Well, I’m back in the U.S. after my brief tour of duty in Tokyo. Actually, I’ve been home for about 24 hours, but it seems that something I ate on the plane made me explosively ill, and all I actually remember from yesterday was a exhausted blur of sleepiness, discomfort, and terrible things happening to my digestive system. Best not to talk about it, really.
Today seems to be going much better. I overslept a little, but I think that has less to do with sickness or jetlag than with the sleep aid I took to ensure I’d sleep through the night. Plus, when I got to the office, I discovered that pretty much every product I’ve preordered this fall all shipped while I was away in a weirdly simultaneous “Jeremy Parish obsession overload.” My desk was piled high with a surprisingly effective cross-section of my interests: a new Golgo 13 DVD, Halo: Reach, a G.I. Joe comics compilation, and of course Etrian Odyssey III. Two copies of EOIII, even! I think one came from Atlus as a way of saying “Thanks for being so vocally obsessed about our game,” though of course I can’t keep that one.
That’s OK. It’ll teach some plucky young orphan the wonders of virtual map-making. My good deed for the day is done.
For the first time ever, I didn’t actually buy any videogames while I was in Japan, aside from a copy of Pokémon White to write about for work. I could blame the bad exchange rate, or my tight budget (seriously, the pile of things on my desk today really is pretty much all I’m buying this fall), but mostly I think the issue at hand is that I’m kind of over games. Uh oh!
Funnily enough, though, being at TGS and in Tokyo reminded me how much I like video games. I just don’t really feel compelled to play that many of them anymore. I’m not really sure what that means.