Changing Direction for #platformonth

I was under the mistaken impression that I could play Ori and the Blind Forest on easy and it would be … well, easy.

Instead, I played it for several days in 10 minute increments, and quite honestly, didn’t get very far. Having been a PC gamer from a pretty young age, I never really worked on my platforming chops as a kid, and now that I’m over 40 and my reaction times aren’t what they once were, it’s really challenging to get to a place where most platforming games, even on easy, are something I can tackle without getting frustrated.

I have to believe this isn’t how MOST folks play.

Instead, I decided to redirect my efforts. Although I’d still like to participate in #platformonth with the Community Game-A-Long, I’d like something that I have a chance of completing before the month is out. So I dug through my Steam library and came up with another option.

Not only is Type:Rider totally my aesthetic, it’s also gloriously simple. Maybe too simple, because it gets reviews like this one.

A very simplistic platformer, with not much going for it. The only "challenge" to it is the controls, as the character follows inertiamore than player input.
A very simplistic platformer, with not much going for it. Sign. Me. Up.

But it’s lovely. And easy. And short. I will ride the inertia and gape at the stunning visuals, and any letters I miss on the way by will stay missed. I’m very okay with that.

Always Running Late

For someone who is meticulous about being timely IRL, I still can procrastinate for the Olympics. I feel like this post has a sort of an Inception-style thing going on for it, because it’s a short story about waiting until the absolutely last minute, and also, it’s written and posted more than a week after I intended to.

Sorry about that, folks.


It seems like it’s been forever since the information about the 15th Anniversary event in WoW came out, and I was pretty sure I was going to reactivate my WoW sub in November to take advantage of it.

Then, I saw that the event was going to be a long one, running all the way through January 7th, so there was no rush. And rush I absolutely did not. Before I knew it, November had disappeared, and then it was December and I was stuck in bed sick for over a week, and then it was the holidays, and that token just never got spent.

At the beginning of January, I again claimed I was going to get my act together and go get that Deathwing mount. Finally, on Sunday, January 5th, a mere 48ish hours before the even was over, I reactiavted my account.

And after approximately 10 months off, I had to remember how to play (thank goodness for muscle memory), scrounge up 10 item levels, and actually get through all three LFR events. Easy peasy.


Having missed at least a couple of patches, making up that iLvl was far easier than I could have hoped. One random world quest for a trinket, and several quick upgrades while opening up Najatar (not to mention the hella boost to my necklace), and I hit 380.

All in all, it was easier than I anticipated all around. Monday evening, my husband and I started queuing up for the LFRs (I know, I know!!!) – Outlands was flawless, Northrend was … less flawless (stupid dance, stupid defile, stupid old person memory for mechanics), and we only had one wipe on Cho’Gall in the Cataclysm content. The whole shebang, including figuring out how the heck one gets to The Caverns of Time these days, took about two and a half hours.

So, let’s say that this mount took approximately 5 hours of effort, and about two months of procrastination.

As it stands now, I have not logged back into WoW since then – I still have 20 days remaining on my sub – and yet, I’m still thinking about going back for real for Shadowlands.

Nerd Girl Goals – January 2020

I figure there’s no time like the a new year to mix up the format a little, right?

January 2020.
Subscription Game Service: XBox Game Pass for PC
Paid MMO Subscription: None
Community Game-A-Long: Ori & The Blind Forest - #PlatforMonth

GAMING

Play to Satisfaction

For me, saying “Play to Satisfaction” gives me explicit permission to drop a game that’s not working for me, but also to grind away for nerd points if I’m really loving something. I’m trying to make it a policy for myself that I will always play to satisfaction – no more, no less.

I decided to double up my goals this month by making sure I play something on XBox Game Pass for PC and by doing this month’s Community Game-A-Long so I decided on Ori and The Blind Forest for #PlatforMonth. Platformers really aren’t my jam, overall, but I’ve been wanting to check this one out for awhile.

Additionally, I’d like to start working on the list I set for myself for 2020 with Far Cry: Primal. It’s the shortest of the titles I’ve selected for myself, and I think that’s probably a good way to ease myself into some of these more overwhelmingly lengthy titles.

Even though I have less than a week to pull it off, I’d still like to hunker down this weekend and try to get my Deathwing mount in World of Warcraft. I’m not sure I can pull it off – I haven’t played for almost a year, and I have to get a significant boost to my iLvl before doing the event, and I only have a few days in which to do it. I guess procrastination doesn’t always pay off.

I’m really not sure what else I’m going to be poking at this month. I have a date set up to play We Were Here Together with a friend. Maybe I’ll dabble some more in Guild Wars 2. I also have a handful of new games from the Winter Sales, and the January Humble Choice releases on Friday. Anyway you look at it, I’m not short on options right now.

WATCHING

I’m actually hoping to spend less time watching television over the next few months. I’m trying to get back to working my mind, and creating things again. It’s not that I don’t think television and movies are worthwhile as media – they absolutely are – but they are also the path of least resistance.

No watching goals this month.

READING

I came in just under the wire for finishing my GoodReads challenge for 2019, and yet I still upped it for 2020. I set my goal for 36 books, which is a meager increase, but I am planning on at least half a dozen of those being non-fiction.


All in all, I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. I’m painfully analytical, and I am always trying to smooth out life’s rough edges year-round. However, I do usually pick some sort of focus.

Last year, I went for monthly, to concentrate on things as they presented themselves.

This year, I’m trying to focus more on experiences, and less on things. This didn’t really solidify for me until after I decided to try out having a low gaming spending year, but it all fits together really well.

So this year, I want to play rather than collect. I want to try new things, and revisit old favorites with new friends. I might even take a few steps out of my comfort zone.