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I Got a 360 Last Night!

Megan bought me my Christmas present early, an X-box 360 Pro bundle (60GB HD model). My gamertag is Happinessiseasy (go figure). Anyone who has one and I haven't already added, add me or let me know your tag (I have added: Chris, Trent, Alex, Justin, Matt, Monty, and Joey).

The system came with Kung Fu Panda and Lego Indiana Jones, so I'll probably check those out before springing for a new game. Except maybe an XBLA game or two (Catan mayhaps?). The first real game I know I'll want to buy when it comes out is Resident Evil 5, but that isn't for a while (Spring?) I think. Silent Hill might be fun to play through (let me know when you get done with your copy, Justin).

Also, does anyone have their 360 hooked up via wireless? If so, can you tell any difference between wired and wireless? I think I'm going to spring for the wireless adapter, stupidly enough, because I can't justify moving my router into the den and having to split my cable three ways.

I already set up my Netflix streaming account, and it looks pretty good. I thought it was a tad dark, but maybe that was just Heroes being dark.

I'm excited!


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Dec. 12th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
I'm using the official wifi adapter and haven't had any trouble.

Before you buy anything, try to borrow a copy of BioShock and play through it. Also, for $20, The Orange Box is almost impossible to pass on.

On an XBLA note, check these out: Hexic 2, Castlevania: SotN, Geometry Wars 2, Ikaruga, Worms, Bomberman Live, Pac-Mac CE, Bionic Commando Rearmed, Puzzle Quest, Assault Heroes, Galaga Legions, N+, and Rez HD.

I have most of those. The rest are on my to-buy-after-Christmas list.

I'm still waiting for one of the modern Gauntlet sequels to be released for the 360 (either as a new game, an Xbox Original, or XBLA). I love those games.
Dec. 12th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, Gauntlet Legends for the N64 was one of the most fun multiplayer experiences on the 64. Dark Legacy didn't make the grade for me for some reason. I say let em make a brand-new one for XBLA.
Dec. 12th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, is Worms online multiplayer? If so, I might just have found my new crack...
Dec. 12th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, is Worms online multiplayer?

Dec. 13th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
Welcome to the present
Glad to see you made the jump. I think you'll really enjoy the 360.

Worms is only 5 dollars and all (most of) the relevant downloadable content is now free. 1-4 player online multiplayer is available. I have a ton of XBLA games on my HDD if you wanna check them out beyond the demos. Justin or Trent should have the ones I don't own.

Bioshock is highly recommended. i think Trent owns it still. i'm borrowing a colleague's copy at the moment and am probably 80% finished. Orange Box is only 17 dollars right now, so do with that information what you will. you can borrow my copy of Left 4 Dead if you'd like to give that one a try. Even Call of Duty 4 is somehow fun; probably has something to do with the modern setting. i liked that about it, compared to the WWII games.

you can find my XBL gamer tag by looking at most any one of those fools' friends lists. welcome to the club.

I'm so jealous that you have the 60 Gig. Now that we can install games to the HDD, I only have 3 Gigs free on my 20 Gig. I got a good deal on my 360 (at the time it was a good deal), but at that point there was no mid-tier storage option (only 20 and 120 gigs). honestly, i'm just happy to have HDMI and post-RROD hardware, but an extra 40Gigs wouldn't hurt either.
Dec. 13th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
Re: Welcome to the present
I have a 160GB SATA drive that I'm thinking of trying to swap with my 20GB drive. It's doable, I just need a SATA enclosure first.
Dec. 13th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
RE5: March, Friday the 13th release. how non-rhetorically awesome is that? very awesome.

i recommend against buying the official 360 wireless adapter, but your configuration may not let you put your router right next to your 360. i've found that for many people, it's cheaper to buy a wireless network card for their home computer (~$40) than to buy one for the 360. just a thought.

check your 360's settings to make sure you like the options for video playback. when you set your 360's output resolution, you can also change the color reference levels (standard, expanded, etc.) which may make a difference in brightness for your Netflix streaming. Also, you have some options as to which color standard you use for different sources. I set mine to "auto", but you may have a preference if you're calibrating your contrast and brightness to optimize for games versus movies (0-255 vs 15-235). i'm having trouble explaining this, but just know that there are a few knobs you can turn if you wanna adjust your 360's graphical output.
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