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October 19th, 2009

Monday competition

Hello, and welcome to the last weekly contest of the morefun_xbox360 community! I'm so sad to think that this is all winding to a close, but I've saved some of the best stuff for last.

First and foremost, I would like to congratulate llamacicatrice for her awesome fanart that won her a mess o' Xbox points. Don't click those links if you don't like zombies, but if you love 'em you should take a look. She's a fantastic artist, don't you agree?

This week's contest is to Describe a new video game that you have dreamed up. Do you have the perfect idea for an RPG? A new fighter game with interesting characters you've never seen before? A new throwback game? Let us hear it! The winner will walk away with a $60 gift card to Best Buy. I can think of a ton of things I could do with $60 at Best Buy!

I'm going to be looking for creativity and attention to detail here. I am positive some of you guys have some wonderful ideas and I want them to come to life.

Here are some some rules that I am required to post. I am also going to throw in a link to the "How I fell in love with video games" contest for your convenience!

October 17th, 2009

I finally have an interview from the awesome jup_reindeer! I promised to post it as soon as I received it, so here you all go. Have a great weekend :-)

1. What was your first video game system and game?

That one's easy enough. The classic Atari 2600 and it's all-too-common pack-in game, Combat.

However, those old games will never mean the same thing to me as the library from the Commodore 64. Even though that computer system would be years away from the 2600, I have a way of considering it being my first.

2. What do you think defines you as a gamer?

Suppose it would be the dedication that I've always felt for video games.

A few months back, the family was looking through some old papers that somehow managed to stay perfectly safe. Word got to me about an old letter meant as a thank you to my grand parents. It was about a birthday check. And, it seems that I wrote how it would be gratefully be spent at the local town's arcade.

A great deal of everything I've ever collected is still in my possession. That original Atari stuck with me to the days of Jr. High School. Then, I sold it off to a good friend with a fair deal of the games. Many years later, when he was ready to move on to another state, he gave it all back. Still have all that original Commodore hardware. (Most of it still functions, including most of the disks.) The original NES had died. But, it's replacements live. Most of the library remains in storage. S-NES was a fond purchase at a local grocers. Would stick with Nintendo throughout the years. Now, there's an S-NES (the second), Sega Dreamcast and PS3 assembled under the big screen HDTV. The 360 and Wii are ready to depart at a moment's notice as half a dozen other systems are stuck in storage. It's hard to give value to the whole collection. Most older games are worth pennies to their original value. Perhaps, jewels like the whole Mega Man collection, Dragon Warriors 1-4 (with documentation) or Tengen Tetris retain what they were originally worth. But most of it would fetch a couple dollars, each...if at all.

It is tempting to just throw out a figure or two. But, to me, the true value is in the years of entertainment it's all given over the dollar figure. Perhaps, some day, I'll be thankful to sell it off for a fair price. A kind of investment in today's entertainment and tomorrow's emergency funds.

3. What was the video game and system that really defined how you play games today?

I seem to have somewhat covered that in the above reply. Perhaps, not quite one particular game, but one genre; action. System: Commodore 64. Something about having one stick and one button that went well with so many action based games. Indeed, I would find it most often pleasurable with those over NES style, which required way too often reflexes to the precise millisecond.

4. Who is your favorite video game character and why?

I've been thinking on this one for days. And, if there is one character that I keep coming back to, it would have to be Ms. Pac-Man. Why? Something about that arcade will make me feed in a quarter or two to this very day. But, it is hard to call a round disc with a pizza wedge taken out a true character. It floats around, compressing smaller dots and avoiding slightly more shaped foes. Whatever kind of story the Saturday morning cartoons tried to apply to this character just never stuck. Sure. It be easy to say Mario. After all, the dude's been around forever, is more popular then Mickey Mouse and has had a career that would fill a sheet of paper a mile long. But, most everyone can say Mario. So, I'll go with a childhood favorite that, despite her simple graphic and paper thin history, has been there since the start, Ms. Pac-Man. Why? Why not? :P

5. Describe your dream entertainment center. What type of TV and chairs would it have? What video game systems? Be creative!

Unlike #4, this one's easy enough. Movie style theater room. Massive screen. Perhaps, rear projection with surround sound. Multiple reclining seats; twenty or so. And, every gaming system, (that can work with a TV) of course. I'm a true collector of new and old. So, it would suit my needs of the systems could be tucked out of sight and just enough of a port to plug the controllers into along the side of the center seats. And, this room wouldn't just do for gaming. I'd have hidden PC's with HDD's full of transferred DVD's for easy access. Hook them together in a menu access system. It's the fantasy room for after winning a couple million, of course.

October 16th, 2009

Hi all! Holy cow there are a ton of new members coming into the community, which is fantastic! I've been reading all of the stories y'all have been posting to the "how I fell in love wtih video games" post, and they are so. absolutely. awesome. I cannot put into words how touching, funny, cute, sweet, *insert adjective here* the entries pouring in are. They are a true testament to the awesomeness of video games, and how the emergence of video games has changed peoples' lives.

There's one problem though.

There's a second contest going on over at this link that is getting almost no love at all. I've gotten almost thirty entries to the big contest in the last 24 hours but only one to the little contest! The little contest is feeling horribly sad and alone by itself over there. Please go give it some love!

Last week I promised a break from Halo ODST screenshots, so I will deliver a rumor/request and some userpics instead. I've been reading in the news that there's going to be a playable demo for Left 4 Dead 2 coming out in early November. Does anyone happen to know of any video clips of the gameplay that I can post here? The game sounds incredibly fun and cutting-edge.

I am pleased that explosiveshot responded to my call for Xbox-related userpics. I'd like to share them with all of you -- although if you choose to use them I'm sure explosiveshot would appreciate if you credit them to her :)

Finally, my dear gamers, I have a poll for you. After reading so many of your posts, I have begun to wonder: what was your first video game system?

Your first video game system was...

Commodore 64/computer
Playstation 2
Playstation 3
Xbox 360
Handheld portable
Other (comment)

I know that there are a few dropped off the list, but that's the limit of options. So comment if you don't see yours there!

October 15th, 2009

Hi all! Normally I would be putting up an interview with this week's featured gamer of the week. There's just one little problem: jup_reindeer has been a little slow in answering the interview questions and getting them back to me! No sweat, though. If I get them today or tomorrow I will post them right away.

In the meantime, I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome those of you who have wandered over here from the news post that went up this morning! I'm so excited to have all of you for these last few weeks of the community, and I'm looking forward to getting to know you all!

Just to get you all up to speed, I'm going to highlight a few of the neat things that have happened so far and do a few early reminders this week for the whole community. You might want to check out some of the following links:
  • Some of the users made Xbx 360-related userpics! If you'd like to contribute a userpic, you can still do that here.
  • A call went out for you guys to submit tips and tricks for the Xbox 360 or a game on that platform. You can click that link to submit your own tips and tricks, and you can review the ones that have been posted so far here, here, here, here, and here! There have been some good ones.
  • We've had a ton of weekly contests. You can see previous contests, with the winning entries linked, in the userinfo.
  • This week's contest is still open for entries -- in fact, we don't have any entries yet, so this is a great opportunity! You can enter this week's contest here!
  • And last but not least, there's a big contest going on for a 42" plasma screen TV. The time to enter that contest is quickly drawing to a close, but you still have a bit to think about it. If you're ready to tell us all about how you fell in love with video games, go here and write out your best entry!
Wow! We've been having a lot of fun the last several weeks, and it looks like we're still going strong :)

October 14th, 2009

Well, some people have started doing this with yesterday's post (y'all are awesome), but I want to throw a spin on the discussions we're having.

What is your Xbox gamertag? Why did you select yours? What does it say about you?

My answer under the cut!Collapse )

October 13th, 2009

Hi all! I have a new tip for you guys today that has nothing to do with iPods and music. Craziness, right?

Do you regret your choise of gamertag name? Do you feel like it's time for a change? Lucky for you, you can change your gamertag name by going to "Edit Gamer Profile" in your Xbox dashboard, then selecting "Gamertag." Be warned though: it'll cost you 800 Xbox points ($10) to change your name, so make sure that it's what you really want before you go ahead and do it!

October 12th, 2009

Monday Contest!

I hope that everyone has had a great weekend! I know that I had a lovely time reading all of the entries for last week's contest. For serious, you should take the time to go through the comments -- there are some games in there that I'd actually forgotten about, and some that I'd never heard of, but want to play now!

I had a really hard time deciding this week's winner, and there are two entries that I'd like to highlight (even though only one could win). So I'd like to showcase ladyelysium's entry here as completely awesome, and I'd like to congratulate jup_reindeer for her winning entry here!

This week's contest is going to appeal to those of you who are into the arts. I would like you to show me some fan art that you created of something Xbox-related! This could include video game characters, "new" covers or advertizing material for video games, or art and advertisement material for the system itself. As always, be creative. The winner will receive 3200 Xbox points (a $39.98 value). I'm really looking forward to seeing some of the talent that's been coming out in this community!

This is our second-to-last weekly contest, so if you've been holding out on entering to see what's coming up next, you're running out of chances. You can find a copy of the rules here, and you can enter the contest for the TV here!

October 9th, 2009

Friday fun

I have some more Halo ODST screen shots for you guys! I'm going to try to get something non-Halo related next week, but for this week I still think these are gorgeous :) Anyone want to do some userpic-making out of some of these?

Cut for slower connections!Collapse )

October 8th, 2009

This week's contest winner was orangerful, and that makes her this week's featured gamer of the week! I sent her our five interview questions, and here are her answers:

1. What was your first video game system and game?
*My geekiness is hereditary, so even though I wasn't around yet, my parents had purchased an ATARI 2600 for themselves and it was waiting for me when I was old enough to handle a controller. I played River Raid and Q-Bert for hours on end. We also had an Apple IIe computer, which had such classics as Choplifter and Zork. I got my first console, the original 8-bit Nintendo, when I was 13. My parents bought it used at a garage sale so it came with lots of really random games, but most of my memories are of summer nights playing Tetris or Dr. Mario way past my official bedtime.

2. What do you think defines you as a gamer?
*With most things in my life, I like to do stuff that is fun for me. I'm not very competitive, so I mostly play on my own or games that have co-op modes. The "Recreational" zone that Xbox assigns you when you create a Gamer Tag fits my style just fine. I want to hang out with friends, turn on Rock Band and just have fun.

3. What was the video game and system that really defined how you play games today?
*I started out as a PC gamer, and the games that I was the most into growing up were the Monkey Island adventure games and the Tomb Raider series. I think when I approach games today I look for quirky characters and a good mix of action and puzzle solving, with a story that really draws me in.

4. Who is your favorite video game character and why?
*Wow, that is a tough question...I think I'll have to go with Lara Croft. Yeah, not all of the Tomb Raider games have been perfect, but she really got me into gaming. She's made of awesome. So many game companies try to mimic her style, but I can't think of any that have really captured what made her so great in those first few games.

5. Describe your dream entertainment center. What type of TV and chairs would it have? What video game systems? Be creative!
*I would want it to have a room all to itself. It would be like those private movie theaters you see in Hollywood mansions - very comfortable chairs, a HUGE screen, and THX surround sound. I'd have to have all of the most current consoles all hooked up and ready to play in glorious HD. Probably would install a fridge or other snack holding item so I could refill beverages and such for my guests. I mean, when you're rocking out on the ultimate setlist in Rock Band, there's no time to go all the way to the kitchen to get some popcorn!

October 7th, 2009

Hi all! So I promised on Monday that I would have a related discussion topic this week, and here it is:

Many of the new systems are starting to capitalize on video game re-releases. It makes sense if you think about it; people get to play older games that they love, while only needing the newest system hooked up to the TV. The rereleases are coming in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Some systems have backwards compatability. Some are introducing online marketplaces and allowing users to pay to download digital copies of games.

My question is whether you have noticed that one system is doing it "better" than the others. Is one system re-releasing better content? Do the updated controller designs lend themselves to older gaming in addition to newer gaming? Is one system focusing heavily on graphic redesigns (or NOT focusing at all on them)?

What do you think about this?
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