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I got my Xbox 360 in December 30, 2008, and it's now February 1, 2009 - when my Xbox Live Gold trial was supposed to run out (but didn't, because I obviously renewed it =).So, (puny) 460 gamer points later, it's a good time to ramble a little bit on how a self-professed Nintendo geek has so far survived in the Microsoft world.

The short answer, of course, is that while it has been a little bit bumpy ride, in the end, I'm very happy.

Right now, I'm a little bit depressed by the sheer need to play, but that's just the kind of feeling I get when I have multiple games that I haven't quite got the time to play. Christmas sales are hell that way, sometimes giving me far more than I can chew. But that aside...

If there has been one thing that I haven't liked, it's the user interface, of which I'll probably post a long comparative rambling later on. While NXE is not really that bad and it's probably one of the better user interfaces Microsoft has designed, it's got a whole lot of weird sides. I guess it's just the same old thing the geeks say: Never trust a company that puts "Shut down" under "Start" to design a user interface.

I've so far liked the Xbox 360 games because they've given me very different games than I usually play. Specifically, the kind of games I've always wanted to play, but since I'm a Nintendo/Linux geek, there's just no opportunity to play them any more now that the multi-console stuff isn't coming that easily to Nintendo side. Getting Soulcalibur IV, for example, was a no-brainer; I liked SC2 on GameCube. Wii would be a perfect thing for hardcore players, if there only were more core-gamer-friendly games for that thing - oh boy, multiplayer strategy games would rule, and if they used Metroid Prime 3 engine for a net game, that would be amazing...

I've started playing the Halo trilogy, and I'm almost half through the first game, if the level selector is to be believed. It was hard for a Metroid fanboy to hit the reality and try expand the horizons, but hey, we're all here to nobly learn some tolerance for differing systems and other crap like that. And after the month is up, I can safely say that while there's differences in the games, the fan wars are unjustified and they're both game series that worthwhile gamers really should try out. But perhaps I'll still love Metroids more at this time. We'll see how this develops after I actually try the multiplayer modes. =)

Xbox Live Arcade gets one tip of a hat, at least for "OMG THEY HAVE DOOM AND WORMS FOR CHEAP, BUY BUY BUY". Any service that effortlessly lets me buy games that I've always wanted is good. (OMG I SWEAR I'LL BUY ALL C64 GAMES FROM WII SHOP CHANNEL ONE DAY =) ...

So so far, this has been a great experience. I hope having both Xbox 360 and Wii will also mean that I'll post more stuff to this blog in this year. Only time will tell...