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I feel special now

Like many other Xbox 360 owners before me, my Xbox 360 died last Wednesday evening. I was starting up a game of Beautiful Katamari when the screen froze with a snowstorm of graphical artifacts. At first I thought the disc was bad and tried to reboot the console. After several unsuccessful attempts to revive it, my Xbox 360 displayed the dreaded Red Ring of Death (RROD), shown below:

I called Microsoft's Xbox 360 support line, and they dispatched a box and label (charmingly termed The Coffin by the Xbox 360 community) for me to return my console. More quickly than expected, the package arrived yesterday, and I shipped it out the same day. Fortunately, it only took a day to arrive at their repair center (a 6-hour drive from my house). So, now I just have to wait while they "repair" my system. There are various opinions in the online community about whether or not these systems actually get repaired properly, but it beats a kick in the teeth, I suppose. I had hoped to play Rock Band over the holiday break, but I'm not getting my hopes up. I couldn't have asked for worse timing. At least I still have my PS3 and Wii to enjoy over the break. Maybe I'll actually finish Metroid now.


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