Microsoft's done it to me again.

I got hit with the Red Rings of Death and went through the whole repair process, getting knocked out of action for about a month.

Truth be told, I'm really a fan of the 360's games and of how well the Live service is integrated, so I wasn't too upset even though I had every right to be. The experience up until that point was just that good, really.

My opinion is starting to change.

Today while playing Wik, the graphics on the screen became sort of lined and fuzzy, so I assumed it was the TV. I shut it off and turned it back on, with no difference.

::cue ominous music::

I shut down the 360 and restarted it, and what I got was an E 74 Error message, whatever the hell that is. Shut down, restarted, no change.

I called in to Microsoft and get a horrific customer service rep who called me Brad, Chad, Ted, and Bob in rotation. He explained in semi-intelligible english that since this was not a RROD, it was not covered under Microsoft's recently-extended warranty and it would be $99 to fix. I protested, saying that I had *just* had the unit repaired, but to no avail.

My 360 is now unhooked, out of my game cabinet, and waiting to be shipped off to Texas (or parts unkown) for repairs.

I am not happy. 

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Brad Gallaway

Brad Gallaway

Brad Gallaway has been playing games since arcades were a thing and Atari was the new hotness. He's been at GameCritics since 2000. Currently, he's juggling editing duties, being a homeschooling dad, a devoted husband, and he does try to play a game once in a while.

Brad still loves Transformers, he's on Marvel Puzzle Quest when nobody's looking, and his favorite game of all time is a toss-up between the first Mass Effect and The Witcher 3. You can catch his written work here at GameCritics and you can hear him weekly on the @SoVideogames Podcast. Follow Brad on Twitter and Instagram at @BradGallaway, or contact him via email:

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13 years ago

And here I was expecting a preview for the new Altered Beast game…