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Greatness will have to wait

November 15, 2013 - Nick Dutro
At midnight today, a new PlayStation was released for the public. I’ve been following the launch of this device for months, since it was first announced in spring -- consuming everything from the specifications of the system, to the potential line-up of games and it’s eventual roll-out. This past week half of my attention has been on reviews of the system and games. And yet, I’ll have to let it sit probably a year before I act on my impulse to own this grown-up toy.

The promotional material for the PlayStation 4 uses the tagline “Greatness Awaits.” For now, that promise of greatness applies to a limited selection of games and a brand new interface for users to explore and discover until the next crop of (hopefully more intriguing) games come out. Many gamers were waiting in lines outside Walmart, Best Buy or Gamestop early today to be some of the first people to own this system, while others still will be wrapped around electronics outlets in a couple weeks on Black Friday hoping to purchase the console and get a deal on some other goodies.

I, on the other hand, am holding off for a while. Some of it has to do with the system being so new that the offerings (see: games) aren’t exciting enough to get me to fork over the $400 for the system. But also, it’s because there are other things that are more pressing right now, and, quite frankly, $400 for a toy probably isn’t the best use of my money today. After all, I have a wedding that I am planning for.

It’s a difficult thing, being a “grown up” for the first time and realizing one’s limitations. Sure, I’ve been an “adult” for a while now, but being in the place in one’s life where you are looking at balancing bills and responsibilities with wants is difficult. I can’t wait until I have the privilege to do this as a parent (sarcasm). It’s easy to see why so many of us get into such debt problems, and easier still to see why so many in my generation are still living with their parents.

So for now, greatness will have to continue to wait. Until then, I’ll stay responsible, and keep reading reviews until the price drops.

What I’m reading: “Mystery Society” by Steve Niles and Fiona Staples, published by IDW

What I’m listening to: “Little Talks” by of Monsters and Men

 
 

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