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The Wonderful World of Reals

Posted by Chalky on May 2, 2009 in Technology

I spotted this XBOX 360 Advert when I had a quick visit to the Last.fm website. It looks into the life of an XBOX 360 Avatar from its point of view. I thought it was quite clever!

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The Return of the XBOX

Posted by Chalky on Dec 17, 2008 in Random

Yesterday, I received my XBOX back from Frankfurt via UPS. I was pretty pleased because:

  1. It meant I will have my XBOX for my Birthday
  2. The repair took less time that Microsoft has said.
When I opened the box, I was almost certain that I had been shipped a brand new XBOX, however on closer inspection I found that it was still my original XBOX. However, I was very pleased that they had replaced the front faceplate as this has been damaged in my move from Scunthorpe to Sheffield, hence why I thought it was new. The XBOX has had a new Motherboard and a new DVD Drive along with the new faceplate. 
I’ve only played on it for a very limited amount of time but everything appears to be in order. The XBOX seems slightly quieter overall but it could just be my imagination. 
As well as receiving my XBOX in better condition than when it went, I was very pleased to see that Microsoft has included a covering letter explaining what work had been carried out on the XBOX and a voucher for a free month’s of XBOX Live Gold as compensation for the inconvenience that I had been caused. tHis was a very welcome surprise and means that I can put off renewing XBOX Live until after Christmas.
Anyway, all in all I’m pretty chuffed with the outcome, hence me posting the results as I usually moan about things. I’m sure normal service will be resumed shortly!

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XBOX 360 in Disgrace

Posted by Chalky on Nov 29, 2008 in Bad Luck, Technology

Well, it was inevitable really wasn’t it. I should have known from the first crash that with my Bad Luck it was a sign that my XBOX 360 was slowly crawling onto it’s deathbed! Pretty annoying really when I’ve just bought 2 games for it and I’m getting Guitar Hero World Tour for my Birthday from Jill.

I was a bit worried at first because my XBOX 360 is coming up to its 2nd Birthday which would mean that the Console is out of warranty. Seeing as my XBOX was fine before the installation of NXE I thought I’d give them a ring to see what’s what. I endured the torture that is Max. Max is the name of the XBOX Support Line Automated Voice Activated System. Unfortunately he is seemingly deaf and has been programmed to respond to an American persons voice, meaning that he has completely incapable of understanding what I was saying. However, I eventually managed to get to talk to a real person, for future reference, the trick is to keep saying AGENT and he’ll eventually dial out to the Call Centre. 

Luckily (I know, it surprised me too), the 3 Red Lights of Death/Doom/Unhappiness is covered by an extended warranty of 3 years which means that my XBOX 360 will be repaired for free. So really, it was quite lucky that it happened now and not a year down the line! I’ve just got to try and get the game out of the XBOX and remove the Hard Drive before I package it up and send it on it’s merry way. They said it’ll be returned 2-3 weeks after it has been picked up. I’m hoping it’s the former because otherwise I won’t have it for my Birthday!

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Microsoft XBOX NXE

Posted by Chalky on Nov 23, 2008 in Bad Luck, Technology

Well, after having my XBOX sat in a corner unplugged and unloved for such a long time, I thought I’d better wipe of the dust and give it a whirl. What sparked me to do this was a discussion at work about the New XBOX Experience which, for those who don’t know is the latest (and biggest) overhaul since the XBOX’s release. 

It’s not been a particularly easy journey getting it to work on my XBOX. When I plugged it in I immediately got a message telling me an update was available which lead me to think that the process would be completely plainless. WRONG! As usual, the Chalky Bad Luck kicked in and my XBOX crashed quite a few times during the installation.

Anyway, I got it working in the end and I have to say I’m quite impressed. Where it is clear in many places that they have “borrowed” a few ideas from the Wii. However, in a complete opposite to the normal Microsoft way of doing things, they have managed to make an improvement on the idea.

I haven’t explored all of the new features yet, but I have made my Avatar:

I found that there was 100′s of different ways to change the Avatar’s face but they’d skimped a bit on the clothing department. The Shirt I chose wasn’t ideal but it was the only one I found that I fancied. I was also a bit disappointed that there wasn’t any trainers either. I’m sure that this is something that Microsoft will keep adding to!

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