I am knee deep in games. That seems like my usual modus operandi. I always think I’m going to miss something if I don’t get one when it releases, and then once it does I play it a little bit and either give up (especially with some of my Japanese games) or suddenly become engrossed in another game.
I notice another bad trend as well. I want to reach the point where I can enjoy Japanese games—and understand them, and not feel like I’m missing something. But I’m not there yet. I understand a ton more than I used to, which isn’t hard since I can remember a time when I couldn’t read a damn thing. My lofty goal is to someday switch to strictly playing Japanese games. With this current mentality of oh dear god I might miss something because I’m not good enough! I allow myself to buy the English version of the game when it releases and “double check” my work as it were. Then I pick apart all the little things I missed. For example in ポケモン＋ノブナガの野望 known in the states as (a rather stale) Pokémon Conquest, I caved and bought it in English. And realized several little but seemingly important things, like the fact that if you put a password in you have to use it that month. I didn’t learn anything earth shattering that I didn’t know. But I justify buying the English game as a crutch. A bad crutch imo.
And when I have two copies of the same game I naturally get overwhelmed. I feel that I have to finish both of them and usually stop playing either of them. I’m still playing the English version of Conquest and have just caught up to where I was in the Japanese game (I thought I got a lot farther than I did…) And hopefully I will play a little in Japanese and a little in English.
My wrench in the works is that Monday morning theoretically before 10:30am the Fedex
man person will arrive with Pokémon BW2. And I will cease all progress. Never mind the fact that I played one day of New Love Plus, got really excited about understanding things, and haven’t picked it up since.
Monster Hunter Interlude
Naturally I have thrown myself headlong into playing Monster Hunter 3G. Yesterday I surprised myself by sitting at a café with a glass of wine and killing not one, but three Giganox(es?). And despite the alcohol I didn’t die once! Although today without the aid of a pinot I managed to get killed by Bracchidios. And while I can’t outright kill Cedeus in 30 minutes yet, I can kill him within 10 minutes of the second quest using the Bracchidios lance. Casey and I did some questing this evening, but out network connection dropped in the middle of killing the white Rathalos subspecies right after Nargacuga showed up. I had never even seen Nargacuga before. I think we just unlocked him in the multiplayer quests. While Casey prevailed over Rathalos, I got frustrated and quit the quest. I probably could have killed him but I wasn’t in a good mood after being killed by Bracchidios. Nevertheless we killed Bracchidios and did another quest to kill 30 Sharqs. Fortunately unlike the similar quest in Tri we didn’t have to be nekked.
I suck. My biggest problem in life is that I have too many games to play.