Three months later...

Hey duders. Have several blogs churning in the ol' noggin that I want to write, but I figured this could be its own separate thing. You may remember back in late May/early June where I was told that I won some stuff? Well it finally came today.

Yep. My "lifetime" of Xbox Live Gold and 32,000 Microsoft points arrived in a big box... full of smaller boxes, containing 30 individually packaged 12-month XBL Gold cards and 8 other cards worth 4000 Microsoft points. What a colossal waste of plastic. Oh well, at least the cards themselves look like cardboard. Still! 38 cards I have to enter one at a time. That's ridiculous.
 
...But in some ways beneficial, too. Despite winning nearly $2,000 worth of points and XBL gold, tons of other stuff has gone wrong around here. You'd swear that luck is some kind of resource that gets stored up over time and I spent all of it winning this sweepstakes, because since getting notified of winning, I've had what feels like nothing but bad luck: I found out that my SNES is dead, my Nintendo DS hinge broke, my internet connection's been turning to garbage, and just last week, my Playstation 2 decided it was no longer important to recognize anything plugged in to its controller ports. I have some money saved up for this kind of stuff, but I think I'm gonna thumb through the rules of the sweepstakes one more time and see if I can't sell off some of these 12 month XBL Gold cards - the service probably won't even be around in 30 years, and selling off 10 cards would be close to $500. Even 20 years of XBL Gold is still probably longer than any human being would need. I'd be almost 50 years old by then.
 
So yeah. That's all, I guess. I've got blogs for StarCraft 2 and my website redesign tumbling around in my head, so stay tuned for those whenever I get around to it. 
 
Oh, and just a heads up: The whole "lol send me some codes!" joke is already extremely played out, so if you could, spare me the eyeroll. ;P
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Posted by BlazeHedgehog

Hey duders. Have several blogs churning in the ol' noggin that I want to write, but I figured this could be its own separate thing. You may remember back in late May/early June where I was told that I won some stuff? Well it finally came today.

Yep. My "lifetime" of Xbox Live Gold and 32,000 Microsoft points arrived in a big box... full of smaller boxes, containing 30 individually packaged 12-month XBL Gold cards and 8 other cards worth 4000 Microsoft points. What a colossal waste of plastic. Oh well, at least the cards themselves look like cardboard. Still! 38 cards I have to enter one at a time. That's ridiculous.
 
...But in some ways beneficial, too. Despite winning nearly $2,000 worth of points and XBL gold, tons of other stuff has gone wrong around here. You'd swear that luck is some kind of resource that gets stored up over time and I spent all of it winning this sweepstakes, because since getting notified of winning, I've had what feels like nothing but bad luck: I found out that my SNES is dead, my Nintendo DS hinge broke, my internet connection's been turning to garbage, and just last week, my Playstation 2 decided it was no longer important to recognize anything plugged in to its controller ports. I have some money saved up for this kind of stuff, but I think I'm gonna thumb through the rules of the sweepstakes one more time and see if I can't sell off some of these 12 month XBL Gold cards - the service probably won't even be around in 30 years, and selling off 10 cards would be close to $500. Even 20 years of XBL Gold is still probably longer than any human being would need. I'd be almost 50 years old by then.
 
So yeah. That's all, I guess. I've got blogs for StarCraft 2 and my website redesign tumbling around in my head, so stay tuned for those whenever I get around to it. 
 
Oh, and just a heads up: The whole "lol send me some codes!" joke is already extremely played out, so if you could, spare me the eyeroll. ;P
Posted by Bigandtasty

Sounds like a huge waste of plastic, but at least you can easily resell 10-20 or so XBL Gold codes.

Edited by Tru3_Blu3

What an incredible prize. Enjoy those points, for you won't have to worry about how much you have anymore.

Posted by CyborgNixon

Sucks about your snes, although they're pretty common and cheap, so you shouldn't have too hard a time getting a new one. What happend to your ps2 also happened to me too, except it was my ps1. I didn't think anyone else had the problem of a system not recognizing the controllers.
Posted by Robiin

At least that makes one less person able to complain about the price of LIMBO! (God my english is awful, hope someone found that funny.. or whatever, I need sleep).

Posted by BlazeHedgehog
@CyborgNixon said:
" Sucks about your snes, although they're pretty common and cheap, so you shouldn't have too hard a time getting a new one. What happend to your ps2 also happened to me too, except it was my ps1. I didn't think anyone else had the problem of a system not recognizing the controllers. "
It was starting to give me Disc Read Errors, too, so I was kind of anticipating it breaking down at basically any time, but the controller port issue kind of came out of left field. :\
Posted by eroticfishcake

Hard luck mate. Sometimes I'm think I'm the only one in the world with a working SNES and PS2 anymore. It's weird. I know a lot of people who's PS2 are getting iffy and yet I'm the one who uses mine the most. Mine's chipped too. Strange that.

Posted by CyborgNixon

@BlazeHedgehog said:

" @CyborgNixon said:
" Sucks about your snes, although they're pretty common and cheap, so you shouldn't have too hard a time getting a new one. What happend to your ps2 also happened to me too, except it was my ps1. I didn't think anyone else had the problem of a system not recognizing the controllers. "
It was starting to give me Disc Read Errors, too, so I was kind of anticipating it breaking down at basically any time, but the controller port issue kind of came out of left field. :\ "


I'm also amazed at your snes dying. Catridge systems almost never die. When ww3 happens, the only things left will be cockroaches and old cartridges.

Posted by Jeknod

lol send me some codes

Posted by Bigandtasty
@BlazeHedgehog:  Oh, by the way, "non-transferable" only means you can't ask for the prize to be awarded to someone else. Once they're in your hands, you can do whatever you want with them.
 
And even if they didn't want you to sell them, it'd be pretty damn hard to monitor whether or not you're selling them, especially since they're individually packaged LIVE cards that are no different from ones in the stores.
Posted by JJOR64

You lucky bastard.
 
What sweepstakes did you win?

Posted by BlazeHedgehog
@JJOR64: "Xbox Live & T-Mobile Download & Win Sweepstakes". You know those things on the Xbox Dash where they ask you to download a gamerpic for a contest? That's what it was.
Posted by JJOR64
@BlazeHedgehog:   I remember that one.  I should have entered.    :P
Posted by Lukeweizer

32,000 points?! That's so rad.

Posted by CoverlessTech

I'll give you $20 paypal for one of those 12 month codes.

Posted by Sammichman

Wish I had won all that, bit of a hassle to have to enter a code constantly though, would have been nice of them to just make your account auto refresh.

Posted by BlazeHedgehog
@CoverlessTech said:
" I'll give you $20 paypal for one of those 12 month codes. "
That's less than half of what they're actually worth. :P
Posted by TheHBK

Send me some codes!

Posted by CoverlessTech
@BlazeHedgehog said:
" @CoverlessTech said:
" I'll give you $20 paypal for one of those 12 month codes. "
That's less than half of what they're actually worth. :P "
You did get them for free, it's $20 that you didn't have before and would have to do little work for.
Posted by Diamond
@BlazeHedgehog said:
@CoverlessTech said:
I'll give you $20 paypal for one of those 12 month codes.
That's less than half of what they're actually worth. :P
I've seen em on sale on Amazon for $30 off and on.  They're $40 on there right now.  Not saying you should sell to the guy necessarily...
Posted by iam3green

pretty nice man. i hate hearing about how i win a contest and you wait and then like a month later it finally comes. on a website i won $50 giftcard to gamestop. it took them like 2 months to get it in the mail. the bad thing about it was that it got here at easter time. so i had to wait for the next day to go there. 
 
well congrats on that. you are going to have a fun time having all that codes for games and live.

Posted by Redbullet685

Thats awesome that you won. I tried doing that with one of their contests but didn't win.

Posted by BlazeHedgehog
@Redbullet685 said:
" Thats awesome that you won. I tried doing that with one of their contests but didn't win. "
Well, that's the thing! If you only enter one or two every now and then, you'll never win anything.
Edited by ISuperGamerI
@BlazeHedgehog said:

" @JJOR64: "Xbox Live & T-Mobile Download & Win Sweepstakes". You know those things on the Xbox Dash where they ask you to download a gamerpic for a contest? That's what it was. "

I never understand these contests, do you have to download the gamerpic and use it or just download it?
 
PS: Grats on the prize it's awesome.
Posted by AjayRaz

i didn't even know that people actually won those contests. congrats on the prize! 

Posted by BlazeHedgehog
@ISuperGamerI said:
" @BlazeHedgehog said:

" @JJOR64: "Xbox Live & T-Mobile Download & Win Sweepstakes". You know those things on the Xbox Dash where they ask you to download a gamerpic for a contest? That's what it was. "

I never understand these contests, do you have to download the gamerpic and use it or just download it?  PS: Grats on the prize it's awesome. "
You just have to download it. They have a system in place where when you download it, they pull the email and home address registered to that Xbox Gamertag and put that in to the pool with the rest of the entrants. When you win, they send you a thick Fedex envelope full of release forms to confirm your identity and your home address. This includes getting the document legally notarized (on your own dime, might I add) and a bunch of other stuff.
 
Three months later, your prize.