Posts tagged Xbox 360

5 years ago

Speaking of sleep, I’m not going to be doing myself any favours tonight! Bring on disappointment and/or excitement at 2:30am tonight!

Booze, Flying Power, La Noire

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Wish this was my whole weekend rather than those assignments…

50″ Samsung 3D Plasma

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My housemate’s (@nathcarruthers) new TV

Microsoft Open House Playdate

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About a month ago a friend and I caught the train to Luna Park in Sydney to see the Microsoft Open House, an event showing off heaps if Microsoft products including Surface, Windows Phone 7, Windows Live Essentials and most impressively Kinect, the new Xbox 360 motion controller.

We arrived at the Crystal Ballroom at about a 3:45 and after a short wait we were led into a room full of computers, games, a DJ and a bunch of enthusiastic Microsoft employees who were too overly attractive to possibly have actually been interested in what they were showing us. After having a quick first glance at the table holding tens of laptops, from paper thin netbooks to beasty gaming machines, a Surface set up over in the corner and a desk with a few Arc Mouse/Keyboard combos we headed straight to the main attraction.

There were 5 Kinect booths set up, each with a massive LCD screen, an Xbox 360 and a Kinect all with different games ready to play. There was Joyride, Ubisoft’s Your Shape Fitness Evolved, Kinect Sports, Kinect Adventures and Harmonix’s (the guys that created Guitar Hero and make Rock Band) Dance Central which was by far the best game on show. We all got to play these games and try out the aforementioned laptops, keyboards, mice and the Surface and after about 90 minutes we were lead into another section of the building that had been transformed into Microsoft’s Open House.

After a nice little speech from a PR guy about how great Microsoft is doing, we were led into what looked like a tiny shop selling MS products and after another little talk the giving away began. The two people showing us around the open house had a little bit of an act going on that ended up with a few rounds of “Answer the Microsft trivia questions” with the winners getting prizes such as an Xbox 360 Slim, Xbox 360 games and an Arc Keyboard/Mouse set.
After the give-aways we were led through a series of rooms including a kitchen, living room, bedroom, office and an outside room where we were shown many Microsoft products like Internet Explorer, Foxtel on Xbox, Media Centre, Windows Live Essentials (in particular Photo Gallery and Mesh) and Windows Phone 7.

Once this was all over we were asked to leave straight away (presumably so we couldn’t sneak into the next group and cheat on their trivia) and given a show-bag on the way out. Looking into it I saw a white Microsoft beach towel, but underneath that found a brand new Arc Keyboard and Arc Mouse which was a great surprise to end the night.

After that we quickly caught a train back to Central and after a short stopover a Hungry Jack’s (called Burger King in the rest of the world) took the train back to Wollongong where, to finish the day off, I went and saw Tomorrow When the War Began, a film remake of a series of books I read when I was much younger, at the Shellharbour Cinema.

My Backlog

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Everyone has a backlog. That stack of games that only ever seems to grow, especially with the release schedule for Q1 this year! Mine isn’t too long, but that’s mainly because it’s only made up of games I know can afford or borrow from a friend, and many of them are games that I own and have started, but haven’t had time to finish because of Uni and work. I’m also going to throw on a game or two that I plan on getting into very soon. So without further ado, my backlog:

  • Assassin’s Creed 2 – I’ve been playing AC2 for about a month now and really loving it. I’ve finished the main story and only have about 11 of the 100 feathers to go. Once I get those last few feathers, and the Auditore Cape I’ll only have to visit each city and I’ll have 1000/1000 gamerscore for the game…Until tomorrow when The Battle of Forli DLC comes out, which will no doubt include achievements, quickly stripping me of one of five 100% complete games.
  • Mass Effect 2 – Hardly something you can say is on my backlog (considering it came out today). I ordered the special edition online while I was writing this post so I am going to get to it ASAP. Can’t wait!
  • Left 4 Dead 2 – I got L4D2 about the same time as AC2, but haven’t payed it as much attention due to the lack of other players here. I’ve done the first campaign, and made it through maybe half of dark carnival, but it doesn’t seem right to be playing a game like this without at least one other human player. Another sad point to make about the game is how Valve was forced to desecrate L4D2 by the Australian Classification Board, who was sort of forced to do it by The Devil/Michael Atkinson. Basically there are: No corpses, no gore, no blood or anything of the sort. In fact, Zombies fade away as you kill them, generally not even hitting the ground. If you use fire or a pipe bomb, they simply disappear. It really takes away from the atmosphere and ruins the experience, but at least it came out I suppose (although from all appearances Valve didn’t do much of a job when they toned it down, the just took EVERYTHING out). So in summary, I’ve got a lot to do in L4D2.
  • Modern Warfare 2 – Yeah okay, I missed the biggest hit of the holiday. I suppose one excuse can be that although I’ve played all the 360 CoDs bar one (CoD2, CoD4:MW and CoD:WaW), I’ve never actually owned one. It isn’t that I have anything against them (In fact I loved them, and can’t wait for MW2), but after I play through the campaign, maybe a couple of times there isn’t much in it for me. From what I have played of the multiplayer (in LANs on PC) I’ve really enjoyed it, I just don’t have the internet connection to support online multiplayer. Still, it is definitely on the list and you’ll probably see it on my gamercard in the next month or so.
  • Halo 3: ODST – Sadly, the first FPS Halo game I haven’t owned (don’t have Halo Wars either). This was completely for financial reasons. I did borrow ODST and play it through on Normal, but I definitely still need to hopefully get myself a copy, and play it through on Legendary and see what else I can do. I really enjoyed the game, and Firefight kicked arse, so when the time comes, I’m sure I’ll really enjoy ODST again.
  • Dragon Age: Origins – I am planning on building a new computer in the next month or so when I get back to Uni and DA:O is going to be coming right along with it. Jumping into ME2 and DA:O at the same time is going to be bloody time consuming, especially when I want to get my MW2 on at some stage soon as well, but from all reports it is going to be worth it. Can’t wait to try a Bioware RPG, made for PCs on a PC!
  • Grand Theft Auto 4 – GTA4 was a lifesaver for me back when it came out in the start of 2008. It was the only game I could afford for a long while and thankfully it was big enough to last me ages. So long in fact that I still haven’t finished it! I made it most of the way through the campaign when the HSC hit, and I had a little bit of a break from gaming (admittedly that is when I started watching a LOT of Stargate.) It wasn’t only the HSC I suppose, the game seemed to get a little less addictive towards the end, but if I get time, I’m planning on getting back in and finishing it, and perhaps going for a few achievements as well.
  • Gears of War 2 – For me, GoW2 wasn’t really that fantastic. I loved the Horde mode, and did manage to get to Wave 50 in that, but I seemed to just blow through the campaign on Hardcore without giving it too much though. I suppose that might mean the story didn’t really grip me, but I suppose it will get another go when I play through it on Insane.

As well as all of this (which will be no mean feat!) I have the approaching threat of Splinter Cell Conviction, a game I have been waiting for years for now. With that and all sorts of other games coming out, heaps of TV shows and movies as well as that life thing and Uni, I’m not sure if I’ll be catching up on my backlog. In fact that would kind of defy most Backlogs in general (ever growing). I suppose though, if I even get close, I’m only playing on easy mode by not including games that I’d like to play but can’t afford like Borderlands, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Brutal Legend, all sorts of fake instrument games and loads more.
I can’t wait to get my hands on Mass Effect 2, and I’ll try and finish off Assassin’s Creed 2 before it gets here.

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Summer Break

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I’ve just come back from South Australia and my summer holidays are almost at an end. Thankfully that doesn’t have the same feeling of dread and regret that it did back when I was in school. In fact, I can’t wait to get away from work and back to Wollongong. That word back there is one of the main factors. Work.

There’s another reason that this summer holiday is different from all the others. Almost the entire time that I’ve been home, I’ve been working out on a ‘market garden’ farm. For the first month and a half, work was separated into three basic jobs: Pick onions, bag onions or cut garlic, and I’d do one of those from about 5:45AM until I finally crawled home sometime between 6 and 10 hours later. It wasn’t so bad, but I well and truly smelt like onions for days after I finished. Thankfully the onion thing is over for this year.

After that, I took 10 days off and went to Port Elliot, SA with my family. Port Elliot is a nice enough spot, a tiny little town on the southern coast of Australia, about 10km from Victor Harbor and an hour from Adelaide (SA capital). It has a nice little beach called Horseshoe Bay, but not being exposed to the open ocean, doesn’t have much in the way of waves. ‘Boomer’ beach just down the road delivers a little better, that’s all Port Elliot has to give, and when it rains, it doesn’t do that very well either. It was a nice break from work and home, but after a more than a week that tiny little house could get tense and maybe a little boring.

I got home last night and went straight back to work at 5:45 this morning, but this time I was onto picking and packing melons. Melons is much nicer, albeit heavier, job than onions and garlic, and most importantly comes with a much nicer melon-y scent.

While I was away, I managed to listen to basically every episode of the Rooster Teeth podcast, the Drunk Tank (I was a little behind on my podcast listening). Rooster Teeth are best known as the guys that made Red vs Blue, they’ve also got a great web-comic, some other fun videos (like the live action Rooster Teeth shorts) and a site dedicated to helping you get achievements and trophies on the Xbox 360 and PS3. The best way to describe the content of the drunk tank would have to be something along the lines of “A bunch of funny guys, talking about everything.” While they always talk a bit about games, throw in some stuff about movies, they talk about anything and everything and as long as you aren’t too sensitive about anything (or possibly “can be insensitive about everything”). I could go on and on about the drunk tank but the main reason I brought it up is the way it has found a way to make me enthusiastic about completely games again. I’ve always gone through a game and finished the story, generally on the hardest difficulty, but the achievements are generally something I won’t focus too hard on. The combination of the drunk tank, and the not-so-new feature on the Xbox that shows you how many of your games you have 100% completed has made me look back and start to see what I can do with those games that are close to the top.
I definitely can’t afford (financially) to try and get a high gamerscore at all, but for a little while at least, I’ll be working on completing a lot of the games I still own.

That lead on to me playing Geometry Wars 2 again. Geo Wars has got to be the most addictive game I’ve ever played…looking back, if I hadn’t played it for a couple of hours after work today, this would have been written long ago. Anyway, I’ve gone back to Geo Wars to get the last achievement I have left in it. Smile. This video shows what you have to do in it, and while they make it look fairly easy, it isn’t. I’ve spent a few hours just trying to get that, and got really close at one stage. Anyway, I’ve got a bit of a list to hit with that, might make it a separate post later.

Only another week of work to go before I start packing and preparing to go back to Wollongong for O-Week Leader training. Can’t wait to get back and welcome what is hopefully a cool bunch of newbies to Weerona and get back to civilisation and my friends. And the beach!

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