The Xbox One on-boarding kinda sucks
January 18, 2016
Way back in 2001, I was lucky enough to get an (original) Xbox shortly after launch. At the time, the Carson City Target was not a terribly popular place to buy video games. Jumping up to 2005 I had become a fairly solid fan of the platform and managed to get an Xbox 360 a few months after launch. However by the time the Xbox One came around, real life had struck and I had much less free time and money for video games. There was always a longing for the XBone but never strong enough to actually get one. That was, of course, until this Christmas when my girlfriend got me the Xbox One Elite Bundle. However, this is not a story of love so much as it is a study of on-boarding.
PSA: Spend your Converted Microsoft Points Before June 1
May 28, 2015
A while back Microsoft decided to do away with “points” and “point cards” for its Xbox service and converted everything to the user’s local currency. In the small print during that conversion was that your existing points would be expiring on Monday June 1, 2015. You should have also received one or more emails about this.
More Holiday Deals!
December 20, 2011
Amazon is still doing expanded Holiday Deals. Even better than that, Steam is having a Holiday Sale. Now through December 31, you can get “gifts” or coal from steam for completing achievements. The gifts can be coupons or full games, additionally, the coal can be traded in for more gifts or further entries into a giveaway. Lastly, Microsoft is doing 12 Days of Xbox Deals (more info here). Merry Christmas and get onto Steam!
Converting to an Xbox Live Family Pack
October 11, 2011
I’ve been an Xbox Live Gold member for the last few years now, and other than the first time I bought a Gold Membership (through the Xbox), I have always bought my memberships via cards that were on sale (usually through Amazon or eBay’s daily deal). As a result, my subscription had well over 20 months left on it.
Review: Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Decade Duels (Xbox 360)
November 12, 2010
Let me start by admitting that I have only played the physical card game a handful of times. However, I have played other Video Game versions of this, specifically I played (and beat) The Sacred Cards (which was in a double pack I got used at GameStop), along with some of Reshef of Destruction. Since these games were basically identical (you are a duelist running around battling other duelists winning cards and cash to buy more cards), I assumed the Xbox Version, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels, would be more of the same. I was wrong.
First impressions of Call Of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer
November 10, 2010
If you game, you know Call Of Duty: Black Ops came out yesterday. While this is the 7th installment in a long series of Call Of Duty games, it really is “Modern Warfare 2: The Second”. By that I mean Treyarch just took the engine that Infinity Ward made for Modern Warfare 2 and reused it. At first glance that could seem like a bad thing, after all it means they really don’t have anything new in the engine. The reality though is this really isn’t all that bad. MW2 had a great engine and a great multiplayer experience. The real question is, will Black Ops manage to expand on MW2?
Review: Crackdown 2
July 8, 2010
Crackdown 2 came out earlier this week. I was slightly surprised when I got the shipping notification, because I thought it came out in September. When I broached this topic with Jon he informed me that I was thinking of Halo Reach. After playing the demo (back when I thought it came out in September), I considered canceling my pre-order. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the demo (I certainly did), but it didn’t seem like it was worth paying the $60 Day 1 price. That was back then. This is now. I’m still not sure if it is worth $60, but it is a ton of fun. Oh and Amazon had a pre-order bonus that I had long since forgotten about until they emailed me: codes for 4 more sets of armor (“Xbox Agent” — Green, Gold, Black, and Gunmetal — which looks almost identical to the light grey suit).
Review: Onslaught mode for Bad Company 2
June 25, 2010
After some mucking about on EA’s part, Onslaught mode for Bad Company 2 finally made it to the Xbox 360. I spent a bit of time playing it and I thought I’d write up a quick review to answer the burning question in most people’s mind: “Is Onslaught worth $10 (800 pts)?”
Battlefield 2: Bad Company – Onslaught Mode Now Available
June 24, 2010
Jon was going to write up a quick bit about this, but he is too busy trying to play it to do so. Expect an actual review of this new content at a later date. Currently, you can only get it from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace right here for 800 MS Points ($10 at standard rates). The in game access to the store does not currently show it.
Review: Perfect Dark
March 29, 2010
Perfect Dark recently (17 March 2010) arrived on Xbox Live. This game was originally published for the N64 and came with a 4 MB RAM expander for said device (later it became available with just the game). If you didn’t have the RAM expander, you were limited to only part of the Combat Simulator (see the wikipedia entry for more information on said limitation), so to me that means it wasn’t really an “option”.
Review: Magic: the Gathering (Xbox 360)
July 6, 2009
A little while back, Magic: the Gathering — Duel of the Planeswalkers was released on Xbox Live Arcade. Seeing as how Jon and I had both played the card game at various points in our lives, we decided we should try it out; thankfully, like all games available on Xbox Live Arcade, there was a free demo. After enjoying the demo for an hour or so, we both ended up getting the game, particularly the idea of getting to team up against either the computer or other players (mostly the former, the latter is less appealing as neither of us particularly care for random people.
Review: Xbox Live Purchases Through Amazon
April 17, 2009
A while back, Amazon (in partnership with Microsoft) started offering Online Game Codes for Xbox Live products (store front here). When it came out it had some of the more popular as well as the more expensive options, but some of the recent stuff hasn’t made it on there just yet, such as Puzzle Quest Galactrix. In addition to games, they also offer the Live access cards as well as point cards, both at the standard prices.