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Project Backlog: Red Ring of Death Edition

VGW: Well it finally happened to me – my Xbox 360 got the Red Ring of Death. There’s something terrifying about buying a piece of hardware that you know will inevitably and expensively fail. Other gamers would rage at this type of incident. Some may claim to never want an XBox again. My XBox may be one of the best systems I’ve ever had: games like Braid, Mass Effect and Limbo are really great and I use it as a way to keep in touch with relatives over XBox Live multiplayer. The time until I buy a new 360, however, is an opportunity to revisit a significant number of great games, most of which are on the Wii, that I’ve wanted to finish for a long time but had simply gotten away from me.

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Anon19742729d ago

I'm always amazed when I hear someone online who has just had their first red ring, or claims to have never had one at all. I know many 360 owners, and not one of them hasn't had at least one 360 red ring on them, although no one has had as bad an experience as I've had. Personally, I'm on my 4th and it's been a nightmare of warranty nonsense, hundreds in fees, fighting to have those fees reversed, "fixed" consoles breaking almost immediately upon arrival. Ugh. I'm sure there are those with horror stories about their PS3's as well, I just don't know any of them.

And when I'm gaming, I agree with his assessment - you get kinda paranoid about it. Especially when you've gone through a few you start going "It's been 30 minutes, should I shut it down for a bit? Am I pushing it too hard?" I hate having to game like that and that's why I only play a game a year on the platform now. I think after Gears 3 I'll finally try to sell the old girl. She was my console of choice for so long, but she just ain't what she used to be, and the games I want to play that I can't on my PS3 are just so few and far between these past couple of years.