Fan For XBox 360

A customer came in to ask about a replacement fan for his xbox 360 and I went like huh?  I didn’t think that there is a replacement fan for them.  But I do know that all console has some kind of fan as they need to keep the console cool when it is running.  But unlike the computer or a laptop, we didn’t have any ready in stock fans for him.

And yes, you can order the fan, open up the xbox 360 and have it replaced but I don’t think just about anyone knows how to do it.  But the spouse figured that he can do it for him if he asked nicely and I’m going to assume that he will read up on it or check it out from youtube how to do it.

The Time Is Near For The Ultimate Console 2013

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, new consoles coming out very soon for Christmas  – so which one would you buy ?  a PS4 or a Xbox One?  which one is better ?  The PS4 is said to be going for $399.99 and the Xbox One will be priced at $499.99 – wow!  $100 difference ?  why so ? and how do they compare?

Of course, I can’t tell you how they compare because I haven’t tried them out myself – but from what I’ve read thus far, but if you buy the PS4 – you will have to fork out another $59 for the camera attachment but do one need the camera?  yes, if you want to play motion game.  Where else the Xbox One is doing away with the kinect or rather has bundled it up with the Xbox One package.

While the Xbox One will have some exclusive games because they’ve partnered with Sony, both consoles will have pretty much the same games.  Some said they prefer the PS4 because the previous PS3 had very little hardware problems as compared to the Xbox 360 but we’ve yet to see.  So which one will you be buying?  a PS4 or a Xbox One.  The spouse said he is getting the PS4 as it is cheaper.

Top 10 Console Games To Watch Out For

Sometime in June, there was a game expo in LA and these were some of the games that were introduced.  And below are some that I’ve picked out from a game report that I liked very much.  As you can see some will be exclusively for the Xbox One and others will be for the PS4, so before you head out and buy the next new console – check out the games first.    Next, I’ll be checking out games for younger kids to look out for in the next few months followed by the release for next year.

The Power Of Xbox One Gamers

Yes, the power of gamers and its consumers forces Microsoft to reconsider what they planned to do with their new console the xbox one.  A huge relief to a lot of people including people like us who owns a used game store.  We weren’t too pleased with the initial launch of the Xbox One.

Initially, one cannot re-sell the games for xbox one because it was going to cost the next user for it and some registration and many more restriction to it.  I guess with the PS4 being so user friendly, had Microsoft not changed it strategy, Microsoft will be losing a lot of money. One can expect both the Xbox One and PS4 to come out at the end of the year – and I’m sure there is going to be a huge rush for them.  Good luck to all who MUST have the new consoles as soon as they are out.

Xbox One

Thus far from what I’ve read and heard – not many of us are impressed with the new XBOX one released by Microsoft yesterday.  And for the used game industry people like us – we are not really pleased with what we’ve seen – this would mean that there is no market for used game store owners like us and others namely EB games and Game Stop.  Of course, by doing this XBOX ONE isn’t going to kill the entire market for us – it would mean that many people would flock to the new PS4 when they come out simultaneously.

As a gamer as well as a used game store owner – it wouldn’t be smart at all – to invest in the XBOX one or it’s game since Microsoft confirms that there is a registration fee everytime someone wants to use the same game again.  Microsoft thus makes it difficult for gamers to buy the game when it first comes out and then resell it after they are done playing the game – because used game stores like ours will not be touching the games anytime soon for there is just no money for us to make in it.  I guess Microsoft don’t want to share their wealth with anyone eh.

As the Kinect tv features – it’s only for US only – so those of us in Canada – is left out – so Canadians – don’t really have the advantage – so why should we buy the xbox one ?  And the latest update on Forbes this morning – and I quote :

Update: There seems to be some indication that this unlock fee might actually be the full retail price of the game. That’s certainly what it sounds like from what Phil Harrison is saying here. If that’s the case, then how exactly do “used games” even exist at that point? This is only making things more opaque.

Really?  mannn!!  someone must be crazy there in Microsoft!

Kinect For Kids


Mothers asked me all the time about kinect xbox  for their kids and they want my opinion about whether they should buy it or not.  So I show them what the kinect can do – and what my 8 yrs old love with the kinect.  We have the kinect because it’s more interactive and keeps the 8 yrs old busy with doing stuff and not just sitting and playing games.  Yes, she does play a game with the kinect, but at least she is up and moving and doing things with the game instead of just sitting and shooting stuff or moving along with the controller.  So if you ask my opinion about the kinect for kids, I say that some of the games are great for kids – like kinectimals but according to the spouse – most of the games on kinect are great for kids.  So if you are thinking of getting the kinect for your kids – I say go right ahead.

Skylander Collection

Yes! our personal collection for the kid – we bought just about everyone we could find for her on a yardsale and from EB games and the latest from Walmart and she didn’t even ask for it. The skylander figurines are for the Skylander game – and the figurines does different powers for the game and the best part of the skylander figurines are they can be use for the PS3, the xbox 360 and the Wii and the PC too!  wow right?

Different figure has different powers and they also have memory to remember the game experiences and upgrades you have done. Some of the figures comes with stickers, or web codes and trading cards and magic items.  Pretty interesting and the kid and spouse loved the game for their sundays together.

R2D2 Xbox 360

Look Who bought the new R2D2 Star Wars xbox 360!!!  woohoo!! happy ! happy!  so what is so special about the R2D2 xbox I hear everyone asking me.   Well for all those Star Wars fan- this is something to remember their favorite movie by this limited edition of the Kinect Star Wars bundle.   The Kinect is custom designed and so is the console and controller, all based on the popular Star Wars character – the R2-D2.  You also get the Star Wars game and a 320gig HD – plus a wired headset and a game meant for the Kinect.   Now may the force be with you.

Skylanders Spyro’s Adventures

So the spouse bought the starter pack to play with the kid – and they loved it – the game I mean.  And even though I am not for buying new games – he said they were on sale for like $50 at superstore – this game normally goes for $70 + tax.

I think the kid loved this game because of the portal where you need the figurine to be on the portal to get it to work.  Gadgets are not only a powerful way to get the kid addicted but adults loved the gimmick in the portals as well.  From what I read – you need more toys to enable you to play in different levels but overall my kid who is 8 yrs old find it’s amusing and can understand the game easily.

Stars Wars Xbox 360 Bundle

Come Christmas you can get your hands on this custom xbox 360 bundle that is tied with the realease of the Kinect Stars Wars. So fans of Stars Wars – hurry and pre-order yours. This bundles has a 320 gb hard drive and a kinect sensor of course and a themed wireless controller. The game of Kinect Star Wars is added into the $499.99 package – but i wouldn’t be buying it – I don’t like the themed thing but don’t let me stop you from buying it though.