With an Xbox 360 that dated back to 6 months after launch, I figured it was only a matter of time before I got the Red Rings of Death that so many others have. Today was that time. Just before lunch, my wife called and asked what it meant when the rings around the power button on the 360 were red instead of green. I just let out a big *sigh* and told her that it finally happened. Our console had freezing issues for a long time and had just started to show some graphical artifacting on some games. I figured we were close to the end and I was right. The only saving grace is that maybe, just maybe, I’ll end up with one of the new HDMI enabled Falcon consoles. I’m not going to hold my breathe as almost everyone is getting back refurb units, and in some cases those aren’t working either. I’m not going to enjoy the next few weeks of waiting and fighting, but I’m not going to take anything laying down.

I’ve already done what anyone with some sort of connections would do and starting dropping emails all over about how I can get my console fixed as quickly as possible, but so far I haven’t made any progress. It seems that us journalists are just as down and out as the rest of the consumers out there. Hold on tight, things are going to get bumpy I think.