7.10.2012

follow-up: i still ♥ roku and a question about gaming

A few months ago, I blogged about our Roku streaming device. Shorter wmtc: I love it. We now only use streaming or DVDs - no more cable - and it's been great. And Roku is now available in Canada. If you don't already have a gaming system that allows you to stream on your television, I highly recommend picking up a Roku - and make it a Roku2 XS.

We were using our Roku XD for a couple of months when I learned that a different model supports a USB drive and a media server. We didn't know this when we bought ours, and since we bought it in Buffalo, we might not have been able to find that one anyway.

We tried a couple of home media servers in development, most notably Plex, but they were awful. (Maybe one day Plex will be a brilliant personal media server. Right now... no.) Finally, in frustration, we upgraded to the Roku2, just to get the USB drive. It. Is. Great. MLB + Netflix + being able to play anything we download = perfect.

Well, almost perfect. When Amazon Instant Video comes to Canada, it will be perfect. (Right now Canadians can watch Amazon Instant Video by using a tunnel or proxy server. I can do that on my computer, but can't stream it through Roku.)


The Roku2 remote also functions as a game controller, and Roku2 comes with a few games, including the full version of Angry Birds. I've never played video games before - not because I don't like them, but because I know I would like them too much. I find games of any type completely addictive. You name it - backgammon, puzzles, card games, word games. Once I start, I have trouble stopping. I've always felt that if I had video games in the house, I'd never watch a movie or read a book again.

That's a slight exaggeration, but still, do I need anything else to compete for my time?

But there it is. Angry Birds. And of course I really enjoy it. It won't wipe out movies or books, but it's starting to encroach on Coronation Street.

So I've been playing Angry Birds on downtime. I completed Poached Eggs (that level 21 was a killer), and was 10 or 12 levels into Mighty Hoax. I exited. And the next time I opened the game, I was back at level 20 of Poached Eggs. The final level of Poached Eggs, and every level I completed in Mighty Hoax, had been wiped out. Grrrr!

Does this happen frequently with video gaming? Can I prevent it from happening again? Can I restore my previously completed levels?

19 comments:

laura k said...

A friend bought one of our original Rokus for half price. (I'm an enabler.) Maybe he'll tell you about his Roku experience.

Stephanie said...

So glad you posted this. I was meaning to ask you about it when we are together tonight...No I will pick up the phone and cancel Rogers so as to sign up with Tek Saavy (been meaning to do it for years now).

Thanks for the reminder.

Stephanie said...

Yes, please. Do tell us...where/how do we get a Roku for half price??

laura k said...

No I will pick up the phone and cancel Rogers so as to sign up with Tek Saavy

Alright! Call Tek Savvy first. Tell them you are switching from Roger. They'll tell you exactly how to go about it, when to do what, so you have minimal or no interruption in service. Our service interruption was less than 15 minutes!

Yes, please. Do tell us...where/how do we get a Roku for half price??

Oh, I misled you. I meant a friend bought our original Roku for half price. Then I could allow myself to buy a third device. Sorry about that!

laura k said...

our original Roku

Meant the actual device, used by us in our living room, as opposed to that model.

Stephanie said...

Oh I got a little excited there about the Roku, sorry!!

I just called rogers and they tell me they require 30 days notice to cancel so I will have to wait another month before the switch. Well I've waited too long anyway.

I actually set the ball in motion last year but never followed through. I have spoken with folks at Tek Saavy and I need a date for the cut off before they can put their own wheels in motion.

Now, as per Rogers instructions I have to wait for the primary account holder to cancel the service :((

laura k said...

Now put it on your calendar and get that primary account holder to call! (Or pretend you are he.)

Rogers will do everything they can to try to get you to stay. I had to be very, shall we say, direct. And after you leave, expect dozens of phone calls and paper mailings offering deals to get you to return. I also went through somewhat great lengths to stop those.

Stephanie said...

I find games of any type completely addictive. You name it - backgammon, puzzles, card games, word games. Once I start, I have trouble stopping. I've always felt that if I had video games in the house, I'd never watch a movie or read a book again.

Meeeee toooo. I'm doomed.

Stephanie said...

AUGUST 10th!! Wooo hooo...1 down, 1 more to go...(internet accounts to cancel that is).

:D

Stephanie said...

Yeah! Last day of Rogers is August 10th, will have to call Tek Saavy on July 20th...Definitely putting in my calendar "Rogers liberation day"!

laura k said...

Whoo-hoo!! (See you soon!)

Dharma Seeker said...

I love Angry Birds! Poached Eggs, The Mighty Hoax, Surf and Turf and weekly championships vs. friends are all on Facebook. Super obsessed, can't wait for them to introduce new levels :)

Dharma Seeker said...

Do you know about the golden eggs?

Dharma Seeker said...

OH MY XENU THERE IS A NEW LEVEL *NOW*! Off to play Pigini Beach :)

Dharma Seeker said...

Talk about timing, my parents are looking for an alternative to cable and I just mentioned Roku. Can you please explain what a media server does so I can tell them why it's a plus to have it? Thanks!

laura k said...

So... no one answered my question yet. Hmm.

Games on Facebook, not for me, but it's cool you're obsessed, Dharma Seeker. I can well understand!

The media server on Roku lets you play your own files on your TV. Eg, if you download a movie onto a USB, you can then plug the USB into the Roku, open the media server app, and play the movie on your TV.

Your parents will want to check out what's currently available through Roku in Canada. If they're big TV watchers, they may not get enough. Most TV is on Hulu Plus, and that's not yet in Canada. But supposedly coming, as they say about everything else.

impudent strumpet said...

I'm not familiar with Angry Birds or Roku, but if your goal is to avoid having to replay previous levels, the thing to google for is cheat codes that allow you to skip levels. (They may or may not exist.) If you've already tried this, I apologize for being one of those people who comes barging in stating the obvious.

laura k said...

Thanks, Imp. My goal was to make sure the game doesn't lose my completed levels, if such a thing is possible. But if I can't do that, then I guess cheat codes are the way to go. I was really annoyed at having to repeat levels, especially very difficult and frustrating ones.

Dharma Seeker, A & I each got a golden egg on two separate levels, but they didn't seem to do anything. They didn't help us complete the level. What's the deal?

laura k said...

OK, so there are 27 golden eggs hidden in the game. You get them all and unlock stuff. Not sure how many I've gotten or missed so far.