Hey - I wanted to discuss this whole XBox
Live thing. Tis a popular subject, and I thought I'd just let you
know: I collapsed and bought the kit. I know, I know. Silly Fatman,
paying for service is like giving your soul to the nearest passerby. Well,
call this my Soul Doughnut. (That's right, I made a Simpsons
reference. You will soon learn that I like the Simpsons, I
like making references TO the Simpsons, so there's really no point
in shielding you from the Simpsons.)
Like any good cheap person, I avoided the whole XBox Live experience.
Except that I'm not cheap, and I'm also easily swayed by friends. And this
weekend I caved. I have the XBox Live kit, and I'll be on the Live service
for at least a year. As of this second, I only have 2 demo games, one of
which I refuse to play (Whacked),
because it looks like a hopelessly STUPID game show. Someone can feel free
to correct me, but I hate to think of the tools on the other end
of the headset in THAT demo. The experience with the racing game demo (MotoGP)
has been fairly sweet... The headset adds SO MUCH to the experience.
I forgot for a time that I was playing quite possibly the worst racing game ever
created (motor cycle racing games suck). In fact, I have to say, the
headset pretty much makes the service. The headset makes it better than
the PlayStation 2's service by a long shot - yeah, yeah, PS2 has a headset,
whatever - let's see how many game supports the headset. Yes, I
said GAME, not games.
I also got a chance to play that new Unreal
Championship game (XBox) with a buddy (DanielJ)
- you might have heard of it. It's the game that no one can get, because
it's been selling out too fast. We played in team mode, on-line, and we
played for about a half an hour. So, bear in mind: this is a first brush
with the game, and just my impressions thus far.
My 2 second review of Unreal
The game is interesting, but I wasn't a big fan. Basically, Unreal
Tournament 2003 (PC) smokes UC in every possible way. With
UT2003 out, there is no reason whatsoever to own UC. The
game play is slower, and many EXPECTED features are painfully absent from this
game. Like, did YOU just kill that person? Did Bob the Monkey?
We didn't know, cause the game wasn't telling us! And, oh, who is it that
you're shooting at? Oops, you don't get their names, either. And,
OH, what TEAM AM I ON!?!?! Nope, no quick on-screen thing telling me that,
either. I was a bit miffed. And on top of that... While my
buddy's voice communicator worked fine, mine didn't. Just when we were
getting frustrated, about half way through the match, our shots just stopped
showing up on the screen. I don't know if this was our connection dying,
or what, but it didn't make me happy.
Not cool. If anyone has any reason why I should be owning this game,
please post in the forums, as I WANT to be a believer. I really do.
Everyone else seems to think the game rocks. Maybe I'll give it another
go. I don't know. Convince me.
So now, the only system that I don't have on-line is the GameCube, which I
could care less about having plugged in. The GameCube is a happy little
box that makes for a silly little 4 person experience, a touch of Mario
insanity, and coming soon, the complete domination of my living room via the
monster that is Metroid.
review of the movie 8 Mile is here (click this). Click away, if movie
reviews are your thing. I took it off of the main page, because I thought
that focus on gaming for the main page was a good thing.
Also, I created screens this weekend to e-mail
you your password, and edit
your profile. So, now you can change your password, your bio, and all
those other fun details. These pages will be permanently linked from the Community
section. Sorry I didn't tell you about this earlier. I'll go to my
I also added 71 new games to the XBox database section. I will be adding some games to the PS2 section in a bit, as well... Please take some time, and update what you can in the database (it's "community powered"!)
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