Ok, so I caved. Just over 2 weeks since I bought my wife a white DS Lite, I couldn’t stand it anymore - I bought myself a black one. Going back to the original DS, most noticeably of all the old screen brightness, was painful after having another one in the house chucking photons about with wild abandon. Ok, so I don’t have that much time to play on the DS, but the time I do spend will now be even better 😀Hell, the way I see it is that it’s my birthday at the weekend so this is a present to myself. I’m also expecting to get New Super Mario Bros for my birthday and would like to play it at its best - I’m really looking forward to a return to the splendour that was Super Mario World on the SNES, which still totally rocks; I spent several hours playing it through again on the game system on a Virgin flight to the US a couple of years back. Plus, I finally got paid for an article I wrote on OGRE for a software magazine over 18 months ago, and that’s covered the cost. The justifications, predictably, go on. 😉
Interestingly when I got it home last night I discovered I was unfortunate enough to suffer the dreaded stuck pixel - the red component of a pixel in the top-right corner of the bottom screen was constantly on. You can’t tell when on the general DS startup screens, since they’re very bright, but in something like Mario Kart where there’s some darker screens, with greens and blues being prevalent, it was obvious. Not disastrous, but I knew it would annoy me so I took it back to the shop today, fully prepared to have to argue the case for a replacement. Luckily no such arguing was necessary, they replaced it without any hesitation; commenting themselves that even though it wasn’t serious it would have bugged them too. 😀
That was nice - that’s precisely the sort of service that makes a decent case for buying from a local computer shop rather than over the Internet (or even a non-speciality chainstore like Woolworths where it was Â£5 cheaper) - many high street retailers have been bitching about losing sales to Internet stores, but clearly good local service is the way to counter that. In this case it’s cheaper to buy locally anyway since I don’t have to pay VAT 😉 But, I appreciate good service and will remember that next time I have to buy a game machine.