15/11/2013

black box theatre

Happy Playstation 4 Day! Of course it is but the North American rendition of this glorious moment. The main event that is the European launch materialising a mere two weeks from now. Only the laws of time and space seperate me from my pre-ordered console now.

Yes it's that special time in the ongoing imaginary arms race of first world consumer electronics. As always, perspective is required. Recent events outside this little bubble of ours make that all too clear. Consoles, smartphones, tablets. They're glitzy electronic doodads elevated to godhood by the tech priests of Sony and Microsoft and others like them. Its absurd and we're absurd for going along with it but we go along with it because its absurd, and its fun.
 
So as I settle down with my little black box two weeks from now absolutely thrilled to be in possession of yet another coveted marvel of the technological age I hope I have the wherewithal to realise I am but a fraction of a fraction of those fortunate enough to live in this context. A context free from questions of hunger, disease or survival. 

Buzzkill aside, I am excited, hyped even for November 29th. In my own personal ridiculous way I am stupidly excited for the launch of the next generation of consoles. I'm just trying not to blinker myself and screen out the outside world as I do so. I am thankful I get to write about something I love. End of story really, lets return to our regularly scheduled programming of puerile wit and mangled wordplay before I get too self-important.