Blouse: Goodwill — Skirt: Goodwill (H&M) — Sandals: Goodwill (Aerosole) — Tie: ASOS — Earrings: Gift — Bracelet: Hand-me-down
Well met, fellow humans! How was your solstice yesterday? Do anything exciting to mark the first day of summer and/or the longest day of the year?
I did! Well, if by “something exciting” you mean “watch Michael play Shadow of the Colossus and eat a chicken burger.” Yeah, I know you’re all jealous of my good times. Shadow of the Colossus is a great spectator game, though–the visuals and soundtrack are so great. I mean, I’m sure it’s a great player game too, but I have a long and storied history of video-game spectating, so that’s where I’m coming from.
Mike gives me crap sometimes for not picking up the controller and playing more myself, but what can I say? I’m pretty particular about the games I like to play versus the ones I just want to watch. Games with a lot of real-time fighting make me anxious; you should have seen the way I panicked the first time I tried Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. (Which, incidentally, is another great spectator game.) And stuff with timers are no good either, like the copy of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 that my brother and I had for the Sega Genesis growing up. Too much pressure! I know it sounds silly when I say it like that, but I like playing video games to relax and have fun, not to feel stressed out.
Really, my general preference is for party-style games, like Mario Kart 64, and for puzzle games, like the Professor Layton series. I also played sim games a lot as a kid–basically anything by Maxis–and for old-school adventure games, like my all-time favorite computer game, LOOM. Stuff that you can take time to think about! (Although I’m not a terribly good strategist, so I suspect I would be awful at Disgaea.) And, of course, I’ve told you all about my deep, abiding love for Japanese dating sims, particularly Hatoful Boyfriend.
That’s all to say that just because I don’t like to play some games doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy them in another way. I watched my brother and friends play a wide variety of games all through childhood and high school, and I’ve become very accustomed to enjoying games for their filmic qualities. This is especially true as graphics have gotten better and plotlines have gotten more detailed, like with the intentionally-cinematic game Heavy Rain. (I’m super excited to see what Quantic Dream comes out with next, I tell you what.)
Anyway: video games! They were a huge part of my summers as a kid, so they always come to mind when this time of year rolls around. Which is not to say that I didn’t spend any time outdoors when I was younger; I have vivid memories of going outside at nine or ten o’ clock at night and just enjoying the quiet warmth and stillness of our empty neighborhood.
Those nights remind me of a little ditty about summer, actually…
Then again, any song that rhymes “neato” with “breakfast burrito” makes me nostalgic, you know?