The 7 Foot Tallk Wonder of the Future World: A Wax Masterchief

A buddy of mine sent me a little link today.  Kinda brightened up my day from my issues with Xbox 360 support (which I am in the process of getting ironed out).  Take a gander

Master Chief Statue

You may ask what that is?  Yes, it is a (about) a 7′ tall Master Chief.  It is joining the like of Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Brad Pitt and many more entertainment superstars in being waxed for Madam Tussaud.  That shows you the impact the Master Chief has on entertainment.

Johnny 360 (10/25/2005 – 8/26/2007)

Well…I was always skeptical of the whole “the ring ring is happening too much”.  It was because I WAS running a launch console.  Notice the word (in red), “was”.  That was because today during the Call of Duty 4 beta…my 360 took the plunge.  It gave these weird vertical beige/green lines.  I shut it off (as nothing would appear on the screen).  As I powered it on, I got a weird felling.  It didnt start the way it did.  Then green rings (during the loading screen/video) weren’t showing up.  Then it happened:



Well, I can tell you went well.  I have already ordered the repair (as I still fall under the “3yr – 3 red ring” warranty).  Hopefully they can work fast, so I can be ready for Halo 3 launch day.

Xbox 360 Wireless Wheel Retrofit is beginning

Microsoft has announced that there is a “retrofit” that is now on going in regards to an internal part of the Wireless Wheel.  The Xbox team recommends that you go on battery power for now, until your wheel has been retrofitted with the new parts.

You can find more information in the link below:


As a precautionary measure, Microsoft Corporation is voluntarily providing its customers with a free retrofit to the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel. The Wheels were manufactured during 2006 – 2007. A component in the Wheel chassis may in rare cases overheat and release smoke when the AC-DC power supply is used to energize the Wheel.

There have been no reported incidences of fire, personal injury or property damage due to the Wheel malfunction. Despite no known safety incidents, we are advising our customers about this because of our strong commitment to ensuring that our products are safe and perform to our design specifications.
Owners of the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel should visit or call Microsoft at 1-800-4my-Xbox to register to receive the retrofit and protect against the potential hazard described above. Instructions will be provided with the retrofit. We are notifying and will be coordinating our response activities with the relevant regulatory agencies such as the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. This may impact delivery dates.

Owners of the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel should stop using the AC-DC power supply until they have obtained their retrofit. Owners may continue to operate the Wheel using battery power. While operating in battery mode, the force feedback feature will not be available. Once retrofitted, owners may run the Wheel using AC power and reactivate this feature.

Get Started Now
If you have a Wireless Racing Wheel, print out the retrofit form, complete it, and send it in. You’ll receive information soon from Microsoft regarding your retrofit. In the meantime, use your Wireless Racing in battery mode.

For further information and support, please contact 1-800-4MY-XBOX.

Its been a while since my last update.

Yea, I know…its been a LONG time since a real update.  Well, I have just kinda been tired, or too busy to sit and really think of a post to write.  I decided to take the time here, while I sit and download something sweet, that many will take part of later.  But, a recap of the past week or so.

  1. I hit up the Madden Launch Event in Times Square.  Sara (aka DirtyDiva) have a really good recap of the day that her and I took part in.  It was really cool to see Ozzy perform live.  I still love “Crazy Train”.  What really topped the day off, was Stone asking me if I wanted to play on the HUGE TV that is above ABC studios (where they take/broadcast “Good Morning America” from).  Initially, I was embarrassed because I lack all skills related to Madden…but, I later gave in.  The experience is SWEET!
  2. I was able to watch “300” in HD via the Xbox Live Video Marketplace.  The picture quality was amazing, as was the sound.  It really makes all the difference to me, when you can get both amazing sound and picture from a movie.  The download took “longer than usual”, but only lasted about 2.5-3 hrs.  It was almost a 6GB download, so the download time wasn’t too bad.
    1. Speaking of 300, there was a whole “week” for 300 via Xbox live.
  3. There is two new arcade titles this week, “Space Giraffe” and “Street Trace”.  I have heard some pretty good things about both of these titles.  They are priced at 400 MP points, and 800 MP points, respectively.

While my blog posting may be slower recently (heading up to school on Friday), my twitter seems to always be active.  So look for my quick updates there.


Win Marathon : Durandal from Xbox Live Nation!

Xbox Live Nation has relaunched recently, and they are celebrating by running a contest for a free download code for Marathon : Durandal.

There are two requirements for you to enter:

  1. Be a member of Xbox Live Nation.  Stonyarc (the site admin) does alot of great work with the XCDP program to serve up your Xbox Live data in a multitude of ways.  It really is a great site.
  2. You have to answer some questions:
    1. What are ALL the available multiplayer modes in the game?
    2. What was the exact name of the first game ever to be released by Bungie?
    3. What is the exact mission statement of XLN?

Enter here!