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Xbox thief thwarted by community & Live idiocy

This story is proof that karma and technology go together like chocolate syrup and vanilla ice-cream. Jesse McPherson, a 26 year-old engineer from Philadelphia, was shocked to find his Halo 3 edition Xbox 360, big-screen television and Apple G4 Powerbook stolen from his home upon returning from the recent SXSW event. After dealing with local authorities, who seemed more interested in taste-testing donuts than helping, Jesse took the matter into his own hands to solve the crime.

After booting up a new Xbox 360 Jesse was shocked to find threatening messages from Xbox Live user I iRandom I claiming to be one of the perpetrators of the crime and demanded cash for the safe return of the Xbox console (coupled with ignorant NSFW language, of course!). After submitting his story to digg, which included an image of the second suspect in the theft that was taken from a local pawn shop's security monitor, Jesse was shocked to find over 7000 users had launched the event to the top of digg's main page.

After a barrage of threatening messages to the admitted thief's account from random Xbox Live users and dialog with the brave thief's own mother (His mommy got involved? Ultimate bad-ass!), Jesse's Xbox 360 console was returned in working condition (the Powerbook was also returned on a separate occasion). What, you may ask, were the officers of Jesse's local precinct doing in the time he solved the crime? Who knows, but hopefully it was updating their resumes to include sloth as a major skill.

[via The Age]

Don't forget: Win a Mass Effect Xbox 360 Elite

Well kids, we're on to day two of our custom Mass Effect Xbox 360 giveaway. It is our duty to inform you that you can enter once a day, so if you haven't submitted your second entry (or perhaps your first), get to it already! The giveaway runs until Friday, so be sure to enter every day to maximize your chances of winning. We'll be using these reminder posts to show off the console in more detail throughout the week. Tomorrow: Commander Shepard extreme closeup!

Fanswag: win a custom Mass Effect Xbox 360 Elite [update]

Update: This giveaway is now closed and our winner will be notified shortly.

Don't ask us how we did it, but we managed to snag a custom Mass Effect Xbox 360 Elite. It comes complete with everything you'd expect in an Elite, including the 120GB hard drive and HDMI cable along with all the slick black accessories. And, as you can see, it's decked out with sweet Mass Effect artwork. Seeing as this is such an incredible prize, we're going to forgo our usual Fanswag Weekly in favor of a monster five day giveaway. Just like our normal giveaways, you can enter once per calendar day (Eastern time) from now until Friday at noon (again, Eastern time). To enter, simply do the following:
  • You want this Mass Effect Elite? Leave a comment on this post explaining the massive effect this prize would have on your life. You can enter once per calendar day (Eastern Time).
  • Be sure you only leave one comment per day. Posters of multiple comments during the same day will be disqualified. We'll accept entries until Friday, March 21, 12:00pm Noon, Eastern Time. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. This giveaway is open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec).
  • On Friday, we'll pick one winner via a random drawing
  • One winner will receive a custom Mass Effect Xbox 360 Elite, worth $450.
  • The complete rules can be found here.

Would You Rather ... Spartans! Edition

In our continuing effort to bring you fresh and interesting content, X3F presents Would You Rather ... a weekly feature that asks you the hard questions. The point? If you had to choose one or the other, which would you go for?

In week two of WUR we ask you to decide between a true sequel to Halo in the form of Halo 4 or a Halo first-person massively multiplayer online title. So, putting the Halo storyline aside, we want to know:

Feel free to share the reasons for your vote in the comments. We'll share the results of the poll during the next edition of Would You Rather ... which hits X3F every Wednesday.

Last weeks surprising results can be find after the jump ... Engage!

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Free community gamer pictures roxorz

In an effort to bring the Xbox community together and promote peace and harmony the Gamerscore Blog is reaching out to various Xbox community websites urging them to create a custom gamer picture to offer on the XBLM. And to jump start their project, they're offering the first set of presumably numerous community gamer pictures on the XBLM for free. The first set is made up of eight gamer pictures featuring your (other) favorite community sites including the Gamerscore Blog, Gamertag Radio, Achievement Junkie and more. The Gamerscore Blog crew promises to get all the Xbox community sites and podcasts on board with this gamer picture project, but there are a bunch out there so it'll be a bit of a wait. Side-thought: Wouldn't an X3F gamer picture be teh awesome?

The X360F Gears Of War Play-a-thon

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, announcing the 360 Fanboy Gears of War Play-a-thon. I'll be picking up the game this afternoon and playing the eff out of it. I can only assume that the other X360F bloggers will be picking it up in short order as well. By now, I'm sure you all know that multiplayer GOW is where it's at, so I ask you all to check out the offficial X360F leaderboard at MGC and find someone to play with, whether it be co-op or versus. If you'd like to play a few rounds with little old me, send a friend request to SenseiRAM (I know, I know, number 70 on the leaderboard). And since the leaderboard only holds 100 people, anyone who isn't listed can feel free to share their Gamertags here. So, go find a buddy an rev up that chainsaw, power your way through the campaign, or lay down some punishment in multiplayer.

Once we've all gotten a chance to play and get the hang of setting up custom games (if possible), we'll try and set up an X360F multiplayer frag fest later this month. Have fun and we'll see you on Live!

Capcom tells fans to get Lost

Earlier this month, Capcom launched a community site for their highly promising third-person frag-fest Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. Aside from the forum, there's a blog manned by "the voice of Capcom" Brian Dunn. He claims he's a real dude (Japanese translator), not just a marketing robot and judging by the Gears of War contraband in his cubicle, he's telling the truth. You can also down a Lost Planet skin for WMP, or at least you will be able to when the link starts working. LP:EC hits January 16.

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