&t Phil on Games: February 2010 <$BlogMetaData$;

Friday, February 19, 2010


My Xbox 360 died again the other day, for the 5th time. Unfortunately, my warranty is expired this time around, which means I can spend $100 and wait for yet another refurbished system replacement that is bound to die, or spend $200 more for a brand new system with the smaller, cooler running chip set (and HDMI video), that will probably also die faster than it should.

At this point, I'm sick of Microsoft's inability to fix fundamental heating issues with the system. They are obviously banking on users to replace their systems with brand new purchases so they can keep playing all the games they invested in. Here we are, 5 years after the system launch, and they STILL have issues with the hardware. Is it a coincidence that the very same week my Xbox died, THREE other Facebook buddies had their systems die as well? And for two of them, this was at least their 3rd time having it crap out.

The really crappy part about all of this is that in order for me to play anything Halo, I have to have an Xbox. Anyone who knows me is aware of my love for all things Halo, so this situation is especially harsh. In protest, I have traded away most of my Xbox games, and will be giving my gaming dollar to Sony and Apple until Halo: Reach comes out this fall. At that point, I'll probably pick up another system, which hopefully will have dropped in price by then.

Thankfully the PlayStation 3 is finally coming into its own, and the development community is figuring out how to have equal or higher quality versions of multi-platform titles. There are still a few exceptions (Dragon Age, I'm looking at you), but I'm extremely happy with the level of quality that system has been able to crank out the past couple of years. And though I may be jinxing myself by writing this, that system is solid as a rock. I have the same system I purchased three years ago (the original launch hardware), and that thing keeps on kicking after countless hours of playtime. Unlike the Xbox, I never fear that the next time I press the power button might be the systems last... and it doesn't sound like a 747 taking off when it's running.