Exam stress, gone. Dorm room, vacated. Semester, done. Brain, tired. And now the long summer begins.
Reflecting back, I’m pretty chuffed about this academic year, as it was far more successful and enjoyable than the one previous. I made new friends, picked up new skills, entered a much more welcoming academic field, and most importantly I increased my self-esteem. As a result, I now feel more excited about moving forward, rather than just being relieved that it’s all over like I was at the end of last year. Computer Science was a personal hell and I’m glad to be away from it. I’m still nervous, sure, but experience through my animation and web design projects has taught me that I can do it. Now I know I will do it.
Getting home today from uni was somewhat of a drag, constant rain that we’ve been having for the past few days caused a mudslide on our usual highway, forcing us to take a lengthy detour going up our mountain. Who would’ve thought that something as seemingly-innocuous as rain can be so devastating? Mother nature is devious indeed.
Needless to say I was relieved to finally get home, my body was sore after moving so much of me and my roommates’ stuff. I did make a minor moral slip-up, however. I decided upon celebration of the end of the school year that I would treat myself by buying Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon from Steam, a highly satirical first person shooter that pays homage to the colorful sci-fi styles of the eighties. It wasn’t until after I’d purchased it that I remembered that I had boycotted Ubisoft, the game’s publisher, for delaying Rayman Legends, light-hearted platformer, till September. Legends was supposed to have come out in February for Nintendo’s Wii-U, but it was delayed after a sudden decision by Ubisoft to develop it for other consoles as well, because they wanted all versions to come out simultaneously. They announced this two weeks before it was supposed to have originally released mind you.
I was somewhat upset, considering the fact that I was hungry for a new game to play on my new system, and Ubisoft yanking the rug from under me really got under my skin ideologically as well. That being said, I’ve since lost interest in a crusade against them, and they have made concentrated effort to apologize by releasing a neat new Legends demo that updates every day with new little levels and challenges. Furthermore, the kind of non-serious camp that Blood Dragon offers the game industry is something I really want to support, and what better way to support a product than with my wallet? Video games are becoming too serious these days, but that’s a rant for another time.
You win for now, Ubisoft.