Friday, November 05, 2010

Yes, I Am The First Moron To Break His TV With Kinect




A public service announcement: Do not under any circumstances play Kinect Sports Volleyball at 1:30 a.m. while standing under a ceiling fan with a dangling chain for a light switch. You could conceivably spike it into your year-old amazing TV, causing it to die with a rainbow LCD teardrop dripping down from the impact wound.

Plus you'll lose the match by forfeit.

Addendum: If you feel sorry for me buy my book, Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel (makes a great Christmas gift) and help take the pain away.

28 comments:

The Christian Wright said...

:(

Ozl said...

ok...

Tony said...
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Tony said...

Its an Insignia... I am sure it wasn't too expensive.. Still sad though a TV is a TV. However for 1,000 bucks you can get you a 50 Inch 3DTV with 2 sets of glasses made by Samsung at Best Buy.com

Tony said...

A 3d Tv for 1k? Show me a link because I havent seen one for under $1500.

Isaac said...

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+50%22+Class+/+720p+/+600Hz+/+3D+Plasma+HDTV/1201341.p?id=1218232913525&skuId=1201341

Here's the link. Took me 90 seconds.

Nawoa said...

It's a year old, that's like 10 years old in TV years. You did the right thing.

tplarkin7 said...

How do we know this isn't fake? There's a shiny twinkle where the hole is supposed to be. And the rainbow streaks could have been photoshopped.

Phil Villarreal said...

@tplarkin7, there isn't a physical crack on the surface of the screen. When the TV is off you can't see any damage. When you try to turn it on it gets no picture except for the internal gunshot-like image and that rainbow tear.

Lord Byron II said...

@tplarkin7, he's managed to poke a hole in the LCD panel, not the clear plastic that covers it. Through that hole, you're seeing the white backlight, in a star-shape because of his digital camera. The rainbow streaks are caused by those columns of pixels having their liquid crystal leak out such that they are no longer able to polarize, leaving them permanently red, green, or blue (depending on the column). All-in-all, it looks rather consistent to me.

notanatheist said...

Well, you were interfacing with a Microsoft product. Something was bound to break.

FuturePlanning said...

I think I have this exact same TV. DH would love to kill it so he can get a 3D TV. He won't be getting the Kinect for Christmas!

keyedup2121 said...

That's a real spike!

smedley120 said...

who really gives a sh****

bionichronic said...

wow...nice spike

Lynnae said...

That's just how realistic the Kinect is, right? We love it, it's so fun. I am sorry you broke your TV though. If it makes you feel better, you probably won't be the last.

Guy said...

Phil, TV's are for watching Zombie movies on! You, if anyone, should know that.

"28 Days" not Kinect.

LOL

MarcM said...

The Blue Screen of Death has managed to reinvent itself at long last.

MasterGuns said...

First off, who plays Kinect Sports Volleyball at 1:30 in the morning while under a ceiling fan with a dangling chain for a light switch?
Next, how do we know its not fake. You really are a moron.

Phil Villarreal said...

@MasterGuns, it really happened. But either I am a genius at photoshop and viral storytelling or I am an idiot for breaking my TV by doing something stupid. You can't have it both ways.

Christian said...

I don't see how this happened O.o
Did you rip the chain off with your hand and it flew right into the screen? If so, how much does this beast of a chain weigh to break the Panel?!

Phil Villarreal said...

The chain is aluminum, I think, and maybe six inches long. I knocked it off its bearing with a swipe and the force was strong enough to crack the innards of the TV without damaging the screen surface.

shmoobaka said...

I guess it's safe to say that the chain...kinected?

Tony said...

@Shmoobaka lol that's funny

JediZombie said...

That really sucks man, a good friend of mine lost his new tv when he got the Wii, due to a faulty strap. Nintendo was nice enough to pay for his tv though. Maybe you can send your story into microsoft and ask for reimbursment for being able to give people this warning. Also beware of move, it has no straps on those controllers.

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Its an Insignia I am sure it was not too expensive.. Still sad though a TV is a TV. However for 1,000 bucks you can get you a 50 Inch 3DTV with 2 sets of glasses made by Samsung.


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adam@artfulnation.com said...

all that from a chain pull? Wow...tough luck. Well there is an upside to all of this...

Jerry Gene said...

I like your style of writing. You break it down nicely. Very informative post. Keep up the good work.

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