Heya Mufu :) Congrats on the license :) Those damn things suck the money out of ya, huh? Glad you're doing well, even while unemployed and awesome that such a position just pops up in life. Someone's looking out for you. Torchlight is very much D2 in my eyes. It feels almost identical. I'm enjoying the game on co-op with a friend, but if I was playing alone, don't know how much it'd hold me.
... But before I get to the part about games, I have a couple of updates because I've mentioned them before in my blog and I'd like to do a follow-up.
Firstly, like a few million years ago, I applied for a driving license finally and only just took my driving test today because I had to wait 2 frickin months for it. The test went way faster than I thought it would and I basically breezed through everything. Only problem was that I found that I got 2 penalties for turning the steering wheel while stationary. Are you fecking kidding me? I was not made aware of this while learning with qualified instructors from the driving centre. They MADE me turn the stupid wheel while I was stationary! But whatever, I passed, so good riddance to this stupid place and crazy fees of $70/lesson, which I eventually had to take 21 lessons in total. Good thing my dad paid for everything. We're probably gonna look at showrooms this weekend. My sister wants a Honda instead of my Nissan, which I don't really care about, as long as it's not an SUV.
The other news is that I'm not gonna be unemployed any longer. I've gone from the film industry to the music industry this time around. I'll be doing marketing/advertising/PR for a new local record company, which is basically made up of friends of my sister. Pretty cool opportunity to try something new and I'll be paid way more than my previous job, and I basically didn't have to lift a single finger to get this position. I'll be going to Japan as well next year with them for a tour, heh.
I feel like I've been one lucky bugger so far. I've basically had no hardship in life aside from a couple of family drama, had good education, an interesting first job with my degree (despite the annoyances nearing my resignation), and I've been living comfortably even when unemployed during my short self-imposed break. The only thing I really need to work on in life is the social aspect. Lol. I really need to build good relationships with people, and honestly, I can't say that I have a single trusted friend right now that is not behind a computer or is a cat.
Alright game-talk time. I'm sure people have been spending some of their money on the Steam sale and I'm no exception. I've already mentioned that I got The Walking Dead and The eXceed Collection and was waiting for a further discount on Torchlight II. Because someone was being awesome, they gifted me the game and another on my wishlist.
So I've been doing nothing but play Torchlight II lately because it's addictive. There are some negatives? about the game though, which kind of should have annoyed me, but I can't bring myself to care much. You know that the previous dungeon-looting game I was playing was Diablo III, and I was obsessed with it. I've never played D2 before so I had no qualms about the recycled environments. Then I played Torchlight II and can't help but feel like the environments aren't original at all. You get the town and generic grassy, foresty area, and then soon after, you get a desert. I was like, woah Diablo.
I'm not saying that I find this necessarily bad, I was simply surprised. Heck, I'm sure majority of dungeon looting action RPG games have a desert area somewhere. As long as the final area of Torchlight II doesn't kill my eyes with it being a red-tinted area like D3 was, then I'm totally fine and happy.
Another thing I noticed while playing was that a certain command wasn't very responsive for me. Torchlight II features weapon swapping, so you can carry both long-range and melee weapons if you choose to do so (or whatever other set you want). The only other game I played that had me swapping weapon sets around like I'm having a spazz attack was Guild Wars 2. My primary weapon is a rifle (despite being a Warrior), which I then switch to an axe-sword combo if an enemy comes close. Being familiar with this tactic, I decided I shouldn't stray from it in Torchlight II as well.
Well... too bad for me. Trying to switch weapon sets on the fly was such an unnecessary chore, let alone trying to attempt it in the middle of being mobbed, I decided to just give up. My Berserker is now happily wielding a double mace that has skulls on them and that's that.
But Torchlight II is seriously entertaining me right now anyway. I've already put in 16 hours since installing it 2 days ago, and would have had more hours if I wasn't busy with things in life.
Heh that's the only gaming-related news I have. Instead, have a list of things my sister ordered for me through Amazon because of Cyber Monday:
- Dark Knight Trilogy (blu-ray)
- The Resident Evil Collection (blu-ray)
- Fringe season 4 (dvd)
- Bones season 7 (dvd)
- Torchwood season 1 (dvd)
- Frozen Planet (blu-ray)
- Human Planet (blu-ray)
It gets harder to find close friends the older you get. Hopefully your new job (congrats btw, sounds like a cool job) will also give you a social circle, but even within workplace social circles it can be hard to find close relationships outside of just having people to shoot the s**t with. Actually your experience sounds like mine... early 20s went pretty well, but really found more people I had stuff in common with online. Things started to get rocky later on but I'm fortunate that not too many struggles came early as I wouldn't have been as well equipped to deal with them. Kitty will probably stay your best buddy though regardless of what happens... they make good best buddies :)
Glad you like Torchlight. I thought of getting a copy of my own but I have problems with click-heavy games like that these days because of recurring problems with sharp pain in my hands and arms. And I just knew it would drop in price as soon as I got it for you, but that's ok :D