This time, I blame my hobby inactivity squarely on FromSoftware's magnum opus: 'Elden Ring'.
Assassins Creed, Cyberpunk, Fallout, Skyrim, Horizon Zero Dawn are all ruined. If I play them again, I will inevitably start drawing unfavourable comparisons about how open-world games should be designed. Only Breath of the Wild and Subnautica can stand up to this juggernaut for me. Odd really, because I'm not a fan of 'Souls-like' games and threw away the original Dark Souls in disgust after only a few hours.
|'Fashion Souls'. I'm a sucker for a new shield or hat.|
I did a bit of drawing too but that hardly counts. My son asked me to design a tattoo for him. He has reached an age where many Kiwis decide to brand themselves and there's a fine tradition of it here in the Land of the Long White Cloud. I never really wanted to get one myself. I'd only pluck up the courage to get a tattoo whilst blind drunk and would almost certainly choose something innappropriate and regrettable. A barcode on the back of my neck perhaps. Or an anchor on my upper arm with the word 'Mum' underneath. Just to be ironic.
Knowing that I'm not a fan, my son adopted a subtle approach, "Yo Dad, you're into 40k right? So you know a lot about painting skulls?"
This kind of bald flattery spurred me into designing the skull in the title picture of this post with the family motto down the side. It was only when he said that he wanted flowers in it that I struggled. Grimdark skulls? No problem. Skulls with roses? That's out of my comfort zone man. I'm not even sure he likes it.