Bahn Unplugged: Volume 6 Feature - The Next Level

Bahn Unplugged: Volume 6

Woe for the excessive 360 gushing.

Article by Chris Bahn (Email)
November 30th 2005, 03:15AM

So it's been eight days since the Microsoft's latest next-gen wonder has been in my home. Many friends who've yet to pick one of their own due to lack of finances or a particular "killer app" to win them over all came up with the same question:

"So what do you think of the Xbox 360?"

My answer mostly led to a quick positive gush of praise along the lines of "awesome" and "best console evar!" Yes, the system kicks lots of ass. I love everything about it, form and function, the Xbox 360 is exactly how home gaming entertainment should be.

There's so much that I could highlight within this humble blog of mine, but believe me—I'd hardly be scratching the surface. I suppose the interface is a good place to start. That maxim of "Always On. Always Connected. Always in High-Definition" totally sums up just what the 360 is built to offer gamers. Once I converted my current Xbox Live account, my Gamercard settings, created earlier this month was imported into the 360, giving me a clear indication of my current progress and achievements to come.

I was a bit overwhelmed by all the different accessible options that were just a click away. One of the first things I ended up doing was customizing the theme to suit my tastes. It was ironic that I picked the Halo 2 theme seeing as I've developed a bittersweet appreciation for this legendary FPS series. Perhaps it's just for the simple fact I love the color blue and the mosaic-like patterns used for the background.

The Xbox Live Arcade looks like it may finally turn out as a bigger success than originally intended. Nostalgia ran high within my soul when I discovered that Smash T.V. and the original Gauntlet were mine for the taking. I wasn't content with just getting a sample of the demo, so the ultimately led to an instant purchase of each. Yes, I said purchase. In case you didn't know... Microsoft has rolled out a new monetary system which they've aptly named Microsoft Points which users can purchase a preset number of currency to obtain things like themes, full version of arcade games, special video trailers and more. My first investment was a 2000 pt. card for $25.00 (if I recall correctly). To date, I've got about 1800 points left and you can bet for the moment, I am being selective with what I buy. Do you think I could petition Microsoft for a special editorial discount? :p

So what about games you ask? Well, would you believe that I am actually having something of a difficult time getting in quality hours to play? Blame it on the fact that Black Friday fell within the same week as the system's launch. The past few days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) were filled with nothing about 12+ hour work schedules...selling cell phones to potential customers no less. By the time I got in, it was a miracle that I wanted to stare at a TV screen. But you know, dropping $400 on a system that thousands of gamers throughout the world are eager to get their hands on, you can bet I am going to get my money's worth.

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