Yeah, I’ve Got Nothing…
It’s something past twelve on a Sunday night. (Or Monday morning if you’re one of those…) I am listening to Evanescence’s Bring Me Back To Life on my Winamp while my phone, currently on 4% battery life, vibrates and lights up merrily to my right. To my left, a now empty mug which a few hours ago, contained caffeinated bliss of the tea leaf variety. And in my head, absolutely fucking nothing. Thus, I thought I’d write about it.
How delightfully meta.
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One of the weirder things about writing for a website of such prime quality as this, is that there are days when absolutely nothing comes to mind and no matter how many sites you trawl for some juicy content, it’s as if the gaming gods themselves are denying you some salvation in the form of some steamy report, perhaps a scathing attack on one developer by another, or even just a trailer for a game that’s coming out in a few months. And then you’re left scratching your head and trying to figure out what to do for your article slot; you could wait it out and hope for something to release, later. But what if, like me, you don’t have a ‘later’ and you’ve already left it quite late as it is? Then what do you do?
Usually I’d go into my eGamer Mail and pull up my Drafts, then select a drafted email in which I’ve saved loads of ideas for future articles, you know, for those rainy days such as this one.
But I don’t want to do that today. And since I’m not one of the regular news writers, I don’t want to trawl for news to write about either. Besides, if nothing else releases, what would that leave for them? I am the Editor of Columns (among other things), I should bloody well act like it. So how about we take a stroll through my recent gaming mindset. Keen?
Well, this weekend I experienced what can only be described as Gamer-Dee-Dee; like A.D.D. but for gaming. I couldn’t just keep to playing a single game, because I wanted to play everything. I didn’t get much time for gaming throughout the week and since my Saturday had suddenly, unexpectedly cleared up, I took full advantage of this and resumed my playthrough of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Once again, I was enjoying it but I wasn’t compelled to keep playing it for hours on end. I managed a decent three-ish hours of the game before a thought process overwhelmed me: The idea that I only really had Saturday to enjoy my gaming meant that I wanted to get in as much gaming as possible, with various games. So I switched over to LEGO Rock Band for a while, made some progress there and then decided that it was time I played some Mortal Kombat. Afterwards, I played some Forza Horizon because after GRiD 2, I’d been craving a decent racer and I recalled not having completed the ‘Campaign’ of Horizon. Finally, I called quits on my gaming day and went to the comfort of my lounge to watch Django Unchained for the rest of the evening. Mostly, I was done with that constant twitchy feeling of ‘play ALL the things’.
(My Winamp wishes me to tell you all that it is currently playing Freebird, by Lynyrd Skynyrd.)
Sunday proved to be an entirely different bag of beans, because I woke up and spent what time I had online, browsing various websites before leaving home to go out and watch The Wolverine. Great movie, for fans of Wolverine, even better for X-Men fans who stay until after the credits. I got home and immediately set about editing and scheduling articles for tomorrow. On this note, look out for Marco’s inaugural column, entitled Technophilia, in about an hour from the publish time of this article. It’s a really great tech-focused column that we’re both hoping will revive the tech-enthusiast segment of the site, because heaven knows, the next-gen level visuals we were treated to at E3 this year are going to pale in comparison to what PCs a year from now will be capable of. And that’s a fact, Jack. (Apologies if your name is in fact, not Jack.)
I still haven’t switched on my beloved console today, nor do I plan to. It’s nearing 1am, I need to be up at an ungodly hour (read: early) because my final semester as a university student demands nothing less than daily attendance for the majority of the day, starting early and ending late. I’m Keen like a Commander (if you got this reference, consider me bro-fisting you at this moment in time) to get my university career over and done with, but I also know that I’ll miss it when it’s over, so I’m juggling all sorts of different feels right now. Added to that, having to think up original ideas every day of the damn week, which I’ll have you know is a lot easier when there actually are things to talk about.
Except of course for the beloved PS4 / Xbox One stories that everyone is so beyond over, right now.
So there you have it. This is my contribution for today. I hope you liked it. It reads like a fucking diary entry, but it’s either this or a bunch of Dorkly images, because today, just this one time, I’ve got nothing.
Grant me my weaknesses; I am only human, after all.