Friday, November 25, 2011

A little pissed at Nintendo

Our Wii was heavily used, and more often than not, the kids would leave it running all night long because they didn't want to stop the game if it couldn't be saved. So naturally, it broke. After almost a year, we finally were able to set aside the funds to get a new one, and when the blue one came on sale this weekend, we thought "cool! Blue is different."

This one didn't come with any games, which was fine with us, as we already had the games the other consoles come with. So we rushed out to get one, worried they would sell out quickly, and because it was a Black Friday sale and the crowds were a little thick, we didn't bother to read the side of the box. Nor did I bother to search up reviews online, because hey, we'd already had a Nintendo Wii and I honestly didn't think there would be any difference other than color. Why would anyone think that certain features would be left out of one color of console? Unless you happen to be the kind of person who reads gaming blogs on a regular basis, you'd never know until it was too late.

Apparently, I was wrong. The blue console doesn't have the ability to play gamecube disks, nor use gamecube controllers. When we tried to open the area where the controllers would plug in, it wouldn't budge, so I went online thinking maybe I just missed some secret to opening the compartment...nope. And apparently, it also doesn't have wi-fi capability which is really going to piss the kids off when they can't enter the mii contests anymore.

A very squinty eyed look at the box revealed it did actually say no gamecube compatibility..in very tiny letters that took me forever to actually see.

We've had every model of Nintendo to ever be released, including every version of gameboy/DS. I've always been a very loyal Nintedo fan, even when others have tried to sway me to other systems that had better graphics or games that just weren't available on the Nintendo platform. This just infuriates me because it makes no sense. The one thing I loved about the Wii was that it did play Gamecube games, which for us was wonderful as our son had destroyed our Gamecube when he was a baby. What purpose does it serve to make one version of the console without that feature? And for God's sake, why didn't they at least make the lack known on the front of the box? People who were going to buy a Wii, but wanted the Gamecube compatibility would buy the other versions, and nobody would be furious and feel like they'd been cheated.

Arg. Off to deal with two kids who are severely disappointed. Maybe I'll buy them a PS3 or an Xbox for Christmas and take this thing back for a refund.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas already?

So...back in the spring I had planned to write at least two Christmas stories and here it is, almost a month until Christmas and no stories in sight. I also haven't really bought any presents yet, nor have I gotten the yearly "where are we going when" holiday disaster sorted out. Every year, we add more people to the equation, so every year, it becomes even more difficult to figure out when each section of the family should hold it's gathering.

So, I was giving some thought to perfect Christmas gifts for writers. Obviously #1 is an iPad (for those who don't already have one) because lets face it, they rock. I love mine, and take it and my keyboard/dock everywhere I go so I can write.

I did a bit of net surfing to see what other people thought would be awesome gifts for writers and here's a sampling of what I found....

ebook reader - pretty cool. I have apps for kindle, kobo and ibookstore on my ipad so I don't really need one but I admit they look very nice and whenever I'm in Chapters, I drool over them a bit.

Digital Voice Recorder - Again, cool and useful. I'm sure if you don't have hangups about hearing your own voice on stuff, it would be a handy little gadget...I get all squicky when I hear myself so I don't know if I'd use it much.

Going in the less tech-driven direction, there are some less expensive ideas that writers will always want and need. Pens, highlighters, paper clips, staplers, notebooks...a nice gift basket of these essentials would be thoughtful. Add in a mug and a supply of tea/coffee/hot chocolate and I think that would make a great gift.

What do you other writers wish for this holiday season?

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Nano shouldn't be in November

Uggg, after the chaos of getting ready for Halloween, the last thing I want to do is sit and write. Its cold, the house is a disaster, and there are pumpkins to take a sledge hammer to...

Good luck, and happy Nano-ing to everyone who is participating this year.