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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.23
So, what do you all think of the New Xbox 360 dashboard?

I like it!

The avatars are also neat, if not similar to the Wiis.

So, thoughts?



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The XBox Miis don't have half of the customization that the real Miis have. You can't position facial features or make them larger or smaller. Also you can't choose what color the clothes are. Maybe I'm just spoiled with create-a-wrestler and games like Rock Band, but that seems like a pretty big omission. I have a feeling that they'll release more clothing options later. All for MS points, of course.

I'm installing Fable II to the hard drive now. We'll see if that makes the game run smoother. It should, as it takes 6.8 gigs on my poor little 20 gig hard drive.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.28
    Originally posted by The King of Keith
    I have a feeling that they'll release more clothing options later. All for MS points, of course.
This has already been confirmed. I can't imagine paying for that. I mean, I have bought tons of DLC already (lots of Rock Band songs, some XBLA games, and extra Katamari levels and Uno decks) but I refuse to buy gamer pictures and such nonsense.

    Originally posted by The King of Keith
    I'm installing Fable II to the hard drive now. We'll see if that makes the game run smoother. It should, as it takes 6.8 gigs on my poor little 20 gig hard drive.
MTV Multiplayer had videos (for Americans only) showing load time comparisons, including for Fable II. You shave a little time off loading, but I don't know if you get much else in the way of benefits.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.54
Well, people pay for stuff in Second Life and other games with real money, so buying new clothes for your avatar on your XBox isn't too much of a stretch.

I can say that loading Fable II on the hard drive makes the game run much, much smoother. No hiccups, better performance, and it doesn't make my XBox sound like it's going to explode anymore when I play it. I like that.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.13
I like the avatars but there as someone else said, there is not much in the way of customization at this time anyways. I do like the interface anyhow.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.28
Here's another article about hard drive vs. disc-based loading times. Aaaand here's one that talks about the coming Avatar customization options.



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The avatar options don't really bother me. I wasn't expecting much in the way of customization. I do think the interface works better than the last version.



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Discoveries:

1)- While in the Avatar editor, press down on the right thumbstick to make your Avatar belch. Holding different directions while pressing down will make different noises.

2)- Coming on December 10 is a Street Fighter-themed XBLA Uno deck. I am considering calling in sick to work to play SF Uno all day long.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.48
I did enjoy downloading Fallout 3 to my HD, making the game much quieter because it wasn't running off the disk.

Here's my question though. With this new option, what is stopping me from renting a game at Blockbuster, saving it to my HD, and then returning the game? Is there some theft-saving technology in there I don't know about?



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.23
    Originally posted by Torchslasher
    Here's my question though. With this new option, what is stopping me from renting a game at Blockbuster, saving it to my HD, and then returning the game? Is there some theft-saving technology in there I don't know about?


This is an easy one.

When you install the game onto the HD and then later on want to play with no disc in the drive, it will prompt you to put the disc in to verify you still have it, and then run it off the hard drive.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.23
Has anyone tried the Netflix offerings yet? My co-workers are raving about it. I don't have Netflix but am considering it, so this may be the push I need if it's as great as they say.

(edited by Jericholic53 on 20.11.08 1806)


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I miss the blades. Sleek enough and effective.

This cover flow ripoff isn't bad, let's just hope they stick with it and don't change again to ape Sony because Home looks stupid.

Can't believe the not-Miis shirt colors can't be changed. They're hyping an avatar system with less options than a PS1 wrestling game's create a character?



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#13 Posted on
    Originally posted by Jericholic53
    Has anyone tried the Netflix offerings yet? My co-workers are raving about it. I don't have Netflix but am considering it, so this may be the push I need if it's as great as they say.

    (edited by Jericholic53 on 20.11.08 1806)


The Netflix system was something I'd been looking forward to for months, and thus far it's living up to my expectations. It's fast, it's easy to use, it's reliable and most importantly it's cheap as hell. Given that I (and most everyone I know here in the bay area) has Comcast and pays $80 or more a month for premium channels, which are almost solely for the convenience of an on-demand movie library, it's pretty awesome to get comparable service and variety at $9 a month. I've digested two seasons of The Office since Thursday.

The avatars are pretty lame, but for Netflix alone, the new version is pretty much awesome.
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.02
My only complaint about the Netflix system on the 360 is that it's just a player. You can't browse available videos or queue them up through your 360; you have to go to your PC and do that there, THEN go turn on your 360 and they'll show up for playback. It's kind of a pain, I'd love to couch-surf and pick and choose what to watch without having to set up everything I could possibly want to watch beforehand. Maybe they'll add browsing down the line.

Avatars aren't really all that -- the clothing options are limited and quite boring, and I've seen dozens of avs using the same spiky-ish hair and same black jacket since they're the only clothes the Ruff Tuff e-Peen XBLers seem to like. Hopefully in the future we'll have more options, preferably a robust free offering alongside premium, game-themed content. Even so, I won't be replacing my gamerpic with my avatar.

The copy to HD feature, to me, is the most awesome thing imaginable. No longer do I have to endure the jet-engine whir of the disk drive, the "unable to read, disk is dirty" errors when playing Rock Band, etc. Copy, play, rawk. I have a 120 gig HD, of course, I can see why folks with 20 giggers are feeling this isn't worth it.
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