Archive for February, 2010
42″ HD LCD TV Family Room
32″ HD LCD Upstairs Office
24″ HD LCD David’s Room
(Projector / 19″ Tube Computer Monitor, Upstairs Office)
36″ Tube Downstairs Living Room
29″ Tube Downstairs playroom
22″ LCD David’s Room (from Office)
21″ Computer Monitor Downstairs playroom
Through Feb 2010
In order to provide for a safe friendly environment for kids to play XBOX with their friends, I am organizing monthly nights at our house where we network XBOX consoles together and let the kids play against each other. We mostly play Halo 3 since it is the most multiplayer-friendly game and most have it. Online play is a different experience than playing against the computer. Unfortunately, online communities aren’t the best kid-friendly environments, mostly frequented by adolescent boys where inappropriate language and aggressive taunting are common. We try to have a WII available for younger siblings.
- No bad language. That includes: friggin
- Keep taunting to a low level
- No cheating!
- No betrayals (shooting your own team members). The games we play will most likely not allow this. But remember if you betray, you can get booted from the game.
- No time outs once game starts. If you have to go to the bathroom, you can still get shot so go between games
- No food or drinks while playing. We don’t want to mess up the borrowed consoles or controllers.
- There will be a designated leader for the night that selects and hosts each game. NOBODY else should be starting a hosted game.
- Gravity and speed should be set to normal for each game.
What to Bring
These are all optional. Remember we CAN have up to 4 players per XBOX though my goal is to have enough to limit 2 per screen.
- An XBOX, of course, if you have one. Classic or 360. Don’t forget power chord and video cord.
- Controllers, as many as you feel comfortable but no more than 4, 2 is usually enough (S-type at least, please no original large controllers).
- Gears of War
- Call of Duty 2
- Call of Duty 3
- $5 per person. Max $10 per family. Covers food & drinks. Even if you don’t eat, please contribute $5, keeps things simple.
- Snacks or drinks are always welcome and can substitute for the entry fee.
- LCD monitor, especially if it has composite/component connections AND speakers.
Now that we plan to focus on 1 player 1 xbox, I would like for each station to be as enjoyable as possible. My house has 2 Samsung LCD TV’s that offer the best HD experience. I also recently bought a 24in flatscreen monitor for home that I use when I work at home on my laptop. I bought a model that has an HDMI connection. This allows us to have a very nice 3rd HD experience with an XBOX. David often prefers this over the Samsung TVs. Finally I have a 32-in and 27-in tube TV that does not offer an HD experience. Three more station can be setup with various computer monitors, again no HD experience.
Sooo, if anyone is inclined to upgrade there home computer monitor or are planning on buying a new system, I highly recommend getting one that has an HDMI connector and paying a little extra for the convenient monitor speakers. You can the bring it to XBOX night and guarantee you have an HD experience.
I want to thank everyone for supporting XBOX night over the past 3 1/2 years. I started it to give David and his friends a SAFE place to play without going online and dealing with all the inappropriateness that you find there. I also just wanted to provide something fun to do with friends on a Friday night. The kids are older now and the list of players has grown. The games have also changed. Halo3 allows up to 4 kids to play on one XBOX and for 16 people total to play together in a network game. Most games today including the popular Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 allows 4 players to play on a single XBOX, but you can’t network to another XBOX. The kids are also old enough now where they care that they have to share a screen and have a lesser experience.
We had a great turnout last week but for the most part the kids wanted to play CODMW2, so we ended up having several separate games going and kids didn’t really interact that much. It has also become difficult to accommodate so many kids in our home and keep everyone connected and happy.
So from here on out, XBOX Night is transitioning to a different setup. We will no longer have “open” invitations to anyone that wants to come over. If you plan to attend, you MUST bring an XBOX 360 AND a copy of CODMW2 (or whatever game we might choose). Ideally I’d like to see 6 XBOXs so we can play 3 on 3 with each person on their own XBOX. We will start probably around 6:00. Between 9 & 10pm we will go online and play a private match. So if you have an XBOX 360 and the game we are playing, you can join from home! We’ll continue playing until midnight or so.
If this excludes any of our regulars, I’m sorry. Remember, to play from home with us, besides the XBOX and game you will need an XBOX Live Gold Account. They are $50/year and in my opinion a great value.
I will not be sending out emails to this distribution list any longer. I will continue to post here at http://xboxnight.wordpress.com/ so you can continue to follow us. Hope to see you next month.