That's not a sentence I say every day. Never ever said it before, actually. The line is from Almost Famous, if you don't recognize it. The guy is a rock star, full of himself, and as I recall, about to end up in a pool. Anyway, saying I feel like a rock star is very abnormal for me, especially since I don't play a single instrument. (This despite the efforts of my musician uncles who gifted me with unsolicited instruments my entire life. Never taught me to play them, just have them to me. I had an acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, clarinet, violin...of course what I really wanted were DRUMS! No dice, mom ixnayed that real quick.)
I say I am a golden god because I have been bitted by the Wii bug. Its a very dangerous and expensive bug. I blame this entirely on Angel's husband. They invited me over for dinner and let me play Guitar Hero II on either his XBox or his PS2. It was fun. I really liked it. I just hadn't owned a game system since I was 9 and it was an Atari 2600. It would have to remain a novelty for when I visited. The next day I went to PC's house and found her husband had it too, only his was for his Wii game system. That was an interesting development...
The Wii has been nagging me for a while. When it first came out it was cool, but I wasn't interested. Then everyone I knew started getting them. Then they started selling out everywhere and even if I did want one, I couldn't find one. I liked the idea of moving around playing games. It seemed fun, different. Darling Geek's game system pushed me over the edge because not only could I have this cool game system, but I could play Guitar Hero too and the Wii version had a cordless guitar. Tempting. But alas, still sold out everywhere.
A few nights ago I'm at Walmart. I'm getting ready for my housewarming party. Buying snacks, and other whatnots. For some reason, I drift off into the electronics. I wanted to see what the Wii had to offer gamewise. Just curious, you know. Well, there were two people there at the case with one of the employees getting a bunch of Wii stuff. They had Wiis in stock. 2 left out of a shipment of 8 that had been put out less than an hour ago. I eyed the Wii. I eyed the pricetag. I eyed the man down the aisle that was waiting for me to falter and snap up MY game system.
So...I bought a Wii. Alas, if only it were that simple, though. The Wii comes with one controller and one numchuck. So I had to buy a second controller (which came with a Wii Games pack) and a second numchuck. Then I had to buy colored skins for them so we'd know who's controller was whose. Then I had to buy the Wii controller charger so I wouldn't waste a ton of batteries. I passed on the memory card for now, but of course...I got Guitar Hero III with the cordless guitar. I went home, put away my groceries and setup my new toy.
(As an aside, people kept passing my cart in the store and saying things like "ooh, someone's going to be happy this Christmas." Yeah, ME! It's mine. Not DB's. Mine.)
So last night, for the low low price of about $500 I hadn't planned on spending, I played Guitar Hero III. Without the cord, I could play sitting on my couch. I rocked. The game said so. I played great songs and almost - ALMOST convinced myself I could actually play guitar by the time I went to bed. Like I said, I am a golden god. At least on the easy level of "Slow Ride."
I mean, just watch this video trailer for it. How could you NOT want this?
DB came home this morning and asked if Santa had come early. He initially thought I had borrowed it from someone until he saw all the lovely unopened plastic packages on the table. He thinks I'm crazy. Should've gotten a laptop, he said. Whatever. That's just because he hasn't played it yet.
Any new gadgets catch your eye this holiday season? Are you preparing for a battle in the Target at some crazy hour for the last Butterscotch Pony or PS3? Have you ever played Guitar Hero? Tell me I'm not crazy and that game is awesome.
(PS. I've been doing a little game research! Not only do they have a trivia game named - you know it - Smarty Pants - but they also have a game called Boogie where you dance and yes - sing karaoke! Be prepared, Playfriends!)