Saturday, October 03, 2009

Tempting...

I need a $200+ video game boat anchor cabled to my TeeWee about like I need a hole in my head, but I can't help but notice that used first-gen X-Boxes are running fifty bucks and less at most prawn shops and used video game stores these days.

Fifty bucks is darn near free, and there's a literal boatload of games out there for the system. At the moment, the state of the art in my Old Video Game Console Museum is a Playstation and a Game Cube...

It's awfully tempting. And I've never even played Halo...


(Incidentally, I picked up a used copy of Call Of Duty 4 for my Nintendo DS. I remember being flabbergasted playing Quake on my rock'n'roll custom-built gaming desktop, and it didn't look that good. What a fascinating modern age we live in ...)

23 comments:

Kirk said...

Let me know if you want a free one.

I have a first gen Xbox just gathering dust....

Kirk said...

and a bunch of games also...

James family outpost, Iowa. said...

Do it, it will vaporize your free time like nothin' else. My first gen x-box is still my only. My wife, in a stroke of brilliance, gave it to me for Xmas in '02 just before our first child arrived. She correctly guessed that if baby needed a diaper at 2AM, daddy-o would already be awake to take care of it.
P.S. if you really wanna geek-it-up, Steel Battalion can be found on flea bay. Look into it.

benEzra said...

Do it! And then pick up a copy of Forza Motorsports, the original Xbox version. Bonus if you can find an original Xbox steering wheel controller.

Halo and Halo 2 rock, of course.

Seeks said...

COD4 on the DS? Madness

Tangalor said...

LOL! I still have my old Atari 2600.

I, too, have a GameCube, and love it, but since have boycotted anything Nintendo because they keep changing. Every Time. I'm tired of that crap.

I have 2 PS2's, a PS one, 2 game boy advance, and a DS.

Only when they're that cheap will I buy another console.

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Anonymous said...

Hey, way OT, but B&N is shipping Pratchett's "Unseen Academicals" now. Mine came in yesterday, the
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nbc said...

Fifty bucks could be an expensive door stop

Tam said...

1st Gen, not 360.

Tam said...

Kirk,

"Let me know if you want a free one.

I have a first gen Xbox just gathering dust....
"

Free is good. Email me? (Can't find your add'y...)

Robert Langham said...

Never PLAYED Halo? I thought you were one of the characters!

Weer'd Beard said...

I bought a Nintendo Virtual boy for about $50 when the stores knew they couldn't move those shitty systems at a profit.

$50 for the system, $10 for a game, I think I dropped about $150 on the entire pantheon of Virtual Boy.

Now at $200+ it was probably one of the worst systems ever devised by Nintendo, and that's even considering things like the Game n Watch!

But at $50 it was quite a hoot! REAL 3D video games (Most of the games were in fact 2D sprites mapped into a 3D environment) but you'd flinch when the other robot clocked you in the face in Teleroboxer, et al.

I died on me after about 3 years...was worth the cheap ride!

Borepatch said...

I must confess a weakness to the Nazi Zombie (Nacht der untoten) scenario. It's clearly a CHaracter Flaw.

Don't know if it runs on the DS, tho.

Kirk said...

Email sent.

K

OA said...

Halo? Halo's all well and good, but I'm pretty sure you'd absolutely love 'Ghost Recon' (the first one, or original, if you will). It's still a cult favorite, though never attained huge popularity because, to quote a few, "it's too realistic".

Lynx217 said...

Ghost Recon is the shiz!!! It is very realistic and the main reason we still even have an xbox. Ours lags so badly though sometimes... Guess it's just getting old.

Mark said...

I installed a mod-chip for my XBoite Mk 1 for the simple pleasure of having all my Commodore 64 games running under emulation on an actual TV. (And Amiga games. And MAME Roms. And so on).

Naughty? Technically. Fun? Absolutely. The XBox is a deeply nifty system on it's own, but modded it is a macrocosm of fun, in a lumpy black cuboid.

I loved the Halo series for it's music and it's actually-darn-good sci-fi storyline. The gameplay was somewhat secondary, as FPS gaming with thumbsticks is wonk and wrong and will ever be so.

Anonymous said...

"The gameplay was somewhat secondary, as FPS gaming with thumbsticks is wonk and wrong and will ever be so."


YOU LIE!

Silver the Evil Chao said...

Halo is mediocre, just a heads-up.

I'd get a 360 just for Bioshock, myself. THAT'S how you make a first person shooter.

Another Gun Guy Brian said...

Halo's fun. Really. Haven't played any sequels yet. Bioshock is the heat. play them both on a PC or (like me) a Mac with BootCamp. My $00.2, spend your console money on a Wii or another firearm.

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Mark said...

Anonymous, I'm not saying Halo isn't *fun* - if it wasn't, I wouldn't have tinned Collectors Editions of Halos 2, 3, Wars and ODST in easy reach (nerdnerdnerdnerdnerd), but I can nominate which bollock I'm going to shoot off the gnat half a mile behind me and be right every time with a mouse, whereas the thumbsticks are significantly less accurate in a similar timeframe.

Laughingdog said...

Halo on a computer is infinitely better than playing it on the Xbox. I gave Halo an honest shot on there. But it's a lot more enjoyable to play shooters when you aren't playing with only 480 lines of vertical resolution. Spending your time wondering which blobs are actually things to shoot isn't very satisfying.

However, since you're probably at least a little close to my age, I can wholeheartedly recommend the wide variety of old arcade game ports they have for the Xbox.

Anonymous said...

Mark, I was just going for a cheap giggle and failed, never played on PC, as I am mouse skill impaired and have the keyboard skills of an epileptic spider monkey with Tourette's. But my thumbs work for some reason.