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Well it's finally here, Halo: Reach. The midnight release was planned over a month in advance. It would be myself and Malfunction at his house for at least 2 days for just straight gaming. A week before the release we added Magus to our roster of people at Malfunction's for Reach. Sunday before the midnight release I brought my viewsonic, xbox, and astros to get them set up so we wouldn't have to the night of the release. Come midnight release, we get Magus set up at about 8. I hopped on Modern Warfare 2 for a minute, my xbox was running smooth. Few hours later, we get back to Malfunction's with 2 standard copies, and 1 legendary (Malfunction's). I ripped that thing open and quickly put in my disc tray to find my screen saying " Open tray. " I opened it, closed it.. Again.. same message. 30 minutes go by, I'm hitting open and close, hitting my xbox, hoping it'd read the damn disc. No luck. My xbox had broken down on me the moment I put my copy of Reach in it. Words cannot describe the fury I wanted to unleash upon that stupid machine, the ultimate nerd rage was about to destroy that thing. I calmed down, called up my amazing friend Corey who lived just a bit away from Malfunction's house to see if I could use his xbox for the night. He said yes, and we met him at Burger King to get his xbox. I gave him the biggest hug ever, took his box, and we did about 70 down the residential streets to get back to Mal's to finally play the game we've been waiting so long to.
Malfunction, Magus, Myself and our friend Oni started up the campaign on Legendary. We tore through it in about 4 1/2 hours, it was a good campaign. I'm glad I played it with friends, it made it so much fun I wish we could do it everyday. Afterwards we immediately jumped into matchmaking. Arena was down, so team slayer was about to get rocked. Our first game we had Pinnacle Snipers, we beat the other team 50 - 7. Oni eventually got off, he had class at 3 that day so he needed some sleep. Magus left around the same time. Malfunction and I gamed until about 1 A.M that night. I played Halo: Reach for 24 hours straight, and loved every second of it. We had to get Corey's xbox back to him, so we dropped that off for him and Mal took me home. I couldn't fall asleep I just kept thinking about how much I wanted to play that game, and that I couldn't. My xbox wasn't going to work, I have no money to purchase one, D.C is a month away and if I send it in I won't have an xbox to play on for probably 3 weeks minimum. So much running through my mind as I was trying to sleep, it sucked.
I wake up, hook up my set-up and gave my xbox the old college try. No luck at first, my persistence is one of my better qualities. I sat there for an hour and a half, opening and closing the disc tray hoping to hear my xbox spin the disc and read it. It worked. I was so happy. I played throughout the day and into the early morning. I left my xbox on so I wouldn't have to try and do that again. Played one more day before shipping my xbox out to Microsoft, thank god I had my warranty until November. Before I shipped it out, Malfunction confirmed he got a team pass for D.C and we began running games with Landit, whom I teamed with for Raleigh (a 24 hour thing). We had very good teamwork, chemistry, and we're all Chicago locals. We were looking for one before I shipped out my xbox.
The day I shipped my xbox out, I was reading bungie.net's weekly update. Towards the bottom I read this:
" If you find yourself lumped in with the “small number” of people who find relevance in this portion of the update, you’re probably finding that five letter moniker more than a little frustrating. We feel your pain (we want you to play Reach, too!). If you’re receiving a disc read error with Halo: Reach, or any other title for that matter, Microsoft customer support is your path to resolution.
Here’s the official word:
"We are aware of a very small number of customers reporting that their copy of Halo: Reach is causing a 'disc read' error. Those affected should contact Microsoft customer support at 1-800-4MY-XBOX for troubleshooting assistance."
Give them a call sometime. They'll do lunch. (Lunch not included.) "
What. The. Fuck. Reach broke my xbox? Are you serious? Do you know how stupid that is? Unbelievable. I e-mailed xbox support immediately bitching about it, and demanded an upgrade to the 360 Slim Reach Edition. All I can do now is wait for a response, or wait til they send me an xbox back. I'm trying to find someone to let me borrow their xbox, but so far no luck with that.
That's all I got going right now, just waiting.