What a year it has been. A bout a year ago I went back to university, graduated this past June, and start again in a couple of weeks to grind out another class change. I am still undecided if a doctorate will be my ultimate end goal, but I have plenty of time and my sanity has held up quite well. I practically lived at school pulling 12+ hours with very little time for gaming outside of whatever can hold my attention on an iPhone. The Nintendo Switch happened to be a great waste of money for me. I played it twice and have never touched it since. Now, I’m on the fence of whether to part with it in favour of picking up a PS1&2 again or let it continue to gather dust alongside my Wii U. *sigh*.
Board games have been my substitute. I keep several in the boot and they make for great stress-relief breaks and my extraneous money has gone towards crowd funding for new ones. It is also a hobby my father enjoys, so it gives us something to do on weekends. I also attend a few local meetups and it has been fun having a social life. That isn’t to say I haven’t been playing video games. It’s just having so much screen time from school, I like to stare at other objects instead.
Gaming wise, I have been enjoying slogging through Fallout 4. I had quit playing that ages ago when one of my companions glitched away never to be seen again and now it finally got fixed and I have my robot pack-mule again. I know events branch off and I’ve hit that point for one, and so I’m getting everyone else where they need to be so I can just reload saves in order to see the other outcomes. Once the main storyline is all squared away, I’ll be turning my attention back to all that DLC I have. After that, I’m finally going to give Fallout New Vegas a fair go. I snagged it when it was new and found myself put off by the presentation and barely made it past character creation. I think I’m nearing a place where I won’t be so condemning.
I rediscovered Spyro the Dragon. I never finished the game back when it was new. There was some world where I would keep failing some kind of glide where you had to go from sparkly lift to sparkley lift. I don’t know where that was because I just ploughed through most of the game in one sitting and I never encountered that area or problem. I now have the game on PS3 snagging it back when the Spyro collection was a PS+ freebie.
I’ve also been going through Suikoden IV. I just recruited Kika, the pirate captain and have set forth to get some people levelled and geared up. After this game, I plan to revisit Suikoden 1 and progress through to 5. I didn’t complete 3 because my save got corrupted and never started 5. I may take a break after this one and play either Arc the Lad or Wild Arms.
For a few weeks, I was thoroughly addicted to Skyforge until I completed the second story. Now I’m pretty well-finished with it. I feel I’ve gotten all I can from it and MMOs barely hold my attention for long.
World of Final Fantasy has been interesting. I need to strengthen some new monsters, but my drive to grind them has tanked, so I haven’t touched it in awhile. I’ve rather enjoyed it–seeing characters and placing them in their respective titles and recognising music. I didn’t think I would enjoy it that much, but I have.
So that’s how it is. School resumes in a couple weeks and I’ll resume my life as an academic robot. I have no idea what my social life or gaming life will look like this year, but I’ll be around–just probably scarce again.