To Study and Die in Pixels

In that rambling introduction I mentioned that I have a problem with focusing on my games sometimes, and this weekend became a strange study in the ways I make a commitment and then break it. I’m in a class that requires me to keep a journal wherein I respond to the readings I do throughout the semester; ideally I would have logged my thoughts as I read each article and essay, but I kept forgetting about the journal and telling myself I’d get to it eventually. Well, eventually finally met me on Sunday – the first ten journal entries will be checked in class on Wednesday and I had zero ready to go. I would’ve had the damn things written by then, but here’s the thing: on Saturday evening, I got the Animal Crossing project fever.

Wait a minute, wasn’t I supposed to be playing Castlevania: Dracula X in the spirit of Halloween? Well, yeah, I know I said I’d do that but here’s the thing: I was house-sitting with my girlfriend all week and I didn’t bring my Wii U with me. Being the lover of handheld games that I am, I brought my 3DS with me and committed myself to my daily fossil-collection routine in Animal Crossing before throwing down in Super Smash Bros. All this gaming happens, of course, after I do my homework; I try my best to be a good student, eh? Unless it has to do with those damn journal entries. So anyway, back to all that.

I would’ve buckled down and destroyed my fingers jotting ten responses, but on Saturday night I decided to finally rearrange all the haphazard flowers in my town. Yeah, my thumb turned green overnight. I spent three hours moving flowers around until they were all neat and arranged in lines, and learned a few things: first, my flowers only take up about half my town when they’re compressed, and second, having a project on which to focus really extends my play sessions. I didn’t even play Smash Bros tonight because I was so into Animal Crossing. Hallelujah, praise be to Leif, lord of gardening!

So in a week I’ve gone from really digging Smash Bros and wanting to whip some skeletons good in Dracula X to strolling through verdant meadows in my now-super-neat Animal Crossing town. I feel I’ve let myself down a little, but hey, sometimes even the best laid plans are made to be altered. At some point I’m gonna banish some skeletons to the nether realm, I promise; hell, I’ll boot up Dracula X right now. That’ll make for a fine end to a chilly night in October. Keep on reading and gaming, folks.


One Guy Plays Games: An Introduction

Hello, ladies and gents, and welcome to my own little slice of the giant digital cake. I hope you find my tales and anecdotes amusing – I’m ready to share bits and pieces of my life and I’ll try to make them relevant to, well, whoever reads this blog.

First off: I’m a full time college student with a steady girlfriend, two cats, and zero jobs. I’ve got a lot of quirks, habits rather, that take up a lot of my time. I devote myself to keeping a journal which I update on a daily basis (some of those thoughts will be recorded here, I’m sure) and performing various exercises to maintain my shoddy level of fitness (I act like I’m fit but I only do push-ups and pull-ups, nothing else). These sound like simple tasks, but I assure you, summoning the willpower to execute them every day is difficult. I think I may have an attention problem, but with the internet being so entertaining nowadays, who doesn’t? Anyway, my point is this: despite my lack of concrete things to do aside from homework and singing to my cats, I find it difficult to play all the video games I enjoy.

And there’s one thing you must know if you plan on staying here: I love video games.

Sure, I’m an avid reader for pleasure when I’m not in classes, but games have been constantly fighting books for the top spot on my shelf of hobbies. I don’t think either one will topple the other, but I tend to lean toward games – they’re comprised of so many different components, beautiful artwork and amusing writing and compelling music and sometimes even voice acting! I love games. I can’t get enough of them, and sometimes I think I’m addicted to them.

That jarring possibility aside, let’s get down to the meat and gristle of this bloody mess, shall we? It’s October. That means Halloween is coming up, and as you’ll learn through reading this blog, I’m a lover of horror stories and strange tales. I started a Halloween tradition a few years ago in which I play one horror-themed game throughout the days leading to Halloween, and as a longtime fan of Castlevania I usually grab a whip and start pummeling skeletons. Well, as luck would have it, Nintendo is also going with the horror trend this year, since they’ve released a few spooky games on their Wii U virtual console, and Castlevania: Dracula X is one of those games. I’ve played Rondo of Blood and I’ve read that Dracula X is very similar but when I see a Castlevania game I haven’t played, I’ve got to whip it good.

Okay, I’ve begun to ramble. Long story short, I like games and Halloween is creeping closer so I’m gonna play Castlevania: Dracula X. Y’know, when I’m not reading for class or writing a paper or getting my pellet-munching face mashed in while I play Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. Pac-Man for the win! So here I go, whip in hand, ready to stare into the face of Death himself and stand tall.

But enough talk – have at you!