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A Generation Behind

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Nov. 28, 2016
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I was not anticipating the long lines and large crowds for Black Friday this year, but my shopping haul from this past weekend was delightfully fruitful. I decided it was time for a “Treat. Yo. Self.” spending spree (Tom Haverford-style from Parks and Recreation).

I played a lot of video games when I was in middle school and at the start of high school. Then something happened and the importance of college applications and a rigorous school workload caught up and my dreams of being a gamer girl were put on the back burner. That is why it is no surprise that my large purchases from the weekend included a Wii, a Playstation 3, and a flat screen television. It is difficult to believe that both gaming systems are one decade old because the technology on the PS3 is still more advanced than its predecessor, the PS2. I have always collected consoles that were an older generation than the most recently released version at the time because I could never justify paying full price for a game when an older generation has just as good graphics and hardware.

The most fun part about the Black Friday and Cyber Monday experience is that it is the closest feeling of being a kid in a toy store without an overbearing adult deciding what can and can not be purchased. I guess life as an adult is more fun because we can buy more fun things. Actually, one of my purchases that I was most excited about was some gray cover stock paper that I used to use to make webcomics. I think it might be time to get back into the groove of drawing again.


Did anyone take advantage of Black Friday Deals? Do not forget that today is Cyber Monday and it is taking place worldwide!


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KimLuster at 5:10PM, Nov. 29, 2016

Like Jay, I worked retail for a few years, and dealing with Black Fridays (with the store looking like a bomb had gone off after hours) sorta turned me off... I've yet to shop a Black Friday... Someday I should!

jay6553 at 9:45PM, Nov. 28, 2016

I was at work.. (Best Buy) for nearly twelve hours, on black Friday. We had some good deals, but by the time my shift was over.. I was ready to get home. lol

EssayBee at 10:27AM, Nov. 28, 2016

I avoid Black Friday (to me, no deal is worth the stress of that crowd) and will be glad when the holiday promotional ads stop blowing up my inbox. I hardly play games any more, but The Last Guardian has me seriously considering a PS4. (Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are two of my all-time favorite games, so I've been waiting for TLG for years.) But I still have my NES and SNES hooked up (along with my PS3) and am happy when I see the kids play some of those old games (and I've been tempted to pop in the original Metal Gear and give it a playthrough).

Bruno Harm at 8:35AM, Nov. 28, 2016

I avoided Black Friday, but I did end up getting some Heroclix on a whim. I just got out of rehab for Magic: the gathering, so Here I ago again I guess. As far as old video games, I'm Jonesing for some Twisted Metal action, but Xbox one has nothing for me..

Banes at 7:23AM, Nov. 28, 2016

I remembered Black Friday and Cyber Monday thanks to the many emails that came my way. But as a quiet sort of contrarian, I didn't buy anything. Definitely agree with the late adopter philosophy now - I needlessly wasted so much money back in the day on my Beta Max machines and Sony Walkmen!

bravo1102 at 12:41AM, Nov. 28, 2016

The wife got a great deal on long underwear for me and a new vacuum cleaner. That's the next step. Complete domesticity.

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:23AM, Nov. 28, 2016

Exactly, Gunwallace, I am definitely a late adopter.

Gunwallace at 12:15AM, Nov. 28, 2016

Being a late adopter has advantages. Seeing a movie three years after it comes out doesn't make it any worse, or any better. Ditto playing a video game, reading a book, etc. It just makes them cheaper. Much cheaper.


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