In Review – April 2021

This “In Review” post is going to be late because, well, I somehow forgot April only has 30 days, and also, I spent most of the last day of the month obsessively playing New Pokemon Snap instead of writing like I should have been!

April was a little less gaming overall, as I spent a bit more time reading, and listening to The Pike Cast and Horror Queers while doing paint-by-numbers. Sometimes, it’s good to diversify.

I let my World of Warcraft sub lapse, and didn’t really pick anything else up to fill in the void. I did have a couple of nights where I played Among Us with some friends, and I’m still working my way towards perfection in Stardew Valley (as well as continuing my co-op adventures on a different save). But I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired this month to dive into anything new or weighty as far as gaming was concerned.

Finally finished up the Dimensions – Blue Poppies kit I ordered back in March.

Community Game-Along – #CapcoMonth

I dabbled in three different games for #CapcoMonth. The first was Resident Evil 4, which gave me a killer case of motion sickness. Second, I went into Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, which I thought was ok, but too fiddly for my taste.

Finally, I spent about 10 hours (a few of which were when I had accidentally closed Manic Time after the game crashed) with Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. If I had started with this one, I might have actually finished it before the month was out, but with only a week or so to go in the month, it was just too big of a project to actually wrap up in the time I had allotted. I’m not sure yet if I’m done with it for the time being, or if I’ll continue to dabble.

Ongoing Gaming Projects

Again, I spent the bulk of my gaming time in Stardew Valley. The (sort of) recent 1.5 update adds a new mechanic of a Perfection Tracker, which is kind of like Grampa’s evaluation turned up to 11. Of course, I can’t resist a challenge like this.

I’m currently well into my fifth year, which is far far longer than I’ve ever played before, and I have just a little friend-ing left to do, and a whole bunch of money to make to finish the last couple things on the checklist. I’m playing less, because it gets a little dull after playing a few days, with so little left to chase after.

Still, I expect to wrap this one up in the next couple of weeks, and I may continue dabbling on a new save with an alternate farm layout.

The progress hasn’t been nearly as solid in Cook, Serve, Delicious 2!! – my fingers just don’t feel like they’ll ever be fast enough for the shifts I have remaining. Where at one point, I was zooming through 5 levels a day, now I’m lucky to get a couple a week, and most of those are just squeaking through with bronze. I’ve even started doing some scenarios on the “Zen” setting, where customers don’t get impatient, but doing any better than just merely passing the level is impossible.

I’d still like to unlock all the shifts, but I think I’m over #GoingForGold.

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