Most people are always longing for summer break when they are at school, but have nothing to do once summer actually comes by. Throughout the break, I keep hearing things like “there’s nothing to do in the summer”, “summer break is boring” or “I can’t wait to see ____ at school again!”. I sure disagree. Summer break is precious to me. I can play videogames for longer periods of time than during the school year, and still get yelled for the same amount. In other words, I just got Persona 4 in the mail but only get 2 weeks to play it, which is not enough since I intend to play it more than once and I usually take longer in finishing console games. Yeah.
Overall, this was probably my best and most productive summer break spent in Canada. Usually I just sit around and browse at home when I don’t go on vacation, but this year was really productive. I attended summer school and saw some old classmates, went on painful family road trip, and played quality games. Those quality games were Persona 3 Portable and Dragon Quest IX, and P4 is about to be thrown onto that list once I start. I also played the very memorable eroge, Sharin no Kuni, Himawari no Shoujo. I’ve got the Sharin fandisk to complete, and also just started Shukufuku no Campanella (which attracted me due to good character designs and cuteness). Sure, I could’ve played more, but I like taking my time to savour the feeling you get during your first playthrough.
The summer of youth is surely wonderful~ Sitting at home and being absorbed in good games and storylines is something that gets harder as you become less carefree and more cynical. Everything seems brighter when you’re young. It’s just like how I enjoyed class time at school and learning “fun things” when I was in kindergarten. Nowadays, what used to be “fun things” just seems like a tedious routine. Work is probably no different except that you don’t even get a summer break. Youth is to be enjoyed! I’m sure those 20, 30 year old RPG veterans who think newer RPGs are just cliched and unoriginal felt just like I do now when they played Chrono Trigger during their school days. Later on I might start thinking that RPGs these days are all the same, re-hashed formula about teenage kids, but I will never forget the feeling I had when I completed Persona 3 Portable for the first time. Hopefully I’ll still be interested then, just like how my interest of anime and manga never dies out. I think “maturing” is different from “letting go of your hobbies from when you were a kid.” I’ll be sure to prove to the adults around me that I can “grow up” and still be into games and anime. Yeah, I won’t forget this summer and my feelings. I’ll grow up and get a job, but I’ll keep playing. It’s not like I have to sacrifice my hobbies to do well in the real world.
Being a kid is great, isn’t it? So now my list of purchased things during the summer is like this:
Persona 3 Portable, DQIX, Etrian Odyssey 3 pre-order, Persona 3 Official Design Works, Persona 4. Thank god for being able to order online, because the nearest EBGames that has P4 in stock is in Niagara Falls.