In the nineties we had Nintendo and my kids loved it. The boys traded games like they were small business men. Appearing next was the PlayStation. With graphics that rivaled Nintendo. Games had emerged as the new entertainment segment companies had been looking for.
However, even with PlayStations video technology all that paled in comparison when in 2001 Microsoft introduced the Xbox. Graphics appeared to be the war ground of all venues. Televisions attempting to keep up with the newest technology offered up their own systems for home viewing complementing every small entertainment device around.
When the family gave me a gift of a PlayStation 2, the excitement was over whelming. Giving me the sense I was no longer in control of my emotions. The tears flowed as I trembled from the sheer thrill of the moment.
That moment was replaced a few years later with my first Xbox. While my PlayStation and I had conquered many worlds together. Our ventures were nearing a close. The Xbox came to me at Christmas in front of everyone one more time I was relegated to childlike giggles and excitement.
This gaming system brought a sense of complete euphoria. With Laura Croft bringing in a much needed puzzle world to golfing at its best. What came out of the entire experience was to take a forty year young person into childhood fantasy. I was now the leader of my first Halo mission. As I marveled at the worlds seen on plasma television screen my wife begged me to do my household duties. Garbage piled high as I became a true warrior. A military career may never have found me but I found it on screen in Halo. Xbox became my best friend night and day.
This year it had the three red lights of death. As I write this piece my Xbox is on its way back to me after going away for repairs. Four years of love then my gaming system collapsed. Not from exhaustion but malfunction.
My opinion of Xbox has become a bit tainted. I must say to Microsoft’s credit they took the system back and allowed me to print off a mailing label. My cost was under twenty five dollars to have it packed and shipped. Otherwise it would have been free if I were able to wrap and package the box myself.
With the loss of my Xbox comes another reality. How easy I became fixated on this type of gaming. This will have to be another article. My Xbox 360 Elite has been a great source of fun. During my unbalanced days emotionally I could turn it on, kill off some vicious alien invaders and be the hero in the story.
The graphics, sound system and ease of player control makes Xbox 360 my choice by far. With the wireless controller my wife no longer trips over the cord and disrupts my games.