Monday, November 29, 2010

A $400 Remote Control and That Time I Finally Bought a DSi

I'm not even gonna mess around today. This remote I saw on Amazon.com on Black Friday demands your attention. It is the Logitech Harmony 900 Rechargeable Remote with Color Touch Screen. It is $399.99, currently on sale for something like a hundred dollars short of ridiculous. But it's still ridiculous. I think my tech-loving soul bits shriveled up and died a little bit when I saw this thing. Why in god's name would anybody need this. A TOUCH SCREEN? On your remote control? It's not even a remote-controlled car. It's just a remote control. That thing that you flip through channels with at 3 AM while bawling your eyes out and eating slices of colby jack cheese because it's the closest thing to ice cream in the house. That thing that's lost more often than Oceanic 815.

Since I didn't really want to waste my life reading the lengthy product description, here's what I got from skimming it. It has a touch screen. Does this mean I can play Angry Birds? Or Doodle Jump? If not, it's not worth $400. Apparently the big selling point for this thing as that you can point it at cabinets, where electronic devices are cleverly hidden, and use them without revealing those ugly aforementioned electronic devices to the world. I haven't been in any house recently that has all of their electronics hidden in cabinets. Then again I don't exactly run around with the kind of crowd who can afford a $400 remote control. A lot of people actually like to have their gadgets out, because generally the more crap you have around your TV, the cooler you are. I don't want to hide any of my awesome gadgets. The only cool thing about this is that it's rechargeable, but how often do you really replace the batteries in your remote anyway? I really don't even know what to think about this thing. I feel sorry for anyone who thinks they need it. As my friend Will said on Twitter: "That remote better have sex with me, then pick out new clothes for me to wear for the week." I think it should also build me an exact replica of the Hagia Sophia out of pure white chocolate and make all the arrangements for it to become my new house, but maybe that's asking too much.

I also bought a DSi. Because it's orange. And orange is my favorite color, dammit. And Golden Sun: Dark Dawn comes out tomorrow, but I'm too poor to get it. And I don't really have anything else to say for now, because I'm currently obsessed with watching the Cyber Monday deals on Amazon. But there will be more geekiness next time of course.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sackboy Squee!

I would really like to take this opportunity to thank whoever put information about the Little Big Planet 2 Collector's Edition on the Playstation RLS website. Because if they hadn't done that, I may be sitting here writing a post entitled "Dear Love: I'm Dumping You Forever" which would be far less fun, cute, or interesting to anyone. But no, I give you bookends! And Sackboy plushies! And AMAZING DLC CONTENT!


I wish every collector's edition came with awesome stuff like this one does. Now don't get me wrong, I loooove art books. But something like that just doesn't fit Little Big Planet. They need cuteish stuff and DLC costumes and freaking BOOKENDS. Because I have a lot of books. And when somehow my little fantasy book world and videogame world come together in a kind of awesome smelting fusion, you better believe I'm excited.


So if you're like me and you like lists telling you about all of the stuff you need [want] in a collector's edition set...here you go (from us.playstation.com):

  • A copy of LittleBigPlanet 2 – duh.

  • Your own little “Sackboy” – 7” of plushie-goodness for you to accompany you on your journey thru LBP2.

  • Exclusive LBP2 “game ends” – keep your PS3 games in a tidy, organized and ‘Sack-ured” within these unique bookends

  • One stop shop for exclusive DLC + more – regarding in-game content, the LBP2 Collector’s Edition comes packed with 11 different pre-order costumes, including:

    • Disney / Pixar’s Toy Story 3’s “Aliens” Sackboy Costume

    • Disney’s TRON: Legacy “Clu” Sackboy Costume

    • The Muppets’ “The Great Gonzo” Sackboy Costume

    • PlayStation’s “Ratchet” Sackboy Costume

    • PlayStation’s “Clank” Sackboy Costume

    • Even More Animals’ “Crocodile” Sackboy Costume

    • Even More Animals’ “Vulture” Sackboy Costume

    • Even More Animals’ “Cobra” Sackboy Costume

    • Even More Animals’ “Mandrill” Sackboy Costume



  • And exclusive to the LittleBigPlanet 2’s Collectors Edition:

    • PlayStation’s “Jak” Sackboy Costume

    • PlayStation’s “Daxter” Sackboy Costume

    • 5 exclusive LBP2 PSN Avatars – Lastly, complete your PlayStation experience with a new identity on the PlayStation Network with these new avatars.




So you basically want all of this. Just admit it. From what Playstation's blog says, those first few costumes will be done as preorder bonuses unless you get the CE. Best Buy's is the Alien costume, Gamestop's is the Tron costume, and Amazon.com's is the Ratchet and Clank costumes. Apparently all the preorders come with the four animal costumes. MANDRILL FTW.