Guten nacht, Obergeekenfuhrer Peterson and Dorksfurher Couraud. I trust your week has been filled with meh and whatever, as per your usual. I am in the process of breaking in the new boss at work, so my week has been relatively lively for the most part. He is a super young guy, but he’s nice enough so far. I think we will work well together, so that worry is eliminated. Whenever you get a new boss, you’re never sure what is gonna come through the doors next. My 20 years in retail have taught me that sometimes you are better off with the devil you know. But he seems like a team player, so yay for that.
I suppose the big question needs to be asked – Did you see Rogue One? I have not, but I have heard enough good things from friends who have that I am pretty excited to see it. Once my wife has had a chance to rest tomorrow, I may take my son to the local theater to check it out. Moving on…
So, that aside, have y’all read or played anything good this week? While I bought a new game this week, my gaming has been limited to the hour or so I spent tinkering with the new toys in No Man’s Sky. So far it seems like the base building, warping, and space battles have made the otherwise dull game somewhat more compelling. That said, it’s not $60 worth, which is what I paid for it, like a dope. I was in Gamestop the other day and they had the game marked down to $17. If only I’d held fast to my never buying new rule I could have saved myself a lot of money. Except that I bought new again the other day when I paid $29 for the physical release of Firewatch from Limited Run Games. I don’t know if you are familiar with them, but they’re 2 guys in North Carolina who release very limited runs (hence their name) of popular digital only or indie titles on physical media for Vita and PS4. Normally I’m not all about artificial scarcity, but Firewatch is such a good game, and I really like the idea of owning it on disc. Oh well…other than that my downtime has been consumed by blistering back pain and watching The Man in the High Castle season 2. Oh man, that show is SO good. I dig alt history anyway, and that show really tickles my What If bone in borderline pornographic ways.
I’m glad y’all gave some coverage to the NES classic debacle. I still cannot fathom why people (Especially YOU, Rhett…what the crap, man?!) are falling all over themselves for this thing. Aside from its HDMI output, there really is no reason to buy this console, with its paltry selection of games, when you could have a Raspberry Pi loaded with the entire NES, SNES, and Genesis libraries for the same price! And with hdmi output as well! And you could get a retro styled usb controller with a cord longer than the 24 inch one that come with the classic! The fact that people are actually willing to spend upwards of $300 on the secondary market for one truly makes me weep for humanity. I have a NES and 127 games that will get me by just fine, but if I truly wanted it to have HDMI output, there are hardware mods to be had for the console that would endow it with said ability. OR you could just get a Retron 5 and have not only the hdmi output, but different filters and effects at your disposal as well.
Ya know, y’all also mentioned the Best Buy employees giving the kid a Wii U thing, and while it does seem sweet on the surface and all, I have a different take on it. I think, and maybe this is just me, if you’re going to do something for someone out of the goodness of your heart, then just do it and be done with it. There is no need to catch it all on video and put it all over the internet. I think when people call attention to their good deeds, it removes all sincerity from the act and instead makes it all about the giver’s ego and need to be praised. Call me silly, but I think God’s way of thinking is better. If you’re gonna do good, do so in secret, or at least as close to secret as possible and let the act stand on its own merits.
I was dangerously close to the brink of buying a Xbox One S this week. When the price for bundles got knocked down to $250, I almost pulled the trigger on a Gears of War 4 bundle on Amazon (Because no sales tax, don’t ya know) but opted not to in the hopes my wife might actually come through for me in that regard even though she said she is not. I tend to believe her, but here’s hoping all the same. If she doesn’t, oh well…tax season is almost upon us, so I can continue to hold out a while longer. I was thinking about waiting for the Scorpion to drop, but I do not own a 4K tv, and have no plans to own one in the next few years, so in my mind that makes the S a better fit for me. Hopefully I’ll join you two clowns in the Xbone Owners club soon enough. I’m not sure why I’m so keen to own it aside from a burning desire to play the new Crackdown, though, if I’m being honest. Aside from that and Halo, I’m not really all that into Microsoft’s exclusives so much as I am Sony’s.
Have you guys wrapped up your Christmas shopping yet? My son FINALLY made known what he wanted. He was the lone holdout. I’ve had everyone else taken care of for a hot minute. He has almost filled up his 1 TB drive, and decided he needed another. I haven’t purchased a hard drive in a couple of years, so I still had it in my head that a 1 TB SATA drive would run me about $100, so imagine my surprise to find I was able to get him a nicer Seagate 3 TB drive for $89! While my son knows he is getting more storage, he has no idea he’s getting triple what he asked for. So Christmas magic and all that.
Speaking of magic, it’s time for me to disappear. Have a great show, guys!