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Why I need EDS' Free Points

Twas once a time, around April of twenty-ought-seven, when I was carefree. I had the world by the globes, and I wasn't about to let go anytime soon. At least, thats what I thought. Not yet having Xbox Live at the time, I popped in the latest OXM demo disc and booted up the demo for Monster Madness, a game that I was waiting for since I found out that it shared similarities with another game, one a bit older and a definite top tenner, Zombies ate my Neighbors. I played around with it a little bit, getting used to the somewhat wonky control scheme,and I'll say I had a bit of fun. I decided to play it again to see if, since I was better working my joysticks, I could do better (and therefore get more fun out of the game).

That, apparently, as not a wise decision. For but a few minutes into the game, my screen suddenly went blank. Not paying too much attention to the apparent problem, I turned off the system and back on again. I loaded the disc and then the demo again. But a scant 120 ticks later and I once again stared into blackness. At this point I got worried, afraid even. I glanced away from the dark confines of the glassy square to my 360, only to find my fears confirmed. Crimson in the pattern of a circle, but not a complete circle, oh no. One sector was dark. The demon of the Xbox had descended upon my house that day and spread a pox on my box. I turned it off, and switched to a regular game disc, hoping that it may have just been a glitch inthe unfinished game code on the disc. But such luck was not to be, My box was scratched off the list of the healthy, now one of the infected.
I slowly unhooked the system, packing it back in it's original box. I grabbed the phone, dialed the number, and ordered a coffin from Microsoft. I then went over, matched Red, yellow, and white wires to their holes, and turned on my Dreamcast, NES disc in tray, for a rousing game of Not Tecmo Super Bowl to take my mind off what had happened.

The coffin never came, but I had pushed the 360 to the back of my mind until July, when we moved. I happily filled those months with Sega based goodness, but the day came to pack everything into boxes and ship out. We moved everything over in a weeklong process of shifting and moving, finding things we'd lost many moons ago. As the clutter left and we finalized our settlement, we re-discovered a green and white cube. I pulled it out from the rubble and set it by my bed. It was night, so I hadn't the time to hook it up, but come morn, I'd be sure to test it out in a small hope that time heals all wounds.

I awoke to a sunny day. I stretched, walked to the bathroom and did my morning duties. I emerged refreshed, and ready to discover the fate my system had been tagged with. I removed it from it's cardboard resting place, placed it on the dresser. Once again matched wires with holes using a color coding system, and inserted the power wire into my power strip. I hit the button. The images appeared. It arrived at the main menu, and I looked for a disc to put in. Not having unpacked any yet, I remembered that Hexic HD was preinstalled on my machine, having gotten the Pro bundle of the system. I booted it up, and played. I played and played. I enjoyed myself there, almost forgetting that I was testing this out for a problem. An hour later, I declared it well enough to play arcade games. But what about discs? Could it handle reading the information contained thereupon and still function well?

I went through box after box, looking for a game to play. I came across my Smackdown 2007 disc, and I decided it was good enough. In goes the disc, on goes the game, and I get ready. Another hour later, and I was glad. Glad, because the demon had been defeated, the pox had been lifted, and I was now in a position to aquire Xbox Live. The world was once again mine, or at least the world of Xbox live was. And that was good enough for me. I sit here today typing this story in happiness, as I am currently keeping that very same Xbox warm for my next game of Team Fortress 2.

tl;dr: I want the Boston song pack for Rock Band but have no points.

Also, for my pic, the Xbox:
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About MPHtailsone of us since 1:55 PM on 09.18.2007


This is basically my game collection (minus N64, SNES, Xbox 1, and Game Boy games):

See more of my puny, meager collection (in image sizes that can be read) at: https://s22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/MPHtails/My%20Collection/

Well, if your lazy and don't want to read the whole sidebar, I'll save you some time and tell you that all you need to know about me is in this image:

That aside, lets do some lists, because I enjoy lists.

Honorable Mentions:Zombies ate my Neighbors , Super Mario World
12.Sonic 3 & Knuckles
11.Tetris Attack
10.Sonic CD
9.Popful Mail
8.Bubble Bobble
7.Chrono Trigger
6.River City Ransom
5.Tecmo Super Bowl (NES)
4.Jet Grind Radio
2.NiGHTS into Dreams
1.Cave Story

I'm a really slow player. I rarely blast through games, regardless of genre or my own skill of it. Final Fantasy VII, for example, took me 8 years, 4 new files, 2 memory cards, and two copies to beat, even with a strategy guide.
Also, I cant frigging beat Chrono Trigger because my PS2 wont read the damn disc, same with Popful mail. This pisses me off.

UPDATE 5/3/08: I R WINRAR. Now to do the same with Popful Mail

As far as favorite bands go, I like more or less any song that catches my ear, regardless of genre or even quality (something thats also with every type of entertainment, I tend to enjoy lesser things). So, lets list, but with less numbers this time:

Smash mouth I reguard as my favorite band currently, but thats quite a changing area.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Duran Duran
and some others that I forgot.

As far as individual songs go, some of the ones that I favor due to memories or just general enjoyability are:

Fallen Horses- Smash Mouth
Waste- Smash Mouth
Then the Morning Comes- Smash Mouth
Eye of the Tiger- Survivor
16 bit vs PS3- Prinz Pi
Geto Highlites- Coolio
Flagpole Sitta- Harvey Danger
Rio-Duran Duran
Last Dinosaur- the pillows
Little Busters- the pillows
Scar Tissue- Red Hot Chilli Peppers

And of course, the rock prayer:
IN the name of the [Bohemian] Rhapsody, the Freebird, and the Holy Diver, May we all ascend the Stairway to Heaven.

Of course, theres more, but i just feel like stopping there.

Movies, well, theres Rocky III, IV and Balboa , Spaceballs, Snakes on a plane, Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller, the View Askewniverse movies and the like, but my all time favorite is BASEketball. SO many underrated one liners.

Television, lets see. Red vs Blue, House, WWE Raw (yes, imma rasslin guy yee haw), Chappelle's Show, like over nine thousand 80's and 90's toons, Saved by the Bell, Fresh Prince, Psyche, Full House (i was raised on it, so it dosen't count), Simpsons, KING OF THE HILL, Shin Chan, FLCL, and such, but as far as favorites go it's gotta be Mystery Science Theater 3000. Dont let anyone tell you different, Red Zone Cuba is the best episode, even if it's not Final Sacrifice with ZAP ROWSDOWER.

My Systems, let me show you them.
-Sega CD
-Xbox 1
-GB Pocket
-GB Brick

I like more under the radar.cult games like Earthbound, Popful Mail, Mr. Bones, and such, but usually due to their rarity they are a little pricy and thus I haven't played a truckload of them. I used to be a huge Sonic nut (even going so far as to read./collect the Archie Sonic comics even far after i stopped enjoying them), but thats since waned considerably. Though forever loyal to Sega in my heart (and, to a lesser extent, Nintendo), I can't survive on Shmups alone, and therefore branched myself out to accept all makes and models of vidja games and vidja game accessorries.

Well, if I think of anyting more, I'll be sure to add it so noone will ever read it.
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