Anyone who was on the site yesterday will know that a personal PS3 rant from Gareth landed up causing quite an explosion within the PS3 community, from our own comments section to local forums.
We did not anticipate the response but found it interesting to say the least and had some people questioning if we would ever do one for the Xbox 360 as well. Truth is, we don’t have to.
One of our readers redirected us to a thread about our article that had been started on the PS3za.co.za forums and in it, I found an absolute gem of a post by one who goes by the name of Valente. What it is, is a “remix” of the article but this time, modified for the Xbox 360 instead of the PS3 and with quite a comedic twist to it as well.
I had a really good laugh reading through, as will you and the towel comment is absolutely priceless although he does also speak many truths as well.
Give it a read and let us know what you think, after the jump.
“So yesterday, I decided after a long debate with a friend of mine to sell him my 360. It was an old Core and he wanted it because it was cheap. So with the money I went and â€œupgradedâ€ to the new 60gb with 1 Controller and a copy of Viva Pinata. All was good and I was when happy until I got home.
The happiness ended the moment I opened the box and unpacked it, because as I really should have known they ship 360’s with the bare essentials. The console is not even HD ready out the box and that’s right, I forgot to buy an HDMI cable. Besides that, just the experience of unpacking the box was disheartening. No controller charger, why not just throw in a cheap one with some 360 branding and Wi-Fi, that would be nice too.>
So after my trip back to the store to pick up a Controller charger, a towel and a Wi-fi adapter I was now ready for online gaming – well, not really. At this point i would just like to note that in the box of a PS3 system, you get a Mini-USB cable, Wi-fi and a Blu-ray player. But that aside I finally get to plug the 360 in, gaming goodness couldn’t be far away nowâ€¦
But it was. Firstly of course, it’s a new console so it needed an update to NXE, unfortunately the update took an hour. Another thing I noticed was that the 360 sounded like a Boeing 747 taking off. With that finally done and another 10 minutes or so to set up my profile, to my shock and horror, I noticed that I actually needed to pay to go online. I was furious, why would I pay to play over my own internet?
Anyway, I popped in Fable 2.â€œOh look it’s updatingâ€, â€œoh and there’s another 10 updates to followâ€, that’s fantastic. While it was updating, I went to the store and got me some Earmuffs to drown out the sound of the 360’s Jet engine. So after what was the longest update(s) of my life – around 45 mins, I could now play games. A couple of minutes later, my dog walked in and bumped my 360. A horrible noise entered my ear’s and there was a nice round engraved scratch on my disc. It was unplayable. Too bad then that After 3 hours worth of cables, fire extinguishers, updates, Live, scratched disc’s and whatever I really didn’t feel like it anymore.
This all did however get me thinking this morning. I thought the updates were necessary because the â€œglitchesâ€ in Fable 2 was not great, but Gears runs fine (well the online doesn’t), and it doesn’t need an update? The sad ending to all of this is that Christmas is coming and a lot of people may be receiving 360’s for gifts, I just think it really sucks and borders on unacceptable that all the stuff needed to enjoy your 360 could be ruined by the infamous RROD.”
Anyone keen on hooking us up with a Nintendo Wii Remix? Not that it matters, the Wii has sold a gajillion units and will probably continue to do so even if news spread that it was killing small animals.
Thanks to Valente for the post. I think half of the PS3 forum nearly died of laughter yesterday afternoon.
Last Updated: November 19, 2008
November 19, 2008 at 12:12
Only problem with his “article” is that it is Hd ready out of the box.
see those red, green and blue cable that came with the box, do have a hd switch which if your tv give is support 1080p.
So no need for a hdmi cable at all. As all hd tv’s do have input for it, and if your don’t you most likely have been sold a dud.
November 19, 2008 at 12:21
It’s all fine and dandy to post a anti-360 story, but can you guys please post a real story? This one was clearly made up and all install times where over exagerated.
PS3 fans may not have liked the story Gareth has writen but at least it actualy happened.
November 19, 2008 at 12:34
Well yes, I did realize that the 360 does come with a HD cable, but I would prefer an HDMI cable to go with my TV. I do own a 360 and have experienced the RROD before. Most of the points there are true and I just thought it would be funny to put 360 in the place of PS3 😆
November 19, 2008 at 12:38
lol… lazygamer is now clearly proven unbiased 😆
i echo Slippy, this is humorous and all, but could you please spend more time on legit gaming news and less on tit for tat nonsense.
November 19, 2008 at 12:39
Nice one Valante, glad people can see the humerus side of things
November 19, 2008 at 12:41
A but that is your preference, it takes nothing away that you are able to play HD out of the box on a pro, if you have now made the “article” to say you bought a arcade then it would have been valid because it does not have a hd cable only sd. or the last time I checked,.
So it is not Microsoft fault that you prefer hdmi, but having said that depending on make and model, some tv’s are better on hdmi, others on vga and others on composite.
November 19, 2008 at 12:43
Both articles are funny but are they really newsworthy? I suppose it’s a slow time of year for game news, so we have to put up with these types of articles. Glad to see at least there’s some balance though.
November 19, 2008 at 12:47
hahahaha….had a real good laugh at this. couldn’t find anything untrue about this, except for the HD ready thing, oh and the fact that it sounded like a boeing before you even put in the disc (sounds like one when u have one in tho 😉 )
November 19, 2008 at 12:48
Same thing happened to me, bought GTA4 as it came out, played for a day, dog knocked the console over, needless to say my console now sits down, not up 😉
November 19, 2008 at 12:50
I think it’s a pretty good comeback to the PS3 article but this is even less news worthy than the PS3 one. Imagine the riot if the PS3 one was totally made up like this one.
November 19, 2008 at 12:55
A lot of people are moaning about the fact that this is not worthy news, which true its not, but its still somewhat entertaining…
If the article doesn’t interest you don’t read it, simple really.
November 19, 2008 at 13:00
Are you still bickering about a cable? This is hilarious.
November 19, 2008 at 13:02
On another note, we can joke about it, over on “that” forum… people really take it personal, as in seriously personal. Personally, i have never used a ps3, so i have no comment on that… 😆
November 19, 2008 at 13:03
So the PS3 one was true not false:wink:
This thing is still funny though lol
November 19, 2008 at 13:06
We do post a minimum of 13 articles a day so the other 12 should answer that request for you.
November 19, 2008 at 13:09
Not at all, just what would
have made it more “believable”.
November 19, 2008 at 13:10
I can hear my 360 from the other side of my flat with the door closed to that room 😀
November 19, 2008 at 13:17
I realise that this isn’t the most newsworthy article but at the same time we like to throw in something different every now and then rather than only focus on news. Who would be happy if Top Gear only focused on affordable cars that are light on fuel and comfortable for family trips.
November 19, 2008 at 13:19
If you can prove there exists a 40Gb backwards compatible SKU PS3, anywhere in the world, I’ll believe that it happened to Gareth.
I’ll tell you my 360 story though:
Already had 1xRROD
2 x scratced DVD’s, luckily they still work. The console was never knocked over.
I’ve only played like 4 hours of GeOW2, and already had 3 disk read errors. The disk is brand new with no scratches.
I’m not even going to mention the countless hours wasted replaying games that gave read errors and bombed on me before a crucial save point.
And now that I have all 3 next gen consoles and a PC, I can tell you that the xbox is by far the noisiest machine by far. I never really noticed it until I got the PS3 and Wii.
But truth be told, apart from being a bit dissapointed by GeOW2, I still love my 360.
November 19, 2008 at 13:21
My mom!!! 😉
November 19, 2008 at 13:24
If a cable is what is keeping him from gaming greatness, that is his loss. I enjoy all my games, and all my consoles, even though EVERYONE of them has got shortfalls.
November 19, 2008 at 13:30
i enjoyed my xbox for a year before of even attempting Live, and plus, M$ give you one month free membership, so connecting straight away is not an issue at least 🙂
November 19, 2008 at 13:37
Your problem is a bad laser, it either needed to be re-calobrated or replaced… That’s why you getting read errors
November 19, 2008 at 13:40
Nice one. Glad someone saw the funny side and didn’t have a hernia.
November 19, 2008 at 13:49
VALANTE FOR THE WIN!
November 19, 2008 at 14:05
since when was the ps3 affordable?
November 19, 2008 at 14:06
Is this now the right place to complain about LazyGamer and how it should now be called LazyPS3Gamer? 🙄
Just kidding – this kind of response is much more fun than getting overly sensitive about console preferences.
November 19, 2008 at 14:09
I love that picture! 😆 Classic
November 19, 2008 at 14:10
This is all a marketing ploy to get more hits nice Lazy 🙂
November 19, 2008 at 14:13
I think Gareth made a typo with the 40gb. Anywho, your story would have been much better than the made up one.
November 19, 2008 at 14:38
Impossible.I bought a brand new 60gb Pro two weeks ago and a brand new copy of GOW2 and got a disc read error withing 3 hours of playing.
November 19, 2008 at 14:43
“Impossible.I bought a brand new 60gb Pro two weeks ago and a brand new copy of GOW2 and got a disc read error withing 3 hours of playing.”
Dude, I honestly believe that Microsoft spends months trying to find the absolute lowest bidder to supply DVD’s and then tells them to cut production costs in half.
Gears 1 and Forza’s discs were both shocking. One of my friends Forza discs even warped after a short while. 😯
November 19, 2008 at 14:47
Meaning more hits on your adds, meaning more Megarom games sold.
Every one wins.
November 19, 2008 at 15:35
On that note… nevermind the GoW2 disc read errors. I can’t even get past the Lionhead intro screen of my Fable 2 anymore 🙁 And this on a brand new XBox… got my new one on Monday, since I had a RROD.
November 19, 2008 at 15:45
It’s been giving me read errors from day 1, on my 1st console and 2nd. My consoles are excellently ventilated as well.
November 19, 2008 at 16:02
I know this is off topic but, I have a PS3 and was considering getting a PSP for my 4 year old (and me)since his cousin has one and he likes to play on it too. My question is however, do you think it would be better to get a XBox 360, since I kinda really wanna play Fable 2 and GEOW2?
November 19, 2008 at 16:09
“Itâ€™s been giving me read errors from day 1…”
Doesn’t the store that you bought it from offer
a 7 or 14 day money back guarantee if you are
unsatisfied with the goods that you purchased?
November 19, 2008 at 16:19
Do it, i got an XBOX 360 free when I upgraded my phone and went out and bought Fable 2 and GEOW2, Fable is great and Gears 2 is awesome online. The only problem is that your child is 4 and those games’ restrictions are 16 and 18.
November 19, 2008 at 16:31
I would rather have a home console + portable than two home consoles. If you have two home consoles the one ends up gathering dust. The Xbox360 is more value for money than the PSP imo. R1800 for HD gaming is sweet! It’s a difficult choice.
November 19, 2008 at 19:53
Thisguy is talking crap obviously the 20GB HDD was replaced with the 20GB HDD and all of them have the 1.3 HDMI output. And the updates aent for the glitches its for system updates that make your console more efficient what a douchebag
November 19, 2008 at 19:53
60GN HDD i mean GF occupied me 😛
November 19, 2008 at 20:00
I seriously think one of you guys should make an article about keeping your xbox super cool and i mean well ventilated. I mean i had one RRoD case and got a new one couple of weeks later.
make suggestions like a big ass fan next to your xbox you know stuff like that. And Why do people always talk about the noise the xbox make. Im gonna be darn honest with you now. the Xbox starts up normally doesnt sound anything lik a boeing 747 to me . as if people play they’r games on mute just to wait for the fan to make some weird noises
November 19, 2008 at 20:02
i dont know a portable seems pretty sweet for when your bored atwork and your boss is out
November 19, 2008 at 20:03
did you try a lens cleaner ou?
November 19, 2008 at 20:05
Valante doesnt know what his taling about. All 2008 xbox cosoles are FULL HD READY ,idiot doesnt probably even know what a hdmi port even looks like.
November 19, 2008 at 20:05
must be a glitch in the matrix
November 19, 2008 at 20:06
dude you must have a fault xbox i cant hear mine at all you like to play in silence aswel?
November 19, 2008 at 20:08
now that you mention dogs i knew tis one guy who had a PS3 and it was laced horizontaly then along came his doggy lift his leg and gave the PS3 the fountain of youth and blew the whole thing … true story
November 19, 2008 at 20:19
Look dude, I do have a 360 myself, so I do know about it. Please explain why there is no controller charger? The cable that comes with it does not produce HD Sound. It was intended for a laugh and I don’t see why people such as yourself take it so seriously?
November 20, 2008 at 07:58
I think what most people here fail to see is the humorous side of things, some people need to get a sense of humor, take a chill pill and enjoy a funny article. No matter how true or false it is.
November 20, 2008 at 12:55
The Xbox 360 kicks dogs and steals from old people
November 20, 2008 at 14:00
What would that help?
It is a fault with the cheap parts inside the 360. I knew that before I bought the 360, just like certain people knew the PS3 does not come with a HDMI cable.
November 20, 2008 at 14:09
You don’t actually notice the noise until you have a Wii or PS3 in the same room. They’re completely silent. Even when the PS3 goes on full blast it sounds better than my 360 on idle.
November 20, 2008 at 15:07
okay listen up here’s how it works, you know that live network milliosn of people are paying for and all those accesories you can buy. like the charger for your controller you talk about so . IS the main reason MS can afford all those “Sony exclusives
” and to get HD sound go buy the HDMI kit at Musica cost you like R600 or something. And this isnt for a laugh this is just plain lame every xbox is FULL HD ready but i admit the 1st generation wasnt FULL HD ready
November 20, 2008 at 15:08
I never hear my xbox EVER.
November 20, 2008 at 22:45
how well do you hear? 😛
November 21, 2008 at 08:48
ou with a surround sound system and the volume at a aveage at 15 to 17 i dont hear anything except perfection 😉
November 21, 2008 at 08:50
my friends claim to be a xbox whisperers
December 20, 2008 at 13:34
One of our readers redirected us to a thread about our article that had been started on the PS3za.co.za forums and in it, I found an absolute gem of a post by one who goes by the name of Valente.
December 21, 2008 at 11:41
I would love to see it as Valante does come up with some great postings