When they first announced Next Gen on Blu-ray last year, the 15 year-old inside of me became giddy with anticipation at the prospect of seeing a pristine HD transfer of the show that I love so dearly. Some of my favorite memories from my awkward teenage years involve watching TNG. It connected with me like no other show has.
I’ll admit, I did have some minor concerns at first. As I’ve grown up, I’ve witnessed beloved cinema become hacked, slashed, rebooted, restarted and generally fucked with. I can’t help but view the world, and particularly mass media, through a slightly more cynical lens. Yet, somewhere deep inside me there’s a part that clings onto hope that one day I’ll be able to relive, or even continue, the fictional journeys that have defined the person I’ve become.
I think that day has finally come.
Well, I did it. I didn’t think I could pull it off, but I managed.
I beat Mass Effect 3, in it’s entirety, on Insanity mode.
This may not be a big deal to some, while to others the idea might seem impossible. Personally, it was a huge accomplishment. Perhaps my biggest gaming accomplishment ever, mainly because I’m not known for one who cares about those sort of things. I’m proud of myself, because I had serious doubts about pulling it off. I’m the kind of person that hates to do things halfway, so once I was commited to this feat my biggest concern was simply not being able to finish.
There were undoubtedly same rage-incuding, controller-tossing moments, but overall a strange thing happened that I didn’t consider: I got better at the game. And in turn, it became a lot easier.
It’s been a while since I updated, but I’m going to try and be better about that in the future. A new year has come since I lasted posted, and aside from trying to restart my exercise habits, I’m attempting to tackle some new challenges in 2013. One such challenge is participating in Project 365, where you take one (decent) picture every day for the entire year. It was recommended to me by Steve, who’s doing it as well (despite being overseas). Ideally everything we take will be with our DSLRs, with an occasional iPhone picture in dire circumstances.
At first the thought was daunting, but as I’ve come to integrate it into my daily schedule it’s become a fun little distraction. It’s also got me seeing the world differently, and planning pictures ahead of time. I didn’t expect this, but it’s kind of cool to view the world with a camera in mind.
I’m finally going to take a chance to talk about the completion of my N7 armor by my wife Jen, who toiled over a hot knife for many days and nights in an eventual crunch that lead right up to before we left for Dragon*Con. Now, let me say this about her first – she’s probably the best prepared person I know. I intentionally put everything off until the last minute, but she will plan months ahead of time just to have her bases covered. It’s actually a nice dichotomy of our relationship, albiet our differences are slightly annoying to each other.
Being said, the amount of research she did in preparation for this project was staggering. She found out not only how to build the damn thing, but maybe more importantly had to learn how to correctly use the new tools at her disposal. She’s now a master of the Dremel, and I’m pretty sure we purchased just about every attachment there is for it.
But I digress. I’m not here to talk about build specifics, but rather tell the story of what the final build moments were like, and how we completely gave up at one point.