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Xbox still alive 1 week after surgery. Musings on Reach. Why no dinosaur games?

So a week ago I scored a free Xbox360 off my sister . The reason? It had the ol' 3ROD issue; faulty hardware somewhere in it's overprotected belly, most commonly caused by overheating. Channeling MacGyver, I managed to fix it with a few coins, some electrical tape and a screwdriver.

If you want to do this yourself there are many tutorials on Youtube. You just need to search for: Xbox 360 coin fix. It was amazingly easy, obviously just try not to badly scratch or dent the motherboard in the process.

As far as the console goes it's been working absolutely fine all week with nary a hiccup. Got myself a gold account, so if you want to play Reach or Gears of War 2 some time feel free to add me: SkribbleStyles. Turns out the account links across your PC and Xbox360, which is kinda cool I guess. Spoilers for Reach follow...

Have to say Reach is damn fun. Spent over an hour playing Gruntocalypse with bottomless clip Rocket launchers today. Condensed fun. The campaign, while fun and diverse, didn't really capture me with it's story, and the deaths of Noble team lacked any kind of drama or consequence. Music was suitably awesome as has always been the case with the Halo games. I particularly like the armor abilities in Reach, a lot more than I ever liked the item pickups from Halo 3.

Dinosaurs are awesome. There is no denying it. So why are there so few dinosaur games? The Turok series instantly comes to mind, and while the originals were good in their day, they don't really stand the test of time; although fighting weaponized, laser shooting dinosaurs is still a blast. The new Turok was OK, but got repetitive and dull quite fast. Had there been no dinosaurs, I'm sure I wouldn't have even finished it.

Dino Crisis 1 and 2 where sooooo good. I have the original on my PSP and it makes a perfect portable game. Also, Dino Crisis 3 never happened. If Capcom made a new Dino Crisis on the MT Framework I would pretty much implode from happiness.

There was that mod a while back, Dino D-Day. which has Hitler create dinosaurs to fight his war, which was also OK. Trespasser, the game where it looks like the dinosaurs are wearing rollerskates. Oh, the Jurassic Park game on the Gensis was awesome; you could play as the Raptor.

Speaking of Jurassic Park, the Telltale Games guys of Sam and Max fame are apparently making an episodic Jurassic Park game, along with Back to the Future, that are going to be more action oriented than their previous games, with a focus on new gameplay and genres, "The agreement broadens Telltale's product offerings into new genres and new styles of gameplay"

Dan Connors, CEO of Telltale Games says, "We are all huge fans of both of these franchises. For Back to the Future and Jurassic Park we will leverage Telltale's expertise in story-telling and game design to deliver on the unique elements of each series with our goal being to create compelling cinematic adventures paying homage to each franchise." - Telltale Games Official website

I can't wait to see what they do with the game. I'd love for it to be a more adventure based game rather than a shooty-bang-bang game, so I think Telltale having the IP is a good start. Here's hoping they can pull off whatever it is they have planned. I hope their game is successful and developers jump on dinosaurs like they did with zombies.

Anyway, I've ranted enough. If you survived this long, add me on Xbox Live for some hot Reach action: SkribbleStyles
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About Skribbleone of us since 8:17 PM on 01.10.2008

Games I'm playing:

- Left4Dead 2
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2
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- World of Goo
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