It’s not an obsession…
Well that last post was certainly epic. I guess if you have to encapsulate an entire decade and website into one post, those things will happen. I started out just wanting to write about the big milestones in life, but as I was scrolling through the archives, I found so many little things that seemed like a bigger deal than I remember. So I kept writing, and writing, and writing… and it became well that. I even thought about putting a jump in the post, so the entire thing didn’t land on the front page, but I thought… “It’s my site… why the hell not?” So I just left it alone.
In the more recent history, I’ve been on a few kicks lately. I’ve been super into gaming again. More so than any other time I can recently remember. Not like when I was in high school. I don’t have that kind of time anymore. But definitely more than any other time since college I would say. I’m not sure what the difference is. Part of it is the forum I’m on. (Forums are bad for my bank account I’m finding.) It’s too easy to find out about all the cool stuff coming out. And then seeing other people getting it. And thanks to YouTube… watching everybody else playing it.
So… the collection continues to grow. Andrea has been showing off the character themed Wiimotes that we got. Had to import the Yoshi one from Japan (that’s how you know it’s getting bad). But honestly, it was HER idea. Not mine. I MAY have been the one to show it to her. But she pulled the trigger. And I MAY have been the one to show her the Bowser and Toad themed ones coming out in Japan… but I’m not buying them. Seriously… some how, and some way, she has it as bad, or worse than I do.
This is why we need to get back into Guild Wars. It scratches that collecting itch. You want every set of armor, go for it! It’s going to take some work. But it will be SO worth it…. and a whole lot cheaper, that’s for sure.
With YouTube I’ve been watching a lot of playthrough’s of games. Honestly I’ve probably even spent more time watching YouTube videos of people playing games, than I have played myself recently. I wasn’t quite sure why that was at first, but the more I thought about it, I realized nothing really has changed. Especially for games I’ve played already, I enjoy watching others play them as much as I like playing them myself. I love seeing people experience a game for the first time. I love seeing their reactions. It’s as close as I can get to going back and playing it myself again for the first time.
You have no idea how much I would love to watch Andrea go back and play though some of my favorite games. Super Mario 64, Zelda, and above all. Final Fantasy X. I don’t know how anybody could play that game to it’s conclusion and walk away disappointed.
I’ve been pretty hooked on Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the 3DS. I took several months off for a while after it first came up. But I picked it up a couple months ago and have been playing almost daily. I’m to the point now where everything takes a crap ton of bells. So I take trips to the island after dark and catch beetles. I can rack up about 200k bells per trip. I’ve become pretty emotionally invested in my town and several of its citizens. Skye is my current favorite. She’s so sweet, positive and upbeat. Better than that twerp Tex.
I’m still doing a pretty fair amount of retro gaming as well. Trying to work my way through Star Wars: Rogue Squadron on the N64 for a competition on the N64 forum I’m a member of. Man this game isn’t easy. Or I’ve gotten worse at games, which is probably most likely. Though I remember playing, and replaying games back in the day until you have it memorized to the point it’s a cinch. This game is much like that. Discovering the most effective strategies, memorizing that. Getting a bit farther. And repeat. I have four missions left to go, so hopefully I can have it beat soon. It will be the first game I’ve beaten in quite a while.
On the topic of beating games, I still need to beat Guild Wars 2. I am literally at the last mission. I’ve soloed a good 95% of the game so far. But this last mission is more than a single character can do. It’s more than Andrea and I can do by ourselves in fact. So I’m going to need some help from Biebs and maybe even some other random strangers in the game. It’s the last mission though, so there should always be a few people looking to group up. But right now, I’m waiting for Andrea so we can beat the game together. Then it’s on to the next RPG style game.
So yeah… I’ve had a lot of thought time occupied by gaming recently which is a bit of a change. I never really stopped gaming. We always had a console of some kind hooked up. But I had gotten out of the “news and hype” part of it all. Things could come and go, and I didn’t even know about ’em. I’d keep tabs on the super big games, like Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy. But now I find myself getting excited about Captain Toad Treasure Tracker. It looks like a super fun game. But I have to tell myself… wait 13 months and pick it up for $15 or $20.
It’s fun though. And now that I have less time to play, collecting is a fun way to be a part of it, and when I retire I can finally play all these games. Until then the backlog grows and grows.