Decisions, decisions…

I wanted to make a post about how I picked a great new game to play and how I was on track finally with working through The Backlog. I can’t make that post today. Instead I’m going to talk about some of the difficulties I keep having over and over again with this project. And while I admit a lot of this post might come off as me complaining, I certainly am not complaining about anything.

Last Friday I had some time to myself in the afternoon, so I decided to go about picking which game I would play next from The Backlog. If you’ve been following the blog so far, you’ve seen a picture of my game shelves. Picking a game is no easy task. In theory it shouldn’t be a problem, or rather it’s a positive thing instead of a negative thing. I have 1500 different video games to play. Any one of them should be a fun time. But, funny thing about my brain (or probably humans in general, I doubt I’m special in this case), having so many options makes it extremely difficult to make a decision and pick something.

Here’s my basic thought process when I go to pick a game: Do I want to play something serious like Heavy Rain, or something light hearted like Sonic & Knuckles? Should I play an RPG because I want a good story, or should I play something that will test my skills as a gamer like a NES platformer? Old school or current gen? How do I know I’m going to have the most fun possible when I pick a game out? Am I even going to stick with it this time?

So, it takes me about an hour to choose something, and by the time I pick the game I’m not even sure I want to play it. Obviously, I know this is a problem that I need to work on. Choosing how to spend free time and have fun shouldn’t be a chore.

After all that, I did end up picking a game… Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.

SMT Nocturne Title Screen

I played it for about 90 minutes over the weekend and it’s pretty good so far. And then my other big personal issue came in to play. I have a really hard time sticking with stuff that I’ve started. Early Monday, on my first day of a week-long staycation, I decided that I really wanted to play Final Fantasy XV. I don’t normally get an urge like that (as seen above, normally I just burn myself out trying to choose) so I went with it. So right now, I’m on vacation (at home) and going to hopefully be putting some quality time in to FFXV.

I only got to put about 20 minutes in to the game so far before work called to interrupt my time off, but I’m fairly certain I will get to put some good time in during the rest of this week and actually feel like I accomplished something.

See ya!

PS: I added Amazon Polly text-to-speech player at the beginning of every post today. I hear you can also subscribe to my blog as a podcast now, but I have no idea how to do that. I’d be interested if anybody knows how that works.

PPS: I took some pictures because I thought this post would be about SMT Nocturne. Here’s a gallery of some that turned out decent.

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