November 01, 2008

Adrift

My last day at work was October 17th, and since then I've been spending my time sleeping in, browsing the net for job openings, editing and submitting resumés, and playing videogames. LOTS of videogames. On the Xbox 360, to be specific.

There've been a few awesome games released just recently, among them two RPGs (role-playing games, for the uninitiated), Fable II and Fallout 3. I had a blast playing Fable II, and finished the main quest after a couple days. But as I mentioned in a recent post, Fallout 3 was the game I have been super-eager to play.

A crisis was averted when, after our pre-order status said it wasn't going to get to us until 3-8 days after the release date, Erik went out to buy a copy in the stores, and return the mailed one when it finally arrives.

So I've been playing through - I've logged about 17 hours on the game so far (I expect to get up to about 200 hours when all is said and done). And then this morning, something terrible happened. The game froze up - which is nothing new, games do freeze up on occasion, just like software applications - but this morning the game repeatedly froze on me. And then, during one of the restarts, the game console showed us the Red Ring of Death, also known as "RRoD". Let me re-phrase that - the INFAMOUS RRoD.

Infamous because it's happened to a LOT of people who own the console. Microsoft has extended the warranty for this problem from 90 days to THREE YEARS because of it. And thankfully, we're still under that warranty period. So we're going to have to pack up our console and send it in for refurbishing. Which is wonderful. But it's going to take around three weeks to get back to us. THREE WEEKS!!!

What am I going to do with all my free time if playing videogames isn't an option?!? I have looked forward to this time off between jobs for SO LONG, so that I could spend time playing the games I was eager to play - but now that has been quashed. I guess I'll be doing a lot of reading. Or I could go outside ;)


posted by julie at November 1, 2008 04:05 PM

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Hi to a fellow WWtweeter! My boyfriend has been playing Fallout 3 on his PC and having a blast. I'm sorry to hear about your game console :(.

so said: Liz at November 11, 2008 08:36 AM

Thanks for coming by, Liz! We actually went out and bought another Xbox 360 for the interim. Maybe a little overkill, but we play so much, and with the new NXE coming out, and being able to stream Netflix from a 360, we decided getting another one for the bedroom wouldn't be so bad ;)

so said: julie at November 16, 2008 01:24 PM


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