Xbox 360 Broke

After a few months of having an Xbox 360, last week it kicked the proverbial white-and-chrome "inhaling" bucket.

Of course, Microsoft hand-crafted my particular error message for maximum comedic value. See for yourself:

Xbox 360 Broken Movie
Yes. Every time I put an Xbox 360 game in my Xbox 360, a message comes up: "Please put this disc in an Xbox 360."1

The yay: I shipped out my Xbox 360, they got it on Tuesday, and I got a completely brand new one on Thursday.

The boo: as my Xbox 360 was completely replaced, so was the hard drive, thus losing all of my save games and plunging me into a "do I really want to re-play that?" zone of anguish. Why invent snap-off hard drives if you don't, y'know, snap them off? "Oh, somebody really should have told you to keep the hard drive," noted Microsoft support. Yes — yes.

So, hooray for Microsoft and Microsoft sucks, simultaneously, as always. (And, at least, thanks for the error roflcopter.)

1 After some head-scratching, it turns out that every Xbox 360 disc has a DVD-Video portion, just in case Grandma Scuttles thinks Call Of Duty 2 is a hilarious Pauly Shore caper and puts it in her DVD player. The short video, above, will play, making it clear it's not a movie. For some reason, my Xbox 360 is only seeing this DVD-video portion, and not the game data itself, so it's playing the disc as a movie. Phew.


I noticed the little effects on the roflcopter link (very funny btw), and then noticed the little effects all over the place. I was impressed with the shopping cart. Impressed again. Adorable!!!!!!
Anonymous Chris Brummel 1/06/2006 3:48 PM  
I was wondering about your stance on the new Nintendo Revolution. Does the controller excite you or do you think it will cause too many issues?
Anonymous Mat 1/06/2006 4:08 PM  
Whoa. Blogging is so 200........6!

That sucks about the hard drive. Were you deep into Kameo-land? Plus all those custom downloads!

Thanks for the roflcopter!
Anonymous J_John 1/06/2006 5:02 PM  
Same thing happened with my brother's 360. According to one of the tech support guys at Microsoft, Kameo is doing this to a lot of people's systems and a patch should be out halfway soon. I haven't seen a public admission of the problem though.
Anonymous Anonymous 1/07/2006 12:02 PM  
Your roflcopter image is out of control. I'm shocked and pleased that you took the time to make a graphic for it.

Also have you considered micro r/c helicopter? They are fun, addicting, and expensive. All much like an Xbox 360.
Blogger Scott 1/07/2006 1:32 PM  
I wish I could take credit for the ROFLCOPTER graphic, but it is the work of mysterious internet legend. Hooray, Internet.

Really interesting about this happening to more than just me, and Kameo being the connection. I wonder, how can a game possibly damage a DVD drive? Interesting...
Blogger Cabel 1/07/2006 5:12 PM  
Love the popup roflcopter, for totes reals. general I prefer to not have to use the mouse to close a window, yet cmd-W seems to close the whole window and not just that popup. Could you fix that, or explain to me what I'm doing wrong?
Anonymous freddy 1/08/2006 10:08 PM  
I might have found the source of that roflcopter graphic:
Blogger Scott 1/09/2006 8:28 AM  
Funny video. Apparently in the error message, they couldn't display the character for disc in chinese. How silly of them!
Anonymous Joe 1/12/2006 7:51 AM  
Fokin' hilarious, cabe.
great blog!
Blogger luxuryluke 1/22/2006 10:37 PM  
Im haveing this problem now, the worst part is the xbox doing it is the 1 i got because my last 1 had a hardware failure
Anonymous Anonymous 1/29/2006 7:42 AM  
Microsoft has a handy solution for that problem with the Hard Drive. And this is from a customer service person. They do offer a memory card that can serve as a backup in case things like this happen.
Anonymous Anonymous 2/06/2006 8:36 PM  
Yeah, you're a retard if you didn't take out your hard drive. Seriously, its completely your fault. It even says right in the warranty that they're not responsible if you're too stupid to take it out.
Anonymous Anonymous 7/06/2006 5:20 PM  
Same problem.. my Xbox tells me to put in a Xbox360 disc or can not recongnize the disc.. Im on hold with them right now. I will update you all with what happens momentaroly
Anonymous Anonymous 12/01/2006 2:01 PM  
Wow. all of your systems are breaking!! whos next: the DS Lite? :) Do a review on the PSP,plz.
Anonymous Anonymous 12/07/2006 7:44 AM  
1st 360 went out in 3 days,,,Took it back to the store where I purchased it and they said I had to make a claim with Microsoft. I demanded replacement from them for a 3 day old product, come on now. So they did and I bought the extended warrantyand the cooling device. 11 months later, #2 bites the dust, they have no record of my machine or my warranty. Ofcource they put the blame on some poor soul that no longer works there. Bottom line is,,,,,,,the 360 is a piece of crap.
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