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It's 12:47 am in the early Wednesday morning as I write this. I received Titanfall from Electronic Arts earlier today and left it on my coffee table for the few hours I typically spend writing and working. I'll play it later, I thought, no sense rushing to it right now.

At about 4 o'clock this afternoon I finally ripped the cellophane right off and threw the disc in my Xbox One console. The big black Xbox sits underneath my TV with the Kinect unplugged. Maybe that's my problem, that I've refused to let Microsoft watch me eat Reese's Puff cereal in my underwear.

The disc needed to install. That was fine, I needed to leave the house anyway. An hour or two later, it's time to initialize an update. Cool, quick download, shouldn't take too long. Xbox Live has never disappointed me when it came to updates, always sending new data down the series of tubes to my console in a matter of seconds.

Not like PlayStation. I used to dread updating my PlayStation 3. I knew it'd be at least an hour for even a small patch to lock GeoHot back out again.



Time for dinner instead. I wanted to eat and relax, I watched Ghostbusters because why the hell not? It's not like I could have been playing Titanfall anyway, not with my Xbox Live account locked out for no apparent reason.

I hit the menu button and found my way to the settings. I tried the Internet connection both wired and wireless multiple times. I tested the connection. Both the Internet and multiplayer connection tests say everything is running fine, but I still can't log into Xbox Live.

And since I can't log in to Xbox Live, I can't get past Titanfall's start screen. It wants me to sign into my Xbox Live account which persists in delivering the same error message over and over again. Am I ready for next-gen multiplayer? I certainly thought I was.

Apparently, I thought wrong. Why is my Xbox making that horrifying sound? I know I've been bitching about Xbox One issues since launch, but if I had any with my PlayStation 4 I'd be writing late-night manifestos about that system too. I guess if there's something to complain about on the Sony side of things, it's that their system doesn't have a game I really want to play like Titanfall.
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