I finally decided to unwrap my copy of Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City. I bought it back in November when Anniken came down with a cold and had to stay home from work for a couple of days. I was sure I’d get ill, too, so I prepared for a few days at home by getting the latest addition to the Grand Theft Auto series. As it turned out, however, I didn’t get ill. The game has been sitting in its plastic wrap together with the rest of my Xbox 360 games since then – until today, when I decided I wanted to give it a go. I wasn’t ill, but I was at home. That’s one out of two, not too bad.

I’d forgotten all about how much noise the Xbox 360 makes. Compared to my PS3, it’s like sitting next to a jet engine. Fighting fire with fire, I turned up the volume of my amplifier, effectively drowning the Xbox noise in the sounds of screeching tyres, gun shots and police sirens. That worked out nicely for about twenty minutes, when this happened:

Come on! This is the second Xbox 360 that has died on me. The first one simply went black without warning and this one fell victim to the infamous Red Ring of DeathTM. I should mention that the Xbox did start up again after I turned it off, but my guess is that it’s probably a matter of time before this happens again. Of course, the warranty period expired a long time ago. I really haven’t had too much luck with hardware lately. The good news in all of this is that the Episodes from Liberty City disc will be available for the PS3 soon.

The picture above is taken with my HTC Hero, by the way. It proves well my earlier statement that the camera simply sucks ass.