It was a hell of a plan. Leave online life for a week or so to concentrate on my new video game, which would also give me the break I occasionally need to get my writing back to normal when I'm blocked or can't be bothered. Good plan eh? It was going well, with the game arriving this morning and even unwrapping without any problems. Then we put it in the console and the problems started.
Firstly the disc couldn't be read with the console deciding that it might be dirty or damaged. We've had the problem before so we ejected the disc and turned the console on its side which usually makes things a little better. When we turned the console back on we heard a grinding sound like metal on metal and were unwilling to risk putting a disc in after that. Luckily I have insurance on the console, so we should receive a freepost label to send it off with sometime next week. After that I should get vouchers for a new one sent to me within five working days. They may try to repair it (which has pissed me off as I bought replacement cover not repairs) but it seems like it's burnt out to me so it'll probably be replaced. If they do repair it instead of replacing it, I think I'll make another claim when the insurance has almost run out, just to make sure we get a new one that lasts longer.
So, instead of enjoying a trip through the most detailed universe in gaming history I don't have any games to play right now and I've spent most of the morning chasing the insurance up.