Status Report: Week Thirty-Three (Reality Is A Mess)

Sometimes I have no idea if I love to write. Some days it’s harder than others to write something cohesive and remotely meaningful.

It’s even harder to do after the past seven days our country just saw.

Now don’t worry, I’m not going to get political; no more than saying that each time I read more in the news, I am strangely driven to play Fallout 4 and Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Take from that what you will.

I also feel a bit obtuse writing about video games after the recent events of the past several days. But, I’m going to anyway, as continuity has merit to me, and this is my something towards that.

Over the past week, I didn’t play as much or as many games as I’d hoped. That’s probably okay. Sometimes there are going to be games, and sometimes less so. I played some Ghost Recon: Wildlands on Friday, and a bunch more of it yesterday. Even though my co-op partner and I have been chipping away at it in big chunks, it still feels like we aren’t really getting anywhere. We are apparently only 65% of the way through it, and I already feel like we’ve been playing it forever. I’ve enjoyed much of it, but there are still so many problems, some I can’t believe haven’t been patched out. Apparently one fairly major glitch has been a thing since release and Ubisoft has yet to patch it out (there are often times where you can’t use your drone or binoculars and occasionally you have to log out of the game entirely to get them to work again). I think that’s pretty lazy considering Ubisoft has a veritable butt ton of programmers across the world. Surely someone could have identified and patched the issue by now.


I finished up the first Dark Souls 3 DLC (Ashes of Ariandel) with my Souls co-op partner on Friday and hoo boy what a ride that was! The final boss was…well, a bit of a pain. A little too fast, and a little too furious. She was eventually felled. We reign victorious!

We began the second Souls DLC (The Ringed City) and that was really something right off the bat. The first boss of the area was a bit of a peeve. Again, we reigned victorious. Eventually.

Thank goodness.

Today, I’m going to play some Wolfenstein: The New Order. I presume it will be mildly cathartic. Let me be clear: I abhor real life violence (and consider myself a pacifist), but sometimes it can feel satisfying to rid a digital world of the horrors involved. Particularly when I feel so helpless in reality to make the changes I so desperately want to see made.

Again, I’m not going to get political, but I don’t mind getting philosophical.

I always think there is more room for kindness. I’m not even remotely saying anyone should be understanding of people who are intolerant. I think it is 99% unlikely that someone with an intolerant mindset will allow another one a chance. When I speak of kindness, I mean to each other, to everyone, no matter what we look like or who we love or what we believe in. I think it is more important than ever to reach out to each other, to tell each other the wonderful things we think about each other, and to spread as much love as we can. It hurts sometimes, does it ever hurt, but it also feels like heart cardio: exhausting and, ultimately, good for us.

With that, I want to say thank you for being here and being supportive and being you. I think you’re remarkable and beautiful and magical, and the world is better for you being in it.

Stay safe out there, friends.

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  1. I’ll refrain from getting political in response… there’s enough negativity around now without me adding to it.

    But yay for Wolfenstein!

    And yay for Dark Souls! I finished up the Ringed City yesterday, to refresh my memory, and… this should be interesting. Three bosses to go. One of them i may suggest doing solo and offline, for reasons I’ll explain later. But the other two are two of my favorite – and two of the most challenging – in the game, so I hope you’re prepared! :-)

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    • Oh I wasn’t saying anyone else should, I was just trying to keep my feelings on politics out of the piece. And you’re right: there is an overwhelming amount of negativity out there.

      I didn’t end up playing anything at all today. My brain was just off. I hope to play Wolfenstein tomorrow.


      I’m a little wary of the way you say “interesting.” I’m not averse to fighting a boss solo if you think it would improve the experience. Also, you know I’m down for whatever the game will throw at us. I’m as prepared as I’ll ever be.


  2. Going to try & get some Sniper Elite in this week. Been slacking; I have been busy preparing to return to work; all the craziness with starting another school year. Just plan to progress in Ch. 9.

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      • I am in my second year working with preschool kids. I plan to get more SE in. Not feeling it atm. Hoping sometime this week I can compel myself to play some SE. You ever have days like that? Ugh!

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        • Really? I didn’t know that! How wonderful!

          Oh man, I definitely have times like that. I mean, right now I can think of at least six games I put down and still want to go back to. Oof.


        • Hey, I’m glad you played some, but sorry for the sticking. When I get to a point like that, I try to just set it aside for the night and come back to it the next day. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh outlook and what seemed so frustrating the night before winds up being weirdly simple.


  3. I will respect your political refrain. What I will say is that I was disappointed last week, prior to the weekend, wherein the leak of the Blizzard memo regarding the small percentage of women in Blizzard’s workforce and the desire to address it was met with negative and hostile reactions. We should not tear each other down out of fear, particularly based on immutable differences. This past weekend, I dabbled in games, even rebooted my Fallout 4 save. I plan to play a few Overwatch matches this week in my quest for the new skins in between the deadlines stacked atop deadlines that I have until the end of September. I’m hopelessly nowhere near my plan to finish a game or two by the end of the month, namely Mass Effect Andromeda, but I’ll play when I can.

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    • I appreciate that, but I was only saying I would try to keep my own views on politics out of things. Anyone else is welcome to say what they wish.

      I had not heard about that! That’s incredibly disappointing. I know one of the women producers at Blizzard (she used to be my neighbor), and she is amazing (worked on Overwatch). I can only hope they wind up with more people like her.

      Good gravy, your workload is unreal. I can only hope it eases sooner than later and that you get some time to play here and there.


  4. I’m still working my way through Cosmic Star Heroine, Hollow Knight and Yakuza 0. I’m really enjoying Yakuza 0 now that I’ve got a bit of free reign to explore. The story is good, but the side content I’m finding is good and a little bit goofy to make a nice mix that I can’t wait to delve deeper into.

    Congrats on getting through the first Dark Souls 3 DLC! I also hope your progress through Ghost Recon Wildlands is less buggy in future play sessions.

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    • Good gravy, three games! I’m so glad you are enjoying Yakuza 0! I can’t wait to play it for myself. I love goofy games and I love different cultures. I’m so excited. And Kiwami is right around the corner!

      Thank you! It’s been so much fun. I love how surprised I’ve been at how much I could love a Souls game. And thank you; I hope Wildlands gets sorted out. That drone glitch is maddening.

      I will prevail! :)


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