My New Xbox Experience Avatar

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On December - 18 - 2008

leapingmonkeys NXE avatar

I applied the NXE (New Xbox Experience) update last month to Chris’ Xbox 360 and created my new avatar. I tried to photograph it with our Nikon D70 but the moire was so bad, I didn’t want to take the time to try to fix it in Photoshop.

I went to and did a PrtSc of my gamer profile (leapingmonkeys) page to capture my avatar.

The sad thing is, this is what I actually look like.






Halo 3 – My 4.11176471 x 10-8

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On September - 27 - 2007

Michael Jackson - Thriller

I don’t really listen to rock music anymore. My tastes in rock were formed by listening to KSAN and KYA in San Francisco during the late 60’s. When I moved to New York in 1975, I started listening to jazz.

The last rock LP (vinyl to you kids) I bought was Thriller, when it came out in 1982. The New York Times’ John Rockwell praised the album in his review, so I went to King Karol on 42nd Street and bought it. You can still get the vinyl Thriller LP at

So that brings me, 25 years later, to Halo 3. Still affected by the mass media, I read Ars Technica’s Halo 3 review and I pre-ordered it from Amazon.

DHL delivered it today. It’s my 4.11176471 x 10-8 contribution to Microsoft. That’s my $59.99 part of the $170M first day sales of Halo 3.





Too Much Gears of War

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On August - 16 - 2007

I must be playing Gears of War too much. Everytime I see our propane tanks, I want to shoot them.

Marcus and Dom - Gears of War





The Ultimate Xbox 360 Racing Setup

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On July - 15 - 2007

Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel

I had the Xbox 360 and Forza Motorsport 2 parts.

But in Forza Motorsport 2, I was unable to drive with an Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. For some reason, steering with my left thumb (maybe the kids can do it), caused me to always over-correct. I thought the solution would be the more natural car interface, the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel.

Now I find that if your Xbox is connected to a large screen TV, having the steering wheel on your lap or clamped to a table doesn’t work very well. This guy’s Ulitmate Xbox 360 Racing Setup looks like it’d be OK.

The Ultimate Xbox 360 Racing Setup

Now I have to find a racing seat.

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Forza Motorsport 2 Demo

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On May - 10 - 2007

1989 Ferrari F40 Competizione #1

The Forza Motorsport 2 Demo for the XBox 360 became available yesterday on Xbox Live. It’s a 691 MB download.

Last month, published the Forza Motorsport 2 Official Car List – 310 cars. No Alfas.

I’m looking forward to driving the 1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT and the 1961 Jaguar E-type S1. It looks like I’ll be forced to get an Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel by May 29, the release date.

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