Video Game ADD

As anyone who has read previous posts can attest, I love to play video games.  I started when I was a wee tot on my parents’ Atari and I never looked back.

When I was little, I lived in a really small town and didn’t have access to a whole plethora of new games to play.  I mostly stuck with the same few that I always had and played them over and over again.  On the NES, I constantly played Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3 and Double Dragon.  When our faithful NES finally died, sputtering and coughing it’s way into the grave, we begged our mother for an N64.  Yes, our NES lasted all the way through the Super Nintendo era completely.

We got a 64 for Christmas that year and after that, it was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 007: Goldeneye, Diddy Kong Racing, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

Nowadays, however, I seem to have a problem with consistency in gaming.  I bought myself a PS3 almost three years ago and The Boyfriend and I have developed a very nice collection of AAA titles for it.  My problem is, I seem to start one game and play it for a while before I pick up something else and my brain automatically goes, “Oooh, new shiny object,” and puts that game in the machine.  At any given time, I’ll have up to three or four games on the go and sometimes I won’t finish one until a year or more after I started it because I played bits and pieces of so many games in between.

I have a few explanations for some circumstances of this.  I’ve come across bosses or puzzles that enraged me so much when trying to beat/solve them that I rage quit the game and didn’t go back to it for months.  Sometimes I’ll be playing one game but really just biding time until one that I really want to play comes out for sale.  When that awaited title hits the shelves, the current game gets put on the back burner for the one I really wanted to play.  Dragon Age II was one of these games.  I desperately waited for this game to come out and bought it on launch day because the first one was so damn good.

I believe the only game I’ve played from beginning to end (without interruption) in recent years, was Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.  This was a game the grabbed my complete and utter attention from beginning to end and I even played it through a second time.  It’s successor, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, would have done the same thing but I accidentally though I had deleted my save file when I was 3/4 of the way through the game and I was so pissed off, I didn’t play it again for months.  (Worry not folks, I hadn’t deleted it and I picked up right where I left off).

Since then, I haven’t played an entire game all the way through without stopping and playing another one for a while.  Currently, I have Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City, Red Dead Redemption, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception on the go.  Oh, and much to my roommate’s chagrin, Dead Space.  But, since he keeps berating me for not finishing it, I’m planning on not doing so just out of spite.  Because sometimes, that’s how I roll.

There’s nothing in any of these games that makes me not want to finish them before starting another one, I just constantly find myself starting up something else for a while before I go back and play a little more of one that I started previously.

Does anyone else do this or do I have some kind of concentration problem when it comes to current video games?


A Bieberiffic Birthday for IT Mike

Our dear IT Mike turned 32 this year and invited us all out to celebrate this momentous occasion this past Saturday.  Good times were had by all.  Drinks were consumed, laughs were had, the birthday boy was in good spirits and it was a great time.  But this is not a post about just any old birthday, dear readers.  This is actually a story that starts a few days back with a Facebook hacking.

Let me set the scene for you.  It was mid morning in the middle of the week a few days before we were set to go out for IT Mike’s birthday.  I received an email from my friend at work to check out my Facebook and see why you should never leave your profile signed in on someone else’s computer.  On break, I checked my phone and started to laugh loudly when I saw that IT Mike’s status read, “I agree with *another coworker* and also love the Biebs”.  Many laughs were had by all and IT Mike vowed revenge.

What he didn’t know was that, almost immediately, we started plotting a birthday filled with Justin Bieber randomness.  There was talk of gifts including the nail polish line, however, we quickly discovered that it was almost $10.00 a pop and I couldn’t force myself to pay that much for nail polish no matter how funny it would have been.  Instead, we went old school and decided to make a Justin Bieber birthday card.  I like to scrapbook and have started making my own cards so I had all the supplies.  We purchased a couple of teeny bopper magazines so I would have pictures and I went to work on the card.  It was very nice indeed.  Bieber surrounded by a heart with a pink background on the envelope, a classic head shot on the front of the card, and inside, a shirtless beach pic of the Biebs with a birthday hat affixed to his head, to go with the theme.  And on the back, the piece de resistance…Justin Bieber on a Segway.

We all met at my place before we headed to the bar for a couple of drinks and the three of us (the original Facebook hacker, another of our work friends and eager conspirators, and myself) signed the card.  We arrived at the bar and smiling widely, presented IT Mike with his birthday card.  Below is a picture of his reaction:

I love the expression...

Though I will say that IT Mike is a great sport.  As it was all in jest and for fun, he humoured us with something that made our nights.  He swept his hair sideways into a imitation of the signature hairstyle of Mr. Bieber.  The style I have affectionately named “The Fluffy Sideways”.

The Fluffy Sideways - Biebs' signature coiff

We all finished out the night having some more drinks, chatting, and eating good food, each heading our separate ways for the end of the night.  But our story doesn’t end here, folks, oh no.  You see, IT Mikes actual birthday wasn’t until the following Tuesday and we still had those magazines sitting around needing to be put to good use.  And so, brainstorming began and we decided that, as a nice surprise, we would poster his office with all the Bieber content from the magazines on Monday when he wasn’t there so he would walk in Tuesday morning and see it all.

Two of us went down there on Monday afternoon, armed with scissors and tape and giggled our way through our break, cutting and taping the ridiculous articles and pictures we found in these magazines.  See below:

The description of what life would be like if you married Justin Bieber...complete with a space to practice your Mrs. Bieber signature in. I kid you not.

The central birthday shrine

Justin Bieber mousepad of the home made variety










On Tuesday morning, IT Mike arrived and again, he was an excellent sport.  He told us we did a really good job of putting the Bieb’s everywhere and that he hadn’t suspected anything until our other IT guy smirked at him and said, “Have you seen your office yet?”  Then he had a sneaking suspicion of what was to come.

So that was our fun for IT Mike’s birthday this year.  I will say that it all worked out just fine because his awesome girlfriend thought the card was hilarious and our other IT guy’s daughter was with him when he saw IT Mike’s office and since she loves Justin Bieber, IT Mikey graciously kept the pictures and posters unharmed and gave them to her to use.

I will say this, however.  All three of us (the co-conspirators) have birthdays coming up in the next few months and we’re wondering if IT Mike will do something in retaliation.

Little Things That Made My Day…

I had a damn good day today.  I got a new cell phone and it ended up only costing me ten bucks after the fifty dollar mail in rebate and the special waived activation fee.  I won $12 dollars on some scratch tickets and $115 bucks when I went with my mom, aunt and grandma to the local casino for a couple of hours.  I even went out for lunch with some people from work and our very awesome boss picked up the tab, because he’s cool like that.

All this was great and made for a lovely day, but the following picture, sent to me by my awesome coworker who knows me so well, made me laugh for a good fifteen minutes with intermittent giggling throughout the rest of the day.  It was so great, and so appropriate to me, that I had to share it with all of you.  Please enjoy this gift I received and I hope it brightens your day also:

I LOVE the Harry Potter books and this was just too perfect.

And just as a side note: that was not a faux pas.  It was awesome wrapped up in totally wicked kick-assness.  Thanks again Stacey for the laughs.  You were right, it was great.