So I missed yesterday’s post — it was because, from sunup to bedtime, I had no access to the internet whatsoever. My dad and I spent a few hours this afternoon fiddling with the router and it seems to be holding together, but who knows how stable it is. I’ll probably make an extra post in the near future to get back on schedule, but I won’t be able to do it today.

It’s weird, not having access to the internet for so long. I’ve become so dependent on it, it’s a little scary. I was flashing back to my childhood, when the internet was a new and wondrous thing and my mother wouldn’t let me tie up the phone line for more than an hour or so at a time. I really felt at loose ends, out of context — usually I spend my afternoons on the computer, reading websites, posting on message boards, writing out these blog posts, and sending out resumes and job applications. Then, when I get bored, I eat dinner, then spend my night watching TV or playing games as the mood takes me. Yesterday I didn’t quite know what to do with my time.

What I ended up doing was playing Super Mario Bros. 3, and that’s probably not what I should have done — because I should have been playing Okami instead. What we’ve got here is a long-form game that doesn’t lend itself well to short spurts, so a day in which I’ve got a lot of uninterrupted time to fill would have been perfect for exploring its depths. I dunno, though — Okami is quickly becoming one of those games that, while there’s nothing really wrong with it per se, I find that I’d rather chew nails than boot it up again. I enjoy it while I’m actually playing it, but it never seems to top the list of ways I want to spend my time, you know?

It doesn’t help that I’ve got Super Mario Bros. 3, Mega Man 2, and Super Metroid right there on the same menu, taunting me. “You know you like us,” they whisper. “Why spend a few hours wrestling with that stupid wolf and her badly-implemented waggle controls when you could be playing us instead?” And, weak-minded fool that I am, I inevitably succumb to their dulcet charms.

It occurs to me that you could probably tell how obsessive a gamer someone is just by how far they’re able to get in Mario 3 before they have to start actually paying attention. For me, that point is very clear: World 3-3, the first level with the man-eating fish. I can sleepwalk through the first two worlds, but if I’m still daydreaming when I get to the water, I’ll end up suffering for it.


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