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Matt Barton
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I just had a silly idea, but maybe someone will take me up on it. The idea is to select a movie on Netflix (maybe at random or maybe some kind of selection process). Then we coordinate a time to begin watching the flick. The fun part is, during it, we Tweet funny MST3K style commentary!

If this idea sounds remotely appealing, let me know and I'll start a list.

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Mark Vergeer
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Won't be joining - this is US only

This idea will be US perhaps Canada only as Netflix is a US only service. Great idea though!

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Bill Loguidice
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Here's your same system co-op

Here's your same system co-op games list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cooperative_games_for_the_Xbox_360 . I can already see it doesn't include everything in there (no Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix or Spongebob Squarepants Underpants Slam!, for instance, though maybe those qualify as two players against each other, rather than co-op), but it at least gives you a general idea of more or less what's available.

The only way to get under $300 for your scenario is to go for the 4GB model, which won't let you do backwards compatibility or really store any downloads (obviously a few will fit). With that said, adding a hard drive at a later date is always an option, and if you have 4GB or higher USB flash drives lying around, you can also make use of those in a pinch.

On Amazon, you can get the 4GB console, second controller and the one year Xbox LIVE Gold Card for $283.98, shipped. You could then download a demo or two until you're ready to buy games. Still, that $299.99 4GB Kinect bundle is a better deal, because you get $100 to spend on the second controller and Xbox LIVE Card, and will still have money left over...

Even though Fable III is of course out, you could purchase, say, Fable II for $19.99, which has a good co-op mode in that the second player can jump in and out at will. There are actually a few games like that (the Lego games, for instance), which is nice for when the second player is not always around.

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Yeah, I'm probably going to

Yeah, I'm probably going to wait until after we get back from Colombia to make a final decision on this. I've been reading up on the Kinect and of course Becky Heineman really made a solid case for it, but it seems like the killer apps are yet to appear. I'm actually becoming convinced that it won't be games, necessarily, but toys or robots where we might see the most exciting applications for Kinect.

Anyway, if I could somehow get away with an Xbox, extra controller, and a couple solid co-op games for under $300 I'd probably go for it. Elizabeth doesn't like the Halo series, though I love it. I really need to try to find some kind of co-op game we both can play to help sell her on the idea, but everyone I know with one is raving about Halo, Gears of War, etc. Not exactly girl games.

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Amazon Kinect Bundle (non HD) for $300 and $100 gift card
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B003O6EE4U

grab a HD for $50 someplace and you have a pretty good deal If you want kinect (its kinda cool, Bill is more a user than me). Guess it depends.. $300 price and a 250HD and a $50 gift card, or $300 price no HD, kinect and a $100 gift card.
Since you can get a HD for about $60 on amazon (not a MS but a knock off with a WD drive inside) the Kinect bundle seems pretty good as the Kinect is $129-$149.

Funny, I sent that to Matt too. The only downside I've recently discovered (since, after all I'm writing "My Xbox") with a non-MS hard drive is that backwards compatibility with Xbox 1 games is disabled. Otherwise, those hard drives work exactly the same.

Right now, the only truly special game for Kinect is Child of Eden. All the rest of the stuff, while quality, is not radically different from what you'd find on the Wii, which Matt already has. Most upcoming games will make use of Kinect, but not necessarily in profound ways.

Even with the Kinect Bundle and the $85 official Microsoft hard drive, he'd still need to add a second controller and an Xbox LIVE Gold card, as well as either an HDMI or VGA cable (not sure what his monitor has). It adds up...

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Amazon Kinect Bundle (non HD)

Amazon Kinect Bundle (non HD) for $300 and $100 gift card
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B003O6EE4U

grab a HD for $50 someplace and you have a pretty good deal If you want kinect (its kinda cool, Bill is more a user than me). Guess it depends.. $300 price and a 250HD and a $50 gift card, or $300 price no HD, kinect and a $100 gift card.
Since you can get a HD for about $60 on amazon (not a MS but a knock off with a WD drive inside) the Kinect bundle seems pretty good as the Kinect is $129-$149.

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I agree with Bill, i got

I agree with Bill, i got about 4 of the launch titles when i got mine.. and I played Hexic more than any of them. With game rentals I would easily chcek a few out that way... you can get alof of test playing (and as Bill mentioned, demos) before wasting any money.

After that, as I mentioned before I would be glad to lend ya some. I cant really say much about what to get as I tend to not like the typicla games most people do on the consoles. I do have almost all the RPG's, and honesly dont care for to many of them. The early ones are very ... underwhelming for a next gen console I thought.
Eternal Sonata- somewhat different as it uses music (sorta) in the gameplay, bit to cutsie but one of the better ones.
Enchanted arms- Maybe more up your ally as its its turne based combat in the old RPG style (phantasy star and the like)
Tails of Vesperia- far to arcade like combat for me
and 5-8 more

Some games I found excellent:
Earth Defence Force- silly arcade 3rd person shooter.. quite possibly the game I have played hte most on my 360
Red Dead Redeption- GTA on horses is fairly acurate, but somehow I felt its a much better game
Bulletwitch- horribly bashed in reviews.. another silly fun game I thought.
Enslaved- standard action platformer, but quite fun
Bladestrom-100 year war: this is a interesting blend of RTS and dynasty warrior type combat (hard to get)

Some games i found fun:
50 Cents Blood on the Sand: Trying to be cool .. this game made me laugh out loud (not its intent)
Brutal Legend- if you liked old metal it will make you chuckle, and its not to bad a game
Crackdown2- midnless fun
Condemend (one and two) its got creeepy down... i actually jumped a few times playing it.

and there are a METRIC TON of those Devil May cry/God of war type games... I kinda like these... mindless fun, lots of boss battles
Darksiders, Prototype, Neir ( one of the better ones i thougt) etc....

I wont get into the bazillion FPS..

Some of the cool download games on xbox arcade.. I can 100% recomend TOy Soilders... its just Tower defence, but you get to control the towers (and place them and so on)..

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Looks good, Clok. So, what game should I get with it? I don't have any 360 games ATM. Might as well get one while I'm at it.

Honestly, I'd wait until you had a little time with the system (it comes with Hexic HD). You can download all the demos you'd want (and a couple of sponsored freebies) and that will keep you busy for some time... You can of course buy any Xbox LIVE Arcade game that you like on the spot, and even retail Games on Demand. You're typically better off buying the latter from a store, though. Don't forget also that it will upres your Xbox 1 games too...

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Matt Barton
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Looks good, Clok. So, what

Looks good, Clok. So, what game should I get with it? I don't have any 360 games ATM. Might as well get one while I'm at it.

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Bill Loguidice
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That Amazon deal is awesome,

That Amazon deal is awesome, Clok. If you were serious, Matt, that's the one to get.

Here's what you get with the 250GB model versus the 4GB model: A glossy finish versus a matte finish, and a wired headset versus no headset. Otherwise, they're identical. The problem is is that with the 4GB model, about half that storage is already gone as soon as you turn it on, so you'd want to use one or more flash drives (Microsoft only allows a max of 16GB flash drives per drive) or get a compatible Asian hard drive off of eBay (which is generally at least half the price of the official Microsoft one). With the $50 credit on Amazon, though, there's no reason not to go straight to the 250GB. The only other thing you'd need is a cable for your monitor, either HDMI or VGA. It only comes with crappy composite cables in the box.

You get a free month of Xbox LIVE Gold. After that, you need to pay. What I'd do is use that $50 Amazon credit to pick up this: http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-Live-Month-Online-Game/dp/B002VBWIP6/ref=sr_1... . Then you're set for the whole year. So, pretty much $299 for the 250GB Xbox and one year of Xbox LIVE Gold. Awesome.

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i would suggest anyplace you

i would suggest anyplace you can find a coupon for.. Best VBuy has thos 10 and 15% off ones from time to time..

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003O6JJKY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=...

$300 with a $50 amazon card, seems like best deal as the cheap one is $200 with no HD... HD's are cheap, but with the amazon $50 gift card its hard to beat that.

There are better deals from time to time.. and some rumours of more price drops, but you can wait forever for that, or get one.

Matt as it seems you are a fan of MST3000, have you went to a Live Riff trax? http://www.rifftrax.com/ kinda cool, to expensive but fun... man i miss that show.

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