September 21st, 2007

No game consoles and limited internet access make Bonnie something something… Go crazy? Don’t mind if I do!

As loyal Heroine Sheik readers may remember, my upcoming move to La Belle France isn’t the first time I’ve picked up and headed across the pond. Last year, I lived in Ireland for five months–and let me tell you, I learned my gaming lesson. “Oh, I don’t need my consoles. They’re hard to pack, and it’s only a semester. I’ll still have my DS. And there’s always Second Life…”

Okay, Second Life is a great place for research. But five months of Second Life, on a campus that didn’t even officially allow online gaming? OMG, I almost gauged my eyes out with the corners of my own laptop. That’s why, this time, Scott and I have invested in an adapter that let’s us play our American consoles–Wii, PS2, you’re going to Europe!–on our macs. No, our new apartment doesn’t have a TV. No, the adapter may not work perfectly. But gosh darn it, I am not spending another hunk of European life dreaming about my consoles.

Anyone use one of these adapters before? Thumbs up? Horror stories? Maybe I don’t want to know…

Tags: Bonnie life, France

4 Responses to “No… More… Second Life… (a.k.a. Playing American Games Abroad)”

  1. Cybersexy Says:

    I know this is just me, but I’d have no problem playing SL for five months, or longer.

    At the risk of running off-topic, but I’ve found some really good roleplaying sims in SL. My latest discovery is an rp sim based on the Anita Blake books (if you haven’t read them, I HIGHLY recommend them).

    For me, SL is like roleplaying nirvana, so most of my free time is spent there.

  2. nectarine Says:

    Do you mean a power adapter? Or an ntsc to pal converter?

  3. Scott Jon Siegel Says:

    What’s Bonnie’s referring to is the Elgato eyeTV Hybrid, a small, USB-drive-sized device that accepts composite or analog signals and displays them on a Mac.

    It’s meant for video recording, but the recording functionality can be disabled for display at something reportedly close to zero latency.

  4. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Thank you, Scott, for actually knowing things :).

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