Thursday, April 8, 2010

Why Your System Dies

Reading the headlines of Yahoo! News, I came across an article on the Plugged In section that listed the top things that kill gaming consoles. It mentions dust and problems with overheating common to all systems, the Xbox 360 in particular has a heat issue resulting in the nearly 40 percent failure rate otherwise know as the "red rings of death," but all common knowledge things among even casual gamers. The one thing I didn't see on the list was human negligence. Nearly all the problems that can send your console to the twinkling lights of mech heaven are things caused by users. We tend to play for long periods without getting in a break every hour or so and could care less that we can carve our name in the dust accumulated on the console itself. That same dust is likely from our own dead skin cells we shed over a three hour session with Modern Warfare. Be a friend and care for your system like it was one of the family because let's face it, with the amount of time we spend with our buddy systems, we owe them that much.

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