Friday, April 27, 2012

X is for Xbox

I have a love-hate relationship with the Xbox.

I love watching Dexter on Netflix or playing LEGO Indiana Jones.

I hate pretty much every other game.

When I try to play any first-person shooter game, I get motion sickness and my blood pressure rises to unhealthy levels. I can never find the X button or the Y button and just end up pushing buttons wildly while shouting out "How can I make him go to the other side?" over and over again. The more sore my thumbs get, the more stressed out I feel about playing.

JP used to try to convince me to play Xbox with him all the time. I would usually whine a bit before giving in. Then I'd either blow myself up or accidentally kill him. Most of the time, the evening would end like this:


I'm not sure why he doesn't ask me to play anymore.

55 comments:

  1. LOVE your clay picture/visual, stephanie! so cute, so well done! how can you capture emotion so well with CLAY? you're my artistic hero!
    true confession - i have never even touched an xbox. electronic games are not my thing. although we had atari, growing up! my method is like yours - push all the buttons as hard and as rapidly as you can and hope for the best!

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    1. I have to confess: this is an old picture. I didn't make it for the A-Z challenge...can't wait to finish up so that I can get back to making more complex scenes and writing longer stories. Honestly, you aren't missing much re: the Xbox, although I'm sure that many would disagree!

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  2. Too funny! I don't play xbox. I have nothing for X...Help!! How do I get to X!

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  3. I used to have a boyfriend who loved racing games, and unfortunately, I was really good at this one called Kinetica on Playstation 2. I'd get him to the next levels (or whatever you call it in racing games). My heart would almost explode, I'd ice my thumbs, and then lie awake all night while he slept like a baby. I seem to remember you writing a post about how it kept you up too. Gosh, who wants that stress? I don't get it!

    That said, my sister and I used to rock some Mario 3 on our beanbag chairs in 1990.

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    1. It really does disrupt your sleep patterns! When the boys are together (nephews and siblings), they'll play until 3:00 in the morning. Just the thought of it makes me twitchy.

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  4. I'm with you - any game more intense that The Sims stresses me out. I load up my DS with puzzle games and RPGs and leave everything else to people who don't break into a cold sweat at the thought of needing to use two buttons at the same time.

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    1. The Sims stresses me out. Mainly because JP made avatars that look like him and me, and I get really mad when computer-JP flirts with other virtual girls.

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  5. Love it! I can't play any video games that don't move right to left or vice versa...can't be behind the wheel!

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  6. I used to play a little with my ex, but I was mind numbingly bad at it.

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  7. Our Xbox has been collecting dust for months. My husband used to play, but hasn't in a long time. Sometimes I go down there and boot the thing up, but I have about a 30 minute tolerance level for the controller before I just want to throw it across the room!

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  8. The LEGO series of games our my favorite too. I don't have them all but Indiana Jones is one of the ones that i do have and i think it's awesome. I'd pick it over a shooting game any time. :)

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  9. Love the visual!

    Can you believe I've never even touched an Xbox?

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  10. Ok, so, how much for this piece to put on a shelf next to the Kinect mount? THIS IS PERFECT.

    My husband likes COD and all that stuff, the football and such. I like tetris. No lie. That's my game. My only one.

    But, lately we've discovered how cool the Kinect is for Netflix - you can just TELL IT what to do!

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    1. I LOVE Tetris. And the LEGO games. And Plants vs Zombies. But I could do without the rest! I have to confess, though, that I didn't make this scene for this post. It's an older recycled picture. And the clay figures have been recycled too.

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  11. Lego Star Wars? The bomb-diggety, yo. Minimal headaches and no loss of perspective involved. Otherwise I'll stick to Internet and books.

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    1. Can I steal bomb-diggety? That made me laugh.

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  12. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the figures today! Even the dog looks bored and pissed off!

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    1. It's an old picture from an old post! Can't wait for this challenge to finish so that I can put more effort into my posts again.

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  13. I've never gotten the hang of any sort of video games, fortunately my husband hasn't either.

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  14. My husband has an X-Box too and I can't play first person shooters either. I die almost immediately and I scream as though I'm actually being attacked...So I just watch...until the day we got the Kinect! My husband bought me a zombie game and it was really fun walking around and investigating stuff throughout the level...until the zombies came...Then I was screaming and punching and kicking wildly and when my husband wasn't getting frustrated with my lack of kung fu skills or my inability to pick up a weapon he was laughing hysterically at me...I haven't played it since...and I have determined that if their is a true zombie apocolaypse...I'm dead.

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    1. Oh, me too, me too. (COnsider this a spoiler for Sunday's letter Z. Which will be a very, very short post featuring a recycled zombie picture. It's the only post that I pre-wrote before I started the A-Z challenge.)

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  15. Does Xbox come with headgear? He looks like a pilot. Reason #190 why I won't buy a console game system - nobody would ever move again.

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    1. Yep, headgear! And your comment is actually really funny, because he's air crew (not a pilot - an electronics sensor operator or some other such thing) and has to wear a helmet and headpiece for work. Ha!

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  16. I am xbox challenged. My son gave up on me a long time ago.

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  17. I have one and I basically use it to watch movies only. FPS games are my favorite but I always get stuck and then I get mad and then I don't play the game for the next 6 months. I've got about 4 games I'm in the middle of because I got stuck somewhere.

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  18. that's how i feel about all video games. games i play alone on my computer are different. they're more... mature, or something. at least that's what i tell myself.

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    1. I mostly stick to Plants vs Zombies these days.

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  19. haha - i know how you feel - i can't even play the Harry Potter game the hub got me - it's HARD! Seriously... how do kids make the thing work? It's beyond me...

    That is my I LOVE the kinect attachment thing - it's awesome, and easy to play things - plus you kind of feel all sporty because you have to physically move around ;)

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    1. I'd actually really like to try one of those!

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  20. You should try the My Sims games. We originally got them for Andrea when she was younger, but they are super fun. There's only a couple of challenges that make me a little queasy (usually chasing crabs or herding cows) but the rest of the time you're mining and building things.

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  21. I have no idea how to play any of the new gaming systems. There are too many buttons. I like the old school Nintendo.

    When I tried playing some game with Boo, my guy beat up Boo's guy with a shopping cart. Boo thought it was awesome! I can't tell him I had no clue what I was doing. I'll lose cool points.

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  22. Aww the clay dog's so cute! Yeah, I have a love/hate relationship with it too! And the Wii! My brother spends most of the day on it cheating at Mario Kart! x

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  23. It's totally worth having access to Dexter!

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  24. Way too funny! I thought I was the only one who freaked out and lost all control of my digits under pressure. My son has given me up as a lost cause.

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  25. I have the same kind of relationship with our Playstation 3, I use it for watching blu rays and playing Lego Harry Potter and that's it xD.

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  26. I remember the xbox story. I'm glad that you are at least enjoying soem Lego Indiana Jones. You need to get Harry Potter Lego. Its the best time waster EV-ER.

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    1. I think you're the one who first recommended the HP game to me, right? I keep picking it up when we go to the store, but I haven't actually bought it yet.

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  27. I have never had a go on an Xbox. They just don't appeal somehow.

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  28. I just spent the weekend playing Skyrim. I think my boyfriend will need to refer to my, "How to deal with gamers" post haha. I'm kind of glad I like playing too otherwise I would probably be too annoyed with the amount of time he plays. :3

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  29. I actually had a job for about a year where I got to paid to play video games.
    For reals.
    It was good motivation to get better at first=person shooters, because I used to be just as bad.
    apparently all you need is the right motivation. :-)

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    1. That's at least 49% of the population's dream job...

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  30. Is JP Asian? Also, what's up with the sneaky mouse on the far right?

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    1. It's a recycled picture from an older post. And the little mouse was the star of an even older post, so he had a cameo. JP is Asian, but he looks more like the clay figure that I made for the anti-CAPTCHA post than the one in this picture.

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    2. I'm going to have to plumb the chronicles of Clay Baboons to uncover its secrets!

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    3. Zombies gave me carpal tunnel syndrome: http://www.claybaboons.com/2011/12/zombies-gave-me-carpal-tunnel-syndrome.html

      The mousetrap: http://www.claybaboons.com/2011/12/mousetrap.html

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  31. You have to build up to it...play the dog at the game first!

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  32. haha, the best time we have together as a family is shooting each other.

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  33. First-person shooters will make you feel sick to your stomach. There are only a couple that are so good, I work through the nausea.

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  34. I don't know the first thing about X-Box... actually, I don't know anything about any computer games!

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  35. I want one!! I love Dexter. And I want all those Kinect games, especially the dancing ones.

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  36. LOVE the clay figures in this one, Stephanie! Wonderful work. :)

    My husband and daughter love playing Xbox and they're practically experts. I've tried a few times but I get frustrated because I don't know how to operate the damn controllers well enough--then my beloved family laughs at my chagrin. LOL

    It's just as well that I don't play because I'm pretty sure I'd get addicted and I already have far too many reasons to procrastinate.

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  37. Yup, I'm the same way. In fact, I believe you sneak into my house to capture this visual. I'm expecting compensation.

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  38. Maybe you could be more of a Wii fan. I don't own a console myself, but Hanny does and I had a blast playing her games and watching French movies on Netflix.

    -Barb the French Bean

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  39. I am a video gamer... Well, I was. For some reason, as I've gotten older, the games make me dizzy too. Within 20 minutes of playing I get a horrible headache and have to stop. It kills me because I grew up playing and I miss it.

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