Yesterday was a nice lazy day - got up late and Tim & Peter came round to play games. Namely: The Wind Waker, Donkey Konga and Mojib Ribbon. As I have received The Minish Cap which is a "sequel" of sorts to the Wind Waker (it features the same cel-shaded child Link), I thought I should finally get round to finishing the earlier game (it's so big, with so many side quests and things to do, that I've been picking up and playing it inbetween other games for about a year). Mostly I spent yesterday doing one of the main parts of the story (*gasp*!) with Tim & Peter making suggestions for what I should do - it's the sort of game that benefits from multiple brains ;) I was going through a dungeon accompanied by a small tree sprite whose special abilities were being able to fly short distances with the aid of a big leaf, and being able to plant trees in soft soil - and we all almost died from the cuteness.
We also played Donkey Konga (individually, and multiplayer), and found it one of the easier rhythm action games, but also quite fun - there's a fairly good mix of famous pop/rock songs and video game songs, as well as an awful lot of songs we recognised but didn't know the names of before (!). It's really easy to pick up how to play it, because there are only four possible things to do (hit left drum, hit right drum, hit two together, clap), but the rhythm patterns get nicely challenging for people familiar with rhythm action from other games. I also liked the fact that most of the drum patterns follow the song's exactly - none of the bizarre quarter beats that DDR is occasionally plagued with. Multiplayer mode is easy to follow (each player has one line on the screen and just has to watch for their notes), but again there is the option of very hard songs if you want them. All in all, it is thoroughly cool apart from the fact I seem to be allergic to the rubber on the drum heads. I need to write to Nintendo to find out exactly what they use on their various controllers, because I'm allergic to the rubber on the normal GameCube controller as well, and it's very annoying (hatter hacked mine to pieces for me and took all the rubber off).
Finally I played Mojib Ribbon, which is the sequel to Vib Ribbon. It is VERY WEIRD, and really requires that you can read Japanese, as nothing at all is in English. It also follows normal Japanese text conventions, like menus reading from right to left, that don't usually come up even in Japanese-language games. Even the scoring is in kanji numbers(!). Anyway, once we worked out what was going on (with the aid of an FAQ), it turns out to be another rhythm action game of the very-simple-yet-challenging school (hooray!). Easier than Vib Ribbon because it uses only the right analogue stick (as opposed to 4 buttons in 10 combinations that had to be remembered), you are writing text on the screen as the character "raps" it. Apparently you can put your own text in using some combination of the USB keyboard and broadband adaptor, but I feel this would need either Peter having a huge amount of time to translate everything with a Japanese dictionary, or a friendly bilingual person to figure out how you actually do it.
I just feel depressed and unmotivated to do anything that feels like work. I suppose having spent the evening of Christmas Eve and most of Christmas Day thoroughly cleaning three rooms of the house and doing a load of washing (both clothes and kitchen utensils), I can probably "afford" to relax. But I have to do work-for-money now - despite the fact we have two bank holidays today and tomorrow, and most people aren't actually going back to work at all until Tuesday January 4th (lots of office-based businesses simply aren't opening again until then). Part of me is seriously resenting the fact I have to work when other people have time off.
And I know I'm having my holiday afterwards - later in January after my "kiddies" have their exams. But I just resent having to get up and go out in the freezing cold and wait for a bus that doesn't come because it's running on Sunday timetable.
And it really pisses me off to have made no plans to do things with friends today because I was supposed to be working, only to find that all-but-one of my kiddies decided to cancel at the last minute. This despite me pointing out that today was a bank holiday and that there wouldn't be much public transport running (etc) when we booked it. Gah!!