Yeah that price cut, it could have come alot sooner. Over at 1UP the Ziff Davis kids are running a story on Microsoft's red ringing little monster, well It's more like they are running a story on a story that Venture Beat's Dean Takahashi (full story) just did on Microsoft's red ringer. It's nothing new unless you're one of them Joe Dirts who only visit Walmart because no other place has such great deals on diapers for your 20 or so single toothed spawn. However the story is nothing short of phenomenal for detailing and expanding on what little most of us knew about Microsoft's RRoD fuck up and how they could have avoided it but decided not to.
My friend Tony has a brother, Jason, who's sickly into computer programming. I say this with deep admiration for the guy since he knows more than I could ever imagine. Holding a conversation with him is challenging yet engaging. Basically, dude knows his shit. We end up having a discussion one day on video game consoles in which he tells me about the shady business practices Microsoft undergoes on a daily basis. So I'm not surprised by his decision to downright refuse to purchase anything Microsoft touches. I, on the other hand, see and respect his point yet you couldn't pry me away from my Xbox with a 12 tittied chick. Not only would I get more fun out of playing games for more than a minute, 12 tits in my opinion is just down right disturbing. That's like Total Recall 2, well if it were ever good enough to warrant a sequel. My point being that if I like a product I'll buy it period. Falling victim myself to the red ring of death twice and being able to count the number of people I personally know who've had this problem happen to them on both hands, yet still continue to purchase game after game recommending friends pick up the system
just for Left 4 Dead as well should say something.
To Microsoft's credit they did try to "fix" the problems in numerous ways, quietly introducing new heat sinks and motherboards, extending their warranty to an astounding 3 years and providing consumers with an easier method for sending in their box for repair. I'm sure this does little to ease the hearts and minds of people like Jason or the guy in Takahashi's article who's had to go through 11 Xbox 360s, but what can you honestly really do. In this digital age we live in now, internet forums are huge when it comes to voicing problems and bringing light to what back in the day would easily have been brushed aside. Read the article it's got loads of info. In the meantime play that box like it's the last day you'll see it, because it just might be.