Belated Merry Christmas.
It was a typical one for us with the family, one celebrated over 4 days to accommodate for people working.
Got some nice stuff, friend got me XCOM, as I mentioned in the Posting Competition, which has worked out to be a worthy investment on her part.
Other games, Wasteland 2 and Civilization: Beyond Earth. Played some Wasteland 2, seems like a decent classic post-Apocalyptic RPG that is supposed to give you consequences for actions and each action you make has a reaction. You can figure your own way of doing things - for example, I will blow a gate open with a shotgun because I either don't have enough lockpicking or it's booby trapped. Also like that it's developed in Unity3D and was a successful Kickstarter, which I guess is a squee for the bedroom coder.
Got a few CD's. Judas Priest, Opeth, Storm Corrosion, Threshold, Eluvietie and a live BluRay of Anathema (I saw them earlier this year). I also got tickets to see Anathema in 2015.
If you enjoy metal with a folk twist, I do highly recommend Eluveitie, I saw them back in 2008, but I cannot stop listening to the album I got for Christmas.
And from myself? Well not really a Christmas present, but I got myself a HTC One (M8)
because the battery on my Lumia 800 is finally going on me.
It is a decent phone, the camera, whilst not insane in its megapixels uses what HTC Market as an 'Ultrapixel', which is supposed to give better quality of photos (in fairness, resolution != quality), I've taken a few photos and they look decent, even in low light settings - I am used to mobile cameras offering a grainy effect, this offers very little of a grainy effect. I would say the quality of the pictures on HTC's website marketing this phone are comparable.
I'm also impressed by its in built speakers, the sound is very crisp and can get very loud and produce an audio quality that's good enough to not require external portable speakers. They can also reach a decent volume, one of my complaints using my Nexus 10 tablet (or iPads family use) is that when watching things like Netflix, if there's too much background noise, I cannot hear what I'm watching. Not an issue with these speakers.