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The Madness Of Animal Crossing

Looking at how I spent the majority of the last few weeks, a lot of was watching too much Game Grumps.  Arin and Danny are the two likable art school roomies I never had.  However, I suspect a greater part of my impetus towards progress was robbed, one or two hours of each and every day, via a sneaky little time thief known as Animal Crossing: New Leaf.  Why do I feel like my reasons for playing this game are not entirely pure?

Part of that was because I recognized that this game is a quadruple-reinforced Skinner's Box.  The villagers give things out constantly for a wide variety of reasons.  Even the very trees are like slot machines: pull them and see what falls out.  In these ways and many others, everything the player does gives them a little endorphin hit, and so an association with such a game seems a tad unwholesome.  Am I playing this game, or is it just an addiction?
The other part of this is because I'm probably a bit of a closet furry.  Never enough to attend to a f…

Twitterpation Nintendation Expotation

I had four days off to watch streams of E3 2017, and boy, is my brain tired. Not that I am here to give you great coverage on that, as there's probably a thousand and one reputable Internet gaming outlets doing that already.  My perspective is more reactionary, that of a computer gamer, albeit one who has been at it for over thirty years...
...honestly, what passes for gaming these days is not quite as interesting as those early halcyon days when we there thrilled just to see pixels move.  Clearly, the bar has been raised.

For the most part, I ended up fixating on Nintendo's efforts.  What I saw from Microsoft and Sony was a whole lot of staying the course with bigger and better hardware.  Compared to that, what Nintendo does is fun.  (Granted, they are all out for our money, like any company with AAA budgets to recoup.)

On the low end of Nintendo's innovation was Mario Odyssey.  It was just sad.  Super Mario Galaxy was perhaps the perfect 3D Mario game, and I guess tryin…

Progress! Progress? Well, Better Than Nothing

Twice as much time off means twice the blog entries, right?  Honestly, when each entry gets less than 50 hits (and most of them are probably spam bots) I find myself concerned that the effort I put into writing these entries would be better spent elsewhere.  But my first bizarro weekend (so named because it's the opposite of what most people would consider a weekend) in a long time is at an end, so lets talk about what happened with that.  Two things, basically.

1. Elder Scrolls Online Alt-O-Holicism: Settled.

After much finagling over the perfect character for me (see the past two entries) I basically came to the realization that there's no such thing.  None of the character builds by this game are any more satisfying for me to play.
However, one thing that is satisfying for me to do in the game is consume content.  I've said before, that the content is one thing that Elder Scrolls Online does quite well.  It should be noted that, as of the One Tamriel update, there's…

Procrastination Intensifies

I am still dabbling with trying to get into Elder Scrolls Online.  Probably because this was the last week before I went back to part time hours.  The inner ape is in turmoil over a change of routine.  Unhappy inner ape equals difficulty staying on task.  Difficulty staying on task means increased procrastination.  If I absolutely must procrastinate, MMORPGs beat what idle hands would do with the Internet.

Pity, then, I've been miserable with trying to decide on a character to play in The Elder Scrolls Online.  Each of the five "classes" play with an over-the-top feel that has more form than substance.  It as though the designer psyched himself up with this kind of inner monologue when creating them:
Dragonknight - DRAGONS ARE COOL! FIRE BREATH AND SCALES!  RRAWWWR!Sorcerer - MAGIC IS COOL! LIGHTNING BOLTS AND DARK MAGIC!  ZAPPO!Nightblade - ASSASSINS CREED IS THE BEST! SHADOWS AND HIDDEN BLADES!  STABBY!Templar - PRIESTS ARE BORING, BUT WHAT IF THEY, LIKE, BURNED STUFF WI…