God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll (archmage) wrote,
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll

The Quest For Bloodshed

Up until recently, I never had a computer that you could say was top-of-the-line.  Hell, I usually couldn't say it was middle-of-the-road, but I did what I could to make it a decent machine.  With the Banshee, I got to change that, and slowly upgraded her, bit by bit, until she was a screaming machine, worthy of her name.  That meant a lot of software that was better than average, especially in the realm of games...I was able to finally not look at the system requirements and cringe...much.

But now, with the coming of the Devil Eater, I'm in tall cotton, if you catch my Southern drift.  Very little out there (right now) gives her more than the slightest pause.  Thus, I decided to give myself a present today to show it off, and we went in search of a copy of Unreal Tournament 2004.  Now, I was well aware that this is probably the biggest, most looked-forward to game title in forever, but I was confident that I could find a copy somewhere. 

It was released in two formats, CD-ROM and DVD-ROM (advantage to DVD-ROM: 1 disc [as opposed to the 6-disc CD-ROM version] as well as some extras).  First stop, Target, as they tend to have a pretty decent software section, and we had some other shopping to do.  Check the shelves...nope, not even a mention.  Odd, I think, but no worries.  Finish our extra shopping, head out for round two.

Next stop, my local Electronics Boutique (the old guy there and I have had some long, cool game discussions, so I tend to go there a lot).  Walked in, told him what I quested for, and was told that the last CD-ROM copy was sold 90 minutes prior to my arrival.  The DVD-ROMs were sold out 3 weeks before they arrived, by the way.  Hmmm...this could prove more daunting than I first thought.  I started thinking I might have to find somewhere online to order it and wait a few more days.

Decide. since we're out, to check the local Wal-Mart.  Same as Target, not a sausage.  Did some more incidental shopping, and finally, head for home.  On the way, resigned to not getting it tonight, we opted to stop at the Fred Meyer, 3 blocks from the house.  It's a crappy, ghetto Freddy's, but I'd have felt stupid not checking it, since it was right there next to the house.  And mighty stupid I WOULD have felt, since there it was, sitting on the shelf (with several of its brothers), just waiting for me to snatch it up with my grubby hands: 6 CDs of pure, adrenalized, gun-toting, smack-talkin', exploding-body goodness...and a "15% off computer software" coupon right next to it.  Can't beat THAT with a stick.

I know I said it before, when I got the demo, but it bears saying again...DAY-UM!!!!  I'm in heaven, and I can take this one online, since I didn't pirate it (for a change!)  Most of all, between the Radeon 9600 graphics and the Audigy 2 sound, it's as good as it gets.

*happy, happy sigh*

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