Tuesday, March 04, 2008

God Hates Me

I'm sure most of my readers know that I am an avid gamer. The damn PS3 has been a thorn in my side since its release--Sony has control of three franchises which I am greatly addicted to: Ratchet & Clank, God of War, and Metal Gear Solid. Probably thanks to the system's vomit-inducing pricetag, I was able to forego its purchase after Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction was released late last year. I still crave that Lombax love, though, especially after playing the game for fifteen minutes at Erik's house. God of War 3 hasn't even been announced yet, but we all know that it's going to be on the PS3. Chains of Olympus, a prequel to the original God of War, will be hitting the PSP this week, so my Greek mythology fix will be satiated for a little while.

But then we get to Metal Gear Solid. Of all the Sony brands, it is my favorite. Some would say that my enjoyment of the series boarders on the obsessive. I was fairly safe in my assumption that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots would not be released until the holiday season this year, but Sony just announced a June 12th release date. That is a mere four months away. And as if the deal could not be sweetened any further, there's going to be a Goddamned bundle. For $500, I would get an 80 gig PS3, MGS4, and a Dualshock 3 controller. On its own, the game will retail for $60, the Dualshock 3 for $55, and a 40 gig PS3 is a bone-crunching $400. So it's actually a pretty good deal--twice the memory for the same price, $10 off the game, and $5 off the controller.

Of course, SVP is well on its way, and I should probably buy my plane ticket, if not book the hotel rooom, too. And then tax season is upon us--I hate to think what I'll owe, what with two properties under my belt. I'd also like to have an accountant do our taxes this year. It's so damn stressful to do our taxes solo, and when you throw a condo and home in the equation, my head starts to hurt. So the question is whether I'll even be able to AFFORD $500 come June. I suppose this is one of those purchases that will ultimately be determined by my resources at the time of its release. :-(


Amanda said...


I used to be really addicted to Diablo II, so I understand the gaming thing. However;


ScottE said...

I'll echo what Amanda said.

(Besides. It's not as though it's Ratchet and Clank or anything.)

Will Baird said...

ooooooh Diablo 2 rocked, Amanda.

Diablo 1/2, Starcraft, Total Annihilation, Red Alert, Warcraft 2, Quake 2/3, Alpha Centauri, Aliens vs Predator and Empire Earth.

I was a huge SC fan and I was looking forward to SC2, but Blizzard kinda killed that in me: re the bnetd case[1]. I was very nearly a named person in that. If I had not received the position out at HELSTF[2], I would have been working on the bnetd source code myself. Large, large numbers of suggestions of mine went into the code and one of the named individuals in the lawsuit (Ross Combs) is a very good friend and even my best man for my first marriage. But for the grace of God...

Or fortuna's smile...

or damned good luck.

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bnetd
2. hmm. website down. not surprising with their budget woes these days, but... http://www.globalsecurity.org/space/systems/miracl.htm
3. I now work here: http://www.nersc.gov