i’ve played this song before

The holiday was good. Except for the last two days. Sunday evening, I did something to my wrist while standing up from my parents’ couch. Totally tweaked it out. Much agony. It was sufficiently bad that I tied a sock around it that night in an attempt at holding it still, but it wasn’t good enough. Following morning, I acquired a brace from Walmart and have been wearing it off and on since (I’m fine right now, but it still gets a bit touchy when I put too much stress on it).

This morning around 4am, I woke up to the sound of my wife’s stomach being emptied. Unpleasant. Unpleasantness continues now. Apparently her mother and our niece are also exhibiting similar symptoms.

I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I came in to work a bit early to catch up on end of month paperwork type junk. Around 9:30, Penny asked me if I could get her some sort of electrolyte laden sports drink for obvious reasons. I drove to the Target next to our house and acquired a suitable beverage.

Upon acquiring the beverage, I figured I’d go see how the Wii display had grown since the last time I looked. It gets bigger and takes up more real estate every day. But there are no consoles. Only games and accessories and propaganda films.

And lo, I cried out, “Where are Wii?!

There. I did it. Everyone else on the stinking planet has made their little Nintendo Wii pun, and now I have too. Imma go bang my head on the wall or something in penance.

Anyways.

I want one. I want one more than I want an HDTV in my living room. But I will never find one. Because the stores, they mock me.

Walking around the corner, on my way back to the front of the store to purchase said electrolytic beverage, I was met with a sight unlike any I had beheld before.

PS3 In Store

One phone call (for permission), $600 and 16 minutes later…

PS3 In Car

Now. I’ve always planned on acquiring a PS3. I’ve been actively waiting for about two years now. But I honestly did not expect to acquire it until a few months/weeks after we’d adopted ourselves a little replacement for our dying Gamecube.

I have still yet to see a Wii on any store shelf anywhere. But I guess that’s ok. The only games I’m interested in on the console are Zelda and some of the virtual console stuff (ok, most of the virtual console stuff, really…). I wouldn’t really expect to use any of the system’s other features… it would mostly just be a reason to pack the GCN into a closet.

But the PS3… that’s replacing our DVD player. I picked up The Fifth Element on Blu-ray (it’d never actually found its way into my DVD collection). It can play mpeg-4 videos… so 20 or 30 gigs of anime will probably be taking up semi-permanent residence on the hard drive.

It’s a supercomputer. I’m gonna see what I can do about Linux tonight. I don’t care which distro it takes, I’m gonna have a Linux server back in my home this very evening (current machines are all either dismantled, broken, or Windows). Tomorrow, I will be able to SSH into my PS3 from work.

Games? Shrug. I already have about 100 PSX/PS2 titles.

I am not impressed with the launch titles, but then again, I never am.

Actually, this is a lot like when I acquired my PS2 (in Feb of ’01).

I had walked into Ye Olde GameStoppe in pursuit of a PSX because I wanted to play FF9. As I was about to purchase the console, I asked the shopkeep if he happened to have any PS2’s in stock (since they were still quite rare at the time). He replied that he doubted it, but he’d check. Turns out, a shipment of two had arrived the night before. I acquired the PS2 for $300. It was to be our first DVD player.

My justification was: $100 for PSX, $100 for PS2, $100 for DVD. In addition to the console and FF9, I picked up used copies of a few other PSX titles I liked and took a look at the launch titles.

I wasn’t impressed. But I figured I may as well. I picked up Evergrace. It wasn’t as bad as some of the reviews would make you believe. I actually played it all the way through (a few years later, actually) But I don’t have it any more. It is one of only console three games I’ve sold back to a store.

If memory serves, our first DVD was The Princess Bride. Interesting contrast between the two movies there…

And I also decided to pick up a game. And for some unknowable reason… I picked up Genji in stead of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance or Tony Hawk… both of which I’ve had my eye on. Shrug. For fear that I am on the road to duplicating my Evergrace experience, I think I’m gonna be making an exchange tonight for some comic book style Gauntlet 🙂

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