I <3 my Xbox. Being a grown up you don’t get a great many toys. I think I’m off the generation that grew up with video games and a lot of people my age continue to play these into adulthood. We’re the first console gamers to grown old online.
Over the course of this year, sneaking in time where I could, I’m managed to complete the following. By “complete” I mean the main plotlines of a game, not all the subquests or collection missions and every nook and cranny
- Call of Duty Black Ops
- Rock Band 2
- Assassin’s Creed 2
- Metro 2033
- Splinter Cell Conviction
- Just Cause 2
- Fable 2
- Batman Arkham Asylum
As well as this I’m part of the way through many other titles. However, the most enjoyable times playing Xbox are those spent with my friends. Either gathered all together with network cable snaking all over the floor, or online with headsets, no single player game can match up to playing alongside friends. It was with this in mind that I established (and will have to make another re-emergence of) the Wednesday Night Xbox Group. When playing we would see each other online, but not wanting to disturb anyone from what they were playing we would each do our own thing. A group of friend all online, but each in their own world. I thought it crazy to let this continue and figured that if we had a predetermined time then we’d have no excuse to join a game together. The xbox live party system makes it easy to jump online, create a party, then chat away about what to play.
It’s quite remarkable when you think of the technology involved in xbox live, the millions of lines of cable making up the internet, the vast array of servers powring the systems, the complex mathmatics for package routing, encrpyting, compressing, and encoding; all so that we can entertain ourselves.