Seasons greetings! A good three months late, but seasons greetings nonetheless!
I tried to tell myself that I would get a regular post out before the obligatory Christmas one, but alas I have failed. I hope you can find it within your warm, rotisserie chicken flavored heart to forgive me. Dang, that actually sounds pretty good. Er, the rotisserie chicken part.
While this is a haul post, the actual haul is pretty small. I got my fair share of gifts, but only one is fitting for this blog. Most of my gifts were clothing. I got a black sweater, a white dress shirt, and three lion themed t-shirts. Like last year with the Kung Fu theme, I told my sisters to get me something with a lion on it, be it a book or piece of clothing. I like doing gift themes, as it gives someone to chance to be creative with a gift. It also makes shopping easier. I think next year, my theme will be vampires. Nobody tell my sisters!
Like I said prior, only one gift I received really fits this space. It’s a pretty nifty little device, so let’s dive right in!
What you see here is a neat thing called the Retrode 2. It’s essentially a USB powered cartridge drive that you can plug older games, such as the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis, into and play them on your computer via emulation. You can also back up your games and save data using the device, which is what I plan to do. So far, I’ve tried it with a couple SNES games and one Genesis game. They worked well, though I had to clean the SNES games before they would read properly and I had put them into the device wrong anyway. I should note that, while I say SNES games, it was one SNES and one Super Famicom game. Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems and Ys 5 specifically, the latter you will see in a future post. The Genesis game I tried was the 6-Pack game that came with my Genesis. The Nintendo games took some effort to get working, but they were successful when I cleaned them with a q-tip and isopropyl alcohol. The Genesis game worked without any trouble. The Retrode 2 on it’s own can only take the aforementioned SNES and Genesis, but it can take other systems with the purchase of plugin carts, such as an N64 and all the Gameboys. With the N64 plugin, you can use actual N64 controllers to play the games. You can already use SNES and Genesis controllers with the Retrode 2, so if all else fails you can use it as a USB adapter for controllers. One downside is that there is no NES support, nor will there likely ever be. Although the device is still sold in online stores, the group that made it are no longer updating anything with it. This is problematic, as I was hoping to back up the save data for all my game carts, from NES to ideally DS or even 3DS if I could. There are ways around it, but I doubt it will work as well as the Retrode 2. Either way, it works very well! We got it from Stone Age Gamer, a store that specializes in retro gaming accessories and the like. They are a well known brand, but this was my first time receiving anything from them. It came quickly a few days after the order was placed and was in good condition, even coming in a nice package. Very good first purchase and I will definitely use Stone Age Gamer again. They have a nice little Famicom to NES adapter that I’ve had my eye on. Might have to pick that bad boy up now!
And that’s all! Yep, that’s the one gift that truly fits for this blog. As I said above, I did get other gifts but they were just clothes. So far I’ve only tried on one of the t-shirts, the black sweater, and the white dress shirt. They all fit well and are comfy. Starting with the nicer clothes, the sweater has an almost spandex-ish material to it. I don’t think it has any spandex in it, but I noticed that it stretches like a spandex article of clothing. I’ve become a sweater guy so this one will go perfectly with my current collection. The dress shirt is nice as well. The material is a bit sturdier than I was expecting, but this will be useful if I need to wear something extra nice and it’s cold enough to warrant heavier layers. A crisp white dress shirt is one of my favorite pieces of clothing so I have plenty of them and I’m always happy to get more. Like I said, all of the t-shirts I got were lion related, two of them being Lion King shirts. The other is a shirt with a lion wearing headphones on it! That’s honestly pretty awesome. Other than that, I got some candy and my eldest sister got me a wallet set with a bottle opener keychain on it. Other than that, not too much. I also got a short book about lion facts. You’re probably wondering why I picked lions in the first place at this point. Lions are my favorite animal so, to be honest, I did want some lion things. And lion things were what I got. It was fun anticipating what my sisters would get for me and I was very happy with all my gifts!
Well, there was one other gift I got that was kind of special. My buddy Troy got me a pair of Vegeta socks. We exchanged gifts during one of our hangouts; I got him a Batman drinking chalice thing. On the box they called it something particular, but I can’t remember what. It’s kind of bothering me. Anyway, the socks themselves fit well. I’m not a huge sock guy, but with these I am one step closer to having an entire Dragon Ball outfit. All I need are the pajama pants and I’ll be golden. Thanks again, Troy!
As for the festivities themselves, we had our celebration on Christmas Eve at my sister’s new house. This was my first time seeing her new house, as well as meeting her newborn baby she had literally days ago (as in several days, not like a couple days prior.) Her house was very nice and cozy, almost like it was made for winter holidays. She’s also got great snacks for our family get-togethers. She had salami and some other type of meat with crackers and cheese, which I spent a decent amount of time at. After a few moments of chatting and preparing, we ate our meal. It was yummy to the max, though these kinds of meals generally are. Then we opened presents. My middle niece had a lot of fun with her Frozen II sing-along toy, which she played with all night! I then had to look up the specific song that she was playing. On the “try me” feature that she kept playing with, the song they defaulted to was Elsa’s “Into the Unknown” which is a pretty nice song. I watched part of it on YouTube and I like the sass that Elsa has during the song in the beginning parts. I don’t know if I want to see the movie though. I never saw the first one.
Though, I did see Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker on Christmas Day! Went with my mom to our local Movie Tavern so we got lunch too. We had to sit separately, though I didn’t mind. I just wanted to see the movie! I liked it! I felt like it addressed the concerns left by those who didn’t like The Last Jedi and it wrapped up the “Skywalker Saga” well. My only issue is that the explanation of Rey’s heritage was, while interesting, not fleshed out very much. I won’t go into spoilers, but it’s explained that Rey is distantly related to another character and I wish they we got more details on how that went. The connection felt too loose in my opinion. Otherwise, the movie was very good. It definitely felt like it was meant to be the final Star Wars movie and I’m okay with that. I’m an odd fan in that I actually liked the prequels and that I’m primarily interested in the world of the Jedi. So the prequels appealed to me though the original trilogy is special to me as well. After the movie, my parents and I had a light dinner out. Well, it was light for me. I only got the rice pilaf, as I was still full from lunch.
After that, it was pretty much a night of relaxation. Everyone went off to do their own thing. I think I stayed in my room and watched YouTube. Might’ve gotten a snack or two some time after. I might do the same after I post this, but the point is that it was a nice Christmas. I liked all my gifts and seeing what is basically the last Star Wars film felt like a present in of itself. We’re already three months into the new year, so it may be pointless to say this, but my goal for 2020 is to post more here. I know, I know, I say that pretty often already. You’re just going to have to trust me. Can you do that, reader? Can you truly? I think you can.
Thanks for reading!