It’s Update Time

It has been a while since I’ve posted a general update. I haven’t been gaming much recently. Prior to the Autumn and Winter period last year, I was very busy at work, and after work I didn’t have much energy to game. Instead, I started watching Babylon 5. Watching Babylon 5, of which I’m a massive fan now (!), was easier to do after work than focusing on a videogame.

I finished watching Babylon 5 sometime in the late Autumn, early Winter. It’s one of the best science fiction television series I have ever seen, hands down. I’m kind of glad, in a way, that I didn’t watch it when it originally aired, because being able to watch such a tightly-written series without week-long and month-long breaks really added to the experience. Babylon 5 is incredible, and if you haven’t seen it, you might want to check it out. I highly recommend it. Netflix currently has it available to stream.

There were those several weeks at the end of last year and beginning of this year in which I was totally taken over by Plants vs. Zombies, which Kateri was kind enough to gift me on Steam ages ago. I played that game a lot. A lot. In one week I think I played it for over 20 hours. Now, I’ve pretty much gotten my PvZ fix and haven’t returned to it. I recommend this game if you enjoy the tower defence genre.

I have a shortlist of games which I’ve identified as priorities, but to be honest, I haven’t made much headway. Part of the reason is that it has been a long time since I’ve played some of them, and I’m not looking forward to re-familiarising myself with some of the controls. Starting a new game is not really a good idea for me, because I’d probably leave it unfinished soon as a new shiny thing distracted me. What I’m saying is that I lack discipline when it comes to eliminating games from my backlog.

As I mentioned before, it’s easier for me to watch a television series after a busy day at work, during which I’ve had to think critically, and not have to think much during my off time. Some games don’t require much thought, but one of my priorities is repeating my ending save game of Dragon Age: Origins so I don’t get a fucked up, buggy ending in which my relationship choices didn’t matter after all, and one particular NPC ignores the fact that I had a deep and meaningful romance with someone else, and WHY ARE YOU KISSING ME ALISTAIR OMG GO AWAY NOOO. Ahem. I’m also replaying that save file so that I’m adequately prepared for Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, which I fully intend to complete this year. My point is that, for various reasons, Dragon Age: Origins is for me a game which requires more than just mashing buttons as I have specific goals for my main character. I did recently finish the Warden’s Peak DLC, though, so there is that bit of progress.

Lately, I’ve just been watching a lot of movies and Dexter. I’ve just started season 4 of Dexter. I’m still enjoying it. I thank my friend, Helen, who introduced me to the show with a gift of the first two seasons on DVD a couple years ago.

In other game-related news, I recently bought the Mirror’s Edge score on Amazon MP3, and it’s brilliant. I’m not really sure how to describe the music, as I’m not a sound person, but the score feels really evocative of the city and game world of Mirror’s Edge. I mean, it helps that this is the same music you hear in the game, but I feel that the music really does match the game. It conveys the same near-future, modern feeling that the art direction of Mirror’s Edge has. The music was composed by Solar Fields, a Swedish electronic music artist. If you’re into electronica, you might want to check his music out. I definitely will in the future.

As for current events in the feminist gaming blogoverse, I am keeping track of what’s going on. I don’t have a lot of energy add to the conversation with a blog post of my own, and the thought of engaging in discussion on my blog about this or this or this fills me with a little bit of anxiety. I can cope with it elsewhere (and there already is a lot of discussion going on elsewhere), like on mailing lists, other blogs, emails, or Twitter, but adding yet another place to that, particularly one which I must also moderate, is not something I wish to do.

And of course, I’m still helping out with The Border House, so hey, I guess I am being productive in my hobby somewhat, if not in the actual sense of playing many videogames.

And that’s what’s going on in my world.