Games I’ve been playing – October 2021

Seiji Amanome with a creepy expression and saying "A stranger's death dripping with danger and intrigue is a great source of entertainment"

I know I am sounding like a broken record by now but this was another month where things weren’t exactly good, mental health-wise. It began well enough but after a while I just felt irritated with everything for no reason and didn’t feel like doing anything.

Even to play games I had to force myself to do it and I just couldn’t get into it for any long period of time. Consequently I found myself either watching more anime or reading/thinking about TTRPGs a lot more.

I also missed this year’s Halloween event in Final Fantasy XIV which sucks. But I will try to at least do some of the moogle tome’s stuff to at least get that Inferno Jacket. I’d also like to get some other stuff done before the release of Endwalker. We’ll see how it goes!

Anyway, these are the games I’ve played this month!

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Games I’ve been playing – September 2021

Another weird month for me. This time every time I was enjoying a game something in it would frustrate me to the point where I had to put it down for a little. Then I had some trouble trying to find something else to entertain me. When I finally found something else to replace it the cycle would repeat!

I think it might finally be over for now as I am finding myself enjoying my time with Minecraft again but we’ll see what I have to say about it next month!

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Games I’ve been playing – August 2021

A special translation of Fou saying: "Damnit, I should offed him before he got away..."

Another year, another august gone and done. Speaking of which, I’d like to make a brief note about my participation in this Blaugust.

Although I did purposefully aim for the low post count of 5 posts for the event, in retrospect I wish I’d aim higher or made a bigger effort to go with the theme for each week.

Granted, I made this goal for myself because back in July I wasn’t in the best of places, mentally speaking. In fact I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to make 5 posts during August. Yet I still wanted to participate in some way and aiming that low looked like a good idea at the time.

However it still feels kind of pointless for me to participate in an event like this if all I am going to do is post as usual. This is something I need to keep in mind for next year’s Blaugust so I actually put some effort into it.

That aside, this Blaugust was fun as always. Lots of interesting topics and discussions to read, as well as some new people joining the fold or coming back. In this sense Blaugust is still fulfilling its purpose well.

A big thank you to Belghast for organizing this event once again!

Anyway, sorry for that side note there. Let’s talk about games!

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Would You Rather? – Gaming Edition

Orangutan thinking. Image source is Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Orangutan_thinking.jpg

Krikket recently came up with an interesting thought experiment that you can pretty much guess what it is about by the title alone. There isn’t really any rules about it except an “unspoken” one that all the answers to these questions only have to last for a year. But since that would be too easy for me I will go with the assumption that it would last for a life time just to have some weight to the answers.

Unnecessary to say I don’t intend to follow on any of these answers. It is a thought experiment after all. It would only be something that I’d do if there was some divine force making me choose one of these options and having to follow through with it.

Anyway that is enough of a preamble. Let’s get on with these questions.

P.S.: This is my post #5 for Blaugust 2021!

Credits to the image: The image at the top of this post is from Wikimedia Commons. It is under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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My experience with ADD and gaming

Image credits go to Wikimedia

Recently Naithin, of Time to Loot, wrote about his difficulties in extracting values from games when he gets so easily distracted by a new game.

He even muses if he is somehow built different from other people as way to explain it. Pretty much concluding that whatever the reason for it he is mostly fine with his current status quo.

I did leave a comment on his post with some of my thoughts about it. Then I realized I could make a blog post about my experiences about it. Because unlike him, I am built differently. I have a diagnosed case of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and a mild case of attention deficit.

And unlike Naithin I am not fine with how it affects the games I play. I had to rack my brain a bit but these feelings is what I am going to try to talk about.

Spoiler warning though, I have no effective strategy on how to deal with it. If anyone has any ideas I am all ears.

This is post #2 for Blaugust 2021

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

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Games I’ve been Playing – July 2021

During most of the month of July I had this funky mood where I didn’t really feel like playing games… or do much of anything. This time, what I found entertaining was to read the Pathfinder 2e Core Rules book, something I’ve been meaning to do for a while.

For people who do not play TTRPGs the idea of reading a book of rules like that may seem boring but I like to delve into new interesting systems and see how they achieve their goals. In the case of Pathfinder 2e I think it does an excellent job of being a game about heroic pseudo-medieval, everything and the kitchen-sink, kind of fantasy. I’d even go as far as to say it is my new favorite for that kind of genre.

Anyway, I did play some video-games this month, not many as I’d like but enough to make this regular monthly post. And those are the ones I will talk about!

P.S.: Blaugust has started and this is my post #1 for it. If you never heard of it, you can read all about it here. The TL;DR version is that it is a kind of challenge/celebration of blogging kind of event for both new bloggers and veterans alike.

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Games I’ve been playing – June 2021

Ganesha saying that their last battle was just a demo and now they would unleash their full power

This has been another one of those weird months. The first half was a blur, almost a distant memory that I can barely remember anything of.

The second half however felt like it dragged out and I couldn’t focus on anything, no matter how interesting or necessary it was.

The end result is I didn’t play as many video-games as I hoped for. With any luck the month of July will be better but I am expecting my inability to focus to continue a little longer.

Anyway, here is what I have been up to, gaming-wise!

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Games I’ve been playing – May 2021

This is one of those unusual months where it was mostly more of the same as the previous month. At least until about halfway through the month.

The second part of the month I was either too tired or too into TTRPG stuff or both to actually play any video-games.

Hopefully this month will fare a bit better in the video-game department.

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Games I’ve been playing – April 2021

April almost turned out to be “Visual Novel Month” for me. Which I was totally fine with. But like in all things in life, an unexpected curve ball was thrown my way and I did end up with a slightly more variety in terms of genre.

In retrospect that might have been a good thing otherwise I’d only have two or three games to talk about this time.

Anyhoo, here is what I have been playing.

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Games I’ve been playing – March 2021

Moriarty saying this will be a tale of regret

Although I haven’t quite gotten out of the “Play all the games!” mindset yet, it has abated quite considerably. Part of the reason is because my passion for the games I was playing has cooled considerably for now. The other part is because I’ve been immersing myself a lot into tabletop RPG. It isn’t even because of the campaigns I am playing, it is just my usual madness taking over.

Anyway, March has brought some interesting new incursions in gaming as well as some retreats. Yet my mind still desires to finish a bunch of half- or almost-finished games, but my heart just wasn’t in there. Maybe in April it will be different.

Regardless of all that, here is what I have been up to.

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