I’m late to the party on this one, but I finally tried Netflix. After years and years of ignoring television commercials and banner advertisements for Netflix, instant download movies and TV shows have entered my home. Disks in red envelopes are appearing in my mailbox too. But if not for the Wii and the Playstation 3, I probably would have continued to miss out on the joys of modern day movie rentals. Long gone are the days in Brooklyn, where I would run down to the local video store. As for Blockbuster video, you were cool in the 90’s. But today, a gaming console does so much more than play games.
Today was a busy day for me. When I want to relax, I like to bust to revised versions of games that I used to play 15 years ago – like Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. Ah, the early 90’s… when Capcom had trouble counting to three. Yet, my relaxation would be postponed. My PlayStation 3 wouldn’t let me online until I ran a system update. What’s so special about today? First my Wii was pestering me. My PS3 wanted attention too.
My PlayStation 3 was free. It’s not because I’m some big-shot game writer. No, I received my PS3 as a housewarming gift. I was given a new HDTV and a PS3. Thanks to a huge sale, the PS3 was $300 off. You’d think that would get me excited about Sony’s console. It didn’t. My PS3 sat in a box, unopened, unplayed. I figured that it would make a nice Blu-Ray player, but I was too busy with work to play with my PlayStation.