Alright, since I can't go out drinking I've been focusing my energy towards learning DAW's, VST's and all that crap. Along the way I couldn't help but avoid learning about AMP SIMS.

Damn, there's a lot. First I started using Amplitude and using the demo versions of their ENGL, Soldano, Peavey 5150 and Mesa Amps. They're all simultaneously good and bad. The problem is, at $35 a pop I'm not just going to buy them all so now I'm A/B testing for 72 hours and losing my mind. Then, upon further review I learn about BIAS which supposedly kicks the shit out of all that. I haven't even gotten to that point yet.

THEN, I learn that there are about 5,000,000 free VST amp sims that are reportedly just as good as the paid ones.

Ho-ly shit, talk about overwhelming. It's like I discovered America.