Late to the Party: Xboxing
(Photo stolen from here)
Recently I bought myself an Xbox, something of a departure for a self-proclaimed Nintendo fan like myself. Truly, it was a strange experience buying an Xbox, it almost became a philosophical debate with myself whether I was doing the right thing or not. But I justified it by telling myself that I couldn't call myself a gamer if I only owned one system, just like I couldn't call myself a movie fan if I only watched movies made by Paramount.
The Xbox purchase was funded largely by selling off Nintendo games I wasn't playing anymore. Xbox Live was a testament to nerdiness, and even with two computer science students we couldn't get ICS to share an internet connection between the Microsoft Wireless Broadband Network and my Network card. We finally resorted to stringing a 30 foot network cable out my bedroom window and into the cable modem downstairs.
I've been playing a bit of Halo 2 on Xbox Live, and so far it's absolutely awesome. I'm not a huge fan of online shooters, but this one is pretty good. Bungie keeps track of a massive amount of stats while you play, and through a complex leveling system it matches you up with people of similar skill levels so that you are guaranteed a good time each match. I tend to suck in almost every game I play, constantly concerned with being mopped, but so far it's fairly enjoyable.
For those curious enough, my gamertag is trueneutral