Merlin enjoys the XBox360 in his own way

The fuzzy culprit at the scene of the crime.

Last May, I bought an XBox360. I enjoyed it a lot, until last night. I tried to turn it on and nothing happened. The power indicator didn’t come on. The familiar low hum of the hard drive was silent. Nothing.

It turns out I was one of the lucky ones. My problem was that my cat likes to crawl into the entertainment cabinet and lie on top of the XBox360, and he managed to kick loose the cable from the power supply.

Many others are not so lucky. There is a common problem with the XBox360 known as the Red Ring of Death, which basically means that your fancy $500 cutting-edge game console has turned into a very expensive brick.

The Red Ring of Death

The Red Ring of Death is a lot more serious.

I know two other Xbox360 owners. Both of their machines died within the first year of ownership. So out of this admittedly small sample size of three (myself and two others), 67% have had their XBox360 kick the bucket in the first year. Take that into consideration when you’re trying to decide which gaming console to buy.