30VGC: Day 11 – Gaming system of choice

To know me is to know that I love my yearly series, and here’s a new a one! This year I’m taking on the 30-Day Video Game Challenge (30VGC). Though, actually, it’s going to be more like the 26-Week Video Game Challenge, since I’ll only be covering two or three topics from the challenge each month. You can check out my intended schedule in this post. With that, it’s game on!


My gaming system of choice is the Xbox 360.

This is mostly driven by two factors: nostalgia and the controller, along with, secondarily, my own library of games.

The Xbox 360 was the first console I ever used that wasn’t produced by Nintendo.

The Xbox 360 was the first console on which I played games — Portal, GTA IV, Mass Effect — that would forever alter my path in gaming.

The Xbox 360 is the only console that I’ve ever personally insisted on replacing. (When our original 360 died, my husband was ready to just let it be. But my cries of “no, noooooo, nooooooooooooooo!!!!!” won out.)

If my current Xbox 360 dies (yes, I say my because I’m now the only one in the house who still uses it regularly), I’m going to have to replace it come hell or high water, because it’s the only console for which we have the Mass Effect trilogy and Red Dead Redemption and yes I could play both on better consoles but hush you because I’m happy with what I have.

When we first got an original, white Xbox 360, we got an extra controller in black for it, and that extra controller is the one I continue to use to this day. The thumb pads on the analog sticks have been worn down perfectly to fit my thumbs. In fact, we use a newer Xbox 360 controller with our Alienware Alpha, and I always find its still- nubby thumb pads distracting.

The Xbox 360 controller will always be my favorite, mainly because it feels perfectly balanced in my hands. I really like the new Xbox controller too, but if I’m going to be buried with one, it has to be the original.

I will admit that while I’m fine with the Xbox 360’s current interface and how to access my own games there, I despise it’s shop. It’s difficult to browse and search. And I really wish that Bing would just die in a fire. (P. S. I have the opposite problem with the Xbox One. The general interface sucks balls, but the shop is alright. It’s more like the PlayStation shop, which I really like.)

I still change up my Xbox 360 avatar occasionally. Especially when the seasons change, because no one wants to wear a sweater in July. That’s just silly.


Alright, so I’m not all that dumb. I know that a day will come when using an Xbox 360 is no longer viable. And I know I’ll be sad then. But I’m currently saving up to buy my own current gen console. It’ll probably be a PS4, because despite the fact that the Xbox One offer backwards compatibility, I really want to play Red Dead Redemption 2 on the PS4, and we have too many good PS4 games that I’ve been ignoring for far too long. Still, I don’t think that any console — and that’s counting all my years with Nintendo — will ever hold as special a place in my heart as the Xbox 360. For me and my gaming aptitude, it’s just perfect.

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