Disappointing news: as you may have already inferred from today’s title and lack of paragraph break, there will, in fact, be no Indie Wonderland today. There are two reasons why I’m shirking on my me-given duty, today, and both have to do with me poorly handling the gulf between fanciful expectations and reality.
One: incorrectly taking my friend Desgardes‘ anger as some kind of cleverly-hidden endorsement, I opted to try playing Fate/stay night this week. I figured, hey, it’s a visual novel, how long can it be? I’ll blow through this stuff in a day or two, three at the most, write a review right after the end credits, and then I should be ready for… well, what ended up being reason 2.
Wrong. I didn’t know it at the time, but apparently a ‘complete’ playthrough of Fate/stay night can take something in the vicinity of eighty hours. This game is the goddamn War and Peace equivalent of visual novels. I put two days of significant play time into it, but those ended with me reaching the end of the prologue section. Which, yes, is almost longer than Sakura Spirit in its entirety. Better written, too.
And two: past Friday, I finally received the new gaming PC I’d ordered the week before. Which in and by itself would have been fine for my schedule, except that at this point in time, my previous PC is nine years old. Six if you count the most ‘recent’ video card upgrade as a renewal, but still. My old PC runs Windows Vista on 4 GB of DDR2-RAM, that’s the kind of old we’re talking about. I replaced it because it was dying of motherboard battery malfunction and terminal Vista nonsense, but even before that, I found myself less and less able to play the high-end flavours of the week.
I always told myself, hey, it doesn’t matter: you don’t really need AAA titles when you have your indie friends! And then I got a new PC, and I spent a significant part of my weekend stabbing Uruk-Hai. Just, like, we’re talking at least hundreds of them. A few dozen of them had names and faces.
So yeah, the upshot of this story is: I accidentally committed to a game I wouldn’t have had the time to properly review even under the best of circumstances, and then proceeded to engineer circumstances such that I wouldn’t have wanted to review even a two-hour game. And as a result… well, you get this.
Apologies, again. Regular service should resume next week, when I inevitably get tired of Uruks to stab. Or if I run out. Whichever happens first.
Jarenth Plays Beyond Earth fans needn’t worry: time-of-writing, I have episodes of that queued up until Tuesday next week. Benefit of a forward log, I suppose.