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Pixie The Fairy avatar 9:42 PM on 06.26.2013
Picking up that pixiedust again.

Okay, so I've been off the c-blog radar for a bit post-wise. I guess you could say its just been a slow month and I've kinda just been in and out of games. Plus I had a free month of Netlix and I was trying to cram down as much Star Trek: TNG and DS9 as I could.

I also watched Escape from LA and went to the theater to see Man of Steel. I only cared to see Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel this summer. I'd say Star Trek was the stronger of the two, though I found the villians of both movies likeable for similar reasons. Benedict Cumberbatch's Khan and Micheal Shannon's General Zod were sort of cut from a similar cloth - very passionate, very duty-minded even if they were also kind of crazy evil.



Though in Man of Steel's case villainess Faora-Ul totally upstaged Zod in many respects, but largely because this version of Zod was much less about grandstanding and more about doing what he felt his duty to Krypton was. Him overseeing a bigger plan left Faora open to just be a total badass brawler. I hope we see her again, they could have her take Supergirl through the school of hard knocks/destroying Smallville next time out.

I also did a ton of walking this month. Lets me catch up on my podcast backlog and it forced me to find a reason to start loading up all my old CDs on iTunes. Also since I use my 3DS as the pedometer, I can stock up on Play Coins for SMT IV. The podcasts are mostly just Sup, Holmes, Podtoid and a transgender one called Sugar and Spice (interestingly enough, it features Bailey Jay, who gets mentioned on Podtoid of late). 

Music-wise it was lots of Overclocked Remixes and despite how many other albums I stuffed on that SD card (seriously there's like 50 albums on it), the parakeet in the MP3 player keeps favoring Tori Amos' "Pretty Good Year." On the OC Remix front the most frequently played was "Submereged in Ambiance."



Speaking of things Donkey Kong Country, I also did go check out the Nintendo E3 event at Best Buy. There was a fairly long line for it and I got a load of Streetpass hits - probably more in succession than the rest of the time I've had a 3DS. I even got a little boost for Soul Hackers, which was nice. I stood in the line to play DKC Tropical Freeze and got to play as Diddy and piggy back on DK. It was pretty fun.

After that I hung out to watch the other games on display - Wind Waker HD, Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 all looking amazing, by the way - and watched kids geek out over getting oversized Luigi hats.

There was also a lot of talk about Xbox One in that line. No one wanted one and considering my area is Xbox country, that's not a good sign for MS here. Turns out there are people from out of town and the best they can get is 56k connections.



Game-wise I'm trying to wrap up SMT Nocturne before SMT IV is out. Its kind of been an on-and-off thing since November that I keep procrastinating on it. I'm a little worried if I'll be prepared for the face-off against Lucifer and I'm trying to fuse the best demons for that encounter. Also trying to wrap up Persona 4 Golden since I've been taking my sweet time with it.

Aside from that, I picked up Resident Evil 3 to shake things up. Its actually the only one from the PSX days I never played and I do have to say for its age it holds up rather well, though I wish Jill would shut the hell up about her "final escape" each time I start.



I've also been doing a lot of thinking. I think its time for me to move away from North Carolina. I've given it like twelve years of my life since college and I just don't feel like I've gotten anywhere. The way laws are here, as someone that's trans, also put me at a tremendous disadvantage and with the strong Republican majority this state has I can't see things changing here anytime soon. If they're not going to bend on gay marriage here even after the SCOTUS rules, there's not much hope for them getting progressive on trans* people, too.

I feel a pull further north, to be honest, and its led me to check to see if I actually still have Canadian citizenship. I was born there, but I wouldn't say I ever really lived there. Turns out I might actually still be an eligible citizen and something inside me says Toronto is where I need to be. I think that big of a change could do me some good and break the monotony in my life. I sort of know my family won't approve of that, but there's just nothing here for me in NC. That and I'm tired of the summers here - they suck and are getting worse.

Whatever work I do get up there, I'm also starting to let go of the fear of wanting to be more deeply involved in video games. I don't know how I want to become involved just yet, but again, i think the answers lie where i want to move.

So that's pretty much where I'm at right now. I think I'll go back to scavanging bullets and dealing with a STARRSS-stuck monster now.

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