||[Jul. 12th, 2007|08:19 am]
Let's run through a few things:
God, it is hot. It is too hot. I want my Seattle weather back, god damn it.
I cancelled my Lenovo order and went with a Lifebook T4220 from Fujitsu. When their estimated ship date went to 8/7, I called them up and cancelled that order, and ordered a pre-built one that they had in stock which more or less matched what I wanted (and should ship within 1-2 days). Almost everything that it doesn't match can be upgraded if I find it to be a problem. At this point, I just want a laptop. I didn't get any bullshit from the Fujitsu representatives, either.
However, I spent a significant time yesterday on the phone with my credit card, who apparently decided it was red flag worthy that I be buying a laptop. Given that it must seem like I had tried to buy three laptops, all for a lot of money in a relatively short period of time, I'm not really surprised that they thought it was possibly fraudulent.
Verified by Visa sucks. Great. Another password to forget.
I'm exhausted, but I believe this to be due to the heat and karate. We'll see. Otherwise, I'm doing great.
As for E3: I respect what Microsoft was trying to do (these are games you will get in the very near future), but I'm not sure they pulled it off. I think Sony's presentation had more cool factor, though I think a lot of it is going to be surface cool, not things that are really going to make gamers' lives better. Home was definitely not very impressive. The spaces were nice, but it felt overall wooden and unwelcoming. PSP connectivity is cool, but again, might not be something that's really used. Still, credit for winning the war of perception. I think they made the biggest and most interesting announcements, and there's definitely a chance that I'm reading the market wrong and it'll take off like a shot. Good for Sony. Nintendo was a snooze fest.
Cats are wonderful.
I had to go through the Verified by Visa routine when I was buying the parts for my new compuer. Setting it up right in the middle of the order was a frickin' nuisance.
But not five minutes after the order processed I got a phone call from my credit union (or the card company responsible, I'm honestly not sure) just to verify. I thought that was pretty cool.
Yeah, but technically they shouldn't need a password to do that.
Ah, E3. When video game companies rent out a giant convention center to play their brand-new commercials, and video game "journalists" dutifully note down how awesome all the commercials were, and the rest of us have to try to figure out whether there was any actual information about actual games in there.
State of the Consoles Report (not limited to E3 showings, but includes what I've read about them): Right now, from what I can see, actual X-Box games remain completely uninteresting. X-Box Live has gotten some interesting stuff on it in the last year (Worms, online board games), but nothing worth the price of an X-Box. Not to mention that it would require interacting with the sort of people who populate X-Box Live. Sony has absolutely nothing of interest for me, and Nintendo has a couple of good things supposedly coming at some point in the future (we've heard *that* before). In short, the immediate future is looking like something of a drought. My failure to acquire a Wii in the last six months is actually looking to be like not as much of a handicap as I'd thought; I could easily go another year without a next-gen system and not miss anything important.
I dunno, I'm looking forward to Lost Odyssey in a few months, and Mass Effect might be interesting. I'm just a little nervous of what looks like a very heavily action-based system. Assassin's Creed looks really interesting too, but not my genre... not that I couldn't fix that. The attention to detail in the game system looks awesome. Oh, and I expect to be putting several hours into Rock Band. ^^ Hope the vocal system is fun to play.
Sony's still ramping up -- I expect that for interesting games, we'll have to wait at least 2008, and probably mid to late 2008, before they arrive. Right now, very few titles of interest have even been mentioned.
The Wii, I'm still a hold out on.
All the consoles appear to be suffering from a heavy case of accessory-itis, though, which is my major frustration for this generation. We have tons of game accessories scattered all over the floor already... if we got a Wii mat and the Wii Zapper and the two Wiimotes and two numchucks, plus the DDR pads already there and the wireless Xbox 360 racing wheel and the Guitar Hero controllers and the Rock Band equipment... it's getting crazy.
From what I've heard, there appears to be a worldwide shortage of some LCD screen component, the lamps IIRC. This is leading to major delays with LCD monitor shipments, and I guess laptops as well, at least from companies who don't have a good buffer stockpiled in their warehouses. Let's just say our procurement guys are less than thrilled.
Don't think I've ever gotten a call from my card about any of my purchases. Then again, I avoid credit like the plague that it is and charge everything to my debit card, so that might have something to do with it.
If your debit card is a Visa or MC debit card, then it should work the same way. When I used my debit card to buy a bus ticket from Portland to Seattle to visit <lj user="siliconrose>, I got a call (since I had not actually paid for a trip from D.C. to Portland, so they were worried my card had been stolen).