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I was never a huge console gamer though strangely enough I have played many console systems
over the years, Atari 2600, Sega Genesis, Saturn, and Dreamcast, I have even bounced a few on the original Pong
system. We all know that in the early days electronic gaming was played on the family TV. Then as PC's and Mac's
became more powerful gaming expanded to include these platforms as well, Graphics where better, games where
more advanced, and everyone was happy. Well my dislike of the game console has changed with the introduction
of the xbox. In a way I feel like Cartman (thinner of course) when I say "I have an xbox, who wants to touch
me?.... I said, who wants to fscking
touch me!?!" Seriously, not since the Atari 2600 have I ever lost track of
time playing a console gaming system, this thing is amazing.
Now I'm not going to take the xbox apart and show you what makes up a console PC. That has been overdone
already. Rather I'm just going to show you some photos of the xbox console, mention a few games that we got,
and show off one of the alternative controllers that we've found for those of you with smaller hands, and wrap
it up with some 53" gaming goodness. Short, sweet, and too the point.
Here is the heart of the xbox system, the console CPU. Inside there is a Pentium3 733MHz, Nvidia
nForce chipset and 64MB of DDR ram. The nice thing about this console is 5.1ch sound, support for many TV formats
including HDTV, and a single RJ45 for use with Broadband. You can also play DVD's out of this thing but unless you are
without DVD player I'd save your money and hold off on buying the remote.
By default the xbox only comes with one controller so instead of buying the larger xbox one we opted to
save some bux and pick up the smaller trick version. The handles on the trick controller are a little on the square side, but for
those of you with smaller hands (women, kids esp.) it works out just fine. Plus you get a "macro" button that you
can program with your favorite moves.
Xbox Controllers - Standard an
Here are some up close shots of the xbox and trick game pad controllers.
To wrap things up here is a shot of the entertainment center. You will have to pardon the shoddy
photo the "media" room is a little on the dark side. Here you can see part of the Bose
sound system and big screen TV. The red things are to keep the rabbits out from behind the TV, in case you where wondering.
Well this concludes the
overview of the xbox. Below are some cool links and my recommended list of games not to be without.