In the midst of everything going on in my life, good and bad, I just moved to a new apartment, and I couldn't wait to paint, even before everything was moved. I painted the bedroom earlier this week, a lovely golden tan color named Soft Pebble, and it matches my bedroom decor perfectly. As before, I wanted my living room to be a muted yellow, to offset the denim-hued couch, so I chose a color that looked like it would work called Golden Margarita. I just finished, and I am a tad nervous - it's so ... yellow. I am thinking I will get used to it, and I definitely need a wallpaper border to soften it up, but for now, all I see when I look at the walls is, indeed, a sunny margarita, as if Jimmy Buffet himself did the painting.
Of course, between a few too many doctor visits, moving, work, and my desperate need to finish some reviews for Inside Gamer Online, I haven't had much time for myself, and you know, it rather stinks. I am furiously trying to wade through Second Sight, since I will always finish games before reviewing them, but it has been a chore, which is too bad, since there is so much wasted potential in Free Radical's psychic powers title. To make matters worse, I have to game all weekend so I can finally finish reviews for Anarchy Online: Alien Invasion and Silent Hill 4; the IGO editors have been kind during the recent month, but I am sure they will run out of patience soon enough if I don't get on the ball.
The sad part is that there are other games that I desperately want to play, and the titles I am assigned to evaluate are getting in the way. Fable is still sitting at the Fair Oaks Mall EBGames, waiting for me to pick it up, and my friend Jeff gave me a lovely gift yesterday: X-Men Legends. The Sims 2 also remains a fascinating addiction, even though the review has come and gone. Furthermore, Rich has been addicted to Hot Shots Golf Fore, and even I am drawn in to its considerable charm. Bertha is our current caddy of choice, and she has lots of fantastic one-liners; my favorite is "I weigh three-hundred and fifty pounds!" On top of that, Relic has never done me wrong, and Dawn of War is now sitting on my shelf, begging for an installation. Alas, they will have to wait. I am hoping that perhaps after Half-Life 2's possible imminent release, IGO will let me take a week or so - not just for rest, but so I can catch up on all these games I want to play and just don't have time for.
Next month is an interesting one in terms of my assignments. I was hoping to grab Total War and Tribes: Vengeance, but they are both taken. Instead, I opted for Myst IV, Evil Genius, BloodRayne 2, Otogi 2, and Alien Hominid. There are a ton of high-profile games on the horizon, and I am fortunate to work with such a great group of writers, and for the most part, I trust their judgments. I am saddened that we won't get to a Dawn of War review, but hopefully, the addition of a few new staff members will mean that pc titles get some closer attention at the site.
Luckily, I actually have three PS2's, so Rich can enjoy Fore, while I finish up Second Sight and the boys fight over Madden 2005 and Midnight Club 2. The Xbox will certainly be getting some action now, too, with Silent Hill 4 on tap and Fable still waiting. The poor GameCube, well, outside of a little Viewtiful Joe here and there, and the occasional foray into Animal Crossing for old-times' sake, seems to be collecting more dust than usual. IGO has some great Cube specialists, so it just doesn't get the attention it deserves from me right now.
So for now, I must shield my eyes against the golden rays from my walls and finish up Second Sight. Until then, I promise to remember that margaritas are terrific for sipping on beaches, but not always good for living rooms.