Coming Soon: The Backorder Bonus*

Soon, I will be unveiling a new feature-series on the website. The Backorder and The Backorder Bonus*. The Backorder is just going to be a very simple segment where I occasionally chime and let you know what game I’ve been playing lately. Most of these games are from a backlog of games that I should have played a long time ago.

These will not be reviews or anything too detailed, but I will give a little bit of feedback and a quick opinion on the game itself.

*As a part of some these Backorder articles, I will sometimes include the Backorder Bonus. The more times I can offer this, I will. The intention of the Backorder Bonus is very much lik a preorder bonus for most new video games today. I intend to give codes for DLC, free copies of games, etc… whatever I can do, that’s what I’ll do! The rules for claiming these will be explained by the post itself, but I have every intention of keeping the first few very simple, to get more people participating!

I won’t be able to offer Backorder Bonuses every time, but I’ll be trying to do offer as many as possible!

Bored? Wanna Win A Game? Talk to me!

Everyone is in media lockdown mode, preparing for E3. No major announcements coming from the big companies, and the few things happening aren’t things that are capturing my interests. I don’t know why, just seems like a lot of “we knew it was coming” – even the big things like the Mythic Map Pack and such. I browse the usual sites, and the best I can come up with is reporting that the Wii’s Motion Plus add on will be available June 8th, for a mere $20 – or downright free with Wii Sports Resort.

With spring time boredom setting in, I have decided do something sweepingly fun. I want to build a community. Not just have a website, really give people a home. I have been a bit of a vagabond over the years, in different forum. And for a time, in each one, I really got the feeling like I was at home, and that these people were my friends. Some groups of people just fit well together. I’m hoping to find another group of those people – and bring them here. So let’s talk about games, movies, music, just go ahead and introduce yourself – kick off your shoes and do what makes you feel comfortable.

I thought you said I could win stuff? Oh you can. Register with WinBreak, post in the forum, and start making this place your own. See what kind of community this becomes, join the fun. Help give us our own identity – be the shapers and molders.

I still don’t have quite the pull that the bigger guys do, so when I do contests, they come right out of my pocket. So here’s what I am putting up for grabs: 3 “2nd place” winners will receive Xbox Live Arcade games (your choice of $5 or $10 title from the new Amazon Digital Marketplace). A grand prize winner will be selected and offered a prize valued at $20 – whether you want Wii Points, Microsoft Points, Multiple Arcade games, or PSN Store Credit.

How I will choose winners / Rules: Post in the forum. Each forum post containing substance you make will count toward your total number of entries in a random drawing. “Substance” will be judged by Garrett “NuAngel” Culver; obviously abusive entries (example: “I agree” being the entire contents of the post) and spam posts will be discredited as entries, and repeat offenders will be disqualified. No warnings must be given to those disqualified. This contest will end 11:59 PM EST July 31st 2009. Contest is open to residents of the 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (if prize codes have errors, something will be worked out). The process is ongoing. Each “2nd place” winner will be selected at random intervals between today, April 14th 2009 and 11:59 PM EST July 31st, 2009. The Grand Prize winner will be announced August 1st, 2009. & Garrett “NuAngel” Culver reserve the right to cease the contest at any time. Winners of 2nd place prizes are also counted in the “Grand Prize” drawing, but are eliminated from remaining 2nd prize drawings. All winners will be announced on main page of If you have any problems with the registration process or forum, please contact us.

New features, new forums!

In an attempt to make your life easier, entice you to visit this site, and in an all around attempt to satisfy the masses, I have made several changes to the site over the last week, though many of them may not be noticable just yet.

First: the site is now mobile-web friendly! As my recent exploits with my own mobile phone grow, so does my conciousness of mobile-device users. You don’t have to go to a special “” or “” or anything fancy – just load up on your phone, PDA, or even PlayStation Portable, and keep up on the latest information.

Next: I have expanded your user profiles to allow a little more customization. You should now find it easier to describe yourself, promote your interests, and even show off a little bit!

Finally: NEW forums! The last ones were never very busy, but they were very buggy. So I found it was a good idea to try and simplify a few things. While it still needs some work, it’s far less buggy and is driven off of the same database as the main website. If you’re registered and can leave comments on the blog posts, you’re registered for the forums! So why not just register, login, and visit the forums!

Help us make 2009 YOUR year!

It’s a new year, and we’re still doing a lot of planning around here at WinBreak central command. And while I may not have an unlimited budget or resources, I am quite interesting in learning the kinds of things people love to win! Not only that, but we want to help build the site around you. Everyone should want to be featured on Better Know a Gamer, but even if you’re a little too shy, why not have a say in the future of our fair little web property?

So why not answer a question or two over the next few days? We’ll start with these…

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Thanks! We’ll keep up a few questions, and you’ll help us answer them and develop the kind of site YOU want to be a part of! The poll is open until January 18th, 2009, 6:00 PM EST.

Download Xbox 360 related Sounds!

Just because I have been wanting these in an easy to access place, I thought I would post this on my own site! Thanks to Major Nelson’s various blog posts and the Mobile compatible joy that is, there are a few ring tones and sound effects you can completely customize your cell phone with. Or maybe just your Windows sound scheme. Why not have the Achievement Unlock sound play every time you boot up?

Because of the difficulty that can be had tracking some of these files down as the internet changes, I thought I would bring these glorious sounds all to one place. Customize your devices to your hearts content with several well known Xbox 360 related sounds (in as many already-available formats as I could find).

Sounds from the Xbox 360:

Sounds from Crackdown:

Sounds from Fable 2:

NuAngel: a 2009 Xbox MVP

If you looked at the January 3rd post, it’s easy to see that is still growing. But over the last year, it seems as though we have turned a few heads. I was recently notified that I was nominated, and now have officially been accepted into that sacred inner sanctum: the 2009 Microsoft® MVP Award. To have this honor is almost unbelievable. As they describe on their website: “A panel that includes MVP team members and product group teams evaluate each nominee’s technical expertise and voluntary community contributions for the past year. The panel considers the quality, quantity, and level of impact of the MVP nominee’s contributions.” My little blog, just now celebrating it’s one year existence? It’s such an honor, I am genuinely still shell shocked!

I’m still waiting on some paperwork, before I can post the official logo of my MVP status on the site, but that is a flag I will proudly fly high. I’ve wondered what it would take to be an MVP since the days of my first website and my freelance 3rd party driver design. Never did I think I would be a recognized as MVP material – I simply wanted to provide a good website, the hard to find information, and help out wherever I could. But this is truly an overwhelming honor.

Being awarded the 2009 Microsoft® MVP Award is recognition for something (or things) I did in 2008. But we’re not going to rest on our laurels, now! It’s only just beginning. A whirlwind is going to hit, this year!

It’s all thanks to you, my small but dedicated and ever growing community. In our sophomore year, here at WinBreak, we intend to make a few more contacts, build up a small swag stash, and give you even more reasons to swing by the site! 🙂

1 Year of WinBreak: Our stats!

In the New Year, everyone likes to give the obligatory stats article. Well, for us, it’s a little different. January 3rd 2008 was the day I launched the Repurposed Therefore, sharing my stats with you is sort of a testament to our rookie year as a new community on the web.

From the picture above, it’s clear to see we’re still one of the best kept secrets on the web. Something else also jumps out: the week of July 27th, 2008 was our biggest in the last year. So what was it that drew 14,564hits and 3,610 page views? It was one of my favorite moments in the last year. I didn’t do it for the hits, but it was the kind of article that gives everyone the warm and fuzzy feeling!

Back in 2007, the site was about computer security and didn’t have any kind of dedicated following – I was just able to generate some unique content from time to time and people would pass by the site. The site was running on a completely customized framework, using massive CSS and HTML files. It was taxing on my server, not that it mattered, that the hits were so few and far between. Still, switching to Word Press was fantastic for the server, and this was proved when we nearly quadrupled traffic between 2007 and 2008.

2007 showed 243,417 server requests with an actual 24,732 page views. 2008 garnered 260,586 hits and a satisfactory 86,725 page views. A good number of those hits came from images which were hotlinked from my site. I might have to do something about that in the future, but I don’t mind for now. This is very evident in search queries relating to articles that didn’t bring me much actual traffic.

We can see very clearly one of the articles I must have gotten an early jump on! The top 9 search queries of 2009 were:

1. soul calibur 4 limited edition, 742
2. soul calibur 4 special edition, 331
3. winbreak, 217
4. soul calibur 4 limited, 137
5. soul calibur 4, 106
6. soul caliber 4 limited edition, 88
7. soul caliber 4 special edition, 57
8. limited edition soul calibur 4, 44
9. keep it clean halo, 38

This year has been a completely insane experience, leaving for a new job right when I launched the new website – moving back and getting a different job right around the holiday season in 2008 – and overall just learning about all of the great things that bring the Xbox Live community closer together. Yeah, I tried to go multi console, but I realized today I have sold off almost all of my PS3 games and the Wii hasn’t been hooked up for over a month. I feel at home on the Xbox 360, and have even more news to come in the future to reaffirm that. Stay tuned, and let’s hope we can quadruple the traffic again this year!'s best of 2008

It’s the last day of 2008. This coming Saturday marks 1 years since I rebranded, reinvigorated, and relaunched Coming up on our first full year, I thought it would be interesting to look back at some of my favorite moments thus far in the short history of

 Our Ultra Early Confirmation of a Stormbringer Video Game (yet to be confirmed or denied by anyone).
January confirmation of 2 Xbox Originals that were a long way off
Our “Star Light” interview with Trixie 360
Going multi-console
The fantastic success of Better Know a Gamer
The Heroes Autographed Xbox 360
What I did with the Heroes Autographed Xbox 360
Starting Forums
Joining Twitter
NuAngel becoming an Xbox Ambassador
See you next year, everyone.

Love Halo 3? Love Fable 2? Show it!

Just came across this in an email from Microsoft. Official Halo 3 and Fable 2 ringtones for your Windows Mobile Phone! Or… really, any phone that supports WMA ring tones. They can be previewed and downloaded. That is what I was linked to, but why not also provide you Windows Mobile users (or, again, any phone that supports .JPG files!!) with some new Fable 2 and Halo 3 background images for use on your cell phone.

That’s all for now, I’m sure there will be more news to come this week, I’m just having a great time at my new job, and even though I’m extremely busy, I’m loving every minute of it all. Look forward to hearing from me throughout the week! A few quick polls may also appear in the near future, as I determine what else to bring to WinBreak in 2009!