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.
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.