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Nick Oettinger
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After quite a lot of waiting, Settlers has finally been announced as one of this week's Live Arcade titles. It should be out early in the morning (PST, anywa) on Wednesday, May 2nd, and will cost 800 points ($10 USD).

http://www.majornelson.com/archive/2007/04/30/this-week-on-a...
 
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Is it stupid of me to be SERIOUSLY considering spending $400 for an XBox 360 on the strength of Settlers? The same Settlers I can get for $30, play for free at my friend's house or on multiple websites? Hmmmmm....
 
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Donkey Thong wrote:
Is it stupid of me to be SERIOUSLY considering spending $400 for an XBox 360 on the strength of Settlers? The same Settlers I can get for $30, play for free at my friend's house or on multiple websites? Hmmmmm....


Or you could buy one and have it break 1 month outside of warranty.

Ahhh. $400 paperweight. It hold down my Settlers of Catan manuals.
 
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When you get bored of CATAN, you could boot up GUITAR HERO 2 for a musical interlude...or there is this little game called HALO that thousands play every day still...and in June CARCASSONNE is coming!
 
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apotheos wrote:
Donkey Thong wrote:
Is it stupid of me to be SERIOUSLY considering spending $400 for an XBox 360 on the strength of Settlers? The same Settlers I can get for $30, play for free at my friend's house or on multiple websites? Hmmmmm....


Or you could buy one and have it break 1 month outside of warranty.

Ahhh. $400 paperweight. It hold down my Settlers of Catan manuals.




See? This is one of my three BIG issues with the 360: seems like an insane amount of them break. I will NOT buy a console that needs to be placed gingerly on its own pedestal in a temperature controlled room. Microsoft is really dropping the ball on that one.

(other big problems? no built in WIFI and it damn well better be the best console ever if I'm going to drop $400 on it)

Still, Microsofts courtship of Eurogames for XBox live tempts me...
 
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Donkey Thong wrote:
Is it stupid of me to be SERIOUSLY considering spending $400 for an XBox 360 on the strength of Settlers? The same Settlers I can get for $30, play for free at my friend's house or on multiple websites? Hmmmmm....


Except that Mayfair Games is currently pursuing legal powers to strip Internet sites like http://www.brettspielwelt.de and any non-Microsoft liscensed website of Settlers.

Same goes for Rio Grande and Carcassonne.

 
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Got it! It's available now.
 
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jgerman wrote:
Donkey Thong wrote:
apotheos wrote:
Donkey Thong wrote:
Is it stupid of me to be SERIOUSLY considering spending $400 for an XBox 360 on the strength of Settlers? The same Settlers I can get for $30, play for free at my friend's house or on multiple websites? Hmmmmm....


Or you could buy one and have it break 1 month outside of warranty.

Ahhh. $400 paperweight. It hold down my Settlers of Catan manuals.




See? This is one of my three BIG issues with the 360: seems like an insane amount of them break. I will NOT buy a console that needs to be placed gingerly on its own pedestal in a temperature controlled room. Microsoft is really dropping the ball on that one.

(other big problems? no built in WIFI and it damn well better be the best console ever if I'm going to drop $400 on it)

Still, Microsofts courtship of Eurogames for XBox live tempts me...


Right now you're talking about one guy's un-substantiated anectdotal evidence. Same with the cooling issue, I don't know anyone that's had a problem.

A small number of any electronic devices will be faulty straight from production. It is possible to get unlucky, but unless you're looking at a verifiable report with actual numbers detailing failure rates you can safely ignore the random complaints you see around.



Trust me, if it was just Eddie the Cranky Monkey saying this then I would pay no attention to it, however, the amount of broken XBox 360s I've seen from people who I know offline and on (ie not just some random message board MS hating troll) tells me that there are serious problems with the durability of 360s.
 
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jgerman wrote:

Secondly you'll not that Settler's is still on BSW and there have been no announcements to it's removal as of yet. Considering that Puerto Rico was pulled almost immediately after the license was purchased (but with warning, it didn't disappear overnight iirc) and that Catan comes out today* it doesn't seem like it's going to be pulled. Furthermore MS has had the rights to SoC for awhile (to what extent I'm not sure) and they've allowed BSW to continue to host it as well.

In light of all that I'm not sure what your point was. Are you claiming that MS (or Mayfair) has requested that SoC (don't forget Carcassonne is on the way as well) be pulled from the site and they're refusing to comply? That seems fairly unlikely.


* Technically sometime today since it's not there yet... yes.. I did check to see if it had been released at 4am.


Yeah, theres no competition. I frequent XBL often and I can assure you that the percentage of active 360 users who could even pronounce BSW is fairly small.

Even if they could, the XBL version of catan is worlds different than BSW's incarnation.
 
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apotheos wrote:

Or you could buy one and have it break 1 month outside of warranty.

My 360 broke a month outside of warranty. I paid over $100 for repairs. Since then, Microsoft has announced that due to the problems with the initial 360's, they were extending the warranties and fixing them for free. I was bummed that this was announced too late for me but a couple weeks ago I got an unexpected check from Microsoft refunding my repair costs.

I guess I could be upset that I'm out the shipping cost, but I'm not.
 
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apotheos wrote:

Or you could buy one and have it break 1 month outside of warranty.

Ahhh. $400 paperweight. It hold down my Settlers of Catan manuals.


Been there done that...
Thankfully Sweden have insane (in a good way, atleast for the end user) laws that help consumers against crap like this. All electronic products sold have a 3 year warranty when the problems are things like this (not caused by the consumer, but rather from bad components).

...but then again we pay a little more, roughly 600$ for the 360. The ps3? That would be about 970$
 
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Holy Hell! Doesn't look like the PS3 will do any better in Sweden.
 
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Donkey Thong wrote:
Is it stupid of me to be SERIOUSLY considering spending $400 for an XBox 360 on the strength of Settlers? The same Settlers I can get for $30, play for free at my friend's house or on multiple websites? Hmmmmm....


I can give you at least two other reasons to pick up the xbox 360:
1) Gears of War
2) Halo 3
 
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One of which isn't out, and the other, IMO, wasn't all that great.
 
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