When Your XBox Smokes, Its Time to Go Buy an XBox 360

June 8th, 2008 | by Mike |

I estimate its almost exactly 5 years today that I bought my original XBox from the Wal-Mart in Kirksville while I was still in college, and the next day I went to work at the local Hastings and used my discount to buy a copy of World Series Baseball 2k3.  Cut to 5 today I have played that game for 5 straight years and have amassed a overall record of 729-249 with 11 playoff appearances and 9 Championships all over 12 seasons (for a shortened 82 games a season) most of which on the “Expert” level.

Yeah, I like this game…a lot…and yes, I’ve tried almost every baseball game out since and none are as solid as this one.

With those stats in your head, you can imagine how sad I was when I sat down today to play the last few games of my 12th regular season and saw a wisp of smoke float out of my trusty XBox controller followed by that familiar smell of burning electronics.  I looked for the source on my controller and then noticed that when I bent the cable you could clearly see sparks shooting out of a hole in the cable (see photo below).  I’m no electrical engineer, but thats probably not good.


I know its just the controller and I do have a spare (though I hate it) but to me, this seems like a sign that after five straight years of use, its time for me to move on.  I’ve been thinking about getting a 360 quite a bit lately anyway, and this might be the last straw.

I’m leaning hard about getting the $349 version with the 20 gb hard drive, the headset and such.  

Any current 360 owners have thoughts on:

  1. How well Connect360 works so I can play content from my Macs on there?
  2. Any good baseball games?
  3. Is there any chance I can move my saved baseball game to the new XBox?
  4. What are the best shoot-em games?

I’m sad to see my XBox get old, but at least this way I can get Rock Band!

  1. 614 Responses to “When Your XBox Smokes, Its Time to Go Buy an XBox 360”

  2. By Eric Danker on Jun 9, 2008 | Reply

    1. (Connect360): Don’t have it, but have the sister product from those dudes for the PS3 and it’s super sweet. I would have to imagine you’ll be good.

    2. (Baseball): errr….couldn’t tell you.

    3. (Compatibility): From my 2 secs of googling, it doesn’t look good – http://snurl.com/2enmp

    4. (Shooters): Gears of War and COD4 are basically must-haves.

  3. By Eric Danker on Jun 9, 2008 | Reply

    1. (Connect360): Don’t have it, but have the sister product from those dudes for the PS3 and it’s super sweet. I would have to imagine you’ll be good.

    2. (Baseball): errr….couldn’t tell you.

    3. (Compatibility): From my 2 secs of googling, it doesn’t look good – http://snurl.com/2enmp

    4. (Shooters): Gears of War and COD4 are basically must-haves.

  4. By mikeflynn on Jun 9, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks for the help. I knew someone with a 360 would have something to say…

    1. Yeah, for $20-something bucks, definitely seems worth it.

    2. ign gives the new-ish mlb-2k8 a 7.4. Eh…

    3. Balls.

    4. Yeah, Gears of War looks kick ass. Have you played BioShock? or Assassin’s Creed?

  5. By Mike on Jun 9, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks for the help. I knew someone with a 360 would have something to say…

    1. Yeah, for $20-something bucks, definitely seems worth it.

    2. ign gives the new-ish mlb-2k8 a 7.4. Eh…

    3. Balls.

    4. Yeah, Gears of War looks kick ass. Have you played BioShock? or Assassin’s Creed?

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