Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pure Love

I became a father for the first time earlier this month to a bouncing baby boy. The amount of love I feel for him is indescribable. It’s been hard going back to work and not seeing his face and holding him and trying to figure out why he is crying at any particular time.

My late father didn’t spoil me much (my mom on the other hand is another story), but one thing he would never deny me was books. As a writer, he obviously loved books and had tons of them. He even bought me comic books on a regular basis, since in Japan, they are read by people of all ages and not viewed as junk literature. One thing that was hard for me to get either of my parents to buy me was videogames. For one, they were expensive and two, I’m sure it all looked like a waste of time to them.

This won’t be a problem for my son. He’ll have plenty of access to games and I can’t wait till he’s old enough to play some with me. I’ll know which ones are appropriate for his age and what is not. Of course if it turns out he doesn’t like games much that’ll be fine. Who knows what kids will want to do with their free hours in the future. Probably something that looks like a waste of time to me.

Monday, January 07, 2008

A quick one

Short thoughts:

Blade Runner 5-disc collection on Blu-ray –You don’t need me to babble on about it with all the rave reviews out there. Suffice it to say I’ve watched my older DVD copy at least a dozen times and the older theatrical cut on VHS at least as many so this collection was Xmas in a box.

New American Gladiators – Love it. They might have kept too many of the older games, but the tougher eliminator is good stuff.

Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles – It’s not the best game in the world, but I was super obsessed with getting S rankings on every stage.

Video camera – I might be needing a new video camera soon. Leaning towards a hard drive model and it will have to be HD. CES is happening just in time. New models = lower prices for existing stock.

New computer? – My plan is still to wait till StarCraft 2 actually comes out before committing to a new computer since I don’t want to pay much for it. The only snag will be if Apple unveils a touch enabled Mac Book. I have a super cheap refurbished Tablet PC I’ve been using to mainly just read comics/manga (check out Marvel’s Digital Comics!) and I love the form factor. So basically I’m looking for a larger iPod touch, except it’s a real computer. If they manage to release one this year, I’m totally in.