So for the past few weeks I’ve slowly been letting my life crumble into ruin, and having a glorious time while doing so. Why?
Because I’ve got a new video game.
I was really excited about it coming out, and pre-ordered it off Amazon. Imagine my horror when I get an email to say the delivery has been delayed by a month because they didn’t have enough of the games in stock.
So I did what any sane person would do in my situation: I drove for an hour, crossed the border to the Republic and bought it in Dundalk.
I regret nothing.
The game is so slick. I instantly fell in love with the entire look of it, from the opening credits to the bloody start menu- the game is dripping with style. Never mind the fact that it’s set in Japan and is essentially about levelling up a group of teenagers with superpowers. Add in the unbelievably cool acid jazz soundtrack and one month later you’ve got a very happy Michael, 70 hours in.
So I’m trying very hard to still go outside, to still go to work and still speak to other humans. But I mean come on.
Trying to be alternative, I was at a few gigs last week. The first was a night called Output, an annual conference for people in the music production industry in Northern Ireland. I obviously didn’t go to this bit, but in the evening across about six different venues in Belfast there were a series of gigs from Irish artists. Mostly based in the cathedral quarter, the place was absolutely buzzing and people were having a great time running between the gigs- or even just setting up shop in one with a beer and seeing what was in store.
Some of the highlights:
A wee band from Armagh, these guys captivated the back bar in the Duke of York, silencing the room with their melodies (at least until my drunk friend fell off his chair).
Next up is a band from down south called Le Boom, who were having an absolute rave of a time in the Dirty Onion
As well as the Output festival, last weekend I went down to Dublin to see Tegan & Sara. They’re a Canadian band, are twins who are both gay, and their target audience is teenage girls from 2006. So I was kind of excited to see what the crowd would be like now that those gay teenagers are now pushing thirty.
Their past two albums have marked a change from acoustic to a more pop sound, and they changed some of their older tracks to reflect this on the night. Tegan was ill, and pumped up on antibiotics and steroids, battling through like a trooper. There was a lot of jumping, and the place was absolutely packed- the atmosphere was great, and Tegan’s determination to keep going helped to feed that.
Anyway, as per their song for the Lego movie, everything was awesome.
Turns out I’ve had this blog going for over two years now. Flip.
MORE IMPORTANTLY next Saturday is gonna be like the best day ever.
Cause me and some friends are gonna treat ourselves.
This is what I’m playing at the minute