Life, love, and everything.

Few bits of news:

First, I’m back in the job market. Turns out that they didn’t have permanent contracts in January, so they didn’t take anyone on. Slightly pissed about that, because if I’d have known this, I would have started looking for another job a month ago.

Second, my new(ish) PC arrived and I am in love. I’ve missed having a proper PC more than I realised; and having one of my own just takes the cake. All I need to do is get some more RAM and a new graphics card and I’m all set.

Third, I turned 20 at the end of December. How freaky is that, me being out of my teens? It’s just all a bit odd.

Finally, me and the boyfriend just celebrated our third anniversary. Weird, huh? Isn’t anniversary such a scary word? Bleck.

Hope to be posting more from now on, d00ds.

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Goddamn Stupid Xmas

I bought a PC and it won’t even be sent until the 5th because they closed for Christmas. I paid on the 20th. What stupid company closes from the 20th December to 5th January?

I had to work 8-6 over Christmas, why can’t they package and post a PC several days before?

I don’t like Christmas that much anyway.

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Spore on Steam without DRM

Yeah, I’m so getting it now.

EA has learned from it’s mistakes (at least a little bit) and has put Spore on Steam without SecuROM. This is awesome.

Maybe one day I can start buying new EA games again. (Spore doesn’t count.)

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Impulse Buying

Today I got paid, yay! It was about £350, so, obviously, my xmas shopping all but done last month, I went shopping for me.

From work, I bought Digimon World (the original), Pokémon Fire Red, Persona 3 FES, ToCA 3 Touring Cars, Shadow Hearts: Covenant, and, um… a gift for my boyfriend (he sometimes reads this blog so I can’t really say).

Then I bought Dogz and Catz 4 & 5 and 500 index cards and cases from Amazon.

Then I bought a Tamagotchi and a computer (!) from eBay.

And to finish it off, I bought a seedbox, too.

This means I should have about £120 left, discounting the £50 my boyfriend stole borrowed from me.

There’s a twinge of guilt from the impulsiveness of it all.

But not that much.

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Sonic Unleashed and the Reviews of Doom

So, by now everyone who cares knows that there’s a new Sonic game out. It’s split into two sections, day and night, and by day it’s the speed you all love and need, and by night it’s a psuedo-beat-em-up.

But reviewing it is not why I’m here today. That can wait until I’ve played the game to completion. Why I’m here, is to have a look at just why review websites such as IGN and Gamespot have given the game such low scores (4.5 and 3.5 out of 10 respectively).

The game is not that bad. Sure, there are niggles, such as a sometimes unreasonable camera, and punishing difficulty sometimes, and the Werehog, whilst not the awful thing they’re making it out to be, does tend to detract from Sonic, and the levels are a good 10-30 minutes longer than the blue blur’s stages. But you play it, and you can tell Sega have put their heart and soul into the game. The graphics are more than a bit shiny, the sound has been improved from the last incarnation, and it’s fun, really quite fun.

It definitely does not deserve a score less than passable.

So why 4.5? Why 3.5? Are the reviewers punishing Sega for not giving them a 3 hour game purely speed based? Probably not, because then they’d punish them for giving them a 3 hour game. Did the reviewers have a bad day? Was it a competition to see who could give it a low score? Perhaps it’s just their attempt to get Sega to give them the game they want. I say ‘game they want’ instead of ‘a good game’ because at it’s heart? Unleashed is a good game.

Fun? Check. Replay value? Check. Likeable characters? Check. Graphics that don’t impede gameplay? Check. Sound that doesn’t make you wish you were deaf? Check.

What do they want it to have?

Personally, I think they were sulking at it lacking chao. 😛

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This sucks

So, not only did I not get the job, but I got one point below the ones which got the job.

Sometimes I think that there’s something out to get me.

What the hell am I going to do now?

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Work, non-temporary?

My current job is a temporary christmas job in one of the highest-grossing stores in it’s market in the entire country. When they took on a load of us temps, two of the permanent employees left to go to greener pastures (and pursue musical careers). This means, obviously, that when the temporary contracts end, there will be two permanent positions available as there won’t be anyone to take up the slack.

The interviews for said positions are on Tuesday. I have mine just before my work day begins.

Needless to say, I’m absolutely fucking terrified. Moving out of my parent’s house at the beginning of next year depends on me securing this position, and if I fluff it, that means it’s back to looking for a job at the end of January. It took me 7 months to get this one, and if I have to remain here even 7 months longer I might just go mad.

Panicking won’t do me any good, I know. I’m good at my job, I make customers feel special (even if they’re not buying any-fucking-thing), I get on well with all of the staff. I’ve a good chance of getting it.

It’s just as well mine is the first one, though. If I had to go through the day knowing who I was up against I might just forget about it.

Cross your fingers for me, won’t you?

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