Late post today, and probably a short one too. My wife and I are half-moved into our new place, which basically means what little we have with us is set up but the majority of our stuff is still in U-Haul’s possession and will be for a while. There’s been plenty to fill the time, though. More than enough. Here’s a bit of insight into it.
Let’s start with a completely original thought that absolutely no one has had before: Disneyland is a pretty cool place.
I have a lot of nostalgia for Disney’s animated movies from the ’90s and earlier, and two Disney animated movies ranked among my favorites released last year. Mickey Mouse is and always will be a part of me. All this to say I love Disney, which makes me like many, many others out there. Star Wars is timeless. More importantly, I absolutely love Guardians of the Galaxy, which should be no surprise to anyone who’s read a certain pair of posts on this blog.
Between leaving California in a month and the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout, I didn’t really have a choice. My wife and I spent the weekend at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, and it was even better than I hoped it would be. I didn’t expect to spend nearly 30 hours on my feet between Saturday and Sunday, but that’s what happened. Those two days may have left me too exhausted to do much of value over the following couple days, but the long, tiring days were worth it—and then some.
We went on a lot of rides and did a lot of other things, so I’ll try to keep my thoughts on each as brief as I can.
I’ve made a couple great purchases in the past few weeks. Here are some thoughts about those purchases.
I started and stopped a few different posts this morning, but it’s time to admit it’s not happening today. A busy week is getting busier, and my limited energy and brainpower has all been claimed by other subjects. So here’s an update on what I’ve been up to (other than failing to avoid the Guardians of the Galaxy marketing onslaught):
I spent the majority of the last three days in the Mojave Desert, nestled between Joshua trees and surrounded by what I can only assume was an army of coyotes gathering in the middle of the night. I let myself slip away from technology and into nature for a couple days despite the absurd fact that my campsite on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park had full LTE service. Thanks to magic (or scheduled posts) everything was normal here despite my being elsewhere, physically and mentally.
All this to say I wasn’t exactly thinking about video games, movies, and the like over the past few days. This might have been a slightly different story if I had a certain game system, but it was a nice change of pace.
I spent nearly sixty hours with Horizon Zero Dawn, and I haven’t touched a AAA game since. I’ve played a few smaller games on console and mobile, but I’ve been telling myself I don’t have time to get sucked into another big experience—even though most games on my to-play list aren’t nearly as big as Horizon. I just can’t afford to spend a few hours at a time playing a game right now, you know? I have a couple screenplays to work on and a novel to outline and there’s just not time.
But then I stayed up one-more-rounding Card Thief for almost three hours last night and I just don’t even know anymore.
Slightly off topic post incoming…
WrestleMania is typically the most exciting WWE special (should we still call them pay-per-views?) every year. It’s the biggest, oldest show the company puts on. It’s “the grandest stage of them all”.
There are 12 confirmed matches at this point, but WWE clearly isn’t done setting this up. They have to fill, what, six hours with content? (Don’t get me started on why a four hour show needs a two hour pre-show)
Anyway, let’s take a look at what’s going down in 11 nights in Orlando, Florida.
Disc Jam, made by a two man team at High Horse Entertainment, is a combination of air hockey and table tennis that allows players to play as one of four characters. Is it any good?