It was a pretty interesting day. I got to try some new Hardee's breakfast items. The Country Breakfast Burrito wasn't horrible, but it has way too much egg and not nearly enough meat. The Blueberry Biscuits were likewise non-awful, but I expected something other than their regular biscuits topped with blueberry topping and icing. Maybe some sort of blueberry-friendly biscuit would have been more complementary. Thinner, possibly with fluffier layers. Then I determined that, indeed, while Beautiful Katamari had streeted last week, Best Buy and Wall Market had no copies of it, nor any place to display it. So we went to the mall and I bought it at Gamestop, as well as Touch Detectives 2 1/2, which they'd tried to hide. I wouldn't be worthy of the game if I hadn't found the display box. The humor's intact, and I haven't done more than start a new file and play through the tutorial... I don't know if I could have skipped it by saying I didn't want to learn the controls, but I wanted to see the tutorial. It was worth it, particularly because of the number of references to the first game. (I assume they'd use different lines if I hadn't played the first game.) Beautiful Katamari seems to have a superior soundtrack so far, but I've only played a few levels. It's hard to get a decent katamari... I wonder if I'm out of practice, or maybe I need to become more familiar with the levels. Sadly, they've done away with people in the level select screen... now the levels are buildings. Still the same great gameplay, and I'm looking forward to finding some extras.
But that's not all my shopping exploits! I also took Curt's cue and bought myself the XBox 360 HD DVD player, figuring that I'll have to buy a next-gen player SOMETIME... so why not buy this one while it comes with King Kong, Heroes season 1, and five other HD DVDs free via mail-in rebate? So now I have both DVD and HD DVD Heroes season 1. Oh well. On the plus side, this greatly expands my Christmas list options. Almost any HD DVD movie would make a great present, and that includes a good selection of films for any price range. That's handy, because the only other thing I can think of immediately is Blue Dragon, which will be pretty expensive. (I was surprised that Beautiful Katamari was only $40.) I also had to buy a new surge protector, since both of the outlets on that side of the room were completely full. This includes a six-outlet surge protector with a power strip plugged into it. No power strip for the other one yet. I'm not too worried about overloading the circuit, since I don't turn everything on at once, and most of the devices are low-powered anyway. More pressing was space for the HD DVD player, since I really didn't want to shove it between the XBox 360 and the Wii, but the USB cable doesn't stretch far enough to place it very far from the 360. It's sitting on top of my TV for now... I could probably put it on the top shelf under the HD TV, but that's a mess right now - it's where I'm keeping my USB keyboard, Dragon Quest slime controller, various cables that aren't plugged into anything, and the cases for whatever games I'm playing at the moment. I also cleared out space in my library for the new bookcase I bought, but whether it will be stable there remains a question, and I don't really have much room to assemble it with the new DVD cabinet in the way. However, I've always managed to do things like this before, and I'll make it work somehow.
Some amazing football games today, but my limited understanding suggests that if I describe them in any way, I could technically be sued by the NFL. I don't want that, so I'll just say they were amazing and leave it at that. That shouldn't fall under the category of "unauthorized descriptions or accounts". If it does... I don't have enough money to be worth suing anyway, so the standard fanfic disclaimer applies.