Although I do enjoy complaining about Microsoft a whole lot, I was excited when I got a 360 for my birthday. (Thank you BF). Finally, I get to see what the whole fuss is all about
, I thought. Fortunately, I got a review copy of Shadowrun around the same time and I've been playing it ever since. I'm sure the BF is sorry he got me the 360 now, since it takes away from 'quality time.' (And the fact that I never want to talk to him on the phone if I'm playing.)
One of the joys
of Xbox Live is voice communication. I was a bit apprehensive about using it at first, unsure of how a room full of males would respond to it. I initially came up with the brilliant idea of using my 'manly voice' where I try to speak in as deep of a voice as possible. Unfortunately, that only made me sound like a male-to-female tranny, so I reverted to my normal voice.
Lucky for me, most people assume I'm a 7 year old boy playing Xbox live. Naturally, I put "A 7 year old boy" in my Xbox Live profile. But as I started playing more Shadowrun, building up a friend list of regulars I play with, the question of my gender came up and I told them the truth. I was relieved to see that most of them took it nonchalantly. But there were a couple who were a bit too eager to please
to put it lightly. So then I changed my profile to say, "A 300lb woman". That didn't work so well either, since some players deduced that a woman who was actually 300lb would never write that in her profile.
Overall, the Xbox Live experience was pretty much what I expected. As long as I play late enough at night, most of the kiddies have gone to bed and I can still talk to my teammates in game without a bunch of lame, "OMG, are you a girl or a little kid?" comments. read