Christmas at my BF’s parents was really enjoyable. His family is very reasonable, quite happy, proud to f ly the Scottish flag (but not in an over the top way), and were very friendly towards me but not to the point of nosey. B. and I could pretty much do whatever we wanted to, i.e. there was no ‘forced’ or prescribed behaviour or expectations in any shape or form.
We got there at about 1PM and they were already over at their neighbours (apparently this is a tradition – they go over there for a couple of drinkies in the PM). B. and I stayed in his room for a bit but then we were ‘discovered’ – his brother called on his mobile and asked us to come across, which we did. We stayed for a few drinks (me being on the Vodka + Diet Coke) and then went back to theirs and sat down in the conservatory, where presents were given and unwrapped, before having dinner and drinking some more 😛
I got various things including a dark slab of chocolate by HotelChocolat which is amazing mmhh! Also a couple of games – LittleBigPlanet for the PS3 (which I played tonight) and God of War – Chain of Olympus for the PSP (great game!).
I’m back home now though. Needed to get back to the cat and try out LittleBigPlanet. My BF has an Xbox 360 and not a PS3, and I got him Gears of War Special Edition so this afternoon I was on the PSP and he on the Xbox 360. I don’t mind that – quite the opposite. It was interesting seeing the Xbox 360 in action, and particularly Live. I can see how the system is more ‘sophisticated’ than PSN – on the other hand, PSN is free, and to be honest it’s just right for a casual gamer like myself. I wouldn’t know what to play on the 360!
PS: Today I also purchased the new Prince of Persia for the PS3 from play.com – it’s only £17.99 for some reason!
I found a shop in Edinburgh that repairs TVs, including rear-projection ones, and popped in last week-end. They do a free assessment (to see if it’s repairable) and will then give me a quote, so I can see if it’s worth it going along with it or not. I suppose I’d be quite happy to pay up to £200 max IF they are able to fix it relatively quickly and easily (without having to take it away). But definitely no more than that. Maybe even £200 is too much, given how little it’s probably worth it (it’s a 42″ Toshiba rear-projection, bought around 5 years ago).
Either way it’s good to know one way or another. Naturally, if I did get it fixed, it would mean I have to get a TV license 😐 – and I’ve come to HATE TV so wouldn’t watch it anyway. Why am I thinking of getting it fixed, I hear you ask?
So that I can play LittleBigPlanet, which is meant to be amazing, and which B. I hope will buy me for Xmas 😀
It looks like with LittleBigPlanet there’s finally a new game out for the PS3 that I have to get my hands on. It was released on Nov 5th and is a PS3-exclusive (hehe @Xbox 360 owners). It’s a ‘puzzle platformer and world creation’ game accordin to Wikipedia and is hitting all the right spots for me.
It’s almost a year ago since I played my first PS3 game – Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction, and nothing has tickled my fancy since (I did buy Oblivion but only played it for a couple of hours or so. It’s a game that would suck up too much time…).
The only problem with LittleBigPlanet is that I no longer have a TV. The mission, then, is to hook it up to my PC monitor and then I’d also want to get it online of course (online gaming = free on the PS3 🙂 ).
I’m not going to buy it myself yet. I don’t really have time to play just now (well I do a bit, but I’ve yet to finish Zelda – Twilight Princess and have another bash at Yoshi’s Island). Defininitely one to get and play eventually – maybe once it’s been out for a few months and getting cheaper etc.