I mentioned in passing that my sister had found an apartment and moved out of the house. At first, I didn’t think I was going to miss her that much because we were never super close, mainly because of the eight year age difference, but now that she’s been gone for about a week, I’ve really missed her. I’m really excited for her though, since this is a big step forward in her life. It’s exciting.
Lately, I’ve been so lazy. I haven’t wanted to do anything. I just want to sit on my butt and revel in being able to sit on my butt. I recently read Clarisse’s post about being reminiscent and doing a lot of things that she used to do. She mentioned a video game she started playing again that she used to play and I instantly thought of this game that I used to play all the time: Harvest Moon: Back to Nature.
I know, I know, loser.
Basically, this original PlayStation game (super old!) starts off with this little boy visiting his grandfather’s farm for the summer. He then grows up and his grandfather dies, leaving the run-down farm. The mayor of the village says that he can rightfully inherit the farm if after three years he can get it up and running and the villagers like him.
So in the game, you play this boy (er, adult?) and you can grow plants and raise chickens and cows and sheep. But there’s a lot more than just the farm. There’s a mountainous area and village people and you can marry. There’s just a ton of stuff to do. My favorite parts are always the village festivals.
But anyways, it sounds kind of lame (or a lot lame) but I was obsessed with it when I was in elementary school. My brothers were really into all the fighting and shooting games and I didn’t really care for them. I also really sucked at them, haha. So I was already hooked because it wasn’t that type of game at all. It was a game with a relatively simple concept and there were no right or wrong things to do (except like, killing your animals. But that’s just duh.).
I remember sitting in my third grade class and planning which crops I was going to plant and how much I would sell them for and buy them for and calculating my profit just from crops for that specific season, etc. I’m telling you, this game consumed all of my time. And then after a while I grew bored of it and half a year or a year would pass by and I’d start playing it again and play it nonstop. This was kind of a repetitive process.
While I started playing the game in about the third grade, I think I finally beat it in the eighth grade. Kinda crazy. And, on another note, this is the only video game I have ever beaten in my life. Is that bad? Ah, who cares? Haha.
Back to my original point, Clarisse’s post made me think about that game and made me want to play it again. So I dragged out my brother’s abandoned PlayStation 2 and asked if I could play the game.
Sooo for the last two days in my free time, I’ve nonstop played this game. I still love it, and after I finish this blog post and return some comments and do some homework, I’m dragging my butt downstairs and playing it some more. After probably three or four weeks I’ll grow bored of it again, but it’s just one of those things that you never get tired of and it always brings back happy memories.