Caging an elephant during a rocket riot in a borderland...

 So as many of you know, I do not post to this blog unless I really have something to say. The last time I chimed in was for a look at OnLive's actual practicality as a gaming platform. And while OnLive still hasn't hit mass market yet, I had a few really interesting days of gaming and music that I thought was definitely worth sharing with the general Giant Bomb community. 
 

Xbox 360 USB Support

 Xbox's New Transfer Interface
 Now granted, support for USB devices in Microsoft's Xbox 360 has been out for a little while now, I never saw a need to use it until recently. That said, I wanted to share a few words on how useful it actually was for me. The reason I needed to use it was because I was going to a friend's house who did not own a ton of XBLA titles and we needed to kill a few hours before heading out to the concert we were going to see that evening (see Kissfest section). I really wanted to bring over almost all of my multiplayer XBLA games but that would've required about a billion 512MB MU's that Microsoft was selling for crazy prices. Luckily, I had a 4GB Kingston USB drive that never gets used anymore, so I loaded the entire thing up for Xbox use and used the new transfer tool in the dashboard to get my content over to the USB stick. I really love that you can select what to transfer and what profiles to transfer with just the press of a few buttons. If you haven't seen the screenshot for it, I've pictured it to the left of this column. It's really useful. Upon return to my home, I just put the USB drive back in and selected to transfer everything back and within a few moments it was all back the way I left it. VERY awesome.


Rocket Riot

I purchased Rocket Riot w/ Lumines during the spring cleaning sale Microsoft had where it was basically a 2-4-1 deal and I couldn't pass it up because of it's faux-retro look and crazy gameplay. However, this game quickly soured on me during the singleplayer because basically, it's the same thing over and over again for 80 levels with no change as to the gameplay at all with only slight variations in the later levels. It's not a good thing, however, it proved to be fairly fun with a friend. There are 50 really difficult co-op levels but here's the kicker: it doesn't save your progress…whoops! So should you have a friend and want to get to level 50…you need to have 3-5 hours on your hands in one sitting to do so…needless to say by level 32 we wanted to call it quits and go grab a pizza at the local Papa Johns only to come back and find out that none of our progress had been saved. Lovely.


San Antonio's 99.5 KISSFEST

Was a blast, sold-out show featuring Free Reign, Cage the Elephant, Flyleaf, 5-Finger Death Punch, and Three Days Grace. Some amazing performances by all, especially Three Days' drummer who DJ'd his own drum solo… total respect for that guy. However, many of you may not now that Borderlands' opening song "No Rest for the Wicked" is performed by Cage the Elephant, who were just amazing on stage. As someone who played Borderlands always humming that damn song it was nice to finally see them onstage. I highly recommend anyone to go see them while they aren't huge ;)


That's all for now folks ;)    
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Posted by UnlivedPhalanx

 So as many of you know, I do not post to this blog unless I really have something to say. The last time I chimed in was for a look at OnLive's actual practicality as a gaming platform. And while OnLive still hasn't hit mass market yet, I had a few really interesting days of gaming and music that I thought was definitely worth sharing with the general Giant Bomb community. 
 

Xbox 360 USB Support

 Xbox's New Transfer Interface
 Now granted, support for USB devices in Microsoft's Xbox 360 has been out for a little while now, I never saw a need to use it until recently. That said, I wanted to share a few words on how useful it actually was for me. The reason I needed to use it was because I was going to a friend's house who did not own a ton of XBLA titles and we needed to kill a few hours before heading out to the concert we were going to see that evening (see Kissfest section). I really wanted to bring over almost all of my multiplayer XBLA games but that would've required about a billion 512MB MU's that Microsoft was selling for crazy prices. Luckily, I had a 4GB Kingston USB drive that never gets used anymore, so I loaded the entire thing up for Xbox use and used the new transfer tool in the dashboard to get my content over to the USB stick. I really love that you can select what to transfer and what profiles to transfer with just the press of a few buttons. If you haven't seen the screenshot for it, I've pictured it to the left of this column. It's really useful. Upon return to my home, I just put the USB drive back in and selected to transfer everything back and within a few moments it was all back the way I left it. VERY awesome.


Rocket Riot

I purchased Rocket Riot w/ Lumines during the spring cleaning sale Microsoft had where it was basically a 2-4-1 deal and I couldn't pass it up because of it's faux-retro look and crazy gameplay. However, this game quickly soured on me during the singleplayer because basically, it's the same thing over and over again for 80 levels with no change as to the gameplay at all with only slight variations in the later levels. It's not a good thing, however, it proved to be fairly fun with a friend. There are 50 really difficult co-op levels but here's the kicker: it doesn't save your progress…whoops! So should you have a friend and want to get to level 50…you need to have 3-5 hours on your hands in one sitting to do so…needless to say by level 32 we wanted to call it quits and go grab a pizza at the local Papa Johns only to come back and find out that none of our progress had been saved. Lovely.


San Antonio's 99.5 KISSFEST

Was a blast, sold-out show featuring Free Reign, Cage the Elephant, Flyleaf, 5-Finger Death Punch, and Three Days Grace. Some amazing performances by all, especially Three Days' drummer who DJ'd his own drum solo… total respect for that guy. However, many of you may not now that Borderlands' opening song "No Rest for the Wicked" is performed by Cage the Elephant, who were just amazing on stage. As someone who played Borderlands always humming that damn song it was nice to finally see them onstage. I highly recommend anyone to go see them while they aren't huge ;)


That's all for now folks ;)    
Posted by ThePhantomnaut

I love the USB support. Now I have all of Grand Theft Auto IV on a 16GB drive and runs fine.

Posted by UnlivedPhalanx

I'm not loving that you still have to re-download everything to get new licenses for them though...

Posted by Gearhead

Haven't seen you around; at all.