My computer is back. It was actually supposed to be back two days ago, but DHL decided that “next day” service doesn’t necessarily mean “the day after it is shipped” and didn’t bother to try and deliver it Thursday. They also didn’t try to deliver it yesterday, even though their tracking service said “delivery attempted.” In the end, I managed to convince them to see the error of their ways, although unfortunately this involved making vaguely threatening (and wholly uncharacteristic) “let me talk to your supervisor” demands to the phone rep and sitting on hold listening to looping recordings about DHL’s remarkable reliability for half an hour. Anyway, the important thing is that I’m no longer laptop-free, and however much you may personally dislike Macs you have to admit they make it ridiculously easy to restore the entire contents of a freshly-replaced hard drive.
It feels a bit like having a severed limb sewn back on. Welcome back, Mr. Right Arm. We’ve missed you.
I did manage to put together a podcast despite being PC-deprived, making that last post’s admission of my dishonest nature all the more damning. So you can listen to us opine about matters of emulation for 80 minutes, if that’s your thing. Even if not, you should probably enjoy Retronauts while you can. I just don’t see the podcast lasting much longer — the whole thing is vaguely painful to create, especially I still can’t seem to make it the tight, informative program I envision in my delusional excuse for a brain. I’m (obviously) not a born radio host, the time investment required to make each episode is ridiculous, and the bulk of the target audience already has its mind made up about classic gaming topics and doesn’t have any interest in listening to people with different/less informed/less passionate opinions on the topic. So really, it’s an ill-advised venture by any measure and I’d kind of like to reclaim the 10 hours of my week I invest in making the thing.
The videos are ridiculously fun to create, though, so I don’t anticipate putting a stop to those anytime soon.
As for emulation, it probably didn’t come across very clearly in the episode, but I’m not really much of a fan. I admire it on a “That is totally an awesome trick of technology” level, and it definitely comes in handy when I need to grab footage of a given game, but I’ve never seen PC-based emulation as a satisfying substitute for real gaming. Not so much for moral issues, though: Pure piracy isn’t cool, and kids with a profound sense of entitlement make me want to break faces; but I don’t precisely appreciate the creative chilling effect that increased corporate control of intellectual properties is having, either. I just don’t enjoy gaming on a computer, even if it’s a console game. Case in point: I’ve had a hankering for Chrono Trigger lately, but can’t bring myself to suffer through Final Fantasy Chronicles — the combination of load times and SNES-resolution graphics upgraded to PS1 resolution upscaled to HD resolution makes it feel like someone is stabbing me through the eyes and into the brain — so I grabbed a copy off eBay. That doesn’t do the copyright holders any more good than me swiping a copy from RomNation, and it cost me a whole lot more than a free ROM download, but ultimately it’s more satisfying to play on an Super NES than it would be on my MacBook. And what’s the point of indulging yourself if it’s not satisfying?
So, in conclusion, I’m anal-retentive. Nice to meet you. (Also, the podcast has to go on at least long enough for a Chrono love-in.)