Oh hey it’s November!
Well, these things happen (these things being the passage of time and also the fact that I didn’t blog for ever and also that I barely played games all month and these things actually can mean pretty much anything so substitute your own things there ok).
November came in all roaring screaming wind and lashes of rain and it was glorious. Man how I love November. And October. It’s goodwill that lasts me right through till Black Friday when I go back to hating pretty much all of the world, combined.
So anyway. Things! More things happening!
I finished Borderlands: The Presequel and ok I get why borderlands purists may not have liked it but fuck ‘em, I loved this game. Borderlands is satisfying in the same way that Diablo satisfies me — it’s a lot of button mashing, it’s forgiving of idiotic mistakes (especially in multiplayer) and it’s funny. Diablo — wasn’t that funny but it had its moments.
There’s a pretty great moment early in the game when Torque asks Athena out for a date and she turns him down — as she’s retelling, he breaks in to explain that while at the time he yelled FRIENDZONED he now realizes what a stupid thing that was to say and friend zoning is a sexist idea and also he’s grown a lot he was just in a bad place then OK?
Gaming’s in a tough place right now, a depressing one, and sometimes it feels good to see that devs maybe get it. A little bit.
(Also, a bit later you get a quest to avenge a man’s death — after killing his enemies, you walk up to the very last one and call him a dick. In a superb piece of scene chewing, he falls to his knees and yells NOOOoooooo while shaking his fists at the sky. You can later go back and collect posters that spell out the word dick and completely enrage him to fight, but I like the original version better. It’s my favorite part of the whole game thus far).
I’m still chipping away at Shadow of Mordor because I get distracted by wanting to get every single thing on a map. Also because I enjoy skulking around, listening to baddies make up stories about the times they bested me in battle. Also, taking on huge groups and parrying my way through killing them all. It’s a good game is what I’m saying.
Things are going ok these days. I’ve been tearing through books. Just finished What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund which was lovely and made me wish I had better graphic design skills because holy moly that man is super talented. Also, I have often thought about the fact that no matter how much I love a book, I never really have a vivid picture of any part of it. The exception is some of the children’s books I read when I was little, but even then it was just little pieces — a golden telescope case, a glowing orb, a ring of jade. And so I felt comforted by the book, and also intrigued, as it talks about how we interact with books.
It’s now the season where I can’t walk with the dog after work, or at least not in the woods. In theory, I could walk Crowes Pasture which doesn’t close till 9 pm, but I just am not that brave about after dark wood walks. The beach, maybe. The woods, no. Less because of creepy crawlies and more because of creeping tree roots trying to break my ankles. I fall in the DAYLIGHT.
I also chopped off all my hair. Well, not all of it, because I have a lot of hair and even this extreme chop left me with a shoulder length bob, but still. Hair! Gone! I like it. I keep using far too much shampoo.