I paused the game, came back 5 minutes later, and it was frozen.
I've had I think one or two freezes on my 360 -- both in Madden. I wrote it off to cosmic rays or whatever. But now Gears of War has frozen my 360 three times in less than an hour of playing the game, once while paused.
I'm starting to think Microsoft really did drop the ball with the Xbox 360 manufacturing as everyone claimed they did. Previously I thought it might have been overblown since I've only seen one "ring of death" on the 360, it was one we had at work. But if the console hangs and freezes after being in a consumer's hands for 6 months, what's that supposed to mean?
I guess I'll call Microsoft tomorrow and see what they can do for me. Probably tell me to shell out another $400 on an Xbox. Yeah right! How about I just won't buy anymore games for it?