If We Were Having Coffee…

Life is good right now, and I feel really lucky to be able to say that.  Here’s a few things that are making me happy at the moment.  Sit down, pull up a chair, and share the love (with a coffee, of course):

If we were having coffee… I would say that I have been watching Games Done Quick this week – my third time watching after Neil introduced me to it last summer.  I am ordering a couple of t-shirts to support the cause (and because they are just really nice tees), and I’m excited to see that they have already raised $40,000 for Doctors Without Borders!  You can watch the live stream here if you’re interested.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I have been reading The Book of Humans, a non-fiction popular science read by geneticist Adam Rutherford about the evolution of humans, our similarities to the creatures around us, and the uniqueness of human culture and its development.  It is fascinating to look at culture from a scientific perspective, and to question what it is exactly that makes us human.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I’ve just discovered Blizzard’s Hearthstone game, and I am addicted.  It has a lot of the charm of Key Forge, which is (still) my other card game addiction right now.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I recently watched some really good films that I want to recommend.  Adam Sandler stars in the hilarious Murder Mystery on Netflix, where an American couple with a stale marriage get caught up in the exciting murder of a billionaire.  I also watched I Am Mother (another Netflix film), an incredibly intense sci-fi about a robot who raises a human child in an attempt to repopulate Earth.  It cleverly leaves the viewer guessing until the very end as to who we can trust.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I’ve just started studying again!  I haven’t done any formal education since I finished uni in… oh, 2015?  A long time!  Someone at work told me about some free courses I could access, so I’m now working towards a qualification in Awareness of Mental Health Problems, covering topics like anxiety, stress, OCD and bipolar disorder.  An increased awareness of any of these disorders is a massive help in my job, as many of my customers are vulnerable and require a slightly adapted service.  I spent the sunny days of last week studying in the sunshine, and it reminded me of my happy college days studying outside during the summer.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I played a really interesting card game recently called SUPERHOT.  The aim of the game is to achieve three sets of goals before you get shot to death – bullets fly towards you in slow motion, and you must defend against the attackers to avoid getting hit, using items in the room to aid you.  It was really hard to play – very quickly we realised that a few poor strategy choices had been detrimental to our chances for survival, and I lost us the game.  Still, I’d certainly play again!

A bullet misses you by millimeters. A dozen more come from every direction. Armed red guys are everywhere. You take a breath. You check your options. You play a card.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I watched most of the streamed E3 conferences, and have a whole list now of games that I’m waiting to be released.  Nintendo’s reveal of the new Animal Crossing and footage of the new Pokemon has me really excited, plus I was really impressed by what I saw of Microsoft’s Cyberpunk 2077.  Sadly, a lot of these games won’t be out until 2020, but that gives me time to save my pennies, I suppose…

If we were having coffee… I would say that I spent an awful lot of money on The Sims 4 expansions and game packs in the Origin sale.  I had been slow to move over to 4, as I had so many save files and time in 3, and to me it didn’t feel like it needed an upgrade.  However, now I’ve experienced 4, I don’t think 3 will quite be the same again.  After spending some time watching Let’s Plays on YouTube, I decided to experiment with using the game to create a story beyond that of just my personal save file, and have started a short story series of my current game, called Still Life.  It follows an alien who wakes up in an empty city apartment with amnesia.  So far, it’s been tremendous fun to put together, and you can see the prologue to the story right here.

What would you like to share over coffee?

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