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I bought my husband an Xbox 360 three years ago for Christmas (because I’m awesome), and he absolutely loved it, but for the most part I ignored it. I thought it was just like any other video game console. Then we got Rock Band two years ago for Christmas, and I was immediately hooked. Once I started using the XBox 360 for that, I started exploring other parts of it, and was really surprised to find out that it was about so much more than video games.
Access your computer’s media
We have a bunch of computers, all with Windows Media Center. WMC was another thing that I had been ignoring. Then I found out that since all of our computers were on our home Wi-Fi network, and the XBox was also on the network (for XBox Live), they could talk to each other and suddenly our TV was able to access all of the songs, movies, TV shows, and pictures stored on all of our computers. I was so pissed with myself for not bothering to figure this out sooner. It was incredibly easy to set up, and I use the XBox this way all the time, listening to music on my TV’s fantastic speakers instead of the computer’s small ones.
Stream from Netflix
We don’t have Netflix. We had it when it first came out, but I can’t even be bothered to go to a mailbox anymore – I never mail letters! So, a video from Netflix would come, we would watch it, and then it would sit there for months. Yes, I’m that lazy.
Enter the XBox 360. I’m seriously considering getting a Netflix subscription again now that I know I can download the videos through the XBox!
I wonder how many people bought a Roku not knowing they could use their XBox 360 to do the same thing?
Blame the economy: people are staying home more and looking for economical ways to have fun. Microsoft sent us a new Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle, and while my husband spends plenty of time living up to the XBox stereotype (guy playing shooting games), we get a lot of mileage out of it as a family. Whether I stream music from my computer (two floors away) so that the kids can dance wildly in the living room, or we each grab an instrument and rock out with Rock Band or Lego Rock Band, we love using our XBox for music. Microsoft sent us the singing game Lips and my daughter was hooked from the start.
With winter finally settling in, we’ll be using it even more. Dance Dance Revolution gets us off the couch, and the kids take turns hopping on the skateboard for Tony Hawk: Ride (which we actually got to play with Tony Hawk!). For adults, Scene It is my new favorite game, with each player getting to buzz in on his own controller and answer movie questions. The Beatles: Rock Band has also been a huge hit with adults who never ever thought they’d be picking up video game instruments.
Win an XBox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle
Microsoft is giving one of my lucky readers a really great gift: an Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle!
- Black Xbox 360 Elite with a huge 120 gig hard drive
- Wireless black Xbox controller
- XBox live headset
- LEGO Batman game (my son’s favorite!)
- Pure game
To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment stating how you would use your XBox 360 Elite. Would you play games with your kids? Download movies? Access the pictures from your computer to show grandma a slideshow? Turn your TV into a giant mp3 player?
For a second entry, you can tweet about this giveaway (don’t forget to leave a separate comment linking to your tweet or it won’t count!). Just make sure to mention what the prize is and link back to this post, or you can just copy and tweet this:
Enter to win an XBox 360 Elite from @SelfishMom! http://bit.ly/7ZM1bX
So, that’s a maximum of two entries per household, please. The comments will close at noon-ish on Tuesday, December 15th and random.org will draw the winner. Shipping available in the continental U.S. only. For complete rules, please see my Giveaway Rules page. Good luck!
Thanks so much to Microsoft for providing this great prize, and for all of the fun we’ve had with our Xbox.
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