A couple of weeks ago, my family had to move to a new location. From a house that my family and I have lived in for 41 years, we (along with my sister's small family) relocated into a two story home in a forested area and, although the scenery is nice, the discovery of baby birds in the new kitchen's overhead fan have made life...interesting.
Preparing for the move wasn't easy - because the large transportation boxes that we'd rented had a limited amount of space to fill, my family and I had to sell, if not give away, some of our things. Many of my hand-me-overs were things from my childhood, an electronic Merlin here, a box of GoBots (and other robots) there - they were able to find a good home at toy shop in a nearby town, if not a place of honor in the owner's Toy Museum.
The biggest things that I gave away were books that I hadn't read in years but purchased to fulfill at least one of my childhood dreams. Building my own video game(s) never panned out and I never did make a good animated cartoon but, should anyone need a script or a few character imitations, I'd be available should I ever lose the employment that I settled for in my need to keep a roof over my head.
But I digress.
Once we had arrived at our new home, we had discovered other 'pleasant surprises' - the old owners had to return the home's internet modems to their internet provider so we had to call in someone to install new equipment. This proved difficult when we found out that the phone company we used, for whatever reason, couldn't be bothered to transfer our phone number to the new address. We were able, through the use of my father's 'emergency' cell phone and the intervention of a competent person or two, to get internet access and two land lines into our new residence but it took several days.
What happened to businesses, mush less people, taking pride in their work? Have we become so determined to get the biggest piece(s) of Life's pie that we forget (usually to thank/honor) the people who made such a tasty treat possible? Has the world at large become so tainted by corporate and political (if not religious) bungling that we have complacent to its troubles and resigned ourselves to scraping together what little we can from the crumbs we (will soon) have left?
We still have our dreams, I suppose...
I would still like to play (if not make) a game that:
- pays homage to the cartoons/anime of my childhood (if not to the creativity of its fans)
- pushes the design team's creativity to its limits and beyond (particularly when it comes to female character designs)
- builds/improves upon the greatness that made 'close calls' like Planescape:Torment and Grim Fandango memorable
I would also like to read a book or watch an animated (adult) film/series that
- caters to readers'/viewers' fetishes (genies/wish fulfillment, aliens/monsters, transformations, mouthless girls, etc)
- allowed them to explore the consequences (good and bad) of various alterations
- didn't punish its main or supporting characters unnecessarily (let them enjoy the changes that occur)
My (current) 'perfect woman' is a reasonably pretty and intelligent gag fetishist who keeps her mouth closed as much as possible, is willing to try (strange) new things and managed to build a life for herself (if not improve the quality of life for others) by doing what she loved.
Still, that's unreasonable expectations for you.
Here's hoping that things improve (or, at least, become more tolerable) over the course (and blistering heat) of the summer months.