Tag Archives: XBox 360

I hate error messages

Because they are generally unhelpful and/or stupid.

Yes I know the connection to my computer was lost because I turned it off forgetting that the movie I was watching was streaming from the said computer.

Make sure your computer is turned on: I just told you I turned it off. It was a mistake, an accident.

Connected to your network: There’s nothing wrong with the network. I turned the computer off.

And is running media sharing software: Dude! I was just watching a movie. Do you think that would have been possible without running media sharing?

Error messages suck.

Why can’t I find a weighted companion cube?

So I’ve been playing Portal… Like a lot and all I want on my desk next to my monitor is a weighted companion cube. Is that too much to ask? Well apparently it is, because the only licensed product from valve is a crappy plush or there’s also a pretty neat papercraft version but that’s not what I want. I want the real deal.

Yes, I’ve searched Ebay. No dice (dice, cube.. get it?).

So if you’re a Dremel God and you are reading this, will you make one for me? I’m willing to pay.

Curse you 2K!

How many times do I have to finish Bioshock? I already completed the game 4 times to get 49 achievements out of 50. Now 2K released a patch on XBox live fixing the widescreen issues. I didn’t think it was much of a problem but looking at the screen grabs i’s worth playing a couple of levels.
The patch comes also with a bunch of new features:

● Sonic Boom: Hurls creatures and objects back with a blast of force
● EVE saver: Enables Plasmids to use less
● EVE Vending Expert: Reduces prices in the vending machines
● Machine Buster: Increases the amount of damage players deal to cameras, bots and turrets

They’ve also added a 51st achievement for beating the game on hard without dying.*sigh* Thank you 2K

I told you they’d do it!

This morning in my inbox:Welcome to the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Multiplayer BETA!

Congratulations on being selected to participate in the public multiplayer BETA for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

Your Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Multiplayer BETA Token is:


To download the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Multiplayer BETA please follow the following steps:

  1. Turn on your Xbox 360 entertainment console.
  2. Go to the MARKETPLACE Blade.
  3. Select Redeem Code from the available menu.
  4. Enter the Token found above in the available field.
  5. Select Download Now.

Upon completion of the download, you may choose to ‘Play Now’ to immediately start enjoying the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Multiplayer BETA, or for all future attempts, you can choose the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare BETA in the ‘Demos and More’ menu of your ‘GAMES’ blade on the Xbox 360 Dashboard.

Any and All feedback and questions should be directed to:
cod4beta@infinityward.com or visit the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Multiplayer BETA Forums at www.charlieoscardelta.com.

Note: The beta is 1GB in size so make sure you have the space for it!

Things To Keep In Mind:

Remember the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Multiplayer BETA has a Rank Cap. So you won’t be able to rank up past the rank cap noted in the Message of the Day box in the lobby. We’ll gradually be raising the Rank Cap throughout the duration of the beta to allow us to stagger our testing process.

If you have any further questions regarding the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Multiplayer BETA, please check out the FAQ located at: http://www.charlieoscardelta.com/beta.php


Infinity Ward


COD4 public beta update

I guess there was no need to panic yesterday afternoon after all. I calmly went back to the registration page this morning and after completing the process got the following message:

Your name will now be entered into a random drawing for Tokens into the Xbox 360 Multiplayer Beta. At 7pm PDT tomorrow, Tuesday August 28th, we will be drawing names for entry into the Beta. Within 72 hours of this Drawing, we will contact you via email with news on whether or not you were admitted. Even if your name is not chosen in the random drawing, there will be more ways to get into the Beta, and we will continue to update you on the details as soon as they’re finalized!

If you are selected in the Drawing, please be patient and wait until you receive your token. We will be sending out Token Codes in batches to ensure the Xbox Live servers are ramped up at a safe pace.

If you use an email client such as Yahoo, G-mail, or Hotmail, please be sure to check your junk mail folder for news on whether or not you’ve been selected. Also, please add Cod4beta@infinityward.comto your address book. This will ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the action.

Check back into Charlie Oscar Delta for Updates, and don’t forget: this is a Beta! You can send us your feedback at betafeedback@infinityward.com as well as post your thoughts on the Charlie Oscar Delta Boards. We’ll be reading your Feedback, so please let us know what you think!”

I could swear it said the beta was on a first come first serve basis yesterday, anyway I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Update: I’m not totally crazy. From the Beta page:

“Due to overwhelming interest in the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Beta, we will no longer be accepting entry into the program on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure everyone has a fair shot at getting in, the Beta Registration System will reopen shortly, and will remain open for 24 hours. We will collect names until 7pm PDT tomorrow, Tuesday August 28th, after which we will randomly select names for entry into the Beta.”

The agony of defeat

I tried to sign-up today for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Public Beta, aka COD4 without much success. Before downloading the game from XBox Live you had to get a token code from the site starting at 3:00 PM EST today. I knew there was troubles ahead when the site started to slow down dramatically at 2:30. Since 2:55 that’s all I’ve been getting:
In other words: It’s down. Which left me wondering, who gets through on this kind of things and why? Oh well…

Update: After being down for over an hour, Activision finally decided to forward the registration page to the maintenance page. Bleh!

The magic wand

I’ve searched the land a long time for the Holy Grail of universal remotes and my quest is now over. The Harmony Advanced Universal Remote for Xbox 360 is the answer. Not only does it control everything I have at home that can be controlled with a remote (including the A/C) but you can also program macros called activities like “watch TV” or “watch DVD” or “listen to Radio”.What makes this remote special is the XBox 360 buttons. I generally agree with the CNet video review of the product:

But do not agree with the written review. I have no problem with the numeric keypad and I don’t think the interface to program the remote is intimidating at all. As a matter of fact I thought it was really user friendly. As far as rechargeable batteries I’ll have to see how fast I go through one set.

It took me about 30mn to setup all the devices and activities (installation of the software included) which I thought was really good. My main problem when it comes to universal remotes has always been the Scientific Atlanta 8300HD. Since it is my cable box but also my DVR it is by far the element of my entertainment center that has the most complex remote. I was shocked to realize that every single functions was there, I’d lie if I said it didn’t take a bit of getting use to it, but it’s all there.

I also love the “glow” button since I usually watch TV with the lights out.

My box of remotes is now in storage. One remote to rule them all.

$99 at Circuit City.