Okay, thanks for your advice all. Based on all the above, etc - I have
decided that I will continue to seriously support only HD DVD, as I have been, until it croaks (if and when). I have several upcoming HD DVD titles reserved and paid off at Movie Stop anyway. Plus, I have about $112 dollars of straight credit there that I set up specifically to buy more HD DVD in the future. Not sure what I would do with it, if I got out (obviously, SD DVD is watchable in a pinch but who can still seriously pay for it these days w/high-def out there). I'll continue to buy every movie that I think is even slightly worth re-watching, as I have very much enjoyed doing so.
You guys were right in your comments, and I think these are among the reasons I got wierd about it all:
-1.) You were right. I have gotten too emotional over all this sh*t. I thought it was me just being harmlessly interested/excited about watching the soap opera drama over the war - but I think I've unconsciously taken it much farther then that. I've taken to over-analyzing and studying over every war "event" in my mind et naseum. Obviously, when every other second I'm saying and thinking things like I'm "in love" with HD DVD or feeling "shocked" about some standard press release - then things have gotten funky. The problem, I think, largely, has just been coming to these boards too much. With the war on, AVS is sort of a blessing and a curse. I think it's much better for newbies who can just find some clarity/answers here. For technophiles who already know everything - we sort of naturally take to breaking down every rumor or news tidbit and what it means to the fourth circle of hell. Then if you are posting a lot and supporting one side - all this talking, defending, and helping of others you do - naturally makes you feel much more invested, much more like a "soldier" in the war. Not good, necessarily.
-2.) I HAVE been posting here, thinking about the war MORE than I have been just sitting down and enjoying the movies I own. In fact, I have about 18 movies that are still in their shrink-wrap that I haven't even watched. This is partially due to having to travel with work but also because I got more addicted to the drama of the war then in actually watching the movies. Again, not good.
-3.) I had found an easy way out in selling everything I have for a decent profit, and not a loss. Plus, my descretionary income is much lower these days due to other investments. So that was enticing - but who cares now, I see I would most likely regret the decision.
-4.) The two things I mentioned in my original post. I think the single-side HD DVD discs are about as good as it gets (though I buy the SD/HD combos too) - so that whole Warner Total HD idea is the opposite of what I want, want to see succeed. That means, I won't be buying those and that's a lot of content lost. Plus, not seeing at least more recognition from people beside Toshiba themselves - at all they had accomplished so far - at CES, at this point, etc - really puzzled me. It made the war look much less predictable and much more foggy. I thought the more us "experts" and geniouses here at AVS talked and analyzed things the more we would know and actually be able to predict. Turns out that I was naive and that probably the opposite is true instead.
-5.) Emotional or not - I think Sony/BD winning the war through primarily marketing alone would be god-awful. I read a bunch of print magazines as well and everyone still trumpets BD over HD DVD (for no objective or even sane reason) and misprints weaknesses and facts about HD DVD when they run their HD DVD vs BD articles. It's uncomfortable to see. Actually though, now that I think about it - this may actually be a reason to stay in the war for HD DVD and not one to get out...
Anyway, yeah, and so here are the reasons I've decided I'm gonna stick with it now:
-1.) I think coming to these forums less, trying not to think about the war, and just relaxing to enjoy the movies as a hobby and not a battle - will be about 5 times more enjoyable for me, personally, - then what I have been doing. Which was pretty much the opposite.
-2.) I've realized that the investment to stay in the war for HD DVD is actually very little. Maybe a couple hundred dollars (especially with discounts, trade-ins, promotions) for all the new software I want over the next year. And even if I wanted a great new player like the XA2, the street price on that after a handful of months here will only seem like a drop in the bucket compared to the value you're getting. Let's face it, a couple hundred dollars, or even 4 times that spent over the course of the year - will really seem like nothing - as we all continue to earn more, get on with our lives.
-3.) Both formats will be seeing several hundred new titles released before there is even a significant shift in the war at all, most likely. That's plenty/enough high-def to enjoy and to not want to miss out on. Plus, like an above user said (great point!) - buying a DVD-VCR combo-type equivalent deck when the war is in it's twilight years is likely to be as easy and cheap a solution as you could want.
EDIT: (Right, and oh yeah: REASON NUMBER FOUR. Porn has been confirmed to be coming to HD DVD soon. Not noting how this affects the war here, I no longer care about that war stuff. But I'm just saying: Porn in HD. How can I miss out on that, if for just the sake of curiousity alone? Hmm?!)
So anyway, right - it's all good now. The plan is: pretend the war doesn't exist, just buy all the movies I want, and enjoy the hell out of them. I'm gonna try to come to this forum, post a lot less, and live in peace. Maybe you'll see me on the HD DVD software forum a little or make another short comment here or there. BUT if ANYBODY sees me ever saying something even somewhat emotional, making long war-related thread starters, or creating "diatribe" posts (such as this?!
) - EVER AGAIN - then I give you permission to slap me, chastise me, or whatever you like.
Ok, well - thanks again, folks. I'll see you around.