My Xbox 360 should be very happy – after just posting that we hit the 37,000 mark we jumped 7 days later to 38,054. Spent some quality time with HALO: Reach (A+), Terminator: Salvation (B-) and GI Joe: Rise of Cobra (B-). And if you think I’m addicted … how awesome is this goal?


Thanks to my kids and I doing some serious family gaming the past couple weeks – our Xbox 360 Gamerscore just crossed 37,000. We beat Pixar’s UP (B), Wall-E (B+) and GI Joe (B-). Now you know … and knowing is half the battle!


It has been too long since I passed another milestone on the Xbox 360 – one of the ways (of probably 5) that I measure successful “me” time away from youth ministry is my Gamerscore steadily increasing. And last night, helped by Frontlines: Fuel of War and Red Dead Redemption, we crossed 36,000. Finally!


Spent some time this weekend playing games with the kids, churning out some serious Gamerscore on my Xbox 360. We just crossed 35,000 points this weekend, which reminds me: I should go play catch with my kids in the yard sometimes, too.


PSPgo Review

 —  May 21, 2010 — Leave a comment

I won a PSPgo in the Sony X10 Blogger Contest and have totally enjoyed playing it the past couple of days. The kids have been wanting a portable gaming system for a while now – fun to put one in their hands and see what happens. The system has honestly had a bit of a rough start as gaming websites and reviews have been pretty tough on it, but I’ve been super excited to try it for myself. Of course, you know how much I love the Xbox360 (read my Xbox360’s blog), but there are some great Playstation-exclusive games I’ve wanted to check out.

Here’s a quick rundown of my feelings about the PSPgo:

The Good
+great game selection
We have a bunch of Sony products in our house, but have never owned a Playstation. Having a different portable system vs home console let’s you chose a bunch of exclusive games you normally wouldn’t get to play. We picked up Little Big Planet, Mod Nation Racers and Star Wars Battlefront because they were games we were excited about but haven’t had access to on other consoles.

+no pesky game discs
The future of game delivery is purely digital downloads – and honestly, this is a little bit a head of its time. 16GB of room in the PSPgo which is plenty of space for a bunch of great games. Huge selection, average experience in the PlayStation Store trying to see what all you can buy. Brilliant.

+the PSPgo is the most beautiful hand-held video games system to date
I fell in love with it. The PSPgo feels great in your hand – aside from a slightly awkward analog stick, it feels (almost) like something Apple would create. It is pure style even now being a year old – the slide-out controls are great and the lack of a disc tray/cartridge slot makes it so solid.

The Bad
- it takes some time to setup
You open the system and get excited to play your first game … but you can’t. You have to charge it up. Then update the operating system. Then set the preferences. Then sign up for a PlayStation Network account. Then download a game. Then finally play. Once you get to the end of this process it is great, but playing something quickly out of the box would provide a much better experience.

- why can’t I download in the background?
When you download a game, that’s literally all you can do. Sit there and let the game download. Now it is relatively speedy, but background downloading while you play with an “active downloads” section that queues them up would be much preferred.

- forget the used game market
Because the system relies on all digital download games, you’re stuck paying whatever prices you get form the official store. Forget trading discs with your friend or renting a title for the weekend. I like that I can download demos, but $39.99 feels steep for a portable game with little incentive for publishers to push the prices down. Again, this is the future, too, I just like the social/secondary market of physical games in the current generation.

PSPgo: Final Verdict
The system is super for the Xbox360 owner that wants to get a shot at playing Sony-exclusive games like Little Big Planet and Mod Racer Nation. While it isn’t quite robust enough to play the full-experience PS3 titles, it is much more powerful and slicker than all of the other portables on the market. If you don’t mind paying a premium for games and not being able to resell them, the PSPgo is the way to go.


Sony provided me with a free Sony Ericsson X10 phone and a PSPgo and FIFA Soccer 10 game in connection with my participation in the Sony Ericsson/Sony Style X10 Blogger Contest, which requires me to blog about Sony and/or Sony Ericsson Products.

The impending shift to 3D television really intrigues me.

I get the draw of 3D in theaters – a unique and somewhat novel experience on a few big budget films specifically made to fully utilize the format – but I’m not sure it is going to work at home. In the last couple of years people already hopped onto the flat panel TV craze – are they going to be so quick to make another $1,500+ purchase to make the jump to 3D? The droves of people dropping cable and satellite subscriptions in favor of Hulu and mobile TV surely can’t be relied upon to make the upgrade either.

I read a feature article in Wired a month ago (1 of 6 magazines I read religiously) that showed how Sony is betting essentially their whole organization that you and I will gleefully board the 3D bandwagon this summer. Right after reading it a buddy told me that the Sony Style store was demoing the new technology and that I had to at least check it out. Being the early adopter wannabe that I am (you have to be somewhat loaded to be one for real), I grabbed the kids and made a special trip just to see the 3D TV demo.

It was really, really impressive.

My Twitter from inside the store was full of respect and awe for the new TV, I’m a believer. I wish they had been playing some different genres of clips – but Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs looked incredible. Made me wish that George Lucas would get moving on Star Wars 3D. 3D at home looked better than 3D in the theater – brighter, richer and ultra clear.

So will we be hi-5ing each other after a 3D touchdown, all wearing our special 3D glasses in the living room? Will we dish out major dollars for a new TV and put the old flat-screen for the Xbox360 in the kids’ room? I’m not totally sure (I’m a pastor, not a prophet) but the future looks really, really good. And it’s in 3D.


While I was at the Sony Style store I learned about the X10 Blogger Contest. As a finalist, Sony provided me with a free Sony Ericsson X10 phone and a PSPgo and FIFA Soccer 10 game in connection with my participation in the Sony Ericsson/Sony Style X10 Blogger Contest, which requires me to blog about Sony and/or Sony Ericsson Products.

And just like that – the Griffin family Xbox360 jumps past 34,000 in gamerscore. Hit my up on XBL (Gamertag: theforcenet) if you want to play/connect in that space. The boost in Gamerscore came from Madagascar Karts (C), Red Faction: Guerrilla (B+), Monsters vs Aliens (B), 3D Ultra Mini Golf (D), and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (B-).


While I was in Kenya the past few days, the kids managed to push our Xbox 360’s Gamerscore over 33,000. They’ve been loving Madagascar Kartz (C+) and Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts (A-). Fun!