Pretty much everyone was probably expected a Mana Kight pick-up blog post, but it took me a while to make one. This is probably one of my lesser spending months of stuff I buy for fun. Main reasons are not many games releases I cared about, me wanting to work on my backlog more, and I had many big payments to make (My electric bill doubled, auto insurance for 6 months, optometrist bill, vehicle repair, etc.). I also worked 20 days in a row for a lot of hours, so I didn't have a lot of time to shop around malls and stuff. Regardless, I picked up a variety of stuff in January.
First off, I know I'll get lots of hate fo buying Bayonetta on PS3, but I did it because my 360 just might be dying soon unfortunately (didn't want to go without playing Bayonetta) and I wanted to use the PS3 controller. Plus, it didn't look too bad to me (just loading was a bit annoying, but the patch addresses it. Previously, my eyes weren't that great to tell differences). I did end up beating the game and really enjoying it. Also got Assasin's Creed for PSP, mostly because its cheap and I do enjoy Assasin's Creed games. Haven't had much chance to play it.
I traded in one 360 game to get Borderlands for $20 at GameStop (used credit I had for trading in games a bit ago). It was actually hard debating between PS3/360 version (because of friends), but the PS3 version ended up edging out due to some friends buying it. While I was a bit skeptical about the game (I'm not a big fan of FPS and open world games), I like it and played with The_Grimance and JMEPO online. Sky Crawlers is cool, but only had the chance to play once. Played HotD Overkill once (got for $13 on Amazon). Froze midway through the game the first time, 2nd time I beat the first episode. Kind of feel the need to get a Nyko Blaster for the game. I bought a $20 PSN Card for sale items and Vandal Hearts. I bought FFTA2 although I don't currently own a DS, but its a game I want and it was only $7.48 at Target. I also got TVC (arrived today despite preordering it), but haven't put the game in yet. Outside of game buying, I did beat Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 on PS3. Awesome game, tough to say whether I prefer that or Bayonetta.
Outside of games, I started purchasing some anime DVDs. Due to longer work days, I've been in the mood to just relax more and watch something (instead of game playing). That's why I bought a Gundam SEED set (use to have many episodes recorded onto a DVR on my old PC), but lost many of them. Currently going through re-watching it. Just got Gundam Wing and Eureka Seven (other anime I love) in the mail too, but will watch them later (although I've seen them before). I definitely expect much more anime buying in my future (I won't just get old stuff). The anime was only $37 each (Gundam Wing was $42).
Outside of anime, I made a few random purchases such as Sony CD-R's for $11.74 at Costco. I was down to 1 blank CD-R, and since I have to use them to copy over files for certain things (and my car only has a CD player), I needed more of them. In reality I only needed 10-20 discs, but felt it was best to spend an extra $2 and get 100 of them.
adriley313 told me about the deal. I bought a micro SD set and converters, mostly because my digital camera still only had a 16MB SD card (lol, now up to 2GB). I wanted a micro SD for my cell phone, and I wanted my night out pics from my friend who needed converters. I also bought a pair of ear phones for $9. I needed a pair since my PSP ones were too short to use on my computer (and computers at work). Just wanted a pair that did the job, not an expensive pair. The MicroSD and headphones were cheap and used as filler items, lol (although I needed them).
I also purchased a bunch of clothing. I've been wanting to overhaul my wardrobe a bit. I've always like AE (American Eagle) clothing, just haven't bought any new stuff from them since 2004. I decided to shop during their clearance and got great deals. The first picture set, I got two hoodies (it was buy one, get one half off) and a pair of cargo pants (all clearance stuff was an additional 30% off). I only paid around $36 after tax for all that stuff. I went to another AE, purchased two more hoodies (same deal, but got an extra 50% off of clearance), so I paid $18 after tax. I will check other AE stores for more clothes. May also buy some Hollister and others. Some might wonder why I dress this way (when I'm not wearing my gaming/anime or sports teams stuff), but its because I grew to liking the clothes based on where I grew up. Also got a new hat. The jeans were just bought to go with various T-Shirts I wear (used the last bit of my Macy's giftcard to get them).
While I probably should have left it out, I posted my new glasses only because I think they are pretty cool (I didn't pick them out, the people at the eye doctor felt they looked great on me, and I agree). While they may be a bit small, I like wearing them overall since they help me see well on the computer, play games, and drive at night.
Not posting my other pick-ups like my crazy high electric bill, Turbo Tax software, snow shovel, and other necessary things.
Feb. is a big month for games, so hopefully I'll be able to get most of what I want and don't have unexpected payments (although I expect another high electric bill, and my apartment rent increases soon). Good thing is I have a ton of GameStop credit after trading in a bunch of games last night that just didn't suit me (as a hint, open world related games, although Borderlands was kept, just because they didn't do too great with me). I don't see as many clothing purchases or anime purchases, just a few games.
Anyway, these were my pick-ups (although less spent and fewer). I'm planning to take some time off this weekend to enjoy the stuff (along with maybe spend more time with friends).
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