Just another update this week.
This week it feels like I’m in the act of life simplification. It became a bit complex after I reorganized my room, moved my consoles around, and picked up some new games.
I cut back immensely on my to-do list. I had pages of things I wanted to do, it was overwhelming. Now the list is cut back to:
- Play Final Fantasy XIII
- Read Dragon Ball manga
- Listen to Harry Potter audiobook
- Watch an anime (haven’t decided on one yet)
It opens up my evenings and makes me less likely to get frustrated going to appointments and such because I have “so many things” I want to do at home.
Reading manga has also been a great boon. I can read an entire chapter of Dragon Ball within 5 minutes. Compare that to spending 20-25 minutes watching an anime episode of that same chapter. When you add all that up, it can add to dozens of hours of extra filler that I can read in a few hours in the manga.
Not only that, but manga is the source material, so I read the original vision and intent of the author, and not an interpretation by a studio.
Lastly, particularly with Dragon Ball. It’s hard to find online. Funimation and Hulu has the original series, but nobody seems to have DBZ Kai. I don’t want to spend dozens of hours watching the original DBZ with all the filler.
Anyways, other than entertainment. I’m supposed to look up some people on OKCupid as a suggestion from my psychologist. Not sure why she’s so insistent on me getting out and dating. I really don’t care too much about it. But I’ll have to find an explanation on why I haven’t done it in over 3 weeks since our last visit.
But there’s my week. I’m going to just make time to relax and enjoy it, while making it as simple as possible.
This morning I’ve made significant progress in Final Fantasy XIII, last night I made significant progress in Dragon Ball (the manga and anime).
I think I’m finally headed toward a more simple direction. One of the problems I have is what I call the “What to play” syndrome. All too often I have so many games and entertainment choices, but just too little time to do anything. So I default to a simulator or something just to pass the time. And if I force myself to enjoy something, I end up hating it as it feels like a chore.
I hope to change that somehow.
Got the day off to attend Emerald City Comic Con. I’m looking forward to it, and got paid just in time to purchase some goodies! Also meeting David Tennant and Billie Piper. A dream come true!
Been playing some iOS games. Picked up Evoland 2 which perked my interest, so I decided to play the first game since it was only $2. So far I’m impressed! I’m just disappointed I didn’t find out about this game sooner. Also playing through Dragon Quest I, so that’ll be fun.
I’ve been really irritated with Train Simulator recently. The new Woodhead route that I picked up a few days ago is bugged both in Quick Play and with some later scenarios. I’m not exactly sure what to do except wait and hope the developers patch it quickly. It’s frustrations like this that make me want to give up Train Simulator entirely and just stick to flight sims or Train Sim World (which is still in active development).
The one thing I love about Train Sim though is that it’s pick up and play. With my driving sims, I have to set up my wheel and pedals, and launch my Oculus…which isn’t too bad admittedly, but it can get in the way of other games. With my flight sims I have to set up my rudder pedals and joystick, and spend about an hour of real world procedures just to start a 737. I don’t have to do any of that with Train Simulator.
I’ve updated X-Plane 11 with some more addons. Mostly some airport scenery updates and I’m going to get HDMesh v4 installed (about 100GB download) for some extra realism. It’s large, but it’s not too bad if I compare with getting equivalent ortho textures, which could go in the TB range.
Did a start up and takeoff in a 737 this morning, didn’t do too well considering I’ve been out of practice for a few months, but I started it up eventually.
Played through Tekken earlier this morning. Didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. The customization options are cut and paste for each character, the roster isn’t as big, and the gameplay is just okay. I’m finding I prefer more the 2D fighters such as Blazblue or Guilty Gear for the good story, beautiful graphics, and excellent gameplay than I do the newer 3D fighters.
Also played some Gundam Breaker 3. Good hack-and-slash game with amazing customization elements. To be honest I was a bit skeptical since it wasn’t the “True” Gundam experience and just a Gunpla game, but it’s really, really good
Yesterday was a pretty good day. I picked up the new Woodhead route for Train Simulator and it plays great. I completed three scenarios (two rather poorly unfortunately), but I still had a good time.
In Train Sim World: Great Western Express, I finished a scenario that I wasn’t able to finish before, the trick is to not save or request to pass a red signal, otherwise it’ll break the scenario.
Something I’m going to have to do is limit the amount of times I save/reload a scenario in both Train Sim World and Train Simulator. It seems best to save every time I stop. It’s frustrating though, saving is essential because if I run into some issue or the software crashes, I’ve lost over 45 minutes of game time. But if I save at the wrong time, a light might not trigger, or an AI train might not trigger at the right time causing an accident elsewhere on the map.
In general gaming news, now that I have a good setup for my PS4/Switch/PC, I found it eliminates me double-dipping in purchasing multiple games. Before I had a gaming PC, I used the PS4 primarily for gaming, and games such as The Witcher 3 was one of the big purchases I made, which I put over 20 hours into it. I was frustrated at the time because the text was very difficult to read across the living room, even with a good set of glasses.
After I purchased a gaming PC I saw The Witcher 3 on a steam sale for a good deal and picked it up there for the enhanced graphics and 60 FPS gameplay. While I put 5 hours into it, I had to force my way through much of it. When I knew the outcome of the story (and in such a massive game), I felt I had to skip through most of the side quests just to catch up. That for me is not fun at all.
I ended up reinstalling The Witcher 3 for the PS4, while it’s not going to look or play as good as the PC, it should in no way hinder my enjoyment of the story. I’ll just have to remember what I was doing last time I was playing (I was somewhere in Skellige).
I’m also playing through Total War: Rome II. I plan on doing a couple turns a day since I can easily spend an entire night playing it. What happens at a certain point after prolonged play is I start getting bogged down and end up rushing things to get to the next turn, which usually ends in disaster. As Rome, I’ve kicked out the Etruscan League out of the peninsula and will finish them off in Corsica before turning south towards Syracuse and Carthage.
It’s been a rough weekend, had some lower back issues so was in bed for most of the weekend. I did get a bit of gaming done by playing Bayonetta 2 and Nier Automata, but not as much as I wanted.
I figured out how to double my screen size on my nVidia graphics card. The results look fantastic, but having dual monitors I’m stuck with a bar in the middle of the screen.
Maybe if I had three monitors it would eliminate that problem, and I definitely have the space to do it. It’s just…is it really worth it for just a few games? I don’t think it is…
I picked up Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet. I haven’t finished Hollow Realization just yet, but given the differences in atmosphere between both games, I don’t see a reason why I shouldn’t pick it up. I’m excited about playing it today. I’ve been watching SAO: Season 2 to get some backstory, but it shouldn’t be required to enjoy the game.
Thought about social media the other day. I am starting to feel some Facebook withdrawls. I’m still using Messenger and the login features, but it’s hard not to be curious about what’s going on everywhere else. Taking a look at my feed, I had about 30 updates, most of them from various groups I’m subscribed to, and about 2 of them are replies to my “Leaving Facebook” post which were calling me out for saying the community is toxic. It’s basically who I follow, yes, but when I “Like” on Facebook the local news station, see a report about something Trump did and a bunch of posts from ignorant people about how “evil” liberals are, it really turns me off…makes me feel depressed even…as if I don’t need enough of that in my life.
Twitter is a bit better, I can easily unsubscribe from feeds I don’t like an just cater it to what I do want to read. Celebrities I follow, gaming sites and blogs I read, and people like me who are interested in the same things. Where Facebook is catered more toward people, friends, and ads…Twitter is catered to exactly what I like.
The only negative aspect of Twitter that I can find is that feeds just move way too fast. I step away for a couple hours and I’m suddenly faced with 50+ feeds to sort through. I can’t read that fast, yet I don’t want to miss out on anything important!
Other news, preordered Train Sim World: Northeast Corridor. I’m looking forward to playing another US route, especially in New York. There’s a route based off it in TS2018 that I’m playing through in the meantime…got a bit frusterated at a scenario so I’m probably just going to explore the route in Quick Drive.
The only problem is that I think I can only run one Quick Drive at a time, and with my Plymouth to London route, I’m only in Taunton which is between Exeter and Bristol, which is the Southwest of England. So there’s about an hour and a half of driving left in that route…yikes. I’m going nearly 100mph so it’s not too bad of a drive though.
Other than that, life is pretty boring. I haven’t been gaming too much the last few days due to being just busy. By the time I’m done with what I have to do at home, it’s already 9PM and I’m getting ready for bed. The problem I have is that if I stop something for a day or more, it’s very difficult to get back to it…before I know it a month has passed and I can’t remember what I was doing in that project or game.
Anyways, that’s all I have to say for today. Just going to keep blogging as much as I can (for the above reason!) otherwise I’ll just stop and forget about it.