Xbox 360 Ban: The Aftermath
So I did post on the Xbox 360 ban boards, but honestly it wasn't worth the time I spent creating the new account and typing out the post. I just got the normal cut-and-paste reply they give everyone who is banned and that was it. I really don't have much desire left to plead my case, mostly because Microsoft's system is so closed and unforgiving that I really feel that I would never actually succeed. So my ban will stand until the year 9999 and there's very little I can do about that.
As for my 360, I've decided to keep it for now. As I mentioned in The Damage section of this blog series, I still have many many unplayed XBLA games downloaded to my hard drive that, as far as I know, all still work. Sure, I can't connect to the internet anymore, but I can still play all the games locally (which is what I would have done anyway) and still earn achievements in the games. I just finished up Call of Juarez: Gunslinger this weekend, pretty fun game.
As for Gamerscore, I was right around 72,000 GS before the ban. Not the highest score you'll ever see, but nothing to shake a stick at either. Luckily for me my Gamerscore was not reset my Microsoft during the ban. So I can still unlock achievements and add to my Gamerscore, but I can no longer upload any of that information to an Xbox server, therefore the only place that will accurately reflect my real Gamerscore is my console. So no more sharing my Gamerscore, but I've never really gotten achievements to show them off. I enjoy them because they provide a full gaming history of what I've done on my Xbox since I've owned it in 2009. And luckily I'll still be able to enjoy that, and I was able to create a "homemade" Gamercard that some of you may have seen in my signature on posts that I make.
For the Xbox 360 console games I own, I've started clearing out the ones that still retain any value. Between trading in at Best Buy and selling on Amazon, I've cleared out about 25 games, including Crysis 3, Dragon's Dogma, Halo Anniversary, Mass Effect 3, Red Dead Redemption, and a lot more. I'm close to $300 in profit, so that's been nice. I plan on rebuying several of the unplayed games on PlayStation 3 when I see them for the right price. Luckily a lot of the older games like Prince of Persia and Mass Effect 2 and 3 are well below $10 at this point so I can scoop them up. I'm still going to have a lot of basically worthless 360 games on my shelf that I'm not sure what I'll do with. I'd like to play through most of them over time, but trade in and sales values are so low that I just may donate the games when I'm done with them. I'm just not sure what else to do with them, and once I do sell or get rid of my 360 there's no point in holding on to them.
When it comes to Microsoft, I'm done with them as much as possible. I've been pretty pro-PlayStation for the last couple years, mostly thanks to their far better community support (with programs like PlayStation Plus and focus on indie games) and the fact that they've still focused on exclusives (as opposed to Microsoft's wasted focus on Kinect, and then nothing). I've owned a PS3 almost as long as I've owned an Xbox 360 and over the last year I've played my PS3 probably twice as much as my 360. Obviously that percentage is going to increase even more now. Luckily because of this (and because of Gamefly sales where PS3 is the obvious choice to buy due to disc durability) I own most of the recent great multiplatform games on PS3 anyway. That will be really helpful in my transition to Sony-only.
Xbox One was never on the top of my "want list", but I knew I'd pick one up later down the line. But now that I've lost my account, there's no way that's going to happen. I was always going to be a PS4-first gamer for the next generation, but now I'll be a PS4-only gamer next gen. I'm actually looking forward to not being a multi-console gamer next generation, it will help control my backlog.
I was actually a pretty pro-Windows Phone guy before this ban though. I had an HTC Arrive from Sprint for the last couple years and I had over 100 Xbox games on that as well. I actually still like Windows Phone, the Xbox-enabled games, and the operating system, but no way I'm supporting Microsoft by buying another one. I was actually on the verge of buying a Samsung ATIV S Neo, but the price was just a little bit too high for my liking. I guess I'm lucky I got banned before the ATIV S Neo ever went on sale, because I would have hated to be stuck with that phone for 2 years. Instead I picked up a $0.99 Galaxy S3 and have really enjoyed it so far. It's very different, but still does everything I need it to do. And the app selection is about 1000x better.
As some of you may know, I was actually the OP of the "Xbox Live Deals Thread" here on CAG when I was banned. Since the ban I decided I really don't have the ambition to keep the thread running since it was supporting Microsoft and also I was basically updating a ton of content that I couldn't actually buy. So I passed the thread duties on to BobbyTastic who will certainly do a great job, and I still actually hang out in the thread from time to time because it's a pretty cool community over there.
The rest of what Microsoft publishes I'm kind of just stuck with. I really don't like Apple so I'll be sticking with Windows, and and I'll be using Microsoft Office for the foreseeable future. But beyond that I'm finding myself to be pretty anti-Microsoft anymore. I know one guy not buying a couple MS products isn't going to prove anything, but for me it feels good to just disconnect with MS as much as possible since I still feel like I was treated pretty unfairly. Over the next year I'll play out the rest of my 360 backlog and happily become a Sony guy when it comes to gaming. My brother has expressed interest in buying my 360 in the future (he's a casual gamer with just an N64 right now, so getting a super cheap 360 and a bunch of pre-installed games is right up his alley) so more than likely I'll just sell it to him once I clear out the backlog.
So, that's about it. If you read all this, thanks. I think I covered pretty much everything, but if you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comment or just PM me.