It finally happened! I was chosen to be in the Mob on 1 vs 100!
I almost had a heart attack doing so.. but I was in the MOB!! Unfortunately, I panicked and got a question wrong.. the same question the One got wrong and missed out on winning a free arcade game (Zuma) and 400 Microsoft Points! Grr!! Which I wasn’t too pleased about.
I don’t know how I did it to be honest. I wasn’t even aware I had been chosen. It kicked me out of a game I was in with a friend, so I thought it was freaking out what with it being beta and everything. So as I signed back in, it came up and was all “Darth Telle: MOB”. I literally screamed!! There was my avatar jumping around in the Mob!! The questions for once were quite difficult as well! It was just a shame it was when I was in the Mob!!
The fateful question was “Which is a bird?” I can’t remember the other options, but the correct answer was Mao.. which I had an inclination it was. Goodness knows why.. but it was the only one I recognised. Unfortunately I was too unsure and chose another option which was completely wrong. I’m absolutely gutted!! But there’s hope yet! If I’ve managed to get in, there’s huge chance everyone else can!!
I shall be trying again next week.. holding out hope that I can be in once more.. but hopefully with better results!! Fingers crossed!!
Well as you all know, August 11th marked the new 360 Dashboard update. We were promised many new shiny things such as Games on Demand, the avatar marketplace, an improved party system, user ratings.. and a whole bunch of other stuff. I was mildly excited.. I quite enjoy new updates. Unfortunately I haven’t noticed much of a change. A few things here and there have been a nice improvement, but overall it all seems a bit overrated. Maybe I just haven’t explored enough?
My first example being the avatar marketplace. Because I enjoy nothing more than dressing my virtual self up in pretty dresses or nothing but a raincoat, I was looking forward to the possibility of expanding my wardrobe. A lightsaber?! I can’t imagine anything better to complement Darth Telle’s attire! But wait.. 400 Microsoft Points? WHAT?? That’s half an arcade game! That’s £3.40 real money! For a lightsaber?! Well that’s disappointing. I’d rather spend my points on an arcade game. What makes a lightsaber (or Q-Tip (wtf btw)) for my avatar worth that much money? Will I be able to use it in a game? It won’t even show up on my Xbox.com profile page. So as far as I can tell, the new props are completely cool, and totally useless. The clothes and costumes as well, are incredibly cool (Splinter Cell outfit? Yes please!), but are all incredibly overpriced. I am fairly disappointed. Especially seen as no new free avatar clothing will be available.
The 1 vs 100 Beta was released last night on Xbox Live. I made sure I was there bright and early for it waiting in the lobby. I was really excited and looking forward to it. Unfortunately however, I have never watched the game show or understand the rules (I’m not going to even bother trying to explain them) and so I really didn’t have a clue what was going on. I knew the One was the main contestant and he had to answer questions. But I couldn’t differentiate between the Crowd or the Mob. As it turns out I was in the Mob to begin with, but wasn’t aware that meant I could properly play! So I got a question wrong and I was eliminated. Thus ending up in the crowd. Which to begin with was extremely exciting. My brother and I were shouting at the screen and laughing at all the people getting the questions wrong. Which was very very fun.
But an hour later of the same thing it started to get tedious. Participating in the crowd, I was up against the same three players each round. I would have liked to see some other people there.. make new friends, maybe see my own friends and be able to compete against them! Also, I almost always seemed to be the leader of the round.. I got practically every single instant answer and a really long streak. Now that suggests the questions weren’t all that hard. And they weren’t. Some were stupidly hard, which is really good and makes it more challenging! But some were silly.. for example “Which TV host should you “Watch out for”? (Or something along those lines) A: Jeremy Beetle B: Jeremy Beadle C: Jeremy Beagle.” Two people in the mob did actually get that wrong..
Xbox Live. It’s awesome. Play with friends and enemies, download games and movies and get your weekly dose of SuperKaylo and MrPointyHead. Of course you have to pay for Gold. But whatever. Some of my funniest and best game moments have been playing online with friends. Lately, it’s been Left 4 Dead on Expert campaign which has had my parents yelling at me to shut up from screaming at the TV. Previously it was games like Call of Duty 4 and 5. Zombies changed that all. Anyway for a little while I’d had some free trials I’d been using which allowed me to have a Gold membership. But I decided it was probably about time I purchased a REAL account! Something my hard earned cash would pay for.
Well my brother informed me that Microsoft were doing a deal where purchasing Gold for a month would only cost £1. I wasn’t going to turn that down! So I logged onto my xbox.com account and went through the process of entering my card details and choosing which membership offer I wanted. And there we go! Easy as pie I have Gold for an entire month! Brilliant, right? WELL.. as it turns out, Microsoft offer an Auto-Renewal option which allows the user to carry on buying Gold automatically without any hassle, or turn it off and just buy it when you want to. I fall under the latter category.. I don’t want to be forced into buying Gold every month (I’m in the car market), but from the looks of it unfortunately.. there is no off button. There is no cancel membership button either.
I’m incredibly disappointed! Microsoft’s evil plan worked perfectly. I can’t get out of paying for a Gold account now! I had plans to buy a 12 month membership in the not very distant future.. but thanks to their online membership method, they’ve forced my hand into buying it now. Now I don’t know whether it’s just me not looking properly but I can’t find anyway out of this. I even had a friend look into it for me too. The only method he found was to ring up Microsoft and personally ask to cancel the membership. But he found that on a forum.. there’s nothing in the FAQ or support pages about this! So yes.. I have always preached Xbox Live as brilliant! Who cares you have to pay for something when it’s certainly worth it! But now.. this just feels sneaky and wrong. If I can be proving wrong before 24th July, I’ll take everything back. My membership and the feeling of disappointment towards Microsoft. And then I’ll buy a Gold membership card gladly from a shop.
I’ll always have a Live account whether it be Silver or Gold, because there’s no denying the content available isn’t worth turning down. At the same time.. I don’t want to be tricked into paying for something whether I want it or not.