As people who were following me a few weeks ago, almost a month ago, would have learned, I recently acquired a shiny new Xbox 360. Because it has wireless connectivity I thought I might as well get Xbox Live as well. I'm not about to get into a whole "Xbox 360 is SO much better than PSN" (Playstation Network) argument because, well, it isn't. It costs money, and it's a lot less equipped than the PSN. On both things you can download old games, but the Xbox game marketplace doesn't have a whole lot of choice. It has some cool stuff though, so it's still good. It has all the basics, Youtube, Iplayer and a few on demand services, but it doesn't have a proper browser. That is one major advantage that the PSN has. I find it odd that after so long they still haven't given Xbox a proper browser. Welp, whatever.
Xbox Live also a reputation for angry American kids calling everyone faggots and noobs. I only play one game online (Halo 3, please don't judge me!), which is infamous for this kind of behaviour. I've never really encountered it. Only once. I imagine though all the kids are on the current Halo game, instead of playing old ones.
Another thing I have recently acquired thanks to the magic of Xbox Live is Netflix. Though this isn't helping costs really. Xbox + Netflix = bah, expensive. I have one big problem with Netflix though. Because I'm not an American my selection is VERY limited. There are plenty more shows and movies available to Americans. I've accessed it on a proxy and seen it. It's GLORIOUS. It's like on Youtube where you get one of those shitty "this video is not available in your country, sorry about that :/" messages. I see two differences here though. One, you don't know what you can't have unless you take the time to find out, and two, I PAID FOR THIS. I'm not sure which is a bigger problem really. I can access the entire library on a proxy, but I'm yet to find a proxy that will actually play the content. I can understand why content is blocked on Youtube but like I said, this is a paid service. I'm paying money and taking time to watch things without pirating them. By not allowing shows just because I'm not a yankee (or not allowing shows at all, even to the yanks) you're encouraging piracy. One of, if not THE, biggest reason people pirate is because they can't access what it is they want to watch/play/listen to. Game of Thrones is supposedly the most pirated show, at least right now, and people are saying it's because the show is only on HBO. It's not on any on demand services or legal streaming sites, such as Hulu. It gets even odder some times though. I have some movies, but not their sequels, or in some cases prequels. I have Pirates Of The Carribean 1, but none of the others. I have the third in a series, but not any others. Or I have shows where I can only watch certain seasons, like South Park. They only have series 10-14. Even with British shows, like Doctor Who. They only have the David Tenant episodes. They're good, but that's like 3 or 4 series' that you can't access.
I'm done with that rant, for now.
If you have an Xbox and for kicks you want to add me my gamertag is Zavvy. For some reason this amazed the Xbox tech support. When I told them my gamertag, and spelled it, they both asked me if that was it. Apparently Xbox gamertags are long as fuck.
If my brother didn't have a PS3 I'd buy one.