I picked up the HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess last week. I blasted through the original version back in 2006, but I barely remember the experience — I was on vacation, so I was playing in 8-hour blocks. The most vivid memory I have is getting angry that I couldn’t find the last two golden bugs for Agitha.
This time around, I’m taking it at a more leisurely pace and savoring the experience. Some things do start to feel familiar when I get to them, but for the most part it feels like a totally new experience. I consider that an argument against binging on Zelda games in the future.
One of the side-effects of getting into a Zelda game is that it also makes me crave Hyrule Warriors, so on evenings when I’m not playing Twilight Princess, I’m teaming up with my wife to slaughter hordes of enemies with our favorite characters from the Zelda franchise.
It also makes me want to replay the other games in the series, so I think the rest of my year is booked pretty solid.
I’ve been doing this “get up at 5am and do stuff” thing for about a month now. Despite the relative quiet on my blog, I’ve been really productive. My goal was to start getting to the gym regularly and to spend more time drawing. I think it’s going well.
I’m still figuring out what kind of gym schedule I prefer. This week, I am trying Mon-Wed-Fri for the gym and using the extra time on Tuesday and Thursday to do whatever I feel like. Today, it’s writing this blog post. Sometimes I clean my office and sometimes I just sit and snuggle my cat. I always spend at least an hour working on art.
What’s great is that doing the creative work in the morning relieves the pressure of trying to cram it in after my day job, when my brain is fried and I just want to relax. I’ve been watching TV and playing video games with my wife, and even getting some reading in before I go to sleep most nights. We even go out to get coffee and write sometimes.
So, I’m still making adjustments and figuring things out, but overall I think this has been a good change for me.