Zero Distraction / An Anthology of Examined Nerdy Things

Unreasonably Grumpy

I woke up this morning feeling grumpy. This seems to happen about once a week for me. I don’t know the exact cause, but if I were to hazard a guess, I would have to pin it down to not sleeping well. It’s not necessarily a lack of sleep (I tend to get at least 6-8 hours on weekends), but a lack of solid uninterrupted sleep which really puts me over the edge.

I went over to my parents for a late lunch. My aunt and niece visited. Normally I’m fairly pleasant to be around, but everything seemed to annoy me this afternoon. From my dad asking seemingly ridiculous questions like if Pixar has done anything good — I wasn’t sure if it was a trick question or if his memory was just horrible, since I knew he’s seen so many of their films — to him making fun of me for being a vegetarian (this happens far too often). As I read this back to myself, I probably sound more grumpy than I should be. I do love my family, but sometimes they can get to be a bit too much sometimes. I think it gets worse around the holidays.

I tried cheering myself up by perusing the App Store for interesting games to play with, which typically makes me smile. I ended up purchasing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for my iPhone 5. I’m incredibly excited to play it again. When I read the description in the App Store, I noticed that it utilizes iCloud for syncing game saves — something every game should offer. There’s nothing worse than losing a game save. I recall when Vice City first came out (that was 2002) and I ended up trying to playing it on a PC. At one point I decided to reinstall my OS, but I had completely forgotten to backup my game save files. Well, you can probably guess what happened. I had completed about fifty percent of the game, and much to my chagrin, the loss of my game saves was enough for me to say: “fuck it, I’m never playing this game again!”

That was ten years ago. Flash forward to today, we have an incredibly amazing game in the power of a small pocket-sized computer. I have yet to try Vice City, but I will be spending the afternoon with it today. I’m eager to see how well they ported the game and if the touch controls have been implemented well enough. I always have a sense of trepidation when tapping the ‘Buy’ button on an iOS game that was originally intended for a console. More times than not, I end up being horribly disappointed. Here’s hoping Vice City doesn’t let down.