Make that my 4th Red Ring of Death…

SOB!!! I have an open TV stand so my 360 is ventilated and I don’t have any extra cooling fans that some suggest cause problems. This will be my forth bad 360. In the last year I have put at least double the time on my PS3 just gaming and not to mention my MANY hours of running the Folding application on my PS3 and have had NO problems on that system that sits right next to my 360. Carolyn was watching a movie tonight and we got the checkered screen. I kept getting the locked up checkered screen and finally it came, the RROD. I am on the phone with XBOX support right now and am going through the motions. “The process will take 2-3 weeks. I said that this is about the worst time of year for this to happen with Christmas a week away and she can’t offer anything except for a WHOLE month of XBOX Live Gold. Wahoo!

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Little Big Planet Fun!

Tonight I spent some time on the PS3 playing some SOCOM, MotorStorm 2 and Little Big Planet.
I forget sometimes how much fun LBP can be.  I jumped in and did some of the campaign but the real fun is in the community.  I played some user created Batman levels, Halloween, Christmas, Mirrors Edge, etc.  The most fun was this guy who must have spent a great amount of time on a Mario Bros knock-off level.  As I went though I had to take some pictures to share and when I was done I was simply in awe.  This game is really something special.  I hope to find more holiday like themes that the kids will like.  Too cool!!
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Checkout “Bowser” 🙂
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The detail is great…

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The Koopa Trooper throwing spiked logs down on me…

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A water level, just too neat…

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So typical of Sony…

Sony releases the Home public beta and I’m getting an error on my first attempt. Last night it worked just fine and as usual with Sony they probably weren’t setup to handle the load.
They have a horrible track record online when it comes to game releases and stability. This goes way back to SOCOM on the PS2 and has plagued the PS3 online experience with WarHawk, LBP, SOCOM 3 and others.
I have complained about this on the Sony forums and the fanboys always get defensive and suggest to “give it a couple of weeks to get better”. SOCOM 3 was dying with 20,000 concurrent users and Sony was almost bragging about it because there were so many people online 🙂 I remember the Halo 3 launch, as we stood in line for the midnight release the east coast was getting home and starting to play. There were a million users on before midnight CST and Live had minor problems with matchmaking.
I know this is a beta and I am supposed to be forgiving but come on Sony! Get on it and move to a Live like model. This Christmas I have recommended 360’s to anyone who likes to play online because you can’t get it together.

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