One of the reasons that I am sort of “Anti-Steam”[reg]I am not. At least, on a level of anything other than “Hey, I should be smart with my money.[/reg] is the idea of making that back-log of mine any more back-logged. And the problem with digital is you do not have the games staring you in the face. I walk past my shelf every day and it motivates me to play games, experience games and all of that. Do I really need motivation to do something I like?
Well, yeah. Of course.[ref]I am starting to sound like something. Some kind of writer. Am I developing a voice?[/ref]
The idea of writing things down always seemed so stupid to me. If it is important, I will remember it! Reading Getting Things Done last year was great for getting me into the mindset and rereading it now is reminding me of a lot of principles that I need to follow to keep myself working. Because, yes, it is far to easy to get into a “Well, too much I want to do so I will do nothing.” mindset. This is what leads to twitter browsing and a general feeling of wasted time. So, even though I was not feeling like playing Monster Hunter 4 a quick look at my “Want to play soon” games pointed out that I wanted to replay Cave Story. So I did.
So yeah, back to the whole “”Steam Problem”“. Without writing these kinds of things down in a place I check daily I kind of just forget to do it. Yeah, I could boot up Steam, but it more likely that I will browse twitter on my phone than do that. A bad habit that this little note taking is helping out with.
Another thing that I snagged at some point and forgot about, The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition is something that I booted up and played a little bit. Despite having been a ravenous fan of the original Maniac Mansion I never did get into any other Lucas Arts adventure games, only playing Day of the Tentacle many years after its release.
Yeah, this breaks my "Japanese only" rule, but I am finding breaking this rule in the favor of games or books is often more positive than falling into the twitter trap.
I am feeling a bit of mental resistance here, though. Organizing fun seems like the antithesis of it, yet doing it has gotten me to do things that, when done, I feel better about. Both games and twitter scratch that “instant gratification” itch, but only one of them leaves a lasting positive feeling.