I finally purchased an XBox 360. I’ve avoided doing so for almost four years now for a few reasons, primarily among them the expense and glut of M-rated games (and concurrent dearth of games I actually want to play). I will not buy or play an M-rated game; it’s a personal choice that I don’t expect is terribly common (or even popular), but it’s a significant factor in my game purchases. Beside that, I still have good games I want to play on my trusty PS2 that I haven’t made time for yet. I really don’t need a new console and more games.
And yet, there was a good deal on Amazon (an Elite model with LEGO Batman and PURE, two games I’d want anyway, for $300 with a $50 gift certificate), the IRS returned some of our money, and I really want to be able to play A World For Keflings when it comes out (hopefully soonish!). I’ve been working on XBox Arcade games for three years now, and I worked on Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 for the 360, but I’ve only ever played them at work when testing things. It will be nice to be a “mere” gamer, seeing my games from the other side, playing them because it’s fun, not to break things. My wife and little girl like Keflings, too, and it’s instructive to see how they play the game (I can’t get away from researching games, after all).
I will dearly miss the dev cheats and unfettered control camera, though…
I can also admit that I want to try out games like Batman: Arkham Asylum, Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Infinite Undiscovery and Final Fantasy XIII. Thanks to XBox Live Arcade, I also finally got my hands on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, a game that I’ve wanted for a decade, but didn’t ever manage to get for the PlayStation. The machine was still expensive, and I still don’t have a lot of time… but I’m actually pretty happy, if decidedly spoiled, to have my own little XBox.
Quite expectedly, my gamertag is “Tish Tosh Tesh”, for anyone interested in stalking me in the world of Keflings. I can even show you which parts of the games I built. They are my babies in a way (I see them more than my own kids during crunch time), so I want to show them off a bit. :)