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Gaming Holiday: Day 3

I gave PC gaming a break on Wednesday, after having beaten Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend on Tuesday night. [1] Unfortunately, Lara’s enemies weren’t the only impediment to my success.

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  1. It was pretty good, but I’m not sure whether to recommend it. It was definitely worth playing in my case, since it’s included in GameTap, and I like Tomb Raider and related Parkour simulators. I still liked Anniversary better, but this one at least had more to do with relics and ruins than cargo ships and cities. The tie-ins with a well-known legend were a plus. At times, I felt the same “discovery-of-the-strange-among-the-familiar” as when I saw National Treasure or read The Da Vinci Code. (Obligatory DVC disclaimer: good novel. Ranks right up there with Harry Potter as a work of entertainment. Also ranks with Harry Potter as a work of biblical scholarship. Please read responsibly.) []

Gaming Holiday: Day 2

One of the goals of this Gaming Holiday is to stay up and sleep in as ludicrously long as I like. Last night, though, K came into The Gaming Chamber at 11:00 and exerted Tired Waves at me until I became sleepy as well. Curses! I still managed to play some Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee before falling asleep, though.

Then, this morning, I was dreaming about work,[1] and found it made more sense to just wake up than to stay there.

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  1. We had acquired yet another giant color multifunction printer/copier/scanner/fax, and my boss was disappointed that I didn’t have the Mac OS X drivers available on the network yet, and I couldn’t find the CD, and Canon wanted to charge $0.89 per download via credit card. Some nights, I have interesting dreams; other nights, I’m just doing tech support. []

Final Fantasy 8

Another little thought that’s been floating around in my head the past few days:

I liked Final Fantasy 8 better than most of the Final Fantasy fans I talk to. For a while, I thought that was because it was more of a Love Story than a Save The World story, and so I was willing to overlook the characters’ flaws more. I also toyed with the idea that I just really liked the designs. Perhaps I was willing to entertain the notion that I “connected” somehow in a personal way to some of the characters in some way that others didn’t. I know of one or two people who are willing to just grant me a crippling lack of taste that leads to my preference.[0]

Recently, I’ve been getting back to it a bit, and I think it’s actually got a lot to do with the music. Nobuo Uematsu has been my favorite contemporary composer for some time, and I just really like what he’s done with the soundtrack for FF8.

Just thought I’d mention it.

[0] I still think the Love Story aspect has an awful lot to do with it, since I tend to like that sort of thing in a fantasy setting[1]. See: What Dreams May Come. (Or don’t, if you’re not likely to enjoy it. ;)
[1] On the other hand, I’m not much for, say, romantic movies set in “realistic” environs. Also, if I had a time machine, I’d probably squander its power on attempting to talk people out of making “romantic comedy” movies. Go figure.