For Christmas, I got everything I asked for. Of course, this is hardly surprising because my dad likes to make shopping easy for himself by giving me a pile of money beforehand and letting me buy my own damn gifts, but I think it works out well for both of us :)
Mostly, I got games (Metroid Prime 2, Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls, Forgotten Realms: Demonstone, Tron 2.0, and Doom 3), but I also got a kick-ass video card (how else do you expect me to play Doom 3?), Spider-man 2, and Shaun of the Dead. To my surprise, I got some other nifty swag for pre-ordering* two of my games – a pewter Doom 3 demon figurine, and a Metroid Prime shirt (which is too large to be comfortable, but that comes with the territory when it comes to free geek swag). This has convinced me that I should pre-order more games, even if I’m only debating getting them, just to get more limited edition swag (hush, I don’t care if that’s their master plan – it’s swag man, swag!).
From my NJian friends I got penguins, Nintendo DS gear, some CDs I’ve been wanting, a geeky tshirt, and gum. On a mild tangent, after applying said Nintendo DS gear to my Nintendo DS, I have resigned myself to the fact that I’m not going to bother trading in my DS for a new one- I hardly ever even notice the dead pixels when I’m playing a game, so can’t justify the hassle. (Is anyone really surprised? My tenacity for slack is well known.)
Since I only brought the PS2 back with me this holiday (trying to be reasonable with limited car space and such), I’ve only gotten a chance to play Demonstone and Final Fantasy 1 so far. Demonstone has been fun, especially level 7 wherein you get to play as Drizzt (I’ve played that level more times than is probably healthy), and though I’m only ~4 hours into Final Fantasy, that game looks like it will be really enjoyable. I’m really impressed at the quiality of the remake, after only being really familiar with the NES version, having skipped previous incarnations of the remake. I’m a bit curious as to the truthfullness of the translation, however… I mean, c’mon, “Jolt tonic“? (Even
better worse, you use it to wake an elf from a sleeping curse)
Other than that, my vacation so far has been pretty low-key. I brought just one of the books Chris got me back with me, figuring that since I usually don’t get a chance to read as much as I would like here (typically not even making it through one normal-sized book) that this would be more than sufficient. Of course this practically guaranteed that the one book I brought would not be enough (whether this is because I had more down time or that the book is simply much more interesting than the normal stuff I bring [or some combination of the above] is irrelevant) – I finished it yesterday, and am really wishing that I brought the other one “just to be safe”. Of course, if I had brought it you know that I wouldn’t have finished the first book, but now I’m just rambling, so I’ll stop this paragraph here.
I did play with my tripod a bit, trying to take cool artsy pics of the tree and stuff like Beth did during fake xmas, but I have no way to get them off my memory card at the moment. If they aren’t crap so much, I’ll post them after I go home at some point.
I don’t really have too many plans for the rest of the year, save Thursday I’m going to the city with Chris and his folks to catch a show and Friday I’m doing the New Year’s Eve thing at Peter‘s place. I would say that I’ll try to be better about posting more often, but that would probably be a lie so if you were smart and I should happen to say such a thing you’d take it with a grain of salt.
* Apparently ordering Doom 3 two months after it comes out (conveniently after the linux binaries became available) constitutes a pre-order.