Note: really no spoilers whatsoever
And speaking of the Oscars, which we were in passing a while ago [not on this blog], I got around to glancing at the nominations. I haven’t seen ANY of these movies!
Well, OK, I saw “The LEGO Movie,” nominated for best song (which it should totally win, even though I haven’t heard any of the other songs), and the “The Hobbit” #3, nominated for sound editing (which I don’t care if it wins or not, I’m just done with that whole project). Those, plus “Snowpiercer,” and I think “Frozen” were literally the only movies I saw all of last year.
Which feels bizarre to me in a way, because I used to see a LOT of movies. I used to watch movies! Talk about movies! Read movie reviews! Follow news about upcoming movies and make note of which ones I wanted to see! Critically evaluate and think about movies!
Sounds a lot like something I still do, only…not with movies.
I blame not going to the theater anymore on the kid, but in days past I would watch movies on TV even if I didn’t go see them in the theater, and I don’t even do that anymore. That part isn’t really his fault.
No, that part is the fault of a smaller, quieter creation: the game console. These days, what I do with my formerly movie-watching time is play video games. I can only do one thing with a specific block of available screen time, and if it’s watching a movie or playing DAI (or, really, whatever I’m playing at the time), the movies just lose. And it’s a self-perpetuating cycle, since I’m now so out of touch with movies that I no longer have any idea what’s out or what sounds interesting, meaning that even if I do think “I could watch a movie tonight,” nothing really comes to mind when I try to figure out what I’d put on.
Mr. O’ likes to have the TV on as background while he works on the computer, so he still watches a lot of TV shows and movies on Netflix, generally after I’m in bed, but as for me, if I’m looking at the TV, it’s because I’m playing a game on it.
I’m not unhappy with the situation, really, but I do kind of miss being “into” movies. I mean, I LIKE movies. They’re fun, they’re art and/or terrible crap, they tell stories well or poorly with good or bad use of various effects, they’re worth watching and talking about.
But so are games, and I only have time right now for one of those things. So, games it is.
I know. And I can’t even bring myself to put them in my Netflix Q, as that is already at least 127 years worth of watching.
Um…..Frozen came out in 2013……. sorry.
It’s cuz a movie is a bigger investment in time. I can sit down and play for that half hour I have free. You can’t even watch an episode of TV in that time. Two and a half hours? Fuck that. I don’t have those chunks to spend on games. Games are convenient.
Oh, shit, I can’t do TV I’m not really watching. I gotta do one screen at a time. Never been able to have TV as background. Unless it’s for the kids.
Games it is. Indeed.
I know, we only watched “Frozen” after hearing about it for approximately 50 months and conveniently finding someone else who owned it and would lend it to us.
I don’t even try to keep a queue of stuff to watch. There’s no point. By the time I could get caught up with it, there would be another 5 years of things I’d totally missed. I figure I’ll get filled in on all the culturally significant films and television of the 2010s when I’m in the old folk’s home. After all, we’ll want to take a break from video games once in a while, right? Plus there will probably be an occasional month where there’s a gap between DA: The Next One and TW14, and we don’t want to get started on another game, but we DO have time to binge-watch 40 seasons of television.
That’s my plan, anyway. Don’t disillusion me.
I don’t really gravitate towards TV as background either…although I did used to spend a lot of time simultaneously watching TV/movies and reading blogs. It doesn’t really enhance my grasp of either activity, but I’d get the general gist of both–though not to the extent that I would really engage with the things I saw (or the things I read, but I’ve never really been a blog commenter anyway: I’m strictly a lurker).
Basically, productive multitasking is a lie.
But apparently it works for Mr. O’, and for my grandmother, who cannot be in a room without the TV or radio on “for company.”
I used to kick movies I saw good things about onto Netflix. Long ago. They’re still there. I gave up.
True. The home. No, no disillusionment: good plan. I’m with you.
Radio’s different. Radio can be on, nay should be on.
Except if the TV or game is.
Good, good. Movie night at the home is a go! It’s going to be great.
I used to listen to the radio, and/or just music on my tape deck/CD player/iPod (as the years advanced), but lately I usually don’t get around to it. I’m way out of touch with music, too. Who’s big right now? What songs are playing?
I don’t know!
My kid’s not even close to high school yet, but I want to get the out-of-touch-fuddy-duddy thing down cold in plenty of time.
Ah, see, I spring for XM, which is cheap cuz I get it for gratis in the car, then I get a package deal.
You miss the car thing.
So I just got to PLAY! Cleared out a general and stuff from a villa in the graves. Which was dumb, cuz now I’m in that unenviable position of having a full inventory deep in a region close to a quest.
Maybe I’ll eat the cheese shield.
Sera quote of the day: “It’s speaking! The veil! It speaks! It says it’s bloody sick of trees, ya?”
I hate the ‘full inventory in the middle of a quest’ problem. I don’t WANT to break the mood by heading back to somewhere that has a shop, and then traveling back to a camp and trekking all the way back to where I need to be, but I hate leaving loot unlooted!
I not least hate leaving loot unlooted because it will keep pinging at you as you search, which is distracting.
Usually I wind up just destroying a lot of stuff, collecting all the new stuff, and proceeding, but it’s not a perfectly satisfactory choice. If there were some kind of ‘ignore’ option so I could make it not ping anymore, I might do that more often–I just like the feeling of having cleaned a place out, you know? Done all there is to do. Searching and still having things show up interferes with that satisfaction, and means if you come back later you have to double-check yourself: “did I already search this room and not want this stuff, or is this new stuff I haven’t seen before?”
The terrible problems that plague us…wow.
Yup. That’s the worst. I have momentum here. And that villa was pretty much a loot dump. I got all full, then did the key thing and Varric said “So this is where they keep the good stuff” and I said…..shit.
Yes! Yes! That repeated pinging SUCKS!
Well, things to read ping, then they don’t ping once you read them. How about a “once you’ve looked in the sack and closed it, no more ping” rule? I like that.
It’s amazing we get through the day, with the problems that plague us.