Status Report: Week Twenty-Six (Let’s Do This)

This past weekend was all about sleeping at the wrong times. If it was daylight, I was asleep for absurdly long periods of time. If it was dark out, I was awake. But, in those wee hours of the night, I was watching speedruns.

There is an amazing group of speedrunning folks called Games Done Quick and, twice a year, they do week-long events for charity. For more information, please check out their official website.

I hadn’t seen many speedruns from their last event (they do one in winter called Awesome Games Done Quick and their summer event is called Summer Games Done Quick), so I watched several. Some of my favorites were survival horror games: F.E.A.R., Silent Hill 4: The Room, and Silent Hill 3. Those speedrunners are unbelievable. They inspire me to want to look into speedrunning, myself! The first game that comes to mind to consider speedrunning is an older game, but one I have a particular fondness for: Disney’s Haunted Mansion. It released on the GameCube and PS2 back in 2003. I’m not particularly good at it, but I’d love to challenge myself to find a way to optimize a run of it. I recall it being a well done, but underappreciated, gem.

So who knows? Lately I’ve been into finding new ways to challenge myself. I mean, I’m not getting any younger.

In fact, I’ll never be younger than I am today.

What a petrifying thought.

Moving along.

Anyway, I had a grand old time in the middle of the night watching speedrun after speedrun. If you’re ever interested, just look up AGDQ or SGDQ on YouTube and check out their archives of events. At one point, I just started searching for games I like to see if there were runs of them, and I ended up seeing some delightful folks speedrunning some of my favorite games.

But.

I had had grand plans to start Wolfenstein: The New Order and several other smaller games. My nonsensical sleeping patterns put the kibosh on that. I suppose I could have been playing while I was awake at o’dark hundred, but I didn’t want to prolong my sleeplessness. So I watched speedruns instead.

Today is a new day.

Today is a day for Wolfenstein.

I have fond memories of playing the 2009 Wolfenstein, and I feel certain I will enjoy The New Order, I just need to hunker down and get in there. Also, this week a friend I play games with regularly is on vacation and he took his PS4 with him, so I anticipate some co-op gaming there. I’d love to get in some Friday the 13th, Destiny, or finally try out Killing Floor 2. No matter how things shake out, I’m glad there are so many options.

I’m also hoping to finally take a dive into Nex Machina, the latest game from Housemarque. I’ve been reading that it’s quite difficult, but I have to get in there to see all those voxels for myself.

Quick note: this week I will be ringing in the addition of my Thursday posts of miscellany. I imagine they will range from silly to serious and everywhere in between. I will never know until the day what they might hold. I’m kind of worried but kind of excited. So we’ll see how it all shakes out.

With that I ask: what are you hoping to play this week?

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  1. Hey Rebekah! Sounds like you have an interesting week ahead. Just planning to get into that MvC demo finally! Otherwise, looking to finish shopping for my new place.

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  2. Hey Rebekah! Sounds like you have an interesting week ahead. Just planning to get into that MvC demo finally! Otherwise, looking to finish shopping for my new place. Also, I’m looking forward to your Thursday feature. Sounds like another hit in the making! đŸ˜†

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    • Hey! And yes, it should be interesting for sure!

      I hope the demo works out, and I hope all your shopping goes well! Moving can be a pain, but it can also be great.

      Aww, thank you. I have no idea how it will turn out, but I like your positivity! :)

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      • Hey, that’s what demos are for! Better to try it out and save money on a game you aren’t sure about than to drop $60 for a disappointment. Saving money is always great.

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  3. Did someone say “Wolfenstein: The New Order”? ;-)

    I really hope you enjoy it, and that I haven’t hyped it up to an unreachable standard.

    Also I’m still working my way through the remaster of Darksiders. It’s just as great as it was when it released, and I’m just about at the end. #74, here I come!

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    • Indeed I did! And I bet I will. I really liked the 2009 Wolfenstein and I’ve only heard positive things about The New Order. I’m super looking forward to it.

      That’s good to hear! I need to play that, too.

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  4. good lord, the new Wolfenstein looks INTENSE! For the time being and since I just got a PS4, I’m working on games that I’ve missed. I have just finished The Last Guardian (Oh the feels!) and I am currently working on inFamous: Second Son.

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    • It does, doesn’t it! Oh man, there are so many awesome games. Also I’m glad you played The Last Guardian. Trico is a marvel. I’ve never seen anything like him in all my years of gaming.

      InFamous is such a rad series. Second Son looks so beautiful.

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  5. I’m glad to see you playing and having fun! I hope that all is well! I haven’t had hardly any time to play. But on a plus side my wife took us to a new shop that has basically packed one floor with arcade machines and another floor with consoles. Buying a wristband grants unlimited play. We spent a couple of hours playing arcades and pinball then painting miniatures then I got the chance to play Zelda on the Switch for a bit. Here’s to hoping that this week brings more gaming time. I’ve no idea if it will. Oh, and I really want to begin playing the Metro games. Probably not just yet. I still need to finish Dying Light.

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    • I’m trying! And after typing that, I realize how funny it is to say that I’m trying to have fun. :)

      Aww, I’m sorry you haven’t had much time to play. But holy awesome it sounds like your wife took you to a completely rad place!

      I wanted to like Metro: Last Light so much but felt underwhelmed. I’m still glad I played it. And Dying Light is so much fun!

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