What Video Game Did I Play Yesterday?
September 30th, 2023
My power level is at zero today, but I cleared the forest area in Super Mario Odyssey last night. I shut it off right after because the cloud stage that came next looked like a hassle at that moment.
September 29th, 2023
With some shock that I met one of my goals, I can say that I managed to play Super Mario Odyssey ten times within the month of September, making strides against my extremely poor attention span. I'm going to carry it forward for at least five play sessions into October, and choose a different "focus game" for the month. I'm not sure what it'll be yet, and need to decide pretty quickly!
As far as things went with Super Mario Odyssey last night, though, I wandered off the path the game told me to follow and picked up five or so moons. I did a foggy area that made my hands sweat like crazy, even though it wasn't very difficult, and had a nice time.
September 28th, 2023
I'm back on my real schedule today, wide awake and with a McDonald's iced coffee at my side as a special sugary treat! Changing my sleep schedule, only by a couple of hours and only for a few days, messed me up so badly I can hardly believe it, but I feel excellent today. My gaming yesterday was not really that notable, though. I played Super Mario Odyssey for another 45 minutes or so, exploring a world of gardening robots. This game is very charming.
September 27th, 2023
The basic training for my new job ended today, so I get to go back to my normal late schedule tomorrow! I'm really relieved, since I haven't slept well for a few days, and am excited to start something new, too.
Yesterday, I got off work and immediately blew an hour playing Super Mario Odyssey, getting through the water level. It was pretty lovely. I really liked the bubble architecture, and the colors and music were really relaxing. I'll start the forest level today, but I'm honestly a bit less excited about it.
September 26th, 2023
I'm still tired today, so much so that I kept looking at yesterday's post and thinking I'd missed a day somewhere! Last night, I just pieced together a couple of images in Calm Colors before bed, which was lazy and relaxing.
My focus is bad enough that I've already done a lot more gaming than that today, but that'll be a story for tomorrow!
September 25th, 2023
I'm so sleepy today, but good! I started training for my new position today, but since the schedule for training is 2+ hours earlier than my normal schedule, I'm zoned out tonight. That is okay, though! Even if I'm dozing off before 8pm tonight, things will be good overall.
Last night, I played Super Mario Odyssey for a few minutes when I should have been sleeping, picking up a few basic moons in the water world. Being able to play as a Cheep Cheep takes away some of the stress I normally feel in Mario water levels, which is cool. Plus, the colors are so peaceful and lovely!
I played Disney Tsum Tsum quite a lot, too, but hit a wall in the monthly event's end game. I would have to get a 3 million-plus high score with a tsum wearing a collar to move forward, which is definitely possible! It would take more level grinding than I'm willing to do, though, so I'm letting it go. I feel more at peace now having abandoned this goal.
I'm way more interested in sleeping than gaming right now, but'll play something for a few minutes to wind down later.
September 24th, 2023
Being awake does not feel good today, so this will be a short-ish post. I mostly just tried to grind my way through the extra event missions in Disney Tsum Tsum yesterday. A lot of them felt pretty grindy, so it got a little tedious in spots. I'm so close to the end, though, with only one more character set to go! I want that extra skill ticket.
September 23rd, 2023
I've been doing a lot of bill-paying and dishwashing style crud this morning, but want to get this done for the day before I eat lunch. It's goal setting!
Yesterday, though, I was more in "brick mode" than "game mode," so I ran through a few AliExpress level definitely-not-lego-sets I had around. The first one I did was this Chocobo (I think it was labelled Chicken Rider or something like that) that's honestly a bit troubled. The pose I photographed it in is about the only one where it can stand, because it has tiny chicken legs and a big, heavy, plastic brick body. I like the design, but it's so unsturdy! It's kind of what I get for picking up a blatant bootleg, though, so I'm more amused than mad.
The other two I did, later in the day, had stronger legal standing and better designs, too. The flower shop is one that I'd had sitting around for ages, and I was pretty impressed by it. From the back, there's even a tiny cash register inside, and it was neat to affix the decals to the facade blocks. I was dead tired, so I opened the unlabeled bag for the succulent behind it thinking it would be another of the little shops I have stashed. It was not, but it's neat anyway.
Gaming-wise, I did play some Disney Tsum Tsum yesterday, and probably will again today.
I have a big bootleg not-Lego set I want to try, and am considering giving it its own page, since I think it'll take a good while to finish. I will decide when I get into it.
September 22nd, 2023
Yesterday, I finished my current job tidily and am ready to start a new one at my company on Monday! To celebrate, I, as most people would, went to CVS after work to get a COVID booster and flu shot. It kind of zoned me out, so last night, I played Bejeweled 2 a lot, really doing decently (for me) at the timed mode and knocking out a few more levels of endless mode.
After the vaccines, my arm is extremely sore, but I feel good otherwise. I don't know that I'll play anything too interesting today, but I will play something.
September 21st, 2023
My PC is staunchly set against working this morning, so this'll be a shorter post than intended. I played Super Mario Odyssey for a few minutes before bed last night, though, which was fun. I cleared an underground temple and floated away to the next world, but didn't actually do anything there.
Today is my last day in my current work department, and I have tomorrow off. It's a decent feeling.
September 20th, 2023
Yesterday, I played Pikmin Bloom a lot, but didn't do particularly well. At work, I ate lunch early and spent my lunch break walking through my city's skywalk, which meant that I got a good amount of steps in to grow some Pikmin, and was able to pick up some rare petals, too. I didn't pay attention and planted the wrong color of flowers, though, and eating lunch early put me at an unpleasant seven hours between meals, too. I'll probably take a different approach today. This wasn't bad, though, and I'm not sorry I gave it a shot.
September 19th, 2023
Last night, I felt un-stressed enough to play Halo with a coworker, but about halfway through the fourth level (the second one of the play session), my motion sickness got to me the worst it had in years. I made my guy hide in a corner while my friend finished the level, and I imagined my Master Chief to be the one with severe stomach problems, hoping there was a toilet in the map room when they got up there. Other than that, it was fun. It's a way more colorful game than I expected, and more shooting gallery-ish than I expected, too. I just wish I was more compatible with first person games!
September 18th, 2023
Nothing is wrong this morning, but I feel super nervous. This'll probably be a pretty quick post because of that.
I finally finished the basic half of this month's event in Disney Tsum Tsum, but might play through the extra levels, too. I was able to get a new skill level on my Luke Skywalker and R2D2 tsums and feel like I should flex their ungodly power. It's fun to have the piece of a game that breaks it.
It was nice enough to go out and play Pikmin Bloom, too, but I had a small asthma attack and didn't do the full community day. I might try to score some of the month's ice cream Pikmin in the city skywalk during my office days this week.
September 17th, 2023
Yesterday I was too set on crafts to play games too hard, and went to a greenhouse sale, too. It was a calm and lovely day.
I did get a moon in Super Mario Odyssey, though, briefly remembering that this was my "game of the month." I'd like to get ten play sessions in for this by the end of September, which still seems doable.
September 16th, 2023
My computer didn't want to turn on today, so I'm making this post later than I'd wanted. Windows updates are magic.
I feel somewhat down today, but finished A Short Hike last night, which was very charming and more emotional than I'd expected it to be. I know there's stuff left to do on the island, so I've left it on my XBox for now and might do another run sometime.
I played Disney Tsum Tsum for a few minutes, too. Hopefully, I can finish the base set of levels for this month's event today. I'm getting a little tired of playing it.
September 15th, 2023
I'm sorry this hasn't been a very scintillating blog lately! I've been trying to bounce back from my sinus infection from Monday and slammed at work, so I'm playing shallow puzzle games and hitting bed early. I did get into Disney Tsum Tsum last night, though, and kept chipping away at the current event. I wanted one of the Titanic tsums they tossed in yesterday, but I got this month's "special" Tinkerbell when I earned a gacha pull. She's cute, though, it's hard to be salty. I just need to know if this game has the nerve to toss in an animation that implies all your on-screen characters died in 1912.
September 14th, 2023
I didn't post this morning because I had to work early, and after finishing a full day and then some am kind of tired. I tried to play Disney Tsum Tsum last night, but kept getting error codes and couldn't finish a game. After all that, I gave up and went to bed.
September 13th, 2023
I had to work late last night, so I played one very poor game of Columns before bed last night, and that was all. I realize I forgot to crop the Nintendo Switch Online interface off of this screenshot, like I usually do, but I'm just rolling with it today.
September 12th, 2023
Since I wasn't feeling well yesterday, I just played Disney Tsum Tsum, but I played it a lot. One of the medicines I got, for breathing help, was a tiny steroid, so after dinner, I matched the little disney characters with such hardcore intensity that I couldn't ungrip my hand from my phone afterwards. It was a weird experience! I also ended up playing it right before bed, since I had an asthma attack and had to take my inhaler. Since that makes me too hyper to sleep, I played another several rounds until I could relax enough to go to bed. All this playtime meant that I only have one card left on the first part of this month's event!
September 11th, 2023
Today I was sick enough that I overslept, left work early after giving it my best shot, and did a telehealth appointment. I'm posting now after picking up prescriptions and taking a nap, feeling somewhat better.
Yesterday did end up being a pretty decent day games-wise. I played A Short Hike most, doing a lot of the little sidequests around the island. I spent so much time playing stickball and looking for shells, all of which was very pleasant! It looks like I'll finish a run of this the next time I play, but I know I'm missing stuff, too. It'll probably stay on my XBox for a bit.
Also on my XBox, I kept chipping away at that 280 levels of endless mode achievement in Bejeweled 2, drinking some hot yuzu ginger as I played before an early bedtime. This, too, was peaceful gaming.
I worked on the month's event in Disney Tsum Tsum, too, mostly because I was stalling out for a few minutes on making lunch.
Today is not going to be a big games day, because I mostly just want to sleep. That is okay sometimes, though.
September 10th, 2023
I feel really strange this morning! I slept really well last night, but got up so tired that I felt it a near insurmountable challenge to eat a packet of breakfast biscuits. I will probably take it easy today.
Yesterday, I only played one level of Bejeweled 2, continuing on my slow path to the "clear 280 levels of endless mode" achievement.
September 9th, 2023
Today, I am posting before I pay bills, the most thrilling of weekend activities, but am feeling pretty decent. Last night, I downloaded Starfield out of curiosity, and it was a rip-roarin' five hours of downloading, let me tell you! Snark aside, I played about the first hour and thought it was interesting so far. I picked chef as my class, so I'm looking forward to eventually doing some space cooking. This isn't really a type of game I've played before, and probably wouldn't have tried it at all without Game Pass, so I'm interested to see where it goes.
September 8th, 2023
I am still happy about my good work stuff yesterday, but am also having my worst ladies' health month in over a year. It's a rude balance. I didn't even get through my reading goals for last night (lately, I try to read at least two chapters of genre fiction, one chapter of non-fiction or classic lit, and one manga/comic book back to front), which is usually something I look forward to at the end of a day! My guts are killin' me, though, so my power is severely diminished.
Because of that, I just played four games of Disney Tsum Tsum last night- not even a full run of energy!- and went to bed. I'm not feeling any better today, so tomorrow's post might end up quite similar.
September 7th, 2023
Today has been so wild that I almost forgot about this site! I'm not feeling my best, but my work situation is about to get a big boost, so it balances.
Last night, I turned on my XBox wondering if I should download Starfield, but downloaded A Short Hike instead, as I am extremely tired right now. I only played it for ten or so minutes, but it's off to a very cute start! It'll be fun to keep going.
September 6th, 2023
I'm running late due to feeling cruddy and some coffee machine trouble this morning, so this'll be a quick post. I got a new pair of glasses last night, though, with Payne Glasses coming in first, and played a bit of Pretty Rhythm: My Deco Rainbow Wedding when I was too exhausted to do anything else. I'm off to slam back a coffee and drive across town for an office day.
September 5th, 2023
Yesterday was also busy, and I wasn't feeling well, either. I did get started on this month's event in Disney Tsum Tsum, though, which I don't really enjoy. The collection missions at the end of each section are really tedious, even if the tea time theme is cute. It's such an easy time killer, though, that I'll probably keep playing at least a little more.
It's back to work today. Only four days until next weekend! I'm supposed to get a new pair of glasses today, though, so that's something.
September 4th, 2023
Yesterday was crazy, so I didn't play too much. To keep going with Super Mario Odyssey, I set myself the goal of grabbing one moon. On Saturday, I'd really frustrated myself with a simple "find three sheep and get them to their keeper" mission, so I thought it would be satisfying to knock that out. Last night, though, I found all three sheep in pretty short order, so I didn't end up playing for very long. I was tired, so that was fine.
This is maybe less easily defensible online, but I spent the last week devouring a directly pre-COVID set of Robotech comic trade paperbacks I had purchased and never read during lockdown. Yes, Robotech is a bastardization of better original anime series, but I find the way it continues to iterate upon itself after the three anime were initially smushed together, spiraling into something of its own, really fascinating. The comics I was reading were pretty interesting in and of themselves, too, using that messiness as a storytelling device, so I spent a couple of hours yesterday afternoon very excited about Robotech.
Because of that, and because I want to get vaguely competent at hori shooters before Macross: Shooting Insight comes out, I turned on Robotech: The Macross Saga HD Edition on my Switch. This is a port of an old GBA game, and I don't think it's bad, but I'm terrible at it and can't beat the first level. Part of this is my own fault. Even though I have at least tested all of the characters at this point and get slightly further with everyone other than Max, I gotta play as Max because I like him best. Even if it were just in terms of aesthetics, it would still be important to me to play as the character with glasses and the blue mech.
I only played for ten or so minutes yesterday, since I needed to go do something else, but in those few minutes, my pilot suffered countless firey deaths. Someday, I will get to level two.
September 3rd, 2023
I'm good today, but my focus is still super poor, so this won't be a very long post. Super Mario Odyssey was my main game again yesterday, as I got set on grabbing another five moons. Some of the gameplay tricks, even this early in the game, were pretty clever. I swore profusely while trying to pull it off, but there was a little dungeon where you have to see and then memorize the positions of invisble platforms that was really neat. To balance that, there were also a couple of immensely low effort moons to grab, with one being as simple as "the ground is glowing, ground pound it!" I'm still enjoying this quite a lot.
I went back into Idol Land Pripara again, too, and though I was able to do a lot of in-game shopping, I found myself really frustrated by the load times again. Even though it's a free app, and one for a franchise I really like, I'm pretty out of patience with it.
Today is a somewhat strange day, so I don't know what I will or won't play. Either way, though, I'll be back tomorrow.
September 2nd, 2023
I've still got some residual tiredness from the week, but with a three-day weekend ahead, I feel somewhat okay today.
Last night, I sat down to play Super Mario Odyssey a bit before bed, setting the goal that I wanted to get five moons before I shut it off. It was a bit faster than I expected, since the second world started with my waltzing into a store and flat out buying one. I'm still right at the start of the the game, though, so it makes sense that things are going so quickly.
My ability to focus has been horrendous since I got off work last night, so I don't know what I'll play today. I'll be back and posting again tomorrow, though, regardless.
September 1st, 2023
Using gift wrap tape on my glasses wasn't perfect, but it was enough to get things mostly back to normal for me. I still very much would like one of my new pairs of glasses ASAP, but for now, I can cheerfully declare it the start of a new month on this frivolous blog! For September, I want to play through Super Mario Odyssey. I borrowed it from my mom and want to be able to give it back to her instead of just holding onto it forever. Last night, I only got the first power moon, but it felt so good to play so far! I'm really looking forward to playing more.
Currently, I am filled with existential dread at what this Friday will hold at work, but at least I have a three day weekend to look forward to.
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