December 07, 2004
Free Gaming Systems

Gratis Internet has added yet another free offer: Free Gaming Systems. With only four referrals needed, this should be even easier than the iPod. You can choose between an Xbox, Gamecube, Nintendo DS, and Playstation 2.

I am horribly out of the loop when it comes to gaming systems, having an original Playstation and few computer games. Which of these systems would you choose? I'll probably be playing sports games on it mostly (unless I start the Dance Dance Revolution workout), if that helps. I won't need network connectivity or any bells and whistles, either. Thanks in advance for the input.

Posted by david on December 07, 2004

First off, let me say I love your site. Been reading it for awhile now, and all your musical recommendations are great. Just picked up Nellie McKay and I'm loving it!

anyway... I'd go with a PS2 or Xbox. Having all 3 systems, I think the Xbox has the best graphics, while PS2 has the most games. I don't use network connectivity either, so that's a non-issue for me. There's certain exclusive games for each system that are definitely worth buying just for that, but overall, I'd go with PS2 if you want a wider selection of games, or Xbox if you want the best graphics out there.

I mostly buy new games that come out for all 3 systems for Xbox (especially racing games... the Xbox controller cannot be beat for those).

Posted by: kaz on December 7, 2004 11:27 AM

hey now!!

if you like sports games, i would go for the ps2, thats really all i play and all of the sports games are great..

Posted by: mike on December 7, 2004 11:29 AM

After seeing you get so many cool things from Gratis, I decided to give this Free Gaming Systems a try.
Here's hoping we both get one by X-mas.

My referal is

Posted by: John on December 7, 2004 12:28 PM

I just bought the new slim ps2 and I can't believe it's only the size of many paperbacks.

I'm not a huge gamer though. I ordered the playstation 2 as I couldn't wait anymore -- I'm almost thirty but haven't played anything for fourteen years -- and I'd already entered a few contests in Canada to win an Xbox and/or games.

From online reviews, I think both are worth it, but I'd rather have won both. :o)

Posted by: Aaron on December 7, 2004 12:34 PM

I just got a new thin PS2, like Aaron. I can vouch for it and the quality of the games. It has the largest library of games of the 3 consoles anyway, so you're more likely to find something good on it... I guess that logic works. I don't know anything about sports games though.

Posted by: Mickey on December 7, 2004 01:37 PM

i would go for the ps2, as it plays cds, dvds, has soooooo many games, and is really easy to use and set up.
thanks for your blog also, its a great service to music :>

Posted by: Beaky on December 7, 2004 01:40 PM

While the ps2 does offer the ability to play cd and dvds it doesnt have half the features the xbox has. I have all 3 systems (stay far far away from game cube) and can tell you the xbox is the best system out there. It has better graphics and an easier to use internet connection with XBOX live. It has the hard drive which will save money on memory cards and most importantly allows you to put your own cds on it to play for yourself or to play IN certain games.
While the ps2's new case might be sweet its what is inside that counts and the ps2 started showing its age about a year and a half ago. Good only if you need the latest GTA game on day of release. Xbox is still cutting edge, their sports games are 20 bucks with better graphics and have an easier online connection to play them online. Plus I am pretty sure should you need a ddr diet Microsofts systemis able to provide you with everything you would need.

Posted by: Rawson on December 7, 2004 02:14 PM

I'm going for the XBOX myself. After playing on my friends' XBOX and PS2 systems, I have fallen in love with the graphics and controlers of the XBOX.
Plus there are a ton of sites that inform you how to mod the XBOX and get it to act like a Tivo, or add a new bigger harddrive. I'd rather try this using a system I got free over one I spent actual money on.

Posted by: John on December 7, 2004 03:49 PM

PS2 is the best overall console for almost any genre, but remember the Nintendo DS also plays Game Boy Advance games, whose library includes lots of classic Nes and SuperNes games - Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Castlevania and Donkey Kong Country are all pretty indispensible to use old-schoolers.

Posted by: kurtis popp on December 7, 2004 05:17 PM

basically, either ps2 or xbox and you should be fine. lots of people (myself included) have had problems with sony's shoddy hardware, so my personal choice would be the xbox.


Posted by: lawton on December 7, 2004 05:57 PM

I'd personally go for the XBOX (for power and choice of games) or NDS (for portability and the sheer gadgetry of its dual/touch screen/voice recognition). All consoles have their advantages though so check out the games available for each on to you with your choice.

Posted by: Colin on December 8, 2004 05:52 AM

I'll throw in a plug for GameCube. I've owned a PS2 and spent time on an Xbox. If you're not looking for bells & whistles, GameCube has fast load times for its sports games, and if you're ever longing for the games of your childhood, there's the Mario and Zelda franchises to tap into. The biggest plus is that if you're only a part-time gamer (like me, someone who wants games as an occasional distraction rather than an every-day sort of thing), the games tend to fall to a cheaper price point much quicker. Games will still be $49.99 when they come out...but a month or so later, they're down to $30. Just my 2 cents.

Posted by: mcpage on December 8, 2004 06:04 AM

I've always been a huge proponent of the Playstation. The games are just better. I'm giving this Gratis thing a shot in hopes of getting a Nintendo DS, though. I needs me a handheld, and one with two screens to satiate my American needs. Here's my link:

Posted by: Matt on December 8, 2004 08:11 PM
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