"Gotta Catch ‘Em All!"…Well, Kinda…

Everyone who really does know me will know that I am a person who loved collecting things that interests me.  They would also know that I am a type of person (despite my gender) who absolutely LOVES gadgets.  A friend of mine commented on how rare it was for a girl to be so into computers and tech-y stuff as I do, of course, for me, it isn’t rare at all.

I grew up with computers despite my parents actually being two very respected doctors. Out of us three siblings, it is safe to say that I am the only one who can go on and on and on (you get the idea) about gadgets, computers, and anything related to them.  People may say, “Of course you can talk all you want about that, your an IT Professional!”.  That’s true, but you see, I can talk about it even before I decided on the career path that I am currently on.

When I was a kid, I remember my parents playing the old NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) console. Who could forget the first Super Mario game? The Island Adventure game? I remembered watching them play, albeit the memory of it is hazy. Back then, I had a book that my father told me used to belong to my grandfather. It was the first book I really fell in love with and it had nothing to do with fairytales or fantasy but was all about the aquatic creatures that we can find (or in some cases, used to find) in the Blue Planet.  You can remember, I had said that when I was a kid, a dreamt of studying these creatures and learning more about them.

Of course, after the NES, came the SNES (Super Nintendo…) and we had the Sega Genesis. I believe it was the same time that we got our second PC. I was in 4th grade (I think) back then. Then we also got the ancient Atari cosole as a gift of some sort, I believe, lol.

Now, so many years later and after passing through consoles such as the Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, Playstation and the PS2, PSP, my dad decided (after so many hours of ardous and constant brainwashing he got from me (lol).) to buy a Nintendo Wii console — one of the most durable and famous gaming consoles of this century.

It was such a debate with him getting him to buy it that when I remember I can’t help but laughing at the sudden decision he made (though I am not one to complain).  You see, the debate was whether it would be a good idea to buy the Wii, or the XBOX 360, or the PS3. We had been using Sony game consoles for a long while now and so the thought of buying a Blu-Ray player embedded gaming console with high quality graphics and sound was a alluring.  However, I told my dad it wasn’t the safest decision or the wisest one at the moment.

You see, before I set my mind into asking my dad to buy something which can be enjoyed by the whole family, my scientist-side kicks in. It’s the side of me that goes into research mode and finds out everything I need to know about something and even ways to make the console better (like hacks, modifications, you get the idea). And so, even before that debate kicked in, I had been watching the development scene of all three consoles so I was pretty much knowledgable on what we were facing.

I told my dad that, although the thought of having a Blu-Ray player (You see my dad is a person who likes to make our entertainment system better and at times bigger… sort of like watching a room evolve, actually) it wasn’t the wisest choice.  For the moment, you would roughly need Php30,000 just to buy 10 original games since, unlike the other two consoles, there are no hacks or modifications for the system to allow pirates to do their piracy magic with. There are a lot more down-side to the PS3 that I told my dad about, which, if I would write it here, would turn this post into one heck of a novel, but, it was a point I stressed that spending a whooping Php21,000 on the console itself with only the wireless controller as a freebie and another couple of thousand pesos for a game (or two) is pretty much wasting a lot more money than if one would buy the other consoles that were fighting it off with Sony’s so-called pride.

And so, for that moment, the PS3 was out of the question. Next came the XBOX 360 — the challenger of a console brought to the world by the Microsoft Company.

Sure, the graphics may be as alluring as that of the PS3 and the titles were equal to that of Sony’s console. The XBOX 360 however, has a major flaw — it was not durable.

The XBOX 360 console is easy to break thanks to the so-called ‘Ring of Death’ that, for some reason or another, Microsoft doesn’t seem to want to fix. It renders the console useless and here in this country, there are no longer any support for the console and almost all the big-named malls have stopped shipping the console in and selling them.  Although, money-wise, it would be have been a great substitute for the PS3 as the games are only in stored in the DVD but has great looking graphics (although the sound cannot rival that of the Blu-Ray counterparts), it would not have been a safe bet to buy the evolved form of the XBOX console (and of that, many dealers would agree with me).

It left us with the Wii. And it was a no brainer on whether to take the console or not. You see, it’s been a long time since my mom actually played any computer games, and when we tested the Wii, she was the one who tested it. It was the first time in a very long time that I got to see my mom play, swinging the wiimote on one hand and acting as though she was playing tennis (yes, we were only allowed to test the wii with the ever-so-popular, Wii Sports game). She had that BIG smile on her face and you can instantly see that she was really enjoying herself. My dad saw this too, and I didn’t need to get into the details with him when it came to the pros and cons of the console (Yes, I was doing a better job in explaining the console to them than the sales clerk at that time… and a lot of people were listening in to my ‘speech’ too which was kind of embarassing). And so, when wednesday came around, my family and I went to the store to buy the console.

A week ago, to match it up with the Wii, I got myself a Nintendo DS Lite (although I could have gotten the DSi, I saw no point in buying something that only has an upgraded camera and a quarter of an inch’s increase in the screen display). Of course, even before I bought it, I had already researched and learned all that I can about the console and so it only took me about five minutes to customize my DS to make it look just like my PSP (sort of).

Currently, I have a whooping set of 30 games (half are original cartidges, while the others I am able to play thanks to the EDGE Flashcart) and among those games is the popular Pokemon DPP games (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum). It’s been a long time since I played any Pokemon game, my last being the Mystery Dungeon series. I was so amazed at how well the game had been evolving (I’ve been using that term a lot lately, lol) from it’s pathetic looking days back in Red, Blue, Green and Yellow.  The features of the game were also astonishing as the compatibility between the DPP games and the Wii Pokemon games are really thought of.  Not only that but the people in GameFreaks and Nintendo actually made a sort of protecting against cheating/hacking now too as one cannot easily used cheats and hacks to make their Pokemon stronger — it was done for the sake of the Wi-Fi community that the Pokemon game is now able to connect to allowing battles, trades, and the likes… of course, I haven’t tried that yet.

Anyways, I think this has gone long enough. I just wrote this as how I was amazed at the number of consoles I got to use and own in my life so far, and I doubt the DS would be the last of it too. I guess, you can say that I am even collecting consoles.

Unlike other people, I usually am happy when recieving gifts related to computers whether it be books, accessories or a new gadget. I just love learning about all these things and using them (of course).


There is nothing more that I enjoy doing than reading books and writing. I'm kind of a nerd like that, XD. I have been writing for 7 years and am the author of the YA novel "Winged: The Awakening" and "Winged: The Unraveling".

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