Weeknotes 80 - Like being on holiday
- I’m playing The Last of Us Part II again. It’s not as frightening this time, because I know what’s going to happen, I have all my upgrades from the previous game-play and I’m more familiar with the mechanics. There are aspects of the game that are more enjoyable the second time because I know the characters better. You’d think that the story wouldn’t necessarily impact me as much though but it does. There was a bit in it that made me sob during the first gameplay which the second time round messed me up much, much harder.
- I’ve finished my first play through in about 34 hours. Add to that all the hours I spent watching my partner play. We spent hours talking about the game, the story, listening to the soundtrack, discussing reviews. How much is that time worth to me? The only thing I can compare it to is being on holiday: you transport yourself somewhere else, and the experience provides a backdrop for thinking new thoughts and spending time talking about them. Based on that I’d say the game should have cost at least £500 if not more. The number represents how much of a profound experience this has been.
- I saw a poster in the window of Nando’s saying that the restaurant is “cleansed” regularly. Sounds less like cleaning with soap and more like burning a sage leaf in the corner.
- Seems like shops really expect me to read a tightly-typed A4 poster with their new shopping rules hidden in the middle of paragraphs before I go in for 30 seconds. Good luck with that.
- I’ve taken up painting my nails at the weekends as a way to inject more fun into life. In my teens I’d simply put on some colour and let it chip, but now that I’m in my thirties and have money I discovered the joys of base and top coat, which I’d assumed to be a marketing ploy to sell more products. I was so wrong!