What's been going on lately...

Okay, so as you might know I got engaged a couple weeks back.

We got our budget (which is about an 8th of what our house will cost us). For me as an economist it's an extremely difficult thing to comprehend, throwing so much money away on 1 afternoon/night instead of using it for a 65" LED and every freaking console ever created.

I got a couple of games recently and will update this post later today with the latest editions to my collection. I also completed my final fantasy XIII-2 collection, until I read about the new dual pack coming out later this month... So I'll get that, the Crystal Edition for the 360 and two standard editions, one for PS3 and one for X360. But I'll do this over a couple of months. I must say I was very lucky to pick up the PS3 Crystal Edition for R450/$53 [Just for future reference, all the prices I'll list here will be in my local currency ZAR and converted to USD, also our sales tax is automatically added to the prices of goods. So if you think I paid too much let me know, I'd love to hear what bargains you guys get every now and then...]

My Games budget for this month has taken a serious knock since I paid for some laser therapy for the fiance. She wants to get rid of all the veins that show on her legs before the wedding in February... But because of that she guaranteed me a white Vita for Christmas. Which I can't wait for. That's another thing, lately I've been trying to get each console I own in a black and a white variant. One of these days I'll be flat broke with zero cash left for electricity, but at least I'll be able to look at all my pretty consoles.

Well that's enough of a ramble for now. I'll update a bit later and hope you guys enjoyed this. Feedback is appreciated and you are more than welcome to send me a private message.

P.S. Since house prices differ a lot and I can't measure it absolutely I'm going to do a little comparison for what else I could buy. This does exclude the honeymoon to Bali.

What the wedding money can be used for:

  • My Amazon wishlist 4 times.
  • 880 Sealed Copies of Final Fantasy X
  • 220 PS3 Games (at RRP)
  • 44 Xbox 360's
  • 36 3G Vita's
  • 14 Samsung Smart Plasma TV's 55"

How Final Fantasy VIII Changed my life

Just some background I'm now 24 years old and I live in South Africa. So here goes:

When I first got this awesome game I was 13 years old, just went to Grade 6 (my birthday is on the 17th of December). It was on a Sunday morning after church, my parents wanted to go to the Hatfield flea market (it's a crappy place now), okay my mom wanted to go and dragged us all along. I was stunned to see a games stall there, after looking through everything I decided on Final Fantasy VIII, I don't know why since I had never heard of the series before then.. It was probably the 5 discs for R120.

A couple years back I dug those old discs up.. I couldn't believe the horrible printing job the oke put on them. How could I ever believe it was the legitimate game! I'l write that one off on youth...

When I finally got round to playing the game it was GLORIOUS! This was my first real experience with an RPG. it was an entire world to explore (3D none the less), it was so detailed I just could not comprehend it all at that stage. The excitement was almost unbearable.

The gang of Squall Quistis, Zell, Sophie, Irvine and Rinoa became like friends to me. After the drudgery of school and homework I could go back to that unnamed world and hangout with the them, for hours on end i would just walk around and explore. I would much rather be in that fictitious world...

This game change the way way I see the world. Whether that is a good thing or not, I wouldn't know, you would have to ask my significant other about that.

The most gripping thing of the game to me was the love story. It made me appreciate romance. Somehow that also changed me, for the next 10 odd years I would not be able to make a relationship last more than 2 months. As I am writing this I realise I was envious of the connection Squall and Rinoa had. And saddened by the one Laguna and Julia couldn't have. I was not willing to settle for anything less, I would always sub consciously wish for a relationship like theirs. I thought I found that once, until she broke it off for no apparent reason.

But it was because of this great game that I've been dating the woman of my dreams for the past 2 years! Tonight I'm getting her ring and will ask her to marry me this weekend. Were it not for this game it might never have happened.


I bought a PSP last year just to be able to play FFVIII on the go (or in bed) and I've managed to put up another 60 hours to my total. This entire series has captivated me over the years, I guess it has something to do with the fact that I was born the day the original NES version got released.

These games (FF VIII in particular) aren't just good memories or a funny story. They shaped me into the person I am today, it's a part of my personality.

Thanks for reading!