State of the Brenna, June… Something-something.

God, there’s been so much going on since my last general update (about this time last month). In that time I’ve started a new job that’s… not difficult, or challenging, just very busy so it keeps me pretty occupied. It means less time online, and even less for games, though, since I’m so tired* when I get home. (More on that in a moment.)

I mentioned the day-before and the day-of that I was going to the Thursday night opening of Solo, and it was much better than expected. Not some cinematic masterpiece, but good for what it needed to be. Donald Glover as Lando could actually have been more animated, imo, but he wasn’t lacking by any means. The BFD, though? Oh my god, that cameo at the end. (I’m not saying who or what because there are still plenty of people who haven’t seen it, and IMO it’s that big a deal. I will, however, post a link to this gif of that moment–click at your own peril!) When that cameo happened I made noises that Brian described as something “only bats could hear” and that’s pretty accurate. I could only hear half a second the sound I made; I only know I made sound because I could feel it in my throat. Trust me, it’s good.

Um, let’s see…. E3 was last week. I didn’t get to watch all the pressers like I usually do, and still haven’t caught up on those I missed. Overall I was unimpressed with this year’s showing, though. There were amazing games–Anthem, Kingdom Hearts, Cyberpunk 2077, Ghosts of Tsushima, and of course Kojima’s bizarre brain child, Death Stranding. The last one actually had some content in its trailer this year, though; normal-ish (for the subject matter), even. I normally wouldn’t bother with the game in spite of how intriguing it is, but looking back on my P.T. stream from last summer I’m wondering if maybe I should (and stream that as well).

As for current games, I downloaded Skyrim and Pixeljunk Monsters 2 to my Switch. It’s my third copy of Skyrim, but my original is on PS3 and in storage & I’m not able to play on PC for the foreseeable future. So, Switch it is. Also, it has that added Switch-bonus of not needing to be played docked, which means Brian and I aren’t fighting over the tv.

Unfortunately, I have a very complicated relationship with PJM. I adore the games, but I’m so stubborn that I can’t move on to the next stage, much less the next area, unless I’ve collected all available rainbows on any given map. That means I haven’t made any progress at all. Oops.

Finally: the gym. Yep, I’m still going, though I did have to break my streak of not missing a single day due to being sick a week or so ago. I haven’t noticed any weight differences (or more importantly, changes in how my clothes fit, since that’s a better way to track progress, IMO). The only change I’ve seen so far for myself, in spite of being told there’s actual, overall change visible, is that my calves are different. I’m sure that’s mostly from running doing the elliptical, but I also do that 30 minute circuit room so I suspect it’s also a (tiny) bit of muscle from over a month of strength stuff in there. Going after work instead of first thing in the morning is killing me, though. That’s what the * up above was for. The fact that I’m going around 6pm is torture, and I’m basically asleep before I even eat dinner. I’m trying to get myself conditioned so that I can try going before work (OMG so painfully early) to see if that helps again, but I haven’t managed it yet.

Other than that… yeah, I can’t think of anything. Brian’s become obsessed with “fixing” the Pop!Vinyl wall at our closing Toys ‘R’ Us, the cat went to the vet but is more or less okay, etc.

Currently playing: Skyrim & Pixeljunk Monsters 2
Last movie at the theater: Solo: A Star Wars Story
Watching: Parks and Rec, The Office, random history of video games documentaries on… I think it’s Amazon?
Listening to: Postmodern Jukebox at work & my standard techno and metal mixes at the gym


tl;dr: If you don’t give a damn, blacklist “#BrenE3” on Twitter this weekend.

Ugh, I’ve been trying to write this post on my lunch break for a week, but my laptop and WP appear to hate each other now.

Also, I’ve had a bit over a week now to have lunch breaks again, which is awesome.

But that’s not the point. The point is, and no one who’s followed me for a year or more will be surprised, that I’ll be on my usual E3 bullshit this weekend over on Twitter. I always start out with the intention of some sort of intelligent discussion and interest, but I’m not going to pretend that I don’t devolve into multiple posts of “SPORTZZ!!!@” for most of EA’s show in particular. Which is kind of backwards, since EA usually has what I want to see the most of (ie, Bioware), but gods, do they fill it with so much sports that I don’t care about.

Because I do have the new job, though, I’ll unfortunately be missing most of Monday’s shows. With that in mind, here’s my minimum E3 schedule this year:

  • Saturday
    • EA Play: 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern
  • Sunday
    • Microsoft: 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern
    • Bethesda: 6:30pm Pacific / 9:30pm Eastern
  • Monday
    • Sony: 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern

Unfortunately, the glaring void where Square and Ubisoft should be is obvious. And that sucks because I love their shows. Also, Tuesday’s Nintendo event is absent, but it’s always absent so that’s not terribly odd. In the past I’ve always had trouble getting that one to actually work (and I’m not just talking about the year that it didn’t work for anyone and everyone missed Mario Kart completely). We get so many Directs anyway, that it feels less severe to miss that one in June.

I’m sure I’ll be watching other in-between talk shows and stuff as well, but I don’t know which ones. I still don’t know how I feel about EA moving to Saturday, though; on the one hand, it makes everything much less frenetic, especially for those actually at the events. They need time to eat and sleep and just plain breathe. So really, that’s the most important thing. But the chaos was fun watching everything remotely, so while it’s better to spread things out me-on-my-sofa kind of misses it all being smushed together.

That’s your warning. I’ll be invading all the tags, so I’m sure I’ll be butting into all kinds of other conversations as I feel like it. But you know what? Butting into others’ convos for events like this always ends with making a ton of new friends, so yeah, sorry not sorry.

Anyway, what are you guys looking forward to? Who do we all thinks is going to win E3 2018?