This has been a frustrating week in gaming at my house.
First, Mass Effect 3 started giving me the dreaded "Checking DLC infinity loop" error. The only way I can get the game to start is by taking my Xbox offline. That's fine for single player but clearly doesn't work for multiplayer. My googling revealed that this bug has been happening since the game was released and....they still haven't fixed it! I didn't get this bug until after I got the Arrival and Leviathan DLCs so I'm wondering if I delete them if it will fix it? Regardless, I am pissed. Some people have come up with a temporary fix of unplugging their ethernet cable, starting the game, and then plugging the cable back in. That doesn't work for me because I connect through wifi thus, I am screwed. ::shakes fist::
Second gaming issue is ALSO the fault of EA, those bastards. I decided to get the Sims 3 because I finally got a computer that can run it. Sure enough, I download the game and install it, and on the FIRST play it starts being all glitchy and crashing. I finally got a game going but when I tried to create more sims it started freaking out again. Now I it crashes constantly, won't save, freezes mid play, etc. etc. etc. I've done a bunch of googling about this as well and the consensus seems to be that EA fucked something up and hasn't released proper patches. This error has also been happening for years.
All I want to do is play a damn game without getting all raged up! Is that too much to ask? Apparently.
Over the past few weeks my brain has been slowly convincing itself it needs less and less sleep. I wouldn't say that it's insomnia, because I don't struggle falling asleep, but I simply am not getting tired until late (for me) in the evening. Example: last night I was up until 1:15 and woke up at 6:15. That's absurd! The plus side to this is that it's now 11am and I've accomplished all of the following:
got a haircut
went to the grocery store
wrote a cover letter and applied for a job
replied to 2 emails
played Minecraft for an hour
If I fall asleep at 3pm I think we'll all know why.
It's time for some Olympic talk. First: I've been watching it, yay!
I much prefer the Summer Olympics to Winter as I loathe the snow and thus deeply question the people who willingly go out to roll around in it. Sorry skiiers, I will never trust you.
I so rarely watch live tv (and by live I mean, as it is airing, not from a dvd or illicitly downloaded) and OMG I forgot how fucking frequent and annoying commercial breaks are. It's really irritating.
So far I have determined that I love tennis, gymnastics of all sorts, swimming, beach volleyball, and yet strangely am bored to tears by indoor volleyball. I don't know why. Track and field blows my mind because I can't muster up the urge to even jog at a slow pace, much less run really fast and then jump over things. No doubt it's a skill that I'll regret developing when the inevitable zombie/robot apocalypse comes.
As I'm sure is the case for many people, watching the Olympics is a painful reminder of how lazy and uncoordinated I am. Time to kick up that exercise routine again!
I really enjoy tennis, and I remember I used to like playing it in high school. Unfortunately, I don't understand the scoring. It continues to baffle me, no matter how many wikipedia pages I read. Thus when I watch the matches I rely almost entirely on the excited/sad crowd noises to clue me into what was a good move or bad.
I'm amused that they made the gymnastics arena (?) Barbie pink, and while it's tolerable on my tv I think if I was an athlete actually forced to perform in such an environment I'd probably be too distracted by the onslaught of in-your-face color. However, it's an interesting contrast to the gray jackets Team USA has been wearing. I'm assuming the jackets were surplus from Star Trek and were available at a significant discount because that's the only reasonable explanation for such bland and yet futuristic looking sports attire.
Speaking of blasting things into space, I would really like to send Bob Costas and Shaun White there. While watching the trampoline event (I forget if it was men's or women's) Bob Costas interviewed Shaun White (yes, the frizzy headed snowboarder) for his input on the event. Shaun White's commentary can be summarized as this: "Trampoline is okay but snowboarding is way harder, because we have a board strapped to our feet and go faster when we do flips." Assuming he is not also secretly a professional gymnast, I can only assume he has never TRIED to do triple backflips on a trampoline and thus is talking out his ass. Rather than saying, "Hey douchebag, let's not trash talk our fellow Olympians" Bob Costas asked him inane questions about what he's done since the last Olympics. Thanks for the stellar journalism NBC!
Why do the female gymnasts show up in bedazzled costumes with 12 pounds of glittery eyeshadow for events such as the uneven bars and the balance beam yet the women doing trampoline have apparently plain faces and no rhinestones anywhere? If I was going to jump around and sweat profusely on international tv the last thing I'd want to worry about is if my false eyelashes had detached while I was flying through the air. I seriously don't get it. Personally, I'd like to see the male gymnasts all glittered up too, but I don't think that wish will ever be granted.
Finally, I'm really happy for Michael Phelps but if I never have to sit through an interview with him again it will be too soon.