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So- they have these new video-game devices, apparently. Hadn't really considered one seriously, then the bastards called my bluff by deciding to release a Ghostbusters game, then, an awesome Batman game. Long, long ago on here, I asked after folks' advice on which system I should purchase. Still, though, it's something I kept considering and considering and considering, I'm sure to the annoyance of people who had to hear me go on about it forever. To me, it was a pretty big purchase and I didn't want to pull the trigger without thought.

It was still on the side burner, until recently, I inadvertantly sold a photo-graph to a national magazine (more on this later in the month, hopefully). I could either take the scratch, hide it away in my house for the September bank holiday (Wha? Really, conspiracy people?) or use it to get one of these newfangled devices.

I went with the PS3, for the following reasons:

- The capacity, size and power consumption of the recently-released PS3 Slim
- Inclusion of WiFi (It's an extra cost for the adapter on the XBox, or I'd have had to reworked the way I have the internet hooked up in my house)
- BluRay player (So the device can be enjoyed by the entire household. A surprisingly adjustable Netflix plan now has BluRay discs coming at the same cost as before)
- Don't need to buy gift cards every few months to use multiplayer capacity
- The RROD on the XBox (Yes, I know they've made great strides, but it's still out there- an inherent design flaw with which Microsoft still released the thing)
- Easily swappable hard drive, just in case
- No complaints with the venerable old PS2 (traded for a bottle of wine with tawdryjones) over the years

Now- the main downside is that there are many folks I know who have the other system, so I can't join them to shoot each other in the face. But, I'm happy with my purchase. It was crazy- last night, I was on a fake video game rooftop shooting and trapping ghosts with people from who the heck knows where and the other night, I was stealthily taking down goons in Arkham Asylum. I AM IN THE FUTURE. Though, it took me three days of being annoyed with the short USB controller cable before I finally realized that the controller is wireless. I AM ALSO CONFUSED BY THE FUTURE, APPARENTLY.

Also- non technologically, I am reading the book Nixonland and it is fascinating and wonderful and depressing.

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faeryhead
Sep. 1st, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
I like that it is black. It matches my clothes.
felixbunay
Sep. 1st, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, man - "Nixonland." Now there's a game scenario that might get me to spring for a new system.
rjwhite
Sep. 1st, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Ohhh- that is an idea.
mquigley
Sep. 1st, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
As my roommate will verify -- and he will do so with the proud glow of actual ownership (I merely benefit from cohabitation with Matthew and his stuff) -- the PS3, now that it's finally priced to buy, is well worth it. Tons of free game demos to satisfy your curiosity about any number of games (and to confirm that usually -- while worth checking out -- they're not at all worth buying), a handful of legitimately badass games to aid you in wasting hours of your life, Blu-Ray (which is fucking AWESOME), and we've had Matthew's PS3 since August '07 and it's not given as any grief to date. Your purchase was a wise one.

My brother just heavily recommended Nixonland to me. Coupled with your recommendation, I'd say a purchase is now inevitable.

rjwhite
Sep. 1st, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, great book so far. Picked mine up at the Strand for a nice price.
mquigley
Sep. 1st, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Perlstein's a bit more conventionally liberal than I, to put it mildly.
But it seems this book is about larger issues than that. I'm very curious.

I've not read his Goldwater book, either, but many I know more inclined to agree with Goldwater than Perlstein say it was, all the same, an excellent read.
incomple
Sep. 2nd, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
I wish to verify what my roommate said about the video game thing in our apartment. It's really, really cool, and I don't regret its purchase in the slightest.
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