They opened a new Circuit City at the local "lifestyle center" (aka. whored up strip mall) near my home. In celebration of this momentous occasion they offered some discounts on games and a deal where if you spent more than some arbitrary number you got a gift card for 10% of your purchase. I don’t anticipate any price drops soon so this seemed as good a time as any to jump into the next ... er current generation of game consoles.
After much discussion with the wife it was decided that I would purchase my toy during the grand opening sale. We went to the store and picked up a movie, a game, and my new 360. Then we stood at the checkout for 30 minutes while the staff tried to figure out why the games and movies were not ringing up at the correct price. The lone checkout girl standing only three feet from us the entire time was the only person capable of fixing the problem while the rest of the employees spent their time gabbing about their coworkers, gawking at the checkout screen or wandered off to watch the HDTVs with a careless “not my problem” sort of jaunt.
It is perhaps telling that a.) I’m married. b.) These generation of consoles are not exciting me as much as past systems and/or c.) That I’ve grown older and other aspects of life are taking priority because my 360 is currently sitting on my desk at home unopened. I sure it is it is a little of all three.
When I finally open up the box I a few house keeping things to do other than play games:
First, pack up my 360 and Gamecube. They’re dead, are taking up valuable 360 space, and gathering dust at this point. The PS2 will stick around for the occasional Katamari romp and Final Fantasy XII.
Second, see if I can find any info in the box about purchasing an extended warranty from Microsoft. I’m pretty gentle with my hardware but with a $400 price tag the reports of 360s dying simply can’t be ignored.
Third, physically arrange the 360, cables, and charge the wireless controller if needed.
Fourth, sign up for Xbox Live and futilely find some way of limiting my exposure to the dorks that populate that service.
Finally I’ll buy Geometry Wars, Uno, and then fire up either of those games or Lego Star Wars II.
Yep, all I own for my 360 at this point is Lego Star Wars II. I admit that kind of flies in the face of what I had been saying about my interest in the 360 being driven by finally picking up tittles that I couldn’t already play on my PC.
What happened was when waiting for someone to open up the ever-present glass case at Circuit City (oh and that took a good 10 minutes) I blanked on what games I wanted. You see I couldn’t just peruse the 360 games like the PS2, Xbox, or Gamecube. No that might inspire a sale or two. The 360 games that were $49 and up were locked in this three foot tall non lighted glass case with the two systems they had and sat on the floor. So I just picked the one game that I knew I’d likely buy anyway. Also they didn’t have Dead Rising :P
Aside from Dead Rising I’m still not sure what to buy next (I already own Oblivion on PC, thanks). As any new console owner I’m in the mood to graphics whore it up a bit. Also being a big PC gamer I’ve got a need for some racing action that my PC simply can’t fulfill. As you can probably guess that means there is some competition between Burnout Revenge and PGR 3 with Burnout Revenge leading due to its non hardcore racing fan appeal.
So there we go. Microsoft has gained 100% “next gen” market share in what I think is an often ignored and vital market, my home. I expect this news to be in the next Microsoft press release.
Update: My gamercard shows up in my profile now. I invite everyone to gawk at my massive 20 achievement points whenever it is most convenient for them.