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 still have a few outstanding game-related stuff I’d like to finish up over the next few weeks, but there’s plenty of stuff I haven’t already talked about I’d like to add onto my plate this month.
Community Game-Along – #MetroidvaniaMay
For #MetroidvaniaMay, I’m going to revisit a game I was really enjoying when I first played it, back in July of 2018 – Seasons After Fall. I realize that it’s pretty damn simplistic as far as metroidvanias go, but that’s actually part of the appeal for me. It’s also a fairly short game with an estimated play time of about 6 to 8 hours. I plan to start a fresh play through since I remember very little about the game except that I really liked it.
Since (at least according to the Steam Tag system), I’ve managed to accumulate quite a few metroidvanias in my library, I am also going to select a couple of back-up games. These include Waking Mars, Steamworld Dig, and Hue.
Subscription Gaming Service – Amazon Luna+
I’ve always been sort of curious about cloud gaming services, and when I had the opportunity to check out the Early Access of Amazon Luna+ with a seven day trial, I finally decided to give it a whirl. The selection of games on Luna isn’t fantastic at the base price point (although they do offer a premium Ubisoft tier for folks who are interested in that), there were a few titles I was interested in checking out, so I’ll likely sub for a month and dabble in those.
It’s a little less expensive than XBox Gamepass for PC ($5.99 a month versus $9.99 a month), so despite the overlap of games that interest me, I don’t see any reason not to play them here, unless the performance is dire.
Nintendo Switch Games
Being a console gamer still feels so weird to me. In April, I barely touched the thing, other than to make sure it was charged just in case, until the final day of the month when New Pokemon Snap arrived, and then I barely put it down for a day and a half. What I have been doing, however, is watching price drops on Deku Deals and flushing out my library a bit.
Once I’m ready to move on from photographing Pokemon in their natural habitat, I’d like to dive into Rune Factory 4 Special, since it’s a series I’ve always been curious about, but never had access to.
I feel like it’s been a very very long time indeed since I’ve spent any significant energy on my non-gaming hobbies. Recently, I’ve returned to doing paint-by-number kits, and I’ve gone back to it hard.
While I’m painting, I’ve been listening to podcasts, which have renewed my interest in all things horror. I’m not sure if this is going to take the form of watching more TV shows, mini-series and movies, or spending more time reading, or just finding more horror-centric podcasts to listen to, but it’s definitely an old interest I’d really like to revisit over the next few months.