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Last year I skipped out on bible study so that I can listen to The Best Show on WFMU and donate during their pledge drive week. This year was no exception and in both cases I played the PS3 while listening (after calling in my pledge of course – priorities, people). It’s usually hard to play video games and concentrate on what’s happening outside of the video universe but I think I’ve found the perfect combination.
Last year’s game was an easy choice for me (at the time) because I had just rented Ratchet & Clank from GameFly and was trying to finish it so I could send it back. It’s engaging enough so that your mind isn’t empty while playing it but the action and collection aspects of the game can be a good choice for those trying to focus on other things, while also trying to make progress.
While Tom Scharpling was yelling at his flock to call in and give money, I was at home collecting bolts and weapon experience to bolster my arsenal and defeat the weird fish aliens I kept encountering. Don’t think I didn’t hear the Patton Oswalt bit that was just as hilarious as my rocket gun was devastating. Don’t believe, for one second, that I didn’t hear Death Cab for Cutie’s/Zoey Deschanel’s Ben Gibbard and Ted Leo taking requests for each pledge just as I was finally making that difficult jump. I may have even finished the game during the marathon, but don’t you dare think I didn’t hear Tom reject my request for Just the Way You Are.
This year was a little bit easier for me in the engagement department. I don’t have any current PS3 games I am trying to complete so I went with trying to make some progress in Hot Shots Golf 5. This type of golf game is really the only type I can get into. I don’t care much for the more realistic guess-what-strength-you-are-using Tiger Woods series. I am an old school sports game fan at heart. I need meters, meters and more meters.
The advantage of having meters in this game is that I don’t really have to pay attention much while I play. I can just hit the button to make the club pull back, hit it again to mark my power and hit once more to mark my control. Since golf games usually line you up straight with the pin, I only have to adjust my direction a little bit for the wind. The rest is all buttons.
I probably blew through 10 rounds of golf while listening to this year’s pledge drive. I felt like I had gotten something done for once in my life. I’m always behind on my work and writing but I’m about 10 rounds ahead in my golf game. Thanks be to Sony and WFMU!Nathan Smart lives here. That's all you need to know.