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Kinect Again

One of the only downsides I ran into when upgrading to an XBOX One S (XB1S) was the fact that I couldn't use my Kinect for voice commands anymore.

That's because the smaller, more portable XB1S doesn't have a built-in Kinect port.

To address this, for a limited time Microsoft is offering a free Kinect power supply and adapter to users who like me upgrade from an XBOX One to an XBOX One S.

However to avoid fraudulent requests and supply just one free adapter per customer, Microsoft does require the serial number of the XBOX One, Kinect, and XBOX One S to process the request.

And honestly that's why it took me nearly six months to fill out the form! The thought of pulling everything out to grab the serial numbers lead to some serious procrastination.

But with a new year comes new goals, and one of mine is to be proactive, so I went ahead and pulled all three items out and filled in the request form.

Fortunately, I only needed to fill in the two XBOX serial numbers, as my original XBOX was bundled with a Kinect and Microsoft was able to look up it's serial number for me.

Once submitted, it didn't take but a week for the adapter to arrive.

However when it did come in, it came in an over-sized box, packed in another over sized-box.

Not the kind of “shipping flamboyance” I expected from a free adapter…

That said, after setting everything up I really was surprised how much I missed using my Kinect for voice commands.

I think I literally said it a half dozen times during a co-op session with friends.

XBOX, record that. XBOX Broadcast, XBOX Unsnap. XBOX, man I've missed my Kinect!

So if you've also upgraded to the XBOX One S but haven't requested a free Kinect adapter to reconnect it, I highly recommend taking a moment to request one as it's time well spent to re-enable all those great XBOX One Kinect voice commands.

Until next time, Peace!


Game Companies, please add profanity filters

1As a young boy growing up in the seventies, I enjoyed playing Cops and Robbers and Cowboys and Indians with my neighbors and friends.

We'd often play for the longest periods after returning from the store with a new bow and arrow, or six shooter “cap” gun with several fresh rolls of exploding “caps”

Fifty years later, I still enjoy running around with friends pretending to save the world from the bad guys, but instead of using toy guns we do it virtually on the XBOX One and PC.

And while I'm a gamer, I know many other adults enjoy a similar experience playing in paintball and airsoft leagues, or joining local Rod and Gun clubs and making regular trips out to the firing range.

However, while I believe the gaming companies understand all that, it seems what they don't understand is the fact that just because we've “grown up” doesn't mean we use or love to hear profanity laced speech continuously while playing games.

In fact, most adult try and avoid using profanity altogether, considering it a vice.

Don't believe me? Spend some time in the grocery store or other public place and then tell me the majority of the public don't speak without using profanity in every sentence.

So\, if the common man doesn't speak in a continues stream of vulgarities, why do game companies keep forcing it upon us in their games?

While many of us love running around pretending to take down the bad guys as much as we did as kids, but just because we've “grown up” doesn't me we want all the speach in our games soaked in vulgarities.

So please, respect your customers and at least provide us an option to turn off profanity in your games.

In return, we'll promise to restrain ourselves from using the same non-stop profanity laced speech that your games use when as customers we contact you and your employees.


Grey, fix your Webstore!

Like many people I know, I'm a long time customer of Microsoft which is one of the biggest and richest companies on the planet.

I'm also a happy XBOX gamer and Live subscriber. Well, most of the time.

This holiday I received an XBOX Live points / cash card (or whatever they call it now) and decided to buy two small games that were on sale for the holidays.

The first was for Xbox One, and everything went smoothly.

However when I purchased the second game for my 360, it totally ignored my gift card and used my credit card instead.

Let me just say UGH! Really, I would rather not have the game, then have paid for it using my credit card versus my gift card balance.

And I just don't understand how a multi-billion dollar company allows such sub-standard software to process orders in the 21st century?

But wait, there's more…

So being a little pissed off, I removed the payment option from my Xbox account so my future purchases would be forced to go against my existing gift card balance, now sitting there lonely and unused.

Then when the free games with gold games came out for January, I figure it would be a good idea to start getting the 360 games as well as the Xbox One games since the 360 games are all backwards compatible (BC) now.

And to avoid having to juggle two consoles (and the fact you can't buy BC games in the Xbox One store) I fired up the Xbox One browser and attempted to get my free Xbox 360 “game with gold” from

Except, this is where it fell apart again. Would not let me get my FREE game because I don't have a payment option on my account anymore.




Hey, Microsoft and XBOX execs… could you please take a break from rolling around in your billions of cash reserves and  hire someone with basic skills to fix your broken webstore?!?!

I mean really, if your website is so bad that it is going to ignore my existing balance and change my credit card when I make a purchase, AND also thinks I need a credit card on file to download a FREE GAME that come with my already paid for subscription, then your webstore is obviously BROKEN.



PS – I did finally get my free game. I had to fire up my old XBOX 360, go through the steps of buying the game for $0, then cancel the game download since if I play it, it'll be on the Xbox One using BC.

Digital New Releases Are Expensive

Going-DigitalI never thought I would want to go digital.

In fact, I still buy most of my music on CD since it's so easy to rip them to mp3s, and I don't ever have to worry about backing up my digital music collection.

You know, for when that massive EMP hits and erases all our hard drives? Hopefully it doesn't effect the circuits of our CD players too… which could be a problem now that I think about it? But I digress.

So here I was, happily buying everything on physical media, then Steam happened.

By that I mean awesome Steam sales with great games wicked cheap happened!

Or more accurately put, classic PC games for pennies on the dollar each time a Steam sale rolls around.

H5-DigAt first, it was all about the sale for me (hey, I'm frugal!)

But as time when on, it became more about the convenience of having access to my games library from anywhere at anytime.

No more digging through old boxes in the attic, or worrying about scratched CDs, or whether or not needed patches were still available online.

So then the XBOX ONE comes out and I'm thinking hey, why don't I just go all digital there too?

This point was driven home when I was out of town visiting a friend and realized I had forgot the game disc we had planned on playing (thank you Red Box for saving the weekend!)

Then comes the fall releases and the other shoe drops (actually more like kicks me) – To go digital is going to be expensive!


So, for some reason Amazon, Best Buy, and others can give you a 5%-20% discount on the physical copy of a new release AND ship it to you for free AND have it to you the morning of the release.

BF-DigBUT they offer no discounts on what has to be the extremely less expensive to handle online digital code.

Yes, you heard that right. They give you a good discount on the item they physically stock and ship, but the little jpeg picture of a digital code is sold at list price.

But wait, there's more.

For the convenience of going digital, not only do you get to pay full list price, you also lose the ability to return a defective game because their is nothing to return. The one exception may be if you purchased it directly from the console's store, but even those refunds seem to be rare.

And obviously you also lose any opportunity to trade the game in if it was something you just didn't care for, or tired of it quickly.

So while going digital does make sense when you find good old games deeply discounted, for new games it seems like it's too expensive and has little upside.

Well, at lease that's what I think. Feel free to share what you think below.

Oh, and if you know of any EMP proof CD player enclosures please post those as well,

Until next time, ~PEACE~


I Am A Gamer

It was late 1970 something, and my older brother had just come home from the store where my Dad had taken him so he could spend some cash he recently received.

Not yet ten years old, I was always amazed at the cool things my older brother would buy.

And what he had just bought was definitely the coolest thing yet – a home video game system that plugged into the TV!

It wasn't just a Pong clone either.

It actually came with several different games, as well as a couple of shooting games.

And it also had several setting which could be changed to make the games harder or easier.

However, the best feature of all was how Radio Shack / Tandy had included a second paddle controller.

Ok, so Pong based games kind of require it right?

But this meant for my older brother to fully enjoy his new toy he would need to invite others to play with him.

And that lead to me getting my shot as player number two, and that's when I first remember knowing that video games were something I really liked!

Ever since that day in late 1970 something, I have considered myself a gamer.

Not an every day gamer mind you – there is just so much to do and see in this world that I really like to mix things up.

But a gamer none the less, as gaming is one of the few hobbies I've had since childhood.

My name is Grey, and I'm a gamer.

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