I get email.

Hi Jaybird.

Talia and Damien bought an Xbox this week, and are currently light on the actual Xbox games. Do you have any old titles we could borrow for a few weeks? Most of the newer cross-platform stuff they have already on PS3 (e.g., Skyrim, MassEffect, Fallout (thanks to you)) but if you had some older stuff or some Xbox-only titles that you didn’t mind loaning to us, I’d appreciate it.

They bought the stripped-down model (no hard drive, no Live account), so that might affect what they can play? I’m trying to remain willfully ignorant and not get swept up into any more life-consuming games.

Anyway, thanks for considering it. See you soon.

Human Hireling

Dear Human Hireling,

I guess that this finally evaporates any pretense about me getting “ask Jaybird” emails from people I don’t know in real life. Ah, well. We do not train to be grandiloquent here. Pretense is for the weak. Here, in the tubes, in competition: A man confronts you, he is the n00b. A n00b┬ádeserves no mercy.

I digress.

Taking into account both Talia and Damian, I know that I will need a smattering of actiony games and RPGish games. As such!

The Orange Box is a great game that, somehow, I ended up with two copies of. It contains Portal and Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episode 1, and Half-Life 2 Episode 2. There is no Episode 3. (Team Fortress will require Gold. Don’t worry about that part of the game.)

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is a game based on the old myth “Journey to the West”. It’s a great way to sneak something vaguely educational into a videogame. Follow up by purchasing the comic book American Born Chinese. You’ll find it much more interesting than Damien will, but… hey. It’s a good comic. Good video game too.

Finally, there’s Knights of the Old Republic in there for Talia. This remains my favorite of all of the Bioware games and is up there with Masquerade Bloodlines when it comes to the best RPGs I’ve ever played. Let her know that it came out between Episode One and Episode Two of the Star Wars movies and had me yell “WHY COULDN’T THE MOVIE HAVE BEEN THIS GOOD???” at the television.

Hope you enjoy them!

I’m looking forward to the next gaming group already,



Jaybird is Birdmojo on Xbox Live and Jaybirdmojo on Playstation's network. He's been playing consoles since the Atari 2600 and it was Zork that taught him how to touch-type. If you've got a song for Wednesday, a commercial for Saturday, a recommendation for Tuesday, an essay for Monday, or, heck, just a handful a questions, fire off an email to


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