always wanted to try, The Darkness II, for 7.49. I did not buy it though. I ran into a problem.
I wanted to buy both games. I looked all over the dashboard and settings and everywhere for an option to add money to my account. I was thinking I would throw $35 on there and get the 2 games and maybe have a bit extra in case any DLC caught my eye.
There is no option to add money...
I went online. I thought that since I can only change some certain things to my account via the Xbox Live website, I would be able to just add money to my account. Nope. Turns out you can't do this online either.
So here's the problem. I don't want to make multiple separate purchases with my credit card. I have done so in the past and went to use my card sometime afterwards only to find out that my credit card was frozen. This is something that happens automatically when they see unusual purchasing with your card as a safety measure. They saw multiple purchases within a few minutes and shut it down thinking it was stolen. All it did was take 45 minutes of my time to get it working again.
Say I wanted to make 10 purchases of DLC that was like 1.00 each. Currently, I have to do 10 separate transactions. Something I have already learned not to do.
Without an option to put something into a cart and make a one time purchase of everything, or an option to load money onto your account, Xbox live has sunk even lower.
I don't understand why this is not an option. It is only good for microsoft. Imagine everyone loads 30 bucks onto their account and only spends 10 for now, the rest later. How much money can be made investing that money on MS end.
*NOTE* There is still a way to load money onto your Xbox Live account... and that is by buying the remaining microsoft point cards still out in circulation if you can find them. Remember points? those things they cancelled a while back? Lol