The Single Player

Hey guys. Just wanted to give those of you who read regularly a little heads-up on what's going on with me at the moment.

In late September of 2008, I met a remarkable young woman named Karen. On January 13th 2009, we became an item. Last weekend, on December 3rd 2011, we ceased to be that item. Karen decided to break it off, saying she believed that we just weren't working anymore. Given that she'd just recently come to visit, I thought the complete opposite - we seemed to be stronger than ever, spending our time going out to socialise, or staying up all night watching movies. She even developed an addiction to the tower defence gem Plants vs. Zombies while she was here, resulting in hours spent keeping the undead off our pristine lawn. Despite all this evidence to the contrary, though, I guess she just wasn't comfortable in our relationship anymore. So, after almost three years of playing this Game of Life in Co-Op, I'm back to experiencing the campaign as a Single Player again.

Her reasons are supposedly many and complex, but to be honest it's not something I want to worry myself over. Things are hard enough as it is right now, what with my being stuck in my parents' house and unable to find a job, so the last thing I want to do is spiral down into some obsessive state, retrospectively analysing the relationship for telltale signs of stress that I might have missed. Thankfully I have some great friends, both at home and in places like Giant Bomb, and I have a lot of commitments and distractions to keep me occupied over the coming months. I'm still hard at work on my first novel, the first draft of which is likely to be finished in the second quarter of 2012. I'm committed to a local darts team, which provides me with a regular weekly distraction, and in the New Year I may even be joining a new rock band as another means of keeping myself busy. I still feel like I need to take something completely new on board to aid in filling the void that's been left behind, but right now I'm not sure exactly what that something should be.

Of course, I also have loads of games to play, which are helping to pass the otherwise interminably long hours that have been making up my days since I got the dreaded phone call on Saturday afternoon. Most of my time has been divided between Grand Theft Auto IV on the 360 and Persona 3 FES on the PS2. I've spent over forty hours with my current playthrough of the former, and I'm only two-thirds of my way through Niko's story. The latter has consumed about thirty-five hours of my time, and I'm currently in mid-July cramming last-minute revision before the next period of exams starts. Given that I no longer have to worry about getting a Christmas present for Karen this year, I spent the money I'd set aside for that on a brand new copy of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for myself. I'm going to try and hold off on playing it until I've wrapped up GTA IV, mainly because I know if I substitute them I probably won't wrap up my adventures in Liberty City before the year is out. The fact that I currently have no means to download any of the patches is also helping to keep the urges at bay. Collectively, I expect those three games to comfortably see me through to the end of 2011.

Right now I'm not entirely sure what effect this development is going to have on my blogging activity here on Giant Bomb. It might mean that my blogging activity declines even further over the coming months. A more likely scenario, though, is that I'm going to start using this space as another cathartic tool, going into blogging overload and focusing on these video game writings as a means of keeping my mind off other things. As I said, I've just picked up Skyrim, and I'm tentatively planning to embark on an AndyMacneil-inspired Elder Scrolls Journal series of blogs chronicling my time with it. Those of you awaiting the return of 'Enduring Final Fantasy VII' will be happy to know that I recently found my missing PSP charger, meaning I can pick up exactly where I left off in the New Year. And then, of course, there's my traditional three-part Christmas Mega-Blog to worry about and a Best of 2011-themed list to compile.

A huge thanks to all of you for your continued readership and support. I know to many of you this is probably just another blog on the internet, but the fact you guys read it is what keeps me coming back to write it. Heck, the fact anybody reads it at all still blows my mind on a regular basis. Take it easy guys, and I'll see you around.

Dan

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Currently playing - Grand Theft Auto IV (X360)

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Posted by dankempster

Hey guys. Just wanted to give those of you who read regularly a little heads-up on what's going on with me at the moment.

In late September of 2008, I met a remarkable young woman named Karen. On January 13th 2009, we became an item. Last weekend, on December 3rd 2011, we ceased to be that item. Karen decided to break it off, saying she believed that we just weren't working anymore. Given that she'd just recently come to visit, I thought the complete opposite - we seemed to be stronger than ever, spending our time going out to socialise, or staying up all night watching movies. She even developed an addiction to the tower defence gem Plants vs. Zombies while she was here, resulting in hours spent keeping the undead off our pristine lawn. Despite all this evidence to the contrary, though, I guess she just wasn't comfortable in our relationship anymore. So, after almost three years of playing this Game of Life in Co-Op, I'm back to experiencing the campaign as a Single Player again.

Her reasons are supposedly many and complex, but to be honest it's not something I want to worry myself over. Things are hard enough as it is right now, what with my being stuck in my parents' house and unable to find a job, so the last thing I want to do is spiral down into some obsessive state, retrospectively analysing the relationship for telltale signs of stress that I might have missed. Thankfully I have some great friends, both at home and in places like Giant Bomb, and I have a lot of commitments and distractions to keep me occupied over the coming months. I'm still hard at work on my first novel, the first draft of which is likely to be finished in the second quarter of 2012. I'm committed to a local darts team, which provides me with a regular weekly distraction, and in the New Year I may even be joining a new rock band as another means of keeping myself busy. I still feel like I need to take something completely new on board to aid in filling the void that's been left behind, but right now I'm not sure exactly what that something should be.

Of course, I also have loads of games to play, which are helping to pass the otherwise interminably long hours that have been making up my days since I got the dreaded phone call on Saturday afternoon. Most of my time has been divided between Grand Theft Auto IV on the 360 and Persona 3 FES on the PS2. I've spent over forty hours with my current playthrough of the former, and I'm only two-thirds of my way through Niko's story. The latter has consumed about thirty-five hours of my time, and I'm currently in mid-July cramming last-minute revision before the next period of exams starts. Given that I no longer have to worry about getting a Christmas present for Karen this year, I spent the money I'd set aside for that on a brand new copy of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for myself. I'm going to try and hold off on playing it until I've wrapped up GTA IV, mainly because I know if I substitute them I probably won't wrap up my adventures in Liberty City before the year is out. The fact that I currently have no means to download any of the patches is also helping to keep the urges at bay. Collectively, I expect those three games to comfortably see me through to the end of 2011.

Right now I'm not entirely sure what effect this development is going to have on my blogging activity here on Giant Bomb. It might mean that my blogging activity declines even further over the coming months. A more likely scenario, though, is that I'm going to start using this space as another cathartic tool, going into blogging overload and focusing on these video game writings as a means of keeping my mind off other things. As I said, I've just picked up Skyrim, and I'm tentatively planning to embark on an AndyMacneil-inspired Elder Scrolls Journal series of blogs chronicling my time with it. Those of you awaiting the return of 'Enduring Final Fantasy VII' will be happy to know that I recently found my missing PSP charger, meaning I can pick up exactly where I left off in the New Year. And then, of course, there's my traditional three-part Christmas Mega-Blog to worry about and a Best of 2011-themed list to compile.

A huge thanks to all of you for your continued readership and support. I know to many of you this is probably just another blog on the internet, but the fact you guys read it is what keeps me coming back to write it. Heck, the fact anybody reads it at all still blows my mind on a regular basis. Take it easy guys, and I'll see you around.

Dan

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Currently playing - Grand Theft Auto IV (X360)

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Aw man, I'm sorry to hear that. I know we're just a couple of strangers on the web, but I do consider you something of an Internet buddy, and it really does sadden me to hear this. I know you're gonna hear this in a thousand variations, but keep your chin up. You seem like a pretty awesome dude, and I'm sure you'll find an amazing woman. Tonight, I'll raise a glass up for you, man, and across the ocean, if you hear a faint clink of the glass, you raise one up too.

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Posted by BulletproofMonk

Oh god, it's been almost 10 months since you last did an Enduring FFVII episode. Crazy how time just fucking flies. 
 
Also, sorry to hear about you and Karen. Sending a bunch of good vibes your way!

Posted by dankempster

@Sparky_Buzzsaw: Thanks for your kind words, Sparky. They mean a lot right now. *clink*

@BulletproofMonk: I know, it's crazy. When I started the series I genuinely thought I'd be done with it this time last year. Nearly two years on, here I am just reaching the end of disc 1. I'm hoping to really pick up pace in the New Year, though. Thanks for the good vibes man.