Matt from IGN Revolution has posted a funny topic on his blog about how his Xbox360 has not YET broke, but how it seems that everyone else that he knows that owns one HAS.
Here is the post:
Excellence in Not Yet Breaking
If you own an Xbox 360, there's a good chance it's broken. At least, that's the impression I'm getting as I browse through some of the latest blog updates. Peer broke his by playing 27 hours of Oblivion without ever pausing the game. Seriously. He actually played for more than a day straight without blinking. Both of his eyes dried out and he suffered a stroke, but the good news is that his character has been cured of vampirism.
Meanwhile, lots of editors -- and I'm talking upward of five or six people here -- have also broken their Xbox 360s.
It serves them right, I say. After all, if you're going to play your 360, you have to be prepared for the eventuality that it's going to break. You get what you pay for. And apparently $500 for a system and its accessories doesn't guarantee you that any of it will work for very long. Suck it up and take it, bitches. You've been consumer-pnwed and Bill Gates is laughing his ass off from the top of his golden, hovering pyramid in the clouds.
I, on the other hand, am completely owned free because my Xbox 360 is running just fine. I have created an award to celebrate this occasion.
Of course, when I say that it's running just fine, I mean that in relative terms. Sure, it's locked up on me a half dozen times -- mostly when I play PGR 3 -- but again, I only paid $500-plus for the thing so, you know, I expect nothing less. Thanks, Microsoft. Quality forever, guys.
I will keep this award on my blog until my 360 breaks. I'm planning to play Tomb Raider through the weekend, so you can probably look forward to the award going bye-bye by Monday.
Its funny because I remember all the reports of faulty Xbox360's at launch and how Microsoft tried to dismiss the reports as "normal amount" for a launch like that.
Well, it seems that the people that did have a working system at launch are now either having problems with the system locking up(Matt) or just breaking completely. Ouch. I don't know about you but if I paid over $500 for a game system, I just want one thing: for it to work and work great. Is that too much to ask?
Now you take Nintendo for example: How many of you have had problems with your Gamecube's breaking? I'm not talking about the occasion that a game freezes, but when the system actually breaks and you must buy a new one. Any takers?
I bought my Gamecube on launch day back in 2001 and have never had a problem with it for 5 years.
I just think that its funny that not only is Nintendo releasing the Revolution at a mass market price of around $200 but we all know what Nintendo's track record is when it comes to quality game consoles. They last and are solid.
So say you are one of the unlucky chaps that bought an Xbox360 at launch and now it breaks on you. Its been over 6 months since launch so Microsoft is not going to replace it for you. You must buy another one if you want to play all the games you bought for it. Thats another $4-500 dollars you must spend.
I say this because waiting for the Revolution is just more cost effective. You pay a (most likely) one time price of $200 instead of $1000 total for a second replacement Xbox360.
Call me a Nintendo fanboy(because I am one)
or you can call me a fanboy of saving money. Both are true.