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How to Transfer The Original Xbox 360 Hard Drive to a New Xbox 360 Slim December 28, 2010

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Did you get a new Xbox 360 Slim over Christmas?  Notice your old Xbox 360 Hard Drive not fit in the slims?  Do you want all your savegames, videos, profiles and XBLA content on the new system?

This is a step by step process on how to transfer all your data from your old Xbox 360 HD to a new system.  This also works on older Xbox 360s.

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250GB Xbox 360 Kinect Special Edition Unboxing December 27, 2010

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I’ve been promising it since the Move Unboxing, and now here it is.  The unboxing of the Kinect.  Now I’ve talked about the Kinect plenty already, but like many I’m just really curious how it works.  Well that and I wanted a new Xbox.

I crack open the Special Edition Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle.  This comes with a Kinect and a 250GB Xbox 360 Slim and retails for $400US.

Good things about it:

  • Less Prone to Red Ring due to increased airflow in case design and heatsinks.
  • Native HDMI, something my Xbox 360 does not have.
  • More USB ports.  There are 2 in front and 3 in back, compared to 2 in front and 1 in back with my original.
  • Kinect Port (dubbed AUX port)
  • It’s got a nice surface finish.
  • Integrated Optical Connection, don’t need to plug in the Xbox 360 cable to use Optical, espessially if you don’t need it.
  • Integrated WiFi.

Bad things about the bundle:

  • Kinect which came with it is ONLY compatible with Xbox 360 Slims.  No USB connection included.
  • HD Data must be transferred, not compatible with old Hard Drives.
  • No Faceplate support.
  • Does not come with native Component or HDMI cable.  My original Xbox supported Component input out of box, as did diskreader117’s, and the old Elites (first-gen 120GB w/HDMI) came with HDMI cables.

I also noticed that after fully hooking the Xbox and Kinect up, the system would NOT work without first inserting Kinect Adventures into the Xbox on startup.  Likely this is some kind of theft deterrent.  A friend of mine told me he could get around this by simply disconnecting the Kinect before turning it on, and updating it through Xbox Live.  I have not tried this myself (I inserted the game on request and calibrated my Kinect) but I can imagine this would work.  Instead of booting the game, the Xbox manually updated itself to the newest firmware when I inserted the game disc, then ran the Kinect calibration tool.

Have Your Live Avatar Party Like It’s 2011 December 24, 2010

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Microsoft is having a small promotion for New Years for your Xbox Live Avatars.  They’re giving away 2011 party glasses (yes, like those crazy ones you see some people wear at New Year’s parties after a few drinks) for your Xbox Live Avatar.  Just go here and purchase the glasses (they’re free) after signing into your Xbox Live account.  Then, feel free to enjoy them the next time you boot up your console.

A Very Gaming Christmas Day 3 December 24, 2010

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Christmas is just a day away, one of the biggest gaming holidays of the year.  It’s the day a lot of us remember when we’d get the newest consoles, games, and others.  But Christmas has become more than that.  Christmas is also about those great Holiday Specials we remember watching on TV.  But while most people’s holiday tradition is to watch something along the lines of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” or “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, while I enjoy that, there are some other more modern Christmas Specials that have become a personal tradition for me.

As I’m sure many of your families do, my family used to have a tradition where we’d spend at least some of Christmas Eve shopping at a mall.  In all honesty though, most of our major gifts by this point would already be purchased, and this was mostly just to spend some time as a family while getting some minor stocking stuffers.  I remember enjoying it because I’d get to take a last minute look at some of the gifts I had been hoping for for Christmas before getting them the very next day.  Because of the overpopulation of parking and hassle of crowds, we don’t really do that any more, but if there was one Christmas special that reminded me the most of it, it was Scott Kurtz’s PVP Christmas Special.

Scott Kurtz was the very first person to start an online webcomic with PVP.  In it, he detailed the triumphs and tribulations of the people who worked at a popular gaming magazine.  In a epic 29-page story, the PVP team goes to a mall for some last minute shopping.  Each character has their own reasons for going, and one wants nothing to do with Christmas at all.  There were a lot of funny bits in the story that have always charmed me.  Kurtz was clearly influenced by the same Christmas Specials I had been, and decided to make this story a Christmas Special of his own, while still paying respect to those same specials.  You can see that in the first page, where one of the frames has a retro special logo in it when the comic officially starts.  Other great moments include hearing that the office troll was convinced Santa Claus is actually Superman came years before General Zod would come to the same conclusion.

In 2007, Kurtz started animating his comic strips into a paid series.  The last three episodes of the series was an updated version of this story.  I will not include the movie, as he charged for the series, but if you’re interested, you can probably still buy the series off his website or Xbox Live.

Well, thank you for sharing some of my Holiday Traditions with me this week.  Happy Holidays everyone!

Let’s Play Dead Space 2 Demo December 23, 2010

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I’m a huge Dead Space fan, and I could not miss the chance to play the pre-release demo that came out yesterday for Xbox 360 and PS3.  Joined by Diskreader117, I play through the new Dead Space 2 demo for the PS3.  This demo was identical to what was shown at the E3 Confrence in 2010, and it really has that “this is a demo, and not part of the full version of the game” feel.  That said, it really did make me eager to play the final version of the game.

I don’t plan on doing very many Lets Plays on the website.  This is mostly a test for how good my equipment would hold up if I went to E3 in 2011.

Dead Space 2 launches Jan 25th, 2010 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

A Very Gaming Christmas Day 2 December 23, 2010

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Christmas is just days away, one of the biggest gaming holidays of the year.  It’s the day a lot of us remember when we’d get the newest consoles, games, and others.  But Christmas has become more than that.  Christmas is also about those great Holiday Specials we remember watching on TV.  But while most people’s holiday tradition is to watch something along the lines of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” or “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, while I enjoy that, there are some other more modern Christmas Specials that have become a personal tradition for me.

There is probably no more famous a Christmas story than A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  The premise is simply universal.  A wealthy businessman who doesn’t believe in spending money, paying his workers a livable wage, paying taxes, or contributing to charity, obviously doesn’t think too much of the Christmas season.  Seriously?  Has this changed?  His underpaid worker who he treats badly has a family he needs to raise as best as he can, as well as a son who has a life threatening condition.  On Christmas Eve, he is visited in the night by several ghosts who show him his past, the present, and what his future will become.  At the end of it, he realizes he has the power to become a better person and make the lives of the people around him better.  The joy he gets from doing this is greater than all his money could give him.

This book has been retold dozens of times throughout the years.  There have been many film versions of the book, including a version starring Patrick Stewart, or one of the more famous starring George C. Scott and David Warner .  There have even been updated versions of the book as a movie, starring Bill Murray.  Heck, one of my favorites as a child was “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”, which casted all the characters with iconic Disney characters.  It was the last time many of the original voice actors would provide their voices.

Ten Christmases ago, Penny-Arcade made their own retelling of A Christmas Carol, with their own characters in the roles, and while the original character was a businessman, this character was a game developer.  This was my first exposure to Penny-Arcade, and I think it would probably be another two years before I started reading their site regularly.  The original comic was written in seven pages.  A new one was released each day leading up to Christmas, with a special two page ending which was released on Christmas Day.

So enjoy, Penny-Arcade’s Christmas Carol.

With each day, leading up to Christmas Eve, I hope you all enjoy another yearly gaming related Christmas tradition!  Happy Holidays.

A Very Gaming Christmas December 22, 2010

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Christmas is just days away, one of the biggest gaming holidays of the year.  It’s the day a lot of us remember when we’d get the newest consoles, games, and others.  But Christmas has become more than that.  Christmas is also about those great Holiday Specials we remember watching on TV.  But while most people’s holiday tradition is to watch something along the lines of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” or “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, while I enjoy that, there are some other more modern Christmas Specials that have become a personal tradition for me.

Surprisingly, a lot of what became canonical to the modern-day Santa Claus (who also goes by names in other countries as Father Christmas (translation) or simply St. Nicholas) were not biblical stories but stories that came from Christmas movies made within the last sixty years.  The actual appearance which cemented his legacy as a holiday figure, and which all Christmas Specials have been based upon, was the poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” which is more well-known by the first line of the poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”.  Once that was published, the canon was pretty much established.  His appearance, the names of the reindeer, how he operated, everything.  Since then many Christmas Specials and movies have expanded upon that canon, adding things like his history and how he got married, the possibility of him having successors, an entirely new reindeer, things like that.

So with that all said, please enjoy my favorite Christmas Special tradition, from PBC-Productions.  It’s Christmas Eve, and Santa has been kidnapped and trapped inside a terrible video game by a malevolent force.  Only Videoland’s one and true defender can save him, but unfortunately he has no knowledge of the terrible game Santa’s trapped in.  Fortunatly, a second hero, without powers, but with full knowledge and experience of terrible games has also been trapped inside the same game.  To survive and save Christmas, these two unlikely heroes must work together to rescue Santa Claus and free themselves from the game.

With each day, leading up to Christmas Eve, I hope you all enjoy another yearly gaming related Christmas tradition!  Happy Holidays.

Portal 2 Coming April 21st, 2011 December 22, 2010

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I honestly don’t know if I can say this is truely a triumph, as I could probably fill up an entire page of this website with all the posts I’ve done up to this point of Portal 2 release date announcements, then delays, then new announcements, then new delays.  Today, EA released this to confirm the new release date.

Here’s the trailer shown at the VGAs:

Portal 2 will launch April 21st, 2011 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Hydrophobia Getting Massive Revamp Tomorrow December 20, 2010

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I have been on the fence for a while about whether or not I will be getting the Xbox Live Arcade game Hydrophobia.  I read a lot of the initial previews of the game, and was fascinated by it’s water simulation technology, as well as the gameplay that goes along with it.  It has been on a short list of must-buy premium XBLA games for me, along with Comic Jumper (which I did buy recently and loved) and Costume Quest (which I haven’t been able to afford yet).

Xbox Live Arcade game Hydrophobia was released a few months ago, but tomorrow it will be getting a major patch with a laundry list of fixes.  Take a look at the provided video at what is being changed and updated.

Here are the full patch notes, they’re just too long to post on the site!

To cap it off, it will also get a price reduction from 1200MS points to 800MS points.  Hydrophobia is currently an Xbox Live Arcade exclusive for the Xbox 360.  If you have been on the fence like me about buying it, save a few dollars and don’t buy it until tomorrow!

Infamous to get Six-Issue Comic Series December 20, 2010

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Infamous, a hit PS3-exclusive from last year, is getting a six-issue comic series which will bridge the gap between the first and second games.

As a comic book fan, I felt the first Infamous game really succeeded in bringing the graphic art style of a comic book or graphic novel to life, and everything from the art direction to the acting made you believe you were playing a realistic superhero in a realistic world.  We already knew that the protagonist of the first game, Cole, will be starting over in a new city for this next game, on the trail of a new antagonist, the comic series will detail that journey.

Infamous (The Comic) has no release date but it is being published by DC Comics and will have a six-issue run.