My birthday weekend

I turned 24 on Sunday! 24 on the 24th, so that means I just celebrated my champagne birthday. I didn’t have any champagne though. It was a really nice weekend, and I got to do almost everything that I had planned.

On Friday morning, Heather came over and took me to the mall to pick up my Zelda bundled 3DSXL which I had preordered. If you’re friends with Heather on facebook, here is a video of me unboxing it. Came home and made her some lunch before I spent the whole day with it while she was at class.

Mine! All mine!

Sarah and I made a quiche for lunch, I played with the 3DS some more before the house and a couple of friends of mine and I went to Beertown for dinner. What an awesome selection of beers! Definitely want to go back another day. Had a couple more friends come over later in the evening for more drinking and debauchery. Jordan and I went undefeated for the evening with a couple rounds of beer pong. Such comebacks!

The next morning, I packed some things to spend the next two days at Heather’s. Ben and I spent the day watching Doctor Who related things and cleaning the house to prepare for some guests that were coming over later. The 50th Anniversary Doctor Who episode was being recorded on their PVR, so we had time to wait for guests to come. After dinner, we all changed into our costumes (I cosplayed as Tosh from Torchwood!) and waited for the rest of the guests to arrive. Before the show, we had some chocolate birthday cake which Heather decorated with a triforce and master sword. Oh man, what an episode it was. I had a couple of issues with it, but on the whole, it was a really enjoyable episode to watch. It definitely needs a couple of rewatches in the near future as well! The snow really started to come down as people were leaving the party too, which made for people to leave a little earlier to avoid bad driving conditions.

Doctor Who group shot

I say “YES!” to the cosplay parties!

The Sunday was my birthday and I awoke to some good morning kisses on the forehead *^^* I came downstairs and saw that the snow was still coming down really hard. By the time it stopped, a couple of hours later, London had received nearly 3 feet of snow. We really live in the snowbelt, because anywhere outside of an hour’s drive from us got literally none. Ben, his mom, his uncle and I played a game of scrabble while Heather busied herself with snow shoveling. She even shoveled her neighbour’s driveway too! She came in, we had some lunch, watched more Doctor Who specials and then everybody took a 3 hour nap. We woke up around 8 and had dinner. Heather and I were supposed to catch Thor and Catching Fire at the theatre, but the snow made that impossible. Oh well, hopefully I get to watch them relatively soon… I can’t put off that episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. much longer… >_>

So yea, that’s how I spent my birthday: relatively low key and with lots of naps and time with Heather, just the way I’d hoped to. To quote Heather, “we’re really turning into a couple of old farts.” Or something to that effect..

Sony Playstation’s Live Event – Live Blog

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Hey there! I will be writing my thoughts below, in point form, as I watch Playstation’s live event. Lag issues will account for several holes in my recap. Will the Playstation 4 be announced? New prices? Games? Hardware? Hopefully some of those questions will be answered by the end of the night!

Here we go!
– lots of talk about how Playstation is the best, has the most powerful hardware, how Sony knows what a gamer wants
– there it is, Playstation 4 announcement!
– the specs are pretty similar to a PCPS4 controller
– reveal of the controller! That colour bar idea to identify players on the console is quite fitting of Sony, the headphone plug is nice (finally…) and the touch pad is like the Vita. Thank god it’s not a tablet controller. I wouldn’t say it’s the ugliest or the most beautiful thing, but maybe it’ll grow on me.
– that million particle demo of the CPU/GPU capabilities was cool
– live streaming and over the shoulder guides or trash talking… seems like it could be super annoying.
– actual remote play between ps4 and psvita? Expensive… But wicked!
– Stig Asmussen! Good things to come from him =]
– Finally! Games!
– Killzone: Shadow Fall… Do people still get excited over FPSs?
– Drive Club… My friend tells me this idea is already available in Forza… So it hasn’t been to innovative..
– whoa… This is suddenly really political. What issss thisssss? New Sucker Punch game?? Exclusive? A blood tornado? …Infamous: Second Son. Damn, I thought it was Watch Dogs.
– awkward dude in weird shirt! Intro is way too long. Let’s see the trailer!
– oooo pretty… A puzzle game? I’m good at puzzle games! But uh… Flow Free in HD much? Interesting, called Witness
– did he just say QUANTIC DREAM??? ❤
– that’s it? Just a tech demo? </3
– Media Molecule! This should be good.. … The Move..? Okay… Omg… This is so cute. Move controlled avatars dancing in sync. But… How is this gaming?
– Capcom! lol did he just make fun of The Move?
– Capcom’s newest game: working title is Deep Down… Skyrim lookalike? That video didn’t make much sense.
– Square!!! ❤
– not a game but a cinematic real time PS4 demo? *sigh… Okay. Product placement for coke? Ooooo dragon…
– Final Fantasy director… O_O new FF at E3…
– Ubisoft now. Watch Dogs? Yea… called it! This dude is really weird and creepy.. Let’s see how the live demo goes..
– wicked… But looks so complicated
– Blizzard?!?! Diablo 3 on Playstation..? I think everyone who’d play it already own it. =/
– Activision’s turn: with Bungie? Destiny? Yup. Innovational? We shall see… my buddy called it “Halo with phones” lol. he’s not impressed at all
– I feel like the PS4 release will be soon
– hopefully they show us the console before they wrap up
– nope, no console look. I guess they have to leave some things for E3.

Post event thoughts
Well, the event did showcase a lot of different aspects of the new tech. Some stuff that’s worth caring about, lots that’s not. The most important part, the games, were a little bit of a let down for me personally. A lot of the developers that I cared about didn’t have much to show. Most of it were tech demos to show possibilities, but not what the end product will be like by any stretch. Square Enix, Quantic Dream, please give me things to squee over at E3?

Final Verdict
I would not get one. At least not until a substantial price drop… I’m sure some really good first party support and stellar games from Square and Quantic Dream may change my mind a couple years down the road, but right now… I really want a Wii U.

What did you think of the event? Post your own opinions below.