Well, it looks like that time of year again, everybody’s happy, it’s relatively cold outside (for Arizona), There’s a Christmas tree on Mill Ave. and half the windows at ASU have shoddily placed Christmas Lights on them. What I’m trying to convey is…IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS! While there’s still a couple of weeks left of school here, it’s basically Christmas to me so I just wanted to take a moment in the name of consumerism to lay out my Christmas list for my dear family whom I will link this post to (I Love you Gram, Pops, Robin, Dick, Dave, Steph, Mom, Dad and possibly Alex). And maybe some other people will see what’s cool out there and why I like it.
You may notice a distinct lack of Nintendo’s new video game system (The Wii U) on here. I think it’s a cool looking system with a lot of fun potential, but I think there needs to be a more established game library before I go out and consider wanting one.
The layout this year is a wee bit different, as I’m laying out two possible options. One of these isn’t as much a “gift” (it’s a big gift) as it is a potential Spring Break plan, but I’ll get to that in a moment. Without further ado…enjoy.
OptionPlan Number 1: The Regular List (As per always, in no particular order)
1. Smart Phone (Galaxy S3)
As far as describing this one, it should be rather self explanatory. It’s kinda odd being in classes at a journalism school designing web apps for a smart phone I don’t even own. It was especially weird when one of my teachers just assumed everyone in the class had a smart phone to do this video assignment, and when I said I didn’t have one, she pushed the assignment back so she could let me get a camera…yeah. So having a smart phone would be nice.
2. PlayStation Vita.
The Playstation Vita is the Successor to the PSP, and it is a gorgeous piece of technology. It’s a really cool system to use, and games look gorgeous on it. Not to mention the selection of games is good too, now that it has had a good amount of time to be out there (It came out in March). The Vita is up there on my list.
2a. Games for Vita
If I were to have a Vita, some games for it would probably be cool. ones like
Persona 4: The Golden (Gamestop: http://www.gamestop.com/ps-vita/games/persona-4-golden/101981 ):
Following in the footsteps of Persona 3 Portable, the second highest rated PSP game of all time, and based on Persona 4, one of the most beloved ATLUS titles ever, P4G delivers an enhanced and expanded portable roleplaying experience. Visuals have been beautifully remastered to take advantage of the vibrant 5″ OLED display. The game’s aural presentation is better than ever, with 1.5 times the voiced dialogue of the original release. A new online dungeon rescue feature allows users to call on other players for assistance when they are about to die in the TV world. P4G is also overflowing with new content: new Personas to collect; new story events along with an allnew character; stunning new anime cutscenes, which include a new opening animation with a new song from master composer Shoji Meguro; a host of fan suggested tweaks and changes, and much, much more! Persona 4 Golden is far more than just a handheld version of an alltime classic: it’s the best way to experience it yet!
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Gamestop: http://www.gamestop.com/ps-vita/games/uncharted-golden-abyss/91436 ):
Uncover the dark secret behind the 400-year-old massacre of a Spanish expedition as Nathan Drake follows the murderous trail of an ancient and secret Spanish sect. Caught in the middle of a rivalry between Jason Dante – his old friend – and Marisa Chase – the granddaughter of an archeologist who has mysteriously vanished without a trace – Nathan Drake races into the treacherous river basins, undiscovered temple ruins and karst caverns of Central America in search of a legendary lost city, only to find himself pushed to the edge of the Golden Abyss.
Gravity Rush: (Gamestop: http://www.gamestop.com/ps-vita/games/gravity-rush/98723 )
Manipulate gravity to save your world from destruction. Gain a new perspective as you take on the role of Kat, a strong-willed girl seeking the means to protect her future in a world that’s crumbling to pieces. Tilt and move the PlayStation Vita, taking gravity into your own hands to deliver devastating attacks, uncover the secrets to your past and explore a mysterious world.
3. PS3/Xbox 360/3DS Games
These are all fantastic video games that are on my list.
Play Station All Stars: Battle Royale (Gamestop: http://www.gamestop.com/ps3/games/playstation-all-stars-battle-royale/101765?loc=newgamereleases )
Do any of you remember when Alex and I got a game called Super Smash Bros. for Christmas on Nintendo 64? (Ahhh, those were the days!) Well this is the same general idea as that game: Take some of the biggest characters and stars from Play Station’s history and have them fight each other. It’s a really fun game that I had the pleasure of playing, that does a great job of differentiation itself from Nintendo’s Smash Bros. Franchise.
Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing Transformed (For Xbox 360 OR PS3) (Gamestop: http://www.gamestop.com/xbox-360/games/sonic-all-stars-racing-transformed/104378 )
Think Mario Kart, but with Transforming Karts that move through Land, Air, and Sea all at once as the tracks continue and change around you, it’s a grand ol’ time. I haven’t had the opportunity to play this one myself yet, but the reviews on the game have been nothing but positive, and portraying it as some of the most fun you can have with a cartoony racing game.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Gamestop: http://www.gamestop.com/nintendo-3ds/games/paper-mario-sticker-star/89905?loc=bestsellers )
Paper Mario was a great game that came out back in the days of the Nintendo 64, that combined the tradition Mario formula with Roleplaying Game elements. Now it’s back on the 3DS and apparently better than ever, and I’m excited about it.
4. Movies And Such
The Dark Knight Rises Blu Ray. (Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Knight-Rises-Blu-ray-UltraViolet-Digital/dp/B004LWZWGK/ref=sr_tr_sr_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354910685&sr=8-1&keywords=the+dark+knight+rises )
He’s the Hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now.
Persona 4: The Animation Blu Ray (http://www.amazon.com/Persona-4-Collection-1-Blu-ray/dp/B008DL4MSO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354910812&sr=8-2&keywords=persona+4+the+animation )
It’s kinda funny that Persona 4: The Animation is the second Persona 4 based item on this list right now, it’s just that Persona 4 is one of my favorite games of all time, and the face that they both remade the game AND made an anime about it is just too cool. The anime is amazing and up there with my all time favorites, so having it on Blu Ray would be awesome.
5: Fun Things
Star Trek Inflatable Captain’s Chair: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e9ce/
JUST LOOK AT THAT! LOOK AT HOW AWESOME THAT IS!
House Stark Shirt: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ebbf/
Because Winter Is Coming
Theres No Place Like “Home” shirt: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/5d6a/
Get it? Because those numbers are localhost AKA home! HA!
Crit Happens Shirt: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f148/
A “crit” is when something is a “Critical Failure” in a DnD game. So you know…crit happens.
Replica Legend of Zelda Shield: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f0b8/
Imagine THAT hanging in my room!
Castle Ravenloft DnD Board Game: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e692/
It’s a DnD Campaign you can do over a coupla hours time. Perfect for initiating my friends to DnD without having to run a full on campaign with them.
Ascencion: Chronicle of the Godslayer: http://www.amazon.com/Ascension-Chronicle-Of-The-Godslayer/dp/B0040QE5YC
This is a card game I’ve played a couple of times with friends, and it’s a lot of fun. You build your deck as you go through the game, changing your strategy as it continues.
Assassin’s Creed Hoodie: http://store.ubiworkshop.com/assassins-creed-3-connor-hoodie/
This is a really cool sweatshirt, based on a really cool character.
And that about wraps it up or plan 1. Obviously, as every year, if there is anything NOT on this list that would be cool, I trust my family’s judgement wholly. Now on to the 2nd possible plan.
OptionPlan Number 2: Disney World
So I was talking to my friend Mike as I am often wont to do on any given day when he said something to me, and passed along an invitation. He said that over Spring Break, his family had a hotel room at Disney World that they weren’t going to use, and that we (Me, Mike, George, Ruben, and Matt) were more than welcome to it. But the caveat was of course getting there, buying a park ticket, and Food/spending money. So that is option number 2: Disney World with my friends for Spring Break. I realize this is a tremendous undertaking, which is why this is it’s own separate list from the rest, and if you ignore it completely I would certainly not argue. But I figured I would mention the plan either way.
5 Day Park Hopper Ticket: $325
Plane Fare ~$500
So there you have it, that is my christmas list this year! I hope this has been an enjoyable, helpful read with some pretty fun stuff to look at!
Let me finish it off with a pony.