and I want to apologize. My inattentiveness to my blogging responsibilities is due to three unrelated causes:
My unexplainable addiction to GTA IV. I have never actually played any of the previous installments, but this one has really grabbed me. The storyline is very interesting and the open ended gaming is fantastic.
It amazes me that you can watch (fake) TV or surf the (fake) Internet in this game. Personally, I enjoy playing pool in the game. Using Grand Theft Auto IV as a pool simulation game seem like a bit of a waste, but hey what can I say.
Luckily my wife is around to go on all the crazy shoot 'em up missions, visit strip clubs, and run over hookers to get her money back after utilizing their services.
Another time-sucker has been the new Age of Conan Hyborean: Adventures MMORPG. My wife was a long time City of Heroes player, but recently the game has lost some of its appeal to her. So she made the jump to this new game, taking me along with her.
I can't say that I am sorry to make the switch. The graphics are beautiful and the game play is quick. It is obviously in the early stages as the interface can be a bit quirky, and you can run into problems like ending up in a different instance from the rest of your group pretty easily.
Of course, Conan is differentiating itself from Everquest, World of Warcraft, and the like by its Mature rating. This basically means more spraying blood and the occasional naked breast in the game. None of this matters to me, but by the same token none of it offends me either. At least I no longer worry about my wife's foul mouth corrupting some twelve year-old kid when she is playing this game.
Perhaps the biggest reason I haven't posted as much recently is that my work schedule has changed to second shift for a couple of weeks. Which has really thrown my available free time into chaos while I adjust.
(On the plus side, the ability to sleep in has really helped me catch up on my sleep, even if I am getting to bed later than ever).
Well, enough excuses! I promise to be back on track shortly, so expect more updates soon!