One of the true pleasures I awaited over the holidays was spending quality time with my Xbox 360. I had intended to put some serious hours into Call of Duty 2 (with the hope that COD 4 would be under the Christmas tree) and Boom Boom Rocket (take that Wylie family!). But alas, it was not to be.
My Xbox 360 DVD drive failed. Again. I was flippin’ peeved, you have no idea. Why? Because this was a replacement sent to me after my first box died in August (I’d had it for 8 months). And to make it worse, we got Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, Scene It! and Viva Pinata: Party Animals. None of them would play with any consistency. Argh! (*#&&$(!!!
So now I have a decision to make. I’d planned on buying a 2nd Xbox so that the kids would have one for their play room (to go along with the Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo and Sega machines they have), but now I’m not sure because apparently we’ve not realized the importance of hardware quality yet. None of the my other game machines have ever suffered a hardware failure. Never. This sucks to no end.
Maybe this is our way of forcing software publishers into online distribution. From a business viewpoint, that’s the way of the future – faster distribution and cutting out the middleman (read: Best Buy) means extra profits and the potential for curtailing piracy. I’m a conspiracy theorist on this one. What do you think?
Anyways, I’ve been looking for a reason to buy another Xbox and this pushes it up in priority. I’m just massively perturbed that it’s being forced upon me because of crappy hardware more so than my original intent – game play and Xbox Live Marketplace.
The other option is to thumb my nose at the team and hunt down a Wii. The kids really want one, especially since there’s a huge lack of Xbox games for kids under 10yrs (or adults who don’t care for killing/sports/strategy).
…….I’ll stew over this a while longer. Not a happy camper at the moment.