Tuesday, March 07, 2006

My Favorite...Obsession...

No it’s not a man with blond hair and a tan. But it is good for relieving my tension Brownie points for placing that reference? Anyone??

The obsession in question is something I didn’t really want in the house in the first place, and wasn’t going to pay for. So Azzy and Xander did their level best to keep Mountain Dew in business, as they were giving them away free for a certain number of codes from the lids of Mountain Dew bottles - don’t ask me how many. All I will say is WAY too much caffeine.

It is an X Box 360.

I really didn’t want to like this console. I don’t particularly like Microsoft much as a company. I use a Microsoft operating system on my IBM clone laptop only because my work files have to be completed in Microsoft Word. Left to my own devices I’d jump into a Mac and swim away blissfully in stable operating system heaven. But the reality of things is that we basically live in a Microsoft world, however much we may dislike their flaws and fixes and endless patches.

I also thought we had enough consoles. We have a Dreamcast and 2 Game Cubes and a regular X Box. We used to have 2 PS2s, but one broke, so we’re down to just the one. And that’s without counting all the obsolete systems and handhelds in the house. (Did I mention we’re media sluts?) The offerings for the X Box were crap if you don’t like first person shooting games and sports. So the 360 didn’t fill me with excitement the way it did Azzy.

Well it arrived last weekend. And much as I have tried and tried to resist its siren song, I have finally caved in. It’s an excellent machine. There are no two ways about it. You could basically lose all of your stereo equipment, dvd player, etc, etc, and replace it with this one sleek and fancy looking piece of electronics. It plays audio CDs and DVDs with aplomb. It has a very respectable sized hard drive which is capable of storing a large amount of downloaded games from the X Box website. You can then download your own music and replace the music from the games with your own personalized soundtrack. Bliss and deep joy. And by hooking it up to the internet, the thing keeps track of your high scores and measures them against everyone else’s who owns one. It has goals and achievements to reach in each of the games, which afford you other little goodies. Oh, and you can play Robitron. And Joust. And Bejeweled 2 just by downloading them from the X Box website to the hard drive for a very small amount of money - less even than what you’d pay if you downloaded Bejeweled 2 to your computer.

But our favorite part of the X Box 360 has to be its controller. It’s a wireless controller, which is actually a really cool and nifty gadget. Firstly, it really is wireless and you really can use it anywhere in the room. It doesn’t have to be pointed at that little electronic eye in the way most wireless devices do. It takes a little getting used to at first to be able to sit with your hands at a 90 degree angle facing away from the unit and still be able to play the game. It doesn’t seem as though it should be that easy. The controller turns the console unit on and off for you, pages through the options menus for all the various games, and basically makes the concept of legs an outdated one. If it werent for feeding/elimination, you could sit in your comfiest chair and play to your heart’s content without having to worry about the dogs chewing your controller cables.

So...come up to the lab...and see what's on the slab. We like. We like very much indeed.

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So, what's the reference from, then? Because I have no idea!

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That would be The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the song "Sweet Transvestite" :)

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OH, okay. You know, I never have seen that? I remember when it came out - all the grownups were horribly scandalized. And then, at summer camp, one of the girls had the soundtrack and we snuck out to somebody's car to listen to it. Where we got caught and bawled out and there were Serious Repercussions for sneaking into the car and Serious Expressions And Discussions about how the girl came to have that tape. :) And then when I was an adult, well, it was much too much of an insider thing. I never had the courage to try to break into the crowd. I was pretty shy back then. (Ha! Who am I kidding? I still am!) But I still remember what great music the Time Warp was. :)

Now, the husband still talks about the first time he saw it, and his shock when he realized who those great legs belonged to. LOL

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