Oh man! What a day for the Xbox 360! Project Natal looks astounding, and the 360 also gets Facebook and Twitter? If they would just add Hulu and some type of blog reader and I’ll never go on the internet or watch cable again.

JG

Our faithful Xbox 360 has crossed the 26,000 gamerscore mark tonight – the plateau from this fall/winter has been broken and we’re totally back in the game.

JG



Many fell in love with Twitter this week at the Purpose Driven Youth Ministry (PDYM) Conference, and I got a few requests for Xbox 360 Gamertags, too. Here’s a who’s who of the youth ministry team on both platforms here at Saddleback Church:

Twitters:

Gamertags:

JG

Thankfully, the Xbox 360 is back. After 5 months of swearing off of it for a year, we’re back in the game. I’m super excited to play the games I missed. We’ve made a committment to using the Family Timer and limit the kids to 2 hours every Sunday, but hey, it’s a start. Yeah!

JG



Some of you were there when our family decided to give up our Xbox 360 in the home for a year. We’re painfully 6 months in, and surviving OK I guess? I got a chance this week to play through a few levels of Gears of War 2 with Jake after hours at the conference, but that wasn’t nearly enough to keep me from really missing it. Here’s what I would be playing if I had my Xbox 360 back tomorrow:

  • Street Fighter 4
  • Halo Wars
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • Tom Clancy’s HAWX
  • R-Type Dimensions
  • Rock Band 2
  • Gears of War 2
  • Fallout 3
  • Mirror’s Edge

My Xbox 360 blog even quit 132 days ago …

JG

JG



Why No TV and Video Games?

 —  November 21, 2008 — 6 Comments

The number one question I’ve been asked over the past month is “why?” Why would you get rid of cable? What was the thought process behind getting rid of the Xbox 360? Basically, “what were you thinking?” which is a totally fair question. Here’s a little bit of why we chose this path until October 1st, 2009:

FAMILY – We wanted to create more family time
The biggest reason was the simple fact that the television and Xbox 360 was taking too much time away from our family. The recently-invented family weekly bucket list has been a really fantastic addition to our lives, pushing us to be creative and have fun as a family. We still watch the occasional DVD but also build volcanoes, make paper airplanes and have great conversation at tea parties.

OUTDOORS – We were concerned our kids never went outdoors
OK, so it isn’t quite that bad … but even living in California with a little paved backyard we want our kids outside and playing. We actually use the bikes now, and go swimming a ton. The trails behind our house actually are getting some use and we visit the park way more often. For a kid who grew up in the freedom of the Midwest, I’ve certainly become an inside guy.

COST – We could get TV for free from the internet
To be honest, I don’t miss TV as we formerly knew it. We can save some money by watching whatever shows we do want to follow on network websites and Hulu. Now that the computer is hooked up (HDMI) to the TV, we can even still watch it on the main screen and it looks solid. Paying for cable will soon be a thing of the past, I would imagine. Shows are free, and typically have little/no commercials.

PROJECTS – This is the year of the book
I’m excited to be working on some writing projects right now – some with friends and some on my own. Not sure where that will all lead, but I certainly have more time now at nights instead of vegging in front of the TV.

STANDARDS – Often times we watched stuff we either a) shouldn’t have or b) didn’t remotely care about
This isn’t the biggest reason on the list – but it did matter to us when we made the decision. Basically, we either wasted too much time watching nothing, or we watched stuff with little redeeming value. With on-demand TV, we can be much more selective and intentional about what we watch.

Are there some downsides? Yup, look for 3 of them … and they are big ones, in an upcoming post.

JG

JG