i always thought consoles had an advantage over pc's in a couple arenas. one of them is compatibility - i don't have to worry about my console's systems specs to play a game, because the game is created specifically to work on my console. no need to bench my video card or upgrade memory. software and hardware always work together hand in hand.
unfortunately that's not true for the new halo: reach game. now i'm not a huge halo fan but i can understand the draw, and the latest version had people flooding malls and game stores everywhere to get their grubby hands on a copy. but as it turns out, if you want to play a little online co-op, and you have one of the new $199 xbox360 slim units, you might get the following error message:
"One or more players do not have an Xbox 360 Hard Drive. An Xbox 360 Hard Drive is required to play co-op on Xbox LIVE or system link."
... eh? and it becomes a head scratcher. everyone says they have hard drives. the microsoft FAQ on halo say that this message directly points someone not having a hard drive. so you figure it can't be you because there is a hard drive, just inside. so some other noob is to blame. yelling ensues, accusations of noobery are flung around, and some meatheads find each other in real life where an all out brawl ensues.
a grim tale, to be sure.
|xbox 360 slim 4GB edition, $199|
so the final damage? your $199 xbox 360 slim + your $129 hard drive = $328. wouldn't it have just been easier to buy the full xbox 360 system with a 250gb hard drive for $300? just goes to show, you get what you pay for.
bravo microsoft. really, excellent work making your users happy.