Morning Discussion

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 03, 2011 5:00am PST I would, inspired by the launch of the Dawn of War II: Retribution beta, declare that this will definitely be the time I start properly practising multiplayer strategy games, but I've made that vow a dozen times before and it never seems to catch. One of my earliest video game memories is playing Doom II with a friend, him handling moving and me on aiming because neither of us could do both at once. First-person shooters are what I cut my teeth on and played heavily ever since; I can happily skip from game to game, knowing essentially what to do.

Strategy games, however, are something I've dabbled in from time to time, and do enjoy, but never really put the time into properly understanding. It's the constant multi-tasking and need for a long-term plan that get to me. I make stuff and send units places and see what happens. From the shallow waters of Command & Conquer to Civilization and into the deep, deep depths of terrifying historical grand strategy games, I mess about a bit and bungle through from minute to minute. While this is fun, it's rarely truly satisfying.

I would like to change this but it'll take so much time. So very much time. With no guarantee of success. And I have so very much other things I am, or should be, doing. Perhaps I'll try in a few decades, when my cybernetics are crippled by a nanobot attack and I'm left a wizened, housebound old crone.

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  • Journal post! Bad luck compounded by bad blizzardly luck!

    Because of a bureaucratic inconsistency and delay, and then another one, which I won't go into but is itself outrageous, I had to reschedule an international flight I'm financially and emotionally invested in (visiting a girlfriend I haven't seen in 6 months). $$$. And then, because of the snow storm in Chicago, USPS was unable to deliver an overnight envelope to me that was mailed Tuesday morning (if only Monday evening!). "Your item was processed through and left our CHICAGO, IL 60701 facility on February 01, 2011 at 12:33 am."

    (The embassy said they needed a document for a visa that earlier they and everyone else told me they didn't need. I even emailed them their own website saying as much. They even issued visas for other applicants who didn't supply that document (a background check which I then had to wait to arrive, which cost another few days.)

    So lost in the mail somewhere right now is my passport, which I need for my flight tomorrow. I can't afford to reschedule it again to Saturday and even then don't know if my passport will arrive tomorrow. Any later than Saturday and the trip becomes very silly because of the time traveling during the flight (1 day) and in the country (another day) considering when I have to leave (for the job in Korea).

    It's laughable how it went from great to sucky to penultimately the suckiest thing that could happen. (The worst is if they were not able to stamp my Korean visa in time, which means I lose out on both trips).