I had to step out at lunch today to return my U-verse box to AT&T. At the shopping center near there, I saw a gaming store, so after I'd concluded my transaction, I stopped in, as I'd never seen this gaming outlet before.
Turns out, they didn't sell PC or other computer-based games -- it was all console, all the time.
Which I thought was kind of cool. I played the original pong on a TV, I spent scores of man hours at stand-up Asteroids, Donkey Kong, and Space Invaders machines (not to mention scores of quarters), and I played some of the original Atari box games at my friend's house, and always considered those Atari cartridge games as my introduction to computing.
So anyhow, I mentioned to the proprietor and another guest what I was looking for, and they told me I needed to check out "Steam."
I'd heard about it, but didn't know much, so this afternoon I finally found their website, and this is what came up:
You really can't make this up. The guy in the store told me they were having a sale, so I guess this is what happens when you have a gaming sale online for downloadable games.
As for my cord-cutting experience, I've been meaning to provide an update.
First of all, the Tivo Premiere box has been outstanding. Once I got past trying to figure out how to get it set up and connected to Tivo, it's been downhill.
The "Season Pass" function has made it incredibly easy to program things to record.
Golf, for example. I did one Season Pass entry for "golf," and the next thing I know, pretty much everything that has anything to do with golf on broadcast TV has been recorded.
Similarly, for TV shows I like to watch, like the news... it's there, every day, without fail.
Persons of Interest, an interesting cop drama I discovered... episode every week, or more.
So, there's PLENTY to watch, and the intelligence of Tivo's service makes it so you don't have to work too hard, unless there's a new show or series you're interested in recording, and even then, it's pretty simple.
I also like the fact that Netflix and Pandora were both included.
Pandora is now my music platform of choice, as my TV is connected to my Yamaha receiver and big Bose speakers -- that solved a longstanding problem of not having a way to play music through that system.
Netflix is slower to load on the Tivo box, but once it loads, you're off to the races, and there's still plenty of content (for me) worth watching (and as I mentioned recently, I don't mind subtitles).
I've also re-instigated my Roku-SX box, hooking it up to a spare monitor I had, which is great for catching video podcasts like TWiT or a quick news byte.
In other words, I haven't missed my AT&T U-Verse service much at all, and I certainly don't miss the $180/month bills.
But I do hope all those media executives had a good time in Sun Valley last week!