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About @XboxLiveRewards

Are you for real? You reply with BS excuses for not giving me reward credits and flat out lies in fact, and then you send me a email asking me to refer people. Are you out of you mother loving fucking mind? Why the fuck would anyone refer a friend to you, for xbox live rewards they will never get? Why would anyone refer a friend to you, when all they got from you was lies? Why would I refer anyone to you, ever? After going through 7 xbox 360’s and now this, you will never, ever receive a referral from me. In fact, I will tell everyone right now…avoid the Xbox One at all costs. How do you like that? Perhaps if you would have fixed the xbox live rewards program, instead of trying to screw people out of rewards, your referral program might have had a chance. But telling someone, were sorry, you paid for a subscription(full price I might add) but we are not going to keep our word and reward you for it, is not the way to endear yourself to paying customers. The minute you forgot the customer was the minute you lost them.

Here anyone can take a look at both threads I posted on the xbox live rewards forum and see for yourself. They just give BS/lies for answers and do not actually fix anything. Furthermore, then they lock the threads, so people cannot reply to their flat out lies.-

http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forums/xbox_rewards_support/f/29/t/1768547.aspx

http://forums.xbox.com/xbox_forums/xbox_rewards_support/f/29/p/1770136/5155848.aspx#5155848

 

Good Luck Microsoft!(By “good luck” I mean “go fuck yourself”

Axe

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Welcome!

With nearly 20k followers on Twitter, and over 3000 subs on various blogs and music sites, it is impossible for me to welcome each¬†person individually. Of course, I wish I could. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories! Until I find a way of cloning myself a few hundred times, this will have to do. ūüôā

A brief summary about myself. I have been writing since I was 12. I love the horror genre and that is what I read and write mostly.I also write fantasy and mystery.You can learn more about my writing just by surfing this site, if you so desire. I have been singing and playing guitar since I was 15. All of my music is FREE. (who actually sells music these days?) The music I create embodies Rock, Blues, Chill, EDM, and Downtempo. Give it a listen if you like.

I have only recently started doing photography, but I studied the craft very carefully before beginning, and spent the money required, to do it justice. I am unhealthy and trying to build a legacy, before I die from all of the health problems I have. Everything I create is with that in mind.

I currently live in a new RV in Texas, with my wife and a majikal cat named appropriately, Jinxy. If you want to learn more about me, or just seek something to discover, here is a complete list of all my website-

http://jb-thomas.pixels.com-My main photos site. You can buy prints, cards, iPhone cases, tote bags, towels, shower curtains, and much more with my best photos on them.

http://licensing.pixels.com/profiles/jb-thomas.html– If you would like to license my photos for books, online ads, TV, or many other things, go here.

https://www.facebook.com/jbthomasphotography– I will be making all future photo related posts here. Come join us!

axewielderx.wordpress.com -Main blog with jokes, funny pics and music.

authorjbthomas.wordpress.com– This is where ALL of my writings are. Poetry, prose, short stories, Novel chapters, and more.

amazon.com/author/jbthomas– My amazon author page where you can buy both e-book and paperback versions of my books. There are more book links, in the My Books” section of this site.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5251326.J_B_Thomas-My Goodreads profile.

http://www.reverbnation.com/lucidchaos– My reverbnation website. All music here is in mp3 format only.

http://lucidchaos.bandcamp.com– Any format, lossless or mp3, is here. For those who like the best sound!:)

http://soundcloud.com/lucid-chaos– I only put sneak peeks of music WIPs here. I don’t care for soundcloud’s limitations.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Axewielderx– Various videos ranging from music videos to gaming casts.

http://www.facebook.com/authorjbthomas– My FB author page. This is strickly for the fans. I hate FB and self iced my personal account there.

http://axewielderx.tumblr.com/-Tumblr– It catches most of my posts from nearly every blog.

https://twitter.com/JB_Thomas– My twitter account where I do most of my daily posting.

I want to thank¬†each and¬†every¬†person who has followed, subbed, or become a fan. I hope you enjoy the ride you just climbed aboard, and tell your friends, before the train has left the station for good. Take care and feel free to contact me anytime. I will answer as time allows.¬†ūüė鬆¬†If you would like to connect on any of these sites, just send me your info via the contact page.

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Xbox 360 and Gears of War 3

Those who know me…(seems those are fewer each day)know that I take a break from the real work of writing and composing music, to play some games. At one point, I was pretty sure that I was never going to play another gears of war game or own another xbox 360 (do a little on-sight searching and you’ll find those stories). But after reading alot of good reviews about the Gears of War 3 game(GOW3), I decided that this break I would give both another go. I purchased an xbox 360 elite and¬†GOW3 using Fingerhut credit we had saved.

The xbox arrived finally and I set it up, and played through the campaign of¬†GOW3, then I played online until I reached lvl 51. So what were my impressions of both the xbox 360 and¬†GOW3? They were mixed. Let me explain…but let me state something for the record. I do not get anything I review for free. I pay for it just like the regular Joe, so you can know that what you are about to read is an honest review.

The Xbox 360 Elite

Let’s begin with the xbox 360. It arrived in brand spanking new cardboard box and upon opening it I discovered that Halo: Reach was not contained within. Instead there was a download code. Not only did I not get a game that I can trade-in for store credit once I am done with it, I also had to download 6.7 GB worth of video game just to play the damn thing. Once again Fingerhut pissed me off. I almost did not even bother downloading the game since I barely like the campaign mode of Halo. It downloaded over the course of 4 days. Seems an xbox still cannot figure out how to download in the background, while you play locally, as I was doing during the first 2 days of the download.

Amazingly though, other than the Halo issue which mostly Fingerhut it to blame for, I have not had any issues with the 360 Elite. Everything I have tried to do on it thus far has worked. No freezing issues, RROD, nothing. Granted, I have only had it for a week. If you find my posts here about my previous 7 xbox 360s you’ll realize why I am amazed it has worked this long without some kind of problem. Pretty soon I will be popping in Fable 3 and we’ll see if the 360 continues to shine.

Edit: After posting this, I went to play some GOW3 online and a couple of hours later the xbox just shut off. No warning like should be if it gets to hot or something. Had to unplug it from the power in order to get it to work again. Should have known…never expect anything good from Microcrap!

Gears of War 3 Campaign

As well as the Xbox has worked, the GOW3 game has done quite the opposite. It has failed at EVERYTHING! But let me be a tad more specific than that.

With the Gears games 1 and 2 I played through the campaign mode with my sons using split screen mode. I was not able to do that with¬†GOW3. Shortly after I made the purchase of the 360 and¬†GOW3 I learned of a glitch on the game. Seems that glitch is worse than what was in GOW2. You cannot play any split screen in¬†GOW3 without the risk of permanently messing up your gamertag. If that happens you won’t be able to play¬†GOW3 at all and will lose all your achievements for the game. If I would have known about this single issue before having placed the order, I am not sure I would have gotten¬†GOW3. But of course, things like a game breaking design seem far less advertised than all the good points(If there are any). I have to wonder just how much these places that do reviews are paid to keep their mouth shut about things like this. I learned that there was a similar glitch in¬†GOW2 so you would think the reviewers would check something like that out. Apparently, reviewing a game does not actually require you to play it. Other than the lack of split screen, playing the campaign mode was short. I completed it in just 2 days. When that happened it made me wonder if they were trying to be a Call of Duty game now.

***Spoiler Alert***

The story line was so disjointed that most of the game the main goal was unclear. It felt like I was playing Halo. Both Gears of War 1 and 2 had clearer and better story lines and each took 3 days to play through. Perhaps I am stupid or just simply missed it, but I am ansure that is was ever explained how Marcus saw his father die and yet now he was alive again. Plot holes like this should be left to Hollywood movies. They should not be in video games. Lastly, what was the whole point in killing off Dom ? The only thing that makes sense is that they knew the story line was weak and that was all they could do to add some real solid content.

***End Spoiler***

Because of all of the above reasons and the lack of a safe split screen mode I would have to say the campaign mode of GOW3 was a 1 star performance and the worst of the Gears series.

Multiplayer

Obviously no safe split-screen mode means no local matches against my son but it also means he cannot play in public quick matches with me either. Both of these I really wanted to do. But that is not all. It also means no horde or beast mode with him. As you can see the lack of a safe, glitch free split screen mode totally brings down this games playability. The only mode I can safely play online is versus. That is not just because of split screen though. It is also because all the friends I have on xbox live are from my GOW1 days. I have not seen a single friend playing GOW3. Therefore, the only part of multiplayer I can review is the versus mode.

The best way to describe GOW3 online multiplayer is horrid. That is actually complimenting it. It really defies description when trying to explain the depths this game has fallen to. Before going much further in my review of the online play I should give a little background into my previous Gears of War experience. I began playing the original GOW on release day. After completing the campaign in regular and hardcore modes with my son, I entered the online fray. To be honest, I got owned!!! LOL! But I got better over time and when there were 2 million people playing the game I was within the top 2500. No, not gonna claim to be the best, but I certainly was not bad either. Me and the shotty became one.

When GOW2 came out I also began playing it on release day. After finishing the campaign made I also began playing the online multiplayer mode and that is when I discovered that the online portion of the game was broken. Even so I played it(and always finished as one of the top two players of the game) for about a month when my live sub ran out, then I sold the game, vowing to never look at a another GOW game.

Then GOW3 arrives and this time I am careful. I check the reviews, they all seem good. I watch videos mainly watching for online multiplayer matching time and game lag. I see no problems with either of these and become interested in playing again. But I was deceived. Soon after the game launched and those videos were posted to youtube showing smooth game play, many people started complaining about game lag, OP weapons, glitches, and multiplayer connecting.

But it was too late for me. I had already ordered it and it was on the way.

After I finished the campaign I joined in on the online multiplayer. Why not? My system came with 3 months of Xbox live. I expected to get owned and I did but it was not because of my lack of skill… well not completely. The matchmaking is a joke. My first game I was playing against players that were level 80+. I thought, WTF? As I continued to play I noticed more and more how bad it really was. It consitantly pits low level players against high level ones. Even at level 51 I am seeing it do this. I am playing against a whole team of players that are 70-100 level while my teammates are 40-50. For those who think,”Level does not determine skill” please keep reading.

I also found it has a tendency to put the best players together and the worse ones together. As an example, let’s say a match just finished. The top two players from the enemy team and at least one of the top(often both)player(s) from my team will be put on the same team. This is even more likely to happen if you win the match. The system seems setup to make sure you can’t win 2 times in a row. In fact, I have seen it go to such great lengths to make sure you can’t win twice in a row, that it matched me with 4 bots against 5 humans, most of them were the top players from the previous game. So you think, o.k. I will just have to leave if I win a game. Nope, that won’t work either cause it will put you into a game that has already started and your team has already lost a round or even better, put you in at the very end of a match where your team has lost. Even though you did not get to play, never spawned, it will count this as a loss. Absolutely, dreadful matchmaking!!!

I am not sure at what point they decided to remove the dedicated servers but at some point they did. You can tell there is a host when you get downed from 25-30 ft. away with full health from one shot gun shot. When you shoot a guy 4 times with active reload on your shotgun and you can see the blood spraying the guy after every shot(clearly each time you him with an active shotgun shot)and this guy turns around and downs you with one shot without an active. I know this because I was shooting him while he was reloading. I shot him 4 times, there is no way he had an active reload. It simply took too long for him to reload. He obviously messed it up but it did not matter because he was host. When many games there is someone with twice as many kills as EVERYONE else, it is very clear there is a host. I don’t know about you but I really hate being lied to. The¬†GOW3 box even states on the back that this game has dedicated servers. Blantant lies! And that is not the only thing they lied about but we’ll get to that later.

Since there are no dedicated servers, there is also lag. Basically this lag has made my shotgun much harder to use than it was in¬†GOW1 because now you got a bunch of noobs running around with a sawed-off shotgun. Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t gonna rant about it like so many do. I embraced the gun and have been working on unlocking its achievement however, I have found it is like the normal shot gun in regards to its consistency. I can shoot a person around a corner with it but I cannot shoot a guy right in front of me. In fact, I have litterally had the sawed-off shoved into a person’s ear and somehow missed him. I have nailed 2 people with it not even trying but have found if there are 3 in front of me, not even a foot away I can fire and somehow miss all 3 of them. Of course, 3 opponents, empty barrel, long reload times=death.

The inconsistency does not stop at the sawed-off though, it still exists in the regular shotty. You might expect something like this from a new weapon but one as old as the regular shotgun from¬†GOW1. There is just no excuse for it. I have scoped( actually aimed putting the head in the middle of the box) a person with a shotgun from less than a foot away aiming at his head. I fired and could see the blood come off his head but I did not kill him. I mean Jesus fucking Christ. I shoot you point blank in the damn face, see it hit your head, how come you can now kill me with one shot when I could not kill you? It is a frickin’ shot gun, not a goddamned water gun!!!

Then there is the OP Retro lancer every high level player never goes into a battle without. You know why they all use this gun? Because they have no skill. Any weapon that downs an opponent in gears with 1 to 3 shots and has range longer than the shotgun, is quite useful. Yes, that is the one thing that is consistent. I have been downed regularly with 1 to 3 Retro bullets with full health. As a matter of principal, I have refused to use the Retro lancer because it is OP. I think that will have change though. 

Speaking of principal, people have seemed to lose all sense of the word in this game. I have already had more kills stolen from me in this game than all the kills that were stolen in both the previous gears games. It is not just accidental either. I watch top players from every game do this a lot. How do you think they get all those kills? They wait for you to down an opponent and then they shoot. Not before then though, that would be fucking teamwork. From what I have seen, anyone who tells you they have a good k/d ratio it is because they are good at kill stealing, not because they have skill or work with their team. Yes, these are also the same fuckheads who won’t pick you up when you are downed. Don’t want to risk getting killed helping out a teammate.

When you combine all of these problems… no split screen, the matchmaking, the lag, the inconsistency, rampant OP weapon use, and blatant kill stealing you have an online nightmare. This games online multiplayer I would give a no stars performance.

If this game I had gotten for free, it would be in the trash with the rest of the garbage. Since I payed for it and bought the season pass before learning about all the problems this game has, I intend on playing it every waking moment I can to get my moneys worth, to get my achievements, and to waste as much of Microsoft’s bandwidth as humanly possible.I don’t give a shit if they continue to lie to me about things like the double experience that I am not getting. They need to realize that the money the stole from me will be the last they will ever get to steal again. If the game says “Epic” on the label, I won’t be buying it. If you, dear reader, have not purchased this game, consider yourself ¬†lucky and avoid it at all costs. Many of the games problems that have existed since the original¬†GOW1 are still there and new ones have been added. Epic games does not fix problems, they only add to them and then lie about it.

If you need to see some evidence besides my own word of mouth, please feel free to read about all these issues and more at at the Epic Forums.

I approached Epic about these issues and was banned for doing so. Here is a screenshot of the ban.

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I find it funny that they think asking when the problems posted here would be fixed as ranting. Also interesting is that ranting is not listed as against the forum rules. Even if it was, it does not matter since I did not rant ( like I did in some of this post). I asked when they were going to fix some of these problems and they closed the thread. So I asked them if they thought ignoring paying customers was the best solution and they banned me. Ban this Epic!! Fucking Nazis won’t get another cent of mine as long as I live and should not be surprised if they find a lawsuit delivered to them for violating my 1st amendment rights. Now that is ranting bitches!!!

JB

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I WANT TO SUE MICROSOFT !!!!!!!

Finally, got my 4TH xbox 360 back from Microsoft…it stopped reading game¬†discs¬†in less than¬†2 wks.

¬†I am so tired of getting faulty crap from Microsoft. Now I am searching for a Lawyer who is willing to sue Microsoft. I wasted many hours of frustration, along with my entire family on the xbox 360. If they keep sending you faulty 360’s, they are committing fraud and not really honoring their warranty.

Anyone know any great lawers? Drop me an email . Guess I will leave this post up top until I get some feedback. I would would really like to post some jokes and funny pictures but I need help with this matter much more.

(Still dealing with the Microsoft failure machine, the xbox 360. The story continues here, 2 yrs. later, as my 6th xbox 360 breaks down!!!)

AXE

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Ps3 vs 360

If you have been reading any of my posts about my xbox 360, then you clearly know that I have had major issues with the xbox 360. I am currently waiting for my 4th 360 to arrive.

In the meantime,¬†I have been speaking with people on message boards about my¬†360 problems and mentioning I might switch to the ps3. The biggest comment I have heard is “the ps3 has no games” so I did a little research and found this…

Browse PlayStation 3 Games (186)

http://www.gamedaily.com/games/playstation-3/?resultCount=186&displayType=list&page=5

Granted not all of these are on the market just yet, but they will be. Looks like the last arguement xbox 360 owners have is about to turn to dust.

When my 4th xbox 360 arrives, if it actually works, I will use it until March 08, then I will buy a ps3 and gladly sell the xbox 360.

 I suggest others do the same. This insanity that microsoft calls the xbox 360 needs to end.

To continue reading about my xbox 360 experiences,click here .

AXE

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