From Atari 2600 to Xbox 360
Last month I got an Xbox 360, before that the only console that I owned was an Atari 2600, and that was back in 1986 when the video-game console had gotten to a reasonable price (in Brazil) and my daddy bought me one.<o:p>Â </o:p>
I remember playing Enduro hours and hours without stop. The other games that I had played a lot were Frogger and Keystone Kapers, the last one which I usually borrowed from friends. My entire Atari collection had just three games Enduro and Frogger that I just mentioned and Superman, which I kind of like it but had never got too much into it.<o:p></o:p>
All the other Atari games that I had played I had either got from friends or from the rentals. This was the same rental place that I had used to fix my joysticks so many times (what a fragile thing they were).<o:p>Â </o:p>
On the Xbox 360 everything looks different I can’t imagine that it took me so long to get another video-game console (I’ve shared a PS2 with my flatmates and I own a DS but I guess this doesn’t count). The control (we don’t call it joystick anymore I guess is because it got too complex and the big stick is gone) has so any things to press that I still get confused playing some games.’
The Xbox Live (the online section inside Xbox) is REALLY cool. This is the sort of interaction that just the internet could make available. You can chat with friends, compare scores, and see the leaderboard just with your mates and play against/with them. The amount of interaction with friends that is available is unbelievable and varies in between games.<o:p></o:p>
Another cool feature is the ability to download demo of the games on Xbox Live Arcade (a special section on Xbox Live dedicated to arcade games) so you can get to know the game before purchase it.<o:p>Â </o:p>
In conclusion, I really do miss the time I had spent with my Atari 2600 but Xbox 360 has been a great experience to me and I think everybody should get one. Thanks to my friend Batata that pushed me to open my wallet and get one.