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Xbox Buyer's Guide

Find out what games and peripherals are worth your time and money.
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Holiday 2013 Xbox One Gift Ideas
What should you give to the new Xbox One owner this Holiday season? We share our picks here.

Xbox Games on Demand Has Been Awesome in 2013
Once only a joke among gamers, the Xbox Games on Demand service has been awesome in 2013. We let you know why, as well as how it might impact the Xbox 360 as well as Xbox One in the future, right here.

Putting Game Length Into Context
A common complaint about games these days is that they are too short, but are they really? We try to put game lengths into context here.

The Precipitous Fall of Amazon's Trade-In Service
Amazon's trade-in service has been a huge hit over the last few years, but a string of recent changes have left the service a shell of its former self. We loved it 2 1/2 years ago, but in 2013 things aren't so hot

Guide To Selling To SecondSpin.com
Gamers are always on the lookout for new places to trade or sell their old games so they can get new ones. We take a look at SecondSpin.com - a site many may not have heard of yet, but one you should definitely consider.

Crunchyroll Xbox 360 App Overview
The Crunchyroll app has finally launched on Xbox 360. We have all of the details you'll need to start watching simulcast anime the same day it airs in Japan right here.

Guide to "Ultimate", "GOTY", and "Complete" Edition Version of Xbox 360 Games
Seeing multiple versions of the game games on shelves can be confusing, so we take a look at the best (and a few of the worst) re-releases of popular games and tell you which ones are worth a look.

Fallout 3 vs. Fallout: New Vegas
Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas are both great games, but which one is better? We take a look at what both games offer and come up with our favorite right here.

Holiday 2011 Kinect Buyer's Guide
Wondering whether Kinect is worth buying during the 2011 Holiday season? We have you answer right here.

Videogame Motion Sickness
We have covered videogame-related motion sickness in the past, but only really covered it from our own personal experiences and are likely missing a few key game titles and/or mechanics that affect other people but not us.

5 Reasons to Buy An Xbox 360 (Not A PS3 or Wii)
At the end of the generation, choosing between Xbox 360, PS3, and a Nintendo Wii can be tough. We try to help you out with five reasons why the Xbox 360 is a great choice for your family here.

How To Get Xbox Live for Less Than $50 a Year
One of the arguments the competition makes against the Xbox 360 is that their online services are free while Xbox Live Gold costs $50. Beyond the “Well, it costs money because it is better” counter-argument, you can also rub their face in the fact that you didn’t actually pay $50 for a year of Live. How, you ask? Find out all of the details...

Rock Band 2 vs. Guitar Hero: World Tour (X360)
At last, the two heavyweights meet on an even playing field. Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2 are both very good music games, but which one comes out on top? Which one has the better songs? Which one has the better instruments? Find the answers to all of these questions and more right here.

Guitar Hero: World Tour Instruments Overview
We’re kind of reaching critical mass as far as plastic instruments go. Everyone has a stack of guitars and at least one drum kit (or three), and I know I’m not alone in my fear that one day they will bind together to form a super robot that will enslave us all. We wouldn’t be feeding this plastic monster if the new instruments coming out every year weren’t so darn good, though, so it is a double-edged sword. Find out how the Guitar Hero: World Tour instruments stack up right here.

2008 Xbox 360 Holiday Gift Guide
Finding a gift for a gamer in your life can be pretty tough, but hopefully this guide will help you out. We cover the hottest games of 2008, complete with review links and ESRB rating information, so you can find just the right gift.

Rock Band 2 Instruments Overview
A big question that always comes up when a new Rock Band or Guitar Hero is released is how the new instruments compare with the older ones. Everyone already has a closet full of guitars and a drum kit hogging up a corner of a room somewhere, so spending another $60+ on another drum or guitar is a pretty hefty investment in both money as well as physical space. Are the Rock Band 2 wireless guitars and drums worth the investment? Find out right here.

Xbox Live Survival Guide for Girls
We all know that Xbox Live can be a scary place, but just imagine how different and downright disgusting it can be through the eyes of the fairer sex. Female gamers get singled out and harassed simply because they are girls trying to join the boys club that is Xbox Live, and that just isnÂ’t fair. So we present to you now an article inspired...

Xbox 360 Price Guide
Surprisingly, one of the most common questions we see through e-mail and search results has to do with prices for Xbox 360 systems and accessories. So this article is a clean and simple listing of the MSRP for all of the Xbox 360 items you might need.

How To Make Shopping At GameStop More Enjoyable
I see forum posts every other day from people that hate shopping at GameStop, and I just don’t understand it. Sure, GS has some issues, but if you go in with the right attitude and a little knowledge on your side, shopping at GameStop can be a good and even great experience.

How To Make The Next GTA Actually Live Up To The Hype
If you have read my review of GTA IV, you would know I was a little disappointed with it. Still a good game. I enjoyed it enough that I beat the story and am still playing it. But I didn’t find it “10/10” and “Game of the Year 2008” good like so many other reviewers said. What would I change so the next game actually does live up to the hype? Find out right here.

GTA IV - Xbox 360 vs. PS3
A hot topic these days is which version of GTA IV is better? PS3 or Xbox 360. I happen to have both versions of the game, running side-by-side, and I came to a few conclusions. After spending extensive time (several hours) with each version, here are my thoughts.

Videogames And Motion Sickness
Getting motion sickness while playing videogames affects a lot of people, yet it seems almost like a taboo to talk about among gamers because you might not be seen as “hardcore” since you can’t play certain things. I’m here to change that. Gears of War makes me want to puke, and I want everyone to know! In this article, I share some of my personal experiences with what games make me sick, what game mechanics cause the problem, and what you can do if you also suffer from motion sickness.

Xbox Live Etiquette Tips
Learn how to be a better citizen on Xbox Live with our handy guide to Xbox Live Etiquette.

2007 Xbox 360 Holiday Gift Guide
Finding a gift for a gamer in your life can be pretty tough, but hopefully this guide will help you out. We cover the hottest games of 2007 so you can find just the right gift.

NBA Live 08 vs. NBA 2K8
The 2007-2008 NBA season is nearly upon us and what better way is there to celebrate than to play some good ol’ basketball on the Xbox 360. We ran EA’s NBA Live 08 and 2K’s NBA 2K8 side-by-side on two HDTVs and two Xbox 360s to determine once and for all which game reigns supreme. We cover everything you want to know about the two games right here.

NHL 2K8 vs. NHL 08 (X360)
Which 2008 Xbox 360 hockey game reigns supreme, EA’s NHL 08 or 2K’s NHL 2K8? We actually ran the games side-by-side on two HDTVs and two Xbox 360s in order to really compare them feature for feature and mode for mode. Find out which one has the best graphics, sound, gameplay, and is the best overall right here.

Should You Buy An Xbox 360 Now Or Wait?
The original Xbox 360 model didn't have the best reputation in terms of reliability, but it wasn't all bad. We take a look at the problem here.

How to Keep Your Controllers Clean
I don't quite know how to put this, but your videogame controllers are probably filthy and disgusting. Even if you wash your hands fifty times a day, your controllers will still attract unsightly patches of grime and dirt. This has always happened, but it is a lot more noticeable now since the Xbox 360 controller is white. What can you do about it? Find out right here.

2006 Xbox 360 Holiday Gift Guide
Finding a gift for a gamer in your life can be pretty tough, but hopefully this guide will help you out. We cover the hottest Xbox 360 games of 2006 so you can find just the right gift.

How To Store And Maintain Your Games And Cases
Ever wanted to buy a used game at EB or GameStop, but it is either dirty and disgusting or the case and instructions are missing? Don’t let this happen to you or anyone else ever again. If everyone learned how to take care of their games better, the world would be a happier place. And it all begins by following the tips right here in this article.

How To Store and Maintain Your Game Systems
Setting up your new game console in the right place can mean the difference between years of gaming or constant breakdowns. New game systems such as the Xbox 360 and PS3 produce a lot of heat, and heat and electronics don’t mix particularly well. Here are some tips on how to keep your game system running smooth in the long term.

Xbox Accessories Buyer's Guide
The original Xbox is 10+ years old now, but finding the best accessories shouldn't be too hard if you use our handy guide. We cover the best controllers, steering wheels, arcade sticks, and more for the original Xbox right here.

Xbox 360 Buyer's Guide
When you are going to spend your hard earned cash on a new game console, it is usually a good idea to do your homework first so you know exactly what you are getting yourself into. We have a full buyer's guide for the Xbox 360 that should tell you everything you need to know.

Xbox 360 Demos Available on the Xbox Live Marketplace
Another great feature of the Xbox 360 is that you can download game demos to your hard drive through the Xbox Live Marketplace to see if you like the game before you buy it. Here is the full list of game demos available right now.

Currently Available Xbox Live Arcade Titles (X360)
One of the best things about the Xbox 360 is the marketplace and Xbox Live Arcade. It has a nice mix of classic games and new properties that keep you hooked. Here is the full listing of what games are available as well as how much they cost.

NHL 07 vs. NHL 2K7
We’ve played them both, and reviewed them both, now see how they stack up head-to-head. NHL 2K used to dominate this series, but EA bounced back with a surprise upset last year. 2007 is the first year both series are available on the Xbox 360 and this comparison focuses only on the 360 versions and not the older-gen versions. Who will come out on top as the hockey game deserving of your hard earned cash. Lets find out!

Upcoming Xbox and Xbox 360 Games - Fall 2006
Have you taken the time to take a peek at all of the games coming out this holiday season? It is going to be insane and the month of November will be particularly brutal. Not only are we getting two new systems, but there are great games coming out for everything else that are going to put a serious strain on your wallet. Here is just a taste of what we'll be getting for Xbox and Xbox 360.

Timeline Of An Xbox 360 Breakdown
Brand new electronics are buggy and it takes the companies behind them a while to work everything out. The Xbox 360 is no exception. Luckily for all of us, Microsoft's support and repair center does a pretty good job of making the process of getting your 360 repaired as quick and painless as possible. Find out the details of our breakdown as well as what happens when you have to call 1-800-4MY-Xbox for repairs.

2005 Xbox Games Gift Guide
Finding a gift for a gamer in your life can be pretty tough, but hopefully this guide will help you out. We cover the hottest games and accessories of 2005 so you can find just the right gift.

NBA Live 06 vs. NBA 2K6
We have two great basketball games this year from EA and Visual Concepts, but which one is better? Find out our pick for best basketball game of 06 right here.

NHL 06 vs. NHL 2K6
There are two great hockey games out this year and choosing one can be a bit tricky. Use our handy guide to figure out what features are important to you and ultimately which game you should get.

How To Choose The Right Games For Your Kids
If you play a lot of video games, more than likely your kids are going to want to play them too. That is a good thing, of course, because sharing is caring, but it isn't such a good thing when the only games in your collection are Grand Theft Auto, Halo, Doom 3, and Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball. In this article we'll give you tips on...

Getting the Arcade Experience At Home
Arcades are definitely knocking on death's door, but that doesn't mean that they were bad. In fact, you can't find the same level of competition or unique feel anywhere else but in the arcade and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Of course, unless you live in a big city a good arcade is pretty hard to find. Luckily for us, Xbox Live and peripherals from Namco, Mad Catz, NubyTech, and more do a great job of simulating the arcade feel in the comfort of your own home. Read on for more.

What Is Xbox?
Microsoft's first Xbox console launched in November 2001. Find out everything you need to know about the original Xbox here.

Is the Xbox Right for You?
Is the Xbox right for you? Read this article to find out.

Entertainment Software Rating Board - ESRB
The ESRB rates games based on their content and gives them a ranking to help parents choose games that are appropriate for their kids. Learn it, use it, live it.

Amazon.com Videogame and DVD Trade-In Review / Overview
We tried Amazon's trade-in service for videogames the first time recently and were pleasantly surprised. It is fast, easy, and their trade-in values are surprisingly good. Find out all of the details here.

Xbox Stocking Stuffers
Looking for a quick and relatively inexpensive gift idea for an Xbox gamer? We have our picks for the best Xbox stocking stuffers right here.

Tips for New Xbox 360 Owners
If you have just bought your first Xbox 360 system, there are some things you need to know. These tips and tricks will help you extend the life of your system as well as get the most enjoyment out of it as possible.

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