Friday, November 23, 2012

How I'm spending my 'Black Friday'

So, it's "Black Friday" here in North America.

For those of you who don't live here (I should mention, by the way, that I'm not at all sure if folks in Canada or Mexico "celebrate" this day, too), "Black Friday" is both the day after Thanksgiving and the first day of the holiday shopping season in our neck of the woods.

In regards to the latter part of that description, retailers here tend to open their doors extremely early on "Black Friday" (as early as midnight) and also promote rather insane deals in order to woo customers into their establishments.

Although a good number of Americans are braving the crowds, traffic and weather today, I am not one of them. What will I be doing instead of shopping? Why, playing games, of course. (OK, so I'll probably do a few other things, too--like put up some Christmas lights and, uh, contemplate my existence.)

As for which ones, here's a little rundown for all who are interested:

* For starters, I'm going to spend some time rearranging all of the "Harvest" furniture I spent two hours obtaining from Animal Crossing's Franklin the turkey last night. I'll probably also write lurid love letters to my newest neighbors: Cousteau the frog, Savannah the zebra and Tangy the cat.

* I'm also planning to make a good dent (not literally) in the copy of Paper Mario: Sticker Star that arrived on my doorstep last week. I've only spent about two hours with it so far, but already I'm loving the writing, the soundtrack and, surprise, the sticker-centric battles.

* Should I still have a bit of energy left for gaming after all of the above, I may pop my copy of Style Savvy: Trendsetters back into my 3DS and give it a go, too.

* Finally, I'm itching to download UFO Interactive's just-released PSP dungeon-crawler, Elminage Original. Considering I'm a bit broke at the moment (more on that in an upcoming post), though, that may not happen this weekend.

How are all of you planning to spend this holiday (if you're in the States) weekend?


Justin Difazzio said...

I'm working all weekend, but I take joy in knowing that I finished my novel! my free time? Maybe I'll keep plugging away at Skyrim. The boy had picked Kid Icarus Uprising back up and is cruising through it, so maybe I'll join him.

Either way...sounds like your weekend is going to be pretty awesome! said...

That sucks that you have to work all weekend :( Also, I love that you're still playing Skyrim during your free time. You must really love it, eh? What's your next 3DS game, do you think?

Also cool that your boy is still playing Kid Icarus Uprising (or is back to playing it, at least). I really have to pick up that one sometime -- maybe if I can find it on sale somewhere? Or maybe for Christmas?

As for me: Yes, the weekend is going to be awesome, especially if the last two days are any indication. So nice to just relax and do what I want to do!

Justin Difazzio said...

Next 3DS game? Hm. Probably Sticker Star. said...

Good choice, I think. I'm still only a few hours into it, but so far I'm really liking it and I have few complaints. In fact, the only ones I can think of are: 1) no companions/party members (from what I've heard) and 2) it isn't unusual for you to not quite know what to do next. Admittedly, the latter could become a big problem, but so far it's just a fairly minor annoyance.

Kaze said...

I was so hyped for Mario Sticker Star but got disheartened because it seemed like it got really mixed reviews. =[ I look forward to hearing what you think of it!

Also, thanks for posting about Elminage Original!! I had never even heard of it! I know you share my love of Wizardry styled dungeon crawlers! lol said...

Yeah, the mixed reviews Sticker Star's gotten so far had me a bit worried, too, Kaze. Thankfully, my own opinion of the game isn't so mixed at the moment. For the most part, I'm *really* enjoying it. Only thing I don't like, in fact, is that I've already run into one of the problems mentioned in those mixed reviews--not always knowing where to go or what to do next. It hasn't been a huge issue for me so far, though, so let's hope it stays that way!

As for Elminage Original: Woof! If you thought Sticker Star got mixed reviews, you ain't seen nothin' yet! Actually, to say Elminage has had mixed reviews so far would be a bit of an overstatement, I think. What I mean is that most people think the game stinks--thanks to its rather hasty (and terrible) localization. Still, others are saying it's worth playing even with its shoddy translation. So ... I'm currently on the fence about it. We'll see!