Christmas is almost upon us. It seems to come faster every year. Have you all been good boys and girls? If so, let’s use today’s Roundtable to remind Santa about all the goodies on our holiday wish lists this year.
Typically, I ask our writers to focus on movie, TV, gaming or home theater items for this type of topic, but this year I thought we’d open it up to pretty much anything you look forward to during this holiday season.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
Between the videogame console launches and some gloriously insane sales at Amazon, I’ve already checked a bunch of stuff off my wish list. I have a truckload of Blu-ray discs on the way, my new Pioneer VSX-1123 receiver ought to be showing up any minute now, and I’m staring down more consoles and games than I’ll ever know how to handle. The funny thing is that I went into this holiday season with two must-haves on my list, and I haven’t picked up either of them yet. I desperately need a new computer. My problem is a compulsion to overspec a new PC, wind up with a terrifying price tag, and then scare myself off. Honestly, anything will be better than the ancient clunker I have now. I was also determined to pick up a new TV. Amazon has the display on the top of my list, the Panasonic 65VT60, for $2,149, a price point that’s surreally low for a set of that size and quality. If Santa doesn’t set me up, I might have to bite.
After careful thought, I decided that the item that I most wanted this year was a replacement memory card for my recently purchased PlayStation Vita. While I own dozens of digital games, the included 4GB proprietary memory card can only hold a few. Sadly, 32GB is the max size card here in the States, and with rumors that Sony would bring over a 64GB card before the end of the year seeming less and less likely, I was forced to decide between settling for a good-priced 32GB card through U.S. channels or importing a 64GB card.
During my research, I found an import 64GB card that, even with shipping, was roughly the expected price of a U.S. version and $15-$30 cheaper than what I had seen elsewhere. So, I decided to pull the trigger and import the card while the price was decent. Assuming that it arrives and works without issue, my next wish list item is probably PSN money so that I can get hold of the few big Vita releases that I don’t currently own. (That, or an all-new home theater.)
I usually buy myself what I want over the course of a year, but if I had to choose something I haven’t picked up, it would probably be Season 5 of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ on Blu-ray. I’ve been very impressed with the quality of the first, third and fourth releases (I have the second, which I bought used so that Paramount wouldn’t profit further off of that one’s crummy quality), but haven’t gotten around to the fifth. Of course, I should probably watch all of the first four, but of course I did a marathon viewing of the whole series (plus movies) before the Blu-rays came out. Maybe I’ll get around to watching the Blu-rays when Paramount starts releasing the series in 4K.
Having kids, I’ve learned that it’s far more satisfying to blow all of our allotted Christmas cash on them than to get presents myself – but this year I’m getting a few gifts of my own. Typically, I buy my own presents and have my wife and kids give them to me. Mrs. Hickman is well aware that 99% of my wish list items are Blu-rays or other entertainment-related items, so buying them myself works out well for all parties. This year, to go with my new TV (my big Christmas present), I’ve decided to get a new videogame: ‘Battlefield 4’. A few of my friends already play and love it, so I’m joining the club for some online co-ops with the guys. Not being a big gamer, I don’t own a headset for mid-game communication, so I plan to pick up one of those as well. As always, Christmas day will be dedicated to the family and watching the kids play, but once they go to bed, Dad gets to kill some bad guys!
Michael Spike Steinbacher
I already have most of the electronics stuff I need, but I’d happily take the Samsung 98″ 4K OLED television. It’s not available for sale yet, but it would probably set Santa back about $50,000. Oh yes, world peace would make a good stocking stuffer, as well. But first the TV.
My wish list items are mostly music on vinyl. The top three albums I want most this holiday season are all movie soundtracks. First is the soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Death Proof’, specifically the blood-soaked-on-white-vinyl version. This soundtrack is all kinds of awesome. Number 2 on the list is the soundtrack to the ’80s horror flick ‘Critters’. Yes, they made a soundtrack album for that. I’ve been trying to get my hands on it for some time now, but I’ve been outbid or was just too late in purchasing it. I hope one comes up for sale soon so that I can listen to Johnny Steel’s “Power of the Night” song over and over. (The song was originally done by Terrence Mann.) To round off the list, I want the soundtrack to ‘Phantasm’. It’s an amazing soundtrack and super rare. There are plenty of others on my list, but we’d be here for a few hours.
For this Christmas, I would more than anything like the New York Knicks to stop losing games (9 in a row as of today!). In lieu of miracles, I’d settle for an Xbox360 with a copy of ‘NBA2K14’. At least with that, I could forge my own alternate universe where we weren’t the laughingstock of the league.
Christmas? Honestly, I’ve hardly had time to think about it. I’ve got other, more pressing concerns that are happening at the same time and taking up my attention.
What could be fun? Well, this is pretty awesome. I’ll need two of them.
Now it’s your turn. Tell Santa what you want for Christmas in the Comments below.