This is actually the second Red Ring of Death I’ve encountered. The first one happened with Pelaaja magazine’s Xbox 360, back in the day — a debug machine, actually, as a I recall. (The main difference between a debug 360 and an ordinary 360, from a reviewer’s point of view, is that the debug machines are a lot louder. Yeah. Louder.) I was supposed to review Far Cry Instincts: Predator, but of course that gig had to be reassigned in a hurry.
There’s a kind of a pleasant symmetry here, because this time I was supposed to review Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise for them, and again it turns out I can’t do it because of the Red Ring. I’ve had this machine for about a year and a half, and just about all of that time I’ve been wondering how long I have before this happens. I think it says something about the console’s reputation when it’s decidedly not a question of “if” but “when”.
That said, though, credit where it’s due: Microsoft does make the process of getting the machine fixed without any cost to the user just about as easy as it realistically can be. Still, would’ve been nice if they’d manufactured the damn things so that this didn’t happen in the first place.
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