- Because my system is out of warranty, it would cost $150 to be serviced
- Warranty is only 1 year from purchase date; even if you are one year in, w/o a receipt they would charge you $150
- According to Eva, my phone call regarding 3.01 breaking the Blu-Ray drive is the first they have ever recieved
- According to Eva, the official blog is just a place to post thoughts and comments; the fact that there was a post with hundreds of comments regarding this issue did not matter at all
- To have the system tested by them to discover if the firmware caused the issue, I would have to pay the $150 service fee
- I asked Jason if I could quote him on this, and he agreed: "Even if the firmware caused the issue, you would have to pay the $150 service fee"
- Jason told me that even if the firmware update caused the issue, they would still charge me $150 to have the system repaired; there would be no refund of the service fee
- When agreeing to a firmware update, you agree that if the firmware causes any damage to your system, Sony is not responsible
- According to Vance, Sony is unaware of any issues with 3.01 causing issues with the Blu-Ray drive
- Sony did extensive testing before the release of 3.01 - he is unaware of any testing regarding the Blu-Ray drive issue since its release
- If the Blu-Ray drive failure did become a documented issue, he does not know if they would refund any service fees
- There is no way for him to service the system for free, regardless of whether it was caused by the firmware or not, because I have owned the system for two years
- There is nothing more that I can do to let Sony know that 3.01 firmware caused the Blu-Ray drive to stop working
Oh, the torn emotions! On one hand I was estatic because it's an achievement I've been working hard for, furthering my drumming skills since we got the game. But... I feel like it's a hollow victory. I didn't get the achievement from doing the hard work that it suggests! I will always feel empty with these 10 pts, because it feels like I should have done more to earn them. Alas, alas. (But I have to admit... it feels good to have unlocked it, within the confines and rules of acquisition. So if you're fed up and need to unlock this achievement... go buy Silver. You, too, will earn the hollow victory that will now plagues my conscience.)
What is it: Zork, a text-based game, was first released in 1980. Essentially, it hearalded the way for interactive fiction and storytelling via digital gaming.
What the Community Gets: A trip down memory lane and a piece of gaming history. Plus, an actual gaming use for the Chatpad.
What Microsoft Gets: A second round of marketing for the Messenger Kit. Surely it couldn't take THAT much effort to convert Zork to an Arcade title? Would definately generate more interest and noise from the gamer community about the messenger kit than any magazine or web ad would.
5) Zune Store
What is it: ok, so it wouldn't really be an arcade game, but more of a utility. If I can stream any song I want to my computer when I have a Zune Pass, and my Zune Pass is tied to my GamerTag... why can't I straight stream via the XBox, too?
What the Community Gets: A great way to create playlists on the xbox for background listening. Just load up a playlist from ANY song on the service, save it, and the Xbox become the center of any party involving music.
What Microsoft Gets: More Zune Passes sold, and deeper integration between the Xbox and Zune communities. If you have the Zune software installed, Microsoft could push you playlists for the music of any upcoming game easily...