Why am I so excited for this event? The whole Refinery, filled with Xboxes.
If parents come to you seeking wisdom about video games and their kids/teens, I would point them to this new website GetGamesmart.com. Looks like a cool resource to point parents in the right direction about videogames. There’s always the ESRB, and for the parent who wants to really get up to speed, maybe consider having them read the book What Every Parent Needs to Know About Video Games.
Tonight our Xbox 360 gamerscore crossed another milestone – 27,000 points. Thanks largely to Tom Clancy’s HAWX and Air Combat 6 – as well as a smattering of The Bee Movie Game and Paperboy with the kids. My Xbox360 blog is downright blissful right now!
Weekend Teaching Series: Promotion Weekend
Sermon Title: 4 Ways to Survive the Next 4 Years
Sermon in a Sentence: Some keys to surviving your high school years: good friends, a tight small group, serving and sharing your faith.
Weekend Scale of Difficulty: 6 out of 10
Service Length: 64 minutes
Understandable Message: Coming off the road trip made for a short week of prep. Instead of my usual manuscript (2,000 words or so) I wrote up some talking points around the main theme and Scripture. I tried to stay targeted on freshman specifically, but made sure the teaching was appropriate for all classes to take something away from. I talked through the way friends influence us – they can get us in trouble – and used this clip from Land of the Lost to illustrate it. At the end of the talk, we used PollEverywhere to let upperclassmen give their advice to the freshman (in 140 character bits), and it made for some hilarious moments. Some were serious and some were funny – but they were all great.
Volunteer/Student Involvement: It was an all-student band, students also ran cameras, lights and sound. Students and volunteers also greeted and did setup/cleanup. We had a high-energy crowd, so there was far more talking than usual. We’re gonna have to add something to the program to address it.
Element of Fun/Positive Environment: We had a Rock Band opener that during the bridge transformed from video game to the live student band. We jammed on the plastic instruments while they played – it was totally fun. We also had a fun game up front based on Scene It! that was good, too. And of course Uncle Zed, a hick character played by one of our team members, who read a children’s book to all of the freshman, an annual tradition in HSM.
Music Playlist: When You Were Young. We Shine, Til I See You, Hosanna
Favorite Moment: This weekend is the 1st anniversary of The Refinery! Hard to believe we’re already one year into the new building. We had cake to celebrate and started something new called After Party, a 10-minute connection time for first-timers.
I posted last week in sweet amazement the awesome technology coming to the Xbox 360. Project Natal is truly groundbreaking – this new video (embedded above) shows the system in action. You can read reviews of the technology from people that have actually tried it – Engadget, Gizmodo, Kotaku, 1UP and IGN. Apparently, this is the real deal – brilliant!
We added Netflix to our Xbox360 a couple of weeks ago and have been loving it. My only thought has been, “Why didn’t we do it sooner?”
You may know we don’t have cable anymore, we’re strictly a streaming media family. So for about $8 a month, we get 1 DVD to send back and forth and immediate access to 12,000 movies and TV shows to instantly stream on the computer and on the TV. Pretyt good deal, since our nearest Blockbuster is going out of business next month, too. The technology works flawlessly, my wife who isn’t an uber-geek like me has had no problem understanding and owning the process. There’s something super cool about adding a movie to your Instant Queue and seeing it show up 4 seconds later on your 360. My only minor gripes seem to be answered in the upcoming patch releasing next month. Near flawless execution. A+