So recently I realized just how stressed I am currently feeling. I’ve been trying to pinpoint why I’m feeling so poorly lately but there doesn’t seem to be a single source of the problem. (That would be too easy, right? Solve the source, solve the problem.) Instead, its been a process of trying to limit my stress and answer several smaller problems that have risen along the way.
For example, food. This passed week I’ve been working some longer shifts in the lead up to the start of our season. These shifts haven’t necessarily been particularly stressful for me, things will work out and all I can really do is do my job. However, problems arise when I get home from these shifts. Unless I work a purely opening shift (which is rare) I don’t get home until closer to 6:30 due to timing with buses. That is about an hour later than I was used to when my parents were able to pick me up from work and usually already had food on the go. Now I need to get myself home and fed. And usually I don’t feel like cooking after such a long shift, usually I don’t feel like doing much more than curling up into a ball and doing something to relax. Problem. Solution: yesterday I had the day off and I spent it doing a lot of chores that needed doing; laundry, grocery shopping, and making a large meal with lots of leftovers. Now I can get home after a long shift, or even just a normal closing shift, and be able to eat right away.
I wish other issues were fixed just as easily. My anxiety about the future and my current problems sleeping have yet to present a solution. However, while I ponder those issues, I also get to ponder a nicer question: what video game should I get next.
I mentioned above that I like doing something to relax and entertain me when I get home from a shift. Sometimes that’s reading, sometimes it’s watching a movie or YouTube and sometimes it’s playing some video games. But I’ve played most of my current games to death and they just aren’t holding my attention any more.
I can’t afford to get ten new games when I want something fresh so I have to be careful to choose my next one wisely because its likely the only new game I’m going to get at least for the summer months. So, what do I pick, especially since there’s so many good options?
In my previous post about Me and My Switch I mentioned my interest in trying my hand at Dark Souls. While that’s still on my list it probably isn’t going to be something, I pick up right now. While I’ve very interested in the hinted lore and storyline as well as the customization, but the difficulty might not be what my messy-stressy brain needs right now. Dark Souls is on the list, just not at the top at the moment.
I spotted Detective Pikachu on a store shelf recently. My Switch is the current console I’m mostly paying attention to I do have my 3DS still and Pikachu reminded me that there’s still a whole host of Pokemon games I haven’t had the chance to play. I’m not sure the different style of Let’s Go Pikachu or Eevee is for me, if I feel like breaking away from the regular Pokemon formula I think I’d rather go for Detective Pikachu (especially with the movie coming out??) and I could also pick up one of the main games too; maybe Sun or Moon or I could wait a while and pick up Sword or Shield when they’re released later this year.
Another tempting one is Mario Odyssey. Again, I’ve skipped over a lot of Mario games. My favorite has always been Mario Sunshine and I loved replaying that one. Unfortunately, in all the moves I’m made in my university career Sunshine disappeared somewhere along the lines. If I ever find it again, its surprisingly rare in used game stores, I would grab it in a heart beat, but Mario Odyssey might just be the Mario fix I need. From what I’ve seen of it, it’s a lot more of the open world style Mario game rather than the side-scrolling type and the hat feature seems to be an interesting mechanic to play around with. This one’s pretty high on my list.
I’d add Mario Party to the list too if I didn’t have to pay for additional controllers so that I can throw a literal Mario Party. Maybe a little further into the summer when me and my friends need a party break from work.
I’ve also missed out on a couple of the latest Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons games for the 3DS. I’m still missing Harvest Moon: A Tale of Two Towns, Story of Seasons, and Story of Seasons: A Trio of Towns. I’m leaning towards something like this for the summer game because it’s a little more laid back and relaxing but doesn’t have the real-time mechanic of Animal Crossing that eventually made that series such a chore. The problem is that, much like Sunshine, Story of Season games aren’t the easiest to find outside their initial release window so might not be a viable option for me. With that said, I think the best option I have for my “Working Season” game-pick might just be My Time in Portia. It’s available on Switch via Steam and seems to combine a lot of different styles of the building/farming genre. I’ve heard some mixed things on it but I’d always rather judge for myself so picking up something new could be really fun!
I still haven’t made my full decision yet, it’s actually a pretty hard decision to make when I really get to thinking about it, so I’ll try and remember to let you know what I pick whenever I (finally) make my decision!