Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Government Money

So our check from the government came in. So to do our part in the stimulation of the US economy, we went out an bought a big screen HD TV. I knew that we had to get 1080p resolution, but was confused about whether to go plasma or LCD. In the end, we got a 42 inch 1080p LCD Olevia HD TV from Target for only $1000, which is pretty cheap for what we got. We've had it hooked up for over a week now, and although old channels look somewhat lousy on it, we are picking up some HD channels for some unknown reason and those look fantastic. I can't wait to watch the 2 hour season finale of Lost this Thursday on it in HD.

So we also wanted to clean up the place a bit, so we got a cheap stand for it so that we could have a permanent place to put it. I also ended up buying an Xbox360 (pro version, of course) and playing that in 1080p is awesome. So our basement's looking pretty nice now. Check it out.

As I was saying, now that I have an Xbox, I can play GTAIV. I've got it running at 1080p 60Hrz, so that's pretty much the best definition on the market, and it looks pretty damn good. The city in the game looks fantastic to me, maybe because it's really the only thing I've ever played in HD before. So it looks great, and the game is pretty awesome too. Maybe I'll write a review on that here soon.

Now that it's summer break, I can catch up on a lot of things. Games I am playing right now are GTAIV, On The Rain-Slick Precipice of blahblahblah (the Penny Arcade game), and Phoenix Wright 3. Plus there are a lot of other games I could wrap up too. Plus I want to give this site a redesign. That's a pretty ambitious to-do list for the summer, yes?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


This is a follow up on the GTA thing. I've been wanting to play this game, but I want it for Xbox360, so my plan was to trade it in once I got the PS3 version at a Target or something. Sounds easy enough, right?

Not so much. We go to Target and they tell us that since I have no reciept (because I didn't buy it, I won it), they won't switch it. Keep in mind that this is a brand new, never before opened, still shrink-wrapped copy of GTAIV. So now I have to think of a new gameplan to swap it out.

We go down the street to the local video game store, called Gamers. Now I've never shopped there, purely because their games are ridiculously over-priced. Gamestop is ALWAYS better. My idea is to try and sell it to them and pay a little extra for the 360 version. The guy looks me right in the eye and says that he will give me $25 cash for it, or $30 store credit. Can you believe it? A brand new, never before opened copy, and he won't even give me half the price? So screw you, Gamers store of Omaha, NE.

Finally, we try Walmart because if they don't swap it, then it's a lost cause. Luckily, they don't have their head's up their asses and traded it for me, no questions asked. At least Walmart has some decent customer service. At least I got the Xbox version of GTA. Now all I have to do is to get an Xbox, which will probably happen this weekend.

Monday, May 12, 2008

How I Got GTAIV For Free

Today I opened my mail and inside the box was a yellow envelope. Opening the envelope, I found this:

That's right. Grand Theft Auto IV for the PS3. And do you want to know the best part? It cost me nothing. Zilch. Free. And how's how I did it.

There's this website called WebridesTV. It's pretty much a social network for car fans; they can post videos, discuss in the forums, and share photos of their cars. But the best part of this site is the SchwagMart. Everything you do on the website gives you points, and you can use these points to buy stuff in the Mart. And I'm not talking about cheap stuff, I'm talking about games, gift certificates, and consoles even.

I started out when the site had just started and my goal was to get enough points for a $50 Amazon gift card. Webrides has a limit to how many points you can get per day, so that people can't just get all the good stuff really quick. But to get points, all you have to do it go to the video section and click on the videos. You don't even have to watch the video to get points, just open the window for a second or two. So every day I would basically click links until I reached my point limit. I did that for about a month until I had enough points for something cool.

Unfortunately, WebridesTV doesn't offer Amazon cards anymore (they like to stick with car-based items). But they do stock many of the newest games, like Mario Kart Wii or GTAIV. As you can guess, these items sell out very quickly, so you have to constantly be checking the SchwagMart everyday to get stuff because they restock randomly. Also, shipping can be very slow (6 to 8 weeks sometimes), or it can be fast, so you really have to be patient. In the end, it's worth it though.

So here's the basic points of the post -
  • Sign up for an account at WebridesTV
  • Click on videos everyday until you reach the limit
  • Check the SchwagMart frequently to see when stuff is in stock (protip: use the Availability option to see what's in stock really fast).
  • Be patient, you'll find something you like in stock some day
In time, you should be able to get something cool. You just have to be REALLY patient. Post any questions you have in the comments.

Here's a quick way to try win some Microsoft Points, or maybe even Guitar Hero. Visit this site, enter your email address and use the code "SLURPEE". Fill in your info and scratch off to see if you won anything. Even if you don't win, you get a coupon for a buy-one-get-one-free Slurpee. Do this once a day and you might win eventually. I've already won once.

Update 1
The cap changes a lot, you usually want to check the forums on the site to see what it is. And I don't count out my points as cash, I just open a bunch of links at the same time as tabs and then close them after like a minute. It's just a waiting game to get the points. I mean, in the end, you're going to get something for free.

Friday, May 09, 2008

AP Tests and TV's

Only one sentence for each part in this post. (It's like Twitter, but all in one post.)

The school year is coming to a close, which means lots of tests and exams and such.

Money from the government means we get an HD tv.

Still waiting for GTAIV to arrive.

Today was the senior's last day, but they didn't do anything cool which is lame.

Flogging Molly's coming to town, so this summer might not suck.

Been messing around with Wii homebrew, got a lot of emulators working.

Remembering stuff can be hard.