|megpie71 (megpie71) wrote,|
@ 2008-05-19 11:14:00
|Current music:||"Missing You" - Christy Moore|
Assorted rambles and catch-up
Lately, I've been doing housework. (*waits while everyone who fainted recovers*)
Yes, I've been doing housework, and as a result, the kitchen looks vaguely tolerable, as opposed to "disaster area - disaster in progress". Now I just have to get used to broadening the process.
I've also been playing games, of course. While I may not identify as a gamer, I certainly spend enough time playing games to qualify it as a major hobby. Lately, the PS2 has been running FF7 - I'm wanting to get to the end of it. I've given up on Persona 3 for the while, and I'm not going to be touching the Sims 2 for a couple more weeks, I think. I call this "plot fatigue" - I get fed up with working my way through one plot, and want to move on to something different. So I change games, and focus intensely on the next one for a few weeks, then I get bored with that, too. As a result, my memory cards on the PS2 are full of an assortment of saved games for various different games, none of them completed.
This means every so often, I go through the memory cards, and clear out all the saved games to make a bit of room for the new ones. Saves me a lot of time and effort if I just clear them all out every so often, rather than attempting to pick up a game I left off months ago and try and carry on where I left off. I figure I'm going to get wise one day, and just limit myself to two save slots per game, used in alternation, in order to get all the way through things.
The other thing I've been doing lately is reading manga. Yes, I've obtained a manga habit, and it's gradually broadening. I find manga interesting mainly because a) "got text"!; b) the artwork is a different tradition to Western graphic novels; and c) the plots and characters are coming out of a different tradition, and are thus a little less easy for me to predict. I'm finding this last is a major factor, to be honest - I've spent long enough reading (35 years or so) that I now know the Western plot canon pretty much backwards, forwards, inside out and upside down. As a result, I can tend to predict where a story is going, and who's going to do what, and which character is likely to sacrifice themselves tragically in order to preserve the universe etc. It's getting dull. Manga, which is largely written from the Japanese tradition, comes with a different set of archetypes and stereotypes, and it's interesting trying to learn what they are.
Well, that's pretty much my life at the moment. I have vague plans to buy a pot for the sacred basil I got for my birthday, and pot the poor thing out (currently it's massively top-heavy, and as a result any strong breeze blows the poor thing over; it also needs watering damn near daily) but aside from that, there's not much happening.
Oh, and for the interested - I tend to take notes on games as I'm playing them, mostly about plot points and plot elements. When I *finish* the game, I'll put up a review of the game. So far, I've done one of these... I think you all see the problem?