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I have an AXE to grind!!!! Rock On!!

Guitar Hero II was one of those games I really wasn’t sure about.  It did sound like fun for a while, but I had never seen it in action or played it myself.  Well, as luck would have it, a good mate of mine bought a copy but had to go away on business for a few days, so he loaned to me while he was away!  After hacking my way through my second song, and actually nailing my first good run, I was hooked!  This game is awesome!  I have since bought my own copy, and guitar (axe).

The Guitar controller feels very cool.  The buttons work nicely, it’s comfortable to use, and is a load of fun.  Lifting the neck high to activate Star mode is cool too.  After an extended session, my left hand does feel like it’s been slammed in a door, but that’s just my lack of co-ords more than any fault of the controller.  After a 10 minute rest, I’m ready to go again!  How well somebody who isn’t into music and had never tried to play guitar in real life would enjoy GH2 is debatable, but as for me, well, I’m majorly into Guitar Hero II!

I just wish my sister didn’t kick my butt at it so much!  Must go practise before she comes over again!!!!!

Happy Birthday to my Xbox 360 (well, almost)

I say almost in the title, since today is indeed my first anniversary of the joining of me and my 360, but alas, just a few short days shy of the great event, she decided to give up the ghost, kick the bucket, throw in the towel, buy the farm, whatever your favourite metaphor is for DYING.  She’s dead.  3 red lights.  The word “gutted” doesn’t describe how I felt the day she passed away.  But, I’m an impatient man, and didn’t waste a moment in running down to my local mall to buy a replacement.  Its not a waste of money really, since I was planning on getting another one anyway to use as a Media Center Extender, but only later on.  In an even crueller twist of bad luck, she died only a week after I had sold the premium bundle I won in the PGR3 competition for well less than they cost retail.  Anyway, what can you do.  No use crying over spilt milk or dead Xbox’s.

The story isn’t all bad though.  When Xbox 360 was launched in SA, the distributer made a deal with Microsoft to support imported consoles that were purchased before local launch.  No idea why they did that, but it was jolly decent of them.  Mine has been arranged to be replaced under this deal, which is fantastic, and not the kind of putting the customer first experience we usually get here in Africa.  I commend MI Digital / JNC on this move, and thank Waggy ZA for his part in helping me out.

Some stats about my first year of Xbox 360 and Live from MyGamerCard.net and 360Voice.com:

Number of Games: 62

Total Score: 17269 / 36165

Total Achievements: 519 / 1278

Rep:  5 Stars
GamerScore: 17269
Zone: Recreation

Completed XBLA: 0 / 9
Completed Retail: 6 / 30
GS Completion %: 47.75%
GS % (Non-Demo): 54.71%

Country Rank: 16/868
World Rank: 12240/982215

Most Played: Project Gotham Racing 3

Longest streak: 28 days
Play percentage: 84.5%
Largest achievement gain:10/21/2006 (13)
Largest gamerscore gain:1/16/2007 (550)

I won Cape Town NuMetro PGR3 Competition

Nu Metro, one of the major cinema companies here in South Africa, and Microsoft held a PGR3 competition.  In order to qualify, you had to purchase a movie ticket and set a lap time on one of the PGR3 tracks in an Aston Martin DB9.  The top 32 qualifiers would then race in a split screen knock-out type tournament in one of the cinemas, on the big screen.  I ended up qualifying 11th, and went along to the final today.

It was awesome!!!  They used a really nice projector (looked like 1080p) and everything was set up very well.  The sound was excellent, and the picture was superb.  Several people who qualified had obviously not played much before, and only got a good laptime on the qualy track by doing tons of laps.  There were some really good players though.  It ended up with myself and another guy in the final, who was definitly the best player there (besides me, but I’m not going to toot my own horn…. toot.).  We had a good close race in the final but I managed to stay ahead of him.

I won another Xbox 360.  I’m really chuffed, because I was very nervous when the whole thing started.  I must congratulate Gerhard (my opponent in the final) for a great race.  Also, thanks to Nu-Metro and Cinevation for coming up with this awesome competition.  I really enjoyed it, and hope there will be more like it in the future.