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Goodnight, sweet prince...


Mark E
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Tonight, during the latter half of the second quest of Zelda: Wind Waker, my precious indigo GameCube completely gave up the ghost and outright malfunctioned to shit on me.

 

From what I've read online, I have a problem with the spindle having a clamp cracked, or something, which now precludes the system from reading any of the game discs. Supposedly there is a "simple" MacGyvering you can do to fix this, but I am not mechnically inclined at all, and less so to go routing around inside the Cube's innards.

 

So now I am faced with the prospect of no GameCube whatsoever for the next three months at least. Repairs at the local service center for a non-warranty Cube would cost me $90 Canadian, which I simply do not have. At that price it would make more sense to just get a new one anyway and pick up the free GameBoy Player and a crisp new 1-year warrant, instead of the 90-day one that comes with repairs.

 

With my gaming split between my near-death computer and my Cube, having the Cube give up the ghost like that is a crushing blow to my leisure activities.

 

Man, you do not even want to know how bummed I am about this, it's really kind of sad, but it sucks since I was so enamoured of my little purple cube and am without means to make him better or replace his broke ass. What a shitty turn of events. :(

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That's a shame. You can catch up on your GBA titles though, right?

 

As for PC gaming, you can do what I do: Catch up on dated and now bargain-priced games that will run on my PC. Some of the antediluvian titles I've played will work even on our PC's.

 

EDIT: If you plan to get a new GC anyway, why not try the MacGuyver fix? Or invite over a more mechanically-inclined friend to help. If you break it, well, you still own a broken GC you need to replace.

 

-j

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If you plan to get a new GC anyway, why not try the MacGuyver fix?

 

To be honest, it involves a lot of prying and epoxying that I'm not equipped for. The instructions make it sound a LOT simpler than it really is. We'll see how desperate I am in a week though.

 

If I had a GBA or a player, or the titles for same, I would catch up on these. Sadly, I am bereft of either.

 

As for the PC thing, I agree. I'll be Counter-Striking and bargain titling to fill the void, but I like having options on top of that. Have no fear, I am all over bargain gaming, but right now my cash flow is exemplified by a big sucking sound issuing from my credit card.

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First of all, I'm sorry to hear that your Cube died. Look on the bright side. At least it didn't give out on you on the eve of Resident Evil 4's release.

 

You know, if you don't have the money to get a brand-new GameCube at full price, you could just buy one used. I think the going rate at Gamestop is $69 US. To me, that's not a bad deal. Then again, I would just buy mine brand new anyway, since it is so inexpensive in the grand scheme of things.

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Shame that GameStop is a wholly U.S. thing though. And I am pretty prickly about buying used goods in general and I'd rather get something that had a nice warranty on it in case this happened again.

 

In the grand scheme it IS inexpensive, but I don't have an income right now and school has to take priority over such creature comforts, unfortunately. I won't be drawing a paycheck for several months, but once I am I can easily replace it, it's just these intervening months that totally bite.

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Used systems are $110 at EB, and you can trade in your broken system for credit as well (I haven't taken one in for awhile so I'm guessing it'll only be about $30-$40, which would bring a new one down to $100-$110).

 

What free Gameboy Player though??

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What free Gameboy Player though??

 

Unless they're all gone, one of the pack-ins you can get with a new GameCube (a la the Zelda bundle) is the GBA Player. I've seen them at Wal-Mart quite recently, so I presumed they were still fairly commonplace.

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I used to be picky about buying used stuff. But with a gamestop here recently ive grown to love the used stuff as its cheaper plus you get a extra 10% off with the gamer card(excludes systems).

 

 

You can always find someplace to trade in a broken cube and im sure you have games/dvd's you dont use anymore. trade thos suckers in

 

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Update: Found a bunch of homebrew solutions for the error and turned it over to the husband of a coworker of my girlfriend's who fixes electronic stuff for a living. He had it working but then it died again, he figures it's a laser problem.

 

Naturally it wouldn't be anything bloody simple :P.

 

Looks like I'll be haunting the PC forums for the next couple of months ;).

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