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Playstation 4 vs Xbox one

I need help deciding on which system to buy. I would like some opinions. I have googled it and see that PS4 has better displays renderings and such but Xbox's social network has always been better in my experience. [more inside]
posted by Doubleosix on Jan 26, 2014 - 18 answers

Fixing an XBOX I just bought off eBay

So after years of using roommates' machines, and having finished a well-paying highly stressful recent job, I rewarded myself by buying an XBox Slim off of eBay. Which I guess was foolish of me. The thing arrived with only the 4GB hard drive, so I had to buy a decent-sized one in order for it to do anything, and even then it started freezing nearly constantly. If left off overnight it will start up and work for maybe an hour before freezing at first, and then quickly degrade to the point where it can't even start up properly. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Jun 15, 2013 - 16 answers

Can I install an XBox 360 Arcade Demo from a disc to my hard drive?

The Xbox 360 Arcade game Alan Wake's American Nightmare just went on sale, so I purchased it. I have very limited bandwidth on my Internet plan, though. I do have a demo of the game that came with an Official XBox 360 Magazine coverdisc. Usually, when I have a demo of a game all I need to do to unlock the full game is pay for it, without any additional download. There doesn't seem to be any way to install the demo from the disc to my Xbox's hard drive, though. I do have enough space. Is there any way I can install the game demo from the disc to the harddrive? I haven't modded my Xbox in any way.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on May 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me find an Xbox game for my kid that doesn't destroy my sanity

My 10 year old daughter has done awesomely at school, and was promised a new Xbox game as a reward. She has no ideas of what she wants, and is excited by the idea of being surprised. What is something I can give her that she will love, but that won't make me want to write strongly worded letters to game creators? [more inside]
posted by corb on Apr 21, 2013 - 38 answers

Good video games where spectators can participate?

My girlfriend and I really enjoyed playing Walking Dead together. I controlled it, but she made all the dialogue choices and helped solve puzzles. What are some other games like that? She's not really a gamer and doesn't really get FPS controls (yet) so stuff like co-op portal and even minecraft is out. I'm going to try and see how it goes with Braid next, but are there any other games like Walking Dead where people who aren't actively controlling it can help make meaningful decisions or contributions? I was also thinking Heavy Rain, but I don't have a Playstation, only a pc and Xbox.
posted by empath on Mar 9, 2013 - 24 answers

What Xbox games would a sneak enjoy?

I love games where I can employ stealth, magic, and/or unusual skills (or sometimes weapons) to move through the storyline. I really enjoyed Dishonored, Far Cry 3, Portal (especially 2), Warp, and both Bioshock games. What other Xbox games would I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Mar 5, 2013 - 23 answers

IF DOUBLEFINE WOULD JUST RELEASE MIDDLE MANAGER OF JUSTICE TO THE US ALREADY L:FKJSD

Non-reflex dependent, not-too-hard video games, preferably for the Xbox? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Dec 10, 2012 - 17 answers

Xbox RPGs

Recommend some XBox 360 games for me. I have enjoyed: Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout 3 and NV, Dragonage O and 2, Fable 1, 2, and 3, Bioshock 2, Portal 1 and 2. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Nov 29, 2012 - 41 answers

Good strategy games for the XBox?

I've just been lent an XBox 360 discovered that I'm utterly, embarrassingly dreadful at First (or Third) Person Shooters. What I have enjoyed beyond all expectations though is Petroglyph's splendid Panzer General: Allied Assault (I'm a big time tabletop and card gamer and own the physical game too). So, lovely hivemind, can you suggest any excellent card/war/strategy games for an XBox I might enjoy just as much? Thanks!
posted by timpollard on Jul 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Internet Browsing on PS3

Since the Xbox 360 doesn't have a browser I am unable to connect to Xbox Live on a public internet connection because the 360 cannot give me access to the user agreement (if anyone knows a way around that, I'd like to know). Does anyone know if the PS3 has a browser capable of going on a public wifi and agreeing to the user agreement? I ask this because I am considering purchasing one for the library I work at. This will allow me to download updates for our games.
posted by zzazazz on Feb 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Used Xbox 360 games...which can I buy used without also needing to buy a new reg code?

I'm thinking about buying a few used Xbox 360 games online. Does anyone know of a definitive resource that can tell me which games/publishers are likely to require me to buy an additional registration code in order to access full online functionality? [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo on Jan 27, 2012 - 12 answers

Can an Xbox 360 or PS3 Play Archived Ripped DVDs

Can an XBox 360 and/or Playstation 3 be made to play archived/ripped DVDs that preserve the menu structure? Is there a guide for doing that somewhere? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Nov 14, 2011 - 4 answers

short-form Xbox entertainment?

Is there a really good story-driven Xbox 360 game that I can play through in one afternoon? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Oct 15, 2011 - 15 answers

Best dancing game console?

My wife went to a party with co-workers, and enjoyed the heck out of a Wii dancing game they played. If I were to invest in a console, which would have the most fun dancing games for it? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on May 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Another toy to be abandoned, or fierce time waster?

I have an opportunity to get an new xbox for cheap, and I have a huge (really huge) library of games available for me to borrow from and play for free. If I do go this route, which games should I look at? I'm not really a gamer... [more inside]
posted by cgg on Apr 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Is a bigger xbox really necessary?

Thinking about getting an xBox 360 with Kinect. Is the larger size really worth $100? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Mar 3, 2011 - 13 answers

XBOX 360 setup help followup

I'm still trying to connect my upcoming XBOX 360 to my computer monitor. The monitor has only VGA and DVI-D inputs and no audio output, however, so I'm having issues tracking down what needs to be done. Currently I'm fairly sure I've got what I need for video, but I still need help figuring out how to connect audio. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Feb 10, 2011 - 14 answers

XBOX 360 setup help: Using a monitor & getting audio

I'm getting an XBOX 360 shortly, but I have a few questions about setting it up. For one, my television is very bad, so I'd like to use my computer monitor for it - should picking up a VGA cable be fine? Secondly, I'm not sure how the XBOX's audio ports are set up - can I just plug my headset with a standard headphone and microphone plug into it, or do I need adapters? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Feb 3, 2011 - 11 answers

Xbox 360 to use solely with Kinect - 4GB or 250GB version?

I want an Xbox 360 to play Kinect games. Should I buy the 4GB version or the 250GB version? Does the 4GB version of the Xbox 360 provide enough space to play Kinect games? I already have a PS3 and still plan to use that as my main gaming system. I want the Xbox 360 just for Kinect. Is it really worth the extra $100 for the 250GB version if I'm only going to play Kinect games? Also, how difficult is it to install a larger hard drive on the 4GB version?
posted by parakeetdog on Dec 23, 2010 - 13 answers

Give me a game!

I'm looking for some PC game recommendations. I guess I'll settle for X Box 360 and PS3 recommendations as well. I know a variation on this question has been asked many times before, but I have a fairly specific requirements. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Nov 18, 2010 - 39 answers

Shake your money maker. You know, for exercise.

Dance Central on Kinect for Xbox 360. Good for exercise? Seems like it could be fun and sweaty. Seems like it could also be really, really annoying. Also, what's the fidelity to actual movements like? Will I really be dancing, or gaming the system by just flicking a limb at the right time?
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Nov 18, 2010 - 5 answers

You Youngsters And Your Technology!

I've only ever played PC games, but keep hearing about these new-fangled doohickeys called "consoles"........ [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Nov 4, 2010 - 22 answers

Xpandora's box

What are some of the stranger, crazier, or more innovative or off-beat Xbox 360 games? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jun 18, 2010 - 30 answers

DO WANT. Now what?

How can I back up my save files on my 360 so I can transfer them to a new console? [more inside]
posted by bookwo3107 on Jun 17, 2010 - 6 answers

And therein lies the game

I grow weary of hard games and/or games that require massive investment of time and energy for any payoff. Please recommend easy, casual video games for me. [more inside]
posted by AugieAugustus on Mar 29, 2010 - 26 answers

Seriously, if he kills me one more time, we are going to break up.

Yet Another Video Game Question: What are good video games for couples? [more inside]
posted by kerning on Jan 24, 2010 - 46 answers

Xbox 360 games for the retired and slightly arthritic?

Inexplicably, my sixty-six year old father has just bought an Xbox 360. What games could I buy for it that my parents would enjoy? [more inside]
posted by Acarpous on Nov 30, 2009 - 22 answers

I want to click it and forget it for a while

I'm looking for games that progress in real time, similar to Farmville on Facebook. [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists on Oct 17, 2009 - 18 answers

I just want to play UNIRACERS!

Argh. I've installed the drivers, I've searched high and low online, nothing is helping, so I'm coming to ya'll: how can I get my Xbox 360 wireless controller (connected to my PC via the charge and play kit via a USB port) to work on my computer? Specifically, I want to play ROMs with it. [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Sep 3, 2009 - 12 answers

Swapping xbox 360 hard drives...

What is the process like for swapping hard drives in an xbox 360? [more inside]
posted by shmegegge on Aug 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Xbox 360 game suggestions?

Just looking for some suggestions on a new shooter type Xbox 360 game for someone that plays occasionally. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on May 21, 2009 - 37 answers

Non shooting/ fighting xbox games?

I love Xbox but I hate first-person shooter and violent games. What are some tycoon / strategy games that I could enjoy? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman on Mar 2, 2009 - 17 answers

The XBox 360/PS3 war rages on.

Almost time to buy a current-gen console, but I'm morally split between XBox 360 and PS3. [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Jan 8, 2009 - 48 answers

Gaming for the new oldbie

I'm 40ish. I know nothing about modern gaming. I used to love adventure games back in the 80s like Zak McKraken, KGB and Thermonuclear Wargames. I have some time on my hands and want to take the plunge into the modern world of gaming. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Sep 22, 2008 - 33 answers

Bully for the 360: How Do I Know It's Patched?

I want to play Bully: Scholarship Edition on my Xbox 360. There was just a patch released for the game, but my console is not hooked up to the internet and never will be. How (and when) can I know that the physical copy of the game I buy is a post-patch version?
posted by BitterOldPunk on Mar 22, 2008 - 16 answers

Which original-Xbox games should I get for my 360?

I recently bought an Xbox 360. I never had an Xbox. Of the original-Xbox games which are playable on the 360 (here's a list), which ones are worth picking up, and which ones are to be avoided at all costs? [more inside]
posted by box on May 14, 2007 - 19 answers

I Wanna Be Sedated (by video games)

What are some games for Xbox 360 that I will enjoy playing? Inside I tell you my likes, dislikes, proclivities and other stuff that will allow you to help me. [more inside]
posted by sneakin on Apr 5, 2007 - 30 answers

Scanning XBox disc for bad sectors

Is there any software (preferably for OSX) that I can use to scan a used XBox disc for bad sectors? The format is DVD, so I suppose a normal DVD scanning program could do the job. I just want to be sure that the whole game works before my guarantee expires and I'm unable to return it.
posted by Aanidaani on Jan 20, 2007 - 2 answers

Looking for Xbox games similar to Mario64

I'm looking for an Xbox game that will satisfy like Super Mario 64 did back in the day. What is an equivalent game for Xbox? [more inside]
posted by toftk on Jan 9, 2007 - 23 answers

Pc, Xbox360 or PS3?

Should I go for an Xbox 360 or PS3? Or should I upgrade my PC and stick with that? [more inside]
posted by Bjkokenos on Nov 10, 2006 - 25 answers

Decent submarine games?

Are there any decent submarine games for PC or Xbox? Looking for something relatively modern.
posted by gfroese on Jul 11, 2006 - 5 answers

Xbox 360 killer app?

My girlfriend's job takes her away from me for the next three months. Until then, what's the Xbox 360 game that will add the most utility to my life? [more inside]
posted by commander_cool on May 26, 2006 - 29 answers

XBox games for honing laproscopic surgery skills.

What non-violent XBox games would help hone and maintain laproscopic surgery skills? [more inside]
posted by Eothele on Feb 21, 2006 - 29 answers

Single-screen co-op games for Xbox?

What are some good single-screen co-op games for the Xbox? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jan 15, 2006 - 15 answers

Kid-Friendly Video Games

For a school fundraiser, my wife (a teacher at the school) and I are donating a "Video Game Bonanza Night". This will be six elementary school-age children coming over to play videogames on a 50" HDTV and an outside projection system. I have an Xbox, GC, PS2, DC, and the N64, and some kid-friendly games (Super Monkey Ball, Katamari Damacy, DDR). I would like to offer a few others, and need suggestions on good kid-friendly party games.
posted by xorowo on Feb 1, 2005 - 22 answers

Why aren't there more flight simulators on the XBox?

After the elections sapped my will to do anything constructive, I bought an XBOX, which I mostly am enjoying. There seem to be lots of RPGs, sports simulations, driving games, and FPS games (mostly based on movies), but I haven't been able to find many games involving flight; spacecraft, jets, dirigibles, I don't care. I just want to fly around, and, preferably, blow stuff up. Is there some inherent limitation of the XBOX that makes flight games hard?
posted by jimfl on Jan 6, 2005 - 14 answers

Halo Tips

I am going to be participating in a Halo 2 Kill-A-Thon tomorrow night. I do not own an Xbox myself, so i don't get much practice time. I am getting better at Halo, but i still seem to be an easy target for experienced players. Are there some basic techniques that i should know or other tips that will help me be a little more of a threat and less of an easy mark?
posted by mudhouse on Dec 9, 2004 - 19 answers

Anyone Online or Off Offering XBOX Freebies That Aren't Football/Top Spin?

Are any retailers (online or otherwise) offering any freebies with the purchase of a new Xbox system other than (or in addition to) NCAA Football 2005 and Top Spin?
posted by jjg on Dec 8, 2004 - 4 answers

PS2, GameCube, or XBox?

Well, the time appears to have finally come. With my kids starting to cross over the 10 threshold I am on the verge of caving in on the gaming console issue. As a kid who wanted an Atari 2600 but got a TI-99/4a it took me a while to realize that gaming consoles are now pretty much part of the background recreation matrix/social experience of kids and not an extravagant extra. Anyway, they get good grades and I wound up working for a while as a game programmer and it did not kill me.

So parenting aside, I was wondering if anyone could suggest some good sources of information on the three major platforms (XBox, GameCube, PS2). The kids told me that their friends mostly have PS2s and that they like the GameCube, but I just want to make sure that, say, in February the next generation of platform hardware won't come out and they stop production of titles for what we get. FWIW their tastes are Backyard sports games, Civilization 3, and Hobbit/Harry Potter type games -- but they remind me that playing those and Zaxxon on the family PC do not a gaming system make. Oh, and there any must-have accessories that we should take care of up front? Cheers.
posted by cgk on Dec 6, 2004 - 26 answers

2-player videogames

GameFilter. What are your favorite two (or more) player games for X-Box or PS2? We want to go buy a bunch to play together on those long winter nights. Suggestions? We are game geeks and like just about anything.
posted by jopreacher on Nov 10, 2004 - 30 answers

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