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veXed
4:48 PM on 11.08.2007

I need some help here.

I have been living in the US for the past few years and I brought my elite back with me when I came back to the UK.

I am waiting on my copy of CoD4 collectors edition to be shipped from the US, but I dont want to wait for it. The release date for CoD4 here is tomorrow, so I want to go pick up a copy and get some games in ASAP.

I am a little stuck on the whole 'region free' thing though. I called my local store today and was told that while the USA and Asian versions of CoD are region free, the PAL version is not?!?!?! I dont understand why they would give me this information as it would just lose them a sale, unless it was true/correct.

I dont understand why one particular region would not be region free, and I though most Activision titles were region free. When trying to purchase an advertised 'region free' copy of cod4 on ebay tonight, the seller kindly informed me that I could save on the shipping an purchase a PAL copy at my local store because his copys were all PAL and were also region free.

Im stuck. I am being given contradicting information by two different sources, if worse comes to worse I can always just buy it, try it, and return it if it doesnt work.

I was just wondering if anyone can clear this up with some DEFINATE info, that they KNOW is factual. LoL.

Thanks is advance










But im only playing! I cant wait for this game :P


Mario FTW!




haha. How quickly were your fingers warming up, ready for some hardcore flame action?







veXed
4:16 PM on 11.06.2007

Im sure many have seen this, but I just watched it for the first time. This guys video knock off of Akons song is really funny. If you havent seen it I suggest you take a few mins to watch it. I know I for one can relate, lol.









Because Its a freaking worthless piece of engineering crap - now I have your attention, please come in and read the full thing, I need confirmation that im not just going mad here.....


I was unfortunate in the fact that I did not get my first xbox on release day, I did however get it very shortly after, so considering this fact I have owned a 360 since November 05.

Now do not get me wrong. Xbox Live is the best online console service around in my opinion and the games that are produced for the 360 include some of the best titles I have ever played. I do not have an issue with these after market products. I have an issue with the fact that Microsoft seem to get away with pumpin out untold amounts of consoles that do not operate properly.

Since my first console, I have had red lights, overheating, power block problems, Hard drive issue, Av issues, you name it, ive seen it. I have waited the long 4 weeks or so it REALLY takes to send in a console for repair on numerous occassions, going through a total of 4 regular xbox 360's in about 18 months. I finally decided that enough was enough, surely with the launch of the flash new xbox 360 elite, MS would have corrected all these issues, and finally got a product together that would last for a while.

Well suprise suprise, I was wrong. I have owned my Elite for approximately 6 months now, and for the past few days the disk drive has been making alot of noise when I insert a game. Tonight it finally decided to stop reading disks altogether. Laugh Out Loud. Sorry I didnt think a simple LoL would do it. This is an absolute disgrace. I do not care what excuse anyone makes, there is absolutely no reason why a product that costs so much money does not work properly. My boxes have lasted an average of about 5 months each. I have never in all my life seen another product that costs so much money, turn out to be such a poorly manufactured item.

While MS claims that the return rate was 'well below the average return rate for sonsumer electronics' something around 3-5% why is it that numerous sources are saying otherwise? Retailers have reported a return rate of somewhere over 30%, while a little bit of clever digging and some basic mathmatics by GamePolitics.com shows that it could be somewhere nearer 40%. Who knows, it could be higher. I personally know of many people who have had issues.

Thing is, regardless of how they try to brush it off as 'normal' or claim that there isnt an issue the facts clearly prove otherwise. They have extended their warranty period to cover all consoles sold before a certain date. By doing so they might as well have stood up and said 'hey, you caught us. We sold crap.' I use the term sold simply because thats what they have admitted, but it seems that they have sold junk and continue to sell junk. This time its just newly boxed, fresh sleek black cased junk with a higher price tag.

Regardless of whether you want to claim this all to be 'Bad Luck', or try to put it down to some kind of conspiracy theory, one blatant piece of evidence does not lie, and it sits here right under my nose. Ive had my original playstation for more than 10 years. I can still put a game in and play it anytime I want, no problems. MS is a software company, Sony is a hardware company, fair enough, but the comparison in quality of product is unthinkable.

Thing is, MS will continue to claim that this is a minority case. It doesnt happen very often, but thats not true at all. This is happenening to lots of people all over the world. I can somewhat understand the repair policy, but surely after a few times, they should finally admit they have a bad product and offer customers refunds.

I talked with the management at xbox customer support tonight, and all he could continually say is, we will repair it. I mean he will sit there and admit that he agrees with what Im saying, and that he wouldnt like it either, but yet he is forced to give parrot answers from scripted responses shoved down his throat by some big wig in an office who could care less about us less fortunate people in life. As long as all our hard earned dollars are paying for his new ferrari, and that nice mansion he drives home to every night, whats it to him?

To be honest Im disgusted that I have been treated this way by a company who I have spent so much money with. I have spent thousands and thousands on xbox's, games, etc. I deserve a bit of respect, and after the 5th time of having to put up with this, I deserve a refund. Im at the point where I dont want another box that will die on me in a few months, I just want my money back.

If you are one of these people who have had one box since day one, then you are lucky, and I wish I was you. No i am not locking my box in an enclosed space, no Im not making them overheat. Yes, it gets used on a daily basis alot of the time, but Im not online for any 12 hour periods or anything.

Also, if you are interested in reading a bit about this issue, I found a few supporting articles, just in case someone thinks im going nuts over nothing.

Read about the guy whos gone through 7 xbox's here

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/aei/2007/02/xbox_360_failures_a_loyal_fan_returns_seven_machines.html

Or perhaps take a look at some clever maths that shows perhaps MS has a reason not to reveal exact failure numbers for fear of embarrasment

http://gamepolitics.com/2007/07/06/xbox-360-failure-rate-do-the-math/

How about an article stating that MS's 3-5% ratio seems to be way off from what retailers are reporting


http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/gaming/xbox-360-failure-rate-30-says-retailers-271487.php

Maybe you would just like to read about another unfortunate gamer who has experienced something similar to myself

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/aei/2006/05/the_unluckiest_.html

Even employees of major publishers are disagreeing with what MS has released

http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=542833



The stories are endless, I could post links to topics all day. Important and respected journalists all agreeing with the fact that MS have released a shabby product that does not operate the way it should.

I feel cheated to be honest. Agree or disagree with some of the things I may have said, but nobody can deny that this should not be tolerated by consumer protection organizations.

Well what can you say? The rich get richer, while the poor get to wait 4 weeks for another product that will probably last no more than 6 months before having to be replaced again.








I saw this film last night for the first time. Pretty violent, alot of bad language, but still a very 'different' take on movie making. I really enjoyed it, here is a fan-made video with a few of the scenes from the movie.

I would recommend renting, as it is definately not a buy for everyone.








veXed
6:14 AM on 10.21.2007

Yea I know its nothing new, but still this vid made me laugh. You think you could handle the heat? personally I wouldnt even bother trying.



I thought it was sweet how they always have a drink on standby for the victim. When I was at school someone woulda kicked you in the shin while their accomplace snuck up behind to trip you over. LoL.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y2KMMk0Row