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Wed Jan 22nd, 2014

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Knew a guy in Tokyo, devout Catholic, who had a chronically recurring intestinal obstruction. The Tokyo recurrence saw him at the mercy of an 'I am God' doctor who wasn't interested in his medical history or what they did in foreign countries like Canada, and consequently Bill languished in extreme pain in hospital for days while Dr. God made sneering comments about how weak gaijin are. Bill said, 'I was in such pain I couldn't think, I couldn't pray, I couldn't do anything-- but I *could* watch television.'

As I emerge erratically from the near-clinical depression of this 'just a virus' (my doctor has her God moments too) I begin to think maybe I should buy a digital TV that would give me something to watch if it ever happens again. A sojourn in the Pit doesn't permit reading with any pleasure-- indeed, I have two books on hold so that I don't ruin them for myself. But my experience of cable TV is that there's never anything on that doesn't depress me even more. (I could probably watch NHK2 all day, if NHK2 were come-at-able.) However the Guardian's article on the 30 greatest forgotten games suggests that maybe I should take up gaming instead. Just engrossing enough and just mechanical enough to keep the brain occupied until the body's chemical balance restores the ground under one's feet.

(FTR just-a-virus has decided to morph into a sore throat/ cough/ cold thingy. Still debilitating, but not as psychologically rough. Have rediscovered lying in bed with the walkman-- yes, how last century-- which I used to do quite a lot of, last century.)
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Date:January 23rd, 2014 09:44 am (UTC)
You could always get yourself a secondhand Nintendo DS (or 3DS if you're feeling extravagant and up-to-date) and a couple of the Phoenix Wright games...
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Date:January 23rd, 2014 09:44 am (UTC)
... also, much sympathy.
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Date:January 23rd, 2014 10:04 am (UTC)
I extend my sympathy back to you. Take care of the cold.

I think I'd like something more wraparound big picture and large quest-y. OTOH that usually involves battling things and powering up and really boring stuff like that, yes?
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Date:January 23rd, 2014 09:44 pm (UTC)
Actually, I think the DS would be a great idea for you. Light and portable, too, so you can move it around with you. I know when I'm sick I'm also oddly restless and move from room to room.
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Date:January 24th, 2014 12:19 am (UTC)
To be honest, I'm having difficulty thinking of a big quest game that doesn't involve fighting things and powering up, now you mention it.

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