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Old 12-23-08, 02:15 PM
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If you did get an Arcade unit, you can register for a memory upgrade at this address.

http://www.xboxstorageupgrade.com/hh...ssLocale=en_US
Old 12-23-08, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by superdeluxe View Post
I heard it was really short like 30 hours?
I hate really quick 30 hour games.


I know I know....context.
Old 12-23-08, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by lordwow View Post
My parents bought my brother a 360 for Xmas, so I got him 3 games for under $50:

- GTA IV
- Bioshock
- The Orange Box

All 3 are among the best on the system, and I highly recommend each.
how did you get those 3 games for under 50$?
Old 12-23-08, 02:46 PM
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I've had the bad luck of the optical drives failing on every single one of my Xboxes. My fourth one now could only read Fallout 3 for about half an hour, then it would give me a dirty disc error.

Installing the game fixed this.
well, that's a different story. glad it fixed the issue for you, though...
Old 12-23-08, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by superdeluxe View Post
how did you get those 3 games for under 50$?
Dunno what his parents did, but here are some quick "cheap" prices for the titles:

For Orange Box:

Blockbuster.com has a sale going right now:

http://www.blockbuster.com/games/cat...meDetails/5396

Use coupon code HOLIDAYSURPRISE to save 30%, comes out to about $12 with free shipping. They also have Stranglehold for cheap.

GTA IV can routinely be had for $30, not sure about a great deal on BioShock (which was $19.99 last week at CircuitCity but is now up to $29.99, $24.99 on Amazon.com).

GameFly has a few deals going on as well on used games (their used games are in pristine, better than new (at Gamestop ) condition), Ninja Gaiden II for $14.99 and Devil May Cry 4 for $12.99 for instance.

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Old 12-23-08, 03:08 PM
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Black Friday mainly. Bioshock is only $20 regularly now that it's a plat hit. TOB can be had for $10 if you get a good sale. GTA IV was the most expensive of the bunch, but I believe it's dipped down to $25 on Amazon lately.
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Originally Posted by RichC2 View Post
Dunno what his parents did, but here are some quick "cheap" prices for the titles:

For Orange Box:

Blockbuster.com has a sale going right now:

http://www.blockbuster.com/games/cat...meDetails/5396

Use coupon code HOLIDAYSURPRISE to save 30%, comes out to about $12 with free shipping. They also have Stranglehold for cheap.

GTA IV can routinely be had for $30, not sure about a great deal on BioShock (which was $19.99 last week at CircuitCity but is now up to $29.99, $24.99 on Amazon.com).

GameFly has a few deals going on as well on used games (their used games are in pristine, better than new (at Gamestop ) condition), Ninja Gaiden II for $14.99 and Devil May Cry 4 for $12.99 for instance.

Nice . I just picked up madden 08 and GTA 4, in the Blockbuster buy one, get one free 14.99 used sale (So 7.50 a pop). Thanks for the Orange Box link!
Old 12-23-08, 03:57 PM
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Have to back up lordzepellin on getting Xbox Live. I used to not care about playing games online until I got my PS3 and now I love online games. Yes there are jerks out there but if you hook up with a good group of gamers it is a blast.
Old 12-23-08, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin View Post
So you *think* you are getting a 360 and are already buying games for it? I *think* someone will be buying a 360 after Christmas if he doesn't get one.
Think? You sir, are a liar!

(sorry, from another thread)
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Originally Posted by superdeluxe View Post
not sure if its a jasper unit, but I think 256 is right.
Jasper is the new chip/mobo for the 360, you def want that one to help avoid RROD's. You can check by the power fitting on the back. it will say 12v -----> then a number... if it's I think 12.1 it's one of the new jasper ones.
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Crackdown, was such a fun game, I really hope there is a sequel. Some of the jumps made my stomach drop! You'll def have fun with that one, great choice!

Dead Rising was another fav of mine, and you should be able to find super cheap. Same with Condemned. Hell, if this if your intro into Xbox360 grab COD2 and COD4 (eBay will be your friend).

Grab a hard drive, maybe splurge for the 120GB if you think you'll be playing quite a bit. If not just get the cheap deal on the 20GB refurb from MS.
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I believe you can get a 120 gig hard drive at CC right now for like 90 dollars if i'm not mistaken.
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Originally Posted by glassdragon View Post
Jasper is the new chip/mobo for the 360, you def want that one to help avoid RROD's. You can check by the power fitting on the back. it will say 12v -----> then a number... if it's I think 12.1 it's one of the new jasper ones.
ok..if it doesnt say 12v, then I should return it for one that does? Can I check that before I buy it?
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Originally Posted by superdeluxe View Post
ok..if it doesnt say 12v, then I should return it for one that does? Can I check that before I buy it?
It will say 12 volt, they all will as they are all 12v... it's the number after the arrow you are looking at.. let me find the article for you to find out.

http://www.anandtech.com/gadgets/sho...spx?i=3472&p=2
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Originally Posted by glassdragon View Post
It will say 12 volt, they all will as they are all 12v... it's the number after the arrow you are looking at.. let me find the article for you to find out.

http://www.anandtech.com/gadgets/sho...spx?i=3472&p=2
Wow. great website. THanks!!
Old 12-24-08, 09:11 AM
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Kind of a related question since I also just got a 360. Do I need to get a headset for XBL? I.e., is talking required or recommended?
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I assume you got the Arcade as well? The headset is NOT required. If you play team or squad based games where cooperation is involved a headset is recommended.

Also with the new party mode, you can be playing one game and still chat with 2-8 other friends who may all be playing different games.
Old 12-24-08, 09:21 AM
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Thank you for the quick reply. Yes, I have the arcade. I just bought the 13 months XBL card and 7 games within one week. I have absolutely no idea how to find time to play those games. Should have saved some money for a good headset and a Dolby Headphone processor.
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Originally Posted by hoyalawya View Post
Thank you for the quick reply.
Yeah, I'm stuck at work today... just browsing the net.

Did you get a great deal on the Live card? Already open it? You might have been better served by getting the Live Starter Pack. It's only 3 months, but if you've never been on Live and don't know how much gaming you'll be doing, it might be worth it for the headset & hard drive.
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin View Post
Yeah, I'm stuck at work today... just browsing the net.

Did you get a great deal on the Live card? Already open it? You might have been better served by getting the Live Starter Pack. It's only 3 months, but if you've never been on Live and don't know how much gaming you'll be doing, it might be worth it for the headset & hard drive.
I have already bought a harddrive and the Live card. Is there any cheapo 360 headset on Amazon.com that you recommend?
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I have the stock 360 one which is decent, but I mainly use the MS wireless one. I wouldn't recommend the wireless though if you are only doing a little online gaming because of the price.
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin View Post
I have the stock 360 one which is decent, but I mainly use the MS wireless one. I wouldn't recommend the wireless though if you are only doing a little online gaming because of the price.
Best Buy has Tom Clancy's End War packaged with the wireless headset for $49.99 right now. Pretty sure the headset would be the official one, no?
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Indeed. So that is a hell of a deal if you are wanting either product.
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Indeed. So that is a hell of a deal if you are wanting either product.
Or if you want to eBay either of the two products you don't want I grabbed it for PS3 for same price. I am a sucker for a deal...
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Originally Posted by Jamieson22 View Post
Best Buy has Tom Clancy's End War packaged with the wireless headset for $49.99 right now. Pretty sure the headset would be the official one, no?
One quick question. Does the headset bring over only the voice chat or does it produce the game sound too? I.e., if I put my TV on mute when using the headset and still hear the game sound?

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