bagobonez wrote:I'd have a hard time convincing my wife that I need so spend "x" amount of dollars every month just to play online.
Well, if you put any kind of tiny effort into it comes out to about $2.50/month as it regularly goes on sale for $25-$30 (I have like 5 years worth of Live right now because I just stocked up during the last couple sales), shouldn't be that hard to convince her of that. Even if you don't put any effort in it's $4 month at full retail.
And for the money it shouldn't even be a consideration. I am completely 100% not joking when I say I would pay 10x what it costs for Live for the service. My PS3 and PC are basically strictly single player machines now because I can't stand trying to set up multiplayer games with friends without Live. Live is just so damned convenient it's kind of ridiculous. If you guys recall (and you can probably go back and find my posts) before I got my 360 I was a huge xbox hater, and I regularly complained about people having to pay for the service as well. I got the 360 because I got an HDTV and it was the only HD console out at the time, and it won me over pretty quickly...especially Live.
bagobonez wrote:plus I have a standard projection TV so I'm not sure how much more clear a blu ray movie would look anyway since i don't have a high def TV or plasma or anything.
There's no point in using Blu-ray on a standard def television. The only bonus there would be future proofing yourself for when you eventually do get an HDTV, but you won't notice any difference right now.
personally just as a fair warning i would be wary of buying a 360 in any way but new. the RROD or red ring of death problems may not be as frequent as they used to be on the newer versions but without the warranty you get when you buy it it could be a large paperweight in no time flat costing you the money you already put out.
Why would the non-new 360 not have a warranty? There are no requirements for warranty service on a 360 other than the unit itself, and its serial number (which is on the box). You don't need a receipt or anything, and the warranty period is 3 years for RROD so even launch consoles are still under warranty.