Christmas was great this year. Following wikle
's advice, I set up my mom's new laptop so it was ready to use when she opened it. This involved installing all the windows updates, copying over her firefox and thunderbird profiles (secretly!), and installing some browser plugins. It was good advice! She's using the new machine with no problems. I thought Vista would cause some confusion since it looks so different, but so far it hasn't.
And my parents gave me a Wii and a stack o' games! It's so cool. The crazy part is that the console isn't interesting at all. There is no hardware in the Wii that I'd like to use. All the cool stuff is in the controllers: bluetooth, IR camera, motion sensor, and genuine mono sound, all in one package! No wonder wiimote hacking is so popular.
Super Mario Galaxy is the first 3D mario game I've played, and I think they did a pretty good job. Moving mario around is somewhat harder. It's particularly annoying on small ledges, where pushing the controller left instead of up-left means instant death.
I've played a little bit of Twilight Princess. I like the game, but graphically it looks like a PS2 game with extra shininess. Actually, I guess it's also a gamecube game, so that may explain it.
Meanwhile, I still have my first game of Final Fantasy X going from last week. All this month, I kept trying and failing to find something engrossing, until I remembered that there are still a heap of Final Fantasy games I haven't played yet.