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Me Day 2 is done, and I didn't get much done around the house after all. But I feel rested and recharged, so I'm confident that I can pick away at those projects in the evenings after work instead of coming home exhausted and drained.

One thing I'm really happy I took the time for is gaming. I played some games that have been lingering in my Steam library for a while now, and I briefly revisited some old favourites. I'm in a think-piecey mood, so here are some thoughts:

New Games

Bastard Bonds - I took about half an hour and played through some of the demo for this one. It was developed by a studio in my home province by a team that includes my mom's friend's brother (ah, New Brunswick.) It's a tactical turn-based RPG type game, and if you're into that sort of thing it'll probably scratch that itch nicely. Not quite for me, I think. My favourite part was character creation - they actually have different body types (including fat ones) in all their pixely glory!

The Beginner's Guide - This one is from the folks who did The Stanley Parable. In contrast to that game, Beginner's Guide has almost no choices for you to make whatsoever, and there are next to no rewards for venturing off the obvious storytelling path (the few times you can - and boy, I tried.) You move through a collection of game spaces and a narrator talks to you about them and his relationship with their creator, an estranged friend of his. It's a good concept, and parts of it are compelling and/or interesting, but overall I don't feel like it was quite worth my time. Also, I understand why (narratively and realistically) the environments and graphics are somewhat samey, but it got a little grating by the end.

To the Moon - Boy, am I glad this was the last game I played. It kind of wore me out, both in the sense that it was emotional and in the sense that I basically played all four hours of it in two long sittings on Sunday, which gave me a headache. It was an interesting, compelling, and overall very sweet story told in a simple way. The "gameplay" is little more than wandering around poking things and solving totally superfluous puzzles, but even though this was just a more complicated version of "press x to continue" it did help my immersion, I think. I'd been meaning to get around to this one for a while.



Between the narration elements of The Beginner's Guide and the simple storytelling through RPG Maker of To the Moon, I'm starting to get a good idea of the kind of game I want to start working on.

Old Faves

Cook, Serve, Delicious! - [livejournal.com profile] cow got me hooked on this one a couple of years ago, when I spent untold hours playing and beating the main game. When you get good at it, you feel like a badass master of multitasking. It's a good one to pull up and play for a couple of in-game "days" for a fun little pick-me-up.

Stardew Valley - Ah, Stardew Valley. The game I spent a nearly embarrassing amount of hours on earlier this year, and the newest game on this list (apart from Bastard Bonds which I only lightly dabbled in.) Whereas launching this game used to be a fond kiss goodbye to the next few hours, nowadays it's easy to goof around, doing whatever things strike my fancy. Apart from feeding and petting the aminals. Always gotta do that.

Paint it Back! - I can thank [livejournal.com profile] epi_lj for this one. I didn't know what nonograms were before this game. Now I'm mildly obsessed with them, though the random ones you find online aren't as fun as the silly pixel pictures in Paint it Back! I mainlined this game pretty hard the first time through, but now that the puzzles are getting harder (I'm doing all the puzzles at "pro" level now) it's easier to just do them one or two at a time while listening to a podcast.



The only other thing of note that I did on Sunday was stew some freshly killed tomatoes from my landlords' garden, because they were super ripe and needed to be preserved right away. They also gave me four HUGE zucchini that I'm going to have to find a use for. I have some ideas, and I can freeze some. Mostly I'm trying not to get stressed out about it - if it goes bad, it goes bad. I didn't ask for your zucchini, maaan! I'm not a part of your system, maaaaan!
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