I think it's important to take a step back and think big picture. Do you remember when the PS3 was announced and how bad the backlash was? It was terrible and their sales suffered. Can you honestly say the PS3 "lost," in the end? I couldn't. Would you say the Wii "won" because it sold like hotcakes even though it was named after a euphemism for a penis? (Remember the iPad? People really don't care about how silly a name of a product is.) I couldn't, instead I would probably go off on a tirade about how shovelware has been detrimental to video gamers everywhere.
With all the crazy DRM (digital rights management) that the Xbox One will have (unless they backtrack which I think is entirely possible but unlikely), it's still going to fly off the shelves. People are still going to gobble it up. Even the Wii U, which is facing quite the challenge getting a solid footing these days, will probably be doing perfectly fine in the future. It's way too early to call a winner and a loser. This article seems to think that DRM will happen anyways, and I am inclined to believe it. The PS4 is likely delaying the inevitable.
You know I'm right. The future of video gaming is going to be exciting whatever way you slice it!
Stable Future is OptionalDisclaimer: I hate myself for being a boring adult and writing about lame things such as living situations, rent, leases, and crap like that, but one of my main uses for my journal here is to track my life and the events that unfold within it through the years. I would be remiss if I didn't post about the possible incoming upheaval of my life. This journal is for future me, so I don't care if you read it or comment.
My apartment lease is up at the end of July. That's fun. We pay a dirt cheap price for the place. I keep my bike in the closet because it's a nice-ish bike and the public bike rack is at 150% capacity. The kitchen is tiny and depressing. The walls are so thin that when it rains at night, I feel like I'm camping in a tent. My roommate has the smaller room so he gets the parking space with the roof. I have to scrap the snow off my car every day in the winter. There is a pool, but there's always a lot of people in it, and I hate people. In general we don't have much space. In short, I am anxious to move, but not far away since I have a stupendous job for paying off non-stupendous student loans.
My roommate's friend from high school was planning on buying a house in the area. We were going to move in with him. He was going to remote into work every day...and his work is in Wisconsin. Doesn't look like that will happen. At least not in time for us to move. Also he just told us last weekend that he wants to rent a house instead. And he doesn't even know if he can remote into work every day, because he hasn't gotten it approved yet.
So for now I'm trying to enjoy the uncertainty of the future. I've always been a future-thinking person. But with this situation, it's kind of out of my hands. I have no idea where I'll be 6 months from now, and that is a little awesome.
Smelly StuffSo to make my apartment smell nicer, my roommate and I finally got some Glade and AirWick stuff to cover up the man musk we put off. We put them in the kitchen, the bathroom, and living room. My bedroom has so much man musk, a plugin smelly thing would have proven ineffectual.
For one flavor, I chose "Hawaiian Something Something" and put it in the bathroom. Later that night I went to the bathroom and thought, "I definitely need to shower tonight because I have terrible BO." Then I stepped out of the bathroom and stopped noticing it. When I went to take my shower later, I noticed it again.
So in summary, either my BO smells like a Hawaiian flavor of Glade, or that stuff is nasty.
Vacation TimeFirst off I will mention that to decide which next generation console to buy, I will flip a coin. Heads, Xbox One. Tails, PS4. If it lands straight up without falling over, I will buy the Wii U. Then I will get home and realize how dumb that was, return the Wii U, and flip another coin to decide. If it happens again, I will listen to a podcast on how to improve my decision-making skills.
Now for the reason I'm writing this journal. I had a sweet road trip lined up to go to DC with my roommate and 2 other people. They bailed, so that trip aint gonna happen. I could fly there by myself, but the people that want to see me from DC...let's just say they aren't at the top of my list of people I want to see.
I was also going to go to NYC at the end of the year to maybe see the ball drop, but my New Yawker friends are not very good at planning ahead and I doubt any place has seats to watch the ball drop from. Also I do not really want to stand and watch it. I wanted to see Niagara Falls, and the stuff I didn't see last time. I also toyed with dropping the whole 'end of the year' thing and going in the fall for NYCC again. I bet I could get some playtime with the new consoles if I did. The real reason I probably won't go to NYC is because my would-be hosts can't take time off. So I'm going to bum around the city all day long while I wait for them to be done? Not my idea of a fun trip if I only get to see them on the weekend.
I used to worry about not having enough vacation time to fit all my wonderful trips in. Now I have 10 days of vacation time to use this year and RTX only uses up one! That's really nice, but it also sucks. I really hate the idea of "running errands" or "chillaxing" or "going to the doctor" on a vacation day. I told a coworker and he said I should go with him to Mexico in the fall, when he visits family. Could be fun. Could be awkward since his wife is going, and it's his family. But it would be a nice use of my passport. I can totally thirdwheel it with rusty Spanish, right?
I have been bitten by the travel bug but no one else around me has. I don't really want to go alone because I want to share the stories with someone after. I did Australia by myself and it's special for that reason, but it's also lame for that reason.
RTXSo I'm going to RTX. You should go too, so I'm not as awkward.
Last time I went to a convention was NYCC (New York ComicCon) last October but I didn't really go for RT. Before that was 2006 for Akon and it was in Dallas. I did not like Dallas. I'm hoping I can do Texas right this time. It needs to be redeemed.
Help me redeem myself.
And I still need a hotel room. So maybe this was a bad idea.
Edit: I have a hotel room with tonyski and the rule is you have to sleep in your shorts. Good idea.
Summary of MeSo I met a lot of great new people and I don't link a journal to introduce myself in my profile. I used to a long time ago but things have changed since then. By now I have accumulated 95 pages of journals at this site. That's 756 journal entries. This makes 757. You'd be able to finish reading Game of Thrones and the Bible before you finished my journals.
I found out about this site while reading a little sidebar in Electronic Gaming Monthly in 2003. That was around episode 3 or 4 (Donut and the flag store shenanigans). I signed up by episode 10 probably just to say it was my favorite episode.
My favorite color is green. To be honest I don't know why the avatar I use is teal. Maybe I related to Tucker or something. Before I moved out of my family's house, my room was painted a dark teal. My favorite book of all time is Catch-22. My favorite movie is kinda cheating because it's 3, but I love the LOTR trilogy so very much. Picking a favorite video game would be like choosing a favorite child. If it's popular enough, most likely I will play it. AC3 was the worst game ever though. I used to want to write in video games, but 1) afraid of being paid to generate creativity 2) hard to get in the business 3) probably doesn't pay well. So right now I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
My random friend request policy is that I will accept any, but you're put on probation. If I look at my friendlist again in a couple of weeks and don't know who you are, you're cut. And I do not send random friend requests. I am very easily manipulated into sending them though.
I've had only a few jobs. Stockperson at Kmart and Target. Busser at a Dinner Theater. Tech support in college. Tech support after college! Doing that now. With a degree in English Lit. I tried Computer Science but I didn't like it at all and when I started college, I also started to suck at math.
I studied abroad in Australia in 2008. I'll go back maybe next year. Also, I have been to these states/provinces/countries/continents:
My current favorite thing in the world: Twix Ice Cream bars
May 3rd: Iron Man 3. Should be good. May 5th: Wedding shower for my friends. I'm invited. Don't ask why a guy is going to a wedding shower. The couple is weird and there are other guys going. May 11th: Bachelor party. Nothing too crazy here, but could be fun. May 21st: Next Xbox reveal. So excited. May 25th: The wedding. May 26th: Arrested Development. Probably the thing I'm most excited for in this list, don't tell my friends.
P.S. The karma kickbacks worked like a charm. For the first time in YEARS, I have gone up a karma level. And I will likely stay where I'm at for all eternity.
Now for something completely different! A list of things that suck. (I believe in a well-balanced journal--also, breakfast) -Dried milk chips after opening milk jug lids -Clipping your toenails to have the shard fly at your eyeball -The moment right before you faint -Killing any legendary Pokemon on accident -Having road trip plans explode into a million tiny pieces -Working indoors all day when it's 74F outside
But these are just the ones I can personally relate to. I'm sure there's a million more things that suck out there!