Currents: Gaming

1 04 2010

046. Complete 20 video games (1/20) [more info]

It’s April already!!

I started playing Pokemon HeartGold during the week and loving it so far (I’m a Pokemon geek from way back). Even though it’s a Gold/Silver remake, it incorporates elements from Diamond/Pearl and well… some newer components that you’ll have to discover for yourself. Considering that I spent over 50 hours playing Pokemon Diamond, I’d better strap myself in for the long haul.

I’ve also been playing through The Wizard’s Pen because I’m a sucker for seek and find games.

Of course, there’s always Sims 2, but I’ve been taking a little break from it lately. Takes stamina to get to 10 generations. 😉

Sims2 – Generation 3 Family Tree

3 03 2010

047. Get to 10 generations in The Sims 2 (3/10) [more info]

I’m now well into growing up Generation 3 in my sci-fi themed Sims2 neighbourhood (a downloadable unpopulated island called Elsewhere from This is the main family tree, and after a few accidental babies the families are growing bigger. If the tree keeps growing expontentially this will get long and messy!

Having fun though, it’s nice to come home from work at the end of the day and control pixels for an hour or so most days. 🙂

Last and First Men (Olaf Stapledon)

13 02 2010

048. Read 50 books  [more info

My love affair with Olaf Stapledon’s First and Last Men started when I was a teenager, picking up his epic novel from the local library. I adored the concept of the book – the evolution of humankind upon our planet, written in the mid-1930s, but never finished it because of how complicated and difficult to read that it was (there are ‘cycles’ in each of man’s evolutionary career, most climaxing with breakthroughs in society, science or spirituality – before a plague/de-evolution; these cycles can be predictable and uninteresting at times).

Nevertheless, it was a book I put on my to-read-again-one-day list, when I was older, wiser (debateable!) and more receptive to the subject-matter. In November I found that a few paperback edition had been published, and used the end of a voucher given to me on my wedding day in 2008 to purchase it (along with a recipe book…but that’s a story for another day). Read the rest of this entry »

051. Learn to play a strategy boardgame

22 01 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When I learn the rules to, and enjoy, a strategy boardgame.

Why did I choose this goal? My husband loves strategy board games but most of the time I’d  rather play a game of Scrabble or Trivial Persuit instead. I’m determined to find one I enjoy.

050. Watch 5 complete anime series I’m unfamiliar with

22 01 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When I have finished and blogged about five anime series I haven’t seen before. 

Why did I choose this goal? Anime used to be one of my biggest hobbies. I still enjoy watching it but am badly out of the loop. I’d like to start watching some new-release series again. 🙂

049. Read 10 books that aren’t from science-fiction or fantasy genres

22 01 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When I have finished ten books that aren’t science-fiction or fantasy related. 

Why did I choose this goal? I’ll admit it, I’m narrow in my book selections sometimes – if it isn’t fantasy or science-fiction I’ll pass it by. This goal is in an attempt to broaden my reading, and counts towards my total of 50 books in the goal before.

048. Read 50 books

22 01 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When I have finished 50 books and blogged about them. 

Why did I choose this goal? Another challenging but achieveable goal. I chose 50 and not 101 books because I read very long books (mainly science fiction or fantasy-based). Reading is another thing that falls by the wayside during the school year.

047. Get to 10 generations in The Sims 2

22 01 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When the first child of the tenth generation in a single neighbourhood is born. 

Why did I choose this goal? The Sims 2 is one of my favourite games of all-time. Despite its successor Sims 3 being out, I’ve never quite found an affinity for it yet, and am still getting a lot of playability out of Sims 2. My favourite part of the game is genetics and breeding, and the furthest I’ve gotten is to get to seven generations before giving up/tiring of a neighbourhood/reinstalling due to reformatting the PC. I hope to change this – it’s an extra challenge for me because I don’t start the next generation until all the children of the previous generations are grown.

046. Complete 20 video games

22 01 2010

When will I have achieved this goal? When I have completed the main story (or quest) in 20 different computer games (PC or console). 

Why did I choose this goal? I think this is challenging, yet achieveable. I love gaming and when I’m snowed under with work in the school year I forget to stay in touch with my interests. 🙂